Meet Senior Yoga Teacher Arielle Nash – Degagne
Wellness Director and Senior Yoga Teacher
Arielle has been interested in human movement since she was a competitive teenage athlete. This led her to pursue her degree in Kinesiology. Following university, while maintaining a fitness career and competing at the national level, the rigors of intense training and a physical job began to show up in her body. Physical discomfort and imbalances steered her toward yoga. Recognizing the healing and balancing effects that a committed Ashtanga practice created within her own body, she followed an aspiration to share this medicine with others. In 2005, Ariellecompleted the Centered Yoga Teacher Training, with Paul Dallaghan, where she was fortunate to be introduced to Sri O.P. Tiwari and the study of pranayama. In addition to spending over 3 years travelling through Europe, South America, Central America, India, China and Southeast Asia, she returned to Thailand annually to grow in her practiceprior to making it her home in 2013.
It was during time in Mysore, India, practicing under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois when Arielle founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Project. With the participation of over 1100 practitioners, research scientists and fellow teachers, AYRP conducted research on gender differences in Ashtanga asana practice, the results of which are integrated into her teaching.
Arielle teaches a holistic, integrated approach to anatomy in teacher trainings and continuing education courses, at Samahita and other yoga studios. She has also presented continuing education courses for the sport and fitness industries in movement mechanics and exercise physiology in both North America and Asia. As a course presenter, she is a gifted educator with the ability to explain complex information in an interesting, practical and easy-to-understand format.
Arielle has completed specialized training in pre/post natal anatomy and physiology, the physiology of respiration, restorative yoga, and Myofascial Compression Techniques. Combined with a committed regular practice, this education has enabled her toapply knowledge on yoga as therapy, the science of pranayama and rebuilding faulty biomechanics into her Ashtanga teaching, guiding practitioners toward a better understanding of their physicality. Arielle is grateful to her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, Tiwariji and R. Sharath Jois who have shared a part of themselvesto guide her along this path.
Off of the mat Arielle is Samahita’s Wellness Director. Back home in Canada, she can often be found in the west coast mountains, climbing up in summer for a decent run down, or in the winter, improving her snowboarding skills. Either that, or shoe shopping.
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.
∼ 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.
∼ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City