Ghazal Bina

Ghazal stepped on a yoga mat for the first time in her early twenties in her hometown, Tehran while she was a philosophy student. It became a significant part of her life for the past 10 years. It helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat.

She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow at 889 Yoga Studio in Toronto & 300 hour Hatha & 200 hour Yoga Therapy in India. She also had the chance of completing Manju.P.Jois' Ashtanga Primary Series workshop in Berlin & completing a 10 day Vipassana Retreat in Lumbini (Buddha's Birth Place) in Nepal. She has been teaching privately and leading group classes in Iran, Cambodia and Canada so far.

In her classes, She challenges the practitioners physically and mentally to help them find their inner gurus. She strongly believes that yoga is not a series of physical poses to show off your body. However the purpose of yoga is meditation, accepting the reality the way it is & learning the art of living in the moment.

Ya'ara Saks

Ya’ara has been “yogi in progress” for nearly twenty years. Coming to yoga first through the Iyengar style studying in Israel, India and Australia while living abroad, she came back to Toronto in 2007 with her family. 

 

Ya’ara is certified in Vinyasa, Yin, PreNatal, Restorative and Family and Children’s Yoga. She also holds certifications for working with chronic illness including Cancer, Diabetes and PTSD as a Yoga Therapist. She is continually learning with her inspirational teachers from Vinyasa, Yin and Jivamukti disciplines, along with her practice and training in Vipassana Meditation from the Dhamma Tali Centre in India. 

 

Ya’ara believes that yoga creates nourishing and open environments for adults and children to breath, play and be. She teaches from the heart to students from 18 months to 80 years of age, from floor or to chair, through practices that encourage us to find the “kid inside”, let go, laugh, and have fun on and off the mat.

Nancy Mendonca

Nancy has been a certified personal trainer and a fitness instructor for over 15yrs. She grew up in the boxing world at a young age and always active in sports and fitness. She teaches a variety of classes such as Bootcamp, HIIT, Spin, TRX, Boxing, Kettlebells, Sculpt, Strength, Core, if it's tough than it's right up her alley.

 

She is a living example of how fitness can save a life. Believe it or not, Nancy was once overweight and had many obstacles she had to overcome. She chose fitness as her route to change her life and stuck with it.

She lost 100 lbs in a year and found success with fitness. She can relate to many people who have similar obstacles she had faced. Although she is compassionate, she truly believes in the human spirit and will challenge you.

She is a true professional and her passion for fitness is unparalleled.

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you"

Rocio Castillo

In a sudden twist of fate, Rocio found herself in the beautiful jungles of Ubud, where she completed her 200 hour YTT training. Coming from a social work background, Rocio brings with her the lessons of compassion and new beginnings.

A long-time lover and student of the Yogic practice, Rocio has experienced, first hand, the value and power of movement, mindfulness and meditation and the peace and clarity it gives.

Her classes focus on connecting with the breath and surrendering to the present moment.

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.” – J. Krishnamurti

Njambi Bernard

Njambi has been guiding yoga since 2012. She's certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, Pre / Postnatal yoga as well asTRX.

Njambi enjoys helping others understand what it is that they should be looking for in each pose. 

 

She emphasizes on listening to ones breath, alignment, then strength and if those three principles are not compromised then search for flexibility

Cara Sky

Cara completed her Anusara based Iyengar-Vinyasa 200-hr teacher training under the tutelage of Michael Siddall in 2017.  Since then, she has continued to take trainings, including becoming certified as an Aerial Yoga Instructor, as well as seeking out new paths for self-study and dedicated practice. 

 

Having begun her formal yoga training while traveling through Thailand almost 20 years ago, Cara has practiced a variety of yoga styles including Bikram, Moksha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Aerial & Yin, having settled into a mostly Vinyasa based personal practice. She uses her extensive knowledge of the yoga postures to guide students through a practice that helps the individual become better attuned to breath, find stillness of the mind, and greater ease in the physical body, while building strength and stamina.  She hopes to inspire her students with their own love of the practice and to help create an environment for each that is non-judgmental and stress-free.

Marcee Bar-Isaac

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Marcee made her way to Toronto via New York City and London, U.K. all while practicing her Vinyasa Flow practice with some of the top instructors from across the globe. While working in the intense world of Manhattan real estate, Marcee found yoga as an escape from the grind and eventually turned her passion into more than just a hobby.

 

With over a decade of yoga practice, she continues to be inspired by her students and teachers. Balancing teaching and being a mom to her two lively boys, Marcee is eager to connect with and guide people to find their sense of grounding while challenging them in their current practice whether a beginner or an advanced yogi. Having taught in a variety of settings from schools, gyms, studios, to private homes, Marcee exudes patience, softness, and ease all of which she hopes to pass on to her students—along with some good tunes, essential oils, hands-on adjustments, and the ability to never take yourself too seriously!

Inside The Studio

- Weekly Classes

- Monthly Yoga Workshops

- Privet/Semi Private Instruction

- Studio Rental

- Hosted Yoga Events

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