About Jeannine Plaiche
I grew up in the South Shore city of Chateauguay. As a passionate figure skater and professional coach I participated in many activities growing up: latin ballroom as well as modern/contemporary dancing, martial arts (capoeira and kemp jiujitsu), I won regional and provincial titles in short track sprinting and in figure skating, and I was captain and mvp of my soccer team.
I have a bachelor’s degree specializing in Psychology and other than yoga, I have completed certificates in the fields of nutrition, personal fitness training and athletic coaching. I figure skated for over 20 years and was a coach for over 10 years (6 of which I taught professionally). It was only sometime between 2001-2003, after a downhill ski accident and subsequent [ACL] knee surgery that I was forced to take a serious look at my future and that’s when I discovered and started practicing yoga.
It was in the summer of 2008, at my first 200-hr teacher training at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico, that I first awakened to my inner wisdom. That training was my 180-degree turning point: I returned home, I ended a 6 year relationship, reconciled with my father with whom I had not spoken to for 8 years, started teaching yoga classes, and 2 years later I left my figure skating career in order to dedicate more of my time to teaching. 2 years after that I started teaching yoga full time! I truly believe, and it’s my own experience that informs this belief – that when we gain a glimpse of who we are at our essence, in our heart (aka: our true nature) that life flows with greater ease.
“When Doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of being that is success.”Eckhart Tolle
I have since taught over 3000 hours of classes, completed specialized trainings in yoga therapy with Carina Raisman and Martin Kirk, Anusara® yoga with Robin Golt & Barrie Risman, prenatal yoga with Janice Clarfield, yogic meditation and philosophy with Daryl Vansier, Sally Kempton, Carlos Pomeda, Mark Dyczkowski and Bill Mahony, and Reiki energy healing with Shanti Ji Rubens. I teach locally and internationally. I offer group and private yoga lessons and offer immersion trainings in Anusara yoga. I am the Canadian Country Coordinator for the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga , and am an E-RYT500 member of the Yoga Alliance.
I love life (even when it sucks), and my high level of respect for the yogic tradition compels me to teach from my own experience of spirit. My classes are inspirational, educational, detail oriented and sprinkled with humor. When I’m not teaching I’m most likely deep in yogic self-study, drinking tea or traveling the world. Yoga is a passion that consistently opens me to the joy of life; teaching is the vehicle I use to share my passion with others so that they too can experience the joy of life.