About Shelby Anderson: Yoga is the most potent medicine in Shelby’s life. It soothes anxiety and anger, relieves depression, quiets the mind, inspires her to follow her heart, and grants her a clear mind to make good choices and avoid negative thought patterns. It has given Shelby strength and flexibility, improved her health and taught her how to be aware of her body. As a newly certified teacher, Shelby is excited to share the practice of yoga with people who want to reconnect with their bodies, improve their mental and physical health, and work to create their own peace of mind. Shelby has been practising yoga since 2004, but it wasn’t until 2015 that her practise became more disciplined, and at that time she decided to work towards becoming a certified teacher. Shelby has experience teaching Hatha Yoga at two studios, and many private classes. She looks forward to expanding her experience, and to continue studying and training. `RYT Certified Yoga Instructor through Ground Yoga, Saskatoon, SK, Canada - 2017 `RPYT Certified Prenatal and Post Partum Yoga Instructor through Mamata Yoga, Calgary, AB, Canada -2017 `Certified Birth Doula through Birth Arts International, Reidsville, NC, USA -2017 `Level 1&2 Certified Usui Reiki Practitioner through Melanie Morales, Saskatoon, SK, Canada -2017
About Brenna Bath: Brenna first discovered yoga in the mid ‘90s, but it wasn’t until 2007, while starting a PhD with 2 toddlers at home, that she turned to a regular practice to help her cope. She is a faculty member in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan, and completed yoga teacher trainings with Ryan Leier in 2009 and Vincent Lu in 2014. She enjoys practicing many different styles of yoga and believes in encouraging students to customize their practice based on their varying physical, psychological, and emotional needs.
About Bonnie Bomock-Fuller: Bonnie's yoga journey began 15 years ago. From a young age Bonnie suffered with chronic neck and back pain, finally receiving multiple suggestions to try yoga. She walked into her first Iyengar yoga class and has stuck with it since, setting an intention to do the work. Bonnie strongly believes this is the beauty of yoga. It is not always easy, it can be heart work, it can be hard work. BUT if you stick with it, it can be the greatest work of all - the more one learns about themselves the more connected and resilient one becomes. So when the opportunity came to become a yoga teacher it was a natural and welcomed progression for her. Bonnie took her 200 RYT with Vicent Lu at Ground. She loves being a yoga teacher. For her it is an opportunity to connect with others and share joy. Bonnie’s wish is that we are all able to honour our own journey in some way and come to realize our true potential. To celebrate the small things even though it can be difficult at times. To come to know that it is not the end result nor the goal but the moments in between that really matter. That one day we will all believe that we are so much stronger then we give ourselves credit for. Bonnie is honoured to see the growth within her fellow yogis. For on one level we are separate unique beings and on another we are apart of something that connects us. Yoga-union
About Chad Crozier: As a student of the breathe, Chad is passionate about the inward journey. Pranayama and Asana practice has provided a gateway in his personal journey to new insight and ways of being. Yoga practice creates the space in life to cultivate balance, peace and authentic expression. Honoring the Lineage passed on by Krishnamacharya, Sequencing in class is based on the Ashtanga Primary Series. Modified and adjusted for the accessibility of all practitioners, class will be both be vigorous and rejuvenating to the senses. Weaving together Asana, Pranayama and Meditation, Vinyasa Yoga is an art of both physical and spiritual development. Using the body and breath in a graceful and mindful manner, creates a unified state of alignment in body, mind and spirit. Chad is inspired to share with his students the great joy yoga has given him through dedicated practice and study. Chad believes that through yoga, each practitioner can find a new vitality and quality in life. As Pattabhi Jois liked to say... "99% practice, 1% Theory"
About Alexa Garside: Alexa is a Yoga teacher from Brighton UK, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 12. She is a Yoga alliance certified senior teacher and teacher trainer and absolutely loves to teach! She likes to bring fun into her classes & believe we should not take ourselves too seriously. She also enjoys adding science and philosophy into her teaching style so the students can learn as they practice which creates an environment that helps you to feel free to speak, ask questions and have fun! Alexa like uniqueness found in techniques from various styles and lineages as well as theming her classes so one can go deeper into various subjects and aspects of Yoga. She is warm and approachable and enjoys giving hugs.
About Jackie Lai: I started practicing yoga in 2012 at World Gym in Saskatoon with Vincent Lu and instantly felt in love with yoga. After 6 months of going to World Gym, Vincent opened his studio and I didn’t have the financial means to get another gym membership. I stopped doing yoga and somehow started doing triathlons. I love. I was able to accomplish my goal, finishing my first Ironman Triathlon in the summer of 2017. After the race was over, I was lost. I dedicated a few years of my life for this Ironman and now that it was over, I didn’t know what to do. Remembering how much I loved yoga, I decided to become a yoga instructor after realizing how beneficial it is for athletes. My mind got used to being on the go all the time that I forgot how to relax and be still. Yoga has helped balance my mental state, while building strength and increase flexibility. The more I learn about yoga, the more I realized anyone from any walk of life can benefit from practicing yoga. We are all busy with our lives and we forget to take time to take care of our bodies and our mind. Yoga is a full body and mind workout. It increases strength and flexibility while calming the mind. I believe everyone can practice yoga and I want to share the benefits of yoga in a safe and inclusive environment while having a bit of fun!
About Donna Leggot: Donna is a humble yogini, she began her practice, like many others, by chance. After her first few classes, she was amazed by the physical relief felt from back pain and anxiety. After a few years of practicing at Yoga Central (a Saskatoon studio run by Patrica Dewar), she decided to take a Yoga Teacher Training, with Jan Henrikson (2007). Donna has been humbled by the amazing experiences yoga has brought to her on and off the mat. “Looking back on my life, I can credit most of the best experiences and choices in my life to yoga and to the people I have met because of yoga”. In 2012, Donna resided at Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas immersing herself in yoga philosophy, asana, and culture. She has enriched her practice with workshops in many styles of yoga and meditation. Some of her favourite teachers and styles are Iyengar from Patricia Dewar and Father Joe Pereira; Jivamukti and Hatha from Jan Henrikson, Ashtanga from Manu Jois; Yin from Joe Barnett; in addition to Arco-Yoga from Jessie Goldberg, Eugene Poku, and Lux Stern. Donna infuses her classes with love and laughter just as her many teachers have taught her to.
About Samantha Marcoux: Samantha offers slow and fluid vinyasa, yin and prenatal style practices. Her attention to the breath and invitation to move more mindfully and intuitively, asks students to slow down and drop into their bodies and their minds. She is known for her calming, relaxing tone and the ability to have you leaving class feeling refreshed and restored. She enjoys creating an environment that is soothing and supportive for students. Her teaching style is inspired by a dance background, her teachers, and her own direct experience. Samantha intentionally weaves Kundalini, pranayama and meditation practices into her offerings; inviting students to explore the power of their breath, internal strength and the stilling of the mind. Samantha has been practicing yoga for 12 years, and teaching for the last 3. She is an RYT and completed her 200hr with Uplifted Yoga. She is certified in prenatal and postnal yoga and completed her 85hr with Mommy Moves Yoga. Other certifications include – 50hr Yin Yoga training with Vincent Lu, 25hr Meditation Training with Judith Hanson Lasater, 20hr Pregnant and Powerful with Brett Larkin and 20hr Yoga Philosophy with Kevin Naidoo Yoga. You will feel restored and energized after attending one of Samantha’s classes – cultivating the opposite to your busy days by moving slowly and deeply from a place of strength and surrender.
About Jonathon Perry: Yoga is for everyone - said every yoga teacher ever and as cliche as it sounds, it's true! Jonathon truly believes in this statement and strives to provide a safe space for people to discover, play and explore. He also believes in following your heart and passions which has taken him across Canada and to Europe where he trained in Copenhagen at the Triangle Yoga Academy, receiving certification in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin. Since receiving his certificate in 2018 he has taught more than 1000 hours of classes. Upon returning to Saskatoon in the summer of 2020, he started pursuing an education as a registered massage therapist (RMT). He is excited to expand his knowledge and understanding of the body and to bring it into the studio. Jonathon discovered yoga at university while completing a bachelors in Fine Arts, needing an outlet to release tension, ease anxiety and regain mobility after long hours in the studio. His practice became a place of refuge, and rehabilitation for his body and mind. Jonathon’s practical and adaptive teaching style is inclusive and holistic. He aims to help students connect more deeply to their bodies so that they can move better, breathe deeper and be fully present to create wellness and positivity.
About Fred Reiben: Fred brings a passion for building wisdom through connecting with your body. He trains in Iyengar, yin, theraputic and hatha yoga, bringing a holistic approach to class. Fred is an Ayurvedic practitioner, studying under Yogirishi Vishvktu of Anand Prikash. In class, you can expect a light hearted journey into the body, mind, and breath - open to all skill levels.
About Kristy Robichaud: Kristy first began regularly practicing yoga in 2017 as a form of exercise and in search of a solution to her chronic neck and back pain. She soon found the practice to be very supportive of both her physical and mental health and it became a focal point in her life. Kristy has a strong love for ashtanga yoga but enjoys practicing a variety of styles and ultimately believes in balance and adaptability. She aims to make yoga accessible for all bodies and emphasizes the basics and alignment. The primary influence on Kristy’s current practice and style has been her teacher, Nicki Doane, with whom she has completed 300hrs of teacher training. Kristy believes in the power of the beginner's mind and is always striving to learn something and hopes to inspire this in her students.
About Lauren Scruton: Lauren embraces a variety of Yoga practices both on and off the mat. She first came to Yoga as a teenager in 2001 with hopes to get fit (at the time struggling with disordered eating and body image infatuations). She discovered teaching in 2010 with the aim to earn money (to support her art practice). Like in most relationships, her initial attractions to the subject and career did change and deepen to reveal quite quickly that there was more to life than the façades of the “perfect body” and dollar bills. Studying traditional texts and practicing Yoga, breath and meditation with Srivatsa Ramaswami (in the Vinyasa Krama tradition), Father Joe Pereira (in the Iyengar tradition) and with Ryan Leier (and the community of One Yoga) have greatly guided the compass of Lauren’s practice; so too have smaller numbers of hours spent with teachers such as Diane Long (a student of Vanda Scaravelli’s). Lauren is so grateful to have practiced and taught with the Modo Yoga, One Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga for Youth (VYFY) communities. The youth she has spent countless hours with on the mat have kept her heart young and she is forever in awe of the inherent wisdom that they hold and quite often blurt out. She has served as faculty for both One Yoga and VYFY teacher trainings. Her aim in sharing Yoga is to support others to find their place; where they stand - in relation to this land (what we now call Treaty Six Territory), to find a place in relationship to the body and its various layers, as well as a place of kinship with one another. In a class with Lauren you can depend on a respectful space to be held for your starting point, creative expressions, revolutions and resistances. She holds space for a meeting place for all of the above as well as all that lies beneath waiting to move from concealed to revealed.