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.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Canada, Anastasiya is a 200HR RYT with a mission to bring healing through the power of Yoga and mindfulness to as many people as possible.
Specializing in Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, and Meditation, her passion is not only movement but diving deep into the ancient teachings and philosophy of yoga.
Anastasiya's classes bring a mixture of meaningful Yoga themes, powerful movement, and deep stretching to help build strength while leaving the body feeling refreshed and the mind rejuvenated.
Anathèle Zamor is a registered yoga teacher with yoga alliance international, and received her Hatha yoga 200 hours certification from PranaShanti Yoga studio in 2019. Since then, she has obtained training in Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Chair Yoga. She is also currently completing her 300 hours certification. Anathèle started a regular yoga practice in 2010, and has experienced first hand the healing power of the practice of yoga. She aims to share these benefits in her classes.
The desire to live a meaningful life brought Anna to Hatha yoga and Vajrayana Buddhism. In her studentship over the past 15 years, she’s learned that in order to follow this path it’s important to study, practice, and continually apply the teachings to our everyday life.
Anna’s practice and teachings are rooted in classical tantra. She teaches yoga that reflects this vision of reality. Tantra gives us tools to evoke as much energy and insight from our experiences as we can. Using an integrated somatic approach of body, breath, and mind, Anna offers classes that establish a strong and stable foundation in the physical body while expanding the wisdom energy of the heart.
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 and 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. She also enjoys making art.
Laura Atmadev became a student of kundalini yoga in 2013. At the time, it helped her heal from severe anxiety and find the energy (and courage) to live more fully. Her passion for yoga and meditation — and its effect of increasing wellbeing — is not only fueled by her personal experience but also her corporate job working in the mental health industry.
In 2016, she took the opportunity to dive deeper into the roots of kundalini yoga and share the teachings. She completed her KRI-certified Level 1 training studying under lead trainers Guru Dharam and Siri Sat Kaur. Since then, she has taught kundalini yoga and meditation classes at Shunnya Yoga Centre in Ottawa and Joy Yoga in London, UK in addition to high schools, colleges, healthcare settings, professional conferences, and social media channels.
She is amazed by (and often turns to) the power of kundalini yoga to improve mental health, increase vitality, and help us through life’s daily challenges. Her teaching style is empowering and rooted in creating experiences based on various class themes.
My purpose in life is to cultivate health and happiness, both in my own life and in the lives of others.
Knowing who we are, and what’s most important to us, is an essential ingredient in living a life of meaning – on purpose and with intention. The journey isn’t always easy. Often we know what we don’t want, and it can be a slow process to discover what we do want. It took me a long while… I worked for over ten years with the federal government, studied nutrition, got my certification as a Yoga Teacher in 2003, as a Life Coach in 2008, and as a Health Coach in 2012. And most recently, I became a Professional Counsellor.
Through both yoga and counselling, I love diving deep to help people find joy, intention and wellness in both their practice and their everyday lives.
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.
Cassie Connor is a trauma-informed yoga therapist (qualifying) and teacher with a passion for meeting students where they're at. She has been practicing yoga since she was 13 years old as a way of healing and tending to her mental health. She has been teaching yoga in a variety of environments such as recovery programs, social service agencies, gyms and studios since 2018.
Her classes focus on creating a comfortable, playful space in which students can explore movement, rest and breath practices which genuinely serve their personal wellbeing from moment to moment. Common themes in her classes will include mindfulness, compassion, self reflection and personal choice. Often, the teachings of yoga philosophy will be woven throughout practice so that students are empowered to take their yoga practice with them beyond the studio and into daily life.
“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion – and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
— Ram Dass
Cat 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 is looking forward to connecting with you!
For Catherine, yoga is moving meditation that offers a pathway to self-knowledge and finding balance in mind and body, strength and flexibility, ease and effort. Although yoga is a personal, individual practice, it also has a strong component of connectivity and community. Catherine believes yoga is not a rigid discipline; there is a starting point and style of yoga for everybody.
Catherine's teaching style emphasizes mindfulness, body and breath awareness, and incorporating yogic principles into the postures and practice. Her hope is that by sharing her love of yoga her students are able to breathe well, move well, and find more ease and balance in their lives, both on and off the mat.
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.
Christine's first traditional hatha yoga class, a practice based on ancient yogic teachings derived from the Sivananda Saraswati lineage was very transformational. Even though she had been practicing different styles of yoga that focused mostly on yoga postures for many years, her inner experience became much more powerful and personal when she found herself in a classical hatha yoga class that included mantra, asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation.
This experience sparked the desire to undertake the 200 hour Teacher Training Course, the 300 hour Advanced TTC, as well as the 95 hour Kids & Teens YTT with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. From 2015-2019, Christine spent many seasons with ISYVC as karma yoga staff teaching yoga classes, courses & workshops, assisting yoga teacher trainings & kids yoga camps at their ashrams & yoga centres in Vietnam, New York, India, Québec & Chicago.
Along with her enthusiasm for classical hatha yoga, Christine is a dedicated vipassana meditator who has participated in 10-day vipassana meditation courses in various parts of the world. She has also completed two mindfulness courses and guides children and teens through several mindfulness exercises to help them develop their hearts and minds. In 2017, she started practicing Iyengar Yoga at the Himalayan Iyengar Centre in Dharamshala, India where she has taken part in the 5-day courses and the 160 hour Pranic Healing Intensive Course. Additionally, she is a certified Yin Yoga teacher and is continuously inspired by how this practice helps cultivate equanimity.
Christine is a devoted practitioner who acknowledges the importance of honoring the roots of yoga and sharing this ancient practice in a balanced, inclusive and accessible way so that all humans can connect to the peace that resides within. It is through her yogic studies and personal experiences with yoga & meditation that motivates her to guide you, in the hope to make the world a more peaceful place.
Debra has been practicing yoga regularly for over 15 years. She started with prenatal yoga classes during her first pregnancy and continued to explore various styles of yoga including Hatha, power, hot, yin, tune-up, yoga nidra, meditation and kundalini.
Debra completed 200hr Hatha yoga teacher training at PranaShanti in 2018 and is a registered yoga teacher(RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She enrolled in PranaShanti’s 300hr Hatha yoga teacher training the following year. She has completed training in chair yoga, hot yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.
Debra is passionate about meditation and practices daily. It keeps her grounded and balances her busy family life with two active boys. She often incorporates meditation into her classes.
Debra believes that yoga gives her the tools to embrace any challenges that life brings. She encourages her students to be guided intuitively and explore the practice of yoga at their own pace.
Gabrielle’s love for yoga, teaching it, sharing it, learning more about it and how to live a healthy and mindful life is matched by her affinity for her students.
“Our students are the golden threads that tether us into a deeper sense of community, self-love, awareness of how connected we are to one another and gifts us with an enhanced personal yoga practice. Yoga brings us more joy, more freedom of movement and an intense knowingness of our true selves.”
Forever a student of life, this self professed lifelong learner enjoys being both the teacher and the student. Her yoga journey began in Okinawa, Japan where she taught English to the great-grandchildren of the largest group of the longest living humans on the planet. Surrounded by like minded souls and this wise aging population she learned that movement, diet and lifelong service was their secret. This led her to take her first yoga training with Doug and David Swenson (early disciples of Pattabhi Jois - the father of ashtanga yoga, which birthed vinyasa, power and flow yoga disciplines).
Yoga became Gabrielle’s go to remedy for a decade worth of snowboarding injuries and decades more of faulty breathing and posture. After her return to Canada, the birth of her daughter and formal Hatha yoga training, she began a blossoming full-time teaching career in 2011.
With training and experience in multiple yoga disciplines, functional anatomy, mobility, resistance stretching and intuitive movement, her classes are a creative mix of traditional and non-traditional movements and sequences to move the body and energies in creative ways.
Whether the seeker is looking for a good stretch or to strengthen their core or simply sit in a silent meditation, Gabrielle is ever ready to share her passion for anatomy, body mechanics and alignment and ways to connect with our inner guidance system. She teaches from the heart with compassion and a few giggle along the way. Her offerings are supportive and welcoming with an inclusive, all ages and abilities approach to every class.
“Yoga was always intended to be shared. Through sharing, our students join us on this journey and in return we become better versions of ourselves.“
Geneviève (she/her) studied nursing and took contemporary dance & gymnastics classes before venturing on her yoga journey. She loves anatomy and is a lifelong student always seeking to learn more. Genevieve studied with world renowned Shiva Rea. Since the beginning of her journey she has accumulated over 600hrs RYT.
Geneviève’s offerings are layered with breath work, intuitive movement, creative transitions and meditation. All this is served at a steady pace syncing breath and movement, as well as giving lots of options. Genevieve invites you to return and reconnect with your internal landscape & come back home to yourself
Genevieve loves being outdoors, cycling, camping, kayaking and hiking when she is not on the mat.
When guiding a class, Gitanjali integrates different aspects of yoga practice to create a balanced and harmonized practice for the spirit, mind and body. Experience Indian traditions and stories, a keen sense of alignment and a big smile in her classes. Gitanjali looks forward to sharing the joy, lightness and strength that can be found on and off the mat through yoga. A scientist by training and at heart, she likes to experiment to enable everyone to find the inner strength to empower each asana.
Gitanjali’s upbringing in India, surrounded by the scriptures, the daily chants and rituals, formed the basis of her spiritual pursuits. It is in Canada that she heard the call of her body to move and breathe consciously. She has been actively pursuing the asana practice for over the last decade. Her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in a Vinyasa based style opened the doors of her curiosity and since then she has added more than 800 hours of training in different styles including Ashtanga, Sivananda, Hatha, Restorative and Yin.
She has gone beyond Canadian national borders to teach in two additional continents and has imparted more than just the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga by sharing her knowledge of Sanskrit at teacher trainings. Even so she continues to train with renowned teachers and lineages all to strive to live yoga every day.
She invites you to join her on your mat to enjoy the exploration of the power in the pause and the space between the yin and the yang.
Imad’s teaching focuses on breath work and guided body movement working closely with the mind. His goal is to help his students develop functional movements that help them improve their everyday life. From a background of Yoga, Martial arts, and fitness, Imad is all about finding fun and creative ways to help you improve your overall health. He loves educating youth about his many experiences and methodology in the health and fitness world, hoping to leave his mark and make a positive impact.
Imad moved to Thailand in 2015 for two years Learning mixed martial arts. Following his dreams was the best decision he made in his life. He loves cooking, running, reading, and spending time with friends and family. He’s also a Big fan of Naruto and likes to watch Anime.
Imad is certified as a martial arts teacher from American Kick-boxing Academy, 200 hrs Vinyasa Ashtanga RYT, 40 hrs Yin Yoga RYT, and Canfitpro Personal Trainer
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
Originally trained as a family physician, Jason first encountered mindfulness in 2009 as a way to deal with stress more effectively. He is currently undergoing training in mindfulness-based psychotherapy through the US-based Nalanda Institute.
In 2021, he took his MBSR teacher training at the Centre for Mindfulness in Toronto. He is also a member of the Ottawa Insight Meditation community.
I discovered PranaShanti quite by accident back in 2016 while leaving an appointment that was close to our former location in Hintonburg.
I just happened to look across the street and there it was! I walked in and inquired about the Seva Program and, as they say, the rest is history! I began volunteering and got hired after about a month for part-time Reception. It's going on 5 years and I'm so grateful to be a part of this amazing place. I feel a part of a greater whole and love my job. I believe everything happens for a reason and looking back to that day I first walked through our door, I'm so glad I did!
Karen is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher with 200-hour certification and is working towards her 500-hour certification. Karen has practiced several types of yoga for many years enjoying the benefits of flexibility, muscle relaxation, and stress relief. Her meditation practice has evolved over a period of 20 years from personal self-led, to facilitator-led silent meditations, and, in the past 2 years, to a whole new level with Kundalini Yoga.
Karen's first Kundalini Yoga class at PranaShanti resonated so much on a holistic level (mind, body, and soul), leading Karen to sign up for the Kundalini Yoga teaching program at PranaShanti.
As a woman, a mother, a partner, a professional Project Manager, and a volunteer in the not-for-profit sector, Karen understands how self-awareness can greatly help navigate through life's challenges with authenticity, integrity, and with perspective. Karen's goal, as a Kundalini Yoga teacher, is to help others learn how to achieve self-awareness.
Katherine has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver, BC. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in Ontario and a Certified Yoga Therapist in the Krishnamacharya Tradition of Yoga, also known as Viniyoga.
For the last few years, she’s been slowly working on her Somatic Experiencing training to add this to her practitioner toolbox. For nearly twenty years, Katherine has worked in a variety of social services across Canada, including residential mental health treatment facilities, schools, community-based intervention programs, substance use treatment programs, community health centres, private practice, and more.
She completed her initial 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Ottawa, in 2012. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in the region ever since - in studios as well as within the local health and social services she’s connected to - alongside her work as a psychotherapist and clinical manager.
Katherine is also the Founder of Rhythms Rediscovered, a local non-profit initiative aimed at providing free trauma-informed yoga programming for people who otherwise would not have access.
Katherine is a mother, a dog-owner, a nature-lover, a writer, and is always looking for ways to deepen her own yoga practice and integrate it into her everyday life and community. She has built yoga therapy into her career because she knows its effectiveness in restoring wellness first hand.
Her goals as a therapist and teacher are to help people breathe more freely, heal, thrive, and lead wholehearted lives filled with meaning and connection.
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.
Lucie is a certified teacher in Hatha, Kundalini and Yin Yoga. She is now expanding her knowledge in the Kundalini Level 2 with the Pranashanti Yoga Centre and The Wellness Path Centre. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. She has also completed training in Yoga for Everyone with Dianne Bondy.
Lucie discovered yoga in the mid 90’s and has been practicing several disciplines of yoga since then. With the years, Kundalini yoga became her regular practice. She has learned to play the singing bowls and enjoys using them during Shavasana or Corpse Pose.
Lucie’s approach on yoga is simple: you do it because it makes you feel good, keeps you healthy and makes you feel happy.
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, ongoing 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.
Maria is a 200hr PranaShanti trained Hatha Yoga Teacher.
After teaching 3 to 4 fitness class a day on a regular basis, Maria was in search of a means to help balance out her very high energy day. Yoga answered the call and since then has been a part of her everyday life for the last 9 years.
She wanted to fully understand the benefits of regular yoga on the body, mind and spirit so she acquired her Teacher Training in the summer of 2020 through PranaShanti and has not looked back since.
Combining her knowledge and training of fitness with yoga allows for a unique understanding of how the body works. She uses humor, compassion and empathy with her students to help bring a comfort level and ease to the class.
Maria’s happiest places are anything to do with water, sailing is her latest endeavor, and live music!
If you don't see her teaching then she is probably at the Front Desk waiting to help you with anything you may need.
Megan, E-RYT 500, is a highly respected yoga teacher and spiritual leader who has been guiding classes, trainings, and workshops for over fifteen years. She teaches Kundalini, vinyasa, yin, and hatha yoga with extensive embodied training in all styles.
Over the years Megan has transformed the lives of women around the world as a philanthropist who has raised over $350,000 for organizations that support women and girls locally and abroad through yoga initiatives and service trips.
Megan is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, credited as an Agent of Peace from Nippissing University, and named an Amazing Person by CTV. She is also the host of ‘Megan Campbell’s Yoga for Women’. Currently, she is completing her BA in Psychology with the hopes of adding psychotherapy to her ability to support others in their healing journey
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.
Training at several Sivananda ashrams in Canada, USA and India has allowed Michael to live with his teachers and be fully immersed in the yoga experience. His training covers a wide scope of yoga, from philosophy and Bhagavad Gita courses to chanting and devotion ceremonies to the physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. As well as enjoying family life, Michael is now studying to become a yoga therapist.
Mona is committed to helping people find comfort and ease within themselves. She spent a good part of her career as a college and university counsellor helping students with various personal, career and academic struggles. At the same time, she started to engage in a yoga practice to stay fit and found it to be beneficial in many other ways: connecting back to her body, finding calm, presence, and peace of mind. This led her to pursue a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in 2014 with Caroline Elson and Donna Davis. Since then, she has continued her personal practice, started teaching and read many books on the topic while pursuing a variety of other trainings on topics such as chakras, pranayama, meditation, yoga Nidra, restorative yoga, Ayurveda, trauma, the subtle body, chair yoga, and she is currently completing an additional 300-hour YTT at Pranashanti.
Mona believes that the yoga mat offers an opportunity to find a state of well-being by cultivating presence and connection to mind, body, breath, and spiritual self and by moving the body into various postures while accepting and respecting our boundaries and needs. It is with that goal in mind that Mona will guide you through her classes hoping to shine the light into the treasure of all that you already are.
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 RYT 500, E-RYT200, YACEP registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has assisted and co-taught in four 200-hour yoga teacher trainings programs. 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. Monique is has completed her Yoga Therapy studies and is currently completing her practicum for her C-IAYT.
Monique’s somatic teaching practice has evolved out of yoga therapy somatic and embodied anatomy training, as well as through her studies in somatic experiencing. Monique is currently studying with teachers in Canada and Europe toward certification to work with people one-one as a somatic coach.
Nathalie or Nathie is a conservationist and Singer/Artist and draws inspiration from nature to create deeper rooted levels of awareness and self love.
Certified RYT200 HR with the Maui Yoga and Dance Shala, she was trained by Nadia Toraman (Founder), Jennifer Bonadio (philosopher and yoga/life mentor) and Shakta (philosopher and Teacher) and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
She loves travelling, teaching in different parts of the world, and using her growth to help others in their journey through yoga practice.
Nathie enjoys the analogy of the Ocean. We can experience storms, calm days, see various skies, our tides change, we are transforming in every moment, not a single wave is the same.
Nathie holds space for students to foster self worth, love and appreciation, allowing the space within oneself to create and reshape themselves, to accept that it’s ok to just be, in a non judgmental, safe and gentle heart space, to appreciate all of oneself in any given moment, to let go.
She loves introducing the concepts of deepening self awareness, consciously manifesting, and creating our internal desires and safekeeping our hopes and dreams for ourselves and the world. She believes that each one of us is a gift in this world and we bring something sacred.
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.
Sangeeta Raju is a graduate of the Pranashanti 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher training program.
She is also a practitioner of a Classical Indian dance form known as Odissi. For her, classical dance is a means of imparting philosophical ideas emerging from the South Asia continent. Sangeeta explores knowledge of the shared lineage between yoga, as we know it in the West, and the performing arts of India. While her artistic and somatic practice is rooted in South Asian arts, she is enthusiastic about learning from traditions around the globe.
Her classes will feature elements of play and self-exploration to an eclectic playlist of world music. Her hope is that students will leave her class feeling refreshed, connected, and curious.
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. Sarah believes in continuous education; she 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.
Shar is a devoted practitioner and a life-long learner. She is on a journey to understand herself and consequently the interaction of life all around, while integrating the teachings of Yoga. Meditation has been a daily non-negotiable practice since 2017 and she notices it continuously relaxes her, bringing peace of mind. As the process of yoga unfolds, Shar is in awe of what can be perceived and felt if we pay attention. She is curious and enjoys playing with the edge.
Love is at the center of her teaching, on the mat and in her kindergarten classroom. She longs to share space and stories with humans. While teaching, she encourages her students to explore the sacredness of their experience with breath, movement and compassionate presence. She inspires inquiry and careful listening, in connection to students safely experiencing all aspects of themselves as they are. She helps make room for possibilities so that we can all find the deeper parts of ourselves, creating harmony, vitality and supporting the whole being.
Shar has immersed herself in teacher training since 2019, including a 20h Yin Yoga teacher Training, a 225h Fundamental (Vinyasa) Teacher Training, a 200h Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training and a 20h Teaching Yoga and Meditation to Children Training.
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Sharon can be described as a grounded, spiritually connected, and uplifting teacher.
She discovered yoga in her early 30’s at a time when she was racing through her life and career at warp speed and was feeling the effects of the intense pace, she was moving in. A friend suggested that she try yoga to help her slow down and after her first yoga class she immediately felt the effects. 25+ years after this initial experience this beautiful practice and lifestyle has become the foundation of her spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and overall personal health care strategy.
Sharon’s studies began with the completion of a 200-hour Sivananda Teacher of Yoga program where she spent one month immersed in study at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas. During her training she experienced excruciating and debilitating back pain which became a chronic condition. This back pain led her to the study and practice of Soma-Yoga, and she completed her 200-hours of certification at the Yoga North and International School of Soma Yoga in Duluth Minnesota. The inclusion of somatic movements has been instrumental in the healing of her chronic back pain and continues to be the foundation of her yoga practice today. In 2016 she was invited to attend a Kundalini Yoga retreat just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is where she experienced her first Kundalini Yoga Aquarian Sadhana and something deep within her was awakened. She began her journey of learning with Sat Dharam Kaur in Owen Sound and in 2020 she completed her 200-hour certification as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher at Prana Shanti. She has already started working towards her level two studies and this beautiful technology has become the cornerstone of her personal health care strategy. Of most importance to Sharon is her early morning practice. You will see her at most if not all Aquarian Sadhana’s at Prana Shanti where she is not only a participant but also a leader of the practice. She also teaches an early morning Kundalini Yoga class at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Sharon believes that the early morning practice is a powerful tool to change the trajectory of your day creating a more uplifting, balanced and awakened experience.
Sharon is of Indigenous descent, a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation which is located on the shores of Georgian Bay. Her Indigenous spirit name, given to her by her mother, is Biidaajiimaakwe which means a woman bringing a message or carrying news.
She believes that we all need some help navigating the multiple challenges of this lifetime and for her this help has come in the form of Kundalini Yoga.
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.
Stephanie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for any program questions.
For Stéphanie Wong, yoga means complete wellness - bringing one’s mental, spiritual and physical bodies into alignment and harmony. She has been actively practicing yoga for over 15 years.
She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2019, followed by Restorative Yoga training, Mindfulness & Yoga for Children training, and Reiki certification training.
She has taught at the City of Ottawa since 2019, working intentionally to reverse the pains and discomforts that often arise from extended hours working in an office setting. She created and taught a yoga program for disadvantaged youth, where she saw firsthand the positive impact yoga has on people's self-esteem, emotional health, and stress management. She includes elements of meditation, affirmations, intention setting, chakra balancing, mobility and strength training in her classes, while ensuring that her sequences are accessible to all.
Stephanie aims for all her students to feel refreshed, peaceful, and a sense of bliss upon completing her classes.
Stuti is an RYT 200 hrs and a Bharatanatyam artist(Indian classical dancer) based in Ottawa. She was born and raised in India and moved to Ottawa in 2016.
Stuti came across the art of Yoga only through dance. After a decade of practicing Yoga, she realized Yoga is her dharma, and that's how she blends her Indian roots of Yoga philosophy along with her Western knowledge of Yoga to pass it down to society. Stuti wishes to share the gift of Yoga so that our community can get an insight into the science and philosophy of this ancient practice. She wants our community to reap all the benefits of Yoga as she did! In 2016, after landing as an immigrant in Canada, Stuti started a regular asana practice. In 2021, she completed a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training as a Warrior Yoga BIPOC Scholarship recipient. Towards the latter half of 2021, she started leading a community class—that was indeed a full circle! Stuti enjoys teaching strength-focused, philosophy-centred, playful, and challenging classes.
Apart from teaching Yoga, Stuti is a recipient of several grants in Arts and Culture from the city of Ottawa, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Stuti teaches beginners, intermediate, and advanced dance lessons to Ottawa's youth and adults.
Susan’s introduction to yoga began twenty years ago with weekly classes in the Chapel of the Mother House (a sacred space indeed!) at Mount Saint Vincent University, in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was in this space that she discovered the positive and profound impact that yoga can have on one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Susan completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2009 (Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training). Shortly after finishing her training, she relocated to Ottawa with her family and began teaching from her small home studio. With a special interest in how yoga can help specific health conditions, she continued her studies and became a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) in 2020.
Susan uses a light-hearted approach to create a sense of safety and ease in her classes, offering options and modifications as an invitation to students to honour their specific needs. She sees yoga as an amazing tool for physical, mental, and emotional transformation, health, and healing.
Susan is also a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher and licensed facilitator of Sundara Yoga Therapy’s Overcome! program, which focuses on teaching people to use the various tools of yoga to self-regulate their nervous systems enabling them to manage and overcome, for instance, acute stress, trauma, anxiety disorders, and depression. And recently, to ensure her own and her students’ safety while practising yoga with Osteoporosis, she became Bone Fit™ Trained through Osteoporosis Canada.
Susan’s background is in health policy and planning. Before making yoga and yoga therapy her primary focus, she worked for almost 25 years with provincial departments of health, regional and district health authorities, and health-related national not-for-profit organizations.
Tracy is a 500hr Hatha Yoga teacher after recently completing her studies here at PranaShanti. She was an Assistant Lead teacher for the PranaShanti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Summer Program in 2021.
She has been teaching Hatha, Gentle, Flow, Yin/Yang and other specialty classes for the past few years. She is a continuous student of yoga and other subjects and brings this curious mind to her classes. Her invitational style guides students in an exploration of their own yoga practice.
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. It is the path to interact with people by giving and receiving love and the way to express how grateful she is for all the blessings of life
Vidisha completed a 200+ hour certified Kundalini Yoga teacher training from Kundalini Research Institute and a 20+ hour teacher training in Yoga Nidra from PranaShanti Yoga Centre.
Born and raised in India, she grew up in a home where the importance of yoga was profound. Her mother often discussed the importance of Yoga to find calm and balance in daily life.
Having moved to 4 countries across 3 different continents of Europe, Asia and US within 10 years for education and work, Vidisha found her balance through Kundalini Yoga at PranaShanti, when she moved to Alymer.
She teaches Kundalini yoga and Yoga Nidra with a belief that through her teaching she can spread and share the positive transformation she found through Kundalini Yoga. She believes that transformation is not a future event, it is a present activity.
Vidisha's style of teaching is very theme oriented where she brings a meaningful combination of Kriya and meditation which creates a wonderful totality to the practice. Vidisha firmly believes that when she practices and teaches, she is on a learning journey herself. When she is not teaching, you can find her as a participant at PranaShanti Kundalini class because there is something new to learn with every practice.