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Lyndsey Bishop

Lyndsey has been inspired with a love for all things yoga since she first began practicing asana in the late 1990s. What started out as enjoyment for the physical benefits of yoga, quickly transformed into a deeper appreciation of the truly transformational aspects of the practice. In 2010 Lyndsey completed her first teacher training program, and this became the foundation for her commitment to share this wondrous practice with other like-minded individuals, looking to discover the magic of yoga. Lyndsey is a devoted student as well as teacher and has a particular interest in the meditative and philosophical aspects of the practice. Lyndsey’s asana classes are typically challenging, but always kind. She aims to bring together elements of strength, breath and movement to facilitate the flow of positive energy and creation of space, within and without. ~Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum – Pure, Free, Forever.

Teri Ann Carty

Teri Ann is a Vinyasa based teacher and received her Hatha teaching certification at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico.  She then travelled to India, Bali, Thailand and the UK to deepen her knowledge as practitioner and a teacher. Teri Ann encourages her students to focus on their journey wherever it begins and to stay present in their practice. Her spirituality permeates all her classes giving her students the opportunity to open up and connect to their own inner flow.  She has also studied under the kundalini and sivanada based lineages.

Jamie Cavens

Jamie began practicing yoga at Iam Yoga in 2015 and shortly thereafter completed her 250HR Iam Yoga Teacher Training. The changes she noticed within herself in such a short amount of time have been remarkable. She’s a firm believer that anyone, at any age, can benefit from practicing yoga regularly.

With her extensive background in dance and teaching dance, sequencing came naturally to her. Although sequencing is what she thrives in, Jamie is also very interested in anatomy, meditation, yoga philosophy and neuroscience.

Elizabeth Vecchio

Creative Sequencing

Elizabeth Vecchio has had the passion of movement for over 25 years. Her roots formed through dance as she studied both traditional ballet, contemporary and modern dance forms throughout her entire life in education.

Elizabeth became a Yoga Instructor in 2010 after she completing her BFA. Hons in Movement. She was introduced to yoga by a close friend and hasn’t turned back since. She leads Classic, Hatha and Flow classes that are deeply rooted in creating consciousness to movement and breath.

Elizabeth’s classes are lead with kindness, a light heart, and most successfully passion. Her trademark is her ability to seamlessly describe and transition postures with breath using her ballet, contemporary and modern dance background.

All of Elizabeth’s classes are lead with a strong anatomical focus. She is articulate in ensuring her students remain safe, while giving space for them to explore the deeper side of movement; what can they sense while they are there, and how does that make them feel? Asking students to turn inward helps them understand why they arrived in the first place.

Depending on the class, Elizabeth is able to guide her students through powerful flows, balletic musicality, strength, relaxation and peace. Each of her classes are dynamic and different in their own respect and so she is able to offer something for everyone.

Aside from teaching Dance and Yoga, Elizabeth is also a lead Mental Health Advocate for the non profit BluMatter Project, as well as a certified Thai Massage Practitioner.

Jonny Belinko

Ashtanga

Jonny Belinko is a yoga teacher based in Toronto, Canada teaching Ashtanga Yoga. He has made three trips to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga with Sharath at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. He is a Certificated Moksha Yoga Teacher (2005) and has a Certificate of completion in Ashtanga Yoga teacher’s training program from David Swenson (2006).

His academic background includes an undergraduate University degree in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences (2004).

Hassan Harake

Hassan was convinced to join a friend for his first yoga class, over 8 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. Having suffered with chronic back and sleep issues for as long as he could remember, he quickly saw the benefits [and relief] from the practice. After years of an almost daily commitment to yoga, in 2013, he decided to take his practice to the next level and completed a 200hr CYA certified teacher training. Since then he has maintained a committed teaching and practice schedule.

Hassan has a direct approach to the physical practice; focusing on balance and control within movement to challenge the body while maintaining steadiness of breath and intention. His goal is to create an environment where each student can develop at their own pace and discover new abilities by adding elements of strengthening and playfulness.

Lisa McMurtrie

Lisa is a certified Yoga and Fitness Instructor. She discovered yoga in 2009, and fell in love with the connection of breath, movement, and the mind. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at OCAD University, completed her Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training in Toronto, and completed her Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia. Here, she explored her passion; the connection of art and the human body. Yoga is an art and science of life and it is about exploring the manifestations that live beneath the surface. Lisa creates sequences that creatively and deeply move the body while focusing on breath , proper alignment, and combining movements to lengthen and lean out muscle groups. Her classes emphasize the engagement of the core, and encourage strength building, balance, and flexibility of both the mind, and the physical body. Her passion lies in the art of Vinyasa yoga, and also teaches Core, Power, and Hatha classes.

Vishana Lodhia

Born and raised in Toronto, Vishana started her yoga practice at a very young age with the swami chinmayananda group in Toronto, and later moved on to a Shivananda practice. During university she wanted to further her physical practice so volunteered at a yoga studio for an energetic karma trade that gave her access to teachers and workshops. Inspired by teachers such as Christi Ann Slomka and Michael Stone, Vishana decided to go to Goa and study 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training, and an intensive Meditation Workshop. She has also completed trainings in Toronto in Yin, Restorative, Prana Yama as well as intensive trainings with Michael Stone, Ashtanga Mysore, and workshops with certified Anusara teachers. Vishana has taught in Toronto, and all over Berlin where she lived for a few years. She is now back in Toronto and is excited to be back with her home community!
Vishana plays volleyball, enjoys bike riding, loves fashion and is obsessed with Graphic Design.

Lisa Santianni

Lisa felt an immediate connection to yoga the very first time she practiced over 15 years ago. Initially drawn to it for the physical health advantages, over-time, she naturally began to experience reduced stress and anxiety, while developing an even deeper connection and understanding of the mind, body, and spirit. Eventually, she knew it was time to fulfil the innate desire to strengthen her relationship with yoga and completed her 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with IAM Yoga in 2017 and has since fulfilled an 8-hour “Intro to Restorative Yoga.” She continues to study Yoga Philosophy with Hali Schwartz. Lisa is passionate about continuing to learn- for her own benefit and for those she shares her practice with. She teaches Classic, Hatha, Flow and Restorative styles of yoga, bringing elements of gentleness and play while staying true to the roots of the practice. Lisa aims to provide a safe, fun and accessible place for all, uniting movement with breath and providing the opportunity to look deeper within – to feel, to heal, to grow and be present.

Elsbeth Schokking

Yoga has been part of Elsbeth’s life for over 10 years. Her classes are a place where she encourages every participant to take a breath, move beyond boundaries and get your sweat on. Never forgetting what Elsbeth believes to be the essence of why you are all there, which is to experience the perfect harmony of strength, flexibility, relaxation, and mindfulness in your body, mind, and spirit. Elsbeth completed her 200-hour training with Iam Yoga in Toronto in 2016 and has been teaching ever since. In the lifelong pursuit of learning, she has also done additional certifications in yin, restorative, meditation, youth, mental health, and trauma-informed yoga.

Elsbeth provides creative sequences and an abundance of options for everybody, and hopes that you will come away from her classes feeling refreshed, nurtured, and balanced.

Linda Malone

Founder of Iam Yoga

Founder of Iam Yoga, Director of Blu Matter Project, and self-confessed type-A yoga gurl, Linda Malone loves teaching and talking about the power of movement and the body all day long! Having completed an 800-hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Training and courses in yoga anatomy with Susi Hately-Aldous and mindfulness meditation with Frank Jude Boccio you cannot help but leave Linda’s hybrid classes, workshops, training and retreats physically motivated and mentally inspired!
This B.A.Sc and Lululemon Ambassador translates her experiences in a unique teaching style that combines anatomical focus, philosophical insight and challenging sequencing. Linda feels so lucky to be able to share her life lessons and love of teaching with Iam Yoga while connecting with incredible people every step of the way.

Sadaf Hosseini

Owner of Iam Yoga

Sadaf began her yoga journey in 2016 after suffering from anxiety and looking for a way to be able to quiet her mind and move her body. Iam Yoga was the only place that she felt connected and open to embark on her practice. After working as an Engineer at Bombardier for 7 years, she, like many other Canadians, lost her job and in turn found that she lost her happy place as well. Owning a yoga studio (which once seemed like a far-off dream) was now closer and more possible than ever. Losing her job was the motivation she needed to pursue her dreams. Sadaf has a passion for all things active and is happiest when her body is moving. With a love for yoga, pilates, and cycling, she cannot wait to be able to begin this journey with the intention of helping others to quiet their mind, heal their hearts and move their bodies.

Rachel Lee

Vinyasa is derived from the Sanskrit “nyasa” which means “to place”, and the prefix “vi”, “in a special way”. In our modern culture, it’s a bracket term that is interpreted in many ways; there is no one way to do it. The uniqueness of the practice is what’s exciting for Rachel – every single class looks and feels different while she touches base on foundational poses and transitions that are beneficial to master. And with consistency and self-permission, yoga can turn out to be an essential and subtle experience for the spirit. Expect to feel it in your hips and have your heart beating over eclectic Spotify playlists Rachel creates herself. Bring your personality!

Juliana Belinko

Asana Alignment, Sequencing, Psychology of Teaching, Meditation, Pranayama

Juliana began her study of yoga with the Iyengar Method and completed her year-long Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Karuna Center for Yoga and Healing Arts in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has deepened her practice with the help of Rodney Yee, John Friend, Richard Freeman, Cyndi Lee, Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern, David Robson, Chip Hartranft, Edwin Bryant, and Vipassana meditation.

In recent years she has turned her focus to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, studying with R.Sharath Jois annually, including two trips to Southern India. Her classes aim to bring peace, health, and joy to all through physical movement and awakening consciousness.

Her teaching includes Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Iyengar techniques and is influenced by her interest in Eastern philosophy and contemporary psychology. She believes that by cultivating one’s own health and awareness throughout daily life one becomes more able to engage with the world in a constructive and loving manner.

Angela Morley

Arm Balances and Advanced Postures

Ang discovered yoga in 2009 when she finally let her roommate drag her to her first class.  She connected with the physical practice immediately and was overcome with acute nostalgia for her days as a gymnast.  The connection of that movement with her breath and her mind was what really pulled her in. It became therapeutic; she felt lighter, more balanced, more connected. Since completing her teacher training, Ang has dedicated her life to the learning and teaching of yoga.  Her good-humoured personality combined with her knowledge of human anatomy provides students with challenging classes focused on proper alignment where they can have a good time in the process.  Her love of music always brings an eclectic playlist.  Above all Ang hopes to bring you lightness, more balance, and connection.

Elaine Clark

Creative Sequencing

Elaine Clark has over 6000 hours of experience in directing teacher training, trauma-informed yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and private/public sessions.

She holds an honors degree in Health Sciences, is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-500 advanced yoga educator, and is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga provider. Drawing on an extensive study in nutrition to inform a holistic approach in her teachings, Elaine offers wisdom and resources for the work of freeing your best self.

She leads a deep yoga practice for her students to increase body awareness and conscious link to breath. She aspires to provide a strong class for her students to reduce stress and limit negative emotional thought patterns. Yoga classes with Elaine are strong, fluid, and creatively sequenced. Students can expect to have fun, be challenged, and find peace.

Jessica McIntyre

Jessica is a yoga, Pilates, and fitness instructor. Jessica has been a movement enthusiast her entire life. She was a competitive swimmer for over 14 years. After graduating from the University of Toronto and retiring from the varsity swim team Jessica turned to yoga as a way to stay fit and active. Her initial interest in yoga was purely physical and she did not anticipate the deep connection between mind, body and breath she would find in her practice. In 2008, Jessica successfully completed her 500 hour Moksha Yoga Teacher Training in Kerala, India, and has been guiding people through their own practice ever since. Jessica brings a positive, enthusiastic, and encouraging energy to her classes as she tries to ensure that everyone is being challenged in the way they need to be challenged that day.  All participants are motivated to channel their inner child

Sheldon Shannon

Advanced Postures

Sheldon Shannon is one of Toronto’s most sought after instructors, known for his challenging classes, creativity and commitment to both the practice and teaching of yoga.

A natural born athlete, Sheldon came to the practice with a rebellious and playful energy. With a passion for cycling and a childhood of competitive gymnastics, Sheldon was immediately drawn to the powerful Ashtanga yoga method and began a committed practice in 2007.  Ashtanga’s rhythmic breathing, challenging vinyasa and meditative quality had a powerful effect on Sheldon and the practice allowed/encouraged him to focus and connect to a deeper place within himself. He maintains his daily practice in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, R Sharath Jois and R Saraswati Jois.

Sheldon teaches vigorous and dynamic Vinyasa classes that focus on building strength, increasing flexibility and he encourages his students to push the boundaries of their own limitations. Known for running a tight ship and holding students to the same standard he sets for himself, his classes are powerful, fun and challenging.

Cam Kjeldgaard

Cam discovered yoga in 2012 after taking an early retirement from his corporate career. In 2013, in an effort to deepen his own practice, Cam completed his teacher training through Iam Yoga.

During his teacher training, Cam realized he wanted to share his growing passion for yoga with others, so he decided to pursue teaching. He completed the Iam Yoga teacher training, and in 2014 was invited into the Iam Yoga Mentorship program. Cam went on to teach Karma classes and has now become a regularly featured instructor on the Iam Yoga schedule.

Cam believes that yoga should be accessible for all ages and physical abilities. His classes are challenging and inspiring, with focus on breath and alignment. He strives to help students improve their mind, body and soul.

Rebecca Yakimowski

Rebecca was born in the prairies, but the east coast vibe, pace & culture claimed her heart. She has been a Health & Wellness Professional in Toronto for 10 years. She was a Lolë Women’s Ambassador 2016-2017 & a Lululemon Ambassador from 2018-2020. She built her group class/private client teaching base, focusing on Pilates, Hatha/Yin/Restorative Yoga & Gendai Reiki. Rebecca also works as an instructor with The Yoga Project supporting their mission to normalize yoga & mindfulness in K-12 schools in Toronto and the GTA. Rebecca grew up immersed in the arts. Dance, music, voice and visual arts have always been a part of her life. In 2019, Rebecca co-founded The Inside Out Creative (TIOC). TIOC runs youth (ages 4-10) performing arts workshops and camp programming based on three art forms including dance, music, and dramatic arts, along with mindfulness and mental health practices. TIOC believes nurturing a child’s creativity in a healthy way can lead to their success in all areas of their lives. In addition to teaching & running TIOC, volunteering at Centennial Infant and Child Services (CICC) working with young children with special needs holds a special place in her heart. Motivated by her time at CICC, Rebecca is currently completing her Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma through St. Lawrence College.

Emily Downs

Growing up, movement was always a part of Emily’s life. Starting as a dancer and continuing that path throughout University, she graduated with her BFA in dance where she then moved abroad to England to live for two years. Now that dance was no longer in her life on a day to day basis, she found yoga. This originally was a way of keeping active and staying strong, although it quickly grew into more of an obsession and in turn more of a lifestyle.

Upon returning to Toronto she completed her initial teacher training and has been a full-time instructor in yoga ever since. Emily has also gone on complete further training, including barre fit and personal training certifications.

Emily’s classes are accessible for all and bring an element of playfulness and fluidity. Her desire is to create an inclusive environment with respect to the roots of the practice as well as respect to all that wish to attend.

Sasha Ludavicious

Sasha’s yoga journey began in her hometown of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario. During her adolescence, she trained as a competitive dancer and gymnast, but discovered her passion for classical ballet and contemporary dance, by studying internationally. She has been a professional contemporary dance artist in Toronto, for the past 5 years. Yoga has always been a form of cross-training that enhanced her dancing. Yoga is both an emotional and physical practice, much like dancing. Throughout her dance training, she constantly felt drawn to her yoga mat. In the fall of 2018, Sasha became a Certified Yoga Teacher. She completed her teacher training at IAM Yoga under the mentorship of Teri-Ann Carty. The connectivity of breath and movement in yoga provided Sasha with the opportunity to discover mental clarity; in addition to developing an inner body connection, between her mind, body, and spirit. Sasha’s yoga practice became a form of meditation within the asanas. Based on her diverse cross-training and professional experiences as a dance artist, she has developed an artistic and strong anatomical approach to her yoga teaching. Sasha’s classes emphasis a dynamic physical practice that incorporates the connectivity of breathe to movement, while including the importance of mental and physical awareness in the body. Her fusion style of teaching focuses on proper alignment, strength building, flexibility, and balance. She encourages the exploration of movements that facilitate in opening and generating a feel-good sensation in the body. Sasha enjoys challenging her body to push its limitations and carries that motivation to teach inspiring new sequences of movements in a playful and positive Environment. Sasha is looking forward to the continuation of her yoga journey and to inspire other yogis along their path of body exploration.

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