Here you will find Barrie`s most authentic space to enjoy health and healing. We are a community of independent local business owners that are coming together to offer their services. Studio W.I.S.E has provided an opportunity for many people to do what they love while aspiring to help more of the community with a variety of services within a shared peaceful and serene location. Our space is a very warm and welcoming spot for all people in the community.
We invite you to come experience what we have created! We are all here to help more of the community with their journey of improved health and happiness.
Come and feel the difference at StudioW.I.S.E!
Testimonials from people that have experienced the specialized programs exclusively offered at Studio W.I.S.E:
January 2019 -
Betty is the operator/owner of Studio W*I*S*E* located in Barrie’s East End. I met Betty about 8 years ago when she agreed to come to my workplace to hold yoga classes for those interested after work. I greatly enjoyed her warm, caring, capable manner, and was delighted she was flexible enough to hold classes outside of her studio. However, I have really come to rely on her as a big part of my healthcare when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2017.
It was then my doctor suggested yoga and I turned to Betty for help. She offers restorative yoga for folks like me who have chronic pain for any number of reasons. She outfitted her studio with infrared heat to get stiff muscles moving, and she is always is careful to modify traditional yoga poses so that everyone in the class can experience success. This is no easy task because no two people there with the same diagnosis. Betty is very knowledgeable and always looking for new ways to make her clients comfortable. She keeps equipment on hand to help her modify as each person needs. Taking restorative classes with Betty has improved my balance, sleep, and pain. I have many fewer “Fibro Days” than I did before. My husband even notices I have more energy when I am taking her classes regularly.
Betty is careful to nurture her students mentally as well as physically. The infrared warmth that she offers is unlike other forms of heat. It is not too hot and encourages tightness to leave one’s body. She has designed her space so it feels cozy and welcoming. Intentionally there are no mirrors in her studio so that those of us who are not comfortable with our bodies feel as though we can try the movements without being self-conscious. The class feels like a family as Betty is careful to introduce anyone new. The best thing is Betty appeals to all our senses with a cold cloth dipped in lavender on our foreheads at the end of class! This attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile for her clients’ comfort is what keeps her business thriving.
I have been privileged to witness as a classmate has regained movement after a bad car accident, another was supported through chemotherapy, and another was gently guided through early onset Alzheimer’s. Betty draws on her warm personality and years of expertise to assist everyone on their personal journey. As word of her chronic pain classes gets around, her classes are growing and she will soon need to add yet another time slot!
I would just like to end by saying that a chronic pain class with Betty is the best thing one can do for oneself. It is like a warm, calm, healing hug that smells good!
January 2019 -
I am writing this letter of reference for Betty Cushnaghan, creator, owner and operator of Studio W.I.S.E. Yoga (Wisdom Inspiring Spiritual Energy), which is appropriately named given the excellence of services offered at her business. I have been a client of Studio W.I.S.E. yoga classes for three years.
For Betty, this business has been a labour of love, which she infuses into all aspects of the studio atmosphere. Her clients come for health, healing and fellowship. She demonstrates a caring and compassionate manner towards everyone who enters this space while carrying on with her business in a professional and knowledgeable manner.
A Certified Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Betty offers a variety of yoga and meditative classes (Progressive classes, Power yoga, Chronic Pain and Stress Management programs, Calming Kids Yoga program, for example) geared towards all levels of experience and need, presented in a non-judgemental, inclusive format. Betty is always aware of the needs of her clients and has developed trust with her clients, making her business more than just a place to practice yoga - it is a cozy environment where people can come together to relax, laugh, cry, learn, and love.
Laurie Cumming, patron
Studio W.I.S.E. Barrie
"What a wonderful studio! I never thought that Hot Yoga would be for me and now I know how wrong I was. After having pelvic difficulties and a slipped disk along with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I found the Infrared heat eases my aches and pains and helped to boost my immune system when feeling run down. Just lying under the infrared panels lets my body open up so easily, releasing tension, tight muscles as well as any negative emotions. The people that I have met at Studio W.I.S.E. are so lovely and enjoy the classes as much as I do. Now I am part of the Studio W.I.S.E. team and am loving every minute. Thank you Betty for bringing such a healing environment into our neighbourhood, long may it last." - Dawn Balfour
"This is me in the photo and this the first Yoga class I have ever taken and I am 68 years old! Betty is an amazing instructor and I am on my second session. I like it so much, that I will be continuing indefinitely. If you have chronic back pain as I do, you should try it." - Adrienne -her words on social media, loved and dearly missed by her yoga family
"I've been a recreational runner for over 20 years. Once I started with W.I.S.E. Yoga, my running improved dramatically. Through hot yoga, I learned to control my breathing more effectively to gain maximum oxygen intake. Be prepared to become addicted to hot yoga, I am." - Dave Jones
"Earlier this year I began practicing hot yoga at Studio W.I.S.E . My results have been beyond my expectations. The infra-red heat is a dry heat that is relaxing and allows my muscles and entire body to decompress. The heat allows for a more gentle stretch and my flexibility has greatly improved. The studio is relaxing and not oppressive or humid. I am stronger, leaner and feel more confident. Further benefits include an overall sense of well-being and calm. My head is cleared of all the” clutter” which allows me to get on with my day. I wish Betty and STUDIO W.I.S.E had been around when I competitively skated for Mariposa many years ago! The advantages I feel today would have been a positive asset to my training and the challenges a busy competitive athlete face each day." - Danielle Ballagh
"Before I started doing infrared hot yoga at Studio W.I.S.E I suffered from sever asthma. I would have an asthma attack almost every week, it was very scary! When my asthma got really bad I got referred to the asthma clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital. I went to the asthma just after New years in 2011, they told me I needed 2 kinds of puffers, and I needed to take them 3 times a day. My asthma did improve slightly by April, but no big change. Then I went back in August and there was no change and the doctor left my medication the same... I started doing hot yoga at Studio W.I.S.E in September and went back to the asthma clinic in November... When the doctor did my peak flow meter test I had doubled my air intake... The doctor couldn't believe it! He retested me on the spot to make sure the results were accurate, which they were! He asked me if I had changed my medication or had started any new work out routines to which I said hot yoga! The doctor said that infrared hot yoga that Studio W.I.S.E offers must have really helped my lungs! Thanks to Studio W.I.S.E I now can breath and I am all around healthier!" - Sarah Bowles
"From the first time I attended Studiowise hot yoga, I knew I had found a life-long and life-changing practice. I never knew that such emotional healing and mental rejuvenation could exist in the context of an amazing physical work-out. The instructors are deeply caring and personally involved, offering constant modifications to make classes enjoyable and accessible for all - whether new to or experienced in yoga practice. The infrared heat increases ease of breathing and movement, while heightening relaxation and the depth of the work-out. I have participated in other hot yoga classes where the humidity had a stressful effect. The comparative lightness of the infrared heat was like nothing I had experienced before. Thank-you Studiowise for giving me a safe and loving environment in the midst of a difficult time in my life, and for helping me develop the strength of heart, body, mind and spirit that I have needed to persevere." - Stephanie Silvester
"Rejuvenated. Relaxed , Release , These are some of the words that have encompassed my life since attending Studio W.I.S.E yoga studio for the past six months. Yoga instructor, Betty C, has taught me many aspects of wholeness and wellness to bring into my life and healthy wellbeing. Being a hairstylist, I constantly have to bend, stretch in awkward ways and stand in one place for lengths at a time, not to mention the mind stress of the daily communication of my job. Also from being a runner , my muscles and body tense in such a way that it cause intense pain throughout my system. From attending Betty yoga/hot yoga classes she has enabled me to make my body one with my mind and soul. I have learned to relax, stretch, and open my heart center to allow healing into my body. I have also built an immense friendship with Betty which will join me in my journey to health and wellness within Studio wise." - Veronica Widawski