Our Team

 
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Emily Bartlett, RYT500

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.

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Greg Mulholland, RMT

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.

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Lee Sheng Sun, R.Ac, R.TCMP

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.

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Dr. Carlo D'Emilio, CSCS, DC

Dr. Carlo graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics before obtaining his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Additionally, he has a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation which helps transition his patients from the clinic treatment room back to day-to-day activities. He was a member of the medical team that oversaw the Ontario Provincial and National Soccer Training Programs dealing with various injuries and performing post surgical rehabilitation.

He takes pride in his relationship with his patients and believes open communication and thorough patient understanding are essential to the healing process. The first visit with Dr. Carlo will include an extensive health history followed by a complete movement assessment identifying the cause and source of your pain and/or disfunction. He utilizes a combination of joint manipulation/mobilization, myofascial and functional soft tissue release, acupuncture and rehabilitation.

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Anna Silva, RYT200

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

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Cee La Alma, RYT200

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.

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Shelly Rowen, E-RYT750

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

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Caitlin Ryan, RYT200 & Reiki Master

As a Yoga, Pilates & 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

Luisa Di Giulio, RYT200

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.

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Erica Sun, RYT200 + Certified Aerial 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.

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Kate Rowlands, RYT200

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!

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Michaela Bekenn, RYT200

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.

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Sarah Lutz, RYT300

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

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Tyler Jackson, RYT300

Through movement, Tyler challenges the stagnation of the modern life. He believes strongly in the importance of nurturing creative, individual expression in yoga. By focusing on creativity Tyler differentiates each student's journey toward movement.
Growing up in the country Tyler cultivated a playful imagination and a deep understanding and appreciation of wilderness. Naturally curious and autodidactic, Tyler educated himself in the school of hard knocks. On a road trip to the west coast in his early 20’s he encountered alternative approaches to life, which continue to enrich his unique spirit and inner freedom. He discovered the potential of yoga as a colourful language, an authentic art form and a therapeutic practice for healing, redirection and reconstruction of the self.
Tyler’s classes merge functional moment with playful flow, core strengthening and deep concentration. He leads challenging and highly original sequences with his own blend humour, real talk and good natured encouragement. He has a long history of working as a plant based cook, and has an active interest in holistic health. Tyler can be found almost always on his bicycle around the city.

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Marieve Aube, Body Harmonics® Pilates Mat Teacher

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.

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Lisa Tai, RYT200 & Thai Massage

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.

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Shannon Donovan, RYT200

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.

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Eryl McCaffrey, RYT200 + RMS100

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.

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Ashley Brodeur, E-RYT500

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.

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Kristy Scime, RYT500 + Certified Aerial 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.