Dedicated daily Ashtanga practice has been my companion, deepest healer, guide and support through my journey as a student and teacher in the practices of yoga since 1998 under the guidance of my beloved teacher Nancy Gilgoff.
Diving was my primary sport, where I competed at an elite level for 10 years, but I trained in gymnastics, ballet, basketball, track and field and downhill skiing. The intense training and competing regimen left me bruised by life and living with chronic pain. Today I am passionate about helping athletes learn to move better to support their dreams.
Yoga practices gave me the tools to heal and move into a life of joy and wellness. It is with this mindset of the healing power of yoga that I serve students to find their way to health. My approach to teaching is rooted in guiding students out of pain through energetic alignment, breath work, postural integrity and mindfulness practices.
My close relationship with Nancy Gilgoff for over twenty years has helped me develop a sensitivity to energetic flow and impediment. Although my practice remains rooted at home, I travel to practice with inspiring teachers Fiona Stang and Christine Hoar whenever possible.
About my journey as a teacher and healer:
200 YTT Yoga In Motion 2001
Primary Series Adjustment Clinic with Nancy Gilgoff 2001
Traditional Thai Massage Levels 1 and 2, 2003 and 2004
Cranio Sacral Therapy - Levels 1 and 2, 2003 and 2005 The Upledger Institute
KPJAYI extended study 2003
Nancy Gilgoff workshop assistant, Yoga Shala Calgary 2004
Intermediate Series Adjustment Clinic with Nancy Gilgoff 2005
KPJAYI extended study 2005
200 YTT Mount Madonna Center 2005
7th Series - raising babies and living the home life
Primary Series Course with Manju Jois 2014
Sharath Jois US Tour, San Diego 2014
Advanced Series Adjustment Clinic with Nancy Gilgoff
Nancy Gilgoff, host and workshop assistant, Ashtanga Yoga Calgary 2016
Sharath Jois US Tour, San Diego 2017
Christine Hoar workshop assistant, Ashtanga Yoga Calgary 2017
Yoga Therapy Certification Courses - Ongoing with Susi Hately & Functional Synergy 2019
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"
Janet currently teaches Ashtanga Yoga privately, leads workshops and retreats, guides Yoga Therapy and mentors new yoga teachers.
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!"
"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!"