We offer a wide range of styles of yoga, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Prenatal and Postnatal, Kids Yoga, and Seniors Yoga. We also offer Mindfulness and Meditation classes. Please note that some newer teachers may not be featured on the website yet.
Lisa started teaching yoga in 2007. She quickly learned that teaching yoga privately was one of her favourite methods of teaching yoga. She loved the personal connection and care she could provide for each of her clients.
Lisa has certifications in Vinyasa style yoga, Pre and Post Natal yoga, Restorative yoga, Pilates, and Movement for Trauma. She is a mother to 2 little boys, and she has a special soft spot for teaching moms and moms-to-be. Lisa has volunteered with Silver Circle (West Toronto Services for Seniors) for 3 years teaching senior’s chair yoga, and currently volunteers at PARC, teaching chair movement and breathing classes. Lisa is easy going and calm, and is able to adjust classes to people with different physical abilities. Lisa likes to bring different styles of movement into her classes.
• 2007 Downward Dog Yoga- 200 hour certification • 2007 Yoga Space- Prenatal and Postnatal certification • 2013 Octopus Garden Yoga- Ayurvedic Restorative Yoga certification • 2016 Movement for Trauma with Jane Clapp Level 2 certification • 2017 Body Harmonics- Mat Pilates certification
Lisa is an enthusiastic and warm instructor who clearly loves what she does. We have worked with Lisa for close to one year now and she comes to our home weekly. She always tailors the class to meet our individual physical needs and after each class we feel so relaxed and fabulous.
Michelle and Ilan
Ella Isakov discovered yoga over a decade ago while living in Japan working as a school teacher, and has taught yoga to adults and children for over 7 years. Ella feels that yoga found her and is grateful for the beautiful gifts she continuously discovers on her journey. Her passion and purpose in life has always been to inspire others to uncover their inner knowing and light within. Ella provides a warm and attentive environment, giving special attention to individual needs and challenging students to go deeper, integrating breath and allowing for a greater connection to body, mind and spirit. She has experience working with clients with special circumstances, such Chronic Pain Disorder, scoliosis and depression. Ella also teaches kids yoga, is passionate about raw food and promoting a healthy lifestyle with her company Prana Retreats, and the editor for Parvati Online Magazine yoga section.
• 2007 Downward Dog Yoga – 200 hour certification • 2008 Downward Dog Yoga – 100 hour certification (Module 3) • 2010 Judith Lasater Restore & Renew – Restorative Yoga • 2011 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – 900 hour certification • 2011 Vipassana Meditation – Completed 2 10-day meditation retreats • 2012 Raw Food & Juicing for Disease with Cruda Cafe – 100 hour certification • 2012 Off The Mat, Into the World Leadership Training – 40 hour certification • 2014 Ana Forrest Advanced Teacher Training – 75 hour certification • 2014 Yin Yoga- Goodlife Clubs- 25 hour certification
Olessia has been exploring yoga and asana practice since 2002, when she walked into a class of her local studio in Toronto, and immediately fell in love with the grace of movement and a “no pressure” approach. With a background in array of sports and dance ranging from gymnastics and ballet, to horse riding and snowboarding, yoga was a natural progression into a more mindful and gentle approach to movement and body conditioning. Mainly focusing on classical Ashtanga sequencing, Olessia builds classes around her students. She enjoys teaching beginners, and private classes as it gives her the opportunity to help students set proper foundation for future practice. Olessia’s classes are alignment based, with emphasis on transitions between poses, which makes her classes accessible to most people. Being a mom to a little girl, Olessia has experience with pre-natal yoga and kids yoga as well. She teaches in a relaxed and playful manner and encourages her students to smile, let go and enjoy their time practicing. Olessia mostly teaches Vinyasa style classes, Pilates, Yogalates, Body conditioning, and also does Restorative yoga, Yin, and Kids Art and Yoga classes.
• Downward Dog Yoga Centre 250 hour RYT 2012 • Body Conditioning (Ashley Galvin) 2014 • Hand balancing and upper body strength workshop ( Downward Dog Yoga) 2012 • Hip openers and splits workshop (Yoga Sanctuary) 2010 • Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking (Ashtanga Yoga Thailand) 2008 • Meditation and Pranayama (Ashtanga Yoga Thailand) 2008
Rory teaches an interdisciplinary approach to yoga with a bent towards Hatha and Vinyasa. His focus begins with understanding the internal movement of breath. By putting awareness on the breath, you can become your own monitor for how far your body can go during your yoga practice. Rory’s main goal is not only to teach yoga poses and proper posture, but to also encourage the deepening development of mind/body awareness for each student. Rory began practicing yoga in 2002 after volunteering at the world renowned yoga and meditation centre Kripalu. Initially drawn to yoga in order to better understand the connection between his physical health and emotions, he quickly realized that yoga was a great way to explore the mind/body connection more fully. After developing his own practice for several years he took his teacher training at Nosara, Costa Rica in 2007. Alongside his many years teaching private and group yoga throughout the GTA, Rory has been practicing and teaching Buddhist meditation since 2003. Today Rory is in the final stages of becoming a psychotherapist. He is also studying the science of mindfulness meditation at University of Toronto and enjoys employing the latest research into his practices.
I have a physical disability which causes my muscles to be especially tight and which results in my left leg being weaker than the right one. Rory has adapted the poses so that I am more able to do them, but challenges me to keep pushing myself. I am very happy to have started taking these classes with Rory and I look forward to continuing to improve my health with his invaluable guidance.
Sylvie has been practicing yoga since 2006 from her living room when she became a mom. Her movement journey began as a little girl at the age of 7, where she studied professional ballet and contemporary dance in Winnipeg. She has a thirst for knowledge and a love for all things health and wellness. She is a true believer in the balance between mind, body and spirit. She holds a BASc in nutrition, and is certified in traditional fitness, pilates, yoga, barre, and reiki.
Her classes build physical strength and a connection to breath and movement. She loves to teach fusion style classes blending multiple yoga and movement modalities together. Sylvie brings a certain cheekiness mixed with elegance, and always a great music playlists! Her clients are from all walks of life including toddlers all the way to older adults. She has been teaching private clients since 2004 and started teaching public classes since 2013 following her 200hr training with Colin Matthews and Beth Rutty at Kula in Oakville.
When she is not teaching clients and classes, she can be found being silly with her daughter and also following creative pursuits on-stage and on screen.
•2016 Pilates Anatomy • 2014 Total Barre – 8hrs with Stott Pilates •2014 Usui Reiki Master Level – Marry-Anne Haupt • 2013 Seniors Yoga part 1– 14hrs Monica Cordes •2013 Hatha Yoga – 200hr teacher training from Kula Yoga •2013 Evolution Yoga Training – 20hrs with Sadie Nardini • 2012 Cancer Smart Exercise – 8hrs with CanFitPro/Wellspring •2012 Kids Yoga – 20hrs wtith Maalaa/Kids Yoga Now • 2011 Mind Body Specialist – 20hrs with CanFitPro • 2009 Yoga Exercise Certificate – Susie Dias • 2005 PTS (personal training certificate) – CanFitPro • 2004 BASc food & nutrition – Ryerson University
Katalin has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She was awarded the title of Yoga Siromani in 2004, and is is a certified Sivananda Yoga teacher (E-RYT). Katalin also teaches Yoga & Pilates fusion classes, as well as Senior’s Chair Yoga classes. Katalin is well versed in the breathing and relaxation practices. Outside of yoga, Katalin is also a Spiritual Psychotherapist, and a Registered Professional Counsellor. She loves to combine her passions for pyschotherapy with yoga, and works with people who are struggling with anxiety or depression. Katalin is passionate about helping clients heal the Body Mind and Spirit.
Fatima has been a student of Yoga since 2000, wanting to learn more about movement and to heal her own chronic low back. Fatima began to explore Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 and she has been teaching since then. Fatima continues to explore and study many styles of yoga to ensure creativity and balance. Her classes are a dynamic expression of meditation through motion, with the goal of inspiring students to live their fullest lives and liberating happiness far and wide. She’s passionate about the physical and mental benefits of both practicing and teaching yoga. In addition to her 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Fatima has since gone on to study Thai Yoga Massage, Restorative Yoga, Pre and Post Natal Yoga and Yin Yoga. She currently maintains a schedule of classes at selected studios, schools, College, and Retirement Homes and enjoys working with private clients.
Having lived on the West Coast for most of the last 7 years, Mary completed her Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Los Angeles at Corepower Yoga. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, having completed her studies at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has led nutrition workshops and a yoga retreat in Toronto and has taught abroad in Costa Rica and Mexico. Currently, she is also studying to become a Holistic Life Coach. Her approach to teaching is lighthearted, playful and nonjudgmental. “The perfect pose is exactly the one you are in.”
• Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, Los Angeles, Corepower Yoga July 2011 • Restorative Training DWD, Toronto, Sept 2011 • Thai Yoga Massage Levels 1 and 2, Thai Massage Toronto School • Specializing in Vinyasa and Hatha
Mary’s classes are a place where everyone is not only welcome but encouraged to come with all of who they are. She creates a space of unconditional love, joy, and growth and grounds the spiritual with the practical, offering tools through the union of mind, body, spirit and heart to be a more joy-filled, empowered person in the world. I always leave feeling more uplifted and inspired then when I came in.
Karmit Ifrah began her yoga practice as a means of getting fit and reducing stress. Her emotional and physical bond to yoga started when she was pregnant with her daughter and was introduced to the pre natal yoga classes. Instantaneously, she knew it was the beginning of a journey towards personal growth within the fascinating world of yoga. Karmit’s introduction to dance and movement started at a young age, and it allowed her to connect to yoga in a very distinguished way. Yoga, for Karmit means self- healing and self-expression through the movement. She integrates movement to her Hatha and Vinyasa classes to add creativity and explore one’s body through the rhythm of breath and music. She also likes to challenge her students by encouraging them to respect and be in tune with their own body and its limits. One of her goals and enthusiasm is to share her special journey with her students and she believes that yoga is a lifelong journey of continuous study and exploration.
• 2012 – Yoga Sanctuary 250hr certification, Kid’s teacher training, Restorative teacher training • 2013 – Pre/Post Natal teacher training • 2014 – Post Natal teacher training • 2014 – LeBarre teacher training
Quinn first began practicing Yoga about five years ago as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. He quickly found the practice of Yoga to be very beneficial for both body and mind. Quinn completed his teacher training in early 2017 and has been teaching since then.
In addition to yoga Quinn is a knowledgeable practitioner of mindfulness meditation. He believes that meditation is essential for anyone wishing to optimize their health and vitality. Quinn began a personal meditation practice after attending a spiritual retreat in the Amazon rainforest of Peru two years ago. Since then, Quinn has been a dedicated student of mindfulness meditation and has become passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness with others. When we practice mindfulness, our capacity for compassion, gratitude, and joy increases and we become more connected with everything around us.
Anand began practicing yoga in 2008, primarily to self-treat back pain. It worked like magic and inspired a love for yoga that is constantly growing! This passion has led to an integration of Hatha yoga, Yin/Restorative yoga, Meditation and Buddhist practices in his lifestyle. In September 2013, Anand completed the 300-hour intensive Moksha Hot Yoga Teacher Training. In June 2016, Anand completed the Advanced Flow Yoga Teacher’s Training with Bibi at YogaSpace. He hopes to help students discover the wealth of benefits and inner resources that can be experienced with practice, achieving greater well being on all levels. As a regular competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Anand has massive appreciation for the use of yoga as a tool to counter-balance the ‘Yang’ activities that can represent a disproportionate part of our fast-paced lives. In Anand’s classes, you can expect a ‘Mindfulness Yoga’ style with many cues to cultivate awareness of mental, bodily and breathing processes.
Lucas was introduced to yoga in 2012 while studying Software Development in university. The lack of exercise from being in front of a computer most of the time and the stress of school brought Lucas into a slump of anxiety and depression. The physical benefits of yoga affected him shortly after he started, Lucas lost weight, and became stronger through the practice of asana (sanskrit word for postures) developing confidence in his everyday life. As he dwelled deeper into his practice Lucas discovered psychological benefits through pranayama (sanskrit for breath control) keeping him present minded and melting away anxiety. After completing his 250 hour teacher training with Yoga Tree in Toronto, he jumped at the first opportunity to teach. Eventually Lucas quit his full time job to pursue his passion to teach yoga and help others through yoga. Lucas currently operates within Toronto and the GTA. Outside of yoga Lucas is a pop-punk fan and avid show goer, you can commonly find him singing along in the pit moshing with other fans.
• Yoga Tree 250hr Teacher Training • Sadie Nardini 50hr Core Strength Vinyasa Training • Dylan Werner’s FlyStrong Levels 1-3
Kassandra is committed to making learning about the body, mind, and emotions accessible and enjoyable, and spreading awareness of the 24-hour applicability of yoga’s teachings. In yoga, Kassandra found a beautiful life practice combining all of her interests; physicality, philosophy, self study, and connection, and many tools to explore all of these. Yoga and mindfulness have supported her mental health and resiliency by allowing her to witness, admit to, and begin to accept all of her own darkness and light. Now, in her teaching practice, Kassandra is committed to allowing her students the space and time to engage in their own process and self-activate their own healing by encouraging autonomy, insight, and self-acceptance. Things that inform Kassandra’s teaching practice: a decade of yoga practice and self inquiry; over 400 hours of teacher training in viniyoga, yin, chair, and trauma-informed yoga; 10 years of arts-based facilitation and teaching experience working with ages four to adult; 23 years of contemporary and folk dance experience; 5 years gardening, foraging, cooking, and preserving in the city, 5 years folk music and choral singing.
• 2014-2015 – Yoga Therapy Toronto (300+ hour) • 2015 – Chair Yoga Certificate w/ Michael Hutkins Yoga (8hr) • 2015 – Yin Yoga w/ Tracey Soghrati (50+ hour) • 2015 – Trauma Sensitive Yoga w/ Sarah Kinsley (8hr) • 2016 – Yoga for Youth w/ New Leaf Yoga Foundation (15hr) • 2016 – Yoga for Aging, Arthritis, & Alzheimers w/Tracey Eccleston (8hr) • 2016 – Yoga Nidra Meditation for PTSD w/ Richard Miller (7hr)
Veta started practicing yoga 7 years ago and immediately felt that it was not merely a physical practice but an inward journey that allowed her become aware of the intricate connection between body and mind. The yoga practice opened to her the gates to meditation, self-awareness and during pregnancy it promoted a deep bond between Veta and her daughter. With her great passion for anatomy and biomechanics, Veta explores the therapeutic aspects of yoga in her classes to help her students develop acute awareness of their physical and mental state.
• 2012 – 250 hour Hatha Vinyasa Certification from The Yoga Sanctuary • 2012 – Pre and Post Natal Certification • 2013 – Yin Yoga certification
How much does it cost?
One on One
Senior Teachers $100 (+hst) per class $90 (+hst) per class when pre-paid in package of 10 Junior Teachers $70 (+hst) per class $65 (+hst) per class when pre-paid in package of 10
Small Group (2-4 people)
Senior Teachers $120 (+hst) per class $100 (+hst) per class when pre-paid in package of 10 Junior Teachers $85 (+hst) per class $80 (+hst) per class when pre-paid in package of 10 Gift cards are also available.