Yoga Desha

Yoga Desha means "place of yoga". Yoga is to unite, a link between teacher and student or body and mind. Desha is "place" or "community". Our classes provide a place for the people in our community to find their own connection to yoga, the preciousness of life and the inner resource that we all have to experience unity of body, mind and speech.

We offer individual, small group classes, yoga studies and annual retreats to meet you where you are on the path of yoga. We welcome beginners of any age and body type. There is no prerequisite to begin. You are welcomed into a safe, warm and nurturing environment in which you can practice and study yoga surrounded by like-minded supportive practitioners of all ages and levels of experience. You are guided by well trained, certified and experienced teachers with a minimum of 500 hours of study and practice.

Sheree has been teaching yoga in Summerside and surrounding area for 17 years. Over this time she has had the privilege of meeting many students that enable her to keep this living tradition alive. She also offers individual yoga therapy to address any particular concerns or to compliment other forms of treatment you may be undergoing.

Please join me in welcoming them Jennifer Pilkington and Chelsey Poirier to teach at Yoga Desha this Fall 2018

Whether your goal is to develop your inner resilience, become an accomplished musician, sharpen your mental focus, attend your prenatal needs as you prepare for motherhood or improve your physical strength and range of motion; yoga is both the means to that end and can take you beyond.

"Yoga is relationship" T.K.V. Desikachar


Sheree Gurnell

Sheree’s lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy led her to begin studying yoga on immigrating to Canada. She has been a formal student of yoga for 25 years and has been teaching for 17 years. Initially she received a 500 hr teacher training certification through the Yoga Studio College in Calgary, AB. In June 2013 she completed a further 500 hr teacher training in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar with Rosemary Jeanes Antze of Toronto. In September 2016, she was awarded certification as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Through the care and guidance of a knowledgeable teacher and mentor; studying yoga philosophy and practicing daily, she has been able to overcome challenges in different areas of her life. Yoga has helped her to tap into her authenticity and creativity. Yoga is a lifelong journey and she is incredibly grateful to have students who are committed to deepening their understanding of themselves and journey alongside her.

Yoga has developed in her a deep sense of what it means to be human, to embrace life fully, with openness and awe. Sharing this experiential and intellectual knowledge is a gift that has no end. She endeavours to help students increase their quality of life through the daily practice of yoga and hopes they all find the autonomy, joy and freedom that yoga has to offer.

Specializing in teaching small group classes, retreats and individual sessions, she honours the heart to heart connection of this tradition. Sheree mentors yoga students and teachers looking to expand their knowledge of the philosophy and application of yoga in a therapeutic context. Five long term students have graduated from the 500 hour Yoga Teacher Development Program in the tradition of T Krishmanacharya, which she offered from September 2014-December 2016.

Jennifer Pilkington

Jennifer has been a student of Sheree’s practicing yoga in the tradition of Sri T.  Krishnamacharya & T.K.V. Desikachar since 2009. She feels very fortunate to have found her teacher and this tradition of yoga early in life. The focus on the student-teacher relationship, breath and movement and the individualized approach of this lineage sparked her interest from the beginning. Her passion for yoga grew over the years through her individual sessions with her teacher and her introduction to the study of the Yoga Sutras.

In September 2014, she embarked on a journey with Sheree and four other long-term students to obtain her yoga teacher certification. These two years were a time of enrichment and exploration and it is when she discovered her love for chanting and using sound as a means of self-expression and relaxation.

In November 2016, she graduated from the 500 hour Yoga Teacher Development Program. She is currently a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

She began teaching in 2018, after having welcomed her daughter in 2017. The yoga tools she learned over the years helped her profoundly during and post pregnancy. It was during this time in her life that the essentiality of this tradition of yoga became even more evident. Krishnamacharya passed along a gift that is accessible to everyone and that can be adapted for everybody.

“If anybody can breathe, they can do Yoga.” – T. Krishnamacharya.

Chelsey Poirier

Chelsey began taking yoga classes with Sheree in her Summerside studio approximately ten years ago. As a past competitive gymnast, she was searching for something to sustain her flexibility and concentration, while also continue her exploration of body/breath connection. Since beginning her yoga journey she has recognized the value of continual learning and growth, which is why you will often find her attending yoga classes at Yoga Desha, going on annual retreats with Sheree, attending private sessions, and most recently, teaching.

She decided it was time that she further her personal journey in September of 2014 through Yoga Teacher Development with Sheree. She completed 2.5 years of study in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya & T.K.V. Desikachar and finished by obtaining a 500-hour teaching certificate. Although she notes that her study of yoga has only touched the surface, she is eager to continue the lifelong learning that yoga provides. Chelsey is also currently registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Yoga for Chelsey has not only given her the privilege of reconnecting her body and mind, but also provided a platform for quietness and reflection in her busy day to day life. It creates a time each day for her to slow things down and be present in the moment. The stability that yoga has established within her as also given her the capacity to overcome challenges in all aspects while remaining grounded.

Chelsey looks forward to facilitating her students' journey of self discovery and awareness through the practice of yoga at Yoga Desha


Welcome all to yoga desha’s site. It is a work in progress so check back now and then. I am always very happy to hear from any new and current students if you have any concerns or questions.


Spring Yoga Sessions with Sheree

March 27 - May 30 2019

Yoga Levels I-III   $150  (10 weeks)

Junior Yoga            $138   (10 weeks)

Monthly Class

Yoga Community Class by donation. Beginners are welcome.

Saturday March 9th, April 6th, May 4th at 12.30 pm

Proceeds towards Do Ubuntu Bracelet Fund. We currently support the 1000 Hills Community Helpers in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Spring Yoga Sessions with Chelsey

March 25 - May 27 2019

Yoga Level I        $120 (8 weeks)

Spring Yoga Sessions with Jennifer

May 7 - June 11 2019

Yoga Level I         $90 (6 weeks)

Please contact Sheree  to preregister




Prices include HST.
Payment not transferable to next session.
Students are encouraged to make up missed classes at alternate times.
Payment accepted: cash or cheque preferred, email transfer
Class schedule is subject to change depending on enrollment
Sliding scale available on class fees.
Contact Sheree at danspirations.pei@gmail.com for more information



Yoga Level I

6.45 - 8.05 pm

Starts: March 25

Ends: May 27

No classes:

Easter Monday April 22, Victoria Day May 20

Taught by Chelsey


Yoga Level I

7 - 8.20 pm


ENDS: June 11

Taught by Jennifer


Junior Yoga

4.15 - 5.15 pm

STARTS: March 27

ENDS: May 29

Private Sessions

5.30 - 6.45 pm

Yoga Mixed Levels

7 - 8.20 pm

STARTS: March 27

ENDS: May 29

Taught by Sheree


Yoga Level I-II

9.30 - 10.50 am

STARTS: March 28

ENDS: May 30

Taught by Sheree


Yoga Community Class

Saturdays at 12.30 pm

March 9th

April 6th

May 4th

Taught by Sheree