MEET OUR TEACHERS

It’s time to believe in yourself the way we believe in you, to let go of expectation, to become inspired, to speak your true self, and let your soul guide the way.

 

ERIN

Hey guys, Erin here!

For as long as I can remember I’ve seen yoga as more than just a practice. Yoga is, and always will be, an expression of my soul. The way that I practice, teach and speak about yoga is integrated in almost every aspect of my life.

My desire to live a yogic lifestyle emerged as a reflection of my parents influence, and here my passion to teach was born. As yogis themselves, my parents taught me the art of living with intention. As a promise to myself, and a promise to my community – i intend to live fully, to teach deeply, to practice generously and to love without exception.

Yoga to me is self love in the fullest form – it is coming home to yourself over and over again no matter how many times you leave or forget who you are.

 

ROB

Hey! I’m Rob!

I was first introduced to Yoga by my sister as a way to get into meditation to help deal with everyday stress. It didn’t take long for me to feel the benefits the practice has to offer. Opposite to many, I took my first teacher training program …

only having taken a handful of classes, knowing almost nothing about yoga asides to that it made me feel good. As the training progressed, something that was once so weird & foreign became the entire focus of my life. Shortly after the program I quit my full time job as an auto mechanic and jumped at any teaching opportunity I could get. Now you can find me sharing my practice around the city.

My classes consist of complex, creative & fluid movement that help you develop a strong sense of body awareness while keeping you connected to the present moment. Expect a challenging class, guided by a calm energy where you will move your body safely in all different kinds of ways.

 

 

MAKENZIE

  

My name is Makenzie.
(I will also respond to Mak, Kenz or Kenzie)

To me, yoga is the essence of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Honed over a decade of personal yoga practice, I have discovered that the root of both contentment and happiness lay within the realm of the ever evolving yoga practice. 

My classes explore the balance between proper postural alignment, prana and meditation. I have an anatomical yet spiritual approach to guiding yoga, I encourage practitioners to go deeper than what is on the surface, and explore the true connection to their being.

Having struggled with depression, anxiety and addiction in my past, Yoga and mindful contemplation have helped me overcome self-doubt and shame, I am able to transcend these negative perceptions that serve no purpose into genuine acceptance and self love.

I am honoured to guide you through your journey of self discovery.

Shanti

KURT

Hi I’m Kurt,

My journey to yoga came about through the avenue of philosophy and spiritual experience. I was raised in a family that encouraged the study of spirituality, and my first exposure to yoga was reading the Bhagavad Gita at the age of 13.

 

At the time, I didn’t quite grasp the concept and message but I knew it would come back into my life when I was ready.

Today, I am a yogi first, and a teacher second. I teach just like I practice, with mindful attention and the intention of deepening self-awareness. Our body, breath, and mind can be our greatest teachers if we learn to listen.

 

JESS

Hey y’all, I’m Jess!

I have been teaching yoga in Ottawa since 2012 and am devoted to a mindful and meditative approach to the practice. My aim is to provide an active and fluid practice in which the busyness of the mind can be met with movement.

A few years back, I was fortunate to spend a summer in Boulder studying with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor – their light-hearted approach is a daily inspiration for me both in life and in mat practice.

In my class you will receive frequent cues to return to a quiet mind and pick up tidbits from my favourite teachers and teachings. As a Life Coach and a forever spiritual student, I am thrilled to be teaching in a time of so much receptivity and spiritual growth.

Can’t wait to see you on the mat!

 

 

 

MIKE

Hey I’m Mike,

I’ve been practicing yoga since 1998, seeking relief from back pain and something like enlightenment. I dedicated my life to teaching yoga on a full-time basis a decade ago, and love working with people from all walks of life.

My personal practice has been based around a more traditional, structured form of yoga called Ashtanga Vinyasa, often described as a moving meditation, where poses are strung together and counted like beads on a mala. But my teaching is very different and involves constant innovation to serve the person in front me, often drawing from other disciplines.  Over the years, I’ve developed a fascination with teaching healthy movement patterns, and innovating classical yoga postures for more specific purposes.

A few years back, I was fortunate to spend a summer in Boulder studying with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor – their light-hearted approach is a daily inspiration for me both in life and in mat practice.

I hope we can see one another on the mat soon. Never hesitate to strike up a conversation.

 

 

SOFIYA

Hey guys, I’m Sofiya!

I am a life-long student of yoga, having been introduced to the practice as a child. Throughout the ups and downs of life, my yoga practice has been a constant, helping me overcome many mental, physical and spiritual challenges. At the time, I didn’t quite grasp the concept and message but I knew it would come back into my life when I was ready.

Yoga has helped me become calmer, more vibrant and healthier than I thought possible. I took my teacher training for the love of it, having realized that my passion lies in serving others in discovering the many benefits of the practice.

My aim is to help people find mind-body awareness on the mat and carry if with them throughout their daily lives.

 

 

 

AYESHA

Thru centring my mind on my breath I let worries melt away and enter the present moment. I feel so blessed to be able to share this “medicine” and path for a living.

At the end of the day, if you come to yoga in order to stretch and increase mobility, or to get a workout so you can drink beer/have that burger on your day off, or to find a more spiritual deeper meaning to life, all are welcome to my class. To me, Yoga isn’t about being bendy it’s about being happy.

CASSIE

Hello! I’m Cassie.

I’m passionate about connection – to myself, my body, the people I meet and the greater world.  

I love to lead people through a meaningful flow, connecting breath with movement and incorporating inner personal work that we can take with us off the mats and into the rest of our lives.

Personally, I have and continue to heal immensely through the yoga practice, and I think everyone deserves that opportunity. That’s why I started up my nonprofit, Warrior Yoga, which provides community-funded yoga targeted at those who are typically left out of the yoga community.

Hope to meet you soon!

 

 

JESSE

Hi, I’m Jesse!

My style of teaching focuses on traditional Vinyasa. I love a solid, creative and athletic flow. I teach yoga because I love the practice, and I cherish the opportunity to share the amazing gift that yoga has been to me.

I have over 700 hours of training in Vinyasa, classical Hatha, and power.

I love to travel and have taught yoga in many far away paradises including New Zealand, Bali and the Gili islands of Indonesia.

Outside of yoga, I am a certified sommelier and a craft cocktail bartender. All of my interests have one similarity; a position for people and shared experiences.

 

JOSH

Hey I’m Josh

For me yoga is a fusion of my lifestyle and practice. The energy you cultivate on the mat often transcribes into your personal experience on all other plains.

I put a great emphasis on heart openers and breath as I guide you to moments of greater vulnerability, laying the groundwork for unadulterated connection within. Sometime’s the practice is playful and sometimes introspective but I can promise one thing when you leave my class you’ll feel something.

My style is eclectic and takes inspiration from all forms of yoga. I tend to use music not as a distraction but as a powerful force that helps surpass inhibitions on the mat. Looking forward to moving and grooving with all of you! Peace & Love.

 

 

DANNI

Hi, I’m Danni!

I was originally attracted to yoga beacuse I was amazed by all the beautiful shapes people could make with their bodies.

After practicing for a few months, I found it wasn’t the physical benefits that kept me coming back; practicing yoga had a very positive effect on my overall mental health. Yoga has given me the tools that I needed to become a better version of myself and to live a much more peaceful life.
I have five years experience teaching gymnastics and I incorporate some of these skills and drills into my yoga classes. I like to teach very slow, powerful, and intentional classes; allowing my students to get know their bodies. I challenge them to step outside of their comfort zone and strive to leave them feeling empowered. I constantly remind students to let go of self-judgment and encourage them to practice with an open mind and heart.

LAUREN

Hey I’m Lauren!

I’ve moved around the world a lot and my yoga practice has always been my constant to keep me grounded. I have been teaching yoga in Ottawa since 2016.

As a high school phys-ed teacher, I not only incorporate yoga into my lessons, I am also currently writing my M.Ed thesis on the benefits of yoga for school teachers. At the end of a stressful day-it’s exactly what I need. Flow is my passion – using my background in Human Kinetics I create safe, creative and functional movement sequences for all levels.

 

LAURA

Hi there, I’m Laura!

My teaching style has been described by students as having a lot of heart and very little ego. I encourage observation of the body without judgement, and fully embracing where one is in their practice. I focus on designing creative and dynamic flows led by the breath.
I incorporate structurally safe drill-style movements that help to limber up the fascia and that promote fluidity and ease through the joints. Cultivating fundamental strength safely and mindfully is very important, so expect some challenging but accessible power in my classes. My adjustments are always gentle, and I love giving savasana massages!
A little about my history: Yoga found me in my mid-twenties, and I fell in love immediately. I practiced primarily Hatha at home for nearly four years before mustering the courage to go to a studio. That first studio class changed my life’s course completely. No joke, it was the single worst class I’ve ever attended, and I am grateful! I released my fear and realized that I could teach, and that I desired to be of the best service I can as a yoga teacher. Several months later I did a 200hr Hatha TT at Rama Lotus under the exceptional teachings of Diana Buxban and Abe Cartland. A year later, I completed a 40hr Yin TT at Pure Yoga, learning under the fantastic Genevieve Munro and Tiffani Harris. My personal practice and understanding of the functional objectives of the asanas also greatly strengthened when I started a Mysore practice at Astanga Yoga Ottawa. Credit goes primarily to my main Guruji Janice DeFilippi, though the entire teaching crew have been so kind, knowledgeable, and helpful.

BIATRIS

Hey, I am Biatris, I also go with B.

My yoga journey began with Hatha yoga where I developed an understanding of the importance of asana and pranayama. Since then, it has remain my true companion, and when I have lost my way it has always been there, patiently waiting, arms open, to welcome my return – no judgment about my absences, just gratitude that I found my way back.

My yoga certification is backed by over a decade of personal practice and hours of self-driven study. Yoga has given me a place to gather myself – helped me to grow and become fearless both on and off the mat, and I am driven to share this sacred practice with others. 

Yoga brings balance and inspiration to me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In Sanskrit the word yoga is translated to mean yok, bind, or union. To me it is the union of breath, body and mind, and when we find this union life become easier. It is my hope that as I guide you through this practice you find this union or balance. 

Power, intention, and endurance would all be words that could frame what I try to practice and teach. My teaching incorporates the athleticism of Ashtanga, including lots of vinayasas, while bringing together elements of strength, flexibility and balance, encouraging students to break through their perceived limitation both on and off the mat. I like to keep my students inspired with strong creative sequencing, challenging them both physically and mentally, while weaving in a focus on body awareness, good alignment and effective breathing. Be ready to sweat, but also have fun!!!

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