THE BASEMENT

YOGA

& FITNESS Studio

THE BASEMENT

YOGA

& FITNESS Studio

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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.


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.

 

Elizabeth "Liz" Idowu


Liz has lived a lifetime of movement and music studies. Starting off her professional career as a musical theatre major, instrumental music minor at Etobicoke School of the Arts. She travelled to study Contemporary Dance in Montreal and a specialized modern technique, Horton, as well as continuing her Ballet studies in New York at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. It was there where she discovered yoga and became inspired to become a wellness instructor who now teaches yoga in addition to indoor cycling and barre.



Her love of music, movement, wellness and body awareness drives her to cultivate classes accessible to all levels (beginner to seasoned) for all to experience a well rounded, effective workout to bring their wellness goals into fruition.


"My classes are always filled with inspiration and energy that will push you to challenge yourself with muscular endurance, improvement of range of motion/mobility and releasing stress/tension."


Nancy Mendonca


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 variery 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 true professional and her passion for fitness is unparalleled. "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you" is Nancy's signature phrase. 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.

Jacob Saphra


Jacob is a passionate practitioner, teacher and forever student of yoga, movement and fitness.


Trained in Goa, India, and later registered with the Yoga Alliance, Jacob is motivated by a strong desire to bring yoga and other functional movement patterns to people of all ages and backgrounds in order to promote good health and longevity in the community.

Cara Sky

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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.


After 20 years of travel and living abroad, Cara returned to her hometown of Toronto in 2015.  When she isn’t on her mat she can usually be found designing, crafting or creating.

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