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Lyndsey Bishop

A love for all things yoga has inspired Lyndsey since she first began practicing asana in the late 1990s. What started out as enjoyment of 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 sharing this wondrous practice with other like-minded individuals looking to discover the magic of yoga. Lyndsey is a devoted student as well as a 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 the 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 practitioner and teacher knowledge. 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 Sivananda-based lineages.

Laura Mackinnon

Laura is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and Certified Yoga Instructor based in Toronto. She began practicing yoga in 2012 to explore movement and a deeper connection to the body and the mind. She completed her 250h teacher training in 2017.

Laura’s style is focused on building foundational solid postures, proper and safe alignment, and creative sequencing that encourages students to be focused and present. Inspired by the children, she’s worked with, Laura loves bringing playfulness and exploration to her classes. Students can expect a fresh and fun take on traditional poses in a safe and exciting environment. Be ready to sweat, laugh, breathe, and flow!

Philippe Van Martin

Philippe Van de Maele Martin (he/him) is a bilingual (en/fr) yoga instructor and actor living in Toronto, Canada. He has been practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2015. His classes are always rooted in a theme blend of smart strengthening, fluid movement, poetic cueing, and an appeal to the subtle. He hopes that those who come to his class leave feeling strongly inspired and at ease. For more information, visit Philippe’s website at www.philvanmartin.com.

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 the 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 from chronic back and sleep issues for as long as he could remember, he quickly saw the practice’s benefits [and relief]. 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 physical practice, focusing on balance and control within the 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.

Rachel Fallon

For 25 years, she has immersed herself in Yoga, Somatic Awareness, Meditation and Psychotherapy modalities worldwide. Her journey into self-inquiry began while studying to become a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, integrating the balance of the body, mind, and spirit. This journey brought her to India to do her first yoga teacher training and deepen her relationship with lineages from the Krishnamacharya traditions. She has lived in the Himalayas of Nepal with Tantric Tibetan Monks studying Buddhism and Meditation, learning how to live a life with the least amount of suffering; She has sat with Swamis and Sanyasi Ascetics at the foot of the Ganga River in Rishikesh, India, meditating on death and impermanence after losing her mother to addiction. She lived in the alternative community teaching yoga in Thailand, Nepal, China and India for almost a decade; she is a seeker and lover of sacred ceremony, lineage, ritual and embodied psycho-spiritual practices, and she has been teaching yoga since 2002

Tori Lovegrove

Having grown up outside of the city in Collingwood, Ontario, Tori’s love for movement began at a very young age. Upon transitioning from the competitive dance scene and into the fitness industry, she discovered her love for yoga at age 16 and has since grown a deep passion for hot yoga in particular.

Since studying the practices of Vinyasa flow, Power, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga, her teaching style has developed over the years but continues to incorporate her childhood love for dance-like expression. With a heavy emphasis on self-exploration and intuitive movement, Tori encourages a vigorous, playful practice while proudly holding space for a diverse community of students that identify with various movement backgrounds.

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 their sweat on. Never forget what Elsbeth believes to be the essence of why you are all there: 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 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 and Director 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 where she felt connected and open to embarking on her practice. After working as an Engineer at Bombardier for 7 years, she lost her job like many other Canadians during the pandemic and found that she had lost her happy place. 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 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.

Elle MacRae

Studio Manager

Elle started with the company in 2015 when searching for a sense of community after the death of a loved one. And she found that here! Beginning at Energy Exchange, Elle worked her way up over the years to management in 2021 when Sadaf Hosseini acquired the business. Having completed IAM YOGA’s Teacher Training in 2018, she is well versed in the classes and teachers featured at this studio.

In her 6+ years of practicing, Elle has cultivated a deep connection between her mind and body, thus facilitating a deeper connection to her sense of self. To her, it is impossible to regret taking a yoga class; she always leaves feeling more aligned with her best self.

Juliana Klein

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 health and awareness throughout daily life, one can engage with the world constructively and lovingly.

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 immediately connected with the physical practice 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, and more connected. Since completing her teacher training, Ang has dedicated her life to the learning and teaching of yoga.  Her good-humoured personality and her knowledge of human anatomy provide 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 honours 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 practise 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. www.elaineclark.ca

Courtney Milner

Travelling the world, Courtney discovered her love for yoga was more than just a hobby; it was a way of living. Courtney trained intensively in Thailand and Cambodia, diving right in and cultivating a strong yoga and meditation practice. While abroad, she completed a 200h student program at Hariharalaya retreat in Cambodia and another 100h at Shambhala Yoga center in Thailand. Upon returning home to Canada, Courtney completed another 250h YTT in Toronto and is currently in the midst of her 300h advanced YTT. Courtney draws inspiration from her various training to provide her students with the platform to cultivate one’s connection to their true Selves in an energetic and fun atmosphere.

Sheldon Shannon

Advanced Postures

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

Sheldon came to the practice with rebellious and playful energy as a natural-born athlete. Sheldon was immediately drawn to the powerful Ashtanga yoga method with a passion for cycling and a childhood of competitive gymnastics and immediately 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 and 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.

Brittany Ugolini

Since 2009, Brittany has been an avid yoga practitioner. After practicing for many years, she did her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2017. Since then, she has been teaching classes at various studios around the city. In addition to her 200hr training, Brittany has completed training in Yin Yoga, Pre & Post-Natal and has done her Advanced Teacher Training. With over 300 hours of training under her belt, Brittany centres her own practice and teaching around connecting movement to breathing and cultivating a deeper awareness of oneself. She believes everything we experience on the yoga mat can resonate deeply in our lives if we are willing to listen. She strives to help her students find a larger purpose in their yoga practice beyond the physical.

Chrys Muszka

“Chrys Muszka is a Yoga & Meditation Educator, Energy Healing, Herbalist, and Earth Mystic with over 10 years of teaching experience and over two decades of practice and healing work. He has explored the yoga tradition in a full-spectrum way, respectfully studying and embracing both the physical, philosophical, and spiritual/cultural aspects. Travelling the world to seek out a diverse range of teachers and styles of yoga, energy work, and plant medicines. He teaches his physical-based classes enriched with personal inquiry and a balance of strength, stretch, and stability. His more mindful & restorative classes offer insightful philosophy, deep relaxation, and stillness. He seeks to inspire his students to live authentic, holistic, and mindful lives, tapping into the interconnected fabric of consciousness. He brings an unique perspective that blends ancient wisdom respectfully with a modern perspective. www.chrysyoga.com

Emily Downs

Growing up, the 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 daily; she found yoga. Yoga originally was a way of keeping active and staying strong, although it quickly grew into more of an obsession and more of a lifestyle. Upon returning to Toronto, she completed her initial teacher training and has been a full-time instructor in yoga every since. Emily has also completed further training, including barre fit and personal training certifications. Emily’s classes are accessible for all and bring an element of playfulness and fluidity. She desires to create an inclusive environment concerning the roots of the practice and respect all that wish to attend.

Sasha Ludavicious

Sasha’s yoga journey began in her hometown of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario. She trained as a competitive dancer and gymnast during adolescence but discovered her passion for classical ballet and contemporary dance by studying internationally. She has been a professional contemporary dance artist in Toronto for five 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 and develop an inner body connection between her mind, body, and spirit. Sasha’s yoga practise 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 anatomical solid approach to her yoga teaching. Sasha’s classes emphasize a dynamic physical practice that incorporates the connectivity of breathing to movement while including the importance of mental and physical awareness in the body. Her fusion teaching style focuses on proper alignment, strength building, flexibility, and balance. She encourages the exploration of movements that facilitate 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 continuing her yoga journey and inspiring other yogis along their path of body exploration.