Michael found yoga over a decade ago when it was suggested as a way to heal injuries incurred through sport. But it was the mental and emotional impact of practice that kept him coming back to the mat. Michael loves yoga because it is a learning practice—one that offers a limitless number of teachings about body, mind, and spirit.
Kathrin began practicing yoga in her early twenties to balance her work in a high-demand role with an environmental NGO. Under strict orders from her boss to get on a mat, Kathrin began her yoga journey and now she cannot thank her boss enough!
YuMee Chung (Padmani) is a former securities lawyer who left a busy practice to engage more deeply with life. More than a decade later, she is an Advance Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who also offers classes in the Yoga Tune Up method.
Heather was introduced to yoga in 1997 following a back injury, when it was recommended as a way to manage her symptoms. What began as an intervention to heal the body eventually also became a way to calm the mind and nurture acceptance for what she was capable of on any given day, physically and mentally, on and off the mat.
Taryn is an energetic and inclusive instructor, drawing from experience in facilitation, gender analysis, and a commitment to social justice. Having practiced yoga for a decade, Taryn began sharing her love of yoga upon completing over 500 hours of Yoga Education at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in 2012.
Studying Peace and Conflict, and International Relations led James to work with the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in some of the most difficult conflicts in the world. After leaving MSF, determined to bring HIV treatment to the most vulnerable populations in low-income countries, James co-founded Dignitas International. Witnessing overwhelming suffering over decades left him with a heavy heart.
Lisa first discovered yoga by chance one crisp winter day on a stroll down Roncesvalles Avenue. After one class she was hooked and has never looked back.
Ian Gardner has been practicing yoga since 2001 and completed the 200-Hour and 300-Hour Teacher Trainings at Octopus Garden. He is also a Thai Massage practitioner and instructor with the Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage.
David Good believes yoga is a way to discover your hidden potential and find the truth of who you are, on and off the mat.
Pat sees the practice of yoga as an opportunity for physical, psychological, and spiritual inquiry. With compassion, generosity, and humour, she encourages students to maximize their potential. Themes from eastern philosophy, psychology, and everyday experience have been informing Pat’s teaching for the past 20 years.
Jennifer discovered yoga as a dancer in her young twenties. At her very first yoga class, the experience resonated so deeply within that she knew then how meaningful and important yoga was going to become in her life.
Krista’s approach to yoga is to create space to cultivate strength, empowerment, and empathy. Krista started seriously practicing yoga after a health issue temporarily limited her ability to engage in her regular physical activities. The safety and freedom she discovered on the mat led her to expand her diverse teaching practice to include yoga.
After an injury ended Marshal’s martial arts practice, he sought a healing practice that would keep him strong, mobile, and active through the rest of his life. He found yoga.
Lisa Messina creates a safe place for people to deeply listen and courageously dive into the true nature of being. A dancer from the age of three, Lisa’s life work has been exploring and sharing her passion for movement through a broad range of modalities, including dance, Pilates, and yoga.
As a ballet dancer for over 16 years, Glenda developed a strong relationship to her body through movement. Starting in a small class at a gym in the early 90s, her study and practice of yoga evolved over the ensuing years and has spanned many teachers and styles including Iyengar yoga, Jivamukti, Kundalini, and Hatha. It has been a consistent, yet ever-changing, relationship in her life.
Erin realized that yoga would be a big part of her life while she was studying for her Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion and was struck by the role that yoga can play in the recovery and healing process for people with addiction and mental health issues.
Nicky Poole, a mother of two originally from New Zealand, has been enmeshed in the study of yoga since 1999. She founded the first yoga studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2004 and cultivated a unique community on the banks of the Saigon River until moving to Canada in 2009. Calling Toronto home, Nicky has established herself as a highly sought after teacher trainer and pre and post natal specialist in the city.
Natasha has a wealth of vitality and brings an infectious energy to everything she does. Her yoga classes are challenging, spirited, and led with a deep understanding of the practice. Drawing on a background in performance studies and athletics, she would like to help people find joy and clarity in the exploration of moving body and breath through space.
Yoga's ability to challenge the outer form and transform the inner, while expanding and evolving life and relationships, drew Rose into the practice and continues to inspire her today.
Elke came to yoga through dance and leads a fluid, strong and challenging Vinyasa-style class infused with creative variations.
As an accomplished dancer and performer in many disciplines, Elke’s 20-year relationship with dance and its consequent body fatigue led her to seek healing – happily, she discovered yoga!
John believes that learning is an exchange, and he endeavours to treat all those who practice with him with respect and equanimity.