- Amethyst Ward
After attending my first yoga class in 2009, I was immediately in love with it. I always knew I wanted to do something that I loved, and I found it. It was only a few months later that I was on my way to India to do my 500 Hour Sivananda Yoga teacher training.
Through teaching and practicing yoga I have learned so much, it has changed my life in countless ways. I would have to say that the biggest gift yoga has given me is courage. Courage in my own practice, courage in my life, and the courage to teach. I attend classes every chance I get, there’s always more to learn and more fun to be had.
In 2013 I discovered Acro Yoga. It began after seeing some poses online followed by goofing around with my friends to try to get into these poses. A lot of it looked pretty simple, but without knowing the proper way to get there, was actually quite difficult! So I looked around and found a local class that my friend and I would go every Monday that we could!
We seemed to learn quite quickly and had so much fun in the process! There is something so special about working together that makes Acro Yoga so unique compared to any other style of yoga I’ve tried. I eventually took an amazing Acro Yoga teacher training with Acro-muse, and am now having a blast teaching many classes and workshops.
- Brandon Jacobs
“There is nothing noble about being superior to someone else. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
I have had quite the ride since graduating University in 2004. I have a vast and far-reaching background. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education/Health Education) as well as a Bachelor of Physical Education. After receiving these degrees, I taught in the education system for four years. In 2008 I chose to pursue a career in health and healing. I hold additional advanced certifications in Yin and Rocket Yoga, and work as a registered massage therapist and personal trainer.
I know first-hand that yoga strips you to your core. I acknowledge yoga as a practice of building a deep and unwavering relationship with your Self. I see pure potential, beauty, grace, integrity, and wholeness in all students. I do my absolute best to offer the safe space and gentle encouragement for my students to try what may seem impossible. I too am doing the work. I often remind students that through diligent, intelligent, precise and mindful work the practice of yoga can become “the beginning of anything you want.”
I have co-facilitated two international retreats. One to rural Nicaragua and one to Corfu, Greece. I have additional retreats in development for 2016 (one in Bucerias, Mexico in April. I have helped to develop and lead a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Curriculum, with another in production. In 2016 I will finish my 500-hour yoga training certification as well as my Moksha Yoga training. I am also proudly an Ambassador for the company Funky Yoga, based out of California
My biggest hope is that I may be able to share the gift of yoga with you so that you can find the highest version of your Self. Yoga is where I feel most authentic. Thank you for trusting me with your practice.
Currently you can find me at Moksha Sherwood Park, Lion’s Breath Yoga, Bliss YogaSpa, and Koa Hot Yoga. You can also catch me around the city and in locations around Southern Alberta and BC running workshops, and for more information, at Brandon Jacobs Yoga on Faceboo
Saturday, Nov 10th: Yin, Yoga Nidra & Reiki
- Danielle Murray
Danielle Murray has been teaching Yoga and Mindfulness practices since 2008 with the intention of empowering others and enriching their lives through meditation and movement. She was drawn to teaching with the desire to offer others the same tools that have helped her cope and thrive while living with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She is an E-RYT 500, YACEP, RCYT, corporate wellness specialist, teacher training facilitator and lululemon ambassador. She loves to assist others in empowering themselves through knowledge and experience of the tools of practice, yoga, and meditation.
Saturday, June 30th: Rocket Yoga Class
- Daria Kilburn
Daria started practicing yoga in her late twenties and throughout her life always being a competitive athlete in horse back riding and training horses, yoga was not something that came really easy to her. It was and sometimes still is a struggle to overcome the powerful ego inside and surrender, surrender to the beauty of the yoga practice and the stillness of the mind through meditation. In her early 30s Daria started teaching yoga in Austria, her home country. In 2014 she made a life changing decision to marry her soul mate and move with her horse to Canada – this is when she became fully devoted to teaching yoga and practicing JSJ-acupressure at her home practice at Wizard Lake. Ashtanga yoga and yin yoga practice are the two styles that make Daria complete and feeling at home wherever she might be: teaching retreats or workshops in Europe or across Canada. In her own words the most important is: “It is the true inner smile from the inside out, from the soul, from the heart that makes every day simply fantastic! Be in the NOW and enjoy every moment…just BE!”
Sunday, August 19th: Mysore
- Deanne Miketon
I am a lover of yoga, travel, adventure, running, Wonder Woman, the mountains and the ocean. I am a yoga teacher, Realtor, mother of 3 and wife. I love excitement and thrive on adventure! I started my yoga journey 4 years ago. My intentions were purely physical, I sought out yoga to enhance my running, challenge my body, and diversify my fitness options. It didn’t take long for it to become so much more. In my practice I was strong, safe, confident, supported. I fell head over heels in love with my practice. I took many workshops, and attended retreats. I explored many different styles including bikram, ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, power, yin and restorative in both warm, hot and regular temperature rooms. During a 5 week stay in Mexico with my family, I made my practice a daily priority, and quickly saw growth in both my asanas and deep within. I decided to take teacher training, and registered for my 200 hour certification. It was an amazing experience that has taught me more than I could ever describe. Looking back, I’m learning that yoga is, and has been what I need it to be at the time. Whether I’ve known it or not. For those of you looking to enhance and challenge your physical body, I assure you, you’ll find that here! I also know the value of balance, and the contentment in being present. All of that being said; my biggest goal is to give to my students, colleagues, peers, and fellow yogis the same gift I’ve received in this journey. I endeavor to provide a space in the universe that manifests safety, hope, strength, peace, love, humility, humbleness, guidance, being present, acceptance, solitude, and everything else that you need. Namaste.
“The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen
- Heather Gazley
I have learned that the practice of yoga is far more than a work out – it is a work in. The effects of yoga are subtle in that they arrive quietly on a molecular level. Perhaps the most profound concept that I have learned is that yoga allows us to begin the process of becoming and staying “real”. In my experience, being real is perhaps the greatest challenge that we will face. To step into ourselves we need to accept that we are inherently more than enough – imperfectly perfect. The individual poses, or asana, reinforce this idea as the function of a posture is far more important than the aesthetics. The purpose of the practice is not necessarily to become better. Instead, the purpose may be to un-become all of the things that we aren’t meant to be. At the beginning, in order to understand, we make sense of yoga in terms of the physical benefits. After some time, it is impossible to avoid the reality that yoga strips you to your very core. All of the veils, stories, masks, labels and mistruths are shed to expose genuine beauty. Essence. You.
I have learned that this journey may not make sense to anyone else. Yoga affirms that we are consciously creative beings who have the opportunity in every moment to choose to be all that we are capable of being. That is not to say that any of this is easy – the process of becoming our most authentic self demands that we have a voracious love for trusting the unknown. It demands that we dedicate ourselves to the peaks and valleys of transformation and growth. It demands courage. Balance. Acceptance. And – unconditional love for the self.
As a yoga teacher, my commitment is to “stand guard at the gate of selfhood, warding off whatever insults [my students’] integrity [and] welcoming whatever affirms it” (Palmer). I hope to guide students along their unique journey of re-remembering, re-discovering and re-connecting with their most authentic self. I strive to create accessible practices that encourage students of all levels to be precise, diligent and mindful. At the same time, I offer challenging transitions and creative sequencing to motivate students to practice at their edge, as I believe that the precipice of most experiences creates the opportunity for change.
I completed my Bachelor of Education in 2011 through the University of Alberta. I currently work as a Program Assistant specializing in curriculum and assessment development for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). I am certified as a 200-Hr RYT (registered yoga teacher) in Foundational Vinyasa and have an additional 30-Hr Yin certification. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, I will be returning to post-secondary studies to pursue a diploma from Grant MacEwan University in Acupuncture.
Saturday, Nov 10th: Yin, Yoga Nidra & Reiki
- Lesley Robinson
I am so thankful for the wonderful world of yoga. The last 10 years of being a yoga instructor have been some of the greatest years of my 35 year career in the fitness and wellness industry. I took my 200 hour teacher training in Edmonton at Lions Breath Studio and began teaching right away at That Yoga Place. Not long after I took my 60 hour Yin Yoga teacher training which opened up another component to yoga. It’s an amazing practice that brings so much balance into ones life. Not long after that I was given the opportunity to lead seniors with exercise and yoga. It’s so wonderful to see older adults becoming stronger and more confident with a simple yoga practice that can even be done in a chair. I have seen so many lives changed with Yoga, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. To see how the quality of life has improved for so many practitioners encourages me to want to reach as many people of all ages.
Saturday, September 15th: Intro to Yoga
- Mandy McPherson, E-RYT
My own yoga practice began about 9 years ago. In the beginning, I approached yoga from a purely physical aspect, though that didn’t last long. Soon, the breath became more important than the asanas. The savasana became more important than the calories burned. I found the healing qualities of holistic yoga and permeated all areas of my life. I fell deeply, madly, and profoundly in love. In love with myself, with my practice and with the sense of direction in my life. I have practiced Hatha, Akhanda, Hot Yoga, Moksha, Yin, Restorative, Sattva, Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles. I want to try and learn from everything.
When I needed it most, I decided to take a teacher training. I was about to go through some major life changes. Perhaps I didn’t know it at the time but I needed the tools learned from my YTT to cope and muddle my way through what life was presenting to me. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but “magically” it was exactly what I needed. I am now a certified Akhanda Yoga Teacher. This form of yoga originated from Yogi Vishviketu in Rishikesh, India. I had the honour of being taught by him in 2012. To say that my entire life changed is a bold statement, albeit true. Taking many different workshops and classes from a variety of wonderful teachers from all over the world, I stumbled upon an Ashtanga yoga workshop being offered. This led me to my teacher, Melissa Wasserfall; a direct student of Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, and I completed my 500 hour certification in 2015. While these two longer trainings had a great impact on my practice and my teaching style, I’ve also taken some extremely insightful shorter trainings and workshops, including:
- Ashtanga Primary Series, Harmony Lichty
- Ashtanga Week Intensive, David Robson
- Twists & Led Primary, Kino MacGregor
- Yin Yoga Level 1, Joe Barnett
and many more…
The best yoga teachers have a wonderful and trusted teacher, who in turn have an even more amazing teacher. We can only teach what we know and I am on a constant search of higher learning. I will share it all with you in a humble but humorous, intent but subtle, challenging but accessible kind of way.
I currently teach many different classes at That Yoga Place as well as I am the founder of Travelling Yogi Retreats and offer retreats, yoga weekends, workshops an teacher trainings all over the world.
Saturday, June 23rd: Restorative Yoga
Saturday, June 23rd: 108 Summer Solstice
- Margaret Rodgers
Margaret’s journey with the path of yoga started 11 years ago as a way to take good care of herself. Like most western practitioners, it began with the body, but almost immediately, she started to recognize the mind, body, heart connection. Like the way the practice has the capacity to ground one in the present and uplift the spirit – creating a nourishing feeling of content.The practice created profound and deep shifts for Margaret and she noticed how it positively impacted her relationship with the world around her, and how it organically deepened her connections with the people in her life. Naturally, curiosity took hold and she began to inquire more about yoga and started to delve deeper into its layers by attending workshops and eventually becoming a certified teacher. Margaret has received training in Akhanda Yoga (Prana Yoga Studio’s 200 hr YTT), Restorative Yoga, Lifestyle Meditation (Meditation for Kids and Teens), and Yoga for Teens (Donna Freeman’s Yoga In My School). She looks forward to sharing the practice in a fun, inclusive environment at That Yoga Place – a studio that has lovingly supported her journey.
- Nikki Semeniuk
Nikki Semeniuk is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator (CHSE), and founder of Serenity Somatics. She graduated from the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in Novato California, and is a member of the Association for Hanna Somatic Educators (AHSE). Nikki has been teaching dance for over 25 years, and is a body development, coordination & movement specialist. She holds certification through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), and is a Certified Acrobatic Arts instructor.
Her specialization in bodies and movement come from training and instructing dance for 40 years, working in the dance industry for over 25 years, being a dance studio owner for 23 years, creating her own Performing Arts Syllabus for Pre Schoolers and studying Hanna Somatic Education. Nikki discovered Hanna Somatic Education after suffering a hip injury in 2013.
Unfortunately, this injury led to chronic pain, and ultimately to her having to sell her very successful studio. Hanna Somatics was the only thing she was able to do to help with her daily pain. Mastering the techniques of Hanna Somatics has helped her to live with her condition and restore freedom of movement in her body.
Nikki now teaches Hanna Somatics classes and workshops in various locations across Canada and the United States. She is currently Pre School Director at Performance First School of Dance & Acrobatic Arts. She also offers private one on one clinical sessions out of the Spruce Grove Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic.
Sunday, June 24th: Hanna Somatics
- Melissa Wasserfall
Melissa Wasserfall started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1998 under the guidance of Hamish Hendry and Brian Cooper, in Edinburgh. she has maintained a solid practice for over 17 years (with the exception of two pregnancies!) and has been fortunate to study on multiple occasions with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath. She has enjoyed soaking in knowledge from many Authorised and Certified Ashtanga yoga teachers , as well as learning from other styles of Yoga. She has a diploma in Sports and Remedial massage, and continues to be a lifelong student of anatomy. She ran a studio in Edinburgh before relocating to Edmonton, where she ran True Yoga for 9 years, before passing on the baton…
January 2018: Yoga Teacher Training
- Marie Carson, RMT
Marie has been a practicing independent massage therapist for 16 years, as well as majoring in human sciences.
She began practicing yoga in 2000 but truly connected to it while traveling in Thailand in 2004. It has been an integral part of her life ever since.
Anatomy has played a considerate role in her life and she is happy for the opportunity to share what she’s learned, and to learn alongside fellow students!
- Sheri Rink Dip. PT, ACup, RYT
My bio is a long list of “Thank You’s”. I know I am only here because of those around me and the depth of gratitude runs deep. For those that do not already know, I graduated Physiotherapy from the Krankengymnastik Schuele, Suelfeld, Germany in 1995. I worked in the hospital environment in Germany before returning to Canada in 1997. After establishing my license with the College of Physical Therapist of Alberta, I went to work in a number of different fields of physiotherapy within Alberta. I have learned much from this career and I have learned equally from my clients and the textbooks. I look forward to assisting you with your health concerns.
Saturday, September 1st Meditation
- Tiffany Sparrow
Tiffany Sparrow, BMT, MTA is an accredited music therapist, singer-songwriter, kirtan artist and yogi. She currently specializes in music therapy at bedside in medical settings, weaving the power of music with breath, movement and meditation to facilitate pain reduction, emotional balance, relaxation and wellness. Sparrow studied yoga and mantra in India, obtaining her 500hr yoga teaching certificate in Akhanda Yoga through Yogrishi Vishvketu as well as recording two mantra/kirtan albums with local traditional musicians. She has traveled extensively around the world and brings her awareness of global music and holistic spiritual and health practices to her work as a clinician and educator. www.sparrowgrace.com
January 2018: Yoga Teacher Training
- Richelle Ross, Reiki Master
Richelle Ross is a Reiki & Transformational Healer who offers healing modalities from Reiki, Akashic Records Reading, Meditation and so much more that will bring you a closer connection to your essence. You’ll receive Richelle’s healing services with unconditional love, understanding, and a safe space to open and express yourself. You will be guided to your heart’s desires, how you want to live, how you want to see yourself and start transforming to your soul’s journey. Richelle believes in magic and loving life and wants YOU to believe, too. “Magic is around us, you just have to believe.”
Richelle does many activities from working out to meditation to connecting with her Higher Self to help her be there for YOU. Nature is a big part of her life and her “happy place”—Richelle loves walking around the dog park with her fur babies.
Saturday, Nov 10th: Yin, Yoga Nidra & Reiki
- Annie Hunting
Annie Hunting is a Mindful Mama, Mala Maker, Certified Meditation Coach, Kids Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner from Leduc, AB. She has a passion for sharing meditation and mindfulness with all ages and is looking forward to bringing this offering to That Yoga Place!
Sunday, September 16th: Mala Creation and Meditation