the gentle way of hatha first page manual

I will finally have time to focus on writing this year. The manual is very simple in theory, and it has been brewing in my mind since 2006. Just a booklet of my gentle style of classes: very basic pranayama (breathing exercises), asanas (hatha yoga postures) and simple flows that students can refer to at home; or teachers can use if they need to design their own classes to modify for their students needs.


My friend and fellow instructor Alison Clarke will be offering a more in depth philosophy of The Gentle Way of Hatha, beyond what my personal classes (physically) offer. This can be helpful to other instructors, or beginner yogis who want to deepen their physical practice while still keeping with the gentle nature of movement.


ste annes studioWe have a hidden gem in Northumberland: Ste.Anne’s Inn and Spa and I am very fortunate to be on board twice a week (most Sundays and Mondays), offering a variety of wellness classes, that include yoga, a stretch class, guided outdoor walks (snow shoeing this time of year), a yoga nidra class and a meditation class.


For those of you who are local, you should really come check out a day spa, Grafton is only 10 minutes east of Cobourg. What makes the day so relaxing is it’s all inclusive: so when you book your day it includes your treatment, your lunch, an afternoon tea, and all the facilities (hot tubs, plunge pools, eucalyptus steam room, massage chairs, fitness center, and in the summer the outdoor pool and incredible garden area that has a lavendar labyrinth).

Over the years I have visited the spa as a guest, through a variety of seasons, and every visit has been incredible. Ste.Anne’s has such a fascinating history, and is named after the patron saint of Canada—Sainte Anne de Beaupré. It is truly a healing place, soothing to the soul, calming for mind, and rejuvenating for the body. Come visit us in Grafton, in the rolling hills of beautiful Northumberland.


How does this fit into yoga? I suppose it doesn’t, but it is a part of my business growth!

Since 2015 I have gradually been investing more time into painting and creating; and each year I sell more art and work on more custom orders in my free time. This year I would prefer to not use all my “free personal time” on business though. So along with creating my yoga manual, I will be scheduling in time devoted to art as well. If you are interested in a custom piece, please contact me (Jenni) directly at

In May I will displaying some new (including larger) paintings in Campbellford for 3 months. On July 28th Jennifer Trefiak and I will be hosting our annual summer art show in Port Hope (with our main theme being Northumberland and Lake Ontario Landscapes). I will also host my annual solo show in December in Port Hope.

Feel free to follow my art page on Facebook for regular updates. I share works in progress, new completed pieces, as well as info on upcoming events: Jennifer Anne Burke.




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