Into The Flow
Into The Flow Yoga and Wellness was born out of a dream to create a safe and peaceful space where people with cancer can come together and share time and laughter with others who have a deep understanding for what they are going through.
The journey through Cancer can make one feel as though their body has betrayed them. Our goal is to help people find their way back home, into their bodies, where they can learn to work with their own profound ability to heal. Through yoga, meditation, reiki and coaching, we help people learn how they can actively participate in their physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing, bringing themselves back into flow.
We feel that individuals should approach their journey through cancer in a balanced way, embracing traditional and integrative healthcare.
Andrea Pritchard (known to many as “Piper” )
There is something that lives within each soul that demands to get out, to be realized, to be fulfilled. For Andrea, that is working with individuals on their path towards healing.
Each person and their path are unique. One commonality amongst all, is that each person has an innate capacity to self-heal. Andrea feels that addressing all components of the individual; the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, is necessary to bring the individual back to their natural state of being, and back home to their holistic self.
Since childhood, Andrea has felt compelled to work in a helping capacity, bringing her into Social Services in her late twenties. Andrea worked as an Employment Advisor at KEYS Job Centre, which often entailed guiding people on their journey through the very challenging and emotional rollercoaster ride associated with unemployment. After 16 years, Andrea knew that she was being called to something different, and it was then that she moved out of employment and into holistic wellness.
Andrea has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2009, however she was able to embrace these teachings in a more full-time capacity in late 2016. In addition to yoga and meditation, Andrea began her training as a Reiki Practitioner in 2008, completing her Karuna Reiki Master training in 2010. Andrea has often used Reiki in her classes, as well as on family and friends, and now in her private practice at Full Circle Health Network. Andrea feels very honoured to share this ancient healing art with others, to help facilitate an environment where people can access their own capacity to heal.
Andrea is also driven, due to the loss of her mother to Ovarian Cancer in 2013, to work with individuals who are facing a cancer diagnosis. She attained specialized training in Yoga to work with this population, and now teaches these classes at KGH, the YMCA, as well as through her company, Into The Flow Yoga and Wellness, at various locations in Kingston.
Education: Yoga4Cancer Teacher Training Certification, 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification, CanFitPro Personal Training Certification, Karuna Reiki Master Certification, Bachelors of Sociology Degree
“As I was coming towards the end of my cancer treatments, I was made aware of Yoga classes that were being offered through the cancer clinic. I wanted to join and regain some of my physical strength but was a bit fearful of joining a group class when still immune suppressed from all my treatments. Of course, it was the worst flu season on record with a vaccine that didn’t quite cover all the virus’ circulating! I couldn’t imagine going to a regular gym or studio. I knew that other individuals undergoing cancer treatments would be sensitive to the concerns of others who are immune suppressed and not attend classes if unwell. I mustered up the courage to go and have absolutely no regrets! We have had classes held at KHSC and now the YMCA and all are instructed by Andrea Pritchard of Into the Flow. Andrea has specialized training and expertise in adjusting yoga for those with cancer. She guides us in the many forms of yoga as well as guided meditation. If you are hesitant to join because of your immune system, your physical strength, your pain levels, your prior knowledge of yoga….. I encourage you to talk to your doctor and then contact Andrea. I know you won’t regret it!”
– Karen, Kingston ON
“I started taking yoga classes at age 51. It was a daunting step for me to take as I knew very little about yoga. In the studio, I struggled with self confidence: could I really bend and twist my body into shapes being asked by the person guiding the class? Could I keep up with all the younger students in the class and not embarrass myself?
Over the last year I have learned about being vulnerable, showing my weaknesses and allowing myself to get guidance from instructors. I continue to learn to not be concerned with being perfect but accepting myself where I am today.
I’ve also learned that without trust it is difficult to be vulnerable. I have learned to trust Piper as one of my instructors. I enjoy taking classes with Piper. She is a kind, compassionate, knowledgable, fun and experienced instructor. She is very sensitive to the vibe in the class and can amp up the workout or tone it down depending on the signals we send her. Piper believes that we need to look after not only our physical bodies but our minds as well and gently leads us to thoughtful meditation. Piper reminds us that what we think is a crucial link to how we feel. I am fortunate to have met Piper and have her guide me on this new journey. “
– Kim, Kingston ON
“I’ve been practicing yoga for over 7 years now at Samatva and Piper is one of the best instructors I have ever had. I’ve always been impressed by Piper’s attention to detail in terms of explaining the postures and the anatomy behind them. In addition, her cues are always clear and straightforward with an emphasizes on performing each posture safety depending on ones own body. Her funny quips throughout class are enjoyable and remind you to not take each moment so seriously. Piper is welcoming and friendly. She is always keen to listen and share but most importantly she recognizes that everyone is different, each body is different, and each one of us brings something different to class each day we practice. What Piper instills in her students is to appreciate the present moment.”
– Gail, Kingston ON