Monica Watson (CYA-E-RYT 500 Member)

  • Location: Alliston, Ontario Canada
  • Website: N/A
  • E-mail: Private
  • Service Offered: Hatha, Raja, Power Yoga, Meditation, Myofascial Release, Energy Healing, Sound Therapy
  • Certified: Power Yoga Canada, Hatha Raja School of Yoga Studies
  • Years of Practice: 25
  • Teaching Experience: 16
  • Professor, Guru or Teachers: Marie Paulyn Kindlii McCollum Diane Bruni Baron Baptiste
  • Date Joined: January 05, 2017
  • CYA Insurance: No

About Me

Monica Watson, OCT, B.Ed. RYT-500, is an experienced yoga and pilates instructor, Thai massage and Energy Healing practitioner, artist, and doula. Pursuing professional development in Sound Therapy and Drum Circle Facilitation is a current passion. Monica taught French and Special Education for several years in Toronto. She is an active volunteer in the EcoSchools program and fundraises for the ILC Foundation, whose mandate is to educate and support people with pain disorders. Monica is also excited to offer Trauma Sensitive yoga to First Responders, on behalf of Healing Heroes Canada and incorporates movement and music to help people suffering with PTSD in the Military and in the community as well. The Mary McGill Health Center and FOCUS refer clients to Monica, who are dealing with Mental Health issues and addictions.

Monica is passionate about teaching people to manage pain through movement. Through yoga, core pilates, and the musical art of percussion, Monica engages participants in empowering activities to increase functioning and spark joy across mental, physical and emotional levels.

Personal experience with chronic pain has fuelled Monica’s determination to see a treatment centre for pain in Canada and has led to the creation of GAMA Pilates & Yoga Centre in Alliston. At the Center, Generating Alternatives to Manifest Ability is the primary goal. If pain is a constant, the best practice is to explore positive ways to manage it.The focus of GAMA Pilates & Yoga Center is to empower the community through education about pain conditions and to promote positive actions that rise above inner and outer pain through yoga, pilates and music.

Monica has completed certifications and attended certifications and professional development in the following: Sound Resonance Therapy, Power Yoga Canada, Body Harmonics, Thai Massage Toronto, Hatha/Raja School of Yoga Studies, YogaKids, Tom Myers Anatomy Trains, Doulas of North America, Jill Miller Yoga Tune-up, Soul Drums and Royal Conservatory of Music. Her post-graduate education is through the University of Toronto Faculty of Education, McMaster and Laval Universities.

About My Service

I offer pain management through movement and music:
Yoga and Pilates classes combined with meditation and facilitate drum circles/percussion experiences. I am available for to support Retreats with Drums and Crystal Bowls, Chakra Tuning and Energy Healing or Thai Massage. To support and mentor new Yoga Teachers , I offer a mentorship program for yoga teachers and act as a consultant for developing programs that hold space for people at with difficulties and challenges.

Continued Education