Hi! My name is Andrea Empey - I started my yoga journey in June 2008. I spent the following 4 years exploring almost every yoga tradition available. In December 2012, I discovered and fell in love with Akhanda yoga®.
I made my practice of Akhanda yoga® a priority and truly committed myself to the practice of yoga as a whole. In August 2014, I was certified as a 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) in Akhanda yoga®.
I believe that the practice of yoga is accessible to everyone. As one of my teachers said - "If you can breathe, you can practice yoga."
The practice of yoga is exactly that - a practice. Every time I step onto my mat, I remind myself of this. This reminder helps me to remember to honour myself; to honour where I am in each moment - on or off my mat.
As a teacher I create an atmosphere of peace and serenity that allows students to delve into their practice and their inner inquiry. My teaching is inspired by the grace and strength within the physical practice of yoga as well as the grace and strength yoga brings to life. Yoga inspires the ability to be gentle yet strong in the same moment.
In 2015, my yoga journey lead me to Yin Yoga which is when I also fell in love with Chinese medicine. I am now a registered acupuncturist (R.Ac) in Ontario and have blended yoga with Chinese medicine acupuncture and therapeutic cupping along with the use of essential oils.
I am passionate about sharing Chinese medicine, cupping, essential oils and yoga with everyone. I love blending different therapies to be able to create a unique experience for every person I help.
A few fun facts about me!
I love cats! I currently have 3 (but am open to more!) - Lizzie, Miss Kitty (often called Nugget) and Gracie.
I love to cook and love to eat great food.
I learned to bake before I learned to cook.
I love board games (especially Ticket to Ride).
I love to read.
I am endlessly fascinated with our body’s ability to heal itself.
Andrea Empey, R.Ac, RYT
Founder, Wellness Advocate
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist
Modern Cupping Therapy (Fundamentals + Lymphatic cupping)
Holistic Hatha (Akhanda) Yoga (RYT)
Gentle Flow Yoga