Workshop Leaders

  • Brandon Jacobs

    1017427_574432172652711_1440394655_n“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

    Continue reading →
  • 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!”

    Continue reading →
  • Deanne Miketon

    I’ve been practicing yoga since 2008. I’ll never forget that first class, a friend had been trying to get me to go with her. After saying forever that yoga wasn’t for me I finally went. Turned out yoga was and is totally for me. Physically, mentally, emotionally. Its been life changing. I spent the next 7 years practicing, learning, growing. In 2015 I decided I wanted to further my own practice and share it with the world, and took my first teacher training. Since then I’ve tried my best to share what I know with the world, literally. Teaching classes, and guiding retreats in Canada, Mexico and South East Asia. I’ve also made a point of continuing to learn from some pretty amazing teachers from all over this amazing world.  I’ve had the pleasure of practicing and learning in over 12 countries and 5 continents, a list that will continue to grow. I have graduated additional teacher trainings in Rocket yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga and as a Paddle Canada instructor. I still lead retreats – or as I like to call them – Adventures. Combining my love of the outdoors, yoga, mountains, ocean and sharing all of that with all of you. See you on the mat!

    Continue reading →
  • Heather Gazley

    20141016_082624I 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

    Continue reading →
  • 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.

    Continue reading →
  • 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.

    Continue reading →
  • 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…

    Continue reading →
  • 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.

    Continue reading →
  • 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.

    Continue reading →
  • 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

    Continue reading →
  • Josh Schofield

    Josh is a dedicated learner.  A career student of life and growth.  Whatever he does he tries to learn and progress.  After completing 2 degrees in University and realizing the corporate world was not for him, he stumbled onto yoga.  At a time of his life, where transition was huge, leaving the corporate world behind, abandoning his area of education, he found his passion.

    Throughout Josh’s’ schooling years he was always active, playing on all the team sports in High School, the Varsity Basketball team in College, and multiple intramural teams in University.  This history of sport has given Josh a fairly athletic mindset for his yoga classes.  Now that he is retired from hyper competitive teams, Josh sees the benefits of yoga that all athletes can gain, including increased sports performance, preventative strength to avoid injury, an aid to heal when injury does come about and overall life betterment.  His history in sport has taught him the importance of the power of your mind, the power of your breath and the power of stillness.

    As Josh deepens in his yogic life, he has come to realize that he was living a life that was very much in tune with yoga for much longer than he has been practicing yoga.  Currently, Josh finds his state of “Flow” while practicing, as well as, teaching yoga.  Before yoga, Josh found his “flow” while competing on his many basketball and volleyball teams while growing up.  Josh’s “Flow” state is where he is able to let go of the world and be totally present with what is in front of him.  He also recalls times as child and young adult paying attention to his breathe, what he now knows as pranayama (breathing).  He used it in the same way as pranayama is used in yoga classes, to calm his mind, to slow his mind, to become more present.

    Josh has been privileged to be able to lead yoga since October of 2012 after completing his 200hr yoga teacher training with Blissologist, Eoin Finn.  Since then he has continued his education learning from teachers such as David Kyle, Christina Sell, Ryan Leier, Tiffany Cruikshank, Rockne White and Srivatsa Ramaswami.  Josh has also competed his 500hr Empowered Yoga Teacher Training with Michele Theoret in 2015.

    Saturday, Nov 3rd: Rocket Yoga Class

    Continue reading →