Josie Burns has been practicing yoga for 10 years. Like a seed that was planted with care and attention, the physical practice that was meant to find work-life balance, has turned into a beautiful practice of awareness – body, mind and spirit - both on and off the mat.
Having attended the Namaste Yoga Shala in Royal Oak, Michigan, Josie completed the 200-hour Yoga
Teacher Training program, studying under Linda Makowski. Since then, Josie has been teaching yoga to
students of all abilities, sizes and ages. Having completed several training programs and workshops in Ontario and Michigan, Josie’s has also taught and mentored in teacher training programs and continues to pursue yoga as therapy programs to complement her “other life” as an Office Manager in a rehabilitation clinic, that specializes in Ortho and Neuro rehabilitation.
Josie has been practicing with the Downtown Yoga Community now for over 6 years, and started teaching at the studio in 2014. Her teaching style is gentle, offering options, modifications and the use of props in class – incorporating the benefits of pranayama (breath control) and meditation practice into classes. She also shares the love of Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion (chanting and mantras) – and plays in a little local kirtan band led by her friend, and one of her greatest teachers, Nancy Drew. Josie is honoured to teach, practice and share yoga with the students of the DTY community – a space that is inviting, welcoming and open to all.
Having worked in a service based role for almost 20 years, the practice of yoga ‘off the mat’ appealed to Josie’s passion for dealing with people. In 2009, faced with the economic downturn of the automotive industry, Josie explored teaching yoga as a new career opportunity. In January of 2010, she began studying with Linda Makowski (Namaste Yoga Shala, Royal Oak, MI) and completed her 200 hour teacher training program. With a passion for community based programs, Josie currently teaches chair yoga at the local seniors centres, all levels classes at various fitness studios and community based organizations that bring yoga to underserviced populations.
Teaching foundational hatha yoga, her strength lies in working with students of all abilities, sizes and ages. Josie has completed several training programs and workshops in Ontario and Michigan, has taught and mentored in local teacher trainer programs and continues to pursue yoga as therapy programs to complement her “other life”. She is thrilled to be teaching in the Downtown Yoga Community, a place that she has shared in a community practice for over five years. When not teaching yoga, Josie is an administrator in a rehabilitation clinic, where she can also offer yoga to clients as part of their treatment programs.