Co-Owner of Yoga Public, Fort Garry Hotel & Ten Spa
Canada's largest yoga studio started with one small step, when Ida rolled out her first yoga mat and began practising with yoga videos at home.
Her passion for yoga grew when she ventured into a studio for her first hot yoga class. Soon, she was practising three to four times a week in a heated studio at Moksha. After about 18 months, she gave Ashtanga a shot at the Winnipeg Yoga Shala and found she loved the efficiency of the style.
With a busy schedule, Ida was looking for flexibility in a studio that offered a variety of classes and plenty of them, at convenient hours. And since she's a born entrepreneur, it wasn't long before that proverbial lightbulb clicked on over her head.
She heard opportunity knocking in the yoga community and knew it was just waiting for her to open the door. Turning things she loves into businesses, and improving on them in the process, is her way of sharing with others.
Ida enjoyed a 200-hour teacher training intensive with Saul David Raye in Venice Beach, Calif., at the Sacred Center for Yoga. She wanted to immerse herself in yoga culture and confirm that she loved it enough to devote her energy to the yoga business. It was the same immersive approach she took when she attended a school of esthetics in Chicago before she and her husband, Rick Bel, opened Ten Spa.
Ida loved the vibe and the yoga community in the Venice and Santa Monica areas. Within walking distance of the small cottage she was renting she was able to explore many styles of yoga: Forrest yoga with Brian Camble; Restorative yoga with Michelle Kronenberg; Hatha with Chad Hamrin, Power yoga with Brian Keste and Vinyasa and Kirtan with Andres Salcedo.
Before she found her calling as an entrepreneur, Ida earned her Master of Economics at Queen's University, and worked as an economist for various governmental departments. She has been self-employed since her mid-20s, and she and Rick have founded various businesses over the past 25 years. Starting in the food and beverage industry with Du Bon Gout, the Sandpiper and Prairie Oyster Restaurants, they moved into the hotel business when they bought the Fort Garry Hotel in 1993. The launched Ten Spa in 2006, and now they're bringing their unique vision to the yoga world.
To Ida, yoga is about calming the mind and feeling great after a class. No matter which style she practises on any given day, she feels it's like going to 'church for the body.' She believes yoga is the perfect complement to all other forms of physical and spiritual activity, and that philosophy is most present when she's finding complete release in savasana - by far her favourite pose.
Co-Owner of Yoga Public, Fort Garry Hotel & Ten Spa
Rick's wife Ida Albo had been urging him to try a yoga class in Winnipeg for some time before serendipity led him to his first class in California.
During a tour of Napa Valley, he happened upon a vegetarian restaurant called Ubantu and since he follows a vegetable-heavy diet, he decided to drop in for lunch. The restaurant was closed, but a Hatha yoga class was about to begin. He bought shorts and a T-shirt at the onsite Lululemon store and took the class before lunch service began.
Rick had no idea at the time that he and Ida would open their own yoga centre a few years later. He's since taken a few more yoga classes and is looking forward to exploring meditation at Yoga Public.
Who knows? He may even come up with Winnipeg's version of Ubantu at the centre, in the bright front room with garage-door windows opening on to Fort Street.
Rick and Ida are old hands at the restaurant business, and business in general, as proprietors of the historic Fort Garry Hotel and luxury co-ed spa Ten Spa, on the hotel's 10th floor.
Rick studied economics at the London School of Economics for five years and taught at the University of Kobe in Japan for three years before settling in Winnipeg about 30 years ago.
He was a professor on a tenure track at the University of Manitoba when he gave up teaching to open their first restaurant. The entrepreneur track has had a few bumps, but Rick has never looked back. He enjoys the creative aspects of entrepreneurship and tackling the challenges of "building a better mousetrap."
He and Ida often travel and when they do, they look for innovative ideas to bring back to Winnipeg. Rick had the travel bug early. He backpacked through Europe and Africa after high school, but some of his most memorable trips have been in more recent years - whitewater rafting with his oldest son in Patagonia, hiking Machu Picchu with his youngest daughter and deep sea fishing in B.C. with his youngest son.
Rick has two leonberger mountain dogs, Francesca, 5, and Georgio, 3. The dogs have joined one family business as mascots at the Fort Garry Hotel, but Yoga Public staff are lobbying to have one of them to move over to the new venture. Rick is thinking about it.
Samantha Globerman (Chisick) | email@example.com
Yoga Public Director/Yoga & TRX Instructor/Nutritionist
Sam was traveling abroad when she stumbled upon a Seane Corn yoga video more than 10 years ago. Drawn by its tranquil energy, style and relaxing qualities, she soon adopted yoga as her personal exercise regimen. And with encouragement from her own teacher, she eventually made a life-changing decision to become a yoga instructor.
Schooled in yoga hubs such as New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and San Francisco, where she received her TRX training, Sam breathes depth into her classes from a solid foundation. She trained on the Great Yoga Wall and is adept in many styles, including Vinyasa, Power Flow, Yin, Moksha, Restorative and Yoga for Kids.
Sam has a strong background in the health and wellness industry. She has a Bachelor of Science in human nutritional sciences and been a nutritional counsellor, managed a personal training studio and worked at Moksha Yoga Winnipeg and Vita Health. She incorporates her passion for healthy living into her classes, focusing on releasing toxins and rejuvenating the body through the yoga practice.
A seasoned traveler, Sam embraces new cultures in the same way she embraces her teaching - with a warm heart and a sense of adventure. When she's not hanging off the Great Yoga Wall at Yoga Public, or on yoga excursions across the continent, Sam finds her happiness taking walks with her husband Noah and their puppy Zoey (Yoga Public's mascot and greeter).
Sandy Grewinski | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Manager/Yoga Instructor
Sandy took a circuitous route to yoga. Trained in human resource management and security management, her background is in the security industry. But she was hooked on yoga from her first Bikram class. She loved the way it made her feel and after practising for some time, Sandy knew she wanted to share yoga with others.
She went to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to train in the Barkan Method of hot yoga, which she appreciates for its well-balanced hot Hatha style. To her, the essence of yoga is all about balance and community. She believes that finding balance in the body and the breath will bring symmetry to other areas of life as well.
Sandy nurtures a supportive environment in and out of the classroom. She designs her classes to accommodate all levels, so sequences are attainable for beginners but still challenging for advanced students. As a manager at Yoga Public, she's excited to be a part of a traditional, yet state-of-the-art facility.
Outside the studio, Sandy loves to play ultimate frisbee and sponge hockey, and entertain family and friends. She lives with her fantastic husband Anton and their three cats, Twix, Snickers, and Big Turk. Her goals include traveling to Bali and chilling out with yoga on the beach. She is looking forward to expanding her yoga resume and learning to surf.
Lori Neufeld | email@example.com
Assistant Manager/Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
Lori attended her first Hatha yoga classes at an art college in Halifax in 1999, and practiced Bikram, Kundalini and Power Vinyasa Flow yoga during her travels in Britain, South Africa and the United States. Upon returning to Winnipeg, she began teaching friends and acquaintances, but it was not until 2006 that Lori made her way to the Winnipeg Yoga Shala to find the practice she calls home, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. In her understanding, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' tradition is a comprehensive science of yoga based on continued practice and faith.
Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Manitoba and a diploma in commercial photography at the Nova Scotia Community College. She's logged more than 500 hours of teacher training, most notably with Jonathan Austman of Winnipeg Yoga Shala. She believes yoga develops balance and a grounded way of being in the world. The study of yoga is a never-ending form of learning and a constant source of both challenge and acceptance.
Lori is dedicated to her practice and career as an instructor. At the heart of her teaching lies the humility and patience that have emerged through the challenges of focused, daily practice. She understands that yoga is hard work and she has respect and compassion for every student who shows up willing to do this work. She is grateful to influential teachers Jonathan Austman and Robert Webber.
Monica Angelatos | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Manager/Yoga Instructor/Thai Massage Therapist
A friend introduced Monica to yoga more than 10 years ago, and she knew right from the start that she wanted to teach. When a studio opened up next to her home, she dedicated herself to a disciplined practice for three years, before taking her teacher training in India.
Trained in Moksha, Restorative yoga and Thai yoga massage, Monica has taken several workshops with celebrated instructors such as Seane Corn, Tod Norian and Rodney Yee to deepen her practice and strengthen her training.
She developed a unique style of teaching that focuses on alignment and body awareness. In her Vinyasa classes, she centers students by bringing them to a meditative state, continually linking breathing with movement. Her Restorative classes emphasize relaxing the nervous system through specific poses, so when the immune system kicks in it begins to relax and heal the body.
While traveling the world and living in Greece and East Africa, Monica has had many adventures, coming face-to-face with snakes and taking off-road safaris in the wild and untamed Sahara. Her father hails from the Greek island of Kephalonia and the island is her favourite vacation spot. She longs to head back there to practise yoga on the beach.
Monica's degree in classical studies and her love of yoga are a harmonious blend, since she draws many parallels between both ancient philosophies. As she follows the path of the yogi, she plans to continue her world travels and finish her Masters of Eastern Philosophy.
Stephanie (S.A.M.) Manchulenko | email@example.com
Yoga Instructor/TRX Trainer
Sam is passionate about movement and expression and is committed to lifelong learning. As a professional dancer she toured and performed in musicals such as West Side Story, Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and appeared in films including Shall We Dance and One Last Dance. She was drawn to yoga as a supplement to her dance training and fell in love with its fluid blend of breath, movement and meditation.
Sam's playful, open approach to life comes across in her classes. She completed her 500-hour Moksha Yoga teacher training in Kerala, India, where she spent time at the Sivananda ashram. She went on to study with Shiva Rea and completed her Fluid Vinyasa and Chakra Vinyasa training in Los Angeles and Trance Dance training at the Kripalu Centre. She also completed Part Two of the Ashtanga-inspired One Yoga Teacher training, as well as Stott Pilates Mat and Reformer programs.
Her interest in supporting human development inspired her to pursue life coach training with CoachU, enneagram studies with the Enneagram Institute and Healing Touch courses. This year, Sam received her TRX certification in San Francisco, and she's currently training in Anusara yoga.
Sam is also the creator of the Lifestyle Pass, a passport which encourages and supports healthy living in Winnipeg. In 2011, the Lifestyle Pass raised $15,000 for Free the Children's Adopt a Village program in Kenya.
Sam loves traveling and learning from different cultures. She recently spent time in Africa, teaching yoga in Morocco and volunteering in Ghana. She is passionate about discovering the beauty of meditation, the complexity of the spirit and all facets of yoga.
Serge Salvador | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mind & Body Coordinator/Yoga Teacher/Thai Massage Therapist
Curiosity led Serge to yoga at a young age, and it opened up a whole new world to him - an inner world he had never known. Having experienced a profound shift in his own life through practising yoga, Serge wants to help others benefit from it as well.
Initially trained in India and Nepal in 1986, he has studied many forms of yoga, but his first love is Ashtanga. He is also trained in Thai Massage, Pranayama, Mantra, and yogic philosophy, to name just a few disciplines.
Serge helps his students gain a clearer sense of who they are, along with a greater sense of peace and self-empowerment. Pranayama is a major focus of his teaching. He believes it's the foundation of yoga and all life Ã¢â‚¬” the sound of our breath is our mantra. Serge is excited to be a master teacher at Yoga Public and relishes the prospect of designing yoga programs for students to enjoy.
Serge has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Studio Bercot and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and is an artist and illustrator of children's books that promote peace and community. He lives with his partner and two cats and loves to paint, Latino dance, hike, bike and engage in any activity involving the great outdoors. He looks forward to traveling to Brazil for Carnival one day.
Serge believes yoga is all about balance, connecting with the spirit inside each one of us, and connecting with the universal oneness to create peaceful, joyful living.
Jonathan Austman | email@example.com
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
Jonathan has practised yoga for more than thirty years and he's been teaching for more than sixteen years. He began meditating in his teens and discovered yoga soon afterward.
He trained with Richard Freeman and is inspired by the directness of the Ashtanga yoga method. As he continues on his yoga journey he approaches teaching as an act of service; working patiently, compassionately and respectfully with each student to meet their needs.
Jonathan seeks to make the methods of Ashtanga yoga accessible to all people, and he believes a disciplined and focused yoga practice is integral to robust health and a well balanced, happy life. Students find his well-informed and direct method of teaching both challenging and rewarding.
To Jonathan, yoga is all about life itself - coming into the studio as you are, accepting yourself and using practice to take you where you want to go. Bringing his insight, experience and heartfelt compassion into classes, Jonathan wants his students to find the truth at the core of their lives.
Over the years, Jonathan has studied intensively with many of North America's most experienced teachers. He lived and worked at the Kripalu Center for Yoga for almost three years. He is particularly thankful for the time he spent practising under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.
Arlen Kasdorf | firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Instructor/TRX Trainer
Arlen first found yoga when he was looking for relief from lower back pain. Initially content practising at home with yoga videos, he realized he wanted to take his practice further after his wife urged him to join her in a hot yoga class.
Arlen took his 200-hour certification in Vinyasa yoga with Ryan Leier, and is also trained in Yoga for Kids. His Vinyasa sequences draw students into a cohesive group and foster a feeling of connection until everyone in the class is thinking as one, breathing as one and moving as one. He encourages students to focus on controlling the breath, which naturally flows into controlling the body and mind.
Arlen has a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and communications and was executive chef and co-owner of a local catering company that focused on local and organic food.
Arlen's family is his life, and he spends every spare second enjoying crazy adventures with his wife, Tammy, and two kids, Xander and Zara. He likes to let loose by going to concerts and visiting exotic locales. He plans to take the family to Monterosso, Italy, where he and Tammy exchanged their marriage vows on the beach, to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
There are three things Arlen can't live without: His kids' laughter, his wife's kisses, and the rug they bought in Morocco on one of their travels.
Narda Singh, M.A., RCC, RYT | email@example.com
Narda first got into yoga as a kid and after practising on and off for more than 20 years, she finally took the plunge and became a certified yoga instructor.
She went to Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, where she trained in Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini yoga. She loves the meditative and mindful approach of Yin, the fluidity of Hatha, the athleticism of Vinyasa and the dynamic quality of Kundalini.
Narda is a psychotherapist and registered clinical counsellor with a master's degree in counselling psychology. She infuses a natural blend of yoga, mindfulness and meditation into her therapy sessions and, conversely, she incorporates her therapy and psychology background into her yoga classes. She continues to focus on blending both disciplines to encourage people to feel well in their minds, hearts and bodies.
Narda is continuing her training as a mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. She is working on completing her 500-hour teacher training in the near future.
In her classes, Narda focuses on meeting people where they are now and making sure they are heard. She enjoys using specific poses to promote deep relaxation that helps students learn to let go.
She enjoys being with people she loves and has fun cooking, reading, dancing and taking to the hills for a little snowboarding. Narda's dream vacation is to unwind and soak up the countryside in an Italian farmhouse.
Natasha Lenon | firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Instructor/Yoga Therapist/Massage Therapist
Natasha first picked up yoga to help heal dancing injuries. After years of practising yoga, she felt compelled to teach. Training at the Prana Yoga College in Vancouver in 2002 brought her deeper into her practice. Since then, she has completed a multitude of workshops and recently finished her first year of Yoga Therapy from the International School of Yoga Therapy, Vancouver. She is trained in Hatha, Restorative, Flow, Power, Pre-natal, Kids and Therapeutics.
Natasha is amazed by the magical, powerful shift that everyone who maintains a regular practice in yoga finds in all areas of life. She wants students to leave her classes physically and mentally renewed, with a sense they've learned something about themselves.
Natasha likes to swim, read a good book, garden and surf - all while hanging out with the family. When she gets away from it all she likes a quiet beach, away from the hustle and bustle, with cool gentle waves to surf.
Natasha is married to an amazing husband, and they have beautiful boy, but it's their crazy cat that keeps them all together. Transplanted from Vancouver, Natasha enjoys living in the Wolseley area and meeting all the friendly people in Winnipeg.
Adrienne Shum | email@example.com
At the age of eleven, Adrienne picked up a video from the library and tried yoga for the first time. After years of practising a variety of yoga styles, she completed her Moksha yoga training and her Ashtanga training with Jonathan Austman at the Winnipeg Yoga Shala. The challenging and introspective practice of Ashtanga gave Adrienne the roots from which to cultivate a more simple and honest way of being.
Adrienne has a Master's degree in food science and is certified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor. Along with practising yoga, she relaxes by baking, reading and lollygagging.
Adrienne's practice is rooted in the Yoga Sutra 2.46 (sthira sukham asanam) which dictates that postures should be steady and performed with ease. Calling on lessons from her own life, she encourages students to cultivate an authentic and dedicated practice on and off the mat. She believes yoga is a way of creating greater awareness in order to cultivate qualities that are beneficial to her and others.
Lorna Parashin | firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Instructor & Assistant
Trained in Vinyasa Flow with Ryan Leier, Lorna appreciates the style for the way the energy moves and opens the body and soul. She enjoys sequencing her classes to open specific body parts and sees yoga as a path to finding the centre of one's core and maintaining that connection for sustained periods of time.
Lorna loves to teach about the vayus, or winds of the body. Having students breathe deeply into their bodies, she encourages them to dig down and search for hidden unknowns. She likes to emphasize body awareness in her classes and use it to empower students' practice. With body awareness, one slowly starts to become the silent witness. Becoming conscious of what the body is doing, but feeling from outside the head, one can find that which is True for them.
Lorna has her Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba. In the future, she would like to both teach yoga and own an architectural firm geared toward designing yoga studios.
She lives in the beautiful Bird's Hill area, where she feels close to nature and her family. She looks forward to traveling anywhere in Europe where there are great cafes: Paris, Rome and Venice will do, for starters.
Yoga Public students will recognize Lorna as the teacher trying to get her class to pike up into a handstand by showing them how easy it looks.
Giulia De Leo | email@example.com
TRX Instructor/Strength & Conditioning Specialist/Cheer Coach
Giulia first encountered the TRX suspension system at First Choice Fitness, assisting and training National Hockey League athletes three years ago. She fell in love with its versatility and flexibility, and she gets a kick out of creating engaging exercises for her clients in a challenging and fun environment. She continues to use TRX in all her training programs, whether her students are athletes or lifestyle clients.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ont., Giulia always knew she wanted to make a career of helping people in the health and wellness field. After obtaining her Bachelor of Kinesiology, she wanted to teach people of all ages about the amazing benefits of healthy living and nutrition, so she decided to teach and train full-time.
Giulia has been a personal trainer for four years and she's a certified strength and conditioning specialist, with plans to obtain her yoga certification in the near future. Passionate about helping athletes reach their physical and mental potential, Giulia strives to help keep people of all stripes out of hospitals and enjoying long, healthy and fulfilling lives.
A part-time human nutritional sciences student who passes on her knowledge to all her clients, Giulia is also the event director of The Manitoba Cheer Federation and head coach of the Tec Voc Hornets Cheerleading Program.
She loves cooking for family and friends and enjoys traveling around the world and heading to Italy on occasion to visit family.
Kathryn (Kate) McKenzie | firstname.lastname@example.org
TRX Instructor/Personal Trainer/Sport Conditioning Specialist
With a true love of competition, Kate is something of a sports fiend. A few winters ago, she went to Texas to learn to play golf at an elite level. While there, she discovered TRX suspension training. It piqued her interest and it wasn't long before she was hooked.
She has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, which she attended on a volleyball scholarship. Kate is also certified as a personal trainer specialist (Can-Fit-Pro), sport conditioning specialist (Twist Conditioning) and owns a training company called Surefire Fitness. She is devoted to learning new techniques and is always trying to bring new ideas into her classes.
Kate got her TRX instructor certification in Florida, and incorporated it into her group fitness classes and personal training sessions. She felt TRX training was just too good not to share, because it provides such a novel, challenging and fun workout.
She loves a range of activities from Yin yoga to bungee jumping and riding roller coasters - some to relax and others to get the heart pounding and adrenaline flowing. She also enjoys working out, playing hockey and golfing.
Kate is counting the days until she reaches her goal of becoming a scratch golfer. With her dedicated approach to training and life, she'll be on the green in no time.
Bonnie Schroeder | email@example.com
Meditation Instructor / Healing Arts Practitioner / Life Coach
Bonnie loves to explore diverse cultures and perspectives, so she grabbed her camera and began globetrotting in her teens. She saw children living in extreme poverty who radiated joy and contentment and realized that special radiance is within us all, regardless of our environment. That epiphany drove her to explore her own inner dimensions more fully and, in the process, she awakened her gifts in the healing arts.
Bonnie spent 15 years as a professional in the medical system before following a more profound path into broader perspectives of health and healing. Her first deep dive into meditation was in northern India 20 years ago, and her curiosity about how people heal has not diminished.
After 30 years of training with numerous world-class teachers, she continues to share her integral approach through private healing sessions, workshops and life coaching for health and wellness. .
With a brain for science and a heart for healing, Bonnie offers a compassionate bridge between the perceived polarities of our lives; science and spirit, our inner and outer worlds, the medical and metaphysical models, our head and our heart.
At Yoga Public, Bonnie offers mindfulness and meditation classes to help students experience more joy and a new depth of peace, balance and meaning in their lives. She says many people think it is a complicated journey but it is really quite simple - as simple as breathing.
Bonnie continues to travel the world with her camera and enjoys a good belly laugh as often as possible.
Shivaun Berg | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
Originally from Saskatchewan, it was while living in North Carolina that Shivaun first ventured into an Ashtanga Vinyasa class. Drawn to the logic and discipline of the Ashtanga series, she kept going back seeing yoga as a path towards health and balance. Teaching eventually emerged as a natural next step as the challenges she faced in her daily practice provided insight and patience to guide others.
Shivaun's initial career began in Human Resources where she worked for 10 years before pursuing her side interests in art and literature leading to a Master's degree in Liberal Studies. After moving to Winnipeg she became a student of Jonathan Austman at the Winnipeg Yoga Shala. Her evolving practice magnified the role of yoga in her life motivating her to enroll in teacher training. Since completing her training in 2008, Shivaun continues to study yoga, in 2012 completing a 200-hour Teacher Intensive with Richard Freeman in Boulder, Colorado, further developing her teaching skills and immersion into yoga science and philosophy.
In her teaching, Shivaun emphasizes breath and awareness, encouraging students to cultivate these qualities in their practice. She enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities including active older adults, children and pregnant women, deepening her faith in the accessibility and adaptability of the Ashtanga system. The strength of her instruction is rooted in the discipline of her personal practice and in the lineage of her teachers, particularly Jonathan Austman, to whom she is sincerely grateful.
Jaclyn Volk | email@example.com
Neurologic Music Therapist/Live Music Flow Muscian
Having an ear for music from a very early age Jaclyn's family has always joked that she could sing before she could speak. Her parents noticed her creative interests and enrolled her in dancing at the age of three, and piano at the age of four, studying from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Dancing and music have always been her passions in life, believing that the two create an inseparable whole.
Having a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from University of North Dakota, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Jaclyn has studied all over the US including in Hawaii. Trained as a Neurologic Music Therapist, she has lent her talents to those dealing with neurologic disorders, as well as being a child counselor for a shelter that takes in women and children who have left abusive relationships.
For Jacyln music is a way of life; to her it's a way to connect with others and express oneself when words are not possible. As she lends her voice and musical brilliance to Yoga Public her music provides an emotional connection promoting the release of life's daily stresses as students learn to flow through their poses.
Jaclyn looks forward to traveling back to Hawaii someday, but until then she enjoys the practice of yoga, cooking and taking Nila, her Siberian Husky-Golden Retreiver cross, for long walks and play dates at the park. Loving to curl up on her couch and write songs her big goal for the future is to record a couple of albums and write singable children's books.
Regan Stiles | firstname.lastname@example.org
Regan first found herself inside a yoga studio as another way to spend more time with her mom. Taking to the practice quickly and being drawn to the strength and principles of yoga she found herself training in India within a year of first starting. There she uncovered the magic of the tradition, as well as the devotion to, and understanding of, the still small voice that has "all the answers." Loving it so much she headed back to India a couple more times over the following year and a half.
While in India she received her training in Moksha and advanced training in Sivananda. She has studied and completed workshops all over the world getting trained in inversions, Acro-yoga, pranayama and Bhakti; trying all the "weird and wonderful," nurturing all that felt good. Recently, she also began her Anusara training, which follows the lineage of the Tantric style of yoga.
Regan's favourite form of yoga to both practice and teach is the Flow/Vinyasa style that encourages the blending of movement and breath. To her this is what yoga is essentially teaching everybody; uniting the body with one's thoughts and presence.
Her best advice to students comes from something her father told her before a race at a picnic when she was young, "Just look at the finish line. Don't take your eyes off of it, don't worry what everyone else is doing, and try your best. You'll do great."
Racha Adamek | email@example.com
Since 1998, Racha has practiced and studied yoga.
Her first teacher training was in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2005 with David Swenson, followed by the Moksha Series and Jonathan Austman's Ashtanga training in 2006. She was certified as an Ayurveda Counsellor, with the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, in 2009.
Racha has traveled to various studios and conferences to attend workshops in the disciplines of Yin, Restorative, Purna, Jivamukti, Para, Maya, Restorative and Yoga Therapy.
Racha's teaching is a reflection of not only her yoga experiences but life experiences as well. With a focus on breath, her classes are comprised of asanas that strengthen, open and restore the body, and meditation to calm and relieve the mind. Attention is given to cultivating self-awareness in each pose, which can then flow off the mat and into the day.
Besides Jonathan and David, Racha credits Nicki Doane, Aadil Palkhivala, TKV Desikachar, Bryan Kest, Paul Grilley, John Scott and Rod Stryker as most influential.
Racha can be found, most days, working in her store, Five Two Boutique. She loves to travel and her favourite place to be is in front of the fireplace, nestled between her husband and son, books in hand and dogs at her feet.
While on a walkabout though Central America in 2007, Savannah Joy discovered yoga on the beaches of Nicaragua and completed her Sivananda 200 hour yoga teacher training shortly thereafter in the Bahamas. Savannah brings the wisdom and benefits of a classical yoga practice in a way that is easy to understand and fitting for the western body and mind. She uses her teachings as a tool to change the athletic body: increasing flexibility and range of motion, preventing injury and bringing a more relaxed state of mind to deal with the pressures faced by professional athletes.
Savannah is a certified Yoga and JOGA instructor who uses a balance of her classical yoga and JOGA trainings to create positive change in every body. Her adventurous spirit has led her around the world, having lived and traveled in Asia, the Caribbean and Central America. Now she has returned to her hometown of Winnipeg to share her teachings of living a more fulfilled and balanced life.
Darlene Sveinson has been part of the Winnipeg yoga community since 2001. She has completed 500 certification hours in Yoga Teacher Training through the Yoga Centre Winnipeg and is currently completing another 200 hour Vinyasa Instructor's Teacher Training. Darlene's experience with the yoga styles of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow results in a teaching practice that fuses fluid posture transition with the intelligence of alignment, breath and mindfulness instruction.
Darlene currently leads Yoga Flow classes and facilitates a 40 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training program at the Yoga Centre Winnipeg. She instructs for IceFlex Yoga at the MTS IcePlex, providing yoga mobility training for hockey players and teams from pro to bantam levels. In addition to teaching yoga, Darlene acts as the Health and Wellness Coordinator, Trainer and Yoga Instructor for the Balmoral Hall Blazers Hockey Program. She also teaches Elementary Physical Education at Balmoral Hall School and volunteers as fitness leader/yoga instructor for Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Teams.
Kaitlyn joined Yoga Public in 2012, seeking a challenging new workout. She liked that the studio offered yoga as well as TRX. As she began to attend TRX classes regularly she realized TRX offers a great total body workout centering on your core and relying on your body weight. Kaitlyn fell in love with the versatility and flexibility of the method.
She received her TRX instructor certification shortly thereafter in Saskatoon. Her passion for fitness contributes to fun and challenging classes full of encouragement for students to reach their full potential.
Kaitlyn is a full time Business Administration student at Red River Community College and plans to pursue a degree following her diploma. In the near future, she intends to obtain yoga certification along with the can fit pro certification as well. When Kaitlyn is not busy working out she loves spending time with friends and family.
Nadia began practicing meditation at a young age and joined a meditation school in her early 20s. She enjoys attending meditation workshops and retreats that are focused on the exploration of human consciousness and self-awareness. She teaches a Children's Meditation and Yoga program for ages 4-11. Yoga became a natural progression as it opened up new pathways for the pursuit of self-exploration and well-being.
Nadia has coached gymnastics and cheerleading for 15 years. She is NCCP certified in gymnastics for levels 1, 2 and 3 (theory, technical and practical) as well certified in cheerleading for levels 1-5 (stunt, tumble, toss). She currently coaches the Blue Bomber Cheer Team. She is certified by the International All Star Federation as a Credentialing Instructor and is the Vice President of the Manitoba Cheer Federation, the governing body for cheerleading in Manitoba.
Nadia obtained a Microbiology degree from the University of Manitoba and currently works as the Support Services Lead for the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence, a branch of the Public Health Agency of Canada. She trained and certified through the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Incident Command System training and Emergency Operations Centre training at the National Microbiology Lab.