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Teacher Bios

In Alphabetical Order:

adele-bio-pic Adele Worobey has been interested in yoga and spiritual exploration since a young age. Her interest has lead her to many styles and teachers of yoga, meditation and spiritual thought. In recent years, her yoga practice has brought great change in her life, inspiring her to share her experience with others. She completed the teacher’s training program at MokSana in the spring of 2005 and finds the honour of sharing the benefits of yoga with others a natural complement to practice as a counselor and her love of the outdoors.

 

ann-kathrinAnn-Kathrin Martins has been part of the MokSana community since her move to Victoria in 2006 from Europe. Having started her in-depth study into yoga after the birth of her son, she began her teacher training in England which was continued at MokSana. Since then she has been teaching and continuously delving deeper into her studies through workshops, seminars and continued teacher trainings. She has practiced and teaches a variety of yoga classes from prenatal to power flow, as well as Hatha. Over the past three years she has traveled annually to India to study with her teacher Mr. Venkatesha at Atma Vikasa Center of Yogic Sciences, having most recently returned from a 6-month study period in India for both Yoga Therapy as well as self-practice advancement. Ann-Kathrin also has a Masters Degree in Fine and Applied Arts, and works as an artist and art teacher for all ages. Believing that the greatest work of art is the life we lead, she feels one of the surest ways to create the life you want is through the art of yoga. Her husband and her share their daily lives with their three children, a cat, a garden, sunshine and occasional showers! All supported by a daily yoga practice!

ashleigh-headshot-resized-for-websiteAshleigh Forde began practicing yoga to become strong and flexible, but soon became fascinated by the ancient practice. Ashleigh is originally from Australia and feels incredibly lucky to now live in beautiful Victoria! She completed her 250 hour teacher training as well as her pre- and post-natal teacher training at MokSana Yoga Center. She feels fortunate enough to have studied with some incredible teachers, including Ashtanga Yoga Master David Swenson, Swami Maheshananda Saraswati and most recenlty taking part in yogahour® teacher training with Darren Rhodes.

 

carrie-headshotCarrie Watkins works with yoga to encourage students to cultivate a deeper awareness of possibility through building strength and balance. She loves working with vinyasa flow sequences to deepen connection with the present moment through focus and breath. Carrie has completed several yoga teacher training programs including Sivanada Teacher Training in Kerala India and Ashtanga Vinyasa training with the Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto. Carrie holds faculty positions at the Pacific Rim College in the Yoga Therapy Program where she teaches anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as well as nutrition courses with the Holistic Nutrition program. In addition to working with yoga, Dr Carrie is an experienced and licensed Naturopathic Physician offering holistic medicine in downtown Victoria.

chantelle-headshotChantelle Shah-Poulin began her journey on the yogic path over ten years ago. Since then her love for the practice led her to the MokSana Yoga Studio. Here she obtained her 250-hour teacher training certificate for hatha and vinyasa yoga in spring of 2010. In winter of 2011 her experience inspired her travels to Nosara, a small surf town in Costa Rica, where she acquired her 100-hour yoga dance teacher training certificate. Chantelle continues to practice with teachers Ann-Kathrin Martins and Michelle Rubin, who have greatly influenced her life and teachings. Through her passion and continuous study she has learned the art of opening, healing, meditation, breath, movement and self inquiry. These key components are then shared through her teachings, where in turn her students can experience their own self inquiry and yogic light within.

biopic_clareClare Mullen began her yogic journey twelve years ago in the city of Toronto. She completed her Teacher Training at Moksana Yoga Centre in the winter of 2003 and has been teaching at the studio ever since. She continues to study and practise various aspects of yoga and meditation, including Vipassana. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her wonder at yoga’s ability to heal, nourish and inform our lives. She is inspired by her travels throughout Africa, Central America and Canada and draws on her B.A. in philosophy and a B. Ed in Elementary Education to further understand and celebrate life in general.

 

crista-resized-bio-pic Crista Shillington loves yoga! She loves the peace and happiness that it brings her, and loves helping others to similarly discover the healing and empowering effects of yoga. She has found that yoga addresses all aspects of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, and that acceptance and confidence on the mat reflect into daily life. Crista holds a B.A. in Psychology, and has taken additional training in Counseling and Social Work. She has been studying yoga for over a decade, and teaching yoga for 9 years. She has completed numerous Teacher Trainings: 5 Elements Vinyasa with Janet Stone, Vinyasa with Clara Roberts-Oss, Prenatal with Teresa Campbell, Foundation and Advanced Hatha Teacher Training, Silent Meditation, and Advanced Pranayama. She is Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 and E-RYT 200, and has been a member of the Semperviva Yoga Teacher Training faculty. She loves to see students learn, sweat, de-stress, and have fun! She encourages students to be playful and open. Her classes are always creative, working toward peak poses, and include a theme in practice. She feels that yoga should be a balance between challenging oneself to grow and learn, and gently respecting one’s daily limits. She believes that every person has the ability to discover the wisdom and compassion of their own inner teacher. Come and play!

fab-bio-picFab Alberico’s teaching practice grew naturally out of his commitment to his own journey, which is guided by a curiosity about what health, wholeness and community really mean. Through Yoga, he has been able to create a space in his own life where insights can manifest themselves, encouraging a more global, joyous and compassionate concept of himself and others. In his classes, the physical postures are always in service of a more expansive journey through the mental, emotional, and spiritual body-being. Inspiring quotes, poetry and music are woven into classes in a way that directs focus inward, encouraging discovery of that calm abiding space where negative patterns can dissolve over time, releasing tension and restoring mobility of the body, mind, and spirit. In addition to his first teacher training at Moksana, he has studied Yoga Therapy at Pacific Rim College, and continues to build healing relationships with private and group clients. He is also a dedicated Bhakti Yogi, leading regular Kirtans and incorporating ancient and modern live music and instrumentation into many of his classes.

ida-headshot-resized-for-website Ida Manly started practicing in 1996 and completed her 250-hr teacher training at MokSana Yoga Centre in the summer of 2006. She completed her 500-hr teacher training at the Kripalu Center in 2008/2009 and completed the Anusara teacher training immersions in 2009/2010 with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500. Her teaching is influenced by her Anusara training and includes careful attention to alignment in order to create a practice that is sustainable and injury-free for a lifetime. Along with this is a passion for the benefits of yoga that go beyond the physical with influences in this area from her teachers Sama Fabian and Swami Maheshananda Saraswati. Ida is owner and director of the studio.

 

jenn-piercy-headshot-with-frameJennifer Piercy, E-RYT500, invites students to explore patterns in the mindbody system from a place of curiosity and wonder. Creating a supportive atmosphere, her teaching encourages the student to connect with and express their concurrent uniqueness/oneness – through awareness, breath, movement, and stillness. Each class is infused with poetry, inspired readings, and the opportunity to welcome all aspects of one’s being. Jennifer began practicing Yoga in 2001 and found herself immediately fascinated by the interplay between ‘sthira’ (steadiness, effort) and ‘sukha’ (ease, softness) as they unfolded on her mat, and simultaneously her life ‘beyond the mat’. She was drawn to her first teacher training at Moksana in 2004. Since then she has been blessed to have undertaken advanced training with wonderful teachers such as Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffman, Richard Miller, Angela Farmer, and Sama Fabian. Jennifer is also a volunteer counsellor and finds the principles of Yoga naturally coalesce into her interest in transpersonal and eco-psychology.

 

melissa-headshot-for-websiteMelissa Krieger (formerly McLeod) is a friendly, down-to-earth yoga instructor & personal trainer. She has been in the fitness & health industry for 15 years, certified as personal trainer in 2000 & certified as a yoga instructor at Moksana in 2005. Melissa loves teaching and has nearly 6000 hours of yoga instruction experience. She is passionate about helping her students minimize stress & lead happier, healthier lives. Melissa loves to connect with fellow yogis through video. She has produced two Yoga4Strength DVDs, had a weekly segment on Victoria’s CHEK TV and regularly contributes to doyogawithme.com. Aside from teaching weekly classes she also teaches workshops about pelvic floor and bladder health, presents courses and seminars for the Exercise and Wellness Program at Camosun College and at fitness & yoga conferences in Victoria.

 

biopic_micheleMichèle (Misha) Butot, RCSW, E-RYT 500, is a registered clinical social worker, with over twenty years experience, specializing in women’s mental health and palliative are. Misha began teaching yoga in 1998, subsequently receiving advanced training in yoga nidra. Her practice is influenced by classical yoga, Advaita and Kashmir Shaivism, and has as its primary goal an embodied recognition of the inherent wholeness and spaciousness of our True Nature. Misha’s teaching interests include yoga philosophy, psychology & ethics; restorative & back health; nondual meditation & yoga nidra; and meeting pain, dying & death from a yogic perspective.

norman_work-bio-pic-with-frameNorman Carter-Sim believes that Yoga is a methodology leading to fullness of Being. Consistent with that notion he believes that the – postures, breath, concentration and meditation – to be important parts of every class. He thinks that Yoga should move individuals toward a deeper sense of themselves. Norman is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT500 level. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and currently works as a Registered Nurse in a hospital emergency department. Prior to nursing Norman worked as a Scientific Programmer/Analyst for the federal government; before that he practiced and taught Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) . Before TCM Norman soldiered with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He only seems serious.

oceanOcean Lum started practicing yoga 18 years ago. She began to practise earnestly in 1996 and has been teaching yoga since 2001. Although Ocean appreciates all styles of yoga, she is especially keen about Anusara, Kundalini, and Laughter Yoga. What she loves most about yoga (aside from everything) is its innate psycho-spiritual dimension. She has been practising Tibetan Buddhism since 2001 and finds it the most compelling model of reality rooted in compassion and wisdom. Ocean aspires to connact and teach from her own wellspring of inspiration. She hopes to inspire others to connect to their own source of wisdom and joy. At its highest level, her classes become an offering to the divine within and the divine without. Namaste.

renee-ahmadi-resizedRenée Ahmadi began her journey with yoga in 2007. Enthralled by this wonderful way to relax and focus, her interest and passion grew. In 2010/11, while pregnant with her son, Ezra, she completed a 256-hour YTT at Three Winds Academy. In 2011, while pregnant with her daughter Arya, she completed a 20-hour prenatal certificate with Crystal Star at MokSana, and in 2013 she completed birth doula training through Mothering Touch. Renée is inspired to nurture and guide women and their babies through a safe and grounding journey. She loves the expression and playfulness that is communicated through yoga, and the relaxation, compassion and gratitude that are helpful to families. She currently teaches prenatal, parent-toddler, preschool and mother & babe yoga classes, and is finishing her Masters in Disability Management. Renée has always worked to support families at every stage of life. She has worked with young children, youth and adults with unique and complex physical and mental health needs. She is passionate about the meaning of truly inclusive yoga for every body. When Renée is relaxing she can be found in her garden with her children grazing nearby.

tersia2010Tersia Fagan is an advocate for healthy lifestyle choices, and encourages stillness, mindfulness, and self-acceptance, as a means to foster harmony and balance on the mat, and off the mat. Tersia draws upon the wisdom of the chakras (7 levels of awareness) to guide you through the experience of Yoga. Practicing with Tersia is an experience that will strengthen your body, still your mind, and warm your heart, as she guides your practice with awareness and presence. Tersia completed the teacher’s training program here at Moksana in 2005. Her classes are based on Hatha yoga, with influences from both Kundalini and Tantra yogic traditions. Tersia continues to study the many different styles and philosophies of yoga, which brings a rich and eclectic approach to her teaching style, one that is practical and applicable, while speaking to the uniqueness of each and every one of us and our practice.

tracey-bio-picTracey Noseworthy is known for her positive energy and sense of humour which adds to her philosophy that yoga is full of joy and playfulness. Tracey is continually inspired by music, and believes that the body responds to rhythms held within the environment. She became a certified yoga instructor under the inspiration of Shiva Rea, and now lives her Yoga on and off the mat.

 
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