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Becky Yin

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 Yoga, Pilates Instructor & Thai Massage Practitioner

Over the years, Becky searched for a form of exercise that married strength, flexibility and cardio.  This search led her to many gyms and various sports. After experimenting with different styles of exercises, Becky stumbled upon the doorsteps of a yoga studio and started her dedicated yoga practices in 2009.  She earned her 200 hour certificate through Yoga Space focusing on Hatha and Vinyasa, and she’s currently taking Advanced Teacher Training at Downward Dog Yoga Center.

Becky has the privilege of studying with Bryan Kest, Seane Corn, Diana Bruni and Marla Meenakshi Joy.  In 2015, she has broadened her horizons and engaged in direct study with Gymnastic Bodies and Agatsu Inc.  Inspired by all she gained from her strength training education, Becky’s class blends strength, mobility and mindfulness.

“What I like most about yoga is that there’s never an ‘end’, the student who can do a headstand has just as much to learn as the student who can’t touch his/her toes.” – Becky

 

Nicole Lau

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Yoga Instructor & Thai Massage Practitioner

Nicole’s journey on the mat began in 2006.  It first started as a physical activity, but soon yoga became the central focus of her life journey.  She sees yoga as an incredible way for looking at the connection between the mind, body and soul.  Nicole then completed her certified yoga teacher’s training in Baja, Mexico, and she is constantly expanding her training with different teachers and studios, especially in Yin yoga, which is her true passion after years of practice.

Nicole is a certified Thai yoga massage practitioner, trained in Toronto and Ching Mai, Thailand.  With over 500 hours of training between yoga and Thai yoga massage, she believes yoga is not only a form of exercise for health.  “The asana (exercise) gives us health by working the physical body, and thereby opening channels for prana (life force) to flow and to stabilize the mind and soul.”  In her classes, she is humbling honoured to share her experiences with everyone, and hopes everyone can accept whatever physical condition he or she may be in, feels blissful about his or her body, and discovers his or her own “yoga”.  Her classes are suitable for all ages, with well-balanced of meditation, pranayama (breathing) and asana (exercise).

Jaye Sim

Yoga Instructor & Thai Massage Practitioner

Jaye was born in Hong Kong, had studied in the United Kingdom, and finally settled in Toronto in 1997. Her early life had always been around Arts.

Her extensive training as a Ballerina as well as a musician had led her to studying Fine Arts in university. In 2005, Jaye began her yogic journey. Throughout the years, she practiced various styles of yoga as a stress reliever and a work out in addition to the gym until she discovered Ashtanga Yoga and fell in love with its intensity.

She began practicing yoga exclusively. As her love for yoga grew, she became very intrigued about its history, philosophy, meditation, mantras etc. With the support from her wonderful yoga teacher Eric Anderson, Jaye finally pursued her Yoga Teacher Training at Downward Dog Yoga Centre with renowned yoga teachers including Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy.

Jaye is passionate about sharing her practice with anyone who is searching for something in life. Her classes emphasize on mindfulness; challenging the mind to stay focused through precise breathing and maintaining proper alignment, while cultivating physical and mental strength.

“Yoga is about being able to utilizing what I have learnt through my training to unite with others, to serve and empower them, to guide them on how to love and honour their minds and bodies, and to improve their mental and spiritual well-being.”

Sandra McDowell

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Yoga Instructor

For over 25 years Sandra has been enamored with the process that is yoga. In 2003 she took her first teacher training, followed a few years later by immersion teacher training at the renowned Kripalu Center and most recently Yin yoga training with Bernie Clark in 2013.   She feels yoga has allowed her to become stronger, more resilient, free and flexible, on and off the mat. Her goal is to entice others to find the same in themselves by nurturing their bodies, minds and hearts.

Yoga is about interconnections. We look inside ourselves with compassionate attention to the physical, emotional, psychological and the divine breath that weaves it all together. Staying present to these aspects of ourselves allows us to heal, grow and thrive.

If you enjoy relaxing while you stretch, open and tone, you’ll leave these calming classes feeling refreshed, balanced, nourished and maybe even inspired.

Yana Pasternak

Yoga Instructor

Yana came across yoga for the first time in her late teens. Her love for the practice grew each day and changed her life completely.  To deepen her practice, she completed her first teacher training in Toronto in 2013.  Upon graduation from her University studies, she embarked on an unforgettable journey to India.  She spent a total of 6 months in little villages in the Himalayan ranges of India completing another teacher training and several yoga training certificates.  Yana is trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Yin.  Yoga is her absolute passion and her mission is to spread the love for it with everyone she meets, as well as help inspire her students to live a happier, healthier and more positive life.

 

Parry Mo

Yoga Instructor  

Parry’s vision is to share yoga philosophy and practice in a manner that is authentic, accessible and applicable to modern day life. He is a certified Yoga, Pilates, Kettlebell and Water Rower instructor, specializing in functional movement and body-weight strength training developed from his study of the human body.

In his classes, he draws inspiration from his study of sociology, philosophy and biomechanics.  With his fascination to problem solving, kind spirit, and humour he hopes to help others thrive in living by nurturing body, mind and soul through Yoga. His hope is that each student will step off their mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Mallory Cheung

Barre & Pilates Instructor

Mallory was a ballerina for most of her life and was examined and passed by the Royal Academy of Dance at the Advanced Foundation level. She also competed and placed in both national and international competitions.

Over the years, Mallory has practiced yoga and Pilates and was trained in the East to West Pilates Instructor course. She unsurprisingly fell in love at the barre again and is certified by BootyBarre. Mallory enjoys barre for its ballet foundation and how it incorporates cardio, strengthening and flexibility into one great workout.

Ballet is often viewed as an exclusive practice that has to begin at an early age. She enjoys teaching barre as it is an open workout that shares components of ballet with every age group. Her classes always incorporate a dancer’s experience, but with high tempo music and a great energy, you can expect a fun full body workout. She loves stretching and helping clients in improving their flexibility and learning to stretch safely.

“Ballet is the art, barre is its workout.”

David Zhuang

Registered Massage Therapist & Acupuncturist  

David Zhuang graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic. He has been trained with a range of different techniques such as: Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Remedial Exercise, and Joint Mobilization. David is a Registered Massage Therapist and a Registered Acupuncturist.

He has seven years of experience and treated a wide variety of conditions combine with acupressure point and shiatsu technique including: Patients in palliative care, Sports Injures, Neurological conditons, Repetitive Strain Injures, Headaches and Migraines, Stress Relief, Pre and Post-Natal Care, Strain and Sprain, Chronic Pain syndromes and more. David is passionate about helping his clients create a healthier lifestyle and improved self awareness.

He is in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. He is an active member of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario.

 

Eric Anderson

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Yoga Instructor

Coming to yoga with a martial arts background, Eric brings his knowledge of movement and flexibility to each class. Eric’s class is strong, dynamic and inspired by the Ashtanga tradition that links breath with movement. His class focuses on alignment while building strength, flexibility and internal heat to purify mind and body. Postures include standing, balancing, seated folds, twists, as well as exploration of arm balances, backbends and inversions. Modifications, variations and hands-on adjustments are offered throughout.

Eric believes that by maintaining a mindful approach to their practice students can transform themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. As we face and overcome obstacles on our mat we build the strength and focus to overcome any obstacles we face off the mat.

Eric continues to further his practice at Downward Dog Yoga Centre with his teachers Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy.

Aneesa Smith

Pilates Instructor

With internationally recognized certifications, Aneesa is a STOTT PILATES® Certified, TOTAL BARRE™ and CORE™ Designated Instructor.  Aneesa has completed foundational training in Fascial Movement and is in the process of acquiring her Muscle Activation Technique (M.A.T.) Certification.

Through her business career and her love for recreational sports, Aneesa found the perfect blend of the two worlds and fell in love with Pilates instantaneously, “It’s an exercise regime accessible to everyone!”. Through her practice, she’s gained a greater appreciation for what pure core strength and a balanced posture can do for the body. She believes this true not only from an athletic perspective, but how it correlates with correcting poor habits inside the workplace, and in everyday living.   

STOTT PILATES® is noted as one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise.  From postural improvement to weight loss, clients are quickly drawn to the benefits of Pilates and it doesn’t take long to become addicted to Aneesa’s style of teaching.  Her classes are fun, focussed and always changing.  Her enthusiasm comes from challenging students to surpass their own expectations while educating them on mind-body awareness through proper form.  She is results driven, and very passionate about the ability to empower one’s self.