Located at 121 Long Circular Road in Maraval, Trinidad, Akasha Studio is a yoga studio and holistic wellness centre run by founders Gaby Beston-Edwards, Jacqueline Quesnel and Paige Tim Pow.
The story of Akasha
Before becoming the popular wellness hub it is today, Akasha began as a humble yoga studio founded by Gaby in 2007. Although small, Akasha’s singularly beautiful energy and alignment-centred classes quickly attracted many yoga practitioners who saw Akasha as a welcoming space to reset, reconnect and re-energize.
Beanie and Paige, who were teaching yoga at various venues at that time, began giving classes at Akasha occasionally, but it quickly became clear that the studio would have to expand to accommodate the growing Akasha family.
As the three women had mutually complimentary personalities and teaching styles, they decided to collaborate, and Gaby brought Jacqui and Paige on board to co-found a new, larger Akasha Studio. From that point on, everything simply fell into place: the space beside Gaby’s quaint studio became available, and the co-founders were able to renovate the location to re-launch Akasha Studio in 2012.
A wellness centre for your mind, body and spirit
Since expanding, Akasha has continued to welcome yogis and yoginis at every level, from lifelong practitioners to those who have never stepped onto a yoga mat. Along with the three founders who work as permanent teachers, the studio also engages contracted instructors and guest teachers from around the world, each with expert training and unique insights.
In addition to the diverse styles of yoga, Akasha also offers holistic wellness services, with a resident kinesiologist, massage therapists, and nutritionists. Eco-friendly yoga equipment and clothing are also available at the in-house boutique, together with healthy treats, local handmade jewellery, and, of course, a bountiful supply of that sweet energy that sets Akasha apart and makes it a special, sacred space.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
“This practice is not about transforming ourselves into something we are not. It is a revelation of what lies inside of us—strength, courage, beauty. What we transform is the way we see ourselves and what we believe is possible.”
Having received her initial Pilates and Moksha yoga training in New Orleans and India respectively, Gaby continues to deepen her knowledge of Anusara yoga with training from master yoga instructors all around the world. Her ongoing yogic education and years of teaching experience have allowed her to hone her teaching style to a unique blend of alignment-focused Vinyasa yoga. Through a combination of skilfully articulated explanations, hands-on demonstrations, and continuous encouragement, Gaby is known for taking students beyond their comfort zones while grounding them in an understanding of proper alignment. Although dynamic and physically demanding, Gaby’s classes place an equal emphasis on the importance of meditation and mindful breath, while urging students to apply lessons learnt on the mat to their everyday lives.
Paige Tim Pow
“Yoga becomes a metaphor for your life. The more you can balance on your mat is the more you can balance off the mat.”
For Paige, yoga is about reconnecting with yourself, your loved ones and the wider community. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2012 and is well versed in the philosophy and ancient texts of yoga, bringing poses to life with the myths surrounding their origins. Passionate about fitness, Paige celebrates each of her students’ achievements in their practice, and encourages the use of yoga to support overall health. With a light-hearted but steady teaching style, Paige’s classes are centred on invigorating sequences which strengthen the body and enable students to accomplish peak poses more easily. By giving the time and space needed to explore each pose, Paige allows students to really feel their alignment and delve deeper into their postures.
Jacqueline ‘Beanie’ Quesnel
“Know your breath as part of the bigger Breath, your heart as part of the bigger Heart.”
As a yoga teacher for almost 22 years, Beanie embodies precise guidance and gentle nurturing, and is fully invested in the balanced wellbeing of her students’ minds, bodies, hearts and spirits. A registered nurse and certified yoga instructor, Beanie continuously studies Anusara based therapeutic alignment, making her classes ideal for those seeking a profoundly restorative and therapeutic practice. Her classes offer a soothing, relaxing space where students can come into their own wisdom, finding joy, peace and power through their practice, as well as heightened self-awareness. Practicing with Jacqui allows students to find a deeper appreciation of the Divine while enjoying her playful, energetic support throughout.