Owner and operator of iyogastudios, Trish Mitrevski shares her passion for her practice daily.
When she launched her business, iyogastudios in 2013, she wanted to create a safe, non- judgemental, spa like space for the community she lives in. While also being a registered nurse, she knew firsthand, through experience how this practice could help others physically and mentally.
“What makes iyoga stand out is their quality instructors, who come from all different backgrounds of teaching,” she shares. “At iyogastudios each instructor is encouraged to teach the style they learned and to teach from their hearts.”
The studio space where iyogastudios is located was recently renovated with a very chic feel. The space is now larger and offers an individual spa for practice, complimentary snacks, cold towels after a hot practice, and many more small touches to make you feel supported in your practice.
“Iyogastudios is fully equipped with infrared panels on the ceiling, that provide a warm, moist heat,” she explains. “As many know, there are health benefits to this style of heat. Once you practice in it, it keeps drawing you back for more.”
While operating iyogastudios full time, Mitrevski also maintains a small nursing job. She enjoys being a nurse and was inspired to be an RN at a young age.
“Growing up, I would go with my Grandma frequently to visit my Grandpa, he was in long term care, and I would help the nurses fold towels and other things,” she says. “It made me feel like I was part of something bigger than myself, to be able to help others, I vowed I would fulfill my dream to become a Nurse, I think my grandma would be proud looking down.”
However, from her stress from nursing, that is when she came to her love for yoga. After a friend had taken her to a yoga class, she quickly realized that this practice was healing.
“When the opportunity arrived to become a teacher, I quickly signed up,” she shares. I was accepted and trained with Gina and Romano at The Downtown Yoga Studio and I became the first graduating class within our little city of Windsor.”
Mitrevski shares that her favourite thing about yoga is how she feels when she finishes her yoga practice.
“It’s you and your mat, nothing else, no distractions, no responsibilities, no expectation, no competition,” she shares. “Just you and your mat. We lean into ourselves. We learn about our minds and our bodies. We learn what needs love, we repeat and work on that love. I truly believe everyone should meet their mat at some point in their life.”
Although COVID-19 has closed their physical space, the studio has found space in the online world. For the community, they offered free yoga online for nine months, but due to the length of this pandemic they shifted to a private online platform through mind and body. Offering yoga for a small fee to help cover some costs to keep our instructors teaching.
“It’s wonderful to see people’s faces on camera and to hear their voices, it really does keep us going in these trying times,” she says.
While Mitrevski is kept busy running her business, supporting her husband’s business, being a Mom to two teenage boys and maintaining a small nursing job, she explains that all that she does is empowering, because it is selfless work. “It’s to help others, in many different ways,” she shares. “That is what we are here to do, it took being overworked and overwhelmed to bring me to my mat. I found my breath, I found time to be still without sleeping. I shed tears and let go of past experiences.”
But most importantly Trish said that yoga has helped her learn who she, what is important and where she needed to be.