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Teacher Bios

In Alphabetical Order:

adele-bio-pic-87x124 Adele Worobey was first introduced to yoga as a young girl and the physical and spiritual practice has woven in, out and through her life since. She has studied many difference styles with many teachers. The richness that yoga brought to her life inspired her to share with others, leading her to complete her teacher training at MokSana in 2005. She began teaching with MokSana in the same year and has taught in the Teacher Training Program since 2008. Adele’s training and 20 years as a Counsellor and Therapist with extensive experience in trauma, depression and anxiety bring depth, compassion and warmth to her teaching.

Adele’s classes blend relaxation, body awareness and detailed alignment to find strength and space students may otherwise not have known was available to them, while always maintaining safety and comfort for people of all abilities.

ann-kathrin-87x124Ann-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. She spent several years travelling to India annually to study under her teacher and spent half a year there for intensive study for both yoga therapy as well as her own personal practice development. 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. Ann Kathrin and her family recently journeyed down to Brazil via car, taking time out to realign and slow down enough to arrive in Brazil, to begin a life in both places. During this time her practice was a constant steady companion, and she taught yoga throughout Central and South America for the past 7 months. It is with great pleasure that Ann Kathrin returns to Moksana to teach and share the art of Yoga.

Ann-Kathrin’s intention behind her classes are to allow the student to know their physical body better and enjoy their spirit and this journey more by taking a moment to realign, inquire and observe through practice. The classes are for all levels, and challenges can be found on many levels and ways, which enable growing.

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.

Ashleigh teaches physically challenging yogahour® classes with attention to detail, lots of smiles and her own unique flow. Prepare to sweat and smile along with her!

brad-87x124_0Brad Davis began his yoga journey outdoors 10 years ago in a circle bounded by Banyan tree and bamboo learning yoga, while teaching in a sustainability, global justice and leadership university program in southern India. Brad is deeply grateful to the teachers who shaped his yoga journey. A deepening asana yoga practice strongly influenced by the heart opening/heart breaking story of Anusara Yoga entwined with explorations into various mindfulness and meditation practices through sitting on a meditation cushion, bicycle and canoe seat, grounded in studies in Tantric, Deep ecological and Engaged Buddhist perspectives along with a deep curiousity about the evolving story of yoga itself, have further defined his practice as teacher. He has come to appreciate and respect the capacity of yoga to ‘ground us’, ‘connect us’, make us ‘strong and flexible’, ‘work through our stuff’, ‘laugh and play’, along with simply bringing us into a deeper intimacy with living as wholehearted beings. Brad sees his work as an offering that encourages and supports the development of one’s inner teacher, leader, dancer and story-maker both on and off the mat.

Expect a foundation of gratitude and enquiry; guidance towards finding appropriate alignment entwined with breath and playfulness; thoughtfulness and the integration of karma yoga, all held within a circle of quiet and calm.

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.

Carrie’s classes are fluid, fun and strong – a perfect way to begin your day.

chantelle-headshotChantelle Shah-Poulin began her journey of self inquiry after stepping into a local studio here in Victoria in 2005. She developed a strong vinyasa practice (flow yoga) and the power of practice quickly took root. Her deep dedication and divine love for yoga guided her in the decision to attend the 250-hr teacher training at MokSana in 2010. Since then Chantelle has traveled to attend many more teacher trainings including St. Louis in July, 2014 to become a certified Yogahour® teacher. She continues to study at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica where she has obtained her 500-hr level of certification. Chantelle is currently certified to teach Yogahour ®, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yogadance, and is a certified Yoga Guide and Pranassage Practitioner.

Chantelle’s classes offer and create a safe space for practice. She asks that her students simply take the time that it takes and allow the body to release with breath. She encourages students playfully to challenge themselves and work hard to meet their edge. Count on being pleasantly surprised by her creative sequencing and unique music playlists.

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.

Crista teaches power vinyasa flow yoga. Come and play!

fab-headshot-for-website Fab 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 found that opening the physical body inevitably leads to unlocking potential within, discovering along the way those unique abilities that allow us to live more integrated and satisfying lives. Precise alignment, inspiring quotes, poetry, music… all are woven into his classes in a way that directs focus inward, revealing 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 completed a Yoga Therapy Program at Pacific Rim College, and is a certified yogahour® teacher. He is also a Yoga History and Philosophy nerd, as well as a dedicated Bhakti Yogi, leading Kirtans and incorporating ancient and modern live music into many of his own and others’ classes.

Fab teaches several class styles, all of which are alignment-based, so that no matter the pace of practice, the mind finds quiet strength in becoming aware of the rhythm of the body. Slow and measured or fast and flowing – rhythm, breath and mind unite.

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 in 2009/2010 with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell. She continues to study with Darren Rhodes, most recently becoming a certified yogahour® teacher in 2014. 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.

Ida’s classes are alignment focused, moderately paced and accompanied by a weekly theme to incorporate yogic teachings. She teaches yogahour® classes at a faster pace than her other classes but with the same attention to detail, just more sweat!

jenn-piercy-headshot-colour-original-87x124Jennifer 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.

Jenn’s teaching style is breath-focused and the pace is slow and deep. People often come to her class to dive into powerful rest and even replenish sleep.

jordan-headshot-resized-for-websiteJordan Hoover, before diving into the Science of Yoga, was studying herbal medicine at the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in Calgary where he became certified in reiki energy healing and hot stone massage therapy. Jordan began practicing yoga in 2010 and then took his first 3-month, 400-hour intensive Yoga Teacher Training in the beginning of 2011 at the Pyramid Yoga school in Koh Pha Ngan Thailand studying under the masterful guidance of David Goulet who has been dedicated to the lifestyle, science and practice of yoga for close to 50 years. Jordan has been passionately dedicated to the practice and lifestyle of yoga ever since and is certified under yoga alliance as a 500hr RYT. His training was mainly a study of the traditional 8 limbs of yoga and the chakra energy system which focuses on balance of shiva and shakti (masculine and feminine energies and hormones that are contained within every human being). That balance ultimately supports more health, connection and meaning in all aspects of our lives physically, socially, mentally and spiritually.

His teaching style places emphasis on mindfulness, balance and peace. As the Spiritual Master OSHO says “be strong like a rose,” you will find Jordan emphasizing proper physical alignment, calm balanced breath practice and mental concentration techniques to support a strong yet compassionate practice. It is his joy, honour and purpose to teach, study and share Yoga in the world.

kristy-headshot-for-websiteKristy Durst’s deep love and appreciation for yoga developed out of her journey through trauma and injury. She believes that practicing yoga on and off the mat has the power to move us towards personal transformation, mindfulness, presence, acceptance, and both physical and emotional healing. Kristy is drawn to the concept of Taoism and Yin/Yang. She believes that a quiet inward practice can assist in balancing out busy lives by quieting the mind, restoring mobility and dissolving tension in the body. In teaching, Kristy provides a deeply relaxing and safe environment while encouraging self-exploration and the freedom to make each practice one’s own. Kristy completed her 250-Hr Teacher Training at Moksana in 2013, received Yin Training at Ajna Yoga in 2014, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She has also studied with Sama Fabian and Ida Manly.

Kristy’s classes are slow-paced with a focus on self-awareness, presence, and modifying for individual needs.

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.

Melissa’s classes blend gentle core work with flow yoga and finish with restorative poses.

misha-87x124 Michèle (Misha) Butot, RCSW, E-RYT 500, is a registered clinical social worker, with over twenty five years experience in mental health and palliative care. 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 of our deepest Self. Misha’s teaching interests include yoga philosophy, psychology & ethics; restorative yoga & back health; nondual meditation; yoga nidra; and meeting pain, dying & death from a yogic perspective.

Dive into a spacious, holistic practice steeped in yoga philosophy and psychology – Misha’s approach is gentle, individualized, and focused on rebalancing on all levels.

norman-87x124Norman 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.

Norman teaches vigorous classes that incorporate an athletic core, optimal muscle loading & lengthening with classical yogic notions of a quiet mind and focused concentration.

ocean-new-headshot-87x124Ocean 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.

In the context of safety, ease and the living breath, Ocean’s passion is to directly relate the practice of Yoga to emotional wellness, spiritual connection and the power of mindfulness to transform suffering.

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.

Renée teaches prenatal yoga with a focus on breath, movement and deep relaxation, all useful for labour, delivery and life.

sarah-meyer-headshot-for-websiteSarah Meyer began a committed yoga practice in 2008. She kept coming back to the mat again and again not always knowing why, but always with the knowledge that she felt better afterwards and wanted to share this with everyone she met! She took the plunge in 2012 and did her first teacher training here in Victoria with Ida Manly at MokSana Yoga. Two years later having falling in love with yogahour®, she went down to St. Louis, MO to train with yogahour® creator Darren Rhodes. Beginning with a primarily Bikram practice, over the course of many years, styles, and teachers she has learned that one of the biggest reasons that keeps her coming back to my mat is that it truly feels like an escape. She wishes and chooses to empower her students to find their own reasons for continuing their practice, while at the same time
encouraging them to strengthen their bodies and minds. She desires to meet her students where they are at while also pushing them to further their practice.

Sarah teaches yogahour®.

tersh-in-hawaii-resized-for-bioTersia 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.

Tersia’s classes encourage you to explore beyond the physical and touch the divinity within you.

whit-hornsberger-reszied-bio-picWhit Hornsberger is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Classical Yoga and Buddhism. A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. His daily practice and teaching methods stem from the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism. A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path. Lovers of surf and travel, Whit and his wife Nica run Soul Arch Yoga, a yoga project offering international workshops and retreats.

Mindfulness of the breath is the foundation of Whit’s contemporary approach to the wisdom traditions. Embracing the postures as vehicles to cultivate meditative awareness, the breath becomes the catalyst for insight into the true nature of our embodied existence.

 
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