About Us


Derek and Angela Kendrick:

Our intent is to create a dedicated non-competitive calm space for exploration, transformation and connection through Yoga breathing (Pranayama) and Exercise (Asana), a home where you can surrender to the discovery of a healthy stress free existence and to establish an inclusive Ottawa Yoga community that supports & encourages authentic relationships, which celebrates our uniqueness & our personal journey to fulfill our highest potential.

With over 40 years combined Yoga experience, they established OYS with a clear mission of helping the Ottawa Yoga community improve mental and physical well being by providing a positive example of a healthy lifestyle.
Through OYS – Ottawa Yoga Teacher Training Programs  our intention is to train and certify competent, informed, safe yoga teachers serving the Ottawa Yoga community. Both have traveled the world learning, practicing and experiencing Yoga with some of Yoga’s most respected and world renowned teachers.

Here is a preview of what to expect when you walk through the doors of OYS. Who We Are We welcome you to come and be part of the Orleans Yoga Shala  experience.  We believe Yoga is for everyone.

The  OYS is a  Yoga Alliance.Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the 200 hour and 500 hour level .Derek Kendrick has been directing,and  conducting Yoga Certification and Ottawa area Yoga Teacher Training since 2004


 OYS  Teacher Training  Mission Statement

Orleans Yoga is committed to upholding a very high standard of quality for teaching yoga through Ottawa Orleans Yoga Certification   If you are passionate about Yoga,we encourage you to pursue this passion and make a professional statement by becoming certified in the OYS method.  This achievement will indicate that you understand and represent the standards for which Ottawa Orleans Yoga is renowned.

In the absence of federally regulated standards, we’ve created a Yoga Alliance Sanctioned pathway for students & teachers to achieve a benchmark that represents the highest level of education and skill.

The OYS Certification Process. Guides and Educates Students in the History of yoga and  to lead an actual class, awarding certification only to teachers who can hold a room,assess students’ bodies, offer appropriate modifications and adjustments, and create a well-organized and intelligent sequence of poses in the OYS Method.

The Journey to  Yoga Teaching

Derek and Anglela Kendrick (Ottawa -Orleans) are   Yoga Alliance Certified  as Experienced Yoga Teachers, at the 500 hour level. They are among the most experienced  teachers and practitioners in Canada.

The video below shows experience in India 2003

They started yoga in 1992 and  have since practiced and studied in India and other  parts of the world  with some of the most famous yoga teachers in the world IE:  BNS.Iyengar, Sri K.Pattabhi  Jois,Sharath  Ramaswami, Sri Venkatesh. Sri Sheshadri (Mysore India.) Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Bangalore India),also studied Anatomical Yoga & Sciences  with Dr.V.Nagaraj, Dr.T.N.Manjunath (India) and also .Ayuvedic Studies with Yogiraj Jayant in Rishikesh,and  Kotdwar ( Himalayas, India)

David Swenson. USA Richard Freeman USA. David Williams ( Maui,Hawaii). Yogarupa  Rod Stryker (Miami Fla.)  Cyndi Lee (NYC) John Scott, (Edinburgh Scotland) Beryl Bender Birch USA. Dharma Mittra, (New York USA) Yogi Hari (Florida)

Both have been teaching since 2000 professionally in USA, Europe, Canada, Bahamas and Mexico before settling in Ottawa and opening the Orleans Yoga Shala in 2004.

Ottawa Orleans Yoga Teacher Training ASHTANGA Yoga Instructor Training CertificationSince 2004  the Orleans Yoga Shala has served the Ottawa Valley,and the City of Ottawa and surrounding towns,including Smiths Falls ON, Embrun, ON, Brockville, ON, Carleton Place, ON, Casselman, ON, Cornwall, ON, Gatineau, QC, Kingston, ON, Orleans, ON, Ottawa, ON, Rockland, ON, Thurso, QC or Wakefield, QC,  and continues to serve.  Yoga is for everyone.

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