Living Yoga & Health


Jacqueline Gilbey

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 Hood

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

Elisabeth Schramm

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 O'Reilly

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

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:

Joanne Astley

Joanne is a graduate of the 500-hour teacher training program at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in Toronto, and advanced trainings in Restorative, Yin and iRest Yoga Nidra. In addition to guiding classes in yoga studios in Guelph since 2013, Joanne has taught yoga in mental health care settings, where she assisted people dealing with anxiety, depression and/or eating disorders. All of these trainings and experiences have deepened Joanne’s understanding of how to make her classes more accessible to all students. Joanne encourages students to move mindfully according to their own needs, while bringing a sense of exploration, playfulness and compassion to their own practice.

Jessica Simmons

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 Junkin

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 Honey

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

Lerrita Rubinoff

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

Lisa Cipparone

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

Lisa GillOrme

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.

Lisa Silverstein

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.

Meaghan Johnson

For over twenty years Meaghan Johnson has been exploring joy, sorrow, and equanimity through the experience of her body and breath. Her practices are rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, contemporary dance, and somatic experiencing. She began teaching in 2002 and founded Queen Street Yoga in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2007. Meaghan left QSY five years ago to pursue a degree in western philosophy, art, and literature. She is currently at the University of Guelph completing an MSc in Couple and Family Psychotherapy. Meaghan has run workshops on somatic/mindful experiencing of art in numerous galleries and with the KW Symphony. Having began yoga practice in her youth to manage the results of complex trauma, she is also committed to providing mindfulness tools within social services settings.

Melissa Reid

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 Ash

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."

Robin Bennett

Robin is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Robin studied with Carolyn Weatherson at Maha Pura, Sri Dharma Mittra from Dharma Yoga New York, Mike Chapman at Breathe Into Motion Yoga , and Leslie Kaminoff, author of Yoga Anatomy, among many others. As a former national champion professional motorcycle road‐racer, Robin understands the benefits of Yoga as an essential part of a multi-faceted, balanced lifestyle. Teaching Yoga gives Robin a great sense of satisfaction, knowing his students are also creating balance in their lives.

Tatjana Barth

Tatjana grew up with a love for Yoga and became a teacher through Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centres in Vietnam. A true extrovert and open communicator, Tatjana hopes to provide a warm and welcoming space for people to connect with themselves and their community. Her teaching style is rooted in the traditional Hatha Yoga practice of Sivananda; she adapts the flow of the class to meet the needs of each student. Yoga is a science designed to harmonize body, mind and breathe; bringing a state of perfect balance and radiant health.