Barrie Risman, E-RYT 500, YACEP is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators, teacher–trainers and mentors, with a large following of dedicated students. She is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the awakened teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity, insight, and relevance to students of all levels and from all walks of life.
Barrie teaches with a remarkable combination of rigor and challenge balanced with sensitivity, humor, and compassion. Her events weave together the technical precision of refined alignment-based practice with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice.
Barrie was the co-founder and co-director of Shri Yoga, Montreal’s seminal place for the practice of Alignment-based, Heart-centered Hatha Yoga from 2011-2016. From 2003-2012, she was a Senior Anusara Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Barrie led Anusara Yoga events throughout Canada, the US and internationally and served on the Anusara Yoga Teacher Certification Committee from 2006-2012, mentoring new teachers toward certification. From 1997-2003, Barrie served as a full-time staff member for the SYDA Foundation in India and the US, immersed in the study and practice of all the traditional yogic disciplines. Most recently, she is the creator of The Skillful Yogi, an online Mentoring Program for yoga teachers. She is currently at work on her first book: Evolving Your Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Deepening, Integrating and Expanding the Benefits of Practice. Barrie is the co-creator and co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, whose mission is to bring the benefits of posture, breathing and mindfulness to spinal care patients in underserved communities.