Our teachers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the highest quality of teaching. They have devoted their lives and careers to sharing the benefits of Yoga and Meditation, and embody PranaShanti’s own spirit of continuous education.
Anne Wanda Tessier is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher and trainer. Anne took a leave from her busy routine and set out to complete her RYT 200 hatha yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia in 2013. At the time, she was finding it tough to balance a healthy lifestyle, work, while also maintaining her yoga practice. She wanted to fully understand the benefits of regular yoga on the body, mind and spirit, and came back restored and ready to share her knowledge with others. She completed several trainings focusing primarily on restorative, yin, pranayama, and meridian yoga. She received her RYT- 500 Certification from PranaShanti Yoga center in 2018.
Life’s daily routines can be overwhelming, and Anne finds that yoga can help find balance, restore the body and find calm in our day to day life. Anne has studied with Judith Hanson Lasater has also assisted Judith in her in several trainings. Anne is a certified Relax and Renew ® Restorative Yoga Trainer and offers individual and group classes.
In her classes, Anne’s calm and confident voice guides you through a practice that is suitable for beginners and advanced, offering various options throughout the class. Focusing on accessibility, breathing techniques and offering options for all students, Anne’s aim is to make it a safe and welcoming environment where students are comfortable, supported and safe throughout the class. She enjoys teaching classes based on themes that relate to daily life and enjoys sharing her knowledge of how yoga can help promote health and overall wellbeing.
When she is not teaching yoga, Anne enjoys traveling and hosting yoga retreats in Canada and abroad and she is also enjoys making art.
Yoga has taught Ashley to get out of her head and into her heart. It has pushed her to step outside of her comfort zone, to trust her gut and to tune in rather than out. It has given Ashley the opportunity to move freely and with intention, tapping into an inner strength she never knew she had.
Ashley is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 and a Personal Training Specialist. Ashley’s aim as a teacher is to provide a space where each student can find what they need out of their own practice.
She teaches a strong practice, often to music, that will push you outside of your comfort zone while offering you moments to soften and release whatever is keeping you from being the best version of yourself.
Trained in Holistic Hatha Yoga. Brian is a certified RYT 200 registered teacher with additional certifications in Meditation and Yin Yoga. Being a strong supporter to many Yoga traditions, makes his style welcoming to practitioners of all levels. Brian moves slowly and powerfully to offer you the deepest and most truly meditative experience.
His calming nature and humorously fun personality will have you feeling as though you are practicing with an old friend. His favourite yoga poses are always changing so don’t try to keep track.
His passion as a yoga instructor is to help you enjoy every second of your yoga practice …to that deepest degree.
For Bruce, yoga began as a physical practice to help balance out the aches, pains and stiffness of years of long-distance running and other impact sports. Since starting yoga in his early 40’s, Bruce has come to know the value of practice on, and off, the mat and considers his relationship with yoga as a long and valued friendship. This friendship cares, challenges and comforts, is a place of safety and sanctuary, holds space in struggles, gives joy in its being, brings both change and constancy and has been a solid foundation through many Life “moments”.
Bruce has explored various Hatha styles, including Astanga, Baptiste Power, Vinyasa and Yin, as well as a practice of yoga through service. In meditation, his practice is Vipassana. Beyond 200 hour core teacher training, he has trained further in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is a part of the 300 hour cohort at PranaShanti. His background in high-stress occupations, and in Biology and Academic Healthcare inform his approach to yoga and meditation.
In teaching, Bruce substitutes various styles at PranaShanti, and teaches in other locations. This has included leading yoga and meditation for offenders involved with the criminal justice system, and with adults living with developmental challenges.
Bruce believes that there is something in yoga for everyone, and brings his particular wisdom and wit to asana, pranayam and meditation. This winter, his practice will, once again, include immersion outdoor, as he embraces snowga and ice-anas.
In peace and kindness.
Carole is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor who has received her training through the Oasis Institute, Centre for Mindfulness (CFM), University of Massachusetts Medical School. This qualification includes trainings with Saki Santorelli (Executive Director, CFM), Florence Meleo-Meyer (Director, Oasis Institute) and other MBSR first generation teachers.
In addition to her MBSR training, Carole has over 20 years of meditation experience as a Buddhist practitioner. She has completed several 4-month and shorter silent meditation retreats.
Carole Graduated magna cum laude in psychology at the University of Ottawa and continued her studies within the research stream at the Master and Doctoral level studying the effects of the MBSR protocol on brain structure and function. Subsequently, Carole transitioned into the Master of Arts degree in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University.
Carole’s belief is that when one is met with genuine empathy, respect and support, the human spirit can thrive in the face of adversity and challenging life events. Indeed adversity might even be understood and reframed as an opportunity for tremendous inner and outer growth. The underlying constant in her gentle and joyful therapeutic and teaching approaches is her unwavering presence with clients and students alike as they work together to foster the necessary attitudes, perceptions and conditions for well-being, happiness and deep inner peace.
Carrie Ishwara was first intrigued by yoga at age 7 when she saw her Mom practicing Lion’s Breath from Kareen Zibroff’s book: The ABC of Yoga. Her yoga and meditation journey blossomed after reading Autobiography of a Yogi, which led to studying Sivananda Vedanta yoga, BKS Iyengar yoga and Theravada meditation which she taught at the Willpower Institute.
Carrie is a Shinpiden reiki master in the Usui Ryoho lineage and a college instructor of Indigenous social work. She is passionate about elevating the healing and consciousness-raising potential that lies at the intersection between research and lived experience in cultural and spiritual practices.
In 2012 Carrie discovered Kundalini Yoga and has been honoured to study with accomplished trainers in Devinder Kaur’s Level 1 and 2 teacher training. She has been sub-teaching at Prana Shanti since March 2019.
“Kundalini yoga, mantra and meditation excel as a concise guide for the self to reach out to the far-flung fragments of its being and piece them back together in a way that no other modality (I’ve tried) is able to achieve. The result is so much more than you, it is you – connected.”
Cat Doyle loves connecting with people and helping them to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. She has fused this knowledge with her own experience and has an interest in all health, healing and wellness modalities. A yoga teacher since 2011, Cat teaches classes, hosts retreats, leads teacher training and continues her own learning.
Cat is E-RYT 500 registered and has studied with many gifted teachers including Bernie Clark (Yin), Seane Corn (Vinyasa), Maria Garre (Ayurveda), Anodea Judith (Chakra) and Abrah Arneson (Reiki and Herbal Medicine). Her background is in science — she holds a BSc. in biology and psychology. Often anatomy and functional movement are incorporated into her classes. Cat offers clear, straightforward instructions with a dose of insight and playfulness.
In addition to yoga and wellness, Cat is enthusiastic about travelling — she’s been to over 35 countries, essential oils, reading, scuba diving and snowshoeing. She has two adorable ginger cats, Poppy and Wilfrid. Cat loves the magic of the yoga community and looks forward to connecting with you!
Chantal is a Yoga Alliance-certified 500 hour therapeutic yoga teacher who understands yoga as a practice in awareness of and acceptance of our selves.
She offers nourishing, trauma-informed classes that invite students to cultivate self-compassion while releasing tension and balancing the nervous system. Her systems-based teachings draw on elements of several yoga lineages learned from practice and from over 900 hours of teacher trainings around the world, as well as on principles of ecopsychology (fostering a connection to the earth), and have a strong focus on nurturing the nervous system.
Chantal has led Yoga for Sleep, Restorative and Reiki, and Yoga Nidra workshops and supported students in healing from PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, and sciatica in Canada and internationally. She has taught in hospital, school, home and studio settings as well as virtually and in person.
Chantal has also written for Yoga International, Elephant Journal, and other publications about how to apply tools and bring lessons learned through yoga into practice in everyday life.
We all come to the mat for different reasons. No matter what yours is, ‘balance’ is at the heart of everything we do. We often forget to let go of that which we no longer need in life or in the moment, and this can create an imbalance that impacts us on many levels.
Jane’s classes focus on achieving balance by cultivating a mindful awareness of your body, mind, and spirit in the present moment to help bring you closer to a state that is essential for healing and growth. Jane will encourage you to practice these skills in every class as you move through themed sequences. She usually closes class with a poem or reading as ‘food for thought’ to integrate into your grounded state to end savasana.
Jane is a retired high school visual arts teacher and arts consultant. She completed the 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at PranaShanti and has been teaching there since 2013. She has studied Yin yoga with Joe Barnett; anatomy classes with Ray Long; Jill Miller’s 70 hour Yoga Tune Up®; Restorative yoga with Sudha Lundeen; and Alignment-based Yoga for Holistic Health with Barrie Risman. She has also studied with Sadie Nardini and Todd Norian among others. Jane is also certified as a .b Mindfulness trainer for teenagers.
Life Is A Balance Between Holding On And Letting Go ~Rumi
With reverence, Kathleen honours the ancient tradition of Yoga as a lifelong learner. Her passion for sharing Yoga comes from a decade of direct experience and dedicated study. Kathleen’s approach is trauma-informed and focused on building collective resilience. As a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), her work is inspired by a number of teachers, including: Hala Khouri, Dr. Richard Miller, Amy Weintraub, Maria Mendola, Joseph Le Page, Indu Arora, and Brian James in the Krishnamacharya-Desikachar lineage.
Kathleen’s presence is calming yet uplifting. Through the language of invitation and inquiry, she holds supportive space for people to make clear choices and discover what is needed now. In this atmosphere of allowing, everything is truly optional.
The exploration is slow and steady to promote a felt sense of being grounded and centered. Her offerings are designed to build inner resource and nervous system capacity. This empowers you to navigate life with more ease – even in times of great challenge. Sessions weave together a variety of practical tools, including the self-generated medicine of mudra (Sanskrit, meaning to draw forth a state of delight).
The foundation for her teaching is rooted in compassion and curiosity. Kathleen firmly believes in practice that is inclusive and adaptive – everyone is warmly welcomed. Her overall intent is to make Yoga more accessible while planting seeds for collective liberation and joy!
Kethy (she/her) is a Cameroonian – Canadian 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with a background in ashtanga and vinyasa hatha yoga. She teaches Slow Yoga Flows that are accessible to Beginners.
The yoga practice she leads is meant to be taken at one’s own pace, letting go of expectations and meeting the body and the mind in the present. Mindful movements — strengthening and stretching muscles — while focusing on the rhythm of the breath. Participants are invited to be kind and gentle to themselves.
To breath, move, modify and rest. Go hard. Go slow. Do you. The journey is all yours. Enjoy!
Kim is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and visual artist with a strong desire to unleash the creativity within her students. Believing that yoga and art are intrinsically linked, Kim crafts creative sequences that are both nourishing and challenging, through which she encourages students to travel inward and find their personal flow state.
Kim’s use of heartfelt language and humour, allows students of all walks an opportunity for deeper self reflection, and reintroduces a sense of play in each of her classes. Motivated to embolden students to trust in their own power, Kim serves her classes with compassion, and familiar kindness.
Following her training at PranaShanti Yoga Centre, Kim continues to attend workshops and trainings, including Advanced Anatomy, Teacher with Therapy Balls and Advanced Yin.
Roll out your mat in Kim’s class to roll into a deliberate and reflective experience.
Laura is a warm and welcoming 200 hour experienced yoga teacher. Although her sequences combine functional movements, traditional hatha postures and movements borrowed from other modalities, she is a firm believer that yoga is for every BODY and will ensure that all bodies feel respected and welcomed in her classes. Students can expect to flow slowly, with intention and move in both traditional and novel ways. Laura’s personal yoga is equal parts Yang and Yin; a strong physical practice accompanied by a deep reverence for meditation and mindfulness.
This can be felt in her classes as she strives to honour the true essence of Yoga by integrating breathwork, mindfulness and meditation into her sequences. Laura believes that to be a good teacher you must also be a perpetual student. With this in mind she is committed to frequently pursuing opportunities that further her yoga education: Advanced Vinyasa Sequencing, Yin Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Detour Method, Honouring Yoga’s Roots, Advanced Anatomy, Biomechanics for Yoga just to name a few.
Laura strives to deliver creative sequences where students feel equally challenged but present with their own experience. You’ll leave her classes with a deeper appreciation for mind, body and soul connection.
Laurie was one of those who was unwillingly dragged to a class back in 1988, and Anne Pitman was her first teacher. She loved yoga from the start, though the journey to embracing the practice fully was bumpy, to say the least. Over time, yoga has become one of the most potent tools to help her navigate through life. Some of the things she loves most about yoga is that there is no end point and that the “perfect” asana is the one you can do with how your body feels at the time. It doesn’t have to look good to feel right.
Under the guidance of many skilled teachers and following her own unending curiosity, Laurie’s practice continues to unfold and evolve. She started to teach almost as soon as she returned from completing her first 200 hour teacher training at the Kripalu Yoga Centre, in 2005.
Yoga opens doors and pathways for awareness, expression and acceptance. Laurie’s mission is to help others see that who they are and what they feel is valid and beautiful in all its complexity. Being perfectly imperfect is perfect enough.
María embraces her yogic lifestyle every single day with an open and positive state of mind. She embarked onto the path of Yoga practice while searching for alternatives for herself. As a person originating from a tropical country, she fell in love with the hot rooms and the various yoga styles such as Hot Flow, Power, Kundalini, Yin and Bikram Yoga. Throughout her 18 year yoga journey she has arrived at the realization that each and every style of yoga ultimately leads us to a deep connection with our true self in order to live a harmonious, balanced and nourished life.
María has also been a passionate Latin dancer which is a part of her cultural background. This led her to get involved in the world of dance fitness and its use of multicultural rhythms and styles, all of which she blends seamlessly into her Yoga dance classes.
María’s teaching approach integrates her experience and knowledge from the vast spectrum of alternatives to use the full potential of positive thinking, asanas, visualization, mindful awareness, breathing techniques, sound healing, guided relaxation, quantum healing, chanting, meditation and more, all in order to help and support her students and clients in the accomplishments of their individual goals and achievement of personal well-being.
María is a certified KRI Level 1, 220 Hrs Hatha Yoga, Radiant Child Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Sound Healing Level I, Quantum Healing Level 1, 2 & 3, Thai Body Yoga Massage, on going training in KRI Level 2 certification, Zen course level 1 & 2.
She has attended many workshops and courses with well-known international trainers like Dharma Mittra, Anodea Judith, Ana Forrest, Blake Martin, Maria Garre, Jaime Farfan, Amrita Choudhury , Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Devinder Kaur, Satya Brat, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa Susanne Powell, and others.
She continues to expand her knowledge with a great deal of self study and by exploring different types of physical, emotional and spiritual expressions in her continuing education each year.
Melissa has been practicing yoga since 2004 and fell in love with it immediately. Constantly amazed at all the benefits yoga has to offer, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, her passion for yoga led her to wanting to share it with others.
One of the things Melissa loves about Yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere, anytime and by anyone. Many of us feel that we can’t, aren’t able, haven’t…., etc. But Yoga is not about flexibility or getting into that funky pose. It’s about being in the moment and using our breath to create balance and awareness in ourselves.
Melissa is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 & Continuing Education Provider and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
With her diverse trainings, she teaches many styles of yoga including Hatha (all-levels), Flow, Yoga & Mobility, Yin, Restorative, and Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga. She also offers workshops such as Partner Yoga, Mother’s Day Yoga and her own Bliss Yoga! She specializes in pelvic floor health, proper breathing and postural alignment as well as prenatal and postnatal women, including postpartum recovery.
Melissa teaches with compassion and humour and offers a supportive and welcoming environment for all students and clients. She offers modifications for all levels and abilities and loves when someone finds that ah-ha moment! With breath centered awareness, she encourages people to find their balance between effort and ease, doing and doing nothing.
Her classes reflect her warm and playful spirit!
Om Sri Hanumate Namaha
Anjaneya, Michael Hutkins teaches traditional Hatha Yoga and meditation classes to students of all ages and abilities. With his foundation of classical Hatha Yoga, classes incorporate Pranayama (Breathing exercises), Sun Salutations or other warm ups, Asanas (Steady postures) and a deep guided relaxation. He adds gentleness, challenges and humour, to help students along their path. Classes can be made accessible to all students.
Michael has done most of his studies living in Sivananda Ashrams. After his initial training he later completed the advanced yoga teacher training course, as well as the Sadhana Intensive Course which is focussed on Pranayama. Michael also teaches trainings for yoga teachers to further their own development, as well as Hatha Yoga and philosophy lectures in 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher trainings. Michael has the 500hr RYT accreditation with the Yoga Alliance.
Along with his family, Michael spends over one month each year living in an ashram, studying and teaching. Michael sums up the whole practice in six words: Breathe in slowly, Breathe out slowly.
Miriam has been practicing yoga since she was a little girl. It has since become an integral part of her life. Yoga allows her to stay rooted to the earth and present in her mind.
She completed her 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto in 2017. She became an Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga teacher. At the same time, Miriam completed her Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Soon to be a registered Kinesiologist, she often dives into her vast understanding of human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to sequence her classes. Having completed her FMS Level 1 certification, Miriam’s classes incorporated Functional Movement in every posture.
Her classes focus on building mobility, stability and strength to allow everyone to take their yoga practice off the mat into their daily movements.
Miriam is currently enrolled in PranaShanti’s 300 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training where she is always eager to gain knowledge and learn new tools to deepen her personal practice as well as her teachings. Find Miriam with a book in hand, a yoga mat strapped to her back and a smile on her face!
Monique values her yoga practice as an ongoing journey of becoming more self-aware and lighthearted. Over 25 years of practice, she has come to deeply appreciate the choices she has to live with integrity, to be of service in society, and to live as part of, and not separate from, Nature.
As a yoga teacher, Monique offers a space to pause, digest, and integrate. Feeling our body experience is prioritised over thinking about our body experience. Monique’s classes are breath-filled, grounding, and calming. She offers a space where students feel safe to be themselves and enjoy their practice.
Monique is passionate about finding ways to bring her Buddhism and yoga studies and practice into her engagement with conflict transformation work in all its many forms. She enjoys giving workshops where practitioners can explore their self-awareness and other skills to strengthen their services and teachings.
Monique is an E-200 RYT and YACEP Registered Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has assisted and co-taught in four 200-hour RYT trainings. Monique has studied with many teachers over the past 10 years, focusing on Trauma-Sensitive and Trauma-Informed approaches as well as Yin, Restorative, Hatha, and Meditation. She is currently concentrating on her 800-hour Yoga Therapy IAYT-certification. In 2021, Monique will complete her 300-hour RYT certification with PranaShanti.
Pam’s passion is to teach yoga with a balance of strengthening, stretching, and connecting with yourself. Linking each movement with breath, Pam transforms your practice to movement meditation. While maintaining that the breath is the only required pose, she focuses on anatomy and sequences her classes to a peak pose, allowing for a safe yet challenging progression in your personal practice. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200), has taught over 2000 hours of classes, and is certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Meditation, as well as specializing in other styles.
Pam is also a Reiki Master and Teacher, and the founder of Star Reiki. The three main principles of Star Reiki are Intention, Love (Energy), and Grounding, simplifying this powerful healing modality. She receives messages from Oneness from a sense of knowing, images, feelings, mediumship, and into to the psychic realms. Often discovering and healing the root cause of current ailments, deep releases and healing may be experienced into the present and future. While no two sessions can ever be the same, she taps into Oneness and always asks for the highest good for you!
She offers private Reiki sessions and certification courses and gives workshops combining Star Reiki and Yoga at PranaShanti.
Pam is grateful to be a loving wife and mother of two boys, and holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business. After working in high-tech for 8 years and transitioning to be a stay-at-home Mom for 6 years, she enjoys her third career and true purpose, teaching yoga and Star Reiki full-time since 2014, as these powerful modalities have saved and guided her. As well as providing healing to all, her passion is to teach and share her knowledge, so we can all learn how to heal ourselves! Pam is honoured and grateful to continually further her studies with teachers in the Ottawa area and beyond, learning daily from her students!
Paula completed her first 500 hour teacher training in 2008 with Modo Yoga. She has gone on to complete the Modo Yoga level 2, as well as her Level 1 and 2 power yoga training with Baron Baptiste. She draws her influences from a mix of yoga styles and movement modalities, and most recently completed her Functional Range Systems with Dr. Spina. Paula teaches an athletic style, weaving in strength work, mobility work and breathwork into her asana practices. Paula is a 500 hour registered Yoga Alliance teacher.
Philippe, an E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher, has been teaching in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since 2012. He has logged in over 9000 hours of teaching Power, Flow, Yin, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy. On top of taking various trainings such as trauma sensitivity, advanced Pranayama, advanced anatomy, Yoga therapeutics, Yoga Core Tune-up, and Vipassana, Philippe’s daily studies and practice include the Yoga Sutras, an intense movement regiment, meditation and mantra.
His philosophy is simple; be aware of what is actually happening, accept it and move forward intelligently. This process required discipline, focus, the ability for self-honesty and the courage to follow one’s intrinsic values.
Philippe’s classes will challenge you to do your best while giving lots of options for all levels of practice. Expect some core strengthening and maybe a few optional arm balances or inversions.
Sarah is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) who is passionate about movement and athletic disciplines. She had been competing at national level in point sparring karate and had to stop everything when she incurred her traumatic brain injury. Yoga and meditation helped her to transform her life and enabled her recovery. She believes in continuous education has taken additional training in advanced anatomy and advanced power training.
Her approach is to create space for her students to explore their relationship with themselves on the physical, mental and spiritual level; as a balanced method to enable continuous growth of our ever-evolving best selves.
She challenges her students to meet their physical edge with friendliness and compassion, and invites her students to practice listening to their bodies and their breath.
Solange is a bilingual teacher and student of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She teaches traditional Sivananda Hatha (200 hours), Vinyasa flow (200 hours), Yin(30hours), Pre-postnatal and children’s yoga amongst other practices.
She has been teaching for over 4 years, practicing for 6 and she describes all the various yoga practices (postures, breathwork, meditation and positive thinking) as a medicine for the mind and body, which literally changed and saved her life!
She loves offering a safe and inclusive space for individuals. Allowing them to BE in the present moment and live their practice on and off the mat whatever that looks for them.
Solange found the practice of yoga in her early 20s kind by accident, escaping the Canadian winter and leaving a toxic long-term relationship behind, she left to a yoga centre which happened to be in an ashram! This is where her spiritual healing journey truly began. She stayed a total of 4 months and since then, she shares her love for this way of living with others through yoga, meditation, awareness and mindfulness!
Prior to being a teacher of yoga, Solange was a mental health and drug addictions counsellor working in various homeless shelters and detox centres in Ottawa/Gatineau.
Living with her own addiction issues at the time she left that field, onto her healing journey, which led her to where she is today! In her classes, you can find a well-rounded balance of spirituality, physicality and everything in between!
Born in India, Sonia considers herself to be a lifelong student of Yoga and Ayurveda. She finalized her 200-hour yoga training from The Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). Introduced to yogis and swamis at a young age, she developed a deep interest in Yoga, Ayurvedic sciences and eastern philosophy to help her face different challenges in her life. Sonia continues to expand her knowledge in well-being and recently obtained her 100-hour Ayurveda Chef training and is currently studying as a 300 Hour Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant.
Sonia has a diverse background in the Federal public Service. She brings with her twenty-eight plus years experience in the accounting and finance field, while being recognized as a workplace wellness champion. She has been a leader in introducing office yoga, mindfulness, meditation, holistic health and diets, and all types of wellness topics in and outside the workplace.
As a graduate from a leadership program in the federal government, she has a natural ability to help others understand the holistic links of well-being and organizational performance in the workplace. While continuing with her full-time career in the government, Sonia has been offering yoga classes and Ayurveda workshops, since 2016 at PranaShanti. Sat Naam.
When it comes to yoga, Stéphane is all about balance. He strives for a “just right” combination of Yin and Yang when teaching yoga—a balance that shifts depending on the energy present in the room. He brings a strong, unhurried presence, a solid foundational teaching style and his sense of humour to every class, making for a well-framed and accepting environment for students.
As a teacher, Stéphane prefers to place the accent on fundamentals: a solid connection to the earth, alignment that considers the uniqueness of our bodies, and relaxed breathing. He provides clear, direct instruction and offers many variations for each asana.
Stéphane is grateful to have been taught by highly skilled teachers in many styles, including Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashaya Yoga, Forrest Yoga and Yin Yoga. The result of learning from so many different styles is an understanding that each student needs to be approached differently, and that in yoga, one size does not fit all.
One of Stéphane’s favourite quotes comes from Sting and deals with the futile attempt at attaining perfection, which he feels applies to every yogi: “The search for perfection is all very well, but to look for Heaven is to live here in Hell”
Stephanie’s love affair with yoga began in the fall of 2004 when she attended a Hatha yoga class given at her local community centre. Following this newfound passion, she went on to explore Bikram, Hot, Power, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga.
She is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, an E-RYT 200/RYT 500 and YACEP Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has been teaching in Ottawa since 2008. She blends yoga asanas with a pinch of philosophy, a touch of humour, and a steady breath.
As a full-time yoga teacher, Stephanie delves into a variety of styles, covering the spectrum from Yin to Power, Flow to Gentle and a few adventures in between. Stephanie has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience and to date, has taken trainings and master classes with Richard Freeman, Seane Corn, Ray Long, Bryan Kest, Ana Forrest and Sadie Nardini.
She was a Teaching Assistant for PranaShanti’s Winter 2017 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program and 2018 Restorative Yoga Training. Stephanie continues to teach at the 200 and 300 hour levels of PranaShanti’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Programs and is the Program Co-ordinator for our 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
Valentina discovered Yoga through a couple of friends that invited her to practice Hatha with Juan Carlos Linares and Ximena López, two pioneers yoga teachers in Caracas (her home town), in 2002. Yoga was the perfect ally to complement her workouts, to alleviate the muscular load that involved long hours of running, triathlon and climbing.
After a couple of years practicing in Yoga Pedregal and Yogashala (Caracas), she moved to Ottawa to complete a Master Degree at Carleton University together with her academic studies, she completed a 200 hour Teacher Training program at Rama Lotus Yoga Center (2008-2009). In the summer of 2009, she went back to Venezuela to teach not only in studios and gyms, but also as an active member of “En los barrios” and “Yoga en la plaza”, two NGOs focused in reinforcing the concept of non-violence, tolerance, respect to each other and peace in low income neighborhoods, slums areas and public places.
Back to Canada in 2016, new doors were open in Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener where she shared countless hours of Power Yoga, Yin Yoga and Hatha inspired by the commitment of beautiful people eager to learn and improve their practice.
Teaching Yoga is her inspiration, her passion, the place where she finds spiritual guidance and physical strength. Is the path to interact with people by giving and receiving love and the way to express how gratitude she is for all the blessings of life