Our Team

 
Emily Bartlett  RYT500   Yoga Instructor   Actor, Yogini and Seeker, Emily has over 500 hours of certified yoga training through Yoga Space. Like many, Emily found her way to yoga the way many have: as a means to help her back and manage anxiety. What she gained through her practice has changed all aspects of her life. Her love of Vinyasa helped to manage her abundant energy, that if wasn’t channeled led down the road of anxiety. Through her Vinyasa practice she continues to build her personal discipline and stamina. Her love of Flow yoga truly taught her the beauty of making the practice a moving meditation and how life-changing loving acceptance is. As taught to her by Bibi Rahim-Hahn, Flow yoga is of a Kundalini-Tantric lineage. Her passion for Restorative Yoga has taught Emily the power or rest, space and stillness. Her Restorative classes are a deeply heartfelt offering combining meditation technique to still the mind and optional hands-on support and aromatherapy. Emily offers a Vinyasa class as well as a Restorative with Gentle Vinyasa class at Yoga Star.

Emily Bartlett
RYT500

Yoga Instructor

Actor, Yogini and Seeker, Emily has over 500 hours of certified yoga training through Yoga Space. Like many, Emily found her way to yoga the way many have: as a means to help her back and manage anxiety. What she gained through her practice has changed all aspects of her life. Her love of Vinyasa helped to manage her abundant energy, that if wasn’t channeled led down the road of anxiety. Through her Vinyasa practice she continues to build her personal discipline and stamina. Her love of Flow yoga truly taught her the beauty of making the practice a moving meditation and how life-changing loving acceptance is. As taught to her by Bibi Rahim-Hahn, Flow yoga is of a Kundalini-Tantric lineage. Her passion for Restorative Yoga has taught Emily the power or rest, space and stillness. Her Restorative classes are a deeply heartfelt offering combining meditation technique to still the mind and optional hands-on support and aromatherapy. Emily offers a Vinyasa class as well as a Restorative with Gentle Vinyasa class at Yoga Star.


Ana SIlva  RYT200   Yoga Instructor   I was introduced to yoga in Florianopolis, a paradise island off the southern coast of Brazil. My Brazilian teacher, a man who exemplifies compassion and grace, told me, "Ioga é beleza", which literally translated means, "yoga is beauty". "Beleza" in Brazilian Portuguese has several meanings. It translates a feeling of peace, bliss, and calm, a feeling of being completely content and in the moment. His definition of yoga resonates in my practice to this day. Yogic philosophy has brought beauty into every sphere of my life, it has taught me about who I am and how I am connected to everything around me. As a teacher I hope to pass on the same understanding to my students.Since my return to Canada 15 years ago, I have received a Teacher Training Certificate studying with Cynthia Funk and Jonathan Austman at the Yoga Sanctuary, and later completed an Advanced Teacher Training program with Hart Lazer. I have had the honor of studying yoga therapy techniques with TKV Desikachar and Menaka Desikachar. Over the last decade, Michael Siddall has become my teacher and dear friend. His greatest lesson has been to teach with humour. Laughter makes everything lighter. I am a life long student of yoga.

Ana SIlva
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

I was introduced to yoga in Florianopolis, a paradise island off the southern coast of Brazil. My Brazilian teacher, a man who exemplifies compassion and grace, told me, "Ioga é beleza", which literally translated means, "yoga is beauty". "Beleza" in Brazilian Portuguese has several meanings. It translates a feeling of peace, bliss, and calm, a feeling of being completely content and in the moment. His definition of yoga resonates in my practice to this day. Yogic philosophy has brought beauty into every sphere of my life, it has taught me about who I am and how I am connected to everything around me. As a teacher I hope to pass on the same understanding to my students.Since my return to Canada 15 years ago, I have received a Teacher Training Certificate studying with Cynthia Funk and Jonathan Austman at the Yoga Sanctuary, and later completed an Advanced Teacher Training program with Hart Lazer. I have had the honor of studying yoga therapy techniques with TKV Desikachar and Menaka Desikachar. Over the last decade, Michael Siddall has become my teacher and dear friend. His greatest lesson has been to teach with humour. Laughter makes everything lighter. I am a life long student of yoga.


Luisa Di Giulio  RYT200   Yoga Instructor   Luisa is a graduate with 200hr 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.

Luisa Di Giulio
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Luisa is a graduate with 200hr 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.


Kate Rowlands  RYT200   Yoga Instructor   Kate, a Toronto based Yoga Instructor, teaches a wide range of levels from restorative, yin, chair yoga, and vinyasa flow, all the way to power flow and aerial yoga! Coming from an Ashtanga background, she loves a good sweat in her practice and teaching - but a passion of hers is sharing the accessibility of yoga, and has enjoyed exploring the gentler side of the spectrum.  In Kate's classes, everyday will be different, as she creates her classes around who is in the room. She makes sure beginners feel safe and confident, and regulars feel challenged and involved.  Aside from Yoga, Kate loves biking, her dog Joni, her snakes Levi and Kenobi, punk rock concerts and anything related to cactuses and avocados!

Kate Rowlands
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Kate, a Toronto based Yoga Instructor, teaches a wide range of levels from restorative, yin, chair yoga, and vinyasa flow, all the way to power flow and aerial yoga! Coming from an Ashtanga background, she loves a good sweat in her practice and teaching - but a passion of hers is sharing the accessibility of yoga, and has enjoyed exploring the gentler side of the spectrum.

In Kate's classes, everyday will be different, as she creates her classes around who is in the room. She makes sure beginners feel safe and confident, and regulars feel challenged and involved.

Aside from Yoga, Kate loves biking, her dog Joni, her snakes Levi and Kenobi, punk rock concerts and anything related to cactuses and avocados!


Shane Philips    Yoga Instructor   Shane Philips is a student of The Chandra Pillil School of Yoga, a lineage from Kerala India. Also known as Moon House Yoga, Philips studied under his parents the sacred asana of Yoga, Reiki, Dance and Singing as a unifying practice to cultivate peace and joy into the lives of his family and the community around them.  Born and raised in farm town Canada, Philips trained as a Classical Italian Opera singer under Edward Johnson as well as receiving a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do through Chung Oh’s in Kitchener Waterloo. In addition, Philips has worked as a Social Worker with inner-city homeless teens, bringing depth of life experience to guide others in yoga that is based in the philosophy of union.

Shane Philips

Yoga Instructor

Shane Philips is a student of The Chandra Pillil School of Yoga, a lineage from Kerala India. Also known as Moon House Yoga, Philips studied under his parents the sacred asana of Yoga, Reiki, Dance and Singing as a unifying practice to cultivate peace and joy into the lives of his family and the community around them.

Born and raised in farm town Canada, Philips trained as a Classical Italian Opera singer under Edward Johnson as well as receiving a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do through Chung Oh’s in Kitchener Waterloo. In addition, Philips has worked as a Social Worker with inner-city homeless teens, bringing depth of life experience to guide others in yoga that is based in the philosophy of union.


Lee Sheng Sun  R.Ac, R.TCMP   Health & Wellness   Maria Lee Sheng Sun is a licensed professional in the fields of Acupuncture, Tao/Zen Shiatsu Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, and has been in private practice since 1993. She received diplomas in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed by hospital training at Shangdong University of T.C.M. and a certificate in Cosmetic Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine at the Beijing Institute of Acupuncture. In addition, she has graduate qualifications in both Zen Shiatsu and Tao Shiatsu in Canada and Japan as well as training in Japanese-style Reiki.

Lee Sheng Sun
R.Ac, R.TCMP

Health & Wellness

Maria Lee Sheng Sun is a licensed professional in the fields of Acupuncture, Tao/Zen Shiatsu Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, and has been in private practice since 1993. She received diplomas in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed by hospital training at Shangdong University of T.C.M. and a certificate in Cosmetic Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine at the Beijing Institute of Acupuncture. In addition, she has graduate qualifications in both Zen Shiatsu and Tao Shiatsu in Canada and Japan as well as training in Japanese-style Reiki.


Shelly Rowen  E-RYT750   Yoga Instructor   I did my yoga teacher training with Esther Myers in Toronto from 2001 - 2003. Most recently I have been studying with Bo Forbes, exploring the mind/body connection through restorative yoga. Over the past 16 years, I have gained experience teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities. I teach a meditative form of Hatha Yoga, where the focus is on helping students to find ease in both body and mind. This way of practicing is often more about “undoing” then “doing”. We develop focus and awareness through learning to let go of old patterns of holding; relaxing and softening overworked, tight and stressed parts of our body, while waking up parts of us that may have become less mobile, tight, unfeeling, or asleep. Students are encouraged to do less and feel more. Working deeply, tension is released and joints become free, muscles awaken and we develop a practice where movement is stress-free and fluid. I am less interested in teaching yoga as a form of fitness, and more interested in helping people to find physical and emotional balance through yoga. The emphasis in my classes is on developing the mind/body connection through simple breathing techniques, movement and mindfulness. I believe this way of working is beneficial for everyone, especially those with postural and mobility issues, and those who are in need of the time and space to relax deeply. I am experienced and available to teach both individual and group sessions. “Practice transforms us ... a different life begins and the body expresses a happiness never felt before. These are not just words, it actually happens.” – VANDA SCARAVELLI

Shelly Rowen
E-RYT750

Yoga Instructor

I did my yoga teacher training with Esther Myers in Toronto from 2001 - 2003. Most recently I have been studying with Bo Forbes, exploring the mind/body connection through restorative yoga. Over the past 16 years, I have gained experience teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities. I teach a meditative form of Hatha Yoga, where the focus is on helping students to find ease in both body and mind. This way of practicing is often more about “undoing” then “doing”. We develop focus and awareness through learning to let go of old patterns of holding; relaxing and softening overworked, tight and stressed parts of our body, while waking up parts of us that may have become less mobile, tight, unfeeling, or asleep. Students are encouraged to do less and feel more. Working deeply, tension is released and joints become free, muscles awaken and we develop a practice where movement is stress-free and fluid. I am less interested in teaching yoga as a form of fitness, and more interested in helping people to find physical and emotional balance through yoga. The emphasis in my classes is on developing the mind/body connection through simple breathing techniques, movement and mindfulness. I believe this way of working is beneficial for everyone, especially those with postural and mobility issues, and those who are in need of the time and space to relax deeply. I am experienced and available to teach both individual and group sessions. “Practice transforms us ... a different life begins and the body expresses a happiness never felt before. These are not just words, it actually happens.” – VANDA SCARAVELLI


Kristy Scime  RYT500 + Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor   Yoga Instructor   Kristy has been casually practicing yoga for over fifteen years but became truly devoted when she found aerial yoga. The playfulness and whimsy of aerial yoga combined with fleeting moments of fear (often immediately followed by exhilaration) keeps the mind completely present with the body, leading to a practice like no other. She believes the beauty of yoga, in every form, lies in the ability to connect with the inner child, to be playful, to be curious, to be silly and unafraid of the unfamiliar; qualities as adults we often deny ourselves.  Kristy began teaching aerial yoga in 2014, immediately discovering that sharing the practice with others to be as wonderful, educational and rewarding as practicing for herself. Prompting her to deepen her practice, pursue a further understanding of what yoga is and how to live a more compassionate life. In addition to her 500 hour teacher training, Kristy is certified in aerial yoga, pre and post natal yoga, Thai massage and is a local artist/Illustrator with plans to continue pursuing her education indefinitely.

Kristy Scime
RYT500 + Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

Kristy has been casually practicing yoga for over fifteen years but became truly devoted when she found aerial yoga. The playfulness and whimsy of aerial yoga combined with fleeting moments of fear (often immediately followed by exhilaration) keeps the mind completely present with the body, leading to a practice like no other. She believes the beauty of yoga, in every form, lies in the ability to connect with the inner child, to be playful, to be curious, to be silly and unafraid of the unfamiliar; qualities as adults we often deny ourselves.

Kristy began teaching aerial yoga in 2014, immediately discovering that sharing the practice with others to be as wonderful, educational and rewarding as practicing for herself. Prompting her to deepen her practice, pursue a further understanding of what yoga is and how to live a more compassionate life. In addition to her 500 hour teacher training, Kristy is certified in aerial yoga, pre and post natal yoga, Thai massage and is a local artist/Illustrator with plans to continue pursuing her education indefinitely.


Lisa Tai   RYT200 & Thai Massage   Health & Wellness   Lisa Nicole Tai is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Yoga & Mindful Movement Teacher and a healing & creative artist. A Sivananda-certified yoga siromani since 2002, and a graduate of the Hatha, Vinyasa, and restorative/therapeutic-based YogaSpace teacher training program, Lisa is passionate about helping others, especially with relaxation and self-care, which led her to become a Thai Massage Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist, Holistic Esthetician, and Reiki Practitioner. She sees mindfulness as a vehicle for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual transformation. She is inspired by & inspires others through yoga-based practices, writing, dance, and authentic self-expression.  Lisa is a sensitive and intuitive wellness practitioner. Guided by the Buddhist principle of metta (loving-kindness) and being fully present during your treatment, she creates a supportive and safe environment for you enter into a meditative state of tranquility. Using various combinations of therapeutic touch, energy work, sound healing, original prose & poetry, she is prepared to assist with your own unique healing journey. Her approach to bodywork has been highly influenced by her teacher Deanna Villa of Thai Massage Toronto, as well as colleagues Chrys Muszka & Drew Hume of Navina Thai Massage.  Over the years, she has become attracted to more therapeutic forms of yoga, somatic exercise, and sacred dance, and is excited to share their benefits. As a Women's Studies graduate of York University and former board member of the York Women's Centre, she has a particular interest in supporting women, particularly women of colour.  Lisa is consistently striving to explore and deepen her spiritual practice. Her goal is to make healing & creativity as accessible as possible to diverse populations of people.

Lisa Tai
RYT200 & Thai Massage

Health & Wellness

Lisa Nicole Tai is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Yoga & Mindful Movement Teacher and a healing & creative artist. A Sivananda-certified yoga siromani since 2002, and a graduate of the Hatha, Vinyasa, and restorative/therapeutic-based YogaSpace teacher training program, Lisa is passionate about helping others, especially with relaxation and self-care, which led her to become a Thai Massage Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist, Holistic Esthetician, and Reiki Practitioner. She sees mindfulness as a vehicle for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual transformation. She is inspired by & inspires others through yoga-based practices, writing, dance, and authentic self-expression.

Lisa is a sensitive and intuitive wellness practitioner. Guided by the Buddhist principle of metta (loving-kindness) and being fully present during your treatment, she creates a supportive and safe environment for you enter into a meditative state of tranquility. Using various combinations of therapeutic touch, energy work, sound healing, original prose & poetry, she is prepared to assist with your own unique healing journey. Her approach to bodywork has been highly influenced by her teacher Deanna Villa of Thai Massage Toronto, as well as colleagues Chrys Muszka & Drew Hume of Navina Thai Massage.

Over the years, she has become attracted to more therapeutic forms of yoga, somatic exercise, and sacred dance, and is excited to share their benefits. As a Women's Studies graduate of York University and former board member of the York Women's Centre, she has a particular interest in supporting women, particularly women of colour.

Lisa is consistently striving to explore and deepen her spiritual practice. Her goal is to make healing & creativity as accessible as possible to diverse populations of people.


Erica Sun  RYT200 + Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor   Yoga Instructor   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.

Erica Sun
RYT200 + Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

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.


Greg Muholland  RMT   Health & Wellness   As a Registered Massage Therapist and Shiatsu Therapist, Greg presents an intuitive and integrative East-meets-West approach toward holistic health. His career began with a diploma from the Shiatsu School of Canada in 2010. Since then he has recently graduated from Acupuncture Therapy in 2014 and Registered Massage Therapy in 2015. Greg strives to provide a harmonious mixture of Eastern and Western approaches to therapeutic massage.  This treatment focuses on your personal needs, manipulating the soft-tissues of the body to relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

Greg Muholland
RMT

Health & Wellness

As a Registered Massage Therapist and Shiatsu Therapist, Greg presents an intuitive and integrative East-meets-West approach toward holistic health. His career began with a diploma from the Shiatsu School of Canada in 2010. Since then he has recently graduated from Acupuncture Therapy in 2014 and Registered Massage Therapy in 2015. Greg strives to provide a harmonious mixture of Eastern and Western approaches to therapeutic massage.

This treatment focuses on your personal needs, manipulating the soft-tissues of the body to relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.


Shannon Donovan  RYT200   Yoga Instructor   Shannon came to yoga in 2005 as a stressed-out university student who was looking for ways to ease both physical and mental tension that comes with long hours of studying. She completed the 200 hour teacher training program in January 2016. With a master’s degree in Religious Studies, Shannon has a deep passion for exploring spiritual traditions. This passion is embodied in 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.

Shannon Donovan
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Shannon came to yoga in 2005 as a stressed-out university student who was looking for ways to ease both physical and mental tension that comes with long hours of studying. She completed the 200 hour teacher training program in January 2016. With a master’s degree in Religious Studies, Shannon has a deep passion for exploring spiritual traditions. This passion is embodied in 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.


Marieve Aube  Body Harmonics® Pilates Mat Teacher   Pilates Instructor   Mari is inspired by movement that not only helps us move well in our everyday lives, but that aims to connect mind, body & soul. She believes that Pilates and mindful movement are beautiful means to self awareness, self discovery and self growth. As a Pilates teacher, she seeks to pass on her deep understanding of the power of movement by inviting others to dive inward.  Her passion for dance and movement dates back to her very early years. She holds a BFA Honours in Dance from York University and she is a graduate of the Body Harmonics 120 hour Mat Work Pilates Teacher Training & of the 200 hour MisfitMethod Teacher Training.

Marieve Aube
Body Harmonics® Pilates Mat Teacher

Pilates Instructor

Mari is inspired by movement that not only helps us move well in our everyday lives, but that aims to connect mind, body & soul. She believes that Pilates and mindful movement are beautiful means to self awareness, self discovery and self growth. As a Pilates teacher, she seeks to pass on her deep understanding of the power of movement by inviting others to dive inward.

Her passion for dance and movement dates back to her very early years. She holds a BFA Honours in Dance from York University and she is a graduate of the Body Harmonics 120 hour Mat Work Pilates Teacher Training & of the 200 hour MisfitMethod Teacher Training.


Sarah Lutz   RYT300   Yoga Instructor   Sarah first started to study yoga in Toronto back in 2004 and since then has had the pleasure of studying different practices in many different countries including Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico. Taking what she has learnt from these exotic places and receiving her 300H YTT, she started teaching Yoga in 2016.  First and foremost Sarah believes Yoga should be FUN! Flawlessly crafting her class’ she likes to try new things, pushing boundaries and comfort zones, while usually sticking to a type of theme (ie: Courage, Energy, Strength, Ambition etc.). Through a mix of breath, vigorous fiery flow or holding poses, mixed gentle movements and meditation; at the end of your practice you’ll be feeling connected to oneself, cheerful and blissful.  “My intention for teaching yoga is to have your practice let you connect with your mind, body and spirit.” Her goal is simple - to see you fall in love with yourself and your practice.

Sarah Lutz
RYT300

Yoga Instructor

Sarah first started to study yoga in Toronto back in 2004 and since then has had the pleasure of studying different practices in many different countries including Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico. Taking what she has learnt from these exotic places and receiving her 300H YTT, she started teaching Yoga in 2016.

First and foremost Sarah believes Yoga should be FUN! Flawlessly crafting her class’ she likes to try new things, pushing boundaries and comfort zones, while usually sticking to a type of theme (ie: Courage, Energy, Strength, Ambition etc.). Through a mix of breath, vigorous fiery flow or holding poses, mixed gentle movements and meditation; at the end of your practice you’ll be feeling connected to oneself, cheerful and blissful.

“My intention for teaching yoga is to have your practice let you connect with your mind, body and spirit.” Her goal is simple - to see you fall in love with yourself and your practice.


Ashley Brodeur  E-RYT500   Yoga Instructor   Ashley brings 8 years of teaching experience, with her down to earth love for movement, connection and hands-on adjustments, she will leave you feeling more chill than Netflix ever could. Ashley teaches and leads retreats and trainings in Canada and internationally. She practices and teaches yoga in the hopes that what is uncovered on the mat can be carried into our ever-evolving full lives. She is honest, real, vulnerable and sassy, who isn't afraid to share what she has to offer with the world in hopes that it will spark others to do the same.

Ashley Brodeur
E-RYT500

Yoga Instructor

Ashley brings 8 years of teaching experience, with her down to earth love for movement, connection and hands-on adjustments, she will leave you feeling more chill than Netflix ever could. Ashley teaches and leads retreats and trainings in Canada and internationally. She practices and teaches yoga in the hopes that what is uncovered on the mat can be carried into our ever-evolving full lives. She is honest, real, vulnerable and sassy, who isn't afraid to share what she has to offer with the world in hopes that it will spark others to do the same.


Eryl McCaffrey   RYT200 + RMS100   Yoga Instructor   Eryl is certified in both yoga and meditation instruction and builds her classes on a foundation of mindfulness. She's an active mental health advocate - leading mental health workshops and talks in schools for K-12. Eryl openly shares her experience with anxiety and depression to encourage others to share theirs and seek support.  As a former TV News Reporter, Eryl has experience working in a stressful environment and knows how important mindfulness can be in finding relief and managing your mind. She's also certified in Mental Health, First Aid by the Mental Health Commission of Canada for supporting those in mental health crises. When she's not teaching or working in schools, Eryl spends time writing, hiking and singing.

Eryl McCaffrey
RYT200 + RMS100

Yoga Instructor

Eryl is certified in both yoga and meditation instruction and builds her classes on a foundation of mindfulness. She's an active mental health advocate - leading mental health workshops and talks in schools for K-12. Eryl openly shares her experience with anxiety and depression to encourage others to share theirs and seek support.

As a former TV News Reporter, Eryl has experience working in a stressful environment and knows how important mindfulness can be in finding relief and managing your mind. She's also certified in Mental Health, First Aid by the Mental Health Commission of Canada for supporting those in mental health crises. When she's not teaching or working in schools, Eryl spends time writing, hiking and singing.


Mackenzie Brydon  RMT   Health & Wellness   Mackenzie graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2016. With many hours of experience in both spa and clinical settings, her approach to Massage Therapy blends soothing relaxation with the therapeutic effects of a deep tissue treatment. Mackenzie is dedicated to her clients and their wellbeing. She creates assessment-based treatment plans, designed with each client’s personal health goals in mind.  With special interest in myofascial release, perinatal massage, TMJ dysfunction, sinusitis/sinus congestion, tension headaches, chronic pain and other areas, she is thrilled to be part of the YogaStar team and play a role in a balanced wellness regimen.

Mackenzie Brydon
RMT

Health & Wellness

Mackenzie graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2016. With many hours of experience in both spa and clinical settings, her approach to Massage Therapy blends soothing relaxation with the therapeutic effects of a deep tissue treatment. Mackenzie is dedicated to her clients and their wellbeing. She creates assessment-based treatment plans, designed with each client’s personal health goals in mind.

With special interest in myofascial release, perinatal massage, TMJ dysfunction, sinusitis/sinus congestion, tension headaches, chronic pain and other areas, she is thrilled to be part of the YogaStar team and play a role in a balanced wellness regimen.


Caitlin Ryan  RYT200 & Reiki Master   Yoga Instructor, Healer   As a Yoga + Meditation Instructor and Master Reiki practitioner, Caitlin has spent much time focusing her studies on inward observation. She has a true belief that, through this mindfulness, we can begin to learn more about ourselves and the patterning that can lead us astray from our true path. When we connect and tune into our breath - and the internal dialogue - we begin to shift our thought patterns and bring more positivity into our lives. In class, Caitlin's goal is to help guide you on a personal journey that allows you to unstick the stuck, and move with more freedom. Her intention as a teacher is to inspire participants to use all of their senses as they move through their own practice; encouraging them to be where their body is. She is truly looking forward to being able to hold space for you to experience a deep connection with yourself, and those around you.

Caitlin Ryan
RYT200 & Reiki Master

Yoga Instructor, Healer

As a Yoga + Meditation Instructor and Master Reiki practitioner, Caitlin has spent much time focusing her studies on inward observation. She has a true belief that, through this mindfulness, we can begin to learn more about ourselves and the patterning that can lead us astray from our true path. When we connect and tune into our breath - and the internal dialogue - we begin to shift our thought patterns and bring more positivity into our lives. In class, Caitlin's goal is to help guide you on a personal journey that allows you to unstick the stuck, and move with more freedom. Her intention as a teacher is to inspire participants to use all of their senses as they move through their own practice; encouraging them to be where their body is. She is truly looking forward to being able to hold space for you to experience a deep connection with yourself, and those around you.


Michaela Bekenn   RYT200   Yoga Instructor   Michaela Bekenn is a multidisciplinary artist, passionate for an intermodal approach to holistic wellness. As a singer-songwriter, dancer, writer, and storyteller, she believes in the healing power of intuitive expression. She has been a facilitator of yoga and meditation in the University of Toronto community and is a song-circle leader with elders and children. After completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Sivananda Centre the horizon continues to expand. Michaela incorporates her ongoing training in Reiki (energy healing), Sound Therapy, and the performing arts in her journey as a yoga practitioner. She is committed to nurturing a safe practice and inclusive space for participants of all ages and stages to arrive and thrive.

Michaela Bekenn
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Michaela Bekenn is a multidisciplinary artist, passionate for an intermodal approach to holistic wellness. As a singer-songwriter, dancer, writer, and storyteller, she believes in the healing power of intuitive expression. She has been a facilitator of yoga and meditation in the University of Toronto community and is a song-circle leader with elders and children. After completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Sivananda Centre the horizon continues to expand. Michaela incorporates her ongoing training in Reiki (energy healing), Sound Therapy, and the performing arts in her journey as a yoga practitioner. She is committed to nurturing a safe practice and inclusive space for participants of all ages and stages to arrive and thrive.


Carlyn Burchell  RYT200   Yoga Instructor   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.

Carlyn Burchell
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

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.


Darcie Hogan  RYT200   Yoga Instructor   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.

Darcie Hogan
RYT200

Yoga Instructor

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.


Sheena Shand  RMT   Health & Wellness   Sheena graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2014. Her style can be described as rhythmic & specific, working as deep as the tissues allow all while inducing a serene sense of calm and balance to combat the stresses of everyday life. She likes to tailor each treatment uniquely to meet client goals, and then aim to extend the pain and stress reducing benefits with various home care recommendations.  Anxiety/stress reduction, deep tissue/scar tissue, myo-fascial/ trigger point release, TMJ dysfunction and intra-oral, migraines/ headaches, sinusitis/congestion, prenatal, and whiplash are just some of the many specialty treatments Sheena performs on a regular basis.  Sheena has always had a very keen interest in biology, anatomy, and evolutionary sciences. She loves educating people about their anatomy and coming up with the best modalities and care to best suite each client’s needs. She looks forward to working with you!

Sheena Shand
RMT

Health & Wellness

Sheena graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2014. Her style can be described as rhythmic & specific, working as deep as the tissues allow all while inducing a serene sense of calm and balance to combat the stresses of everyday life. She likes to tailor each treatment uniquely to meet client goals, and then aim to extend the pain and stress reducing benefits with various home care recommendations.

Anxiety/stress reduction, deep tissue/scar tissue, myo-fascial/ trigger point release, TMJ dysfunction and intra-oral, migraines/ headaches, sinusitis/congestion, prenatal, and whiplash are just some of the many specialty treatments Sheena performs on a regular basis.

Sheena has always had a very keen interest in biology, anatomy, and evolutionary sciences. She loves educating people about their anatomy and coming up with the best modalities and care to best suite each client’s needs. She looks forward to working with you!



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