I am Renée Marlien Dijk.
Welcome to my website where you will find all things health & wellness related! My passion is to promote active, healthy living for people of all ages, shapes and abilities.
Here’s a little bit about me!
I am a 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 fitness classes, boot camps and Vinyasa flow 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 am teaching private yoga classes for office employees, athletes, kids and seniors. I am also at the Stratford YMCA teaching cycle fit, Group Power and yoga classes in addition to running a boot camp. 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!