About Us

What you will find here.


About Us

We are a membership based Wellness Centre focused on providing our members with several methods to restore the health of their mind body and spirit.

We provide classes that help you restore your physical body, increase the energy flowing through your body and bring calmness to your mind.

We offer Qi Gong to start the restoration process by making your body more energetic.

Next you can take part in Tai Chi classes to continue the restoration process by improving your balance and adding flowing movement.

Yoga continues the restoration process by increasing your flexibility with a variety of yoga classes.

All of these classes provide meditation that brings calmness to your mind.

You can use all or some of these techniques to restore your mind, body and spirit.

How we got started

In 2002, I was at a Yoga Atlantic meeting in September 2003 when I happened to walk past Stephanie Laidlaw (whom I had not met yet) while she was taking to her teacher. She asked her teacher if she knew of any yoga teachers in the Dartmouth area that were interested in setting up a yoga studio.

At the time there were no dedicated yoga studios in Dartmouth and we were tired of going across the bridge to Halifax to take yoga classes in a studio there. The choices available in Dartmouth were either church basements, sports or fitness facilities. These spaces were generally too cold and not very suitable for a yoga practice.

I was also interested in starting a yoga studio in Dartmouth. I turned around and introduced myself to Stephanie and we immediately started talking about the possibilities of establishing a yoga studio in Dartmouth.

A year later after much discussion and the birth of a baby (Stephanie’s) we started our search for a suitable space. We found our current space after six months of searching. We opened our doors to the public in September of 2004.

Our Teachers


Amita Ummat

It all started in India

Amita Ummat

Amita Ummat

I was introduced to yoga in India about ten years back with some basic postures and breathing exercises called Pranayamas. Since then, yoga has enhanced my experience of life throughout my journey.  Later, I took  200 hours yoga teacher training in Halifax. I am a counseling therapist by profession and a mother of two beautiful daughters.

From my experience, I can tell you that Yoga has taught me to be mindful, to connect with life and to be fully present in the moment. As I started practicing Yoga, I started to listen to my body and comprehend what it needs most, at a given moment. Ultimately, it helped me to know myself better.

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Barb Diamond

What I would like you to know about me

Barb Diamond

Barb Diamond

I graduated from a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in 2010. I have taken workshops in both Ashtanga and Yin Yoga.

My Favourite Quote

“Let Go and Let God”. I don’t know who said it first, but whenever I apply this adage to my own life, things seem to work out for the better, especially lately.

My Favourite Yoga Pose

My favourite yoga pose is Pigeon Pose. I love hip openers. It feels so good to release into this pose and just breath into my hips.

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Celine Burlock

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Celine Burloccl

Céline is passionate about helping people to reach their wellness and health goals.

Fascinated with the ancient art of healing, she likes to apply this wisdom in modern life to increase consciousness and create healthy communities.

She is a certified Life & Wellness Catalyst Coach, Zen Wellness Qi Gong Instructor (500 hour – silver coin), Chi Fit Instructor, Yoga Teacher from the Himalayan Institute Lineage, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.

She has more than 20 years experience in guiding people of all ages.


Jack Godfrey

Jack Godfrey

Jack Godfrey

I have practiced Ashtanga Yoga intensively since 1998 and yoga in general since 1968.

I have taken a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with David Swenson and have completed weekend and week long workshops with Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson, Darby, Hart Lazer, Allison Ulan, Tim Miller, Manji Jois, Patabhi Jois and others.

I have received a 200 hour certification in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio. I continue to study Asanas, Sanskrit, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.

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Kelly Marney

Kelly Marney

Kelly Marney

I became interested in all things from India during an auction I attended with my mother. There was a box lot for sale that had a Buddha incense burner in it.

I had no clue what a ‘Buddha’ was but I wanted it. She handed me her paddle – no one would bid against a 4 year old so I got the box for $2.00.

On the way home, she explained to me that this Buddha was from India and was like God to many people and revered.

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Nikki Martin

NIkki Martin

NIkki Martin

I had been drawn to yoga for many, many years but did not really give in to the pull until the fall of 2012 when I realized I needed to spend less time at home and in front of the TV and instead find something active I could enjoy a few nights a week. A close friend was taking her yoga teacher training and her passion and enthusiasm inspired me to finally take my first steps towards my yoga practice and I joined Sunrise Yoga.

Yoga very quickly became home.  A regular practice made me stronger, fitter, happier and more confident and for the first time in a very long time I started to feel calm and find moments of peace and happiness in a life that had long left me dissatisfied and wanting.  For a long time I defined my life by the list of things I could not do and fear was often the driving force in my world and my decisions.  But suddenly, as my body did more and more things I had once thought were impossible for me I began to define myself by the things I could do and I realized fear was an illusion…something I had long used to avoid living.

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Sharon MacCormack

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Sharon MacCormack

Love, Love, Love yoga

I fell in love after my first yoga class, on my mat, mainly because I felt so good after one class.

After 3 year or more of yoga I decided to take my yoga teacher training. I choose Kripalu yoga, yoga of compassion. I trained at Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) and it was awesome, great teachers, but I was very scared, being and older lady. I would have been the student in class very shy to talk or read at school, in my younger years. But my yoga gave me a confidence to train, and I love yoga even more.

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Veronica Sherwood

Veronica Sherwood

Veronica Sherwood

As a young girl I always felt that athletic activities were not for me. No running, no gymnastics, no soccer, however, I LOVED headstands! I did not realize then that I was destined to fall in love with Kripalu Yoga.

Also, as with so many other young women, I was overly critical of my body and looked to diets to solve life’s problems.

A few years back, a close friend of mine, and now a fellow yoga instructor, asked me to attend her beginner’s class. As I stood for the first time in Tadasana (the Mountain Pose) something dramatic changed in me. I was strong, physically vibrant, and alive. That was 15 years ago.

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