Testimonials

Working with Maggie has changed my experience of my illness and injuries. I had mixed feelings about pursuing yoga therapy ... Prior to the multiple head injuries I was struggling to recover from, hatha yoga was a big part of my life and a key source of stress relief and connection. When I became debilitated by fatigue, cognitive impairment, and endocrine issues, yoga felt like just one more thing I couldn't do anymore ... Maggie asked questions that nobody had ever asked about what my injuries and illness meant to me, how it was impacting my life, what I felt I most needed at this moment ... I was amazed by how much she picked up about my body and its experience of various postures ... I was totally moved by the practice she designed for me. It fits my body perfectly, and I am finding that it supports my physical needs and healing as well as the emotional and spiritual struggles that come with long-term illness. Working with Maggie, I was able to embrace the kind of yoga that is healing for me right now. Dr. Kaylin Forde, Private Yoga Therapy Student

The ten weeks that I spent with Maggie in the first module of the certified yoga therapist program were some of the most profoundly healing weeks of my life. I grew so much both as a yoga instructor and a human being, and I consistently use what I learned both at work and in my own daily practice. I can't believe how much I didn't know before this training! Maggie's depth of knowledge and practical experience--and obvious care for her students--are impressive to say the least. The specialist mentors she brings into class are also top-notch and extremely helpful. I now work with a chronic pain clinic offering private yoga therapy and I refer back to her notes on a daily basis. I cannot wait to come back and complete the rest of the modules. Rachel Schmidt, CYT 1000 Student

Maggie has created an incredibly rich program. Her deep and applicable knowledge of yoga is presented enthusiastically and from the heart. Rooted in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar, the program also includes numerous specialist mentors whose professional expertise spans a wide range of conditions and methods. This is one of the program’s most helpful aspects. In addition to having the opportunity to observe and assist in weekly group therapeutic classes, the six weeks of study in Chennai India with esteemed yoga teachers is an unforgettable and most valuable learning experience. Robb Mills, CYT 1000 Student

Maggie is a yogic visionary, full of integrity. Her sweet voice and personable demeanor have made her a pleasure to study with. She has created a teacher training program that matches these strengths, incorporating the teachings of Master Yoga Therapists, Desikachar and Iyengar, into her training and drawing on the best local resources to enhance the training. What sets her teachings apart from the myriad of others is both the experiential learning model used in the program, which has given me innumerable teaching skills and confidence simply by observing and assisting her in action, and the significant attention to the authentic techniques of yoga--integrating mantra, pranayama and meditation into asana practice, and always adapting yoga to suit each individual.  Maggie's in depth knowledge of yogic philosophy and Ayurveda is a rare asset. Most importantly, she models the yogic lifestyle allowing herself to flow through life's hurdles honestly and gracefully--an essential component of a teacher trainer. Camela Cowan, CYT 1000 Graduate

Maggie Reagh takes private clients, works with their individual limitations and designs a practice for them that will help them recover from whatever ails them or else helps them optimize their well being within their limitations, for more serious challenges. She is highly skilled, has a wonderful presence, knows her stuff, and has helped me enormously in my recovery of a knee injury that bedeviled me for several years. Barbara Burkhardt, Private and Public Classes Student

Maggie is a kind and generous teacher who brings the fullness of her spirit into her teachings. I always feel safe in her class because of the balance of expertise and playful humility she embodies. I look forward to Maggie's classes every week as a sanctuary for body, mind and spirit, and thank her deeply for the healing she has brought to my life.  Vince Gowmon, Private Yoga Therapy and Level 2 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

As a writer, working at a computer can create a variety of imbalances in the body. Maggie helped me handle mine by teaching me methods using Dance and Yoga, an ideal combination that worked for me. And such a pure and gentle soul! To be in her presence is to feel healing. Jacqueline Forster, Private Yoga Therapy Student

Maggie is one of the most forthright and humble people I have ever met, and it has been a pleasure to have her as a teacher for the past 3 years. It is very rare to find a teacher that can not only "talk the talk" but actually puts everything she says into practice and truly "walks the walk". I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon her Yoga Therapy training program all those years ago as I don't know where else I could have gotten such a diverse training encompassing asana, philosophy and chanting from the linage of Sri T Krishnamacharya, including a unique approach to asana combining the works of Desikachar and Iyengar. In addition to this, we are lucky to get in depth training in Anatomy and Physiology and specific techniques in Ayurveda as taught by specialists in their fields. I highly recommend this very practical, hands-on training to anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of Yoga Therapy not only to be able to teach it, but to incorporate it into their own lives. Randi Bradshaw, CYT 1000 Yoga Therapist Graduate

I am currently training as a Yoga Therapist and have been teaching Yoga for the past 13 years. Recently, I started attending Maggie's classes and have come to love them. I really appreciate how she honours the roots of her tradition through the inclusion of chanting, breathwork practices, visualization, and reflection upon the Yoga Sutras. In conjunction with those elements, she brings a keen eye to her teaching and identifies imbalances and less-than-optimal movement patterns in her students, as well as a depth of knowledge of therapeutic postures and human anatomy. Maggie gives tons of personal attention to each student and ensures that they move safely and have sufficient props to do so. I feel that she is a great resource for any teacher and also a supportive and knowledgable yoga therapist for anyone needing it. I would recommend her classes highly. Christina Niven, Level 2 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

Maggie is a passionate, dedicated teacher who has provided a sound and innovative physical, philosophical and spiritual Yoga Therapist training - a thorough foundation for safe and effective teaching. The apprenticeship model in this training has provided me with numerous opportunities throughout the course to observe classes and individuals and practice and refine my teaching skills in a range of therapeutic contexts. This invaluable hands on approach has given me confidence to work with people with both simple and complex health issues. Penny Noble, CYT 1000 Yoga Therapist Graduate

I have to say your Yoga class was one of the best I've taken.  I felt fantastic when we were finished and my back felt great with none of the strain I typically take away from a class. Gaelen Gibson, RMT

As a Yoga teacher in the city Maggie is a rare find.  Her practical knowledge is remarkable with the power to transform and heal, “meeting you where you are" on many levels.  When my back was injured, she gave me a short 15-minute morning practice (which I actually did) that eventually cured the injury. Her commitment to the spiritual practice of Yoga gives her work a further dimension that students benefit from.   Her teaching style is a wonderful blend of earth meets sky! Jill Sharpe, Private Yoga Therapy and Level 2 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

The chanting and sense of calm in Maggie’s classes help create a spiritual feeling in me. This has increased the connection between my mind, body and spirit. I so enjoy her emphasis on breathing and she has come up with some creative ideas for the adaptations I require to do various poses.  Lynn Meredith, Therapeutic Yoga for Disabilities student at False Creek Community Centre

Back in 1999, I had the honour of meeting Maggie and becoming one of her first Yoga students.  We were living/working in China and Maggie gave Yoga classes twice a week to me and another colleague.  It was clear from the beginning that Yoga was Maggie's passion.  Five months later (and unfortunately for her two new Yoga students), Maggie left China for India to further advance her knowledge of Yoga.  Since that time, and back in Vancouver, I have joined Maggie's classes whenever possible.  Her expertise, her devotion to her students' needs as well as her positive energy are always present in her practice.  I look forward to many more years of Yoga with Maggie. Susan Peake,  Yoga Student at Capilano University

Since 1999, I have learned and practiced Yoga with Maggie -first in a bare apartment in China in the fall of 1999, where after a hard day of teaching, we would do our downward dog and serenity would return to the day. I have benefited most from Maggie's individualized Yoga Therapy programs for me over the years -I have all my sheets with Maggie's stick people reminding me what to do. All that I have learned from Maggie I bring into my ongoing practice and for this I am eternally grateful -it adds up to a priceless treasure. Catherine Ostler, Private Yoga Therapy and Yoga Student at Capilano University

Maggie introduced me to Yoga a decade or more ago. Since then, I’ve become an avid follower. I’ve taken many of her courses, private and public, along the years. Maggie’s classes are fun and truly enjoyable. She is approachable but professional at the same time.  I wait for Wednesdays so I can get energized but become relaxed simultaneously. Maggie knows my needs and challenges and caters for them. She actually focuses on each student individually and tells him/her how to perform each movement and get the most out of it. From this adaptive method, all her students gain. I wish Maggie all the best in all her endeavors and her yoga career. Dr. Azza Sedky, Private Yoga Therapy and  Yoga Student at Capilano University

My relationship with Maggie started in 2002 at Capilano University. I have always felt privileged to be a part of Maggie's classes. Some of my complaints were achy hips, tight gluts, and other issues which left me sore and unhappy. With Maggie's knowledge and expertise in Yoga Therapy and her attention to her students' issues, I feel blessed. Maggie cares about each and every one of us. My lower back and other aches and pains also miraculously disappear after each class. Her chanting creates peace and tranquility. I love all that we learn from Maggie and am always thankful to be in her classes. Debbie Hope, Private Yoga Therapy and Level 3 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

The value of Yoga was revealed to me in a visceral and mind blowing way when I accidentally discovered Maggie's class on the Capilano University campus in 2002, during a time of great stress, fear and confusion in my family's life story.  Maggie is so skilled at communicating and understanding that complete surrender and commitment to a life saving practice is possible.  I have experienced her generosity of spirit, her empathy and her teaching skill.  I will always be grateful for the transformation she initiated. Diane Neufeld, Yoga Student at Capilano University

Maggie is a person who exudes positive energy, enormous professional ability and a love of what she is doing.  She passes this on to her students in a caring, friendly and flexible manner that gives you a sense of wanting to do more and have expectations of how to improve your life in many ways. Val Newman, Therapeutic Yoga Break Student at Capilano University

I have known Maggie for several years and have recently been lucky enough to participate in her lunch time yoga classes at Capilano University.  Not only does Maggie truly believe in the health and restorative benefits of Yoga, but she also personalizes each practice to provide the most benefit to the individual student.  She is a truly generous and sensitive guide, and her classes reflect her individualized approach to the person as a whole.  I have gained flexibility, strength and balance, but more importantly, I have been able to incorporate this practice into my daily schedule and am more relaxed and aware as a result.  Thank you Maggie – I look forward to beginning these courses again in the Fall! Marnie Findlater, Therapeutic Yoga Break Student at Capilano University

Since 2008, I’ve had the benefit of learning with Maggie. Her years of study combine with a rare ability to see what might be causing imbalances in my body and mind. Her practices are profound, but done with a light touch. Gretchen Ingram, Level 2 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

Maggie is a true guide, mentor, and student, who is open to learning from her students, as well as being an accomplished teacher. She sets the tone of the class with her presence, practice and beautiful voice as she chants & sings the appropriate mantras/sutras. She easily flows from demonstrating, guiding or aligning her student's postures, modifying them according to the individual's needs on any given day, not according to where they should be, but where they are at, in that moment. She not only 'reads' each of her students, but the class as a whole and structures or changes the flow of the class accordingly.

Being an aging athlete with an injured body, Maggie has worked wonders for me. I feel more in the flow, as well as feeling more flexible, grounded and younger in my body, mind and spirit by the time I complete each class. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone who has injuries, physical limitations, or issues with range of motion/mobility. Maggie not only teaches Yoga but lives it and embodies it for me much more than any other Yoga teacher or class that I have experienced in the past. Musa Kalaora, Level 2 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

Maggie has blessed me with a safe haven to discover a new balance for my mind, soul & body since my Young Onset Parkinson's diagnosis.  This sanctuary encourages each person to find their own balance of peace & movement, body & spirit. Coral Browne, Level 1 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

For the past 30 years, I have participated with different Yoga Instructors.  Maggie’s individual techniques with her Therapeutic Yoga treatments have helped relieve my neck pain.  Great job! Mercedes Wong, Therapeutic Yoga for Disabilities Student at False Creek Community Centre

I have found that the Therapeutic Yoga for Disabilities sessions conducted by Maggie and her teacher trainees have helped me greatly to manage the adverse effects of pain and swelling of my osteoarthritis in my knee joints and legs. Learning to be conscious of my breathing has contributed to my finding relaxation and becoming aware of my body. I would recommend highly Therapeutic Yoga as taught by Maggie. Tom Teranishi, Therapeutic Yoga for Disabilities student at False Creek Community Centre

I am a seventy year old woman who had done Yoga in the past but had stopped about ten years ago because of lower back problems.  I took Maggie's Yoga course for people with disabilities, and with gentle postures, I found that I could do much more than I thought I was capable of.  At the end of the course, I felt I could step up to a higher level.  Thank you, Maggie. Philomene Jahnke, Therapeutic Yoga for Disabilities student at False Creek Community Centre

Maggie is a creative and adaptive yoga instructor that brings years of experience into the classroom along with a welcoming approach. I have benefited greatly by her instruction both in the classroom and for my home program. I would highly recommend her for anyone who's been holding off trying yoga due to injuries or limitations. Nicole Liddell, Private Yoga Therapy and Level 2 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

Maggie is a fabulous teacher. She lives, sings and breathes yoga, bringing that energy into her classes and onto her students. I would highly and without hesitation recommend her as a skilled and knowledgeable teacher with a beautiful style to her teaching. Gita Kaluaratchi, RYT 200 and Level 3 Student at the Qi House in Kitsilano

Maggie has shared a gentle and kind relationship of like-minded spirit through the years. Humble and curious, she has invested much to her ongoing studies and teaching, which continues to benefit many.I am grateful to Maggie for extending great care and support as a fellow student and teacher, for listening and supporting in a very intimate manner.
It is evident the contribution Maggie enthusiastically gifts her students, peers and community. Her warmth and devotion touch all who are blessed to know her. Jennifer Gillis, Yoga Teacher/Student

Though my contact with Maggie has been brief, the impact of her work has been made apparent through many of my long time friends and colleagues. It is clear Maggie has a huge amount of expertise and experience upheld by integrity and a natural curiosity of life. Thank you for what you bring to our community Maggie. James Hayter, President of Yoga BC

Maggie is a TRUE YOGINI in every sense of the word! I've hardly seen someone so expert in Pranayama, Asana, Ayurveda, Mantras, Meditation and Grace to name a few of her vast areas of knowledge! Karnamrita Dasi, Internationally Renowned Kirtan Singer

I have had the opportunity to attend both Maggie's group classes and experience a one on one private yoga therapy session with her. I was relieved to have found Maggie as a teacher: although I had been studying and practicing yoga for years, I had experienced health challenges and was unable to continue with my regular practice. I felt frustrated and confused at how to continue with my yoga practice.
 
Maggie impressed me by her vast knowledge of yoga and ability to put together a practice that was perfectly suited to where my body was at has finally been helping me to find balance again physically, spiritually and emotionally. I was also grateful that she was able to put together a practice that suited my lifestyle and time constraints. I am now able to complete a yoga practice in 20 minutes that addresses key physical imbalances in my body and makes me feel more grounded and present. It is rare to find a teacher that is so knowledgeable in the area of therapeutic yoga. I always feel very safe and supported when being taught by Maggie. Thank you!  Julie Beyer,  Private Yoga Therapy and Level 2 Student