Meet The Team
Founder & Head Instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor (East and West Studio, Toronto)
Certified Taichi Instructor (Qi-Gong by Master Philipe Lai)
CPR , First Aid and AED certified
CCAA certified senior fitness instructor
Reiki level 1 & 2
Cosmic Healing 1 by TAO Center
Hiromi's passion is in sharing her knowledge of physical fitness and emotional well-being to help everyone improve their physical/mental well-being and quality of life.
She began in the fitness profession after the birth of her 3rd child in 1998. She is certified and experienced in many forms of physical fitness, relaxation and meditation, life coaching, and personal training.
Her teaching techniques are very unique. She blends Western and Eastern approaches to her programs and always focuses on correct posture and breathing. Participants always feel relaxed and energized at the end of each class. Hiromi always balances mind and body through her exercise. Since March 2020, Hiromi has been providing all her programs online to people in Ottawa, other Canadian cities and several countries worldwide.
She works with clients of all ages, skills and physical conditions. She especially enjoys working with clients who seek to reduce stress and to create harmony in their personal lives. She will work with you to enhance your physical/mental well-being to bring about a new healthy life-style.
She lives her life with the simplicity of Zen, with her personal philosophy "Life is an ocean, Living is an art".
Certified Yoga Teacher (White Lotus foundation, California)
Barbara has been leading yoga classes for 15 years, and has come to regard yoga practice as the best companion for life. Her interest in the physical postures gradually evolved into a deeper understanding that yoga helps us develop not only strength and steadiness in the body, but in the mind and spirit as well.
Barbara aims to to encourage students to modify poses on a constant basis, then find peace or patience or perhaps some humor in whatever shape comes up!
Eva has loved movement and dance since the age of five. Trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance, she later studied yoga, tai chi, latin dance and swing. She believes that dance and tai chi balance our mental and physical energies. She enjoys sharing the joy of movement with seniors and contributing to their health and well being.
Certified Seniors' Fitness Instructor (Canadian Centre for Activity, Aging and SPI)
Andrew has been working as a personal trainer and a fitness instructor for over 20 years, helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. His aim is to motivate people to participate in regular activity.
He also offers private tennis lessons.
Certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor (Ashtanga Yoga Ottawa)
Certified Yin Yoga Instructor (Yoga with Kassandra)
YogaFit Sweat Instructor (YogaFit)
Certified Taichi and chair-Taichi Instructor (Aging Gracefully with Hiromi)
Certified Cosmic Healing I (Tao Center)
Standard CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
Trained in Senior Fitness Instructor Training (CCAA)
Yuko’s journey to fitness and wellness began in 2003 when she first encountered Hatha yoga in Spain while working in a corporate world. She continued her practice in Japan and Canada, and was first certified as a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga instructor in 2016 and then Hot and Yin yoga in 2019. She has been teaching in group, corporate and online environment as well as taking on private clients.
She has trained with Hiromi and was certified as a Taichi and a chair Taichi instructor in 2019.
Also she has taken the certification training for Fitness for Seniors, and is learning and teaching Qigong.
Yuko believes that physical practice of Yoga and Taichi can cultivate calm and stable mind, and over time guide you to meditative state.
She is passionate about providing safe practice for variety of age group in the welcoming environment.
She is looking forward to sharing the immense benefit of Taichi with you.
Certified Fitness Instructor, YMCA/World Bank, Washington, D.C., U.S.A;
Certified Tai Chi Instructor in 24 Forms, Wu Shu Tai Chi Federation, Barbados;
Certified Tai Chi Instructor, Basic Forms, Tai Chi Training, Ottawa, Canada;
Certified Qi Gong Beginners Instructor, Lamas Qi Gong Association of Canada;
Certified in Emergency First Aid, CPR/AED, Canadian Red Cross;
Membership, Holistic Chamber of Commerce, U.S.A;
Membership, the Council on Aging of Ottawa, Canada; Membership in IDEA, (International Dance/Education Association) and International Association of Fitness Professionals U.S.A;
Membership in the Sacred Dance Guild of Canada
Originally from Hong Kong, Gloria has over 40 years' experience in the fitness industry. She has been fortunate to use this knowledge by teaching while living in many parts of the world - North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Gloria enjoys different forms of movement, from aerobics, belly dancing, SharingDance (an annual Canada Day dance performed at the National Arts Centre by seniors, and sponsored by the National Ballet School of Canada), as well as Sacred Dance, and is currently teaching Tai Chi to different age groups. She especially enjoys teaching seniors and encourages them to have fun while doing it! As a holistic practitioner, Gloria promotes her wellness program -SHIELD(which stands for S-sleep, H-handle stress, l-interaction, E-exercise, L-life-long learning, and D-diet) in order to assist others to integrate this approach into their own wellness. She strongly believes in a balanced lifestyle and continues to share this philosophy wherever she can.
Join us Today
The Aging Gracefully Ottawa is always looking for talented and energetic instructors to join our team!
If you are interested in becoming the member of the Aging Gracefully Ottawa staff, simply send your resume to Hiromi McPhail at
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to meeting you!