Jackie: Studio Director and Instructor
Jackie began practicing yoga 13 years ago and fell in love with it. Looking to try something new, she stumbled upon a beginners yoga class. She continues to practice today because it brings her to a place of “home”.
In 2013, Jackie graduated from the 200-hour teacher training program at Amana Institute with a certificate in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She enjoys teaching and loves sharing what she has learned with the hope that it helps others find their feeling of “home” on the mat.
“My first experience with yoga was in the 1970’s growing up in Kitchener, ON with a Yogini Mom that would take me along to classes and festivals. I began to embrace mindfulness and awareness as keys to living a balanced life with a martial arts background and later rediscovering yoga and tai chi.
In 2011 after some health issues I became interested in the movement of healing energy through Reiki and over the next 3 years of practice to becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher. My intention is to channel the life force energy that is all around us into my style of teaching and sharing. In 2016 I graduated from a 200hr Classical Eastern Based Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at the Indian Yoga and Meditation Centre under Guru Sarbjeet Kalia.
I have continued to expand my knowledge of Yin Yoga and other styles and traditions through workshops with great teachers and mentors like, Marla Erickson, Travis Eliot, Seane Corn and Rodney Yee. I am trained to teach different styles of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga but my style and my love of Yin shows when you settle in for one of my mindful, meditative, melting Yin classes. My passion for yoga, learning and spirituality has brought me on this journey to be able to share what I love with you.”
Steph was first exposed to yoga in Toronto at a body positive studio back in 2015 and she’s been hooked ever since! With a background in power lifting she noticed some muscle stiffness that limited her range of motion. A friend suggested she take a yoga class to help stretch out her muscles and after her first class, Steph discovered so much more. Her love for yoga grew and last year she took her teacher training to become a certified instructor.
Teaching primarily Hatha yoga she also works with older adults with limited range of motion and has experience in teaching chair yoga. Steph has a fondness for accessibility and believes strongly that everybody and every body should be able to practice yoga. She considers herself a student for life always learning new forms and evolving her practice to meet her students needs.
I’ve been practicing Yoga and Meditation for over a year now, and it has become a passion for me! When I first started meditation over a year ago it was in an attempt to manage my busy life and high stress job. Even though I was a skeptic it quickly transformed my life, and I found myself learning as much as I could. Now I teach meditation at my place of work and am learning to become a yoga instructor. I teach both Mindfulness and Mantra meditation, and I look forward to teaching yoga soon as well.
Caitlin – Instructor
Caitlin completed her YTT with One Yoga’s Living Yoga School in addition to completing a Yoga Alliance Certified Vinyasa Yoga for Youth teacher training that taught her the benefits of this practice for all ages and abilities. She is also a Holistic Nutritionist who believes that the healing power of food is augmented exponentially with support from a consistent yoga practice.
Her first real yoga class was a mat-to-mat packed hot practice for which she was definitely not prepared, but with which she fell in love instantly. From that point on she was hooked as this practice taught her the value of self-reflection, stillness, love, patience, and compassion towards herself and others.
Her current favourite styles to teach and practice are sloth (restorative) yoga and vinyasa flow. She believes that the benefit of a consistent yin practice gives her students the tools necessary to turn off their fight or flight response, to practice self-soothing habits, and to connect with their bodies on a deeper level creating the foundation for a loving relationship with one’s self. She loves to create space for healing at wellness retreats, yoga & cooking classes, and live talks in her community.
Melissa’s love for yoga began in University while studying health sciences. She originally began practicing for the physical benefits but later discovered the positive impact a regular yoga practice had on her mental health.
She strives to create a positive and inclusive environment for students so they can incorporate yoga into their daily life regardless of their individual and unique needs. The greatest reward from teaching is when students give feedback on how their yoga practice has translated to positive changes in their physical and emotional well-being.
Melissa obtained her 200-hour YTT from Amana Institute in Hatha and Vinyasa.