About Sandy

Sandy Jones lives in Orleans Ontario, has been practicing yoga since 1998 and is a certified teacher in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Gentle, Accessible and Chair Yoga.  Sandy ensures all feel welcome by catering to individual needs as she infuses joy and laughter through her light-hearted nature.

Sandy is passionate about community and demonstrates this through her volunteering in therapeutic riding for those with disabilities, palliative care, as well as her background working in the nonprofit/charitable sector.

Educational Training

Accessible Yoga Teacher Training - June 2018.  Accessible Yoga is an approach to teaching based on the  ideals of inclusivity, diversity and accessibility, rather than a specific style of yoga.  Accessible Yoga is dedicated to sharing the benefits of Yoga with anyone who currently does not have access to these practices, and with communities that have been excluded or under-served.  All people, regardless of ability or background, deserve equal access to the ancient practices of Yoga, which offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening. 

Gentle Yoga Teacher Training - May 2017 with Michael Hutkins.  Gentle Yoga focuses on how yoga can be open to all types of students.  This includes students with different fitness levels, those starting a practice later in life or who are new to yoga or fitness, students with injuries or mobility difficulties such as MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, brain injury/concussion, back challenges, overweight, pregnant, anxiety, depression, etc.

Chair Yoga Teacher Training - December 2014 with Michael Hutkins.  Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga more accessible for all people.  This may be low mobility seniors or other persons unable to participate in a standard yoga class due to mobility or disability issues. The chair takes the place of the yoga mat, and poses are seated or supported by the chair.  This brings the benefits of yoga to students, from beginner to advanced offering a meditative experience where the practitioner can get in touch with themselves.

Yoga Tune-up Therapy Ball Practitioner Training - May 2014 with Todd Lavictoire.  The Balls provides targeted self-massage trigger point therapy by using specially designed high grip rubber balls and focused movement routines that help penetrate through layers of skin and muscle to massage deeply into high tension areas.

Certified Yin Yoga Teacher - February 2012 with Master Teacher Joe Barnett Arizona USA.  ​Joe travels internationally year round, with the main focus on functional anatomy for yoga through forms of movement.   Joe teaches how to understand the full range of motion of their joints and how to use this wisdom effectively and therapeutically in yoga.  He is a senior student of Paul Grilley, a true Yoga Scientist who is largely responsible for the current rise in the popularity of Yin Yoga and Functional Alignment. 

Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – May 2012 with Master Teacher Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Massachusetts USA.  Sudha has over 30 years in healing arts, a senior teacher at Kripalu Center, and leads a variety of workshops, including 200- and 500-hour-level teacher training.  Sudha’s personal experience with breast cancer, combined with 12 years in clinical nursing in oncology, lends a sensitivity and broad knowledge base to her teaching style, which is described as welcoming, humorous, and healing. 

Anatomic Yoga Workshop - November 2011 with Master Teacher Dr. Ray Long, Author, Surgeon MD, FRCSC.  Dr. Long is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. Dr. Long graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, the University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute. He has studied Hatha yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar and other leading yoga masters.   

Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – November 2011 PranaShanti Yoga Centre. The training was led by Master Teacher Devinder Kaur and Guy Tardif  a  program registered with the Yoga Alliance and consisted of  220+ hours including 190 contact hours and 30 personal hours, held over a 6 month period.

Additional Training:

  • Balancing the Winds of Fall, Vata Pacifying Yoga  - September 2019 with Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishvketu, PhD 
  • ​New Year's Power of Intention Workshop - January 2019 with Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishvketu, PhD
  • Breath to Heal Training - December 2018 with Max Strom 
  • ​Journey to the Heart of Yoga:  An Exploration of the Five Koshas - June 2017 with Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishvketu, PhD
  • ​​Toning Circe and Sound Bath Workshop - June 2017 with Kathleen Burr 
  • The Power of Intention - May 2017 with Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishvketu, PhD 
  • Laughter Yoga Workshop - January 2017 with Marian Meade 
  • Yoga & Meditation:  Embodying Practices Workshop - December 2016 with Michael Stone
  • ​Kundalini Master Class - September 2016 with Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishvketu, PhD
  • ​Partner Yoga Workshop - September 2016 with Eileen Scully
  • Sleeping Soundly Yoga Workshop - April 2016 with Eileen Scully 
  • Certified in Reiki (1995), Therapeutic Touch (2004) and training in relaxation massage (1990).  I have 20+ years experience providing massage, Reiki and Therapeutic Touch.