Yoga Instructors

Scott Davis

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Co-Owner

Scott is a renowned yoga teacher and doctor of oriental medicine who approaches yoga as an evolving form and health maintenance system.

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Pat Harada Linfoot

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Co-Owner

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.

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Jesse Enright

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Associate Director

Jesse Enright's teaching style combines deep breath work, powerful flowing movements and meticulous alignment with a fun and lighthearted approach. He emphasizes anatomical education to both empower and instill in students a love and respect for the amazing design of the human body.

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Christine Alevizakis

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In Christine's experience, yoga is immensely practical. She credits her yoga practice for flagging her priorities and keeping her (relatively) balanced and (relatively) sane in a world that often offers the opposite. As a mom of three amazing kids, Christine is continually impressed with how the complexities of 21st century parenting can be tempered and transformed through asana and breath.

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Alix Bemrose

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For Alix, yoga is the practice of living with awareness in the world. Drawing from an extensive background in the arts, she encourages her students to explore their own unique processes of self-discovery and self-expression.

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YuMee Chung

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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.

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Morgan Cowie

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Morgan's view is that yoga offers an invitation to explore, experience, and heal relationships with ourselves and with each other. Her classes are rooted in the joy of movement and in the mindful awareness of breath and alignment.

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Heather Cracower

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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 became a way to also calm the mind and nurture acceptance for what we are capable of on any given day, physically and mentally, on and off the mat.

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Taryn Diamond

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Taryn is an energetic and inclusive instructor, drawing from experience in facilitation, gender analysis, and a commitment to social justice. Having practiced yoga for nearly 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.

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Donald Eckler

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Donald Eckler approaches meditation from the perspective of confidence in basic goodness and fundamental healthiness. In his classes, he helps students work with meditation as an act or an art of being as opposed to a technique or prescription.

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David Good

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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.

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Stacey Hauserman

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In Stacey Hauserman’s classes, the physical practice of yoga provides an opportunity for students to experience subtle movement, awareness of their physical being and to touch inner stillness.

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Lisa Freeman

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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.

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Jennifer Helland

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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.

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Marshal Linfoot

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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.

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Kim McBean

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Kim's passion in yoga lies in connecting with others, and sharing techniques that encourage physical and psychological growth and healing. Her goal is to promote self-discovery and spiritual development in a safe, caring, and creative space. To offer a warm and compassionate environment that allows for others to go deeper, and meet the experience of being fully alive.

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Lisa Messina

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Lisa has been actively pursuing the art of movement since the day she could walk. Her passion for movement started at the age of 2 in her very first ballet class. She continued on to a professional career in the performing arts for 7 years. A re-occurring dance related injury and other health issues led Lisa to explore Yoga and Pilates. Since then, she has been dedicated to these transformational practices as a student and as a teacher.

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Lisa Mitchell

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Lisa began her yoga studies in 2002 at the Esther Myers Yoga Studio, while pregnant with her first child. Since then, yoga has taken on an increasingly prominent role in her life. She completed a two-year teacher training at the Esther Myers Yoga Studio, 300 hours of Advanced Teacher Training at Octopus Garden, and 40 hours of Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at Octopus Garden.

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David Newton

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After beginning meditation as a teen, David Newton found his athletic career as a gymnast, runner and triathlete has determined his yogic path.

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Elisse Peltz

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Elisse Peltz was introduced to yoga in high school when she stumbled upon a yoga instruction manual in her parent’s library. Her experiences since then have only deepened her belief that yoga has the ability to strengthen, rejuvenate and heal the human spirit.

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Erin Plenert

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Erin realized yoga would be a big part of her life when she was studying for her Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion. Here, she began to explore the role that yoga can play in the recovery and healing process of people with addiction and mental health issues.

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Rose Riccio

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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.

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John Veiga

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John stumbled into yoga in the late nineties when he finally lifted his head out of all the eastern philosophy books he’d been reading for years. A dedicated teacher and student, he skilfully balances serious inquiry with a joy for practice.

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Jeff Warren

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Jeff discovered yoga 15 years ago, while living in San Francisco. Initially he thought it was a form of revenge against spiritual seekers. His body made strange clicking noises and his glutes swelled alarmingly. But the real changes happened in his mind: somehow, in the midst of the most uncomfortable poses, he found a composure that made everything okay.

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