Welcome to Surya Daya

Amber Joy Young

Amber first stepped foot on a yoga mat in 1997, and in that moment truly felt her first breath. In November of 2019, Amber founded and began Surya Daya, the evolution of a local yoga studio, which became and continues to be a project infused with love.  In 2020, as a response to global changes, Amber transitioned Surya Daya into a hub to continue her work through yoga (online and in person), movement, massage, and many other wellness offerings.

She enjoys the balance of educating, hands on healing, spending time in nature, nurturing her family and offering safe space for supporting individuals on their wellness journey.  Amber brings a heart centered wisdom to her classes, and infuses the teachings with joy, laughter and appreciation.  She counts her blessings every day to be a guardian of  this amazing and beautiful community, committing even deeper to her yogic path and to being of service – this is her life work.

Yoga in all of its incredible forms, has changed her life. She has been an avid student of many different types of yoga and meditation (yin, kripalu, restorative, hatha, kundalini, Integral yoga, vipassana, and mindfulness techniques) . Amber completed the 8 week Stress Management Mindfulness program in 2014 (diving into the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zin), her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 (under the amazing guidance of Devinder Kaur at Prana Shanti), and has since also completed her training in advanced breast health practices with Sat Dharam Kaur and Debra Curties,  restorative yoga (under Anne Tessier), trauma informed work  (under Kathleen Burr) and she is committed to self study in trauma informed work and movement practices for those with chronic pain. She is also presently (2021) working through her hospice training.

These are not just practices on her mat, but rather a way of life; reminding her every day (especially as a mom of two beautiful and energetic boys) the importance of self care and living with compassion, a message she strongly brings to her teaching.  Living life with an autoimmune disorder has also given Amber a deep respect for the human body and she has immense gratitude to yoga and meditation for saving her life. This perspective and personal experience helps her to hold safe space for you on your own unique wellness journey, whatever that looks like.

Amber has a strong anatomical background as she has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2004, with a special emphasis on complex care, end of life care, and the mind body connection.  Amber continues to offer massage, specializing in working with breast concerns, chronic illness and trauma informed massage.  She has been teaching breast health workshops since 2007, and she completed the Mammalive Healthy breast program in 2020. She is a member of the Mammalive foundation Educators and Advocates association.

She feels in this human experience we should all have the space to safely discover ourselves in mind, body and spirit, and she looks forward to supporting you on your unique journey.

Amber offers live in person and online zoom mindful movement and meditation classes, gentle yoga, as well as a Saturday morning Integrative  Yoga class (which merges practices from kundalini yoga, mindful movement, chanting, pranayama and other traditions). She is also the co-creator of Soul Wisdom Self Reflections cards.

Amber is excited to be launching a new healthy breast program ( in 2021 – online and live workshops) inspired by her years of massage experience, yoga and the work of Sat Dharam Kaur, working to empower individuals through education and community.

She also offers private and small group forest yoga sessions, or private classes in the comfort of your own home (live in person or through an online platform).  Amber provides massage therapy, as well she teaches relaxation workshops, and programs exploring yoga and chronic pain.

To learn more, and to sign up for Amber’s yoga video library and weekly subscription click here

Jessica Hibberd

Jessica Hibberd is an Almonte based artist who has been creating art ever since she can remember. Originally from the West coast of Canada, she rekindled her passion for art in 2012 while travelling back to the Pacific Ocean. It was there that her abstract style found its beginnings on a floating fishing lodge off the coast of Vancouver Island, inspired by the whales and peacefulness of the sea. Jessica has received a BA in Psychology from Carleton University, taught high school in Southern Thailand, volunteered at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and has experience as a classroom assistant at an Ottawa based Montessori school. She currently works for the Government of Canada and lives in the artistic community of Almonte. Her most recent projects include hand-built pottery with carved designs inspired by nature and her travels. Art has always been a relaxing and joyful experience that she enjoys sharing with others!

Jessica facilitates art and yoga workshops, and she is also the co-creator of Soul Wisdom Self Reflections cards.

Mary Biggs

Mary Biggs

Mary has enjoyed a successful career as an international educator with extensive teaching experience at primary and secondary levels as well as in the corporate world. An avid traveler, she has sailed around the world on a tall ship and has managed complex educational projects in many regions of the world. Most recently, Mary has held the position of Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

Mary is a fully certified K.R.I. International Level 2 Instructor in Kundalini Yoga. She has completed yin training with Paul Grilley’s master teacher, Joe Barnett.

Her teaching has included corporate yoga and wellness seminars. She used to co-own a yoga studio in Almonte.  Mary is a passionate advocate of the power of Kundalini Yoga to promote personal transformation, physical healing, spiritual growth and inner peace and contentment.

Jennifer Gough Irvine

Jennifer Gough Irvine, yoga instructor

After graduating and working as a registered nurse for 5 years, Jenny was blessed with the birth of her first son and being introduced to yoga.

After practicing yoga for ten years, of various styles, Bikrham, Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, Jenny felt it was time to take the next step in her spiritual journey. Jenny was led to do her yoga teacher training with Swami Vishnu Yoga Center taught by Nitya Sadhana Kudir.

With the teachings in Sivanada yoga, Jenny has found that her regular yoga practice has brought her to a place of peace and harmony within. Jenny looks forward to guiding her class to a place of exploring themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Namaste.

Lindsey Lambden

Lindsey Lambden

Lindsey is no stranger to the classroom. With her love of traveling and gaining new experiences, she officially began her teaching journey in South Korea as an ESL teacher. During her time in South Korea, she began doing yoga on a regular basis. Recognizing the profoundly positive effects it had on her and its ability to alleviate stress, she knew she’d found a new love!

One decade later, she decided to immerse herself into Yoga Teacher Training under the guise of Louise Cameron. Over the past many years, she has continued to integrate her love for physical activity, drama and dance into her teaching practices. She particularly loves creating a fun, safe and energetic atmosphere in which her students feel comfortable and are able to deeply explore their own amazing strengths, abilities and limits.  In 2020 Lindsey transitioned into co-director at Surya Daya, supporting the growth,diversity and momentum of our work and community service.

In the winter of 2016, while 8 months pregnant, Lindsey graduated from the YTT as a Hatha instructor. She is thrilled to continue her yoga journey, as a teacher, and always, a student. Namaste

Jessie Carson

Along with being a yoga teacher, Jessie is a mother of 2 beautiful boys, an avid reader, a writer, and a wonderer. She also spends much of her free time walking (it’s likely you have seen her with her family and dog Charlie roaming the local streets and forests).

Her steady and clear guidance encourages practitioners to both challenge themselves and release the tension to create ease in the body and mind. Having taught since 2002, she is adept at working with students of all levels and can support practitioners in establishing and growing their practice based on the needs of their own bodies. 

Jessie also teaches writing and yoga workshops, as well as the ethics of yoga. She brings compassion and empathy to her teaching, along with a deep respect for the wisdom of the body. She is a gift to our community.

Nicki Affleck

Nicki recently made the Ottawa Valley her home and Surya Daya a huge part of her community. She was born and raised in Toronto where she studied improv comedy and theatre at The Second City and created and participated in projects on stage and screen. Before moving to Almonte, Nicki was known to many as Soleil the clown; a therapeutic clown at The Hospital for Sick Children, bringing presence and play to families and patients.

Nicki is a certified play therapist and uses creative tools to help children and youth express their emotions. She is currently working towards her masters in play therapy and combines her improv background with play therapy theory to create play workshops for adults and families.

Favorite “friendly town” activities: yoga at Surya Daya, the river walk with her dog, Rosie, finding gems at The Hub and meeting old and new pals at the many amazing restaurants and cafes in town.

Margie Hill

Margie came to yoga many years ago as a way of finding inner peace in a busy life. She has always believed that we evolve and grow as we age, becoming more deeply ourselves, more radiant and vibrant as we move through the seasons of our lives.

.  She received her Kundalini teacher training in 2013, a major turning point in her life.  A few years later she received her Yin Yoga certification.  Her daily practice and teaching have both continued to evolve over the years.   Margie is also a HeartMath Coach and she teaches Qi Gong.

Margie believes that each one of us holds the answers we need to navigate life’s ups and downs, she feels Movement and meditation practices move us beyond limitations into our true potential.  She looks forward to sharing space with you and guiding you inward to your wisdom and truth.

Alexandra Grace

Alexandra is one of the kindest, warmest and most compassionate humans you will meet.  We are honoured to have her support as part of our teaching tribe, and with her growing involvement as part of our collective.

Alexandra is a passionate yogi, following her joy-filled personal practice for over 15 years. She shares her experience from practicing in studios, ashrams, and on retreats around the world.

In 2017 she received her Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in Hatha and Vinyasa Lineage at Union Yoga in Toronto lead by an esteemed faculty.

She aspires to follow in their teachings and inspire her students to connect within and feel empowered, with the beauty of Yoga’s benefits; strengthening mind- body, through breath and movement.

In addition to her passion for Yoga, Alexandra is surrounded by her two young boys, loving husband, family and friends. Spending her time outdoors, and enjoying the special community of Almonte

Rachelle Legros

Vichardeep Kaur, yoga instructor

Rachelle came to yoga to find deeper meaning in life and a deeper connection to herself. She knew from her first yoga class that she had found exactly what she was looking for and that she was meant to be a teacher of yoga.

Since 2013, she has studied many different styles of yoga such as Hatha and Yin and it was when she came to Kundalini Yoga that she felt the awakening of her heart.  In 2016, Rachelle followed her interest in gaining a deeper understanding of pregnancy and birth and started her Doula training.

She combines her heart wisdom with her extensive training to support individuals through some of the most transformational stages of life through yoga. Her teaching style matches the energy of the room.  She is always learning more about yoga and in turn learning more about herself. Experience her classes and you will feel her passion and love for this practice through her teachings.

Rachelle is presently focusing on  her midwifery training and is taking a break from teaching