Small yoga class learning environment.
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Christine Dennis
Christine Stelmach-Dennis is the owner and director of Prashanta Yoga in Toronto and Bocas del Toro, Panama. Christine is a Registered Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher with additional certification in Restorative Yoga and Self Awakening Yoga. She completed her certification at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with Don and Amba Stapleton. Yoga is a passion for both Christine and her husband Ron. This lifestyle led them to Panama to build a beautiful beachfront eco-retreat. Join Christine in Panama for her annual Yoga Retreat at Bluff Beach Retreat.
Carolina Carvalho
Carolina Carvalho was inspired by the wonderful teachers she met since starting to practice yoga in 2000, Carolina became a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor when relocating to Canada from Brazil in 2005.
Carolina creates a safe practice environment, focused on the exploration of subtle aspects of body and mind. Her passion for this ancient tradition shines through in her classes and she feels blessed to be able to share it with people she comes in contact with. She continually upgrades and enhances her teaching by participating in myriad yoga teacher trainings, including those focused on therapeutic yoga, advanced asana and flow, and yoga philosophy, among others.
Jillian Cook
Jillian Cook has been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 12 years. She is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, and received her training at The Expanding Light, California. She teaches yoga classes to business, educational and health care professionals, and at retirement homes. Since 2007 she has been the leader of the Gentle Yoga classes for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation.
“Within my daily activities I directly experience the benefits of a yoga practice: physical health, well-being, energy, a positive state, patience, and the tools to maintain a sense of equanimity. As I mature, I gain a deeper sense of the subtle interplay between body, breath and mind, contributing towards a feeling of youthful vitality.”
Jennifer Copeland
Jennifer Copeland has been a Yoga and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over 15 years. She holds a graduate degree in Nursing and has held a variety of nursing roles, most prominently at The Hospital for Sick Children and Women's College Hospital. At Sick Kids, she worked with the critically ill and at Women's with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Jennifer is trained in a variety of yoga styles including Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Kids and yoga's sister science, Ayurveda. Jennifer is a graduate of the Nalanda Institute's Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and Yoga & Psyche - where Somatic Experiencing Meets Yoga. Jennifer is trained in EMDR, a specialized therapy for working with trauma and has a private psychotherapy practice in North Toronto. Jennifer currently offers weekly Yin Yang and Yin Restorative classes and an annual Silent Yoga and Meditation Retreat every October.
Christine Reeves
Christine Reeves has been practicing yoga for 26 years and teaching for 12. She teaches all levels of students from absolute beginners to advanced and also does much specialty work with private clientele, pregnant women and cancer patients. She trains teachers and is an avid meditator in the New Kadampa Buddhist Tradition. Christine's classes are known for being both deeply relaxing and physically challenging, so that you find yourself doing things you didn't know you could do - without pushing!
Stephanie Slater
Stephanie Slater is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Pilates Instructor. Prior to her teaching career, Stephanie danced professionally with The Royal Danish Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and LaLaLa Human Steps. Throughout her dance career, Stephanie practiced Yoga and Pilates to help maintain the physical and mental strength required to keep up with her demanding performance schedule. After a dance-related injury caused her to change career paths, Stephanie decided to cultivate her love of movement and body awareness by becoming a Yoga and Pilates teacher.
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Janine Woo has been teaching yoga since 1998. She has taught teacher trainings in asana, anatomy, art of adjustments, yoga therapy and pranayama.
Janine enjoys educating students or just flowing the energy through the breath. So it's no surprise that she practiced Ashtanga vinyasa for many years or that she enjoys sharing her anatomy knowledge or teaching yoga as therapy.
Her greatest joy in teaching yoga comes when a student finds ease in a pose that wasn't comfortable or when they find the inner strength to do a pose. "Sthira sukham asanam" as her teachers would say. Steadiness and ease in the pose. Effort without tension. When students find that, there is elation for all!
Janine has studied many forms of physical yoga: Prenatal, Ashtanga, Anusara, Viniyoga, Restorative, yoga therapy, yin, Lu Jong (Tibetan form of yoga). She recently graduated Nov. 2015 as a Franklin Method Educator Level 1.
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Shareen Woodford is a yoga instructor, yoga teacher trainer and pilates mat & equipment instructor. Coming from a background of dance training, classical Pilates and competitive swimming, her style of teaching is a balanced fusion of creative sequencing, enjoyment of movement, anatomical correctness and athletic precision. Shareen has studied Ashtanga yoga in India, Indonesia and all over North America with some of the world’s top gurus and has taken a myriad of workshops and trainings in various yoga traditions including Sanskrit, chanting and philosophy. She has studied to the highest level of pilates training at the Stott pilates headquarters. She holds honours degrees from U of T, is a certified Thai yoga massage therapist and is a level 2 nationally certified competitive swim coach.