Meet Our Instructors

Heather Jones

Owner / Director

– A certified yoga therapist and teacher with thousands of hours in certifications and more than 15 years teaching experience in:Therapeutic Yoga for a variety of special conditions, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Pre & Post Natal Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra & Hot Yoga.
– Owner/Director of The Village Yogi in the Niagara Region, ON – offering private and group classes.
– International Yoga Retreat Host.
– Reiki practitioner offering sessions for peace, relaxation & accelerated healing.
– Creator of PlanetLoveCreations aromatherapy oils & body/mind balancing products.

A Word From Heather

“I started practicing yoga in my early teens. Initially at a doctor’s suggestion following years of surgery, braces and therapy for a congenital spinal trauma. I didn’t really care for it at first, to be honest! But the results were immediate. It relieved pressure and pain from my back and legs and I instantly began to feel stronger. For most of my twenties I had a love/hate relationship with my yoga practice. But it’s something I have consistently gone back to again and again and has become a central core aspect of my life.

My training has included traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and various kinds of Restorative, PreNatal and Meditation training. A few years ago I completed my Yoga Therapist certification as well which has greatly enriched my life and my practice. I try to keep my classes creative and fun. I don’t teach the same way, every day, for every class or every person. All of my training has been very traditional. So my philosophy is about respecting the needs of each individual. Sure, yoga can be challenging. But laughter and light heartedness are just as important, in my opinion, as perfecting your Downward Dog.

To say that I have a passion for this work is an understatement. To this day I have not found anything as satisfying or as exciting as assisting people in uncovering their own strength and helping them to accept their own resiliency. We all have innate healing capabilities. Sometimes it’s just a matter of remembering that; and giving the body what it needs to function optimally. I’m always fascinated, and truly inspired, watching people transform! I’ve seen some remarkable things over the years… but most notably is the look on someone’s face, and the change in their body, when they begin to realize they are SO MUCH MORE than they’ve been giving themselves credit for! Yoga is truly amazing because there really is no end to the journey. It morphs and changes with us. And just when you think you’ve figured it all out – in comes a new challenge and a new awareness. It really is amazing! ”

Nadia Esposito

Yoga Instructor

– 2003 Nutrition and Wellness Specialist Can-Fit Pro
– 2003 Indian Head Massage
– 2003 Reiki Level One
– 2005 Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Therapy
– 2006 Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training
– 2008 Ayurveda Spa Specialist
– 2010 Heaven on Earth Yoga Institute 200hr TT

A Word From Nadia

“Yoga has helped me through the most difficult and devastating times as well as the most joyous and happy ones. I know firsthand the power of the practice and am honoured to share it with others. Whatever your reason may be for coming to the mat; perhaps dealing with the stress of work, the challenges of being a new mom, preparing for birth our suffering a loss or pain; my intention for my classes is to offer a supportive practice that empowers each individual. As a busy mom with two boys (3 if you count my husband) I have found nothing more valuable than my yoga and meditation practice. Since 2006 I have enjoyed teaching yoga to children, adults, and seniors. I truly believe you are never to old or to young for yoga and have been blessed since my first born to be teaching Prenatal and Mom and Baby Yoga classes. My classes are a blend of Hatha, Kundalini and Vinyasa yoga.

Way back in the day (2002!!!) I began seriously attending yoga with Heather Jones. No amount of courses and trainings can compare to the knowledge and experience I have gained from my apprenticeship with her in those early days. A true mentor; Heather’s confidence in me and my ability to teach was greater than my own. Her encouragement gave me the confidence to begin teaching my own classes. For that I am eternally grateful.”

Natalie Rogers

Yoga Instructor

A Word From Natalie Rogers

“My journey with Yoga began as a desire for better physical health.  As it turns out, Yoga is so much more than just the physical, it is truly a practice of self discovery.  For too many years, I lived in fear, with a closed heart that resulted in feelings of depression, anxiety and hopelessness.  Finding and committing myself to the practice of Yoga helped open a light in my heart; one that provides peaceful clarity, awakened possibilities, confidence and balanced health!

It is my passion to spread the practice of Yoga to help others turn this light on within themselves.  To allow space for people to discover not only their personal power but also find time for themselves to unwind, de-stress and be for themselves in a loving way.  In todays society, even a moment of quiet makes a difference.

Although I had been practicing Yoga for 10 years, it was Heather I first heard say “the real work begins off the mat”.  How we are on our mats is how we operate in the world.  This really stuck with me, and I live in this practice each and everyday to be the best self I can be.

In November 2016 I quit my 9-5 in search of my souls desire, in April 2017 I look the 30 day challenge at The Village Yogi which ignited my passion for Yoga.  This challenge resulted in my enrollment to a teacher training program the following year and recently graduated with my 200 hr Power Yoga Canada Teacher Training under my belt.  YOu don’t know what you don’t know.

This is just the beginning of my journey into Wellbeing. There is no growth in comfort, so I choose to keep expanding and enjoy seeing others do the same.”

Recent Tweets

"Dear Village Yogi,  Last month I started yoga, first time in my life. Did not know what to expect,or even what to take...! We had a very busy summer and moved 4 families in our family! Crazy! So my body started to complain, and 2 days before our move I could not move. My chiropractor who I called that day was on vacation...! So here I was..stuck..! I'm a person that believes that everything happens for a reason, so that week I was looking at my computer and there it was...a Groupon to try out yoga...for back problems..?. So here I went , skeptical, afraid, but after a couple classes I felt great, slept the whole night after...that's also a miracle..So I am planning to keep on going to class! Thanks Heather, you are awesome!"

"When life is a storm, Yoga is the calm. When life is peace, Yoga is the challenge. Yoga here - is everything I need. In all ways. Thank you Village Yogi. Great awakenings."

"When I finally got up enough nerve to go to yoga - my only regret is that I didn't do it years ago! I expected to develop physical strength but the unexpected gifts are the best ones. I have developed mental & emotional strength and a confidence I didn't know I was capable of. I am a kinder, more patient person in all aspects of my life. Things are clearer & I am more focused. I am better to people at home...and at work...and as an extra bonus I have lost 50 lbs! I know all of these changes are because of my yoga practice."

S. Sutherland

"Yoga is the deepest most intimate experience I have ever discovered in myself. Blessings & much love."

"Wow! Where do i even begin?? Walking into The Village Yogi has been a life changing experience. The first time I did yoga, I cried. It was then that I knew how important inviting yoga into my life was going to be. I have never looked back. I have become deeper in touch with myself...with The Universe. Thank you."

"Whether it was at the bottom floor of a library, in a church hall, or in this beautiful yoga studio that Heather has called "The Village Yogi", she has helped hundreds of people with her yoga teachings, the teachers she brings into her studio, plus the multitude of other special events that she offers all the time. It keeps me centered. It helps me be a more loving and compassionate person. Heather is endlessly giving and teaching for others....Thank God for this yoga studio!! She is continuously trying to instill goodness and love in others, and at the same time training you to have a more flexible and muscular body. It is the true meaning of Yoga that Heather teaches...this is not just a place to go to lose weight. How beautiful our little world is with Heather and The Village Yogi studio in it!!"

"Everytime I practice I am taken by surprise at how the teacher speaks her truth - which is my truth. Thank you eternally!"

"I noticed that my knee doesn't crack every time I bend it anymore!"

"I love coming here! It has turned into my favourite day of the week (Monday!). I feel much better about my week after yoga."

"Yoga helps me feel calm and centered in my daily life."


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