Meet the Founders Claire and Aruna
Claire Louise Matthews
To me, yoga is a dance between empowering techniques and the most gentle security blanket. Yoga is a forgiving, yet encouraging practice, resulting in strength, flexibility and clarity. I love guiding people of all ages through yoga practices so they may obtain the peace and balance they require and deserve.
My yoga journey began in 2002, when I entered a studio, hopeful to find relief from chronic neck pain. Within only a few classes, I found that relief, along with an inspired sense of purpose and a deep appreciation for the physical body and it’s abilities.
I immediately began yoga teacher training to learn more about yoga’s healing possibilities and preventative philosophies.
In 2006 I began guiding adults through alignment based and breath focused Ashtanga classes, adding prenatal, restorative and children’s classes to my schedule in 2008.
I still love practicing yoga, teaching the poses and guiding classes. Classes and training takes place at the Yoga Truly studio in Grimsby, Ontario.
- Co-Founder/Director of Yoga Truly Studios in Grimsby and Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
- Co-Founder/Director and Lead Trainer of Ambassador Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
- Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher 500
- Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher
- Certified Yoga Therapist
- Certified Hot Stone Massage Therapist
- Certified Reiki Healer Level 1 & 2
- Authorized Acuball Distributor
Telephone Claire: 289-407-9453
B.A., E-RYT200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), 500 Hour IKYTA (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association) Yoga Teacher Certification
Aruna Santokh Kaur
Step into the world of the Young Yoga Masters Kids Yoga Trainer and Ambassador Yoga creator Aruna and your central nervous system will rejoice in a soothing Ahhhh as you immerse in a field of Yes! Energy. Teacher Training is filled with ideas that open hearts and minds to the world of yoga, because teaching well means boiling everything down to the simplest explanation which leads to proclamations of “Yes! I get it!” from all ages.
When the kids in her classes asked if they could keep her 3-D yoga props, Aruna answered with a resounding “Absolutely you can!” She invented the Frog Yoga Alphabet Teacher Training Double Pack and Yoga Man vs. The Stressor Teacher Trainings and E-books as an accessible, inexpensive solution.
When these kids grew into young adults and wanted to become yoga teachers, Aruna dived into developing Ambassador Yoga, the world’s first Yoga Teacher Training geared to teens, as well as adults.
Aruna is Co-Founder /Director and Lead Teacher Trainer in Young Yoga Masters Registered Children’s Yoga School and Ambassador Yoga Registered Yoga School. She is the author of Yoga Man vs. The Stressor: Yoga for Boys Teacher Training and Games and The Frog Yoga Alphabet and Games, and the award-winning Young Yoga Masters blog, where she’s been blogging since 2007 exclusively about kids yoga. A certified yoga instructor since 1998, she has over 250 testimonials from happy customers. Once upon a time Aruna lived in an Ashram for six years. Now she lives in Ontario, Canada, and enjoys singing, ukulele playing and technology.
The Inspiration for Ambassador Yoga: From Student to Teacher to Trainer
Ambassador yoga was started by two kids yoga teachers (that’s us, Claire and Aruna), when we got inspired watching the kids we teach grow up.
As the children became tweens, then teens, we noticed kids yoga classes just didn’t suit their needs. Tweens and teens wanted yoga that served their interests and lifestyle and they got excited by the idea of taking a Tween/Teen Leadership Program that would also prepare them to enter yoga teacher training.
If teens can get their drivers license, becoming a life guard and camp counselor, work part time in service industries and retail, if teens can do all this, we wondered, why can’t they become yoga teachers?
And so the Ambassador Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training was born.
About the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
It took us three years to write this 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, including the manuals, Trainer Lesson Plans, Yoga Alliance Syllabus. We tested it and revised it in our studio for three years as well.
The 200 hour Ambassador Yoga Teacher Training is so thorough and interactive that adults fell in love with it too! It equips those who have been taking yoga regularly (at least 40 classes) to become excellent yoga teachers.
About the Trainer Fast-Track Program
We created the 200 Hour program so we know the sacrifice of time and money it took to step back from other important things to create a Yoga Teacher Training.
So we knew that all this work could help other experienced yoga teachers get their Training started too. We knew the Trainer Fast-Track Program would help both adult yoga teacher and kids yoga teachers. Our goal is to help you start offering your yoga teacher training in 30 days by using our manuals, Trainer Lesson Plans, Yoga Alliance Syllabus, and marketing materials. We lead you (one-on-one over the phone or Skype) to deliver an amazing Training to your students.
Ambassador Yoga Growing Globally
The Ambassador faculty is expanding every month with new Experienced Yoga Teachers becoming Lead Trainers in their own Registered Yoga Schools. If this sounds like something that could help you, you can get more information here.