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Newcomers Thruyoga

A Facebook group that aims to welcome newcomers and support them through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and open conversation.

Spanish sisters, Elisabet & Silvia, have built a wonderful Facebook community – Newcomers Thruyoga – that is filled with hundreds of internationals who regularly support each other and practise yoga & meditation as a way to adjust and reflect on their big move abroad.

Our values are perfectly aligned.

Both the Newcomer Collective and Newcomers Thruyoga were created to help ease the overwhelm of moving abroad, to provide a safe and inspiring space to share our experiences with each other, and to encourage one another to build the lives that we want in Canada. So naturally – This partnership just makes sense!

The sisters will be joining me at our monthly virtual Zoom socials (found here) – In the meantime, you can jump into the newcomer community and introduce yourself today! They host regular virtual & in-person (Toronto) classes for all skill levels.

Namaste 🙏




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