We rise by lifting others
— Robert Ingersoll

  Sophie Wootton   Owner/Instructor  Asana of Choice: Adho Much Svasana (Downward-Facing Dog)  My yoga journey began at the age of 16 when I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Looking for something to ease my pain and discomfort, I took to the yoga asanas. Yoga quickly became my passion, and my escape from the busyness of life. My beautiful daughter changed my outlook on life, I decided to follow my passion and dedicate my life to helping others find health, wellness, and a life with a little less stress and worry.  I began my Yoga Teacher Training as a way to refine and improve my personal practice. During this time I was still experiencing a lot of back pain from my scoliosis. I learned how to change my  practice  to suit the needs of my body, not change my  body  to suit the needs of the practice. Once I started learning about Yoga I never looked back. I have taken many additional training courses over the past couple of years, and just added another core 200hr training, specializing in Vinyasa and Ashtanga.  I teach a few different styles of yoga at the studio, reach out and send me an email if you would like me to help you choose the best practice for you.  Yoga truly is for everybody and every body, drop by the studio and experience it for yourself.  Sophie

Sophie Wootton

Owner/Instructor

Asana of Choice: Adho Much Svasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

My yoga journey began at the age of 16 when I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Looking for something to ease my pain and discomfort, I took to the yoga asanas. Yoga quickly became my passion, and my escape from the busyness of life. My beautiful daughter changed my outlook on life, I decided to follow my passion and dedicate my life to helping others find health, wellness, and a life with a little less stress and worry.

I began my Yoga Teacher Training as a way to refine and improve my personal practice. During this time I was still experiencing a lot of back pain from my scoliosis. I learned how to change my practice to suit the needs of my body, not change my body to suit the needs of the practice. Once I started learning about Yoga I never looked back. I have taken many additional training courses over the past couple of years, and just added another core 200hr training, specializing in Vinyasa and Ashtanga.

I teach a few different styles of yoga at the studio, reach out and send me an email if you would like me to help you choose the best practice for you.

Yoga truly is for everybody and every body, drop by the studio and experience it for yourself.

Sophie

  Tanja Semenuk   Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher & Reiki Practitioner  Asana of Choice: Natarajasana (Dancer's Pose)  I have been practicing yoga for nearly a decade and each time I get on my mat, I am left feeling brighter and lighter. This is what inspires me to share my passion, to guide others to a place inside where they can find and fully embrace themselves for whom they truly are. Even if only for a moment, that little flicker of light has the possibility to ignite our truth and allow us to live an authentic life. It only took a few classes for me to feel a beautiful shift, and realize how powerful and transformative yoga is for the body, mind and soul. This is what what drives me to share my yoga with others so that they may connect to their own inner light.  Yoga Teacher Training felt like a natural step in my journey as I took my 200hr certification at Balanced Life Yoga in Ajax. I have continued to deepen my knowledge with trainings in Prenatal Yoga, JOCK yoga, Reiki Level I & II as well as various courses and workshops.  I am so honoured to guide classes at Veda, and to be an ambassador for Lululemon in the Scarborough Town Centre. My teaching style varies from chill Restorative practice to upbeat and fun Vinyasa,  I hope to connect with you on your mat and guide you to a place of deepest connection in your practice.  Namaste  T

Tanja Semenuk

Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher & Reiki Practitioner

Asana of Choice: Natarajasana (Dancer's Pose)

I have been practicing yoga for nearly a decade and each time I get on my mat, I am left feeling brighter and lighter. This is what inspires me to share my passion, to guide others to a place inside where they can find and fully embrace themselves for whom they truly are. Even if only for a moment, that little flicker of light has the possibility to ignite our truth and allow us to live an authentic life. It only took a few classes for me to feel a beautiful shift, and realize how powerful and transformative yoga is for the body, mind and soul. This is what what drives me to share my yoga with others so that they may connect to their own inner light.

Yoga Teacher Training felt like a natural step in my journey as I took my 200hr certification at Balanced Life Yoga in Ajax. I have continued to deepen my knowledge with trainings in Prenatal Yoga, JOCK yoga, Reiki Level I & II as well as various courses and workshops.

I am so honoured to guide classes at Veda, and to be an ambassador for Lululemon in the Scarborough Town Centre. My teaching style varies from chill Restorative practice to upbeat and fun Vinyasa,

I hope to connect with you on your mat and guide you to a place of deepest connection in your practice.

Namaste

T

  Jeff Phinney   Yoga Instructor  RYT: 250 hours.  Asana of Choice: Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair)  I started my Yoga journey 2 years ago while looking for some activity to keep me fit over the winter. That search found me sitting on a mat for my first Yoga class. One week later I was hooked and have never looked back. Over that year, I found myself drawn more and more to a balanced lifestyle and to my Yoga practice. I have just recently completed my 200 hour certification as well as other courses covering Thai Massage, Prenatal yoga, Hot stone and Restorative Yoga.  I love active classes and try to strike a balance between vigorous and more laid-back yoga. My hope is that classes are relaxed and fun while also being focused and precise. I want to encourage students to move at their own pace and work slowly toward more challenging yoga poses.  My yoga teaching style draws on several types of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga,. My main teaching style, though, is rooted in a breath-based Hatha practice.  Yoga is a journey that takes only a few minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. I am continuing to take workshops and trainings in yoga and teaching methods.  Hope to see you soon.  Jeff

Jeff Phinney

Yoga Instructor

RYT: 250 hours.

Asana of Choice: Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair)

I started my Yoga journey 2 years ago while looking for some activity to keep me fit over the winter. That search found me sitting on a mat for my first Yoga class. One week later I was hooked and have never looked back. Over that year, I found myself drawn more and more to a balanced lifestyle and to my Yoga practice. I have just recently completed my 200 hour certification as well as other courses covering Thai Massage, Prenatal yoga, Hot stone and Restorative Yoga.

I love active classes and try to strike a balance between vigorous and more laid-back yoga. My hope is that classes are relaxed and fun while also being focused and precise. I want to encourage students to move at their own pace and work slowly toward more challenging yoga poses.

My yoga teaching style draws on several types of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga,. My main teaching style, though, is rooted in a breath-based Hatha practice.

Yoga is a journey that takes only a few minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. I am continuing to take workshops and trainings in yoga and teaching methods.

Hope to see you soon.

Jeff

 
  Janice Duffy   Yoga Instructor  RYT: 300 hours.  Asana of Choice : Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2)  The unique practice of yoga, encompassing body, mind and soul, intrigued me and from that first calming breath in class, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Being active and having just completed my first half marathon, I also realized the physical benefits of yoga; incorporating the practice as an effective method of cross-training, to strengthen and tone, as well as increasing flexibility to reduce the risk of injury. I then began to deepen my own practice and decided to share my love of yoga with others.  In addition to completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training I have been trained in Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Prenatal and Yin Teacher Training. I feel that each time we come onto our mat, we have the ability to learn something new about the practice and about ourselves.  I look forward to seeing you on your mat and guiding you through your Yoga experience.

Janice Duffy

Yoga Instructor

RYT: 300 hours.

Asana of Choice : Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2)

The unique practice of yoga, encompassing body, mind and soul, intrigued me and from that first calming breath in class, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Being active and having just completed my first half marathon, I also realized the physical benefits of yoga; incorporating the practice as an effective method of cross-training, to strengthen and tone, as well as increasing flexibility to reduce the risk of injury. I then began to deepen my own practice and decided to share my love of yoga with others.

In addition to completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training I have been trained in Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Prenatal and Yin Teacher Training. I feel that each time we come onto our mat, we have the ability to learn something new about the practice and about ourselves.

I look forward to seeing you on your mat and guiding you through your Yoga experience.

  Nicola Shortt   Yoga Instructor  Asana of Choice: Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle)  The first time I stepped on my yoga mat I felt awkward and self-conscious – but curious. Curious as to what my body was capable of and curious of what it was that made me feel so much more connected and at ease all within a one hour practice. This curiosity kept pulling me back to my mat over and over again until it became a regular place for me to come to when I needed to slow down and tune into myself and my breath.  Embarking on my 200 hour Hatha YTT has been an incredible journey and I am so glad to have this “tool” in my self-care tool kit that I can come back to anytime throughout my life. I can’t wait to share with you the practice that has given me so much.  You don’t have to be flexible, you don’t have to be fit, you just have to choose to show up – and get curious.  Namaste

Nicola Shortt

Yoga Instructor

Asana of Choice: Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle)

The first time I stepped on my yoga mat I felt awkward and self-conscious – but curious. Curious as to what my body was capable of and curious of what it was that made me feel so much more connected and at ease all within a one hour practice. This curiosity kept pulling me back to my mat over and over again until it became a regular place for me to come to when I needed to slow down and tune into myself and my breath.

Embarking on my 200 hour Hatha YTT has been an incredible journey and I am so glad to have this “tool” in my self-care tool kit that I can come back to anytime throughout my life. I can’t wait to share with you the practice that has given me so much.

You don’t have to be flexible, you don’t have to be fit, you just have to choose to show up – and get curious.

Namaste

  Glenna Woolcott   Yoga Instructor  Asana of Choice: Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)  One of the many things I love about yoga is its accessibility - anybody can practice in any number of ways anywhere. I particularly love that the practice of yoga can elicit so many different experiences and responses in each person who steps onto a mat.  I have been practicing yoga for almost a decade and seek both the energy and calmness it brings into my day. I have completed my 200 hour Hatha training and have additionally completed training in Prenatal, Yin and Restorative.  I look forward to sharing with you the positivity and commitment to kindness towards ourselves that we experience when we enter the studio and join the community of a class.

Glenna Woolcott

Yoga Instructor

Asana of Choice: Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)

One of the many things I love about yoga is its accessibility - anybody can practice in any number of ways anywhere. I particularly love that the practice of yoga can elicit so many different experiences and responses in each person who steps onto a mat.

I have been practicing yoga for almost a decade and seek both the energy and calmness it brings into my day. I have completed my 200 hour Hatha training and have additionally completed training in Prenatal, Yin and Restorative.

I look forward to sharing with you the positivity and commitment to kindness towards ourselves that we experience when we enter the studio and join the community of a class.

  Shannon Trainor   Instructor  Yoga & Movement Enthusiast  500 hr RYT  Asana of Choice: Revolved Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvokonasana)  My yoga journey began when I attended my first ever yoga class in Costa Rica at Blue Spirit retreat. This experience ignited a fire that has kept burning fiercely inside of me, ever since. I came to yoga for relief of physical pain and I have stayed with it for the healing, growth in self-confidence, and self-care that I have received as gifts, with the years of practice.  Yoga helps provide me with the skills to manage a busy and often stressful job as a surgeon. I have learned skills that have improved my compassion toward me, others and the world.  My first 200 hour YTT training was with Yoga Detour in Toronto. Their approach blends Hatha yoga, strength training and movement. More recently I have completed a Vinyasa YTT 200 hour training. I have also undertaken yoga training in Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, Chair but also on Meditation, Thai Massage, Reiki and mindful strength.  Although I enjoy all forms of yoga I have a special love of teaching restorative yoga. In this busy world we need to take time to relax and recover from the effects of multitasking and rushing around. When we feel relaxed, we get an opportunity to turn inward and become more self-aware. This empowers us to become a better person for us and for others, possibly leading to greater happiness.  Each time I step on my mat I immediately feel my shoulders relax and my breath deepen. I look forward to seeing you on your mat and opportunities to pamper you with restoration and relaxation or making you sweat with movement.  Namaste  Shannon

Shannon Trainor

Instructor

Yoga & Movement Enthusiast

500 hr RYT

Asana of Choice: Revolved Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvokonasana)

My yoga journey began when I attended my first ever yoga class in Costa Rica at Blue Spirit retreat. This experience ignited a fire that has kept burning fiercely inside of me, ever since. I came to yoga for relief of physical pain and I have stayed with it for the healing, growth in self-confidence, and self-care that I have received as gifts, with the years of practice.

Yoga helps provide me with the skills to manage a busy and often stressful job as a surgeon. I have learned skills that have improved my compassion toward me, others and the world.

My first 200 hour YTT training was with Yoga Detour in Toronto. Their approach blends Hatha yoga, strength training and movement. More recently I have completed a Vinyasa YTT 200 hour training. I have also undertaken yoga training in Prenatal, Yin, Restorative, Chair but also on Meditation, Thai Massage, Reiki and mindful strength.

Although I enjoy all forms of yoga I have a special love of teaching restorative yoga. In this busy world we need to take time to relax and recover from the effects of multitasking and rushing around. When we feel relaxed, we get an opportunity to turn inward and become more self-aware. This empowers us to become a better person for us and for others, possibly leading to greater happiness.

Each time I step on my mat I immediately feel my shoulders relax and my breath deepen. I look forward to seeing you on your mat and opportunities to pamper you with restoration and relaxation or making you sweat with movement.

Namaste

Shannon

  Gillian Buckley   Yoga Instructor  Asana of Choice: Buddha Konasana (Bound Angle)   I initially started practicing yoga about ten years ago as a complement to other activities in my life: it helped me deepen my backbends in belly dance and stretched out my muscles during my half-marathon training. Over time I found that I was adding more and more yoga in to my routine and attending classes for the yoga itself. I liked how my mind and body felt after a practice and the philosophy shared by the instructors was starting to resonate. I was hooked.  Eventually I decided to deepen my practice and enrol in the 300+hr Vinyasa training at Breathe Yoga School in Toronto. I’ve also done trainings in pre- and post-natal yoga, as well as yin and Thai massage.  Above all else, I make student safety, both physical and emotional, my priority in all of my classes. I like to challenge my students to step outside of their comfort zone and explore all of the amazing things that their bodies can do.

Gillian Buckley

Yoga Instructor

Asana of Choice: Buddha Konasana (Bound Angle)

I initially started practicing yoga about ten years ago as a complement to other activities in my life: it helped me deepen my backbends in belly dance and stretched out my muscles during my half-marathon training. Over time I found that I was adding more and more yoga in to my routine and attending classes for the yoga itself. I liked how my mind and body felt after a practice and the philosophy shared by the instructors was starting to resonate. I was hooked.

Eventually I decided to deepen my practice and enrol in the 300+hr Vinyasa training at Breathe Yoga School in Toronto. I’ve also done trainings in pre- and post-natal yoga, as well as yin and Thai massage.

Above all else, I make student safety, both physical and emotional, my priority in all of my classes. I like to challenge my students to step outside of their comfort zone and explore all of the amazing things that their bodies can do.

  Alison Hindle - Yoga & Pilates Instructor   YogaFit 200; Body Harmonics certified Pilates instructor  Favorite Pilates Exercise: Double-leg Stretch  Asana of choice: Vrksasana (tree pose)  After being diagnosed with a mild form of scoliosis as a kid, I turned to Pilates after hearing from others that it would help with my back pain. After one class, I was hooked! Not only was I feeling much better about my back, but I also had more energy and more strength overall. In fact, the doctor could no longer see any signs of scoliosis.  My journey of becoming a Pilates teacher began in 2007 and led me to many different paths and teacher trainings. In 2012, I added my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Incorporating Yoga into my Pilates classes was a fun way to change up the class format and giveparticipants a sense of calmness and relaxation all while strengthening at the same time. I learned a lot of about the similarities (and the differences) between Pilates and Yoga and how they are an excellent complement to each other.  I especially love teaching Pilates with small props, such as Therabands, Pilates balls and weighted balls. I focus on properly and precisely moving from the core to help strengthen and balance the rest of the body. My hope is that you leave my class feeling amazing and centered!

Alison Hindle - Yoga & Pilates Instructor

YogaFit 200; Body Harmonics certified Pilates instructor

Favorite Pilates Exercise: Double-leg Stretch

Asana of choice: Vrksasana (tree pose)

After being diagnosed with a mild form of scoliosis as a kid, I turned to Pilates after hearing from others that it would help with my back pain. After one class, I was hooked! Not only was I feeling much better about my back, but I also had more energy and more strength overall. In fact, the doctor could no longer see any signs of scoliosis.

My journey of becoming a Pilates teacher began in 2007 and led me to many different paths and teacher trainings. In 2012, I added my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Incorporating Yoga into my Pilates classes was a fun way to change up the class format and giveparticipants a sense of calmness and relaxation all while strengthening at the same time. I learned a lot of about the similarities (and the differences) between Pilates and Yoga and how they are an excellent complement to each other.

I especially love teaching Pilates with small props, such as Therabands, Pilates balls and weighted balls. I focus on properly and precisely moving from the core to help strengthen and balance the rest of the body. My hope is that you leave my class feeling amazing and centered!