teachers

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Joey Henderson

Owner / Director / Certified Yoga Teacher

I walked into my first yoga class in 2005 in attempt to find peace and balance in my life.   In my many roles, as a mother of two amazing souls,  a wife,  daughter, a sister and aunt, I was working in a high stress job as a women’s caseworker at a shelter for abused women & children.  Outside of these roles  I felt distracted and disconnected; I was lacking a sense of purpose and peace in most aspects of my life.  I was having difficulties making decisions and did not feel confident in the decisions I was making.    I knew I needed to bring something into my life that reconnected me to who I was.  I remembered hearing that yoga was supposed to be relaxing.  Although a little resistant, I decided to sign up for a session.

I began a Hatha Yoga practice 1x/week and continued on for 5 years.  I slowly started to notice little changes happening.  I started to regain my confidence in who I was.   I had less difficulty in making decisions and I was reconnected with feelings of gratitude, happiness, compassion and passion.  With more clarity, I felt a positive transformation and started to crave a  deeper understanding of yoga philosophy.

Although initially I simply wanted to learn more about yoga for my own personal interest, after only 2 weekends of training, I knew I wanted to share what I was learning by teaching.  I began my training with Sheree Nicholson, of “Live With Spirit” yoga studio in Brooklin, Ontario and graduated in September 2011 with my RYT.  Due to a series of fortunate events, and the support and love of my husband, my two children, and some amazing friends, I purchased the studio and reopened it’s doors in January 2012.

I will always consider myself a lifelong student of yoga.  Thus far, I have had the privilege of participating in numerous intensive workshops and trainings with many inspiring yogis including; Seane Corn, Blake Martin, Sadie Nardini, Danny Paradise, Rodney and Colleen Yee, Ashley Turner, Bram Levninson, Andrea Peloso, Jennifer Reis and many more.  In February of 2012, I became a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga Instructor and in November of 2012, a Certified Yoga Nidra - Divine Sleep Teacher with Jennifer Reis.

Finding balance continues to challenge me from day to day on this roller coaster of life, but yoga helps me find my center on and off my mat.  It reminds me that amongst all the chaos, I have the ability to find peace, stillness and clarity.   My intention is to continue to offer others in our community, a friendly, calm, welcoming and warm atmosphere to practice and experience yoga,  and to discover their own path of balance, stillness and inner peace.

I am a true believer that every body can benefit from a consistent yoga practice.  From personal experience, I have come to naturally develop  a deeper passion for life itself  through gratitude, mindfulness, compassion, acceptance and so much more.  With you, I look forward to  continue on my own path;  to continue to learn, grow and share  and deepen my own understanding,  experience, and knowledge with LOVE, every step of the way.

NAMASTE,

Joey Henderson
RYT
RKY (Certified in Rainbow Kids Yoga)
Certified Prenatal Teacher
Yoga Nidra Certified

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Jessica Rooney

Certified Yoga Teacher

I took my 200 hr teacher training in the beautiful rainforest of Costa Rica under the teaching of Vidya Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus International.  Both she and the country itself were an inspiration to me.  Not only did I get to practice yoga daily in such a pure and gorgeous country, but I was surrounded by many people who share the same passion and love for yoga as I do.

Upon returning from Costa Rica I was fortunate enough to be able to start teaching here at the Yoga Loft.  I teach a Vinyasa flow style of yoga focused on breath, movement, strength and balance.  I am blessed to have found my passion and be able to express it.  I want to share this passion with students and help them gain an enthusiasm for learning and expressing themselves.
  I look forward to the opportunity to teach and share my practice with all of you!

“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do”  – Rumi

Namaste

Jessica Rooney

RYT

 

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Heather Lavallee

Certified Yoga Teacher

I started my yoga practice in 1999, at Rama Lotus Yoga Studio in Ottawa.  I was working in the medical sales field at a fairly high stress level.  I had heard that yoga was supposed to be relaxing so I decided to give it at try.  I tried several styles before I was introduced to Bikram (hot) yoga.  I was hooked from the first class.  The heat and vigorous flow of class was just what I needed.  After moving to Toronto in 2000, I began practicing Ashtanga and Moksha yoga.  I was not only thriving on the physical benefits, but I was beginning to learn and appreciate the other paths that yoga was taking me.  I started to experience balance and strength in other aspects of my life.  After moving back to Lindsay (I grew up in Bobcaygeon) and after the birth of my daughter in 2004, I began a Hatha practice.  To deepen my practice, I quit my sales career, stayed at home with my daughter, and was accepted into a Yoga Alliance teacher training program.  I graduated in 2007 at the 200hr level,  lived my dream and opened my first small studio, Yoga on York in Jan 2008.

Over the past seven years I have also had the joy and privilege to attend intensive training and workshops with some of the world’s most knowledgeable teachers including, Baron Baptiste, Sean Corne, Marsha Wenig (Yoga4Kids) and Rodney Yee.  Along with my work as a Rehabilitation Assistant with Therapacc Physiotherapy, I am grateful to be able to bring yoga and it’s limitless opportunities to others in a beautiful, safe and most of all fun environment.  I am honored to be living and teaching in my hometown, with my husband Dorian (without his support I couldn’t do this!!) and “teenie yogini” daughter, Sinclair.

Heather Lavallee

RYT

 

AmyJo Teatro

Certified Moksha Yoga Teacher

I was first introduced to my practice in 2008, while studying abroad, in a classroom amongst the rolling mountains in Switzerland, to be exact. The classic and vivid memory of bell adorned cattle outside the window still has a way of taking me back to the peace, relaxation and heavenly sleeps that came from my intro to yoga. My draw to my mat started with the intention of adding to my regular exercise routine and I was committed to the physical benefits that I imagined would be similar to those of my past, as a competitive dancer.

When I returned home, my very busy-prone lifestyle did not leave me the space to continue a regular practice until late 2009, while working on the road. While living out of a suitcase and in a quest to keep myself busy in my off times I decided to reconnect with my mat. Very quickly, I noticed that my ‘physical’ practice (although very familiar) turned inward and I was experiencing the value of slowing down and taking time that was 100% for me.

Yoga classes have taught me the value of imperfection (which I had been very fearful of) and granted me the time to reflect on parts of my life that I had been running from, allowing me to learn (and continue to learn) to let go of things that are beyond my control rather than hiding from or avoiding them. After settling back home in Lindsay and continuing a very routine practice at a number of local studios I decided to make a life change and pursue my passion for Yoga as a career. In 2013, I graduated from the Moksha Yoga 500hr Teacher Training and haven’t looked back. I have since studied under other inspirational Leaders, Teachers and Yogis, such as Marla Ericksen (Yin), Mark Stephens (Yoga Adjustments) and Susi Hately to name a few. I look forward to continuing to grow with this beautiful community and look forward to joining you on whatever journey has drawn you to your mat.

Namaste

 

Carrie

PYC Certified Yoga Teacher

My love for yoga began in 2011.  A neighbor up the street came by asking if I wanted to join her for yoga a few nights a week at the arena up the street.  I thought sure, why not….. And I have been practicing ever since!

I would step onto my mat to practice and it was as if something magical happened.  I felt this amazing sense of peace, joy, balance and freedom.  The stretch my body undertook was always rejuvenating.  These wonderful experiences kept me practicing.

In 2012 I took my teacher training through Power Yoga Canada, at Wolfe Island in Kingston.  At that time, there were many transitions taking place in my life, all out of my control.  I looked to yoga as my guiding light, as it always held the power to shine the thought of “possibility”.

Four years later, I am still practicing, still loving the sensations and experiences yoga provides.  I am always learning something new and enjoy the many people yoga has brought to my life. I am richer for this knowledge and these interactions.

While practicing I am present, giving me the affordance to focus on what is coming up, usually what comes up for me on my mat is coming up for me in my life. I have been grateful for this awareness.  I am able to focus my energy on what needs to be modified in my life.

I invite you to come and join me on your mat, to feel the magic, the awareness and the rejuvenation.  Let the light of possibility shine, it is nothing short of a miracle!

“You are a powerful, creative and compassionate spirit.” ~Gary Zukav

Namaste
Carrie

 


Heidi Moffatt

RMT, YES 2012

I walked into my first yoga class here at the Yoga Loft in 2009 and loved it! As a recently graduated Registered Massage Therapist I knew that I wanted to someday incorporate this into my practice.

In 2012 I completed my YES I and II (Yoga Exercise Specialist) with Susie Dias of East to West Yoga in Toronto. From there I began teaching beginner hatha/flow mixed classes at a small studio in Beaverton. In 2014 after having my daughter I took a break from teaching. I felt the need to take some time for myself and my growing family. The plan was always for me to complete my 200 hour training, but kids and life were busy and it never seemed the right time.In 2015 I had the opportunity to teach kids yoga. I was hesitant at first, but ended up loving it! It was then that I realized I just needed to commit to finishing my 200 hours. I knew then that if I waited until the ‘right’ time that I would never complete it as there never is a ‘right’ time. I am currently just over half way through my 200hr training which will be completed by June 2016. I have future goals of eventually working towards my 500hrs and continuing to teach yoga to kids! I live in Lindsay with my husband; James and our two little yogis Gabe and Abby who commonly accompany me on my mat at home :) I look forward to continually learning and growing as a yoga teacher.
Namaste
Heidi Moffatt

 

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Katelyn Flood

Certified Yoga Teacher

I attended my first yoga class 4 years ago and initially did not connect with yoga as a whole. After trying a few more classes, I got completely hooked. I first fell in love with the physical aspect, especially after a long work day at the office. I would leave class completely relaxed and rejuvenated. I took yoga classes in many different styles before I came across my first Ashtanga class with Asia Nelson in Waterloo. The style instantly resonated with me; I loved the challenge it offered in each asana. Over time I began to appreciate and live by the spiritual aspects that yoga has to offer. It is undeniable that yoga has played a huge role in helping me evolve as a person and I love that I am a forever  student of yoga.

I eventually did my 200 Hr YTT training in Kitchener under Asia Nelson’s PranaLife Yoga and it changed my life. Once I completed my training I realized that I wanted to help create the same experiences for fellow yogis. My classes draw from the Ashtanga sequence and philosophy and I aim to build strength, endurance and greater mobility in the body and mind. I want practitioners to leave my class feeling refreshed and renewed. I later moved to the Kawartha Lakes in 2015 and am thrilled to be a part of the Yoga Loft community.

 


Marsha Roscoe

Certified Moksha Yoga Teacher

I went to my first hot yoga class in 2011 and fell in love!  I eventually decided I wanted to deepen my practice and attended my first 200 hour teacher training in 2014.  Teaching allowed me to explore yoga in a whole new way, and I have since completed a 500 hour Hatha training, a 100 Hour Vinyasa training, a 200 hour Advanced Level Training and have received a certificate in Yin. I enjoy both teaching and practicing a variety of styles of yoga, and lately my focus has shifted toward pranayama and meditation.
I look forward to seeing you on your mat,
Marsha

 

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Melodie Leerentveld

Certified Fitness Instructor

A friend encouraged me to run with her when I was in my early 20′s and since then I haven’t looked back. At that time in my life I made many positive lifestyle change’s and now teach my children about healthy choices and setting a good example.

I began teaching fitness in 2005, initially as an aqua instructor and 6 months later as a group fitness instructor. I am currently certified with the Ontario Fitness Certification, gold level as a Group Instructor, I also have certification in Resistance Training, Pre/Post Natal Certification, Aqua Instructor, Older Adult courses and have attended many fitness conferences.

I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for fitness with others. It is very rewarding to watch others grow stronger and feel and see the benefits of their hard work. I have worked with a large demographic of individuals, prenatal Mom’s, new Mom’s, seniors, experienced athletes and the beginner. I adapt my classes to those around me and encourage everyone to work within their own abilities. I believe in good form and building a strong foundation within yourself. I enjoying working with others and trying to make a difference in their lives.