Ritual welcomes you!
At our studio, we aim to create a lasting healthy daily Ritual. On this site you will find all things health & wellness related! Our passion is to promote active, healthy living for people of all ages, shapes and abilities.
Here’s a little bit about Renée!
I am a Registered Kinesiologist with a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (BAkin) in Waterloo, Ontario. I have always been very active and exerted my athleticism through childhood, into my high school years and as a varsity student-athlete at Laurier in the sport of competitive swimming. During my last years at WLU, I was the captain of the varsity swim team, swimming at an elite level. Upon completion of my degree and ‘retiring’ as an athlete, I longed for more physical activity and something that would keep me inspired, fit and healthy. I began working and continued some casual swimming before and after work but where I really found joy was in teaching group exercise classes in strength training. I also found my love for yoga and running in this time, and started a regular home yoga practice.
Fast forward a few years later, and I am now home from a year in The Netherlands as a nanny, after which I travelled to Nicaragua in September 2015 for my yoga teacher training. I am now a yoga instructor with more than 200 hours of education through an academy that is recognized by the Yoga Alliance! My love for promoting healthy living and exercise is stronger than ever and I have found my niche in teaching group exercise classes, cycle classes and yoga.
I thrive on working with people of all ages and abilities as it presents me with a challenge and connects me with truly inspiring individuals.
I have worked with seniors as a physiotherapy support personnel in a retirement community where I taught chair exercise classes focused on strength and resistance training as well as balance and falls prevention. I have also worked teaching and coaching children in my years as a swim coach with swim teams in the Stratford and Waterloo areas. My Kinesiology degree also brought me to work alongside very experienced physiotherapists at Stratford Physiotherapy Center. I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given, and strive to make good use of my experiences and education by bringing active living to my community.
Currently, I have just opened my own studio, Ritual in Stratford! It is a small cozy space where one on one sessions, small group classes and workshops/challenges take place. At Ritual we offer a variety of classes and services suited to all levels and interests. I would love to see you here, so feel free to stop by anytime!
In addition to my new studio I am still teaching private yoga classes for office employees, athletes, teens, kids and seniors. I am also at the Stratford YMCA teaching interval classes, strength classes and yoga classes. I work at Bob’s Fitness Studio in St Marys teaching two morning yoga classes per week. I also teach one weekly yoga class at Carbon Fitness in Tavistock and Inspired By Fitness in Stratford! I look forward to working with you and your peers, friends or family to make our community a healthier, active place!
I hope to see you soon!