My name is Alycia Ho and welcome to my page!
Yoga is the union of mind, body, and spirit. I am a freelance certified yoga teacher in Edmonton, AB, Canada. My passion is using Yoga as a holistic therapy to help people achieve the ultimate mental and physical health.
I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Mallorca, Spain at Ashram OM with the talented Maria and her amazing team of yogis. While I enjoy practicing and teaching all types of Yoga, I especially love Hatha Yoga because of its grounding and calming qualities. Yoga to me it’s like a slow meditative dance to the rhythm of breath. I design my classes with the perfect balance between Sthira and Sukha: steadiness and ease. My specialty is in designing yoga classes for anxiety and stress relief. I also incorporate aromatherapy, and mantras into my classes to bring forward the best yogic experience to my clients.
With that, I am here to serve. I teach private one-on-one sessions, small group classes, and community classes. I also teach karma yoga classes to support local charities. to join one of my existing classes, go to Classes. See my Services and Pricing page for more information on what I have to offer.
I remember taking my first ever yoga class at 17 years old, at a local gym in Malaysia, the country where I spent the first 20 years of my life. I very clearly remember sweat dripping from my forehead and nose in some kind of plank or downward facing dog position, thinking to myself, this workout is harder than I expected and I loved it. Since then, yoga has been a small but integral part of my life. I’ve been practicing yoga, on and off, for the last decade. It has always been a great compliment to my busy lifestyle and other workout routines.
Over the years, I’ve tried many new and shiny workout crazes, like Bikram yoga, Zumba, HIIT, OrangeTheory Workout, CrossFit, Moksha, and even pole dancing. Yoga is like the trusted, safe zone that I always go back to and count on to give me the mental and physical release that I need. Deep down, I always knew that yoga has something special to offer; it’s more than just another physical activity. I started to experience the true benefits of yoga about 2 years ago.
I moved to this beautiful country called Canada alone 10 years ago when I was 21 years old. I was mentally strong, spiritually optimistic, and financially broke. I set my mind to succeed and make a life for myself. To do that, I pretty much dedicated my life to building my career in the corporate world. In my mid-twenties, I was like a sponge, absorbing all experiences and education that I can get. I had very stressful and dynamics jobs. Being a minority, an Asian female, I felt like I had to work extra hard to gain success in my field. I was also like a steel wall, blocking out emotions and any forms of hurt that came my way. I was a determined, independent soul and it’s me against the world. For as long as I can remember, my stress level has always been high. It took me a while to realize that stress has been manifesting itself in a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. I would get episodes of allergies, migraines, anxiety attacks, sleeping disorders and the list goes on. Hell, one time a dear friend even got me an expensive bottle of stress relief mist for Christmas, which I was eternally grateful for.
After years of being beaten up by stress, I was burnt out. I was experiencing adrenal fatigue. My body kind of gave in. No matter what I did, I could not shake the haunting physical fatigue. High-intensity workouts actually wrecked havoc in my body. Mentally, I was drained. I was also struggling with anxiety and mild depression.Yoga played a big part in helping me cope, specifically, meditative, Hatha Yoga. Without the bells and whistles, just basic and grounding Hatha. Since having a regular practice, my lower back pain went away. But the most profound benefits that I’ve received, is the mental health and strength. I believed in yoga so much that I decided to take on the 200-hr YTT. Best decision I’ve ever made. To be honest, taking on the YTT was not just to learn about yoga and how to teach it, I wanted an escape or more accurately, a reset for my body, mind, and spirit. I accomplished all that and so much more. It’s like I was inspired and enlightened. I dealt with a lot of unresolved emotions; it was like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulder. All of a sudden, I have so much more space, capacity, and clarity to understand, discover, and learn. I also met an amazing bunch of people from all around the world, my new yogi family. I love this journey and I don’t think I can ever stop. The true joy of Yoga.
Now, I continue to deepen my own yoga practice by attending workshops and seminars; at the same time, transferring the amazing gift of yoga to people I cross paths with.