My yoga practice began 3 years ago when my best friend convinced me to join her in a 6:00 am hot yoga class. I was very apprehensive at first and actually thought she was a little crazy but as soon as I stepped into the room I was in love. Yoga started out first as a physical practice for me where I didn’t think too much about the mental and spiritual side to it – all I knew was that I loved the way I felt during class. As my practice deepened, I noticed that my yoga came off the mat and into my life with me. I noticed myself becoming calmer and able to move through my day less affected by the difficulties of life. Yoga has changed me in so many ways and has affected how I view myself, the world, and it has affected the relationships I have with others. I look forward to sharing my practice with you and to help you find your practice on and off the mat.
I am a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I have 2 beautiful children, one fur child and a love for life and all of its journeys. I love to see people smile, grow, change and discover! I am passionate about yoga, friends, family, nutrition, nature, skiing, a good book, and finding ways to challenge my body.
My love for yoga began to blossom a few years back. I was looking to find a deeper connection within myself. My practice quickly deepened. After some time, I began to feel the benefits and grow profoundly in many aspects of my life. My entire world began to shift as I fell deeply in love with my own practice and noticed growth and balance in many areas of my life.
I began to feel a very strong urge to share the practice of yoga with others, and made the decision to take my 200hr yoga teacher training. I am now very excited to share what I know with others in hopes of helping other people find the many benefits of yoga. My mission as a teacher is to give others the opportunity to grow, find balance, build strength and feel the gift of life in every breath and in every moment.
Sam Ranson, RYT
My yoga journey started back when I was 14 years old. I had a lot of anxiety growing up and was drawn to the strength and kindness that yoga brings. I found myself in a loving yoga community in Spruce Grove and fell in love with the people who also shared the same passion that I do about yoga. It has helped me greatly and also has shaped me into the woman I am today! I decided in 2015 to grow my practice and take my Yoga Teacher Training here at that yoga place! I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to teach but after I received my 200 hours I knew I had a calling to share what I learned and bring it into the community that brought me in! I have reconnected back at that yoga place and now call it home again! With coming back to the studio I have met so many wonderful goddesses that have filled me with the knowledge of ceremony, tarot & Reiki. I am now a level 3 Reiki energy healer & continually growing my knowledge of yoga & spirit. Most of you will know me as the manager at the front of the studio & I can’t wait to learn more about all of you in our practice!
See you on your mat!
My yoga journey started out as purely physical practice for me, as it does for many. It made me feel great and look great and it made me stronger and more flexible. Yet, as time went on, I began to notice a subtle shift in my mind as well, a sense of calmness in yoga class that would follow me out into my day. It was as though there was more space created in, not only my body but my mind and heart as well. There was less struggle and more acceptance, less judgment and more compassion, less doing and more being. The impact on myself and my family was profoundly positive and I made the decision to become a yoga teacher to deepen my experience and share that experience with others.
I was an elementary, special needs teacher for many years prior. When my youngest child was born I chose to stay at home with my husband and children and devote more time to the important things in life, but I missed teaching. I also knew in my heart that I wanted to share yoga with others, so when the opportunity came up to take my teacher training at That Yoga Place, I did it! How brilliant to be able to combine the two things I love to do – teaching and yoga! And how awesome that I would be able to do it so close to home, at my favorite studio! I am so grateful for this amazing adventure I am on and this opportunity to share yoga with others! I love the fact that yoga is a never-ending journey of self-discovery with no particular destination and I look forward to the next leg of my journey!
Connie McNeice, ERYT-200, RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP
Connie has been practicing yoga for 10+ years and began teaching in 2012. She started off her yoga career teaching pre-natal yoga which set a strong foundation for offering gentle and beginner yoga classes. She learned how to modify and adjust poses to suit all bodies in a pain-free way. 6 years later she has built up a strong practice and reputation for teaching challenging vinyasa style classes. Connie has also developed a unique yoga training background that includes Ashtanga, Power, Yoga for Youth, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Athletes and more. Connie has had the opportunity to train with and attend numerous workshops with many international and local yoga teachers. Connie believes that in order to be a great yoga teacher you need to experience the knowledge from a variety teacher yourself. Everyone has something to offer and will influence you in some way. Connie hopes that she will be the next teacher to positively influence you and your teaching on your yoga learning journey. Namaste!
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 sweet 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 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!”
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!
Yoga called to me for years. Each time I would hear about people who were not just doing yoga, but living yoga, I would think, “one day that will be me”. Even when my first yoga experiences were casual and anything but life changing, I still felt like one day I would “get it”. There wasn’t a single incident that turned the page for me, but over time I began to feel like yoga was sinking into me. It felt good to do the asanas and when I read about the other seven limbs, I felt compelled to learn more. Fairly early in my asana practice I began to dream of becoming a yoga instructor, but with three young children at home, it seemed like a far off dream. When I heard about the Yoga Teacher Training program at That Yoga Place, I signed up immediately and I’m proud to have been a graduate of the inaugural class! My past life as a high school teacher melted into my new challenge of teaching yoga. I love the never ending journey that yoga has become for me. I know it will always be a part of my life and now I’m lucky enough to be able to share it. I hope that when you attend my classes you will feel my passion for this beautiful practice. Maybe it will call to you, too!
I’ve always had a love for health and fitness, so much so, I had obtained various certifications. Over the years, I found myself incorporating more and more yoga into my wellness regimen.
My yoga journey started as purely a replacement for the frequent need for therapy visits/treatments for old injuries I had sustained in the past. I found by incorporating yoga into my weekly routine that I started to see the chiropractor and physiotherapists less and less. Over the years I have not only noticed the physical changes and benefits from practising yoga, but also the mental and spiritual connections I have made within myself and from my yoga and meditation practises: a mind, body and soul connection. That is what compelled me to take my 200 hour yoga teacher training at That Yoga Place in 2016. Since completing my teacher training, I feel so passionate to motivate and inspire others. I look forward to teaching and learning alongside my students.
My hope is to create a balance for my students physically, mentally and spiritually. To help them look inward and see what has always resided within themselves. I hope to motivate and inspire students to feel physically strong, confidant and mentally sound. My goal is to increase flexibility and have students leave class feeling more balanced overall in their body, mind and soul.
I am so excited and grateful to be teaching at my favourite studio (That Yoga Place). I feel so at home here and have such a love for this studio. I’m looking forward to the journey ahead.
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ~ Maya Angelou
“The answers truly are within us all and with time and practise the answers will come to light.” ~ Kristina Magee
Some words of positivity and inspiration to hold close to heart and live out:
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.
I began my yoga practice on a summer day in 2013 when a friend simply asked if I wanted to come and from that moment I was hooked. I loved the feeling like I was getting stronger and more flexible and that I could find a time in the day for 60 minutes where all I was focused on was the mat. Although it began as just a physical practice after a while I noticed that going to yoga would always put me in a better head space through the rest of the day. Yoga to me is such a mental help, it makes me feel empowered and relaxed. I was so inspired by those who were teaching me yoga and helping me to get deeper in my practice. As I continued to practice a teacher asked if I ever thought of teacher training and so from there I decided this is the way to deepen my practice. I wanted to inspire people with yoga like I was inspired, and provide people with 60 minutes where they can just focus on themselves. I love to teach a flow class with a focus on breath and makes students feel invigorated and listen to their body. I took Empowered Yoga 200 HR teacher training in 2014 under the guidance of Michele Theoret, Bonnie Parkes, and Danielle Murray in Edmonton. I hope to make people who come to my class feel that no matter who they are they have the ability to do yoga. I am still discovering my own practice and still have a long way to go. I am hoping to share as much as I can with you and continue learning. I am grateful for the here and now as I continue to try and stay present in my life. I hope to see you on the mat! Namaste.
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…
I have played many different roles in life, everything from the cubicle to the construction site and nothing seemed to stick. I had to make a change, of this I was certain; so I packed up everything and left with only my backpack and an open heart to explore this world. What I soon started to discover beyond the beauty and excitement of each new place, was a passion I never fully realized before! By simply removing myself from the routines of my old life and fully experiencing the unknown, all that was unimportant slowly faded away…leaving behind a simple inner knowing of the ability we all posses to heal ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. This realization lead me down the path of alternative health and wellness. Feeling the call to learn more, I began working in the industry. Learning more about supplements and herbs, becoming certified in reiki as well as recently completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Nicaragua! I feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude that words can not fully express to all that has unfolded in my life, and to all that will continue to unfold.
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
I was brought to my first Hatha yoga class many years ago (initially for lower back pain) and quickly realized the many benefits that it provided the mind, body and spirit connection. I was hooked ever since! At that point I realized that my life path was leading me to become a yoga teacher. (After completing a Bachelors of Education, I never felt ‘quite right’ with what the education system provided students and felt that there was something missing in the curriculum that did not encourage the mind, body and spirit connection). My passion for philosophy and spirituality lead me to write a thesis called Education For Connection; Beyond Linear Learning and I earned a Masters Degree from McGill university in 2003. After graduating from the Moksha Yoga Teacher Training program in 2004, I realized that teaching yoga was a way of expressing myself “thesis in action”. Since then, I have studied with a few highly accredited teachers including John Friend, Judith Lasater, David Life, Michael Stone, and Frank Boccio and many others. With my passion for learning and teaching, I went on to complete Moksha Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 and Yin yoga in 2007, and studied Anusara Yoga from 2012-13. I also became interested in the more subtle forms of the yoga practice by completing Yin level 2 in 2015, and Yoga Nidra (know as Yoga of Divine sleep) level 1 & 2 in winter of 2016.
My classes integrate my knowledge of Hatha, Yin, Pranayama and Yoga Nida, with the essential knowledge of the yoga practice. I focus on integrity of alignment, and the ability to move smoothly with breath.I love teaching yoga and truly feel honored to guide students in their own yoga practice.
Doreen Braaten – RYT
I am currently a yoga kids apprentice level 2, I completed my 200 teacher training in 2018. I have been an Educational Assistant in Alberts schools for 8 years and have worked with young children in some form for 27 years. My school division offered an in house yoga kids level 1 weekend. It was amazing and Being in the field of Early childhood and education yoga kids is a great fit for me, being able to share my love for yoga with young and old is a dream come true.
For me, yoga started out as a last resort. Throughout my childhood, I was a competitive show jumper, spending hours riding horses. Later on, I became a runner and enjoyed lifting weights at the gym. Then I abruptly developed chronic fatigue. I struggled with my desire to remain active and healthy when my body was giving out. Yoga was suddenly the only activity that I could do without totally exhausting myself and seriously compromising my health. Over time, yoga became a refuge from the stress and uncertainty in my life. Eventually, the cause of my extreme fatigue was diagnosed and treated, however, yoga had become an integral part of my life. Once recovered, I jumped back into active life, teaching fitness classes and found I had a passion for teaching. During this time I continued to practice and became fascinated with the physical aspect of yoga and the role it played in my recovery. In my quest to learn more I started digging into the mental aspect and began a study of yoga. This leads me to take my teacher training through Prana yoga studio. Through my journey, I developed the desire to teach and share the practice that is steadily changing my life.
Namaste, my name is Jay McMahon. I am a practitioner of all types of yoga and am a 500 hour Certified Yoga Therapist. My yoga practice began with a Rodney Yee beginner VHS tape 15 years ago. As most journeys go there were ups and downs at times yoga was replaced with powerlifting, weight lifting, and Jui Jitsu but in my heart, I knew that yoga was where I needed to be. After a series of sports-related injuries, I decided to focus all my attention on yoga as a way to heal and strengthen my foundation. During the hundreds of hours I’ve spent on my mat, I found contentment, curiosity, and courage. I also discovered a desire to learn as much as I could about the yoga lifestyle. At the time I didn’t realize how yoga would help my anxiety and depression and help me discover my Atma. The Atma is the inner self or soul. I don’t just practice yoga asanas, I feel the yoga in my body, my soul and my mind. Yoga is a moving meditation and with the movement comes breath, life is breath and with the breath comes a calm mind. And while you’re doing all this, your strengthing your body in an incredibly efficient way. I teach my classes hoping to help people feel the way yoga has helped me feel.