Debbi is registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT200) and Canadian Yogic Alliance (CYA-E-RYT200) and has been teaching since 2004. Her additional certifications include prenatal and kids yoga. She has also shared the joy and benefits of yoga with other new moms through Mom and Baby yoga classes.
Yoga has brought her the physical benefits of endurance, focus and flexibility and most importantly inner strength and awareness.
Debbi teaches yoga because she wants to share her passion for yoga, and believes that we can all take our yogic experiences off the mat and in to our daily lives.
Debbi endeavours to make yoga accessible to all levels of practitioners, and loves putting together uniquely inspiring playlists. In her classes, expect her to guide you through a vigorous practice with an emphasis on being true to your Self and gaining joy, not frustration, on your mat.
Karin has been practicing Yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2007. She is fascinated by the 'step by step' of self discovery through this practice and excited to share her insights and love for Yoga with the world.
Karin's class's focus is on staying connected to the inner self with emphasis on breathing, developing body and mind awareness, as well as core strength, muscle tone, improved posture, balance and inner confident.
She is a senior instructor at Yoga Tree studios and a teacher training program director. She believes that the practice can be adaptable to suit every body when attending the specific needs of the individual and encourages her students to listen to their bodies and work in a way that feels safe to them while having fun with their practice.
Specializing in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Yin, she completed her initial teacher training with Yoga Tree and has expanded her knowledge with various teachers in Canada and India. Practicing since 2005 and teaching since 2010, Kim's ongoing learning is a commitment to her students and her personal yoga journey.
Her passion for helping others inspires her to hold space for fun, creative and safe practices that accommodate every individual yogi.
Join Alvin’s classes to bring balance between the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. Incorporating a mix of classical Hatha and Ashtanga to wake up the body, mind and spirit, Alvin’s contagious optimistic attitude inspires students to challenge their limitations, all while accepting the present moment.
Rebecca encourages students to practice yoga with integrity; letting go of the desire to achieve “perfect” or more advanced postures, and focusing on the details of alignment, body awareness, deep steady breath, and the overall feeling in the posture.
Rebecca graduated from the Yoga Tree teacher training program in 2011. She currently enjoys teaching and practicing her own style of yoga based on Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative yoga. She is also working towards earning her license as a Naturopathic Doctor.
She has also completed Yoga Therapy workshops, and has received her Restorative Yoga Certification in 2013.
Joanna started practicing Pilates in 2011. The method has educated her with a comprehensive understating of anatomy, increased overall body awareness and core strength, which are all are complementary to her yoga practice.
She is currently also a STOTT Certified Matwork and Injuries and Special Populations (ISP) Pilates Instructor, and teaches Pilates/Yoga Fusion classes, in addition to her regular Yoga classes. She finds it most rewarding to make Pilates and yoga accessible to everyone, and works closely with students of all levels. Teaching and learning movement is a source of inspiration for Joanna, and she looks forward to ongoing experiences as an instructor, and as a student on the mat.
Sandy discovered yoga after coming off a surfing injury while living abroad. Advised by a fellow surfer to take up yoga, she found that yoga provided a method of connecting to our world that was kind, genuine and loving. She has been living, breathing, moving and healing with yoga each day since. Inspired constantly by her fellow yogis, Sandy is currently working towards her 500 hr advanced certification under the Yoga Medicine curriculum.
As a Certified Yoga Instructor, Dr. Baldassarra combines her medical knowledge with the physical and mental rejuvenation of yoga practice, giving her patients and students the unique opportunity to fully work towards optimal health. You can find her teaching an invigorating class at Yoga Tree, working in the wellness center or preparing yoga teachers in training as an anatomy professor. She aspires to motivate and educate her patients and students to achieve their personal health goals while attaining the benefits of mind and body awareness.
Dr. Baldassarra has a passion for teaching, and is proud to work as an associate professor in the faculty of Pre-Health Sciences at George Brown College. She uses her clinical knowledge and experience to help students reach academic success.
Dr. Baldassarra has an interest in women’s health, including pre and post-natal care. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, a professor, and a mother, she has the unique ability to teach at a level understood by all. She has developed a passion to share the benefits of yoga and chiropractic care experiencing first hand the importance yoga had on her own pregnancy.
Dr. Baldassarra has been inspired by the practice of yoga and its ability to prepare the
body and mind for the miracle of childbirth.
Ashtanga Yoga in the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois tradition. He has traveled
twice to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga with
Sharath Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.
profound effect on emotional well-being. With the integration of music into her Vinyasa and Hatha flow classes, Monique brings energy, precise instruction, creative sequencing and emphasis on the healing benefits of breathing.
Monique encourages her students to develop self-awareness, to let go of judgement and to guide their practice from a quiet place within, thereby experiencing well-being on every level.
Endurance, strength and flexibility collaborating together with calmness and stillness of the mind; this formula is the basis behind all of Edyta’s classes. Connection to breath and engagement of core results in less strain physically and mentally in not only a yoga practice but in all aspects of life.
Edyta’s love for people shines through in her classes. Humbleness and humility are integrated through Edyta’s teaching style; her spirit and energy is felt by all of her students.
Edyta’s classes are light hearted, very energetic and highly empowering. Focus is on breath, proper alignment, core strengthening and tension release.
Edyta has practiced yoga for about 10 years, until finally deciding to dive in and complete her teacher’s training with Yoga Tree Studios. She believes yoga has completely changed her life, making her a more compassionate and understanding human being. Her yoga practice and ability to connect to breath, has also tremendously helped her in her battle with anxiety. The benefits of yoga are endless. A yoga practice changes each person who commits to it in such a deep and profound way, everyone’s journey is different, and it’s up to each individual as to what that journey will look like for them.
She finally fully gave herself to the practice of yoga. A grateful graduate of the Yogatree teacher training program, her focus is on helping others find self acceptance through the practice of yoga. Movement of the body helps still the mind. If your mind is racing, come and enjoy a class with Jelayna. Just be ready to leave your reluctance on the mat.
Her approach to teaching focuses on alignment, building strength and having fun!
Jo is a Yoga and Pilates teacher from Toronto obsessed with finding new ways to move, stretch, dance and build mobility and strength in the body. She believes in these practices because of their accessible nature and how they cultivate a mind-body connection. Her teaching style starts with small precise movements to build them big, dramatic and expressive. Jo teaches a variety of classes, from beginner’s to active vinyasa style hot classes. You’ll find her philosophy rings true in all her classes. The magic is in the movement…. and also in a well curated playlist!
Jo is a graduate of the Yoga Tree teacher training program. She is so grateful for the community at Yoga Tree for accepting her into the teaching faculty and for letting her grow and develop her practice and the practice of her students. Jo considers herself a perpetual student and has build upon her YTT in various ways. She obtained her Mat Pilates certification in 2015 through Body Harmonics. Jo is continuously exploring all elements of the yoga practice, from anatomical and scientific elements of asana, strength and mobility training and exploring the world of meditation and mindfulness practices.
Life is too short to be taken so seriously, and she aims to instill joy into people’s lives by leading them through their practice with a smile.
Lucas has graduated from Yoga Tree's 250 hour teacher training program, but it was only the beginning of his journey. He hopes through teaching and studying that he can further his own knowledge and practice while helping others explore their practice as well.
Farley has an extensive background in Massage Therapy, and he offers insight to his classes focusing on proper alignment and safety, while still challenging students and encouraging a sense of fun and excitement.
Shirley strongly believes yoga is a journey to understand one’s own body. She hopes to cultivate body awareness, honouring one's body through the practice of yoga. In Shirley’s class one can expect variations and it to be mindful and fun.
A graduate of Yoga Tree’s Teacher Training Program, she gives thanks to her teachers Jason Lu, Karin Charuz and Elysia Baldassarra for their gentle and open-minded approach to teaching. Nisha’s main focus is on motivating her students to feel the JOY that is; bringing body, breath, mind and spirit in sync! Her classes are a dynamic flow integrating breathing techniques, alignment, and core work. Come experience her love of yoga as she shares with you the amazing layers of experience that it can offer with an array of positivity!
“Nothing in the world can purify as powerful as wisdom;practiced in yoga, you find this wisdom within yourself”-Bhagvat Gita
Over the past few years she has concentrated more on yoga due to the mindfulness and focus that it brings to her life. She graduated from Yoga Tree’s teacher training program shortly after her arrival to Toronto from Vancouver.
In her classes, there is a focus on core, strengthening and balancing in a fun yet challenging environment. She believes in stimulating the students’ body, mind and spirit through practice in a safe and healthy manner.
Dang aims to share the valuable knowledge he gained during the Yoga Tree's 250 hour Teacher Training, and to help his students develop their own practice in a safe, fun environment.
Eric likes to add creative and unique ways to make the poses he teaches in class extra graceful and extra elegant to help keep his students inspired. When coming to one of Eric’s classes, expect for it not to only be a workout of the body & mind, but also a tranquil healing experience, yin & yang working in perfect harmony.
Raquel has been practicing and studying yoga since 2002; specially Classical Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. As an avid runner and swimmer, the search for balance, relaxation and injury prevention sparked her exploration of yoga. What started as a quest for a more well-rounded physical discipline soon became her life-long journey to a stronger, healthier human being.
She incorporates her background in psychology, meditation, Reiki and Cross-training into her yoga practice and teaching. Always growing through breath, movement and focused attention; always a student, her latest learning opportunity, Teacher Training at Yoga Tree, has developed in her a deeper interest in Yoga as therapy and in making the practice more accessible and meaningful to everyone.
A graduate of the Yoga Tree Teacher Training program, she is grateful to the Yoga Tree community for continuous support and encouragement, enabling her take her own practice further and to share it with others.
In her classes, she guides her students through a challenging practice that connects movement to breath, encouraging them to listen to their minds and bodies. She challenges students to find the balance between surrender and control and to find a way to take yoga off the mat and into their daily lives.
Currently pursuing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Amanda is a huge believer in the physical and mental health benefits of yoga. Amanda’s classes emphasize core strengthening, injury prevention, and proper alignment. Regardless of age or skill level, Amanda will challenge you mentally, physically, and spiritually.
A graduate of Yoga Tree’s Teacher Training Program, Amanda is known for her positive energy and light-hearted approach to life. She hopes to share her passion and help students work within their bodies to develop their own personal practice. Amanda invites you to have an open mind and an open heart, as you hit the mat with her and discover the joys of yoga.
A graduate of Yoga Tree’s 250 hour Teacher Training Program, Vicky’s classes mainly focus on core strength, with an emphasis on balance, proper alignment, good health, and having a great time! Vicky aims to help her students gain confidence and awareness both in her classes and in everyday life.
Ani is a graduate of the Yoga Tree TeacherTraining program and grateful for all that her teachers have provided her. Flowing in between effort and ease, her classes teach us how to connect mind and body through strength, flexibility and focus, offering opportunities to expand your physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries.
After a long absence from yoga practice, Peggy returned to cure a chronic back problem in 2014 and found much more. The physical benefits led to a full appreciation of practice, including the mental and spiritual aspects.
She is inspired by the well-being that yoga brings to people of all ages and abilities. With particular sensitivity to the stresses of today’s world, she emphasizes breath and movement to release deeply held tension. Slowing down, finding inner strength and bringing it to a physical expression are personal experiences she would like to share with others.
Peggy is overjoyed to have found her, “Third Act”, following previous occupations in interior design and parenting. A grateful graduate of Yoga Tree’s Teacher Training Program, she feels blessed to witness the transformative power of yoga.
Jaime focuses on helping students find their inner balance and encourages them to have fun while building strength, and awareness, allowing them to trust in the strength of their bodies and minds. Jaime welcomes all levels of students to her classes and looks forward to guiding you through a smooth flow of strong movements.
Her teaching style focuses on flow, strength, balance, and alignment. Bonnie hopes to share both the mental and physical benefits of yoga with her students. She believes that everyone could benefit with a little bit (or a lot) of yoga in their lives!
She has extensive knowledge and experience working with a wide range of clients, formulating various treatment plan goals from stress management to postural assessment to prenatal comfort to chronic repetitive injuries and more.
Diane understands the importance of client-focused care in addition to client education and self-care when it comes to achieving any desired therapeutic goal.
In 2010, under the guidance of her guru Yogrishi Vishvketu ji and The World Conscious Yoga Family, Diane travelled to Rishikesh, India and became a Certified Yoga Teacher.
Diane is currently enrolled in Dr. David Frawley's 500 hour Ayuveda Healing course with the American Institute of Vedic Studies under the mentorship of her teachers Yogi Yogesh and Shankari Yogini from At The Core.
Diane's marriage to massage therapy and yoga has illuminated her heart with practice and service. She walks the paths of holistic health and believes that massage therapy can aid as the gateway into ones awakened self-awareness.
The connection to mind, body and soul is the ultimate path toward health and wholeness.
With gratitude, Diane offers a comprehensive well-spring of knowledge and experience. Her compassionate open heart will hold the sacred space for therapeutic treatment and restoration.
"Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Say not, 'I have found the path of the soul.' Say rather, 'I have met the soul walking upon my path.'
For the soul walks not upon a straight line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals."
Michelle’s classes are dynamic and creatively sequenced, with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and finding a sense of playfulness within challenge. She encourages her students to cultivate balance between effort and ease, and aims to hold space for self-exploration, interconnectivity, and growth.
As a new YTT graduate Annie is passionate about helping students achieve a safe and fulfilling yoga experience through awareness, thoughtful movement and connection to breath.
She has since studied Functional Movement through Childhood Developmental Kinesiology, Tensegrity and Somatics, and DNS. She is also working toward becoming certified in Yoga Therapy, and Ayurveda.
Lauren's classes focus on finding a balance of strength and flexibility, as well as peace of mind and calmness of breath. She believes that yoga is for everybody, and aims to teach inclusive and beneficial movement for students from all walks of life.
She received an Hons.Bsc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed her initial teacher training with Yoga Tree. She has also expanded her teacher training knowledge by studying in London, England. She knows the amazing benefits to a regular yoga practice and inspires people to lead a healthy, happier and more compassionate life on and off your mat!
Through dynamic flows that will increase the heart rate and build strength, balanced with restorative counter-poses and emphasis on the connection to breath and on focusing of one’s own practice, Tara hopes to facilitate the journey towards self-love and acceptance for her students.
In addition to the physical benefits of strength and flexibility, Shannon hopes to help students find revitalized energy, a sense of calm, and the opportunity to be more mindful and present. Students leave practice with Shannon feeling peaceful and rejuvenated.
Enwei is a Yoga Tree teacher training graduate, registered practitioner for Chinese medicine and registered acupuncturist. She truly finds the profound physical and mental changes for people after simple routine yoga practice. She would love to share and promote Yoga with more people who can potentially benefit from it.
Her class focuses on movement with breathing, body strengthening, correct body alignment, emphasizing different health benefits for yoga poses and also creating deeper connection between our bodies and inner selves.
Shaun teaches Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga classes. His classes are genuine, supportive, challenging, and always in a fun loving environment. His attention is to correct alignment, breathwork, and stretching the mind to go beyond physical practice. With calm and supportive guidance, Shaun allows his students to reach and feel their undiscovered potential.
Celine is now back in Toronto and a graduate from the Yoga Tree Teacher Training Program. She enjoys being able to assist and inspire others in discovering their own body and their own yoga journey in hopes yoga can offer each individual what it is able to offer her.