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In-Home Yoga Administrator
Michelle brings us her administrative expertise and will be your main point of contact when you’re working with us as an in-home client. Using her degree in communications, over a decade in related office administration roles, as well as her first-hand experience of working with My Personal Yoga as a client since the early days, Michelle can offer you thorough answers to your concerns and queries to guide you on your personal yoga journey!
Yoga + Exercise Teacher
Kassandra is the owner of My Personal Yoga as of 2017 and brings a background of 6 years of school and community arts facilitation and business ownership to this new role. As a therapeutic yoga and exercise teacher, Kassandra's passions are in making yoga accessible to folks of all ages, ability levels, shapes, identities, and backgrounds, and this focus has been carried through into the current focus of My Personal Yoga.
Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness, Ball Rolling, Seniors, Arthritis, Joint Replacements, Chronic Pain, Injuries, Limited Mobility, Trauma, LGBTQ, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Osteoperosis, Disability, Body Dysphoria
In-Home, Events, and Workplace Yoga
Teaching Locations – West Toronto, Etobicoke, Downtown Toronto, Vaughan
Kassandra is an LGBTQ2SA* therapeutic yoga and exercise teacher with over 450 hours of training and specializes in trauma-informed viniyoga (yoga therapy); chair, yin, hatha, and restorative yoga; and seniors exercise. Engaging with yoga’s broader contexts in classes and private sessions–breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and takeaways into life off the mat–are of particular interest, as well as increasing functional mobility for life-long practice through posture focus. Kassandra enjoys working with those who think they can’t do yoga–because of mobility level, body size, age, injury, or condition–and encourages autonomy, insight, resiliency and self-acceptance in all students.
Training – 2018 Anatomy in Motion w/ Margot McKinnon @ Body Harmonics Pilates (6hr) // BoneFit™ Basics w/ Osteoperosis Canada (9.5hr) • 2017 – Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury w/ Love Your Brain Foundation (16hr) // Roll Model Method – Jill Miller (12hr) // Seniors on the Move – Margot McKinnon @ Body Harmonics Pilates (6hr) • 2016 Biomechanics of Yoga – Jules Mitchell (12hr) // Yoga for Youth – New Leaf Yoga Foundation (15hr) • 2015 Trauma Sensitive Yoga – Sarah Kinsley (8hr) // Yin Yoga – Tracey Soghrati (50+ hour) // Chair Yoga – Michael Hutkins Yoga (8hr) // Yoga Therapy Toronto (300+ hour)
Business development and consulting
Catherine is a business grad with a background in business development, client relations, and event planning. Catherine enjoys working with teams of all sizes across different industries, as she has worked in a few different sectors before starting with My Personal Yoga. She practices hatha yoga and meditation, and believes that every working environment can benefit from some stretching and breathing!
All our certified yoga teachers have:
• At minimum, 200hrs of Yoga Teacher Training •
• Police Check Clearance •
• Personal Liability Insurance •
In-Home, Events, and Workplace Yoga and Pilates
Teaching Locations –Toronto West
Lisa has also been teaching yoga for over 10 years, and has experience teaching classes that can vary from quite active, to chair yoga for people with less mobility. Lisa is certified in various styles of movement, including Movement for Trauma and Pilates. She volunteered with West End Silver Circle teaching chair yoga for many years, and currently volunteers her time teaching chair movement classes at PARC. Lisa is comfortable teaching people from all different backgrounds and abilities. Lisa is a big fan of biomechanics and incorporates functional movement principals into her classes. She is a lifelong student, and is always taking workshops, reading, and listening to podcasts to learn more about the human body and movement, in its many forms. Lisa is also a mom to 3 little boys.
Training 2017 Resistance Apparatus – Body Harmonics (6 hr) // Pilates Level 1 Mat – Body Harmonics (60hr) // Anatomy In Motion – Body Harmonics (6 hr) • 2016 Movement for Trauma Level 2 – Jane Clapp (21 hr) // Movement for Trauma Level 1 – Jane Clapp (16hr) • 2013 Restorative Yoga – Octopus Garden (40 hr) // Chair Yoga – Annette Wertman (6 hr) • 2010 Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga – Sadie Nardini (6 hr) • 2007 Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga – Yoga Space (70hr) // Vinyasa Yoga – Downward Dog (200 hr)
Trauma, Seniors, Family Yoga, Diastis Recti, Arthritis, Injury, Joint Replacement, Chronic Pain, Chair Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness, Restorative Yoga, Laughing Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation, Psychotherapy, Depression, Anxiety
In-Home Yoga + Pilates
Teaching Locations – Midtown Toronto, Uptown Toronto, Downtown Toronto, North York, Thornhill
Katalin has been teaching yoga since 2010, currently under her own private practice "realizeyourself". She was awarded the title of Yoga Siromani in 2010, and is is a certified Sivananda Yoga teacher (E-RYT).Katalin currently teaching chair yoga classes, stretching and breathing classes, laughter yoga for seniors, yoga & pilates fusion classes, as well as one-on-one private classes. She is well versed in yogas breathing and relaxation practices and has a sound knowledge of yogas "asana" (posture practices).
Outside of yoga, Katalin is also a counsellor in private practice. She loves to combine her passions for pyschotherapy with yoga, and works with people who are struggling with anxiety or depression. Katalin is passionate about helping clients heal the Body Mind and Spirit. With a personal focus in each of her sessions, she uses a variety of unique approaches tailored to each person and their needs to take a step towards their well-being.
Training 2018 Classical Mat Pilates – East to West Yoga (12hr) • 2016 Restorative Yoga – East to West Yoga (16hr) • 2015 Chair Yoga – Sivananda (8hr) • 2012 Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis – East to West Yoga (16hr) • 2011 Vipassana 10 day Meditation Retreat // Spiritual Psychotherapy Diploma – Transformational Arts College (1000hr) • 2010 Sivananda Hatha Yoga (250hr) • 2008 Quantum Touch Certificate – Dennis Barnett and Kathy Wilson // Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine • 2006 Reiki Level II – Patti Allen
In-Home, Events, and Workplace Yoga
Teaching Locations – Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, West Toronto
Nicky’s first experience with yoga was with a Rodney Yee DVD in her parents basement. As a competitive runner and a demanding sport athlete, she came to yoga in search of a slower physical practice to offset these more demanding physical activities of her day to day. Years later she sustained a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and came back to her mat for a deeper connection to her mind as she navigated through the rehabilitation of such an injury. She strives to always be a student first and a teacher second. Her classes run at a slow pace where you can dive deeply into your own personal experience. With foundational patterns of breath along with gentle Hatha postures and more alignment based cueing, you are encouraged to explore Yoga and it’s meaning to you.
Training 2016 Prenatal Yoga Training – Union Yoga (65hr) • 2015 Restorative Yoga Training – Octopus Garden (40hr) / Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training – Union Yoga (8hr) • 2012 Yoga Teacher Training – Tula Yoga West (200hr)
In-Home and Events Yoga
Teaching Locations – Durham, Markham, East Toronto/GTA , Whitby