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Tanya Robertson: A Journey of Passion, Expertise, and Wellness

Embarking on her fitness journey at the young age of 14, Tanya Robertson discovered her lifelong passion for health and wellness. It all began with her role at the front desk of a YMCA, where she not only found a sense of confidence but also discovered the transformative power of aerobic classes and gym workouts.

In her teens, Tanya achieved certifications as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through YMCA, Can Fit Pro, and the Sport Performance Institute. Demonstrating exceptional leadership, she organized and taught fitness classes during her senior year of high school.

 

Continuing her pursuit of knowledge, Tanya attended the University of Ottawa, majoring in Social Sciences with a concentration in Leisure/Recreation. With electives in Human Kinetics, she further honed her expertise, working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the university. To support her studies, Tanya also worked at GoodLife Fitness Clubs, serving as an Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Nutrition Coach. Additionally, she bartended at local bars on weekends with the goal of fully financing her education by the end of her studies.

After graduating in 1997, Tanya embarked on a diverse career path. Initially, she took on the role of Corporate Health and Fitness Coordinator at the Children's Aid Society for two years. Subsequently, as a fitness instructor at Export Development Canada (EDC), Tanya proposed and assumed the role of Corporate Health and Fitness Coordinator, dedicating over 10 years to the position. Concurrently, she continued teaching fitness and yoga classes while training private clients. Entrepreneurial at heart, she established her fitness studio and initiated a clothing business, crafting yoga bags, pantstops, and yoga headbands. These handmade products were sold at a downtown Ottawa store and a few yoga studios.

A decade later, Tanya expanded her impact by securing a contract with Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital as their Health and Fitness Coordinator. In this role, she conducted daily yoga, meditation, and fitness classes for the hospital staff, fostering a culture of well-being and vitality.

Tanya's commitment to holistic well-being led her to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), where she earned a diploma in 2008 and became a Registered Nutritional Consultant. Collaborating with CSNN peers, she co-founded "Collective Wellness," a multi-modality health business offering various services and products. After successfully launching, the business was sold but continued to flourish.

Tanya's diverse skill set extended to the media, where she served as a Fitness Expert on "Today's the Day" at CTV Morning Live for approximately 10 years. Despite her busy schedule, Tanya pursued further learning, adding creative movement ideas and on-camera experience to her repertoire.

Presently, Tanya thrives with over 30 years of experience, primarily working with private clients and small groups in her studio. Balancing work and life seamlessly, she continues to find joy in various active pursuits like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. Beyond fitness,

 

Tanya has cultivated a new passion for foraging mushrooms and wild medicinal herbs, making nature products for skin and hair, practicing  her on her baritone ukelele, reflecting her enduring dedication to a well-rounded and fulfilling life.

Educations & Certifications

 

Currently studying Qi Gong, Herbology, Wild local Mushrooms (2024)

CPR / AED / First Aid Certified, Canadian Red Cross (2024)

Certified Ontario Health and Physical Education School Teacher (2017)

Bachelor of Education, Health and Physical Education, University of Ottawa (2015)

Reiki Level 1 & 2  (2014)

Shamanic /Energy Training - 1 year (2015)

Psychic Development Level 1 & 2, Specialty of Mediumship. (2012)

Certificate for Yoga Instructor (Hatha & Yin), Yoga Alliance (2011)

Natural Nutrition Diploma, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Ottawa (2007)

Certificate for Nutritional & Wellness Specialist, Can-Fit-Pro (2001)

Certificate for Fitness Leader Course in Group Fitness, YMCA (1998)

Bachelor in Social Science, Concentration in Leisure Studies, University of Ottawa (1997)

Strength Trainer Certification with Sports Performance Institute (1997)

Personal Trainer Certification with Can Fit Pro (1996)

Assistant Instructor Certification with YMCA (1995)

Personal Trainer YMCA Certification, (1995)

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