At Pure Zen Yoga & Wellness we pride ourselves on our welcoming atmosphere and tight-knit community of great people!
We offer a variety of yoga classes and other services for all your needs whether you are seeking to discover yoga as a newbie, find calm, improve your mental health, build strength, improve your flexibility, connect with others, or deepen your practice.
Our instructors are experienced and certified and are able to provide safe and enjoyable modifications for various abilities or health limitations.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY...
"A great studio space; I love the plants and natural light. The instructors are welcoming and I love how they give modifications often and that you can ask them questions. I've enjoyed many classes" - M.D.
"If you haven't tried Pure Zen Yoga Studio yet, you have to put it at the top of your list! I fell in love with this studio many years ago and haven't strayed. They have classes that cater to whatever your body needs, from relaxation to a good challenge. Not to mention, the instructors make you fell welcome from the minute you step into the studio" - K.S.
"Tamara's classes are exactly what I need every week. She incorporates a variety of poses and works on strengthening, flexibility, as well as relaxation. Her knowledge and experience with yoga is outstanding! She offers lots of variations to the poses so that everyone can participate and benefit. You will never be disappointed after going to her classes!" - M.P.
"If you want the ultimate relaxing 'make every part of your body feel awesome' experience, you HAVE to try a Thai Yoga Massage with Tamara! I will definitely be going back again and again" -G.A.
Tamara MacElwain is the founder and owner of Pure Zen Yoga & Wellness. She believes yoga is a vessel to create awareness of one's self, where you are carrying tension, or where your mind and body are "at" in the moment.
Tamara embraces the philosophy that every body, mind, and soul is unique. She aspires to teach her students to appreciate their own strengths, and to safely challenge areas needing improvement only when their bodies and minds are ready.
Tamara is an Experienced teacher certified at 200 hours and is currently working towards a 500 hour training qualification. She has taught yoga for 20 years in various locations including Singapore, Japan, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Her teaching lineage comes mostly from Vinyasa (Flow) yoga. Tamara is also certified in Thai Yoga Massage as well as Birth Doula Support and has Bachelor degrees in Education, Psychology, and a Master's degree in Infant Psychology & Development.
Bethany began her yoga journey in 2005 here in the town of Woodstock. Looking to complement her athletics by gaining flexibility and preventing injury, her initial draw to yoga was solely for the physical aspect of the practice. Although she enjoys the physical benefits of the asana ‘work-out’, it was her discovery of the ‘work-in’ that kept her coming back to the mat. Practicing presence, self acceptance, and gratitude were quickly identified as areas with room for improvement, and they remain at the foundation of her yoga practice today.
Her willingness to share this with others led her to completing a 200 hour Yoga Instructor, and Yoga in Schools Instructor certification through Breathing Space Yoga Studio in 2018. She began her Yoga Instructor journey at Dynamic Studio in Fredericton, and soon found her way back to Woodstock teaching at Alchemy Yoga Lab. In 2019 she completed the 50 hour Alreal Aerial Yoga Training through Alchemy Yoga Lab, 50 hour Yin Yoga Training through Shanti Yoga in Halifax, and studied Yoga For The Spine through Andrea Peloso in Fredericton.
Bethany loves sharing yoga and persists that bodies of all genders, shapes, ages, and fitness levels can enjoy and benefit from yoga. Bethany practices and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Aerial yoga. Playful in nature, her classes invite others to feel comfortable in discomfort, and enjoy movement in a safe space.
Instructor Bio coming soon.....
Jenn Carson received her children's teaching certification from Kripalu in 2008 and her 200-hour adult certificate from Amana Institute in 2011. She has done many hours of additional training in Yin, Ashtanga, and primordial sound meditation. She regularly travels the globe teaching yoga and meditation at conferences. She is also a Level 1 Integrated Positional Therapist.
An award-winning author and librarian, she researches the effects of physical literacy on personal wellness. You can expect her classes to focus on proprioception (awareness of your body in time and space), interoception (awareness of your internal experience), and not taking ourselves too seriously.
Expect to laugh a lot. Jenn's teaching mantra is to be gentle, patient, and persistent with ourselves.
Pure Zen Yoga & Wellness
614 Main Street, Woodstock, NB., Canada E7M2C4