Mandee Labelle, yoga teacher and writer; a true nature lover adventuring along in the school of life.

Naturally inquisitive of the human condition early on, it was exciting for me to eventually go on to study psychology and the social sciences (BA Psych hons., McGill 2001). I enjoyed every minute of my studies. However, upon graduation it was the study of yoga that then took over (Chakra Yoga Instructor Certification 2001). Professionally, Yoga seemed to offer such a broad, flexible palette for working with people. It has such incredible potential, with a wide range of applicability, and can be approached from many different angles. In short, I am happy to say that through Yoga I’ve been able to offer comfortable environments for people to rest, heal, relax, stretch and find themselves again. In such a seemingly busy world these days, people feel under a lot of pressure. Yoga can feel like pressure too if we think we “should” go.  This is not how we do it at Yogaheart. We only come to class when we want to. We do it for the sake of itself. And it is a lot less pressure than other styles of yoga. I’m grateful to the teachers and the practice that enables me to be able to offer something so simple and wholesome such as stretching and breathing. When simple is deep, and true relief can be found. This is the gift of yoga.

It was after Mandee had been teaching yoga for over 10 years when she met her teacher Francis Lucille. This meeting was serendipitous and brought forth a sea change that continues to unfold and be reflected in her contemplations and classes today. Those drawn to her classes can sense a glow of Advaita Vedanta in the tradition of Jean Klein and Francis Lucille in the background of the teachgings. Mandee continues to attend seasonal yoga and meditation retreats in Temecula with Francis when possible.

Her earlier yogic studies started through a rich intensive 350-hour certification program offered by the Chakra Yoga Centre in Victoria, BC. A broader view of yoga that included, but also went beyond Hatha Yoga. Her training included 9 yogas (hatha, jnana, pranayama, karma, raja, yantra, mantra, laya, and bhakti). The program was developed and taught by Yogacharyas David Goulet and Marina Halleran. David had spent considerable time in India with Swami Gitananda, a medical doctor whose yoga lineage derived from the ancient Sat Chakra Nirupana (1526CE). Although her early studies stemmed from this traditional and comprehensive yogic path, Mandee has appreciated the teachings of many great teachers along the way.

After leaving the West Coast of Canada back in 2001, Mandee made her way East, settling in the coastal province of Nova Scotia where she has been offering yoga classes, yoga teacher training, privates, workshops, talks, walks, and retreats ever since.

Dedicated student of yoga, life, psychology, energy, meditation, and consciousness, Mandee shares from her heart and delivers classes that suit anyone who is ready to pause–and realign with the truth within themselves. “Yoga is amazing. This wise and ancient practice offers a wide variety of methods to support healthy living and clarity of mind.  It speaks to different people in different ways. The fundamental teaching of Yoga is to discover the ultimate wisdom within your own heart. The physical practice can be joyous and rejuvenating to all levels of ability. I like to create safe, open spaces for people to find what they are looking for.”

Yogaheart was founded in 2001 by Mandee Labelle E-RYT500, and in 2014 Yogaheart grew into a school that offers classes, teacher training, specialty programs, as well as continuing education for yoga teachers.