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Our Teachers

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Abeer Cassandra Rahman, Canada based yoga teacher and enthusiast, is a graduate of the Kula Teacher Training Class of 2009. Her Hatha, Power, Yoga Detour training is complemented by her knowledge of a variety of yoga subspecialties such as yoga philosophy, partner yoga and yoga for kids, seniors as well as corporate yoga  . Her love for travel and the ability to speak Arabic, English and Spanish has allowed her the opportunity to teach in a number of exotic countries around the world.

 

From this she has made the yoga foundational connection to friends and peers worldwide. She holds  Honors Human Biology university degree which is evident in her mobility yoga teaching style.  Abeer brings a new spin to deeply knowing and loving oneself. She embraces her curls and curves as the ´Curly Curvy Yogi’ on Instagram.

Andrea is a kind and spirited soul. She comes from a background rooted in dance which has helped her with the foundation of her practice.When first exploring yoga, it was an aspect of her own healing journey. As this journey unfolded, she found that it was also her gift to share with the world in order to guide and foster others' own interpersonal healing, while continuing with her own.In addition to her love for yoga, Andrea enjoys traveling to new places around the world, making her own jewelry, infusing creative mixtures of essential oils and continuing to refine her trained skill set with sign language.

 

Andrea completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kula in 2017. She also gained her Usui Reiki First Degree Level in 2020 with Inye Yoga. She weaves the essence of her energetic work into each yoga class she leads.Andrea's intricate life experiences allow her to lead with compassion and love. She provides a spacious practice with a focus on sensing breath, exploring movement and stillness, and discovering relationships between body, mind, and spirit. She sees and values you for who you are and it is her sincerest desire that your practice will lead you to beautiful new versions of your most magnificent self.

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Compassionate, jovial, & open hearted would be a perfect description of Beata. She has a passion for yoga & offers this energy exchange to her students. Her studies emerged from a deep need for emotional healing, and the result was a calling to share the gift of yoga to everyone who would be open to finding the path of enlightenment.

 

She studied Hatha yoga under an Indian guru, and adapted her practice to blend east & west flavours. Her love of yoga, connecting to people on a soulful level, and desire to help live a fulfilled life, shows up on & off her mat.

 

Her mission is to be a beacon of light, be guided towards it, & help others along their journey into it.

Cynthia Cooperstone has been teaching yoga since 2002 in studio, private, workshop and retreat settings, and has been involved in numerous teacher training programs, including as Director of Kula Annex Yoga Teacher Training since 2015. Following her primary Hatha Yoga certification, she went on to study anatomy and yoga-based therapeutics, meditation and philosophy, and earned her advanced certification from the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. More recently, she has been investigating High Intensity Interval Training and is adding strength, cardio and functional range conditioning to her offerings.

 

Cynthia’s studies in Literature (BA, MA) and her subsequent career as a writer, editor and communications consultant have contributed to her eloquence and her ability to make accessible and applicable the deep concepts of the rich yoga tradition. Her studio classes are known for their blend of alignment-based asana and philosophy, and her approach honours individual capabilities and perspectives even as it safely invites personal exploration and physical challenge.  Her trainings are distinguished by her deep respect for and commitment to her students, for her organized and integrated methodology, and for her unwavering commitment to demonstrating and fostering in her students the concept of service. Cynthia is honoured to direct the inaugural INYE Yoga Teacher Training.

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Eddee is the director of Inye Yoga. He has been practicing yoga for eight years, his unique approach blends the elements of yoga, gymnastics, and hypnotherapy. He is a certified E-RYT200 teacher, certified Reiki Master, and a clinical hypnotherapist. Eddee hosts "Rainbow Classes", providing a judgement free safe space for everyone.

Eddee's main principle for deep integrated work is patience. He strives to bring flexibility and mobility back to the spine, to grow tall and move with freedom, and to re-introduce natural alignment back to the body. His practices are conducted gracefully and methodically, and he invites the students to re-discover their personal boundaries while exploring their unique path. Move and discover, that's how we grow and evolve.

Ellie started her career in healthcare when she trained as a paramedic in 2006 before switching to the field of massage therapy in 2014. Since then Ellie has discovered her passion for education by working as a teacher for the Canadian Collage of Massage and Hydrotherapy.

 

After completing a 200 hour Yoga Training program Ellie registered as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and began the process of developing anatomy curriculum specific to the yoga community. With curriculum in hand she now teaches in multiple registered yoga school in and around the GTA. Ellie provides an energetic and interactive class where questions are encouraged, and there are many laughs to be had.

 

Her lessons outline the anatomy of the human body, and how yoga teachers can use the information to provide both a safe and effective environment of practice.Through this work she is looking to further both her own personal yoga practice and yoga communities’ understanding of the human body as a whole. 

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Hali has been immersed in the study and practice of the yoga tradition since we was a child. She spend many of her formative years living in the Himalayas at the International Meditation Institute, studying yoga history, philosophy, yogic scripture, Sanskrit, chanting, meditation and pranayam. Since 1999 she has been teaching all of these aspects of the yoga tradition in various teacher training programs in Toronto where she makes her home, as well as in Europe, India and the Caribbean. Hali is known for delivering the teachings of yoga in a way which is both humorous and accessible, and feels that the most important thing is for the student to feel that they apply yoga philosophy into their every day lives.

Hali is honoured to be a part of INYE yoga teacher training where she gets to be working in collaborating with such an excellent group of core teachers. 

Christine loves how the experience of yoga on the mat parallels life: it challenges us to work and accept what is while inviting us to be open to new possibilities. Christine’s class invites students to awaken to new possibilities by engaging in the practice of asana with compassion, and then extending that practice into daily activities and encounters with others. Christine’s vigorous class encourages students to work towards their physical edge in a posture and then seek balance between strength and containment, expansion and ease, possibility and fun!

Christine draws inspiration from the trainings she has completed in Ashtanga Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Power Yoga and Hatha Yoga with Colin Matthews and Kinndli McCollum at Kula Yoga.  She is a constant learner always expanding her yoga practice with new teachers and new types of yoga.

Off the mat, Christine’s practice extends into her life and she is so grateful for her yoga practice as it grounds her in her challenging career, her role of mother of four adult daughters and role of grandmother of 4 wonderful grand children. 

 

Yoga is what has grounded her in all of life’s challenges and joys.

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Jennifer originally found the way to her mat a decade ago as a means to create a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. It was love at first breath and she quickly realized that when she kept a regular practice that other aspects of her life felt more balanced as a result. 

Jennifer believes yoga is truly for everyone and creates a safe and welcoming environment to students of all levels. Her warm, welcoming, and friendly energy will encourage even the most apprehensive of students to try something new. Jennifer has been a high school teacher in Ontario, Canada for 17 years and has brought her passion for yoga to her school with an Intro to Yoga course.

Joanne teaches a dynamic class infused with intelligence and creativity.  She skillfully weaves the biomechanics of postures with inspired expression, inviting deeper awareness on and off the mat.

Joanne’s teaching draws from her mentors, Ted Grand, Michael Siddall and Cynthia Cooperstone. She has study Anusara Yoga in depth, and incorporates the principles into her teaching.

Off the mat, you’re likely to find Joanne celebrating in the great outdoors – rain or shine – on bike, skis or relaxing at the cottage with family and friends.

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Julie strives to create space for healing, growth and transformation, and encourages students to find a sense of grace and introspection in their practice. Through pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy, Julie invites students to see yoga as more than just asana: to contemplate yoga as a living practice and a way of being; to consider the discoveries we make on our mats as metaphors for the lessons we need to learn in our lives off the mat.

 

She credits yoga with giving her greater clarity, inner strength, and a deeper understanding of compassion, as well as a profoundly different perspective on the world and her place within it.

 

Julie began practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2002, and received her 200-hour Advanced Study and Teacher Training Certification (alignment-based Hatha) in 2014. The teachers that have most influenced Julie are Colin Matthews, who helped her to find grace and wisdom in her personal practice, and Grant Hutchinson, who inspires her to approach teaching with loving compassion. 

From a young age Kelsey knew she wanted to support people, however was unsure in what capacity she wanted to do so. After studying Psychology and Social Work, Kelsey knew clinical work was not within her path, however aligned with the idea of supporting others by providing a service; a service that would be customized by their needs, goals and life. In 2017, Yoga found Kelsey!

 

At the time, yoga was a physical practice for her; a form of exercise and movement. She absolutely fell in love with the level of detail from teachers, the complexity of the asana practice, and the calm yoga brought to her storm. In 2018 Kelsey joined the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training program with the intention of deepening her practice and to immerse herself into the study of Yoga. As she began teaching and sharing the practice of yoga, she felt completely aligned for the first time! For the majority of her life she bounced between interests and passions trying to find her niche, trying to find what spoke to her soul. Kelsey learned, after having an anxious mind for all of her life, that she was craving stability, self control and a voice and this is exactly what Yoga provided for her: The feeling of connection, hope and empowerment.

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Michelle has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and holds an E-RYT500 designation through the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hour training from Sheridan College and then went on to complete an additional 300 hours of training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts in 2019. 

With the Kripalu lineage as inspiration, she is heavily influenced by the practices of self-inquiry, acceptance and of creating a safe space for her students. Her offerings focus on making small shifts to make big changes. 

Michelle grew up with family roots immersed in a yogic lifestyle as her parents were early practitioners of yoga and meditation. With this influence, her practices are grounding, contemplative and mindful.

She has focused her studies in the practices of Yin and Restorative Yoga. Additional complementary practices that Michelle has studied include Usui Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Chinese Medicine. She is also a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® instructor and Meditation teacher. 

 

She is grateful to her teachers Coby Kozlowski, Michelle Dalbec, Tony Murdock, Jennifer Reis and Marook Sidhwa who have left lasting impressions on her that she is looking forward to sharing with you. 

After being touched by the death of a family member at a young age, Shanine questioned the meaning of life and death. This led her to study healing and spirituality with masterful teachers. Through her studies and life experiences, she intuitively guides her students to access an inner wisdom that propels them to live to their greatest potential.

 

Shanine was introduced to yoga while studying massage therapy in 1999 (in South Africa). It wasn't until she came to Canada in 2001 that she fell deeply in love with it. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2008. She then completed another 200-hour yoga training (with an alignment focus), a Meditation teacher training program, and her 300-hour yoga teacher training. She owned a yoga studio for 10 years and is grateful to continue to share yoga with so many students, especially at Inye Yoga.

 

Shanine is an E-RYT 500 teacher with Yoga Alliance. She also teaches Yoga Nidra and Meditation and is completing her trainings in Reiki and Folk Herbalism. Her yoga practices are heavily influenced by Tantra Yoga (from the Sri Vidya lineage). This includes intelligent sequencing of poses to feel more embodied, focusing on the breath and meditation to stabilize the mind and manage energy to realize the true Self.

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Shari has spent her entire career in the health care industry learning about disease treatment and prevention, and health management.  She has always been active and after years of competitive sports, discovered her love of yoga.  Because of her foundations in Kinesiology, she applies strong principles of anatomy and physiology to the teaching and mentoring of a healthy lifestyle.  Shari caters to all levels of fitness needs and believes in a variety of modifications to ensure safe execution and participation in class.  She believes in the importance of balancing strength and flexibility without compromising either in a well-rounded program.

 

Shari is passionate about health, fitness and nutrition. She appreciates the joy a healthy body can offer daily routines and how difficult simple chores can be when one’s body does not cooperate.  She hopes that through her sharing of yoga, people can discover or rediscover the joy in daily activity.  She is an energetic motivator who believes there is a program out there that can fit everyone’s needs.

Tammy is passionate about Yoga! Practicing yoga for over 10 years, yoga has been a transformational journey for Tammy. As a classically trained dancer for over 13 years, Tammy sought yoga as a healing method to repair injuries and create a deeper mind body connection.  She enjoys sharing her experiences, love and privilege for movement with students and brings grace, gratitude and humility to each class. 

Tammy is a graduate of the Kula Teacher Training Class of 2018 and RYT-200 certified yoga instructor.  She provides a friendly environment cultivating awareness and alignment, inviting each student to evolve and elevate movement exploration through intelligent yoga poses. Each class is designed to inspire and support individual growth encouraging union of breath with movement, with deep core emphasis.

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Trish weaves a powerful Vinyasa practice with the rich process of learning, self-inquiry, transformation and illumination through each posture and breath. Her classes cultivate strength of the body and mind, almost always through dedicated core work, as she feels it is expressly connected to the depth of our being. Ultimately, Trish invites students to align their body, mind and heart with the guiding pulsation of an inspired life.

Trish is grateful for the guidance from her teachers, Michael Siddall, Ana Forrest, Noah Maze, Baron Baptiste, and Seane Corn. She is ever-grateful to her students and the larger Yoga community that continue inspire her path every day with their own quests for transformation.

Off the mat, Trish enjoys time with her playful golden retrievers, loves to take road trips to bask in mountain vistas, is surrounded by music and poetry, and has an infectious giggle that delights everyone around her!