Meet the BBY Healers
At Bohemian Bliss Yoga, ‘Life is what you make it…!’ We thrive on positivity and if it is not there, we are responsible for creating it. As a Healer (a member of the Teaching Tribe), we accept all beings as individuals and encourage growth upon others from beginners to advanced. We follow a ‘listen to your body’, 'follow your breath’ and ‘smile as often as possible’ attitude when teaching and also off the mat. We promise to follow the Yoga Yamas and Niyamas (ethics and morals) to the best of our abilities. We are to work on self-love first before attending to the needs of others and keep our energy and balance in a safe place. Tribe members spend time in nature and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer. Most importantly, we grow together as one.
I found “Yoga” through one of the home workout programs, P90X. I was hesitant of doing the Yoga X disc because I never experienced any value in “stretching.” As I continued to move through each pose, it brought up a lot of internal turmoil. I was frustrated, sweaty & mind blown that “stretching” was so difficult.
Over the years, I grew more curious about Yoga & why I found it challenging. So, I found a local gym & kept doing their morning yoga class before I left for my labor extensive job. Yin Yoga was the first style that I fell in love with. The balance of energy flowing through our bodies while releasing & resetting the muscle fibres. I was so amazed that after my very first class, I felt an instant relief flowing throughout my entire body. It brought a new state of being that I’ve never ever experienced before!
It kind of snowballed from there. I jumped right into the 200hr RYT, then my 500hr RYT at Balanced Life Yoga & quickly fell in love with how I was able to “heal” my body & found why I wanted to share this medicine & magic with others!
FB: Jaybe Mascariñas
I came to the mat 10 years ago, interested in the practice as a way to increase my flexibility and insert another level of fitness into my already vast array of workouts. Being an avid golfer also left me with a few joint and mobility challenges that I thought yoga might also help relieve. Everything at that time was physical and I didn't stick to the practice. Several years ago, I went through a traumatic life altering change. It left me in a dark place, one where some days I wasn't sure I would ever manage to pull myself out of. I found my way back to the mat, this time with a focus on the mind and body as a whole. Each evening it was my safe heaven, where I could sit in the seat of awareness with my breath as I rediscovered who I was. I had opened the door to my life again with constant practice. I did it at my pace, shifting slowly, looking to deepen my understanding of asana, yogic philosophy, breath work, meditation, until there was no turning back.
The urge to teach has always run through me as I had gone to school to become a teacher, but never felt so strongly connected to a subject to transfer my knowledge. Not until yoga. When you personally encounter a transformation with a discipline, whatever it may be, something screams inside of you 'share this with the world, they need to know!' and so I undertook my teacher training and have recently graduated with my 200-hour certification. I am so very grateful for the opportunity to teach what I have learnt thus far (and continue to learn!) with Bohemian Bliss Yoga, out in nature and in the present moment.
FB: Christine Cassar
Yoga never resonated with me until I walked into a class at a time in my life when I needed it most, and then I was hooked! I love the quiet strength it builds, and the way that a class can ground you and keep you fully in the present moment.
After a few years of consistent practice I just knew I had to share this with others and signed up for my teacher training. Learning in depth about the practice and the history has inspired me further and I'm so excited to continue to grow as a teacher and a student.
I love to mix super traditional Asana with creative sequences and different strength building drills. The opportunities are endless!
Yoga finds you when you are ready, and I'm glad it found me.
FB: Melissa Hansen
I began my yoga journey in 2018 and quickly fell in love with the practice and
mindfulness. This is exactly what my mind, body and soul needed as I was
transitioning home after four years away at university. Yoga was my happy place
and I dreamed of one day becoming a yoga instructor and leading my own
classes. In 2021, I took the leap and completed my 250-hour nature-based Yoga Teacher Training. I began teaching that same year.
I enjoy many styles of yoga, but I especially love leading a spicy yoga flow and often use all four sides of the yoga mat. I aim to hold an inclusive space for all of my students that is safe, encouraging them to honor and respect their bodies through movement and breath. I strive to incorporate the elements of mindfulness and nature into my yoga teaching and day-to-day life.
When I’m not on my mat, you will find me teaching elementary school, paddling on my SUP board, or chasing my next adventure! I can’t wait to flow with our BBY community!
FB: Jennifer Miner
FB: Melanie Basque
Finding time for self-care is what keeps me balanced. I enjoy physical work-outs, whether alone or in a group. It is so rewarding to experience the many benefits of physical and spiritual exercise.
I love helping others achieve goals which is why I chose education as a professional career. For the past 14 years I have been a professor of advertising and marketing. My love for instruction allowed me to evolve my teaching practice into group fitness.
Currently I teach barre classes. These mindfully intense workouts offer the perfect mix of yoga, pilates, and ballet, to deliver ‘a strong body and mind’. I believe work-outs should be challenging as much as they are fun.
I want members to experience improvements each and every class. It doesn’t matter how small the change, with continued practice and discipline, desired results will be achieved.
FB: Dawn McInnes Salter
My relationship with yoga developed slowly throughout my life but strengthened greater over the past couple of years. Being an athlete all my life and constantly playing sports, I never imagined the benefits I would experience when engaging in a yoga practice. After serious reoccurring knee injuries and difficult recovery from surgery, for months I felt useless and like nothing was left for me, but then yoga found me.
It wasn’t until I hit a point in my life where I had enough – I needed a change. Yoga has taught me more about myself than I can even say. I dedicate my practice to my personal mindfulness and overcoming difficult obstacles life may give. Stepping on the mat acts as an outlet for me, and I’m so honoured to share that experience with my students.
Due to COVID-19, the world was flipped upside down, and I was not adapting well. Thankfully, BBY went virtual which is when I truly became interested in the foundations of yoga. I would join as many classes as I possibly could until I finally dove into my 200hr YTT with YogaRenew. The more I learn about yoga, the more I’m excited to grow as a teacher because I believe yoga opens various doors of enlightenment in one’s life.
FB: Jenna Spark
One of my favourite aspects of yoga is that it is a Practice, where we intentionally work the body, mind and soul. Individual work connected through community/ energy. I first found yoga after my son was born in 2008. I practiced for the physical and social benefits. It wasn't apart of my daily routine until 2013 when my therapist recommended yoga and meditation as way to help with my anxiety, depression and PTSD after experiencing a traumatic assault. I started practicing at home with DVDs. It became a routine, the days I practiced I felt lighter. In 2015 my daughter was born. I came across an ad for a local yoga teacher training and without a second thought I was signed up... Not sure why but I was drawn to the program.
Yoga teacher training changed my life. I finally understood why my therapist recommended yoga and meditation to me. The foundations of yoga helped me transform my life, my whole way of living, the way I think, how I speak to myself and others. Yoga became much more than movement for the physical benefits, it became my lifestyle.
Over the last few years I've completed my 200hr YTT, am currently working towards my 300hr YTT, am certified in YIN yoga, and Yoga NIDRA. In my classes we begin by building a foundation for our practice by connecting with our breath and the elements around us, leading with that connection throughout the flow, taking the time to quiet the mind to hear the wisdom of our bodies. To work and breathe through whatever comes up. And to honour the time you are giving yourself.
FB: Bobbi Reid
The first time I ever practiced yoga was back in elementary school when one of my teachers was going through her first yoga teacher training course. Many years later when I moved back home from living in Ecuador I was looking for that deep sense of connectedness not only within myself but my surroundings. That is when Yoga found me and it slowly became the missing piece I was searching for. Next thing I knew I became a regular attending classes at my gym and I was spending the majority of my free time with me, myself and my mat.
When the pandemic hit Yoga was the one aspect that kept me pushing through - knowing my mat was always there to support me. As the lockdowns progressed so did my love for the practice and I was yearning to know more. My close knit communities were wanting to also join me on this journey of yoga but I lacked the confidence to help guide them on their own mats. This is when I knew a YYT had to happen and would allow me to gain the tools to eventually teach and along the way I deepened my own personal practice. Now upon completion I hope to eventually give back to those who encouraged my yoga journey for so many years and to all the future Yogis who show up to flow with me.
I hope that through the power of yoga others can also gain a deeper sense of purpose and connectedness. To come to their mats and allow time to just give back to themselves.
FB: Ally Goodlet
This could be YOU! Are you a certified Yoga Teacher with your 200hr RYT, Personal Insurance, and CPR?
We are always looking to hear your story and why you'd like to teach with Bohemian Bliss Yoga!
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume, why you like to teach yoga, and why BBY!
Recently retired from my career in medical oncology, a mother of three wonderful daughters, and now grandmother to three beautiful children! When I make changes I go all the way! Currently living lakeside in Bowmanville with my husband and my dog, teaching yoga and LIIT. I also taught Barre, RPM, and CXWorks for 12 years in York Region, I still miss my sweat buddies in Aurora.
I have a passion for jewelry making, and raising funds for “Dogs Without Collars”.
I have always worked my body hard, year after year. The mind body connection which includes calm, still strength was realized only after my YogaFit training.
Yoga on the beach is my dream! Dreams do come true! I am living it! Balance and peace!
FB: Roberta Crocco Winton
The first time I ever practiced yoga it was when I was on my first day of high school. I remember waking up early, anxious about starting something new and on the TV there was a recording from the 70s with a woman in a fabulous yellow jumpsuit teaching yoga. After that, I didn’t come back to yoga until I was trying out different classes in a fitness centre and I decided to try the yoga class. After that, I dabbled in yoga on and off for years, practicing online and taking some sporadic classes here and there.
It wasn’t until 2013 that I started to practice more frequently and started to look for teachers and styles of yoga that I connected with. In 2015, I was ready to deepen my knowledge and practice and I found a teacher who was going to run a 200 hour Hatha certification in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In 2016, I changed my lifestyle completely and turned toward yoga and its principles as a way of living. I began practicing every day and started teaching others. I completed another 200 hour training in Vinyasa yoga and went to India to learn more as I travelled through the country. I was led to Ashtanga yoga by a friend and I fell in love with it. Once I had started an intense training program, I found out I was pregnant which forced me to slow down and learn great modifications.
Currently, I love the freedom and diversity of Vinyasa yoga; I love taking classes and learning from others, as well as teaching. I continue to study yoga philosophy and practice as much as I can. I especially enjoy learning about intersectionality in yoga and social justice. For me, it is important to recognise the teachers that came before us and its direct lineage to India and be grateful for the practice every day. I look forward to learning with you and practicing together. Namaste. Jen
FB: Jennifur Ever
I was introduced to yoga while I was going to college. A girlfriend found a hot yoga studio and asked if Iwanted to try it out with her. At first, I was not fully sure about going to yoga. The main excuse that Icame up with was “I am not flexible.” My girlfriend kept asking and finally I said yes to going. I was hooked after that first class. Over the course of two months, my weekly visits began to increase.
At first, I loved how good I felt physically after a class and that led me to practice more and more. I noticed how different my body felt when I didn’t practice for a few days. I didn’t like it. Mentally, I noticed changes happening as well. I was able to clear my mind when thoughts became scattered. Also, I felt calm and relaxed which was great because I was going to college at the time. Quickly, I grew to love yoga.
In time, I learned to use ujjayi breathing to calm down and be in the moment. Whenever my thoughts began to run wild, I would use ujjayi breathing and right away the thoughts slowed down. Within minutes they would stop entirely. It felt like freedom and I was in control of it. Using breath as a tool was an asset anytime I was in school from that point on. Even in fearful, stressful, anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, and shocking moments, coming into that form of breathing helps me to be non-reactive.
Ujjayi breathing works magic in my eyes.
Once I finished both the Child and Youth Worker and Victimology programs at Durham College I decided to enroll myself into a Power Yoga instructor’s course. I enjoy connecting with different people and yoga is a way to connect with others and yourself. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it,” Charles Swindell. Yoga allows me to be in the 10% both on and off my mat.
FB: Kaitlyn Booth
As a teenager I went to sports school and I practiced figure skating on a competitive level. When I turned 19 years old I had to give up on my career because it was too time consuming and my body didn't recover as easily as when I was 10 years old. I never thought I'd find another activity that would give me the feeling of connectedness to my body, mind and spirit until I traveled all the way from Switzerland to Canada and I found the lovely BBY tribe!
I started my Yoga journey this February and I got so pulled in that I took my 200hrs teacher training within a month. I'm very excited to share my love for the practice with you! My goal is to share my groundedness and my passion for movement with you. After my classes you will feel grounded, relaxed and connected to your body, mind and spirit.
FB: Anja Gubser