Barrie Risman

Barrie Risman is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators, teacher–trainers and mentors. She is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the wisdom teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity, insight, and relevance to students of all levels and from all walks of life.

Barrie is the creator of The Skillful Yogi, a thriving online practice and study community of yoga students and teachers with members from nine countries on four continents. Her best-selling book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practice with foreword by Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, is a guide for teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives.

Barrie teaches with a remarkable combination of rigor and challenge balanced with sensitivity, humor, and compassion. Her events weave together the technical precision of refined alignment-based practice with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice.

Teaching for two decades, Barrie shares the depth of her experience and knowledge to reveal a uniquely accessible, authentic and integrated approach to yoga. She empowers students with tools to deepen their understanding and inspires them to embrace asana as a path for expansive self-discovery and inner growth.

A seasoned trainer and mentor of new teachers, Barrie serves on several teacher-training faculties including HappyTree Yoga in Montreal, PranaShanti Yoga Centre of Ottawa, and Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, New York.

Barrie is the proud Co-creator and Co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, whose mission is to bring the benefits of posture, breathing and mindfulness as a tool for pain management and active self-care to low mobility populations around the world.

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Articles by Barrie Risman


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There’s no better way to wind down at the end of the day than with a few gentle yoga poses. Here’s an all-levels sequence designed to help...

Rise and Shine: Your Essential Morning Yoga Routine Rise and Shine: Your Essential Morning Yoga Routine Rise and Shine: Your Essential Morning Yoga Routine Rise and Shine: Your Essential Morning Yoga Routine


Awaken your body and breath with this energizing series of poses designed to start your day off right.

Becoming More of Who You Wish to Be Becoming More of Who You Wish to Be Becoming More of Who You Wish to Be Becoming More of Who You Wish to Be


Asana practice is an opportunity to embody almost any quality you want to increase in your life. When we consciously join our experience of...

Welcome to Yoga! 10 Tips for Beginning Yogis Welcome to Yoga! 10 Tips for Beginning Yogis Welcome to Yoga! 10 Tips for Beginning Yogis Welcome to Yoga! 10 Tips for Beginning Yogis


Yoga can be intimidating to get into, but you shouldn't let that stop you! Here are 10 expert tips to help you feel comfortable in your...

Yoga Can’t Cure Your Back Pain! Yoga Can’t Cure Your Back Pain! Yoga Can’t Cure Your Back Pain! Yoga Can’t Cure Your Back Pain!


Back pain isn’t a disease to be cured or an illness to be healed. The good news is that yoga can be a fantastic tool to help you manage...

Yoga for Self-Love: Tapping into Your Heart Chakra Yoga for Self-Love: Tapping into Your Heart Chakra Yoga for Self-Love: Tapping into Your Heart Chakra Yoga for Self-Love: Tapping into Your Heart Chakra


The heart is an important part of our lives, and of yoga. Here’s a sequence of chest-opening postures followed by deep relaxation and...

Bend Without Breaking: 10 Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility in Body, Mind, and Spirit Bend Without Breaking: 10 Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility in Body, Mind, and Spirit Bend Without Breaking: 10 Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility in Body, Mind, and Spirit Bend Without Breaking: 10 Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility in Body, Mind, and Spirit


Stiffness isn't a reason to forego yoga, it's actually one of the best reasons to do yoga! Here are 10 yoga poses to help you increase your...

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There's more to yoga than the mainstream methods we have all become aware of. Learn how Yoga Service is using yoga to help create positive...

7 Simple Principles to Fix Common Yoga Asana Mistakes 7 Simple Principles to Fix Common Yoga Asana Mistakes 7 Simple Principles to Fix Common Yoga Asana Mistakes 7 Simple Principles to Fix Common Yoga Asana Mistakes


All the specific dos and don’ts of yoga can be a lot to remember. To make it simple, here are seven guidelines that will help you avoid...

Prenatal Yoga: What You Need to Know Prenatal Yoga: What You Need to Know Prenatal Yoga: What You Need to Know Prenatal Yoga: What You Need to Know


Considering taking prenatal yoga classes? Perinatal yoga expert, Clearlight Gerald, provides a guide on what you can expect from prenatal...

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We can interpret the myth of Virabhadra as symbolizing the inner work of the yogi. Here's the significance behind the warrior series.

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