Francesca Bonta

Yoga has been part of my life since I was a teenager. That translates into almost 30 years of experience. Teaching yoga has been an important part of my life for the last 10 years. It is such an honour to share yoga with such amazing people. After having lived abroad for half my life, moving back to Cobourg became an easy transition through my yoga world, prior to that I felt out of place. I have studied and practiced yoga in many countries around the world, including UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand, Australia, Turkey & of course Canada. From each teacher I have picked up little points along the way and developed my own teaching style. I find this the most beautiful aspect of instructing and taking classes. The uniqueness of each person makes every yoga experience meaningful. The yoga world has so much to offer practitioners but also instructors, it is a never ending process of experience and education. In addition to all the other training I have done, I have added RYT teacher training to my list of qualifications. In the works are opportunities to be able to travel the world and teach yoga, either for retreats or at destination spas. I also would like to train others to become yoga instructors.

I studied to become a Dietician at the University of Western Ontario, upon graduation moved abroad (UAE) and started a private practice within a multi-disciplinary clinic comprised of at least 40 medical professional (most of them medical doctors with specialties). That experience was profound and I built a tiny practice into a thriving clinic. In additon to nutrition consulting, I taught fitness classes of varying degrees, had a mini herb & supplement boutique within the clinic (I am also an herbalist trained by the Dominion Herbal College in B.C.). During that period of my life I helped people from every part of the world, not to mention I have travelled extensively and continue to do so. I was also a regular contributor to over a dozen magazines, a member of a telvevison show and a public figure presenting at corporate events. Volunteer work was of course a part of my regular practice. The clinic I ran was at a point of success I thought would take a lifetime to acheive, but then I followed the universe which led me back to Canada, specifically in Cobourg, where my parents are.

Moving back to Canada was a very difficult transition, I missed my old career, friends, lifestyle and the weather to name a few. But in my heart I knew it was the right thing to do. I literally "fell" into a teaching career which has been my day-job for the last 8 years. I love the children and am a natural teacher (started when I was 15 by teaching swimming and have taught fitness and related classes ever since). The universe once again spoke to me and I have followed it. A series of events and a final `bang`made it so that I resigned from teaching and decided to embark on a full-time yoga and holistic health practice. That intention led to the opening of a commercial space here in Cobourg. I grew up in Cobourg and really never thought I would live here again. The last 10 years in this town have been a beautiful experience and I feel privileged to be able to share my passion with the members of this and the surrounding community. I have been teaching various types of yoga classes and running yoga retreats in a private practice as well as for St. Anne`s Spa. Karma Lifestyle is the first of it`s kind in town, but was not just a spur of the moment idea. It is a spark re-lit from plans while I lived over seas. Although the project from over seas was on a grander scale, what I am offering here in town is a mini version of what is yet to come!

Nutrition, health and overall wellness have always been a part of my life. I feel in my “element” in that area of life. I have years of life and professional experience to bring into the space. I hope to share all I can with you to enrich your lives and to continue to embrace the learning opportunities and experiences that come my way. Yoga can be a part of everyone`s lives, and one by one we can make it accessible to all.

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