- Connie McNeice
My 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 December 2nd: Yoga Nidra
Monday January 1st: New Year’s Detox Flow
Sunday January 7th: Chaturanga-what-now?
- Dan Chartrand
My yoga practice emerged on a cold winter day in 2008 when I was desiring some form of physical activity, but did not want to venture outside into the bleak, cold, Edmonton winter. I cannot even remember how I had heard about yoga, and it just seemed the right thing to do at the time, and before I had realized it, I began practicing in front of my computer, following along to yoga podcasts and videos online, before venturing out to my first yoga class.
Like so many, with my first class of yoga, I was hooked and have since then thrown myself into the philosophy, mysticism and physical practice of yoga. It has allowed my mind to slow to a brisk walk, and at times even become still within the meditation that flows from the asana practice. My body, with the exception of my hamstrings, has opened up on so many levels, and with the joy of flowing from one asana to another, a simple humbleness has evolved within my being. Diet, relationships, energetic levels, positivity, openness within the community, awareness of space being occupied, of the breath, the list of benefits of a yoga practice is endless. And it continues to amaze me every single day.
In October of 2012, I journeyed to Rishikesh, India and achieved my 200HR teacher training in Akhanda Yoga under the guidance of Yogrishi Vishvketu. India opened my eyes on the spiritual and physical level, as I became overfilled with gratitude for the experience, and for the blessings within my own life. I also met a very kind Yogi named Yogi Uday, who would run a little sweets and treats project out of the office at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, which is where I was doing my training. I became quite attached to the sweets and treats, and was overjoyed and honored to be invited into the project known as Yogi Yum Yums. Yogi Yum Yums is a project that involves making delicious sweets and treats that are all natural, raw and organic, and any profits made go back towards some children in India, helping to take care of their medical, educational, and transportation costs. For more information or to order a cookbook, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!”
Saturday December 2nd: Ashtanga 101
- Kassandra Nichol
Prior to my yoga teacher training I had practiced yoga on and off for about 4-5 years. It was always a casual practice, but nonetheless I loved it and kept going back. Having struggled most of my life with anxiety/stress/and a few minor health concerns, I decided to do something for myself that would help me learn to cope in stressful circumstances and finally take control of my life and become more confident in myself. I also wanted to challenge myself, having always been used to playing on the safe side. It was definitely a challenge but I have never looked back. It was definitely the best gift I could have ever given myself and I am blessed to get to share that with others now. I love to teach and be a part of others’ transformation be it physically or emotionally. Teaching yoga has given me confidence and trust in myself, and for that I am truly grateful and will always continue to practice and teach faithfully.
Sundays, November 5th-December 10th: Pre-Natal Yoga
- Krista Daneluz Vieira, E-RYT
I 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 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. My interest in yoga and its various styles and forms of application is quenchless. I have gone on to develop a 200 hour yoga teacher training program now offered at That Yoga Place, as well as workshops on everything from restorative practice to bandhas to arm balances to meditation.
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. I am grateful for the opportunity to share the experience of yoga with you.
- Kristin Campbell
I started practicing yoga after the birth of my first child, in 2006. I needed something that would help me calm my mind and give me a mental break from being a mom. I fell in love. I loved the way I felt after the class and how it carried me through the rest of the day. After the birth of my second child, I started to help out at That Yoga Place. I loved the clientele and loved hearing the different stories on how yoga has improved their lives.
I have taught Junior High for twelve years and decided that I should get my yoga certification so I could incorporate some of it in my classroom. I finished my certification in PowerFlow in March, 2012. I am so looking forward to sharing my practice and energy with each and every one of you! Namaste.
- Lesley Robinson
I was a dancer all through my adolescent years, later becoming a fitness instructor and have been for many, many years. Yoga became a part of my life as an occasional practitioner. In recent years I completed my teacher training and have finally found what is the most rewarding endeavor I have ever encountered. I have always been physically active, but never have I found anything as fulfilling, spiritually, physically and emotionally. I want to bring this practice to as many people as possible so they can reap the benefits as I have.
Saturday January 20th: 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, November 25th: Quest For Headstand
Saturday, December 9th: Yoga In The Dark
Monday, January 1st: 108 Sun Salutaions
January 2018: Yoga Teacher Training
- 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