After having taught yoga for more than 8 years, I've been lucky enough to teach and study across the world with some of the world's most respected yoga teachers. Having also taught as faculty for other Yoga Teacher Trainings, I am so excited to be offering my own powerful program: the Empowered Spirit Vinyasa Teacher Training Program. I've taken part in more than 10 different Yoga Teacher Trainings, and from that I have developed a training program that incorporates the best of what I have experienced and seen to be succesful, practical, effective and transformational. The Empowered Spirit training program balances practical science with the art and creativity of yoga which is influenced by my time spent studying Biomedical Sciences and Performance Dance in University. I cannot wait to share this incredible journey with you. I have picked some of Toronto's most beautiful instructors, whom I cherish for their passion, intelligence, compassion and love of yoga, to help me cultivate an empowering and enriching yoga training for you. If you wish to read more about me, please visit the 'About' page on this website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me: email@example.com
Leslie Parker is the director of the Mindful Movement Centre, Toronto. A former professional ballet dancer, she has been teaching yoga, Pilates, and body conditioning for more than a decade. She uses her extensive knowledge of different movement forms to teach fitness, increase flexibility, and treat injury.
Throughout her career with leading ballet companies in the United States and Europe she drew on Pilates to enhance her dance practice and to rehabilitate serious injuries. She subsequently furthered her training as a Pilates teacher at the Stott International Certification Center in Toronto.
Leslie believes the breathwork, relaxation, and infinite kindness contained in yogic teachings complement her Pilates and bodywork skills. Leslie teaches restorative, vinyasa (flow), and Ashtanga yoga.
In 2003 she founded Mindful Movement in London, England, a company that specialised in individual Pilates and Yoga programs. Her clientele (both male and female) included people from a variety of backgrounds and age groups. Athletes, executives, and artists came to Leslie to maintain fitness, reshape their bodies, rehabilitate injuries, and to treat chronic pain and stress. To help her students further their practice, Leslie in 2004 founded Pure Retreats, a travel company that took participants to Morocco, France, Italy, and various places within Great Britain on yoga and Pilates retreats.
Leslie’s love of movement also led her to the practice of Budokon, which she studied under Sensei Jamal Pender and Kancho Cameron Shayne. She has since become a certified Budokon instructor and has recently earned her red belt. She is currently the highest ranking Budokon instructor in Ontario.
Guest Faculty ~ See the World in a New Light: Tantric Philosophy
I am the first Certified Anusara™ teacher in Toronto and I have been studying and teaching Yoga for the past 18 years. I have also held an International Iyengar Yoga certification. I am proud to be one of only two people in Canada to have held both of these two prestigious certifications. Since 2004, I have been studying Anusara™ Yoga exclusively with John Friend, the founder of this great system of Yoga. I have completed both Anusara™ Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher Training, apprenticed Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher Training, completed several immersions including two master immersions as well as three therapy workshops one of which being an Advanced Therapy Adjustment Workshop. I am a firm believer in eternal learning and broadening my methods as both a teacher and student, and as such have attended numerous weekend workshops and several Advanced Intensives.
Prior to discovering the joy of Anusara Yoga™, my teaching style included Iyengar, Ashtanga and the principles of Viniyoga in the lineage of Krisnamacharya. I thank all of my previous teachers for the knowledge and wisdom they have bestowed upon me: B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, and Prasant Iyengar of Pune, India. B.N.S. Iyengar of Mysore, India. Mahyar Raz, Marlene Mawhinney, Mira Mehta, Ramanand Patel, Ron Reid, Derek and Radha and other senior teachers in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Guest Faculty ~ The Heart and Magic of Yoga: Indian Mythology + Restorative Yoga
I have been immersed in the world of yoga since I was a young girl. My very first yoga teacher was my mother. I have such a clear and distinct memory of being 8 years old and asking my mother: “What is Yoga?” Her answer mystified me, being so young. She answered: “Yoga means ‘balance.’” In those days I didn’t quite understand what that meant. At that time it had already been a few years that she had been studying and practicing yoga and meditation with great devotion. I went with her to all the classes and sessions she was taking with an Indian guru who was touring Canada and the US. It was the 1970’s and there was a growing group of people who were truly pioneers in exploring the world of yoga and finding out how its teachings can transform lives. Every day they would come to my house for their yoga meetings and I would sit and listen and laugh and absorb the energy of it, even though I didn’t really know what they were talking about.
Years later, in 1988 I traveled to India for the first time to the ash ram where my mother had decided to devote her life. I have traveled there every year since, delving into all aspects of the yoga tradition at the International Meditation Institute (I.M.I. ) in Kullu, in the North Western Himalayas where my mother still lives nearly 40 years later! It was at the institute that I was introduced to yoga philosophy in all its glory. I studied the Sanskrit language, several yoga and vedantic scriptures such as the Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (to name but a few) as well as chanting, meditation, hatha, kriya and restorative yoga.
In 1999 I started teaching yoga in Toronto, while continuing my studies in Ashtanga Yoga with the incomparable Ron Reid at the Downward Dog. In 2001, I began teaching yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, chanting and meditation in various teacher training programs around the city, and have trained hundreds of teachers since then at Yoga Space, Yoga Sanctuary, Octopus Garden, IAM Yoga and Sananda Yoga. I love mentoring new teachers as well as introducing new students in the amazing benefits of this awesome tradition.
In 2002 I took my first group of yoga students with me to India, and have since lead several pilgrimage voyages to the Himalayas, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Varanasi, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Mumbai.
I am so passionate about this subject. It is my life’s joy to share this knowledge and this practice with anyone and everyone who has the interest to dive into it!
After years of competitive skiing, Kate found yoga in 2000 in an effort to heal her body. After a decade of practice, she pursued a teacher training program in Costa Rica, with the intention of deepening her personal practice and having an extended vacation from a demanding finance career. Since then, Kate has traveled the world with her yoga mat.
Kate is a graduate of NYC's Kula Yoga Project Advanced Training, the Frog Lotus International School of Vinyasa Yoga, Toronto's Downward Dog Yoga Centre, and One Yoga's Vinyasa Program. She credits the depth of her practice and love of yoga to her teachers; Ryan Leier, Schuyler Grant, Meghan Currie, Christine Price Clark, Danielle Mika Nagel, JP Tamblyn, Ron Reid and Vidya Jacqueline Heisel. Kate is a Lululemon Ambassador for the Toronto Queen Street location and leads international retreats. She has taught in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Vancouver and Edmonton.
Yoga classes with Kate are strong, fluid, playful and intelligently sequenced. Students can expect to have fun, be challenged, smile, sweat and have a good breathe.