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 May 5th: The Finesse of Floating

  • Connie McNeice

    1010906_10151954769326679_723301335_nMy yoga story began while pregnant with my first child when I decided to take my first yoga class. I had built up a strong home practice through the use of many library books and DVD’s. I lived out of town and getting to studio was hard. My first teacher training took place in 2012 with Mamata Prenatal Yoga with my original yoga teacher, almost five years later, with Clare Newman.

    Prenatal Yoga teacher training led to my next 200 HR teacher training and now Yin Yoga, Vinyasa for Youth training and I am still looking forward to more. I have been teaching just over a year now with no plans of slowing down. Looking to offer a variety of yoga styles in order to inspire others to take up a practice no matter how limited their physical mobility is. I believe there is a yoga practice out there for everyone and only hope that I am part of the journey that helps you find it.

    Saturday March 24th: Roll.Release.Relax

    Saturday April 14th: Spring Detox Hot Flow

  • 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

    Sunday March 25th: Learn to Fly

    Saturday April 21st: Yoga Fundamentals

     

  • 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, May 5th: The Finesse Of Floating

  • Krista Daneluz Vieira, E-RYT, Manager

    IMG_0101I began practicing yoga over 10 years ago and embraced yoga teacher training in 2007 to learn how the body, mind and spirit benefit from integrating yoga as a lifestyle. Through regular practice on the mat, along with meditation and breathing techniques, I have observed a fundamental shift toward clearer perception and overall well-being.

    It was in March, 2012 that I began to manage That Yoga Place under the original director, Sheri Rink. It has been my pleasure ever since to be a part of such a rich and compassionate yoga community. I have since taken a further 200 hours of training in Ashtanga yoga, 50 hours in yin, as well as training in restorative and pre-natal. I went on to develop a 200 hour yoga teacher training program offered first at That Yoga Place and now at other locations, as well as workshops on everything from restorative practice to bandhas to arm balances to meditation.

    In February 2017, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and married the love of my life a few months later. It has been the most amazing part of my yogic journey – the journey inside, to the innermost core of my being. The journey that is life is where the deepest part of yoga resides within me. The journey of deepening into silence and stillness within, observing my own tendencies and patterns – this is the integration of yoga, and what I now teach most purely. It is what informs me as a practitioner of yoga, and as a guide.

    I am a deep student of yoga first and foremost. I practice first and teach second. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to practice alongside and to teach the students who come seeking the benefits of yoga. I am grateful for the connection we already have, and for how, through yoga, that connection might grow.

    Peace, love and bliss be with you.

    Saturday, March 10th: Embodying the Asanas

  • 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.

    Sunday May 13th: Mother’s Day Partner Yoga

  • 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.

    Sunday March 11th: Family Yoga

  • 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

  • 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