- 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!
Namaste!Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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 learnt 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 teachers yourself. Everyone has something to offer and will influence in you in someway. Connie hopes that she will be the next teacher to positively influence you and your teaching on your yoga learning journey. Namaste!Continue reading →
- 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.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 →
- 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!Continue reading →
- Kailee Smith
I was born and raised in Ontario but have lived in Manitoba, Nunavut and am now happy to call Alberta home. Home is where the heart is. Home is where you make it. Home for me is when I step onto my mat, sink my feet in and let my mind and body flow. Yoga has been a part of my life for over 12 years and has helped me mentally, physically and emotionally. Last year, I travelled to Thailand and completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher’s Training. It is something I had been wanting to do for as long as I can remember. I truly believe things happen when the time is right and this couldn’t have happened at a better time for me. I quit my job as a Correctional Officer and have been living a heart-centered life.
Additionally, I am a reiki practitioner, furbaby mom to two goldendoodles and love to spend my spare time travelling the world with my husband. Looking forward to seeing you on your mat – your little piece of home.Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.
Namaste.Continue reading →
- 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!Continue reading →
- Kristina Magee
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:
- Lesley Robinson
I am so thankful for the wonderful world of yoga. The last 10 years of being a yoga instructor have been some of the greatest years of my 35 year career in the fitness and wellness industry. I took my 200 hour teacher training in Edmonton at Lions Breath Studio and began teaching right away at That Yoga Place. Not long after I took my 60 hour Yin Yoga teacher training which opened up another component to yoga. It’s an amazing practice that brings so much balance into ones life. Not long after that I was given the opportunity to lead seniors with exercise and yoga. It’s so wonderful to see older adults becoming stronger and more confident with a simple yoga practice that can even be done in a chair. I have seen so many lives changed with Yoga, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. To see how the quality of life has improved for so many practitioners encourages me to want to reach as many people of all ages.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 →
- Megan Kueber, RYT
Hi there! I’m Megan. My deep interest in personal development led me to yoga and meditation, while my passion for connecting with others and creating community led me to become a teacher. My goal as a teacher is to create a sacred container for practitioners to have a unique experience that nourishes their mind, body and soul.
I completed my 200 Hour yoga teacher training in the jungle of Costa Rica. I am a student of the Akhanda Shakti method – combining the holistic fundamentals of the Akhanda tradition with a little jungle funkiness. I believe that yoga, meditation and ceremony are medicines for us to heal our hearts and step into our best selves. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.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 →