WTD Contributor Christine Noonan recently had the chance to sit down with Sarah Memme – founder of Liberty Life Yoga. Keep reading for their conversation about yoga, Liberty Life Yoga and the Toronto wellness scene.
Well TO Do: Please introduce yourself to the Well TO Do readers.
Liberty Life Yoga: Hi! My name is Sarah Memme. I teach yoga throughout Toronto and also started Liberty Life Yoga, a mobile-based yoga company focused on community, connection, and accessibility.
WTD: What inspired you to start yoga?
LLY: I began practicing yoga after participating in many sports that were hard on my body (field hockey, rugby, etc.). After some intense rugby injuries I turned to yoga and realized how to “heal” by body through this practice. I find that people coming to Liberty Life Yoga are in similar positions to where I was; they have an injury and don’t feel “big studios” are fitting their needs or want more one-on-one attention.
WTD: How long have you been practicing yoga? Teaching yoga?
LLY: I have been practicing yoga for just about 13 years and have been teaching for about 4 years! My practice and teaching have continued to shift and change. I started with a very intense power practice, and now find I have shifted to a more aligned, restorative practice. This is similar to my teaching as I started with more power/athletic-based classes and have fallen in love with teaching alignment-based and restorative classes.
Photo Credit: Liberty Village Cares
WTD: Tell us about Liberty Life Yoga! How did it come to be? What types of classes do you offer?
LLY: Ahhh, what can I say? Liberty Life Yoga is a mobile-based yoga company. We are very small and still growing. There are a few teachers, and we are all so different in terms of personalities, backgrounds, training and more; but this is what we WANT! The purpose around Liberty Life Yoga is to allow folks to feel connected to something and/or someone. The goal is to connect local communities by providing physical, mental, and spiritual opportunities so that every person feels a sense of belonging. We focus on small class sizes (max 10-15 people) so that every person feels comfortable being in the class, everyone knows each other’s names, and there is a feeling of “community”.
Liberty Life Yoga started through an idea and question of: Where can we offer accessible yoga to people who want something “different” than a studio experience. We have been working with condos, and community spaces to create an opportunity for folks who want the small class sizes, one on one attention, and at a much lower price point. We offer many events throughout Toronto, condo yoga in Liberty Village (with more locations to come!), corporate yoga, and private yoga. As I mentioned, we are continuing to grow and are looking forward to that process.
We offer a variety of classes like Fire Flow, Light Flow, Meditation, Yogalates and more. If you are interested in learning more, check out our class descriptions on our website.
WTD: Liberty Life Yoga offers yoga in condo buildings. Why is this advantageous for the residents?
LLY: I live in a condo, and I love it! More and more condos have yoga/fitness spaces that are under-utilized. I love working with Property Management and Condo Boards that see they can offer their residents something more. We offer our services at an amazing price point, and one of the many benefits is that the yoga class is just down an elevator or set of stairs! We bring all the props and necessary equipment, so someone can literally get home from work, or roll out of bed, and be in class in less than 2 minutes!
I know for myself, through continuing higher living costs that this service helps to cut down on the extra gym fees and studio fees. Furthermore, I know that many of our students would have never tried yoga if it weren’t for the fact that it was in their building. Being that the classes are affordable, and they knew there weren’t going to be intimidated by walking into a studio/gym space, encouraged them to show up and try yoga.
Photo credit: Chris Prucnal
WTD: What is different about Liberty Life Yoga? And what do you love most about the Liberty Life yoga community?
LLY: For me, I feel that the difference is I that know every students name and story. The community becomes more like a family, and I have met some amazing friends through the work we have done. I have loved getting to know our teachers, and creating friendships with them. I feel like we are showcasing our passion for yoga and are allowing others to find joy in the practice as well!
WTD: You have taken yoga outside for the summer. What does Yoga in the Park look like?
LLY: YES! Another key focus we want to have with community is giving back! We love working with Liberty Village CARES to put on community based charity events and we are doing that through Yoga in the Park this year. We have partnered with Find Me A Condo, Liberty Village CARES, and New Leaf Foundation to offer these classes every Sunday at 10:30am in Liberty Village, and we can’t wait! This year, we have two teachers at each class to support students, and have teachers from Liberty Life Yoga as well as a few other studios/yoga spaces. The first class is going to be co-taught by myself, and Heather Watson (fellow LLY teacher and condo/corporate on-boarder). You can find details on our Facebook event page.
WTD: Can you share a memorable place you have practiced yoga – and why this space means so much to you?
LLY: I feel like my favourite memory is doing SUP yoga on my Honeymoon last year (I know, soooo cliche, hahaha!). There was something about closing my eyes, being in the sunshine, on the water, and having my partner by my side (even though he wasn’t super excited to join, at first). For me that is yoga! It’s about community, connecting to something, smiles and laughs, and feeling totally comfortable where you are and focusing in on the moment/pose.
WTD: What’s next for Liberty Life Yoga?
LLY: We started with our mobile yoga in condos, and have now started to branch to corporate spaces who want consistency within various types of classes. In addition, we are continuing to use our “why” of community and connection to extend these offerings to more community spaces (like The Craft). Look out for more collaborations, Earls on King St is next on the list!
Our really exciting “news” is hosting a retreat alongside True Nature Travels and with you, Christine Noonan! The retreat is next June (2018) in Amalfi, Italy! It will be , and we are excited to offer early bird pricing through the summer.
WTD: What’s exciting you most about the Toronto wellness scene right now?
LLY: For me, I’m really excited to see that yoga is becoming more accessible for folks in Toronto! I know for myself I did many Energy Exchanges in order to “afford” yoga. I love that there are so many opportunities for folks to engage in this practice! I feel like Toronto is showcasing many different yoga “scenes” so every person is able to find their “fit”!
WTD: Anything else you would like to share?
LLY: I’m really excited to share with the Well To Do readers my upcoming event happening on Saturday June 10th! It’s Yoga-Bevies-Brunch! So many of the Liberty Life Yoga students have been asking for an event that encompass food and yoga – we are excited to partner with The Craft in Liberty Village for this event!
I’m happy to share this discount code with readers. Simply enter BRUNCH at checkout and receive $5 off your ticket! If you have questions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!