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exhale yoga and massage team


Cindy is the picture of fitness and a fountain of information. She has been actively involved in the Fitness and Health Industry for over the past 30 years. Her certifications and education are extensive. She is the owner of Exhale Yoga and Massage, a Registered Massage Therapist, 500 hour Certified Yoga teacher, E-RYT 1000, YACEP with the Yoga Alliance, and a personal fitness trainer. Her personal accomplishments include 7 marathons, 2 Ironman Triathlons and 1 place in Ontario Lightweight Body builder competitor, avid hiker and camper. Cindy has also raise 2 very successful young men, that she is very proud of.

Cindy has worn many hats within the health and fitness world. She has been an active team member at the YMCA, Superfitness, Gold’s Gym to name a few; teaching fitness, swimming, personal training and nutrition, kettle bell classes and of course Yoga. She was also the youth and adult fitness programmer with the YMCA and a Health and Safety Representative and Trainer at the Sterling Truck plant for 5 years.

Cindy has extensive knowledge of the human body. She applies this knowledge in her massage therapy practice and her Yoga class instruction much to the benefit of her clients. She is a joy to be around and inspires you to do your best.


  • Recreation Leadership Program In service program: Fanshawe College, London Ontario

  • Fitness Ontario Leadership program (The Basics, Exercise Design and Strength Fitness)

  • Can Fit Pro certified

  • Sports Nutrition Specialist

  • Yoga Exercise Specialist 2004 with East to West Yoga Susie Dias

  • Shiva Rea Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training Kirpalu Centre for Yoga

  • Forest Academy of Mind Body Medicine Integrative Yoga program 200 hours YTT

  • Deva Tree School of Yoga 200 hours

  • Baron Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga

  • Anusara Handstand Clinic

  • Susi Hately Aldous – core stability

  • Yoga Conference March 2010 – Bo Forbes the Lymphatic Web

  • D’Arcy Lane School of Human Massage

  • any many more certifications


Kathryn White, BA, BEd, CNE, RYT200

A large part of my happiness comes from being able to push the reset button on life. In looking after my own health I decided that I needed a change. I needed to revisit how I was living and what I was doing. The greatest change I made was leaving my full-time teaching job. After 17 years of teaching I knew I could not go back; I needed to explore a different passion that was less stressful but equally fulfilling. This is where Yoga has come from. Passion. Passion to not just survive but also to THRIVE. I want to help people to understand that what we eat is who we are. That food feeds our cells and our souls and that when we make food choices we are also making life choices. These choices will lead us to health or away from health. These choices will help us to feel good about ourselves and to love what makes us who we are.

As I have continued my own healing and my desire to help others I have journeyed down the path of yoga. It has become an integral part of my healing. It is the perfect compliment to healthy eating. It is a piece of what I hope to offer others; health – body, mind, and soul.

Helen P Valks

Helen teaches both Hatha and Yin Yoga, “I like to sprinkle myofascial release techniques into my Hatha and Restorative practices”  Helen.

When practicing with Helen virtually please have a blanket, strap, yoga blocks, a foam roller and 2 blue squash balls for the myofascial release work, this will help you get the most out of your practice.

Helen is a former bedside Nurse of 40 years. After a 12 hour shift one night Helen went to a Yoga class and fell in love, she knew after that first class she wanted to teach and share the practice of Yoga.

Helen is a 500 CYA/RYT 

with 50 hours in both Restorative and Subtle Energy.

100 hours both in of Down Dogs and Doshas, and Whispering Wisdoms.

Helen also has an extra 200 hours of Yoga Training with various disciplines, like Bernie Clark, Pauline Zink. She loves the practice of Yin as it has helped her through 2 critical illnesses “it is my desire to share it with as many people as possible to help them find ways to bring the practice of Yoga, the healing benefits of Yoga into your life especially if you are dealing with any physical limitations”. Helen P Valks

Contact Helen if you have any questions at Shifting Sands Yoga email


“The way that we see things today does not have to be the way we saw them yesterday. That is because the situations, our relationships to them, and we ourselves have changed in the interim. This notion of constant change suggests that we do not have to be discouraged.” T.K.V Desikachar

I have discovered that the path you may choose in life is not necessarily the one that you think is in front of you. If someone was to tap me on the shoulder ten years ago and say, “Hey, some day you will be teaching fitness classes and unleash a great passion for yoga,” I probably would have looked into their third eye, laughed and told them to go chew on granola! I come from a family of practical people that are entrepreneurial in spirit; likely an influencing factor for my affinity for the Sciences. I obtained my degree in Science, because of my love of the logical, expected, and the perception that there is always a right and a wrong; very rarely is there an in-between. Eventually, I received my degree in Education after realizing how much I enjoy celebrating in the successes of others. Almost by accident, and oddly through an early morning television program that caught my curiosity, I began my yoga journey and ignited a passion, again highlighting the unexpected! From there I progressed into teaching fitness and obtained my Yoga Certification through this passion.

My journey has taught me to expect the unexpected and to release myself from what I had anticipated to be the outcome. This has provided me with a foundation from which to teach my classes; I provide suggestions and options and share what I know and I’m open to each experience and learn in the moments along the way. What works for me may not work for the next person and I believe that the student knows their own body best. My hope is to provide a journey for my students that will broaden their awareness and teach them through their own experience how to grow their practice in a way that best serves them.


I fell in love with yoga when I was 19- I completed my first certification in 2004-2005 at The Lotus Centre after having moved to London and I have been teaching ever since. I continued my education at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto and certified in their 750 hour programme. I am unendingly interested in our bodies- their histories, their function. My students continue to teach me and push me to learn and grow as a teacher. I am a certified Birth Doula, a certified Masseuse (specializing in Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Hot Stone), a Reiki Master Teacher and owner of The Peaceful Path, where I am privileged to share what I love with my community. I live in St. Thomas with my wonderful husband!


Namaste fellow yogis! 

I’m Tara, and I found yoga after a few life choices led me nowhere to go but up. From the first time I stepped on my mat in 2009,  I knew my next goal was to make others feel the way I had that day.  So,  in 2011 I went to college for fitness and nutrition,  and in 2015, I obtained my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification.  I’m now humbled and privileged to be able to share yoga with others,  as words cannot even begin to express the benefits practice has to offer on and off the mat. Come feel the joy that your mind,  body,  and spirit truly deserve.  You deserve it.


Chris got his start at the age of 16 training martial arts (Karate) and has been training for 29 years. During this time Chris also participated in power lifting and raced motocross.

In 2008 Chris wanted to bring some softness to his Karate so began learning Tai Chi. On January 20th 2009 Chris was hurt at work. He woke up in the hospital Suffering from a concussion, back and neck injuries. For many years Chris struggled with pain and mobility.

In 2014 Chris was introduced to yoga and instantly saw the improvement with his back and neck pain. Chris began to practice regularly. In 2015 he started his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Tru Hot Yoga. He proudly taught his first class in winter 2015.

Chris put together a program to teach people who are developmentally disabled and implemented this program in Tillsonburg. Chris currently works as a Community Support Worker at Community Living Tillsonburg.

Chris is excited to guide people through all types through yoga, so that they too can benefit from the amazing physical and mental benefits that yoga has to offer. Come and share Chris’s passion for health and wellbeing.


$16.00 – Walk-in Classes
$79.10 – One Month Unlimited
$70.63 – 5 Class Pass
$129.95 – 10 Class Pass

**Prices include HST and are for EXHALE YOGA classes only.  Refer to Class Calendar for special pricing events.

Please register/etransfer for Yoga class packages at


15 St. Catharine Street, Suite 201
St. Thomas, ON N5P 2V7


OPEN 20 minutes before, and after scheduled classes.
Massage Therapy by appointment only.