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Trauma Informed Therapeutic Yoga 

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Welcome to Innovative Wellness Trauma Informed Therapeutic Yoga, a place where positive transformation has been our passion since 2006. We take pride in offering a wide range of specialized yoga classes designed to enhance both mental and physical wellness, catering to individuals of all ages and abilities.

Our Unique Approach:

At Innovative Wellness, we understand that wellness is a holistic journey encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. That’s why our expert instructors integrate a diverse array of practices, drawing from various disciplines to create a comprehensive and personalized experience for our clients.

Our classes include:

Our Classes Include:

  1. Trauma Informed Therapeutic Restorative Yoga: This class provides a nurturing and healing experience, incorporating gentle yoga postures and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and promote physical and mental rejuvenation. It’s perfect for those seeking to find balance and inner peace in their busy lives.
  2. Chair Yoga for Healthy Aging: Aging is a natural part of life, and we believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone. Our Chair Yoga for Healthy Aging class is designed to cater to seniors and individuals with limited mobility. Combining elements from yoga for healthy aging, VON Gentle exercise, and Osteoporosis Canada BoneFit guidelines, this class promotes mobility, flexibility, and strength, ensuring that you can enjoy the benefits of yoga at any stage of life. Click to read more about Chair Yoga for healthy aging
  3. Back Care: If you suffer from back and or neck pain or want to improve your spinal health, and and posture our specialized Back Care class is here to help. Through targeted yoga postures and mindful movement, we aim to alleviate discomfort and enhance the well-being of your back. Click to read more about Relieving back pain through trauma informed therapeutic yoga
  4. Concussion Friendly Yoga: For those recovering from concussions or head injuries, we’ve curated a gentle and supportive class. Our Concussion Friendly Yoga offers practices like GLED Therapy that aid in healing and relaxation, allowing you to progress towards recovery at your own pace. Click to read more about Concussion Recovery Yoga Program and nurturing your journey to healing
  5. Sleep Aid: We understand the importance of a good night’s sleep for your overall health. Our Sleep Aid class combines soothing yoga sequences and relaxation techniques to help you unwind and prepare your mind and body for a peaceful and restful sleep. Click to get buy Sleep Aid Audio

Sleep Aid Solutions

6. Caregiver Self Care:Discover rejuvenation and relief in our Caregiver Self-Care Yoga Class, tailored exclusively to those who selflessly provide care to loved ones. Driven by the remarkable dedication of unpaid caregivers, we acknowledge the immense contribution each caregiver makes. Our class offers a sanctuary to relax, recharge, and revitalize, emphasizing gentle yoga poses, mindfulness practices, and guided meditation. Here, you can connect with a supportive community of fellow caregivers who understand your unique challenges, all while taking a crucial step in preventing caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue. Prioritize your well-being today to continue providing the care your loved ones deserve. All experience levels are welcome, with personalized modifications available. Join us for this essential self-care journey.

Inspiring Mental and Physical Wellness:

At Innovative Wellness, our mission goes beyond physical fitness. We are dedicated to empowering individuals to cultivate inner peace, mindfulness, and resilience through trauma-informed yoga practices. Our instructors are not just experts in yoga; they are compassionate professionals committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for everyone.

The Innovative Wellness Community:

Over the years, our thriving community of students has experienced profound positive changes in their lives. We celebrate the diversity of our participants, each person contributing to the vibrant and inclusive atmosphere that defines our yoga studio.

Your Journey Starts Here:

Whether you’re seeking relief from physical discomfort, looking to enhance your mental well-being, or simply yearning for a space to unwind and connect with like-minded individuals, Innovative Wellness Trauma Informed Therapeutic Yoga is the place for you.

Come join us and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Let our experienced instructors guide you towards a healthier, happier, and more harmonious life.

Our Story:

Innovative Wellness has a rich history that began forty years ago when we discovered the incredible healing power of yoga to alleviate discomfort from arthritis, sports, etc. What started as a personal journey to improve our own quality of life soon transformed into a deep passion for helping others. We decided to become yoga teachers as part of our pursuit to enhance our practice, never realizing the profound impact it would have on the lives of those around us.

As we delved into the yoga teacher training program, we found immense joy in sharing our love for yoga and its therapeutic benefits with others. What we initially thought would be a brief teaching stint turned into a decade of guiding and supporting students on their wellness journeys. Over the years, our offerings expanded to include gentle exercise, BoneFit, beginner ballroom dance, and beginner ballroom line dance classes, allowing us to cater to a diverse range of needs and interests.

However, in 2021, life presented us with an unexpected challenge in the form of a motor vehicle accident. This event brought about an intense mindfulness journey and training as we navigated the consequences of a concussion and other physical challenges. Our world seemed to flip on its side, and everyday activities that we once took for granted became difficult or impossible.

During this difficult period, we discovered the true power of mindfulness and yoga in aiding our recovery and healing process. While experiencing chronic pain and post-concussion symptoms, yoga and mindfulness became our anchors, helping us find moments of peace and resilience. These practices allowed us to cope with the challenges, and we are forever grateful for their presence in our lives.

Today, we continue to live with post-concussion symptoms, but we have also found a renewed purpose in sharing our lived experiences with others. Drawing from our personal journey and professional expertise, we strive to create classes that benefit each participant uniquely. Listening to their challenges, symptoms, and goals, we blend a diverse array of training and experience in yoga, gentle exercise, BoneFit, biology, psychology, and Human Resource Management to design classes that cater to individual needs.

At our studio, we believe in the power of empathy, understanding, and holistic healing. Our classes are not just about physical fitness; they are about nurturing the mind, body, and spirit. We create a safe and supportive environment where every individual can thrive and embark on their own transformative journey.

Join us at our studio, where passion, experience, and compassion come together to inspire positive results and foster a sense of well-being. Let’s embark on this meaningful journey together.


Our trauma-informed therapeutic yoga sessions cater to individuals of all ages and abilities. We begin with an initial assessment to better understand you – your goals, strengths, as well as your unique struggles and challenges. Based on this assessment, we co-create a customized plan that incorporates therapeutic principles, trauma-informed practices, BoneFit guidelines, VON gentle exercise knowledge, and evidence-based techniques into all our private and group classes.

Private Classes:

Experience personalized attention and guidance with our private classes. You choose the day, time, location, and package that aligns with your personal goals, and we tailor each session to meet your needs. We even offer house calls, bringing yoga to your doorstep.

Fall 2023 Schedule:

Join our small group classes held at our Innovative Wellness Home Studio in Waterloo, Ontario. With a maximum of 4 participants per session, you’ll enjoy an intimate and focused atmosphere. We offer classes like Yoga for Healthy Aging – Chair Yoga & BoneFit, Therapeutic Back Care Basics, and Therapeutic Restorative Yoga. Don’t forget to inquire about fees and bring your own yoga props or rent/purchase a yoga kit from us.

Virtual Zoom Group Classes – Live:

Enjoy the convenience of practicing yoga from the comfort of your own home with our virtual Zoom group classes. We offer various options throughout the week, including Yoga for Healthy Aging – Chair Yoga & BoneFit, Therapeutic Back Care Basics, and Therapeutic Restorative Yoga. Get in touch to inquire about fees and reserve your spot.

On Demand Classes:

For added flexibility, we also offer On Demand classes. Contact us to find out more and register for these classes.

At Innovative Wellness, we are committed to making yoga accessible and beneficial for everyone. Contact us today to begin your transformative journey to enhanced well-being and personal growth.

Community Classes:

We’re proud partners with Waterloo Wayside, and together, we offer Community Seniors Chair Yoga, Dementia Friendly Yoga, Intergenerational Yoga (Adopt a Grand Parent Program). These classes promote wellness and inclusion within the community, and your participation supports Waterloo Wayside’s important work. These classes are donation-based, allowing you to contribute what you can.


Innovative Wellness is the proud recipient of Consumers Choice  winner for providing award winning service as well as achieving   “Highly Recommended” designation. We also appreciate being nominated several times for The Record’s award, especially since we are a small business.



Innovative Wellness


Private & Group

Trauma Informed Therapeutic Yoga 


Private Classes

It’s easy to book your private class, just Contact Us

You choose the day, time, location, and package that will help you achieve your personal goals. We customize every private class to meet your needs.

We make house calls; bring yoga to you.


Summer 2023 Schedule:

In-Person Small Group Classes

Max: 4 people in studio

Location: Innovative Wellness Home Studio, 262 Casswell Court, Waterloo, Ontario

10:30am Chair Yoga: Healthy Aging  Monday

8am  Therapeutic Back Care Basics Tuesday & Thursday

11:30am  Therapeutic Restorative Yoga Sunday & Friday

Register for In Person class by Contacting us

Fee: Request lates fees when you contact us. We accept e-transfers.

We encourage you to bring your own yoga props (yoga mat, blocks, strap, balls, eye pillow, blanket, towel).

If you do not have your own yoga props, no problem, we can rent or sell you a yoga kit.

Community Class….

Chair Yoga: Healthy Aging  10am Wednesday

In Partnership with Waterloo Wayside in Uptown Waterloo

Location: Emmanual United Church 22 Bridgeport Rd W, Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y3

Parking & Entrance: Off Albert Street, at the back of the building, on the north side of Bridgeport. Waterloo Wayside phone number (519) 886-1471

Register by Contact Us

Fee: Donation to Waterloo Wayside…donate what you can to help support this Community Program 

Waterloo Wayside Program information



Virtual Zoom Group Classes – Live

…enjoy yoga from the comfort of your home

11am Chair Yoga for Healthy Aging & BoneFit Monday

8:30am  Therapeutic Back Care Basics Tuesday & Thursday 

12noon  Therapeutic Restorative Yoga Sunday & Friday

Register for Virtual class by Contacting us

Fee: Request lates fees when you contact us. We accept e-transfers.

On Demand Classes

To find out more & to register  Contact Us

Concussion Friendly Yoga

At our concussion-friendly yoga studio, we offer a unique program to support your concussion recovery. Our approach includes GLED 525nm Phototherapy treatment, Mindfulness Meditation, and Gentle Trauma-Informed Restorative Relaxing Yoga. Our experienced instructors have personal experience with concussions, providing understanding and empathy to our clients.

GLED 525nm Phototherapy Treatment: This treatment uses green light to manage migraines and pain, promoting recovery and reducing pain signals. Studies show its effectiveness with no side effects.

Mindfulness Meditation: Integrated into our yoga sessions, mindfulness helps increase self-awareness and reduce stress during your recovery.

Gentle Trauma-Informed Restorative Relaxing Yoga: Our classes focus on gentle movements and restorative postures to create a safe environment for your healing.

Instructor with Lived Experience: Our instructors offer personalized support, knowing firsthand the challenges of concussion recovery.

We offer in-person sessions at our studio and can bring the classes and coaching to you through Zoom or phone. Our goal is to help you on your journey to improved well-being and healing. Let us be a part of your recovery process, adapting to your unique needs and preferences.

Contact us for more information and to register


Try these classes with our Instructor who  graduated from 6 years of training at a Professional Ballet School

Ballet Barre 

Core Strength

Dancer Yoga

Elite Athlete Yoga

Contact us for more information and to register


Gift Certificates 

Available in any amount





Check out Innovative Wellness, our credentials and some of our programs Innovative Wellness info video



Paused Programs while Instructor Heals from Concussion

Yoga walks

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De-stress, stretch, strengthen and have some fun with us.

“De-Crease your stress with Yoga. That’s going to help your immune system a great deal.”- Dr Sharkawy


Since 2006, our lead instructor Jayne has taught yoga full time and specialize working with people of all ages who are struggling with their  mental and physical wellness. 

We also offer classes via  Zoom, FaceTime, GoogleChat, FaceBook VideoChat.


Yoga is part of our life.

The link to a post my daughter created a few years back about our families yoga journey across Canada. Wherever we go, we include some yoga.

Private Classes

It’s easy to book your virtual class just Contact Us

Request the style of class that suits your needs the best:

 Chair Yoga

Back Care Basics

Ballet Class with Leela who is home from professional Ballet School


Family Yoga – have some fun with your kids

Foot Care and Foot Strengthening

Relax, Rejuvenate & Restore

Stiff Bodies



Yoga & Cardio Blast


In addition,  i have posted some yoga videos on FaceBook in a group called Innovative Wellness Yoga Live Stream. http://Innovative Wellness Yoga Live Stream


To join these classes connect with me (Jayne Hembruff) via FaceBook or email messenger 24 hours ahead, this will allow me to add you to the group 

Please keep checking this website for Schedule Updates

Any questions  Contact Us




Inspiring positive results through strategic initiatives … since 2006

At Innovative Wellness we offer a full set of services designed to assist individuals, families and organizations in achieving their wellness goals from Trauma Informed Therapeutic Yoga, dementia friendly, Back Care Basics and dance programs, and workshops.

How can we help you?

We incorporate our years of experience, training and education from various fields such as Biology, Psychology, and Human Resources to create programs that ensure the greatest level of benefits for you and your organization. Whether in the workplace, home or even in school, our services are guaranteed to improve day to day living for everyone



Dementia Friendly Yoga Program

We now offer dance programs too. We are happy to have Kia on our team teaching a range of dance programs for children aged 3-9 years old as well as an adult ballet beginner class. Dance programs offered are: Moving to Music, Dance it Out, Ballet basics, jazz, hip hop. Plus Jayne leads the Beginner Ballroom basics classes.




Check out our Yoga Schedule https://innovativewellness.ca/calendar-of-events/

To book a class https://innovativewellness.ca/contact/

If our schedule does not fit, book a private class

We make house calls; bring yoga to you

Cut your risk of heart disease in half with yoga and aerobic exercise


Lunch and Learns & Workshops



Work Life Balance 


Finding a work life balance that is right for you.

Outcomes participants may experience from our Mindfulness workshop are:

– Develop a  plan to achieve the right work life balance for you

-Learn tools to decreased work-related stress

-Restructure your work and life by identifying your  activity and people wasters


-Self Care -body and mind

– Identify how you  can empower others to allow them to grow and you to slow?






Experiment with various techniques to experience being in the moment. This experiential workshop will allow participants to experience how mindfulness positively affects their  body and brain.

Research shows mindfulness has a number of positive results such as:

–  “less stress, reduced psychological distress, and improved social functioning and quality of life” (Bartlett, Lovell, Otahal, Sanderson, & Tasmania, 2016), 

– “improves job performance ”  (Dane & Brummel, 2014), 

– “lower levels of work-related stress, greater job satisfaction, and, ultimately, enhanced job performance as rated by their employers” (Shonin, Van Gordon, Dunn, Singh, & Griffiths, 2014), 

– “enhances resiliency and vigor ” (Aikens, Astin, Pelletier, Levanovich, Baase, Park, & Bodnar, 2014) 

Outcomes participants may experience from our Mindfulness workshop are:

– Develop a self care tool

-Decreased Stress

-Reduced pain; both physical and mental

-Enhanced resiliency and vigor

-Improved our coping ability

-Increased the rate of recovery

-Enhanced mood and decreases depressive symptoms

-Better problem solving

-Decreased negative self talk

-More focused

-Improved job performance


Treat your team to a fun unique hands on Team Building workshop with our three experienced facilitators.

We utilize both the classroom for the foundational review of the benefits of teamwork and we then transition to a hands on task. This task is lead by a Guinness World Record holder.

The lessons found in this workshop highlight the need for good communication and cooperation. The entire workshop is presented in an atmosphere of fun and humour. 

Learn how your group or organization can help ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.

Innovative Wellness  was a presenter at  the United Nations SDG event Sat., Nov 18, 2017.

Did you know….

yoga can change our biology?

Yoga can relax us and ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression

(according to the following recent studies 2017  study by Buric,  Farias,  Jong,  Mee, & 2013 Janice Kiecolt-Glase).

Yoga leads to a reversal of the pro-inflammatory gene expression pattern and a reduction in the risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions.

Read more on our post https://innovativewellness.ca/inflammation-and-aging-and-how-yoga-fits-in/

Yoga is a tool to help the body; not to force it into poses. Its about learning to create self awareness, practice self regulation and develop self care tools

We offer Body & Mind Based Programs for all ages and abilities…

including programs for Families

Visit  https://innovativewellness.ca/calendar-of-events/  for more details or email jayne@innovativewellness.ca

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Programs for all ages and abilities


Workshops for all ages and abilities

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