Yoga at Propel

Yoga classes and programs that propel your body and function to a new level

Yoga is not just about flexibility, it is a body and mind experience that fosters all-around growth through the use of purposeful movements and postures.

And no matter what your limitations are, it is very likely that you can benefit from the right yoga sequence and coaching.

No-Nonsense benefits of regular yoga practice

Movement is healthcare, and we prefer to offer evidence-based, no-nonsense healthcare solutions to our patients. And as it turns out, there is an growing amount of evidence that supports the use of Yoga as a health-improvement tool!

Many studies have shown significant support for the use of yoga to improve the health of your body as well as your mental health and overall wellbeing. Below is a summary of the evidence that supports the many health benefits of yoga:

Yoga improves your FLEXIBILITY and STRENGTH

The most common reason why people choose to try yoga is because they want to improve flexibility and strength. This makes sense as many of the poses focus on pushing the functional limits of joint/muscle mobility while simultaneously recruit muscles to stabilize these postures. Studies have shown that among other benefits, yoga works well at improving strength and  flexibility in both young and the aging population


Having good balance and body awareness are important skills when it comes to injury prevention and limiting strain on the body. Regular yoga practice has been shown to enhance both skills, in the young and athletic as well as the geriatric population

Yoga can significantly reduce CHRONIC INFLAMMATION

Chornic inflammation has been linked to most chronic ailments responsible for early death and poor quality of life. A number of studies have looked at the effects of yoga practice on pro-inflammatory biomarkers in our body. Many of these studies suggests that yoga can be a viable intervention to reduce inflammation across a multitude of chronic conditions

What is interesting is that the studies also showed a dose-responmse relationship, where a more dedicated practice resulted in greater improvements in inflammation.

Yoga can help treat MENTAL HEALTH disorders

Mental health disorders are on the rise yet few safe and effective treatments exist. An expanding body of knowledge now exists that supports the use of exercise, mindfulness and yoga as a management strategy for various mental health disorders.

Research now supports the use of yoga as an effective tool in managing stress, major depressive disorders, and anxiety.  

Yoga improves your SLEEP QUALITY

Sleep is an essential part of life and vital to your good health and wellbeing. Insomnia is on the raise in North america, and has been linked to various chronic health conditions.

Yoga has been shown to enhance the initiation of sleep and the overall quality of sleep. And quality sleep can be priceless.

Yoga can improve your QUALITY OF LIFE in those with chronic pain

Quality of Life, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns”

Chronic pain significantly decreases the quality of life for those suffering with it. Studies now support the use of yoga to improve the quality of life in those individuals suffering from chronic pain.

Invest in yourself

With all of the evidence supporting the use of yoga to enhance your body and your mind, It is now clear that investing in a regular yoga practice is essentially the same thing as investing in yourself. 

When you are ready to make an investment in yourself, we have the right yoga classes, programs and instructors that are here to help!

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Meet Our Yoga Experts

At PROPEL ACTIVE Health & Lifestyle, our patient’s goals and success is our obsession.
We therefore only hire those with the best expertise, and those who share our vision.


Laurie Didyk

Yoga Instructor

Laurie has been practicing yoga, running and cycling for the last 20 years. As a mother of 4 children, yoga has provided her with much-needed self-care and has been critical to finding her peace.

Over the years, Laurie discovered breathing techniques to help her find more depth in various yoga poses, feel incredible strength, joy and a deep sense of calm. Yoga practice has helped her find centre during the most stressful times of life, from challenges of having a child with severe medical and developmental challenges, other mental health challenges in the family, running a business, and being burned out.

Laurie has a background in social work, and psychology, and is certified in Ayurvedic Health coaching. Laurie finds true satisfaction in touching other’s lives and helping someone shift their thoughts and energy to a more positive vibration.

For more information, or to register for Laurie’s “Yoga for Runner’s & Cyclists” class, please email Laurie directly:

Melinda Walker

Yoga Instructor – E-RYT 500hr 

Melinda first started yoga to find relief from anxiety, digestive issues and lower back pain. She soon discovered the many benefits of yoga in addition to relieving these issues and learning the tools to manage anxiety, she also noticed other benefits such as weight loss, increased core and overall muscle strength, better digestion, reduction of stress and relief from joint pain. This led to more energy and a more positive outlook on life. Excited to share with others, Melinda earned her teaching certification in 2015 and has been learning and teaching ever since. Melinda teaches vinyasa, hatha, restorative and power yoga, with additional specialties in the areas of yoga ptsd, anxiety and trauma, Yoga for brain injuries, SUP yoga, beach yoga, yoga for teens, yoga for eating disorders, and chair yoga. 

Melinda enjoys teaching a variety of classes and proves that yoga is for Every Body.  Melinda is so passionate about the benefits of yoga, that she achieved her dream of opening 7th Wave Yoga studio in downtown Burlington in early 2017. Since the pandemic, Melinda has pivoted to an online/in person platform.


Join Melinda on Monday night at Propel Active Health & Lifestyle for a Gentle Flow Yoga

Mondays 7 – 8pm as we go through poses at a slowed down pace, connect with our breath, enjoy a deep stretch and leave feeling relaxed and restored. This class is suitable for all levels.

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