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Lisa Hopkins
Lisa Hopkins style of yoga embraces a gentle, intuitive approach with an emphasis on safety and ease for the student. She began her journey into yoga in 1994 taking three classes per week in order to attain her goal of becoming a yoga instructor, and started teaching in 1998. Courses she has taken at Forect Academy, School of Mind Body Medicine: Yoga Teacher Training (2005), Path of Spoken Word (2007) and Yoga Teacher Prana Practitioner Training (2008). Lisa teaches Chair Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Recover Yoga and be hired for private intuitive classes. She would like to teach Yoga for Teen Girls and Yoga with Sound. Her interests are drumming, chanting, vastu and preaching.
Bizz Varty
Bizz Varty has a passion for the art of movement and the science of human motion. She has studied dance for more than 20 years, and began teaching when she was 17 years old. Her interest in fitness began at a young age and she has been practicing Yoga and Pilates for 15 years. Her teaching style combines the precision and efficiency of pilates and the philosophy and flow of yoga with the creative expression of her dance background. Bizz’s attention to anatomical detail and her fun, engaging instruction have earned the respect of students of all ages and backgrounds. Bizz has completed her Pilates Teacher Certification through Body Harmonics Studio, and in April 2012 completed her Yoga Teacher Training through Live360. For more info visit www.basicfitness.wordpress.c
Talena Stevenson
Yoga, for me, means finding balance, finding a balance between life on and off the mat, a balance between the breath and the body, a balance between the conscious and unconscious mind. Yoga teaches self-acceptance, it is not always about how far you can take the pose, or whether you can seamlessly follow the sequence, it is about learning to accept yourself, and love yourself, wherever you are on and off the mat. It teaches us not to compare ourselves to our neighbors, and to accept our limitations as well as foster our strengths. I completed my certification at the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin Quebec in the summer of 2013. Continuing education is important to me and I am always looking to expand my knowledge in yoga through conference courses and books. I am interested in sequencing and themes in yoga classes and I strive to create invigorating and inspiring classes. I teach hatha yoga, in a style that draws from traditional a Sivananda practice, where the focus is on moving the spine through its full range of motion. Some flow is incorporated but the classes are more geared to holding poses for longer periods.
Margaret Coons
Margaret Coons (RYT) is a registered yoga teacher. She received her certification in May 2011 from the Swami Vishnu Yoga Center in London under the instruction of Nitya Kandath (Swami Nityamuktananda). Margaret has been passionate about the practice of yoga since 2007 and, in her personal practice and teaching, has been influenced by both Hatha and Ashtanga schools of yoga.

“In the recent past, I have earned an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature diploma from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario. In yoga, as in literature, getting to the root of emotion, intention, and experience is paramount in understanding the self and the people in our lives. I have been teaching since May 2011 at various locations and festivals including the University of Western Ontario for the ‘Purple Yoga Club’, the Hatha Yogi, the Downtown Yoga Holistic Center, and Shangrila Yoga. Having personally experienced incredible physical, mental, and emotional benefits resulting from my own practice, I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to share my practice with others.”

Akasha Kaur - KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Linda earned a diploma in Spiritual Psychotherapy at the Transformational Arts College and is a KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She is recognized as a professional Registered in Human Relations (R.I.H.R.) by the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners. Before beginning her practice, she worked in the corporate environment for 26 years, developing a broad knowledge in group synergy and teaching, as well as accounting and computers.
She was introduced to two teachers in 1994 which changed the path of her life. Hari Nam Singh Khalsa, teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan and Bart Smit, a Deep Trance Channeler and Meditation Teacher.
Her life since meeting these two teachers has taken her on a journey of connecting with the heart, self and god/creator/source and uncovering the sub-conscious mind and how it plays a role in sabotaging happiness. She has travelled around the world to study with teachers such as SSS Yogi Bhajan, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyre, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsh, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D, Carolyn Myss, Joan Borysenko, PhD and Shakti Gawain.
Akasha continues to expand her knowledge and understanding of human nature and spirituality. She has successfully completed three Level 2 Kundalini Yoga courses out of five and is also trained in Kundalini Yoga for Addiction Recovery.
She has taught yoga in Toronto, Mexico and India.
“My passion is well being on all levels; Body, Mind and Spirit. Kundalini yoga, psychotherapy, education, meditation, healthy lifestyle and community are proponents of this passion.” Linda/Akasha

Robert Heffner
Rob has been practicing meditation for almost 20 years. His first retreat was at Birken Forest Monastery in B.C. 8 years ago, when he became an official disciple of the Buddha. In November 2008 he sold and/or gave away most of his worldly belongings to venture on the spiritual path once again in a more devoted manner. Returning to B.C. and Birken he embarked on a 5 ½ month retreat using his skills as a Chef to cook for the many monks and lay retreatants that passed through during that time. Rob has aspirations to become a monk in the future and often lives on 8 precepts. Rob’s primary belief is that all spiritual traditions point to the same essential teachings, the only difference to their depth is they use different words to communicate the same Ideal. The deep “scholastic” methodical and scientific method the Buddha used to teach the Dhamma is the main draw for Western analytical minds. Paradoxically, the Buddha’s concise teaching of “knowing the mind as mind,” lessens the strong-hold Westerners have with thinking too much, and over-analyzing life and day-to-day situations. Rob hopes to bring a sense of ease, peace, and laxity to people’s lives, so that life can be enjoyed from within, again...
Chantelle Diachina
Chantelle is a former educator, a busy mom, a speaker, writer/blogger and passionate community activist.
She has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and for the last 5 years has enjoyed teaching yoga to the London Police Service, at The Athletic Club and at various local schools and yoga studios. She has had the privilege of studying directly under Shri Yogi Hari and has attended workshops led by Seane Corn and Dharma Mittra. Chantelle is committed to personal development and guiding others to leading happy, fulfilling lives.

Shannon Braun
I am a long distance runner and Canfitpro certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. I have completed race distances from 5k through to the full marathon and began practicing yoga as a means of relieving chronic soreness and injuries suffered as a result of my sport-specific training.

I became such a believer in the benefits of yoga – not only for improving athletic performance, but for injury prevention and rehab – that I became certified to teach a unique program called Christine Felstead’s “Yoga for Runners.

Valrita Fournier
Rev. Valrita Fournier has been the featured psychic guest of CBC radio,
WDTR Public Radio and Psychic World Television (USA). She is a certified Spiritualist medium and healer and has
taught numerous classes and workshops in Canada and the United States, including the world famous Maplegrove
Institute in Indiana.
Valrita is available for private readings and personal coaching
at the Downtown Yoga Ctr, Thursday afternoons. She is also
available at other times for speaking engagements, and as a wedding and ceremonial officiant.

Ross Todorovic
Ross has been teaching and performing for over 12 years. His experience has led him to work and perform in many
different environments and many different countries. As a dancer his credentials include working in various studios throughtout the world. He has worked on cruise ships in Europe and in the Caribean. In 2003 Ross opened his own dance studio in London Ontario. He ran Studio Tango for
4 years, between 2002 and 2006. During that time in 2005 Ross was cast as one of the dancers in the movie, 'Take the Lead' starring Antonio Banderas.

In 2006 Ross closed up his studio and began performing and teaching around the world. Ross brings a fresh unique style to the world of Argentine Tango. Being both a high level Salsero and Tanguero at heart, he's able using fancy turn patterns while performing advanced and complex Sacadas, colgadas and Volcadas.

Ross recently moved back to London after being away working in the States for the last 4 years. He was in San Diego California coaching and choreographing routines for the Positive Energy salsa dance team. After 2 years in San Diego he moved to Las Vegas and began the first year teaching in a Studio while at the same
time performing with his dance partner at various venues throughout the city of Las Vegas. He was asked to dance in a performance produced by the Creative Director of Cirque du Soleil along with other performers working for Cirque du Soleil.

Martina Bijan
Martina was born and raised in London, Ontario. She was drawn to yoga as a natural transition from her career as a dancer. After studying the physical aspect of yoga for many years, her interest was ignited to delve further into the philosophy of yoga as a whole. She completed her first teacher training in Costa Rica (200 RYT) in 2011. Wanting to marry her love of travel and passion for teaching, Martina went to Europe and the UK where she has been teaching for the past 3 years. In Croatia, Martina began studying for her second yoga Teacher Training (500 RYT).

Martina understands that we all crave movement and expression of the body, no matter our physical state. Yoga allows us to do this while diving into a deeper sense of ‘self.’ She believes you can accomplish this through the practice of yoga by surrendering to the unknown all while still having fun. Martina’s Yoga Flow class is filled with relaxing yet playful sequences. Her classes offer safe and enjoyable asanas (physical postures) while inspiring a deeper interest in meditation and pranayama (breath work). She delivers a vibrant mix of postures aimed at gaining strength, flexibility while remaining authentic to traditional yoga. Martina sets a loving, nurturing and inspiring environment where all feel welcome and comfortable to explore their own individual practice. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned yogi, Martina’s class will invigorate the mind, body and soul. See you on the mat!

Sol & Luna Fusion Bellydance
Bellydance originated in the Middle East and is one of the oldest forms of dance in the world. It is very feminine and sensual, with smooth flowing movements as well as dynamic hip shimmies and isolations. It is firm and earthy, danced traditionally with bare feet connected to the ground.
Sol & Luna have been Bellydancing for the past ten years, and started performing as a duet five years ago. They perform a wide variety of styles including traditional and ethnic fusions. They design and make their costumes according to each choreography. They teach beginner and intermediate level classes in London, with the purpose of sharing this beautiful art with women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

CanDICE Sheriff
e-mail: dice@diceyoga.ca
Yoga is my anchor. When you are on top of the world, full of bliss- you hit the mat and rock it out. When it hurts and you loose, you hit the mat and work it out. Either way, this on going quest of yoga will always be a sacred part of my life. I fully believe in yoga and the dramatic life-affirming effects it has on the body, mind and spirit.

I practice what I teach- alignment based yoga. Align & Shine Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga centered on alignment & heart-based practices. I absolutely love learning and expanding my experience of yoga. I am currently on a journey to further explore yoga therapeutics for health and healing of chronic or acute injuries and disease. As a yoga teacher, I am a holder of the light- and I want to shine it forward and share and learn with those around me. We are all divine beings, it's time we realize our full potential.

When not riding my mat, you can find me on a longboard, snowboard or surfboard. I am a natural born traveler, artisan and gypsy jeweler (www.candydice.ca).

If you are new to yoga, Swagatam (welcome!)

www.diceyoga.ca

Michelle Wulff Briceno
Since she was a child, Michelle had a passion for helping people and she continues doing so throughout her different paths.
Michelle was born and raised in Venezuela, where she completed a degree in Dentistry. After she got married, she moved to Germany; where she started practicing Yoga and explored breathing techniques to help her deal with her emotions, stress and changes in her life. She realized the importance of self-awareness and being in the present moment. In 2009 she did her teacher training program in Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver. After she went on to obtain her training in prenatal and child yoga.

Michelle teaches Hatha Flow and incorporates in her teachings free movement and active meditation. Michelle helps her students focus on the connection of breath and movement. Her classes are dynamic and fun, suitable to students of all levels. She teaches with love, peace and freedom. Through yoga, Michelle experiences joy, self-awareness and the enjoyment of the present moment.
She loves to share her passion for yoga and likes to help her students improve health and to feel great!
Come to move, to laugh, and to dance with your breath.

O.N.E.
O.N.E. - "Originality Never Ends" - focuses on all aspects of the authentic hip-hop culture. We believe in living & educating the positive lifestyle of hip-hop by empowering our students, providing a physical & emotional outlet and encouraging them to express themselves with confidence.
At O.N.E, we offer a variety of hip-hop dance lessons including breaking, popping, house dancing, as well as choreography classes for all levels!

Heather Graham
Heather has been practicing yoga & meditation for over 10 years. She strives to incorporate mindfulness into daily life. Her intention is to trust & embrace her intuition & creativity in her offerings & encourage others to do the same. She is currently offering JourneyDance & meditation classes, as well as Reiki treatments, at the Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre.
Email Heather at celebratethemystery@gmail.com