Cassandra Cornacchia is the founder of Ground Down, which shares Earth-Based Meditation and Yoga practices. Cassandra’s classes weave together Mindfulness, Visualization, Breathwork, accessible Asanas (postures), and Sound Therapy, to create holistic healing and grounding experiences. Cassandra’s classes have been inspired by Divine Feminine Philosophies, the Indigenous concept of Interconnectedness, Zen Buddhism, and Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga The classes are meant to foster equanimity, joy and unconditional love.
Cassandra is currently completing a Master of Social Work at Ryerson University, researching the significance of human’s connection to the Earth, the Divine Feminine, and the power of the Climate Justice movement. Cassandra’s intention for teaching is to create a space where everyone feels honoured and respected, and given a chance to heal, breath, connect, express and rest. She learns from social justice, anti-oppressive, and trauma informed approaches to facilitating spaces. She aspires to share genuine friendship, understanding, and connection with each person she has the privilege of sharing a class with.
In 2015, Cassandra completed a 200 hour RYS teacher training with Hali Love, an inspiring mentor, teacher, and friend, and the founder of Multi-Style Yoga International. The training took place in Costa Rica and integrated awareness of the living Earth and Ocean into every part of the practice. The training was rooted in Traditional Hatha and Mindfulness, teaching the foundations of power, hatha, yin, and restorative yoga practices.
Cassandra Cornacchia has been practicing mindfulness and several different paths of yoga since 2005. These paths include Ashtanga, Kundalini, Dharma, Bhakti, and Kadampa Buddhist traditions. She believes that every spiritual path is a beautiful unfolding of one petal on a lotus flower, ultimately leading to the Divine at the centre of all creation.
Her inspiration for becoming a teacher arose in 2014, while she was volunteering at the Yoga Farm in Costa Rica. A self-sustaining permaculture farm, that exemplifies living in harmony with one another and the Earth. The breathtaking beauty and serenity of the ocean and jungle nourished her being and allowed her to recognize the immense healing power of nature. Her teacher and mentor at the Yoga Farm, Kelly Sproul, founder of MaMa Love, was a major inspiration for becoming a teacher. Kelly demonstrated the beautiful healing that unfolds through genuine compassion and a pure love of teaching, that inspired Cassandra to want to offer this as well.
Cassandra will be offering Ground Down: Earth-Based Meditation and Yoga classes beginning June 4th, every Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm.
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