Owner, Zen Muskoka
Angie Davis personal bio
Hi, I’m Angie. A yoga and meditation teacher, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, mental health advocate, and philanthropist who empowers you to live a life of clarity and energy, rest and relaxation through the life-altering practices of yoga.
Armed with a relentless passion to share the gifts of yoga, I am honoured and proud to be creating community and connection, health and healing in the world through movement for stillness. My yoga classes, workshops, and retreats, online programs, and published writing help people like you de-stress and live in peace.
I am a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour Yoga Teacher and a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher, having trained through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. As a former triathlete, my original training is in Power Yoga. I have grown to appreciate the deeply restorative benefits other types of yoga can offer as well and am a certified Yin Yoga Teacher and hold a mini-Restorative Yoga Teacher Certificate.
I am also a Level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra Teacher, accredited by the Integrative Restoration Institute in California. iRest is practiced and taught by thousands of people worldwide in a number of different organizations that support well-being. It is taught in correctional facilities, U.S. military hospitals, clinics, schools, hospices, community centres, and yoga studios. In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). I am honoured to share the teachings of iRest, which not only aids in general wellness and relaxation, but has been proven helpful for P.T.S.D., anxiety, sleep difficulties, chronic pain, and other issues.
Whether you are seeking gentle yoga, yoga on the dock, or more vigorous yoga for strength-building, I am dedicated to teaching high-quality, professional, insightful, informed yoga. I have studied extensively with Richard Miller, one of the top ten meditation teachers in the U.S.A.. I have also taken courses with Jane Clapp, a global leader in movement for healing, Andrea Peloso, a long-time student of Judith Hansen Lasater, renowned global yoga teacher Seane Corn, and more.
I believe in yoga that honours your body, explores your mind, and allows you to experience deep rest. I can’t wait to support you in feeling calm and peaceful through my gentle yet empowered approach to yoga!
I am also a mental health advocate and am trained in Mental Health Sensitivity, Mental Health First Aid, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). In my career as an elementary school teacher, I am on the Mental Health Steering Committee for Trillium Lakelands District School Board and present nationally on the topics of health and wellness. I also love leading yoga and meditation retreats in nature!
Why yoga and what do I do?
I am proud to say I am a traumatic brain injury and P.T.S.D. survivor. Along this recovery journey, I came to understand the healing and transformative power of yoga firsthand. Yoga supported my recovery from the physical injuries of an accident and, more importantly, also helped me shift mentally from a constant state of debilitating anxiety to a peaceful, meaning-filled life…pose by pose and breath by breath. Armed with this unique understanding of trauma, P.T.S.D., and the transformative power of the tools of yoga, my work in this world is dedicated to supporting you in creating a life that feels good and is heart-centred and purpose-driven!
I am proud that at Zen Muskoka we offer individual and group classes and workshops on yoga, meditation, trauma and anxiety healing, stress and illness recovery, mental health awareness and education, and connection with the natural world. Zen Muskoka is based in Bracebridge, Ontario but we support those in Canada and around the world via the internet. As you finish reading my bio, may you take a deep breath and know peace.
private yoga testimonials
“I have never held a private yoga class like this so I had no idea what to expect and Angie went above and beyond my expectations. We had so much fun with her. Angie was professional, timely, organized, kind and so accommodating working with a large group of women. We wouldn’t think twice about booking with Angie and Zen Muskoka again! ~Kailyn Cowan, Guelph
“The experience that Angie (our yogi) gave us was relaxing, comfortable and fit our level perfectly. We all enjoyed yoga on the dock with the beautiful backdrop of Clear Lake. This experience motivated me to want to practice yoga every possible morning on the dock in the future! -Alexandra Reynolds, Toronto
“We all really enjoyed our yoga session with Angie. She was very warm and friendly. Angie did a really nice job of setting a positive tone for the session by asking us to focus on gratitude, sending our energy and well wishes to the bride to be, and taking time to appreciate and pay attention to the beautiful natural environment around us. Angie offered a fairly introductory practice, with a nice combination of more active sequences, as well as holding deeper stretches and we all really enjoyed the partner yoga. We had a newborn baby with us in the group and Angie kept the baby happy while we were doing the class so that the mom could participate – this was definitely going above and beyond. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend Angie and Zen Muskoka to others.” ~Laura Hayos, Toronto