Diana Steadman - founder of Eat Grow Play
My name is Diana Steadman and I am passionate about all things food. I love being in the kitchen combining fresh flavours and ingredients sourced from our extra large veggie patch out back. As a busy working mother I recognize that finding balance is important. I won’t always be able to put that ideal meal on the table and that’s all right. I’ll get back at it tomorrow. That’s the thing about food, the next meal is right around the corner.
With 10 years experience as a Public Health Nurse in the field of health promotion, I understand how access to healthy food and a strong connection to nature contribute to both physical and mental health. The more we can get our kids outside and in touch with nature, the healthier and happier they will be – it’s just that simple.
I have been practicing yoga on and off throughout my life. My first practice came in the form of a VHS tape entitled Yoga Mind and Body featuring Ali McGraw and my first yoga teacher Eric Shiffman. I used that tape on and off throughout high school and university to bring a sense of calm into my busy, stressful life. When I struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of my firstborn, I enrolled myself into a beginner Ashtanga yoga series to help bring myself back to wellness.
The opportunity to deepen my yoga practice appeared this past spring in the form of a 40 hour yin yoga teacher training at The Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre in Kemptville. To say that the knowledge and experience of that practice has transformed my life would be nothing short of an understatement. It was during that course that I really began to understand what taking your practice off the mat feels like. Currently I am working on a 200 hour yoga teacher training to begin to help others to discover the healing potential of yoga.
I would love an opportunity to talk with you personally about Eat, Grow, Play. Please feel free to call, text or email. You have come to Eat, Grow, Play looking for the best for your children and I can assure you that is what I intend to create. ~ Diana
Cell – 613-897-2724
Meet My Family
Practicing daily moments of gratitude allows me to see life through a lens of abundance. There is much about my life that I am deeply thankful for. Top of the list are my three guys.
I met my husband Scott in perhaps the most twisted form of fate. A tree blew down in my parents backyard and Scott was there, his first day as a young arborist, to help remove it. I had no idea at the young age of 17 that I would meet my forever guy but fate stepped in that day and we have been together ever since. Our love for the outdoors has been the common thread that winds its way throughout our life together.
Liam, our first born, enjoyed his first canoe trip before he could walk the portages himself. Liam has always had a deep love for reading and learning new things. He is my camp leader in training, taking lessons he absorbs from his time in Scouts, and tailoring them to excite younger children at camp.
Our youngest son, Colin would be happiest if he could spend his entire day outside. He is keenly observant of how things work. He enjoys building with tools and taking machines apart with his dad. When I plan building projects at camp, like the wooden planter boxes we made this year, Colin is always happy to share his tools with the group.
Alisha M. Rexford
Alisha has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2008. Since her first introduction to yoga nearly a decade ago, she has continued her studies of meditation, pranayama (breath work), and yoga under teachers from a wide range of traditions in Canada, the US, and Australia including: Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Svaroopa, Power, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, Kripalu, and Yin.
Last winter (2016) she completed her 200 RYS Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification from the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre in Kemptville and a 40h Yin Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2017. Alisha pulls inspiration from the various traditions she has practiced over the years to create a dynamic range of classes that are both flexible and accessible to everyone. She strives to make the practice fun and playful, giving lots of options and modifications along the way.
She has been teaching regularly at the Bodhi Tree since receiving her certification last winter and recently began teaching a variety of classes weekly in her own community of Osgoode , dawning the alias “Om Metta Yogi”.
Outside of yoga, Alisha works part-time as an operations manager for a volunteer organization known as the Friends of the Farm in Ottawa. In her spare time you can find her cracking smiles and laughs with friends and their kids, concocting some new edible delight in the kitchen, strolling through the woods with her ‘pup’ Duke (a 105lb black King Sheppard) or cuddling up on the couch next to her hubby, a cup of tea, and a good book. Hari Om <3
Cell – 613-462-1807
An exciting new partnership begins
Diana and Alisha are excited to fuse their love of yoga, simple living, growing their own food, and cooking for those they love. They are looking forward to uniting their common and unique strengths to provide a versatile set of workshops exploring holistic practices such as yoga, meditation, cooking, baking, canning, gardening and other growing and healthy living skills.