Meet Senior Yoga Teacher Arielle Nash – Degagne
Senior Yoga Teacher, Anatomy Educator & Wellness Director
Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness.¬† After obtaining her degree in Human Kinetics (Kinesiology), along with being an athlete herself, Arielle devoted more than a decade to training professional and elite athletes. ¬†Compiling her experience and knowledge in coaching, sport, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and presenting, Arielle began to teach other professional coaches and trainers how to train. ¬†During this time, she found Ashtanga yoga, and in 2005 ventured to Thailand to complete Centered Yoga‚Äôs teacher training with Paul Dallghan and Sri O.P. Tiwari.
Having already spent several months travelling through Europe and Central America, Arielle coupled her teacher training with exploration through South East Asia and China. ¬†She returned to Asia every year afterwards to continue studying with Paul and Tiwariji, while her career at home in Canada progressed to involve business development and executive management.
After a desire for more travel took Arielle and her husband on an adventure with no set end date through South America, Antarctica and India, they arrived back on the familiar Koh Samui; where they now reside.
Having been a regular student for years and an experienced yoga teacher, Arielle‚Äôs integration into the Samahita teaching and wellness teams was natural.
As Samahita‚Äôs Wellness Director, Arielle employs her experience in yoga, functional movement, and business.¬† Along with her degree, she holds certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques¬©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness.¬† She has also conducted a global research study (Ashtanga Yoga Research Project) involving over 1100 practitioners, on gender difference & Ashtanga yoga practice, focusing on women‚Äôs health matters.
She has completed specialized training in pre and post natal anatomy and physiology, the physiology of respiration, and restorative yoga. Combined with a committed regular practice, this education has enabled her to apply knowledge on yoga as therapy, the science of pranayama and rebuilding faulty biomechanics into her yoga teaching, guiding practitioners toward a better understanding of their physicality.
Arielle is a gifted educator, teaching a holistic integrated approach of anatomy for yoga teacher continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita and other centres.¬† As a course presenter, she has the ability to explain complex information in an interesting, practical and easy-to-understand format.
Arielle carries her practice off of the mat as a proud mother of twin toddlers.¬† Having maintained practice and a teaching schedule throughout her pregnancy, by demand, she developed a very thorough Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training, for which she is the lead teacher.
Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush.
~ Kaitlyn, USA, November ’14
Arielle knows so much about anatomy! She explains it all very well and gave us the passion to know our own bodies.
~ Paola, France, November ’14
Arielle was amazing! I am now so excited to learn more about anatomy.
~ Tabbi, UK, November ’14
I appreciated Arielle’s in-depth knowledge of anatomy, her energy and excellent adjustments in class.
~ Karen, Switzerland, 2014
Arielle is straight-forward, very warm and loving charisma, has the ability to make anatomy exciting.
~ Josephine, Austria 2014
Arielle, against all odds I actually know something about anatomy! You deserve a medal and you are a star when one needs a notary!
~ John, Hong Kong, 2014
Arielle and Elonne’s adjustments and advice in the Mysore space were invaluable. The amount of time and energy they gave to adjustments and teaching during Mysore was incredible!”
~ Erica, Canada, 2014
Arielle is a fantastic anatomy teacher; students love her! Her presentations are organized and entertaining, and her experience and knowledge of yoga makes the teaching especially valuable.
‚ąľ David Robson, Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto
Arielle has been one of my favourite yoga teachers for over 8 years in Canada and South East Asia. I am always humbled and impressed by her teaching style and growing knowledge. Her holistic approach is refreshing; integrating her in-depth knowledge in movement mechanics and years of experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher in a high level of spirit. Her love for yoga, sense of humor, and friendliness create a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn. She has helped me deepen my practice, and grow as a yoga teacher, with her on-going encouragement and support. My deepest gratitude to Arielle.
‚ąľ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City