RYT750, Esther Myers Studio
Shelly teaches hatha yoga in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli. The emphasis in these classes is on inner exploration, discovering and restoring the natural movement of the body and applying that to yoga asana. This helps the individual to find comfort and ease in their yoga practice, no matter what level they are at.
In her classes yoga is practiced mindfully, with attention to breath, grounding and alignment. This approach is therapeutic, with the objective being to restore balance, flexibility, agility and strength to the physical body, fullness and fluidity to the breath, and quiet to the mind.
Over the past 13 years, Shelly has gained experience teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities. She specializes in teaching yoga to beginners, older individuals, gentle, restorative yoga, and yoga to relieve stress and anxiety. She is available to teach both private and group sessions.
Through movement, Tyler challenges the stagnation of the modern life. He believes strongly in the importance of cultivating creativity in yoga. By focusing on creativity Tyler nourishes the individuals' approach toward movement. Growing up in the country allowed him to cultivate a deep understanding and appreciation of wilderness and an education in the hard knocks. On a road trip to the west coast in his early 20’s Tyler encountered the alternative approach to life, one that enriches inner freedom, that yoga offers. He discovered the potential of yoga as a therapeutic practice and a way to rebuild one’s life.
Currently Tyler leads a yoga class as part of the movement program at SKETCH, as well as an after school yoga program for children. He has a long history of working as a plant based cook, and has a well cultivated interest in holistic health.Tyler can be found almost always on his bicycle around the city.
Emily is a graduate of the Yoga Space Teacher Training Program. She teaches Vinyasa, Flow, Hatha and Restorative Yoga. Having practiced Yoga since her teens, her understanding deepened under the instruction of Robert Webber in Halifax. Since then and under the caring guidance of Kathryn Beet, Patricia White, Bibi Rahim-Hahn and Hali Schwartz, Emily has articulated her own passionate style of teaching. Her intention is to create a strong and grounding class, balanced by a meditative flow committed to keeping the mind calm. Her significant experience as an actor enables her to keep breath and body awareness at the forefront of the class experience. She welcomes everyone of all abilities to join her. “One only need move to the point of stretch to help quiet the mind”!
Carlyn began dabbling in the practice of yoga at the age of 15, and was a certified teacher by the time she was 20. Being a competitive dancer for many years, the physical aspect of yoga provided a therapeutic counterbalance for the high intensity ballet training. But it was the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga that drew her to the practice. She believes in yoga as therapy for the whole being. Carlyn uses her classes as a way to get deeper into the experience of each pose, and to begin to re-pattern the body even down to the cellular level. She encourages students to move from the heart, eradicate the ego and get in touch with our truest essence- the source of our authenticity. We live in a world where so many people are asleep and disconnected; Carlyn feels it is part of her path to help people wake up, realize their full potential and become aligned with their purest spirit.
As well as being an actor, she is also working on becoming a certified tarot card reader, and often brings her tarot or oracle cards to class to help set intention.
I unrolled my first yoga mat over 10 years ago at a local gym to compliment my fitness routine. After that first Power Yoga class, I was hooked. As my practice developed, I enjoyed the benefits of various intense styles of yoga. My journey with yoga, suddenly took a sharp turn with a cancer diagnosis in 2008. During my treatment, I began to explore different styles of yoga and other healing modalities to cope with stress and anxiety. I’ve since developed an interest in gentle and restorative yoga styles and the desire to share my healing journey with others.
In 2013, I completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Yogaspace. I studied Hatha Yoga with Patricia White in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli, consciously balancing effort and rest. I also studied Vinyasa Yoga with Kathryn Beet, focusing on finding ease in movement with the breath. Since then, I have completed studies in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Adaptive Poses for Populations with Limited Mobility. I have also completed a Reiki certification.
Contrary to popular belief, Yoga is not the practice of being flexible. Yoga is the practice of uniting the mind and the body. It teaches us to be present, to connect with our own thoughts and to realize our own potential. As a student, I am always amazed at how my yoga practice has strengthened my body and provided clarity of mind. I hope to inspire my students to find that strength, stability and focus.
David Aleksis has been a dedicated practitioner of Kundalini Yoga since 1998. He is teacher trained in New Mexico and brings an unbridled enthusiasm, strength of spirit and good humour to every class. He is devoted to the promotion of this Yoga of Awareness and the profound positive effects it brings to the practitioner, no matter what one’s age or physical capability may be.
David is delighted and honoured to be back teaching Kundalini Yoga in his beloved neighbourhood.
Beginning with several years of seated meditation alongside exploration of Bhakti and Karma yoga, eventually moving into the physical practice of asana, Ian has been practicing since 2004, and dedicatedly sharing his experience with students since 2012. Having come to yoga asana via a longstanding back injury, understanding the need for anatomically sound alignment and movement principles, Ian offers adaptive practices that are equally challenging, light-hearted and compassionate, providing students the means to sustainably explore and evolve their inherent potential and wisdom. Strongly rooted in meditative breath awareness and the interplay of movement and stillness, his classes are aimed at cultivating and refiningsthira (stability) and sukha (ease), both on and off the mat. Trail running, strength training and participation in Axis Syllabus movement science workshops have expanded his understanding and offerings beyond rote postural sequencing, embracing and instructing yoga as a truly living tradition. Ian is also a certified Earth Shiatsu™ Therapist, practicing since 2009, and actively exploring the connections between yoga and this healing modality.
As a former competitive figure skater, Darcie embraced yoga eight years ago after searching for a means to clear the mind through movement. Since then yoga has become a constant in her life. In 2013 she completed her teacher training at YogaSpace, and later completed advanced training in Restorative yoga.
Darcie teaches beginner to intermediate level Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. You can expect vigorous, playful classes that balance strength with flexibility and stillness with movement. Her goal is to help each student leave their mat feeling both energized and grounded.
Dee Buryk (RYT, CNP, BA) is a Yoga Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist, and Founder of Growing Goddesses (a program that empowers young females through yoga, nutrition, and goal setting). Dee found yoga ten years ago as a means to overcome stress but really fell in love with her practice when living out west where she acquired her 200+ hr training at the Yoga Garden in San Francisco. Dee's uses the natural rhythms of movement as a means to playfully discover what feels good in our bodies. You will find a healthy balance between spirit and sweat in her class.
I am a professional dancer and yoga teacher based in Toronto Canada. My passion is the journey to liberation; my tools are Art and Yoga. I value each and every person for where they are at in their individual journey, for ultimately we are all in this together. As a teacher, I am dedicated, compassionate, skillful, loving and generous. I attend each student with interest and curiosity, and reciprocate an appreciation for every student’s participation in my own learning.
I know, I know, you’ve all heard it before: “It’s so good for your mind”, “You really feel lighter after”, “I can deal with stresses in my life a lot easier”, “It’s great for your circulatory system and overall health”, “How can something so simple have such a positive effect?” It starts to sound like an infomercial, something to good to be true. That is what I first thought…
Boy was I wrong! Yoga is great and it has changed my life a lot, from living healthier, learning to push my body and mind, having more of a calmer persona and I still learn something new when I practice, either about myself, Yoga, or others around me. An important lesson I’ve learned is it’s the actual people practicing yoga that are exceptional. We are the ones that take a chance, trying something new (either new to yoga or not) and push ourselves to become better from the inside out, mentally and physically. Practicing Yoga helps us achieve this.
Hiding at the back of the room for yoga classes for close to a decade, I’ve moved up to the very front! Receiving my 300h YTT in Hatha Yoga via Damask Studio’s, specializing in Restorative Yoga and having a strong knowledge in Anatomy and Thai Massage, I’m excited to guide newcomers, yoga enthusiasts and even pro’s through a journey of pramayama (breath), meditation, mindfulness and of course asana’s (postures). You might even catch me doing a headstand or trying to perfect my handstand every once in a while if you come to one of my classes
Haley’s interest in Movement began as a child. She has been studying dance almost as long as she can remember, and when she was 15, she began working with Ricky Richter who introduced her to Yoga and Pilates. With a BFA in Dance from Concordia, Haley is a Yoga Alliance RYT graduate of the Yogaspace Teacher Training Program. She teaches Yoga and Dance at studios throughout the GTA. At Yogaspace, she draws on her multifaceted movement background to create fun, creative and inspiring Vinyasa, Hatha and Pilates/Yoga Fusion classes focused on unifying body and mind in a safe and judgment free environment. She also incorporates various healing dance techniques such as Gaga into her classes. Students can expect to swing, bounce, shake, play, release and have a lot of fun!
Shannon came to yoga in 2005 as a stressed out university student who was looking for ways to ease both physicaland mental tension that comes with long hours of studying. She completed the Yoga Space 200 hour teacher training program in January 2016 with teachers Kathryn Beet, Patricia White, Hali Schwartz, and Darcie Clark. With a master’s degree in Religious Studies, Shannon has a deep passion for exploring spiritual traditions. This passion is embodied her yoga teaching where she pays homage to the historical tradition of yoga in our modern asana practice. Providing students with a holistic yoga practice that includes asana, pranayama, and meditation is always a focus in her teaching. Shannon explores ways to find space in the body and the mind, with non-linear, safe ways to practice asana.
YTT250, Downward Dog Studio
David began practicing yoga āsana and meditation in 2003 at age 17 to ease depression, anxiety and racing thoughts . He immediately discovered a deep well of stillness & energy inside, and has been practicing ever since. In 2013, he completed his 250H Teacher Training at Downward Dog and has previously taught at Yoga Village & Mount Sinai Hospital. He teaches slowed down and student-centered versions of the traditional ashtanga-vinyasa sequences & iyengar-based restorative postures. David holds a safe and thoughtfully sequenced space, guiding students towards inner exploration, balance & healing. He believes yoga is a beautiful technology that empowers students in mind, body & spirit. He gives thanks to his many teachers, including Ron Reid, Diane Bruni, Michael Stone and the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya.
Erica received a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand at Jungle Yoga and has since been crafting her teaching skills at Toronto’s United Athletics, On stage at East Coast Music Festivals, and predominantly at Fly Studio on Queen West. Spending most of her time teaching students not just Aerial Yoga, but how to explore, let go, and most importantly, to fly. Erica is far from her Prince-Edward-Island roots, but calls Toronto home for all of her passions from yoga, to Reiki Healing, Make-Up Artistry and let’s not forget fire spinning. Her classes remain focused on a combination of: tantric cycles, pranayama, meditation, movement, and alignment.
Cee has been teaching Yoga for 8 years. After a life changing experience in the Peruvian Amazon with the traditional indigenous medicine Ayahuasca, he focused his energy on Yoga as a means to understand the spiritual truths he had witnessed. In 2009 he studied at the World Shamanic Institute, which brought Yoga and shamanic studies together. Cee is also a certified Thai Massage Practitioner, Yoga teacher and movement enthusiast. He first learned Thai Massage during his YTT 8 years ago in Thailand and since then has continued growing his knowledge of the body, it's movement, range of motion and maintenance. Infusing all his practices with Metta (compassion), he believes in helping everyone realize their full potential.During all this time he has been a committed social activist, and his Yoga practice is an extension of that.
Since the her first yoga class back in 2006, Christianne knew she was destined to share her radiant energy with others through her deep love of yoga. As a proud graduate of Yogaspace, Christianne has the honour to learn from teachers Kathryn Beet, Patricia White, Hali Swartz and Fiona Walker.
She devotes her energy to encouraging her students to find confidence in their own practice. In her vinyasa classes, her students learn how to truly FEEL the fluidity by gracefully slowing down the vinyasa yet keeping it powerful. Her own practice is deeply rooted with Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative yoga. Although she teaches a strong vinyasa, she naturally infuses all 3 styles together making her class a meditative, graceful and powerful flow.
Lisa started teaching yoga in 2007. She's certified in Vinyasa yoga, Pre and Post Natal yoga, and Restorative yoga through many teachers including; Diane Bruni, Sasha Padron, Pat Linfoot and Matthew Remski. More recently, Lisa has become certified in Movement for Trauma with Jane Clapp, and Mat Pilates with Body Harmonics. Lisa has volunteered teaching senior’s chair yoga and currently volunteers at PARC, teaching chair movement and breathing classes. Lisa is very interested in biomechanics, and is constantly learning about the human body, which informs the style of her teaching. Lisa's classes are fun and challenging, and the biggest part of Lisa's teaching style is observing and listening to each of her students' bodies.
Nina's journey with Yoga started 20 years ago on Salt Spring Island, BC. It swiftly became the love of her life. Providing her with the opportunity to deepen her mind-body-spirit connection, and develop an inner awareness that continues to enrich her life to this day. As a teacher, Nina brings a lighthearted, playful quality to the mat. Her intention is to provide classes that are both empowering and therapeutic. She values Yoga's ability to strengthen the body, create inner stillness, and improve flexibility, both on and off the mat.
Nina has studied with a wide variety of teachers, all over North America for the past 20 years but has only recently decided to step into the role of teacher. Nina did her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Diane Bruni in 2014 and has since completed advanced training with; Sadie Nardini, Seane Corn, and Elena Brower. Nina continues to be an avid student and enjoys teaching from a place of joyful curiosity.
Luisa is a graduate of the YogaSpace teacher training program, and in addition, has her certification for Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga. She strongly believes that yoga is a healing practice, uniting body, mind and spirit. She has a very positive and nurturing energy which is felt in her classes. Luisa teaches a variety of different styles, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Child/Family, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga.
In addition to her RYT-200, Luisa is a graduate from University of Toronto’s Ontario Studies in Education Program. Luisa is a cherished educator and runs lunchtime and afterschool family yoga. She also has curated a staff wellness program which includes yoga and stress management workshops. Known for her uplifting, spiritual, foundation focused, and smooth sequencing, it is no wonder why Luisa is an inspirational teacher. Students can expect to whisked away and brought back to a more grounded space by the end of her classes. Luisa is an avid traveller who has lived in Australia and New Zealand and has also trained in Bali and Thailand.
Expect contagious smiles, warm greetings, and an overwhelming feeling of peace in Luisa’s classes and private sessions.