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 first found yoga when I was 16 years old after suffering from a serious and traumatic spinal injury. When I attended my first yoga class with my sister, I had no expectations. I thought yoga was simply a form of fitness but soon found it was so much more.
As my practice evolved and unfolded, so did my passion and dedication. I spent several years attending classes and educational workshops which lead me to completing my 200 hour YTT with Frog Lotus in Costa Rica. I’ve continued to complete different certifications each year since.
With a lens of curiosity, I now carry more than 15 different certificates in yoga, and other formats of group fitness. I think it's important to remember that we are all students and will always be students. As a student and a teacher I like to remind myself and others to work outside the comfort zone because that is where the magic truly happens.
FB: Debbie Ann Robar
My love affair with yoga started as a source of relief from a battle with chronic pain. I needed this physical practice to function daily. It wasn't until I took my teacher training that I realized how powerful the practice can really be. Yoga has taken me on a progressive journey of healing mind and body and I am so grateful to be restored. For that reason I am extremely passionate about the mind-body connection and the way yoga can heal and transform us through breathe, asana and a spiritual essence held within the practice.
I have found yoga to be essential to my life and have always wanted to become a teacher and share that with others. During this pandemic I have finally had the time to slow down enough to fulfill this goal and received my 200hr RYT earlier this year. I am excited to connect and build relationships through my teaching and continue to expand my knowledge on my journey.
We are all born from love & light and then life happens and we feel/become disconnected. Yoga is the path back to connecting with self, spirituality and love for all.
FB: Carissa Gauthier
I came to the mat 9 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. 3 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, breathwork, 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
I cherish the time I devote daily to practicing Yoga and Pilates. It is a time when I don’t have my phone, I am not worrying about everyone else’s needs, and I leave all of life’s inevitable stresses, anxieties, and fears at the door and connect back to myself. It’s my favourite self-care practice and has helped me deepen my appreciation for my body and all that it does for me.
After experiencing such profound connections to the practice, I decided I wanted to teach others about this amazing method of movement. Becoming a Pilates Instructor and Meditation Guide are two of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. There is so much magic in seeing a client move their body in ways they never thought they could, or hearing a client leave class saying they feel so much more anchored and relaxed compared to when they came in.
My method of teaching puts equal emphasis on movement and breath. Breath work is such a powerful tool that is free, assessable, and available to everyone. Educating people on how to use their breath whenever they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious is something I’m very passionate about.
Can’t wait to get to know all of you yogis!
FB: Faith Shannon
I started my fitness journey 8 years ago. I decided to go to school for fitness and health as I do have a passion for helping people feel the best way possible. I then started to work at Goodlife where I loved my job immensely. In my journey at Goodlife I took a ton of fitness classes and fell in love with yoga and barre. I loved the challenge of barre and the dedication of yoga.
With someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, working out was a staple to keep my mind and body in shape. When I started to do yoga regularly I realized that yoga was a type of moving meditation. Having to focus on breath and hold poses allowed me to get out of my head and into my practice. This is when I decided I wanted to be a yoga instructor to teach and help others feel better about themselves. I decided to get my 200hr Teacher training from Power Yoga Canada where they taught a lot of self inquiry and realization. This helped me a lot as it became clear that the practice of yoga helps teach others about self love.
FB: Ariana Maria Castillo
This could be YOU! Are you a certified Yoga Teacher with your 200hr RYT, Personal Insurance, and CPR?
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Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume, why you like to teach yoga, and why BBY!
I was first drawn to yoga as a way to "fix myself" after years of physically and mentally abusing my body through my day job - and life in general. I fell in love with learning how to accept a slower pace, and honoring my body.
After years about joking how I'd leave my current field and run away to teach on an exotic beach somewhere, I finally decided to dive in to a teacher training program. As someone who believes we are never done learning, I have continued to take teacher trainings to broaden my knowledge, always eager to learn new things to share with others. I truly believe that yoga is for every body and everybody. Regardless of back ground, shape, or size, there is something for everyone to take away from practice.
Yoga is not about touching your toes, it's about what you learn on the way down.
FB: Monica Mansfield
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 three dogs, teaching yoga, Barre, RPM, and CXWorks at Goodlife Durham Region after 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
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
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
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
Over 20 years ago, yoga found me and I am glad it did. I had a gym membership and tried a class with a friend. I had no idea what yoga was about. The meditation at the end was an unexpected surprise. Despite feeling unsure about this new adventure, I continued to explore it. As time passed, I attended yoga classes, meditation classes, teacher trainings, Vipassana retreats and did a lot of self-study. Yoga shifted into a lifestyle that I practice formally on the mat and informally in each moment.
As we join together in class, we can connect with the practice, not the perfection. We can come as we are on that day and be okay with this. It’s important to remind ourselves that our yoga journey ebbs and flows. Together we can deepen our awareness of self, connect with our body and learn to take the experiences on our mat - off our mat - and into our daily lives.
FB: Stephanie McCall
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
Physical activity and exercise have been a part of my life since the beginning. I grew up loving sport, fitness and the great outdoors. My passion for movement helped form my decision to study Kinesiology and Health Sciences. My learnings helped me understand that an active life comes easy to some and not others. Therefore I have dedicated my career to fitness and health to help others find joy in movement and guide people toward a better quality of life! Everyone's path to health and wellness is different and it’s my goal to help you find it!
FB: Cassie Hunter
Yoga has been a part of my life for decades now. It was recently with the onset of the pandemic, that I dove deeper into my practice. When time came to stand still last year, and anxiety arose around the world with the devastating effects of COVID, it was yoga that kept me grounded and helped me find the light within. Through regular practice of yoga and connecting to nature, I was able to stay positive and hopeful.
I completed my 200 HR yoga teacher training earlier this year, and continue to dive deeper into the history of yoga and how to heal trauma with yoga. I have a degree in psychology and have worked in the healthcare sector for the past 10 years. Understanding the human body and mind has been a life long journey, and now I am continuing this journey with yoga.
Being a mom of 3 kids, I am naturally drawn to teaching kids. I believe, the practice of yoga, can teach kids empathy, and give them a greater understanding of themselves.
Yoga aims to unite the mind and body, and connect to us to our universal self, and I hope to help others connect to their true self and purpose.
FB: Thushani Yogalingam
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