Janet is a dedicated Ashtangi, practicing yoga daily since 1998, teaching since 2001. She also has more than 35 years experience in sport, movement, and teaching. Janet competed in high-performance diving internationally for 10 years, but the intense training and competing regimen left her bruised by life and living with chronic pain. Yoga practices gave Janet the tools to heal life's bruises and move into a life of joy and wellness. It is with this mindset of the healing power of yoga that she serves her students to find their way to health. Janet's approach to teaching yoga is rooted in helping students out of pain and suffering through energetic alignment, breath work and postural integrity.
Janet's close relationship with Nancy Gilgoff for over twenty years has helped her develop a sensitivity to energetic flow and impediment. Nancy has guided her practice and teaching for over two decades and continues to be Janet’s primary teachers and guide in life. In addition to yearly study with Nancy, Janet has travelled to India to study at the KPJAYI with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois and Saraswati and has practiced with Sharath on his US Tour multiple times.
Janet has taken intensive courses on Primary, Intermediate and Advanced series with Nancy Gilgoff and has had the opportunity to both host Nancy as well as assist her at workshops in Calgary. Janet has taken a Primary series theory and adjustment course with Manju Ananda Jois and continues to learn through her own research and experience as a teacher. Dedicated daily Ashtanga practice has been her companion, deepest healer, guide and support through her journey as a student and teacher of the practices of yoga. Although Janet’s practice remains rooted at home, she does travel to practice with Fiona Stang and Christine Hoar who she admire greatly.
In addition to practicing and learning about yoga and its practices, Janet is also trained as a Traditional Thai Massage therapist. Additional training in Cranio Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute has deepened her understanding of the flow of energetics and the important of subtle movement and therapy.
Janet is grateful to share her life with her husband of 15 years, two insightful and compassionate daughters, and two cats. The Ashtanga practice is a commitment that has taught Janet consistency, dedication and compassion, tools that she uses every day while practising 7th series. Yes that is the hardest series of them all — raising a family!
"I bow to the feet of my teachers and am eternally grateful for their love and guidance"
"You have to try the Mysore program"
"An amazing studio and teacher. If you’re lucky enough to live in Calgary you have to try the mysore program!"
"I did not know it would bring me so much peace"
"Love AYC! I can't say enough good about AYC and Janet. When I started the ashtanga practice I did not know it would bring me so much peace and balance. There is no better way to start your day than with the AYC community and the trusting guidance of Janet!"
Kristian began practicing yoga in 2001 when he and Janet started dating as a way to get to know her better. He wound up deeply connecting to the principles and theory of yoga. He has enjoyed many yoga trips including extended trips to live and practice with their teacher Nancy Gilgoff, Mysore India to study at the KPJAYI and recently to California to practice with Sharath Jois.
These days Kristian spends more time on his road bike than his mat, but he returns to the practice a couple of times a week to recalibrate and manage life with a house full of ladies and a career as a Project Manager.
Kristian is also the Support Network at AYC. He is indeed the balance, stability, logical mind and financial whiz that keeps everything moving.
We adore him.
I can't imagine practicing with anyone else. Janet is incredibly supportive, disciplined, gracious and enthusiastic. Her dedication is so infectious that I find myself on my mat even when I'm out of the country. My practice and her inspiring belife are infectious. Thank you Janet, you truly are a gift.
"A perfect mixture of knowledge, understanding and tough cookie"
Love AYC! Janet's Mysore program is amazing. This cozy studio is really a community and Janet is the best. Janet is the perfect mixture of knowledge, understanding and tough cookie which is why I travel from the far south to practice here each morning!
"Janet Hawkins is a highly experienced and talented teacher. She meets the needs of all her students with patience, understanding and enthusiasm!"