- Alethea Latta
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 judgement 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 favourite 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!
- Amber Solberg
I started practicing yoga about 6 years ago and it has changed my life. I started practicing for the physical benefits but have received so much more. To me yoga is about uniting the mind and body, I feel in our fast paced society we lose so much connection to our feeling self. As our bodies allow us to be present in the world I feel that connecting to our feeling self is so important and that by listening and moving we can better both our physical and mental health as well as find a little more light in the things that we do.
I am someone who has a lot of anxiety so yoga has allowed me to be calmer and taught me to take time for myself project planning process. Both of these things have allowed me to become a better mother, wife, friend, individual and athlete. I took the leap to become a teacher in 2014 and have been so grateful that I did. My goal is to not only continue to better myself but hopefully to allow others to better themselves through movement. If I can help or guide one person to lead a better and happier life I will be forever grateful.
Aside from yoga I enjoy spending time with my family, playing volleyball and softball, reading, cooking and travelling and a good glass of red wine.
- 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.
- Amy Stuparyk
Like most people, I started yoga as a way to stay fit and active. Growing up as a competitive dancer, I’ve always had issues with judgement so working out in public was not something that I wanted to do.
After learning about yoga, it seemed less judgmental and more beneficial to the mind and body than traditional fitness regimens. It was after my third class that I realized yoga was what I wanted to do with my life. After researching how I could learn more, I landed my first 200 hour teacher training in Costa Rica in May of 2011. It was a great experience but I still felt a void in knowledge and took another 200 hour training through Gaitri yoga in August of 2013.
As my practice deepened, I really started to take notice of the energetic and emotional benefits yoga offered. It was because of this, I took myself out of my Vinyasa comfort zone and took a 50 hour Yin training with Joe Barnett. Dedicating much of my practice to the physical styles of yoga, I never really appreciated the softer and slower styles until after that training. In retrospect though, it did help not only improve and deepen my own personal practice, but greatly strengthen the practice and knowledge I could pass on to my students.
The thing I love most about yoga is that there is no plateau. Both the philosophy and practice are constantly evolving. Yoga helps strengthen our own personal relationships and I can’t wait to grow alongside all of you.
- 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
- 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
Saturday January 6th: Yoga Fundamentals
- Jada Hong
Yoga is fun. You heard me— fun!! Why else would we do something that pushes our physical and mental edge and JUST BREATHE in midst of it all? I began practising yoga in 2008 to have some fun. Little did I know, it became a source of inspiration. In 2013, I took my 200hr teacher training in Rajadhriraja Yoga— which focuses on the authentic, spiritual eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and began teaching shortly after in Waterloo, Ontario.
I grew up in Spruce Grove and received my Bachelor of Science at University of Alberta (2011) and Doctor of Optometry at University of Waterloo (2015).
I offer a style of a dynamic and playful flow with a focus on alignment and breath in my classes. I feel fortunate to be a part of TYP community and feel blessed to call myself a teacher and student of practice. I look forward to exchanging energies with all my students!
- Jay McMahon
Namaste, my name is Jay McMahon, I am a practitioner of Hatha yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, and Iyengar. My yoga practice began with a Rodney Yee beginner VHS tape 15 years ago. As most journeys, go there were ups and downs. Yoga was replaced with power lifting, weight lifting, and Jui Jitsu. After a series of sports related injuries, I committed to yoga as a way to heal and strengthen my body. I soon realized, that in my heart, yoga was where I needed to be. The hundreds of hours spent on my mat brought me contentment, curiosity and courage, and helped my anxiety and depression. Stoking a desire to learn as much as I could about the yogic lifestyle, my practice revealed my Atma, the inner self or soul. Now, I don’t just practice yoga asanas (poses), I feel the yoga in my body, my soul and my mind. Yoga is a moving meditation: with the movement comes breath – life is breath – and with the breath comes a calm mind. While I’m doing all this, I’m strengthening my body in an incredibly efficient way. I teach my classes hoping to help people feel the way yoga makes me feel.
- Jenn Oosterhoff- Administrative Assistant
Students like to joke that I sleep at the studio, and it’s almost true. I love spending my time here. When I started in August 2015 I was told that the goal is to have everyone leave feeling better than when they arrived. I like to think statement rings true for not only all of our students, but for our teachers and front desk staff as well.
- 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
- Kim Carnochan
I discovered yoga in August of 2000 in my home town of Regina Saskatchewan. Coming from the corporate world at a young age, trying to find balance.
Once I found myself on my mat for the very first time, it all began to make sense. Discovering the balance between work, home and myself.
I’ve continued with my practice while completing a 500 hour Hatha Philosophy Certificate in 2010 and a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Instructor Certificate in 2012.
I then began my teaching career in the community of Fort McMurray, finding an amazing community of yogi’s, while growing with them through practice.
The biggest challenge faced was returning to the community after May of 2016, and resuming teaching in a community that was left somewhat speechless. Together we again found ourselves on our mats seeking balance and peace.
I am grateful for my practice and as always draw the line between the world and myself, at my mat.
- 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.
- Kristeen Gordon
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!
- 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
- 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.
- Rebecca Considine
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.
- Shantelle Durocher
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.
- Suzie Bocock
People find their way to yoga from all kinds of places in their lives and for many different reasons. For me it started as a way of dealing with injuries that had accumulated through years of participation in competitive sports, but it quickly became much more than a pain management plan. I knew something was going on when I started easing up playing sports to make sure that a new sport-related injury did not get between me and my yoga! After practicing several types of yoga for a number of years I got hooked on hot yoga around 2006. I found that it allowed me to deepen my practice, both physically and mentally, with the heat helping my body (perhaps my brain as well!) let go of some of the pain it seemed determined to hold on to.
Yoga is now truly a passion that I could not imagine life without. And of course I wanted to share it with anyone who will listen. This lead me to pursue teacher training. I received my 300 hour Moksha Yoga certification in June 2011 and completed my 500 hour certification in 2012. Combined with a regular meditation practice, yoga keeps me smiling from the inside out. I hope that through my teaching I can help others find their own inner smile 🙂
- Trina Delhez, Manager
Taking my yoga teacher training has been truly a gift and life changing experience.
The ability to connect the body mind and spirit is enlightening. It is a never-ending journey, journey to the heart. Learning to let go, be in the moment and to breath.
Yoga keeps me grounded, grateful and open. It creates space to open my mind and heart to myself and to let others in. It helps to carry oneself through life’s ups and downs with stability, balance and contentment. I hope to inspire challenge, and encourage compassion and acceptance. I am truly grateful to have found yoga, and love sharing what I have learned and continue to learn with my students.
“May every sunrise bring you hope, may every sunset bring you peace.”