Samana is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning balance and equality. In Yogic Philosophy, Samana is one of the five main Pranas (i.e. life forces). According to this philosophy, Samana brings nourishment and balance to the body and is responsible for the digestion of food, cell metabolism and the heat regulating processes of the body.

Samana Wellness was created by Randi Bradshaw to help bring balance and nourishment into people’s lives through the use of Yoga practice and the integration of whole foods. Her goal is to educate, empower and encourage people to live to their fullest potential through dietary and lifestyle changes. The personalized programs created at Samana Wellness are designed to meet each individual where they are currently in their life, which allows for more realistic and sustainable change.

Randi Bradshaw is certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) through Yoga Alliance (their highest certification) and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University. After working as a research chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Randi grew tired of the reactionary approach of the allopathic health field. She decided to switch her focus to health promotion and disease prevention to help people live a healthy and active life, free from a dependency on prescription drugs where possible. Randi’s holistic model empowers each client with the knowledge of how whole foods and mindful movement can sustain a healthy and whole body.

As an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Randi believes that Therapeutic Yoga is not only for those with physical or emotional symptoms, but for anyone wanting more personalized attention to help them begin a new practice or deepen an existing one. Randi mindfully guides her students through their practice, encouraging joy and playfulness as well as helping them establish a balance between trying new things and knowing their edge. She strives to help her students bring a conscious awareness to the mat and ultimately the most important thing we can give ourselves; self acceptance.

Randi has completed her yoga therapy training (1123 hrs) through Yoga Therapy International with her primary teacher, Maggie Reagh, and her secondary teacher, Lindsay Whalen in Vancouver, BC. Although both teachers are from the same lineage of Yoga as started by Sri T Krishnamacharya, they each have different approaches to Therapeutic Yoga. Lindsay is a Yoga Therapist whose training is based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya’s brother-in-law, B.K.S. Iyengar, while Maggie is a Yoga Therapist influenced by the teachings of Krishnamacharya’s son, T.K.V. Desikachar, as well as those of B.K.S. Iyengar. Together, they offer the perfect blend of gentle flow and precise alignment only gained through stillness and a sense of awareness to better help the student optimize their health and deepen their practice. Randi continues to study with a variety of yoga teachers and yoga therapists including Richard Miller, Mira Binzen, Aadil Palkhivala, Neil Pearson, Martha Peterson, Gary Kraftsow, Suzanne Slocum Gori and most recently Randi completed a 132 hr course on yoga therapy for heart disease and cancer with Nischala Joy Devi. To date, Randi has well over 1500 training hours and over 3500 teaching hours.

Overall, Randi’s aim is to help people learn how to relax, heal and live a healthier, happier life, where they are at peace with themselves and their environment.