Team MalaRae

Check out the MalaRae calendar to see what our team is up to!

Jenna Switzer

Jenna Switzer

MalaRae OMie, Yoga Instructor, Wellness Mgr at The Retreat at Strathmere

Jenna loves yoga, a rockin’ playlist, YTU balls, sunshine, a good flow, all things pink + purple, laughing, and anatomy. She loves using her MalaRae pieces to enhance her personal meditation practice and manifest good vibes for all ♥

Jewelia Orlick

Jewelia Orlick

MalaRae OMie, Canadian Sprint Kayaker, + Wellness Coach/Nutritionist Student

Meet Jewelia! She’s a Canadian flat water sprint kayaker, meditator, yogi and aspiring beam of light from Chelsea, QC. She hopes to compete for Canada at multiple World Championship events, as well as the 2020/2024 Olympic Games.
 
Jewelia aims to spread wellness, light & love around like glitter wherever she goes and her malas are a gentle {but powerful!} reminder to always come back to this sacred place. She is currently studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she is hoping to take this new-found knowledge and apply it to her meditation teachings. Fun fact: she is OBSESSED with rose quartz…energy, color, magic & all!
To learn more about Jewelia, check out her story here.
Marie-Julie Coté

Marie-Julie Coté

MalaRae OMie + Yoga Teacher

Marie-Julie has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 10 years. She is a military lawyer, wife, and mom of 3 kids. Marie-Julie found yoga and meditation to be the most beneficial activity, both mentally and physically. Today, she teaches because her yoga practice has made such a positive change in her life, leading her towards the healthiest, happiest version of herself! If you haven’t been in one of her classes, she is known for her powerful practice, intuitive understanding of the body, and her creative and engaging teaching style. PS she LOVES cats! Her dream is to have one of those big Serval cats or Bengal.

Linden Sculthorpe

Linden Sculthorpe

MalaRae OMie, POP Pilates® Instructor + Graphic Designer

Linden is the first and only POP Pilates® Instructor in Ottawa. While she loves graphic design, her heart lies with POP. She is all about good vibes and body positive energy. She loves all things active, coffee, Star Wars (original trilogy only!), and of course… malas! A self-proclaimed true nerd at heart and proud of it. {LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU}

Ashley Bedard

Ashley Bedard

MalaRae OMie + Personal Trainer

Meet Ashley, a green juice drinking, organic food eating yogi and Fitmom in pursuit of wanderlust. Passionate about promoting a healthy mind, body and soul, Ashley is currently working towards her Personal Training Certification. When she’s not working out in her personal home studio she enjoys yoga, meditation, OCR races, and hiking—anything to keep her active.

Her malas help to keep her grounded and practice mindfulness despite her hectic work/home life schedule, allowing her to keep herself open to new adventures and opportunities.

Ciara Beaton

Ciara Beaton

MalaRae OMie + Yoga Instructor

Yoga teacher, foodie, bunny lover & acro enthusiast, Ciara has been spreading her love of yoga for more than 5 years. She is dedicated to creating a lighthearted & empowering practice for people to fall in love with ~ a practice that is intended to awaken people to exactly how amazing their bodies & minds are meant to feel every day so that they may live & love every moment.

When she’s not on the mat, she enjoys walking barefoot in nature, snapping photos, getting creative in the kitchen, splashing in puddles, occasional Netflix binges, movie theatre popcorn, indian food & singing at the top of her lungs.

Chrissy Hunter

Chrissy Hunter

MalaRae OMie, Yoga Instructor + Elementary School Teacher

Chrissy is passionate about teaching others about the power of positive thinking and mindfulness, whether it’s through her yoga class or when she’s teaching children at school. She loves to teach her students to be mindful and find ways to give back, so that they can be the change to create a more loving and peaceful world.

Joanna Wolczyk

Joanna Wolczyk

MalaRae OMie + Naturotherapist certified in Ayurveda & Yoga

A Yoga enthusiast since 1996, Joanna is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, also specializing in Yin and Restorative styles. Ayurveda came years after she became a yoga teacher but finally struck her after an exhilarating experience during an extended stay in Bali. She was now convinced Ayurveda works!

Joanna specializes in woman’s health. Her intention is to empower you to restore inner peace to your body, mind and spirit through educational workshops, individualized consultations and public & private yoga classes based on the oldest health care system, Ayurveda.

Amanda DeGrace

Amanda DeGrace

MalaRae OMie, President & Founder of DeGrace Energetics & Little Lotus Yoga + Yoga Teacher

Amanda specializes in the Pre/Postnatal and Childrens Yoga world drawing on all of her experience as a mother of 3 and years of teaching hatha yoga. Through development of her Little Lotus Yoga teacher training programs, Amanda loves assisting other yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts along their journey of teaching. Little Lotus Teacher Training programs are available throughout North America, in person and online.

Kassandra Reinhardt

Kassandra Reinhardt

MalaRae OMie, Yoga Instructor + Business Coach

Kassandra Reinhardt is the world’s leading Yin Yoga instructor on youtube with 4.4 Million YouTube views, 64,000 subscribers, and 3,000 more joining every month. Her videos have served as the introduction to Yin Yoga - and the motivation - for thousands of people around the world to experience the benefits of a daily yoga practice. Her book entitled Yin Yoga will be published by DK Books this fall, and her classes are now available on the popular yoga platform Grokker. She is currently completing a 300-hour YTT with Sianna Sherman.

Be sure to check out and subscribe to Kassandra’s YouTube channel.

Holly Warner

Holly Warner

MalaRae OMie, Holistic Practitioner + Clinical Nutritionist

Holly is a board certified holistic practitioner, clinical nutritionist, functional medicine geek, R&D nerd, adrenal/thyroid healer, and hormone expert. Holly’s passion is helping her clients feel and live their best life possible.

Fun fact: Our Love + Light Mala was inspired by Ms. Holly.

Kate Ryckman "Artist Kate"

Kate Ryckman "Artist Kate"

MalaRae OMie + Artist

Kate is an Ottawa based Artist, Teacher, Creative Explorer and (very proud) Momma. Without question, her unwavering goal is to inspire others to unleash their inner artist. Kate’s unique approach to creativity helps encourage people of all ages and skill level to stretch their creative limits and realize the beauty that can be found in imperfections.

Combining her passion for yoga and meditation practice with her creative art, Kate creates a balance that can be felt in her finished work. Her artwork comes from a place of peace, growth and exploration.

Kate Durie

Kate Durie

MalaRae OMie, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Licensed Desire Map Facilitator, Lululemon Ambassador + Blissologist

Kate is a capital Y Yogi, possibilitarian, spiritual badass, TBI survivor, and an ever-evolving work in progress! Whatever Kate is guiding, teaching or leading from Yoga to Meditation to Desire Mapping, and everything in between is whole-hearted from the inside out. Her offerings are all about helping us create a Life lived. On purpose. With purpose. Mindfullness-based. Breath-focused. Playful. Intentional. Creative. Healing. Embodied. Anchored in love. Everytime we show up - on the mat or in life - is a new beginning, a fresh start, and filled with possibility.

Aleysha Derksen

Aleysha Derksen

MalaRae OMie, Yoga + AntiGravity Instructor

With a background in gymnastics to blame for her love of inversions, Aleysha wants to show you how to get upside down too as a certified AntiGravity instructor! AntiGravity Flying Fitness classes work through a series of flips, tricks, swings and inversions to give you an aerial arts inspired experience!

When Aleysha isn’t teaching a power flow in the hot room or hanging upside down in an AntiGravity hammock you can find her exploring the outdoors with her dog Jake!

Cat Edwards

Cat Edwards

MalaRae OMie, Yoga Instructor + Retreat Organizer

Cat’s extensive teaching experience and happy joie de vivre offer students mental clarity, physical wellness and a magical practice. Cat’s an excellent connector and enjoys learning about people, from their yoga practice to their lives. She blossoms in yoga communities.

Cat delights in using MalaRae pieces in her own meditation practice and as objects of beauty to raise her vibration.

Kymberli Roberts

Kymberli Roberts

MalaRae OMie, Reflexology Therapist, Yoga Instructor + Founder of SolefulYin

Reflexology Therapist, Yin Yoga Teacher, Foodie and lover of Vizsla pooches, Kymberli believes living life to the fullest and to its highest potential. She is dedicated to helping cancer patients live their lives to the fullest as well. When she isn’t playing with feet or teaching a Yin Yoga class, you can find her out running in the forest with her dog Ticket.

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