Jacqueline's practice and study come from the awareness and compassion teachings from the Buddhist and Yoga traditions. Her yoga training comes from a mix of traditions and perspectives; primarily from the methods of Vanda Scaravelli, Jayelle Lindsay, Hart Lazer, and from her various teachers and colleagues. Together, with her husband Ken Hood, she has taught and facilitated several meditation groups in their community since the late '80s. Jacqueline's classes reflect her own intention to find freedom in the body, heart, and mind with wisdom and kindness. Together with her husband, Ken Hood, she is co-director of the new Living Yoga & Health.
Ken is known by many in the Guelph community as the friendly Buddhist bookseller at the Bookshelf. Ken has been facilitating meditation groups in Guelph since the late 1980s, more prominently at Living Yoga & Health on Sunday mornings. His meditation practice is rooted in the Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition, however Ken’s teaching is ecumenical with strong influences from Western Theravada Buddhism, Jungian psychology, and Roman Stoicism. Ken’s classes are warm and insightful; offering anecdotes and teachings that reflect how meditation can transform our minds and hearts so that we can live with more compassion and less suffering. Together with his wife, Jacqueline Gilbey, he is co-director of the new Living Yoga & Health. For more information, please see Ken’s website www.agoodheart.ca
Amy has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 15 years. She has studied Sivananda, Kripalu, and Restorative yoga and meditation. She graduated in 2004 with her 200 hour RYT, and recently completed her advanced 500 hour RYT at Kripalu in the Fall of 2015. Amy has found yoga to be her true home and calling. She is also a social worker and combines her love of yoga in her clinical work with anxiety , depression and mental health Amy has lived in India , Africa and Central America and her passion for the practice of yoga has grounded her on her many travels. Her journey and love of yoga began early in life, it opened the doorway for deeper self inquiry, mindfulness, and listening to her own body and intuition in a more authentic way. She has studied yoga philosophy, meditation and chanting which has deepened her own practice. Amy invites a creative playfulness, deep listening, and mind-body awareness in her classes. She also understands the physicality of yoga. In this aspect the body learns from yogic postures to have flexible and adaptive alignment in day to day life. She enjoys teaching a class that delves to the heart of yoga and the interplay between body and breath.
Elisabeth completed Teacher Training at Living Yoga and Health in October 2012. She has practiced Vipassana (insight) meditation since 2008. She has also completed training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She appreciates the possibilities that yoga and meditation offer in exploring how we might bring clarity and ease to daily life.
Erin completed yoga teacher training at Living Yoga & Health after exploring her own practice for a decade. She strives to approach the mat with a beginner’s mind every time. Before becoming a yoga teacher, Erin studied and worked in the field of nutrition and physiology. She believes that yoga can be incredibly transformative for mind and body and looks forward to the gift of sharing the journey with her students.
Gina Giammarco is certified in both yoga and Pilates and specializes in anatomy and biomechanics as well as pre- and post rehabilitation. Gina’s passion is helping people learn how to keep their joints supple and their bodies strong for pain-free, functional movement. Freeing the body from pain enables us to enjoy moving the body more. It is this joy of movement that is at the essence of Gina’s teaching. Gina is on a lifelong journey to learn as much about keeping bodies moving well, with strength and suppleness. In group classes, workshops and private sessions, it is this joyful, dynamic movement that she hopes you take with you in your hearts, minds and bodies. For more info: www.ginagiammarco.ca
Jessica spent most of her childhood growing up in Guelph and is now an active member in the community through volunteering and social work. She is passionate about inspiring positive change in the lives of those she meets. She seeks to help others connect with their health by nurturing the body, mind and soul through yoga. Jessica offers a non-judgmental and non-competitive space where all are welcome to experience the joys of their practice.
Katie is an experienced yoga instructor, runner, cyclist and mental health researcher. Her approach to teaching yoga is both an alignment and heart centered one, inviting students to bring mindfulness and playfulness into their practice as a means to more deeply explore their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual experience. Katie primarily focuses on teaching Hatha, Flow, Pre-Natal, Restorative and Myofascial release classes and has over 500 hours of training and various certifications. Combined with her extensive University level education in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics from both University of Guelph and Queen’s University (BSc, MSc and MPH), she is a life long student and continues to learn and grow in her practice and through her teaching. This feeds her work with athletes, designing targeted practices to improve functional movement, range of motion and focus for performance.
Kristin has been practising and teaching yoga for more than 18 years. She is a student, teacher, mentor and community builder. Her teaching is rooted in her own experience, including influences from Iyengar and Astanga yoga, and Buddhist meditation traditions. Her playful curiosity about the foundations of body awareness, breath and presence keep her continually exploring methods that bring her and her students closer to their own truth. Kristin’s classes are intelligent, warm and full of heart, encouraging students to gain insight from their own felt experience. Her teaching includes functional and somatic movements, alignment and methods that encourage us to be real and arrive just as we are in our bodies, hearts, and minds. Over many years, Kristin’s love of community has helped to create space in downtown Guelph for sharing practice, healing, and self exploration. For more information about classes, workshops, pelvic health and collaborations, visit http://www.kristinhoneyyoga.com
Lerrita is originally from Brazil and has gained her experience in Yoga through living and studying in India under different Yoga traditions and teachers. She left Brazil to live in India in 1991 where she studied Yoga in Rishikesh and meditation in Bodhgaya and worked with the Mother Theresa Mission in Calcutta. She spent over six years in Indian ashrams and meditation centers studying in the authentic Indian tradition. It was in India that she become a certified Yoga instructor. Lerrita arrived in Canada in 1997 to visit her very best friend Trevor. She didn't know what lay ahead! They were married and now have a beautiful daughter. Lerrita has since been teaching Yoga in Canada. Yoga is her passion. She is an eternal student of Yoga. Visit http://lerritayoga.com/ca/
Leslie received her first training in Sivananda Yoga in 2004 and began sharing yoga with her elementary students in school and with small groups of adults. In 2008, she decided to make a transition from teaching school to immersing herself in a year long resident/volunteer program at Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts. It is there that she received her second Yoga Teacher training. Not long after, she combined her studies in Kinesiology, Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Meditation and Yoga and became a Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist which she has been practicing for 7 years. Leslie enjoys facilitating yoga classes that inspire openness and freedom in the physical and emotional body, and she integrates Thai Yoga Massage into the classes whenever possible.
Lisa C. is a Yoga Teacher, Healer, Reiki Master, Akashic Record Reader, Goddess Channel, Circle Facilitator and a Priestess of the 13 Moon Mystery School. After practicing yoga since the age of 7, Lisa began studying in 2001. Since that time she has completed trainings in Hatha Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Kids Yoga and the Tensegrity Repair Series. Lisa focuses on a slow, therapeutic style of yoga which incorporates somatic principles of interoception and body awareness. At Arrive, Lisa teaches and is the creator of our after school Kid Yoga program, our Kids Yoga on a PD Day program and Restorative Yoga and Relaxation for Teens. For more information on Lisa and her offerings such as her signature Goddess Restore classes and Goddess Retreats or her Kids Yoga Birthday Parties please visit her at www.LisaCipparone.ca.
Lisa G. received her Prana Yoga teacher certification from Shakti Mhi in 2009. In 2010, while expecting the birth of her daughter, she became a certified Yoga Birth MethodTM teacher. In 2013 she began studying Mindfulness for Educators through the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn and the Monastics of Plum Village. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Education as well as kids' Yoga certification. She teaches in a classical flowing style with an emphasis on breath and meditation, bringing a positive approach to the birthing process. Lisa connects the principals of yoga with pregnancy, labour and the experience of parenthood for expectant moms and their labour partners. Over the past six years she has skillfully led family yoga classes for all-ages, bringing a playfulness and humour to the practice of union within ourselves, within our families and greater community.
Barry is the owner of Sprouts Daycare and proud father of Taylor Grace and Oliver. When expecting their second child, Barry wanted to be a more present part of his children’s lives and take on a care-giving role to other little ones. His unique approach to home-based childcare revolves around the interests of the children as well as his three tenets of a healthy life; water, breath, and sleep, which you’ll hear the two and three year olds in his care recite with familiarity! Barry co-teaches Yoga for Childbirth Workshops with Lisa GillOrme.
Lisa N. has enjoyed a personal yoga practice since 1996. She completed her 750-hour teacher training program at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto and began teaching in 2008. Lisa shares yoga at any level from beginner to advanced with compassion, humility and humour. She invites students to discover their own abilities and how to work with their challenges, to create truly personalized practices. In 2006, Lisa began teaching Itsy Bitsy Yoga; a developmentally enriching program designed specifically for babies, tots and tykes. Developing programs for children and youth to share with their parents soon followed. To round out her repertoire, Lisa is certified in pre- and post-natal yoga. Lisa welcomes private yoga students, having practiced with individuals who are managing physical limitations and illness. Lisa's favourite place to practice yoga is outdoors, deep in nature with her two growing sons.
Lisa S. has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 1996. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) with Yoga Alliance. Lisa has been certified through the Kripalu Centre in Massachusetts and Esther Myers Studio in Toronto, and continues her studies in many styles. Lisa is also a Certified Early Childhood Educator and her playfulness, knowledge, and energy make her classes fun and accessible to all ages and abilities.
Melinda and yoga joined forces in 2000 beginning with Ashtanga and Hatha. In subsequent years she explored and studied Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, and Kripalu styles of practice. She has studied extensively with Patricia White, YuMee Chung and Ante Pavlovic. She discovered that Yoga is quite simply; a profound mind-body therapy with the potential to transform and heal in a myriad of ways. She believes in tailoring instruction and classes to empower and support the needs and intentions of her students. Melinda brings a peaceful, tranquil and dynamic energy into her yoga teaching. Melinda sees yoga as an intertextual relationship between body, breath and mind, thus she weaves each of these components into her classes.
Melissa has been practicing yoga daily for over a decade. Formerly a dedicated runner, she discovered yoga when a bad case of plantar fasciitis made regular running nearly impossible. She began practicing yoga every day and after less than a week was able to run again normally. Beyond that, she felt a level of health and wellness that was a completely new experience. Six years later Melissa began teacher training at Kula in Toronto, where she was given the tools she needed to share her experience with others. Melissa is trained in Hatha yoga, restorative, yin and pre-natal and she has practiced in the Iyengar tradition extensively. But it is Kundalini Yoga that she is truly passionate about. It is an energetic journey that offers all who practice it freedom and ease in the body, a joyful heart, and a peaceful soul. She is excited and humbled to be able to share Kundalini yoga with the community of Living Yoga and the city of Guelph.
Owen came to yoga for health reasons and decided to stay having realized the benefits of the practice of yoga. Inspired by his teachers he pursued the 200 hr and 300 hr teacher training programs at the prestigious Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, making him a certified 500 hour teacher. In addition Owen completed a 200 hour teacher training in the Anusara tradition. Owen has extensive experience in teaching students of all levels of physical ability. He loves seeing people develop greater strength, balance, flexibility and self-compassion and peace. You will find his classes light-hearted and calming yet strengthening and invigorating. At the heart of his practice is the mantra "The highest form of spiritual practice is compassionate self-observation without judgment."
Sandi was introduced to Thai Massage in 2005 while volunteering at an Ashram in Quebec. It was a turning point that has since lead her to integrate her life-long interests in the development of the body and exploration of the mind. Since then, Sandi has continued to practice Thai massage while incorporating other healing body and mind modalities. She is trained in Access Consciousness Body Processes, Reiki, Acuball Therapy and Somatics (Gentle Somatic Yoga & Hanna Somatic Education). She is drawn to methods that practice self- regulation, self-empowerment, and self-awareness as a means to heal painful conditions, trauma of all kinds and create more freedom. In 2009, Sandi opened mettafor, a holistic treatment centre that is an expression of her path. Sandi is a natural teacher, talented healer, and motivated learner. Most recently, she has been studying Hanna Somatic Education which she will be sharing with her students in her Gentle Somatic Yoga class at Living Yoga & Health. You can also find out more through her website http://mettafor.com/