Coach J is nothing if he isn’t energetic and passionate about people. Whether it is personal or health related, Coach J can inspire change and growth in anyone. His uplifting attitude won him Los Angeles Valley College’s "Most Inspirational Player" 2 years in a row!He started coaching over 17 years ago with humble beginnings at a local community centre where his focus was youth development and leadership, while sharpening the players basketball skills. He continued his work at Los Angeles’ Monarch Basketball Camp and is currently with Elite Camps where he continues to shape campers into skilled basketball players and teaching them to become self motivated individuals. The lesson is always beyond the skill. With a keen interest in sports and athletics, Coach J discovered a passion for Fitness Training. He has spent the last 10 years working as a Personal trainer in the Toronto area. During those years he developed his own unique freestyle training. His professionalism and persona
As a full-time piano teacher and a spinning fanatic, I use music as a motivator in all aspects of my life. Music has kept my beat steady and my spirits high for as long as I can remember. My initial experience with the fitness world was through personal training, tennis and Pilates. Spinning, however, allowed me to fully appreciate the role that a good workout can play in the rest of your daily routine. I found that once I started spinning regularly, I was able to function at a higher level both at work and at play. The first time I took a spin class led by Casey I felt connected to her through her playlist. Her music motivated me to spin faster, harder and more passionately, and her incredible energy in and out of the spin studio inspired me to become a certified spin instructor. I know I can keep my students motivated and excited with ever-changing rides and a wide range of music. I am so excited to be working with the whole Spynga team in such a beautiful and positive sp
Tracey began practicing yoga over 10 years ago. What started out as an investigation into alternative forms of exercise has evolved into a complete transformation of self. As an 800 hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, she has been inspired by her teachers in New York City (Sharon Gannon & David Life) as well as vani devi, yumeechung, and jeannine woodall of Toronto. Tracey's classes embody creativity, exhilarating music & passion, which will ultimately push you beyond your perceived limitations. Tracey has studied and taught anatomy & physiology in multiple forms throughout her professional career as a critical care nurse, thai yoga massage therapist and health educator. Her areas of specialty currently include perinatal education and support (including breastfeeding, parenting, nutrition & exercise). She also teaches pre/postnatal/yin yoga as well as birth preparation classes for couples
Casey discovered and began her cycling journey in 1998, in Los Angeles to balance the pursuit of her passion, the struggle to stardom as an actor. Her adrenaline addiction and enthusiasm for cycling made Casey a regular at RPM studio in LA where she took 6-7 classes per week. After making her way through the Hollywood jungle, Casey decided to trade in her scripts in 2001 and move to NYC where an untapped skill revealed itself to her, teaching to children with special needs. An artist’s intuition, an eclectic style, and a deep appreciation for music are what shapes Casey’s unique form of teaching.A new found appreciation of yoga has deepened this woman’s self- study in life and in her teaching. Through the exploration of yoga, Casey has come to feel the breath, body, and movement instead of the thinking mind as a pathway to go inward and embrace each moment. Casey is continually humbled, grateful, and truly inspired by her students, colleagues, and teachers. Casey is a co-found
Sari has been practicing yoga for nearly a decade and working as a private and group instructor for the past 5 years in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto. Sari resigned from the corporate world, leaving a career in marketing at L’Oreal to focus on her true love of teaching yoga. Sari still considers herself in the beauty industry although now helps others reveal their inner beauty. Clarity, strength, and acceptance are some of the most momentous principles she has uncovered through her practice. Her yoga classes encompass inspiration from the Anusara, Vinyasa and Astanga schools of yoga. Stirred by curiosity and affection for cycling, Sari recently acquired her Spinning certification in Toronto and is constantly amazed by the exhilaration of every ride. Sari received her registered yoga training certification from Sonic Yoga in New York; Prenatal certification from Be Yoga in New York; Yoga 4 Kids Certification in Toronto. Sari is honored and thankful to share her passion f
Charlotte is a yoga alliance certified instructor. She studied under Swami Swaroopananda at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. She completed her first 200-hour teacher training here, and her second at White Lotus in Santa Barbara.She is also a Certified Yoga Therapist, studying with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at the White Lotus Foundation. Charlotte is certified in Pre Natal Yoga studying with Sarah Longacre and Stacey Seebart from Blooma, and is also certified in Anti Gravity yoga, studying under Christopher Harrison at Om Factory in NYC.Charlotte runs Therapeutic yoga workshops and practices Reiki and Energy Healing. She also offers yoga retreats; her most recent trip was to Nicaragua last spring. She is the Yoga Expert for Proud FM, writes a wellness blog for the Huffington Post, and is an ambassador for Lululemon.Charlotte is constantly looking for ways to further her knowledge and deepen her practice. She believes
I was once that person who thought I could never get rid of my problem areas - I was constantly struggling to tighten up and nothing seemed to work. Someone suggested I take a spin class and I walked out dripping wet and more energized than I'd ever been before. Not only was it one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of exercise I'd ever tried, but I also started seeing results right away. So I stuck to it and never left. I am now a certified LOVER of SPINNING. Oh yeah, I'm also a "certified" instructor. I can't wait to show you how much Spinning can change your outlook on exercise AND life!
Allie is a certified personal trainer, yoga teacher and spin instructor who has been teaching and training groups and individuals for the past 7 years. Her passion for fitness is rivaled by her passion to teach. Allie's classes will challenge you to find your edge, and push you towards it, as you learn to enjoy the ride and make it your own. She hopes to teach her students more about themselves, whether they discover new strength or learn to completely surrender.
Addicted to spinning...and you can be too! Since attending her first class over four years ago, Hayley reluctantly admits, she has become a spinning fanatic. Her love for spinning, passion for people, and quest to find the perfect life/work balance prompted her to begin teaching. Spinning offers a high intensity cardio workout without the impact that is always challenging.She will push you to cycle faster and harder by using music as well as the energy of the group environment as a motivator. She promises to provide a fun, heart pounding, sweat dripping, groove'n, and inspiring ride to people of all fitness levels so that each individual may achieve his or her goals. You will leave Hayley's classes feeling energized and wanting to come back for more
Meredith’s passion for yoga and eastern philosophy began a decade ago while backpacking through Asia. In 2004, she completed Classical Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training, under the guidance of Master Yogi Baba Hari Dass. To immerse herself more deeply in yogic lifestyle, she moved to his California centre, Mount Madonna, and completed the Yoga Service and Community Program, taught meditation, pranayama and asana on the center’s faculty and mentored for the Yoga Teacher Training program in both 2005 and 2007. Meredith’s teaching style is dynamic, therapeutic and infused with inspirational insight. She is forever encouraging students to find balance between ease and effort, so they can flow with grace off the mat and into the world. Her main influences are from the yoga traditions of: Anusara, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Classical Hatha and Restorative, as well as, the wisdom of Baba Hari Dass and the Krishnamacharya lineage. In addition to teaching, Meredith is Co-Director Rainbow Body Yoga stu
Lynda Montis, R.H.N. Yoga & Pilates Instructor; Students describe Lynda as energetic, passionate & profoundly inspirational, which Lynda attributes to her 35 years of yoga practice & teaching. Taking her first class in1977 when the eldest of her four daughters was a toddler, Lynda credits her yoga study with infusing her family with the life-long values of honesty, conscientiousness, persistence, resilience, patience and compassion. Lynda has practised many styles as yoga has evolved, but having been drawn to the intelligence and precision of the Iyengar method, Lynda was awarded International Certification by BKS Iyengar in 2005. In 2008, Lynda successfully completed Advanced Teacher Training in Ashtanga/Vinyasa with Toronto's Downward Dog Yoga Centre. Seeking to better integrate core integrity into her teaching, Lynda certified in mat pilates through Body Harmonics Pilates in 2009. Through yoga practice and her continual study of nutrition, certifying as a Holistic Nutritionist
Brett has been teaching spin classes for the past 10 years. He is a certified spin instructor and personal trainer, bringing with him a wealth of experience in competitive road racing, track and field, rugby and swimming. His training methods are designed to ensure that riders leave the spinning class fitter than they were when they came in.What distinguishes him from the average spin instructor is the unique way in which he uses music to achieve that goal. His music is carefully chosen, remixed and choreographed to match a meticulously crafted ride. Simply put, when the music goes fast, the rider goes fast. When the music relaxes, the rider recovers. “The music,” he says, “is your training partner”. Brett seeks to dispel the myth that spinning classes are too hard. By letting the riders know exactly what to expect – how long, how many, how much – they are able to take complete control of their own ride. In this way, Brett ensures that riders don’t get stuck doing
Tamar comes to you through Spynga’s Cycling Certification Program. She has always been scared to death of indoor cycling and has always led a very active lifestyle (excluding it) until she tried Casey’s class, and she was HOOKED! The energy and passion for the playlists and ride routines completely changed her work out regime. Working full time at her own business (Sweetpea Baby Food), and running around with her two rugrats doesn’t keep her busy enough so she has to teach a class or two a week. Seriously, teaching here has given Tamar such an outlet and she loves sharing that extra energy with her students. She has now been cycling with Spynga for two years and teaching since March 2009. Her classes are focused on rocking out to funky retro tunes and having a powerful, motivating ride that will let you air out all of that pent up energy!
Jeannine has taught yoga for 15 years in the Ashtanga yoga and Jivamukti Yoga traditions. Jeannine was former founder and co-director of Sage Yoga and Meditation Centre, Toronto, and Jivamukti Yoga Toronto. She is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher by Sharon Gannon and David Life of the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York. Jeannine is closely guided by her Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Lopon Ugyen Rinpoche, in philosophy and meditation. Rinpoche is a ngakpa, of the Tibetan Buddhist Niyngma or Ancient Lineage. Ngkapas practice yogas inwardly, while involved in daily life, and transform the challenges of life into energy, on the path to higher realization. Jeannine has completed the “ngndro” or preliminary practices, which entail 100,000 refuge and bodhichitta prostrations, 100,000 mandala offerings and 100,000 Vajrasattva 100 syllable mantra recitations. Now her main meditation practice is Guru Yoga. Jeannine personally mentors students in their spiritual practices.Je
Karen has been passionate about yoga for many years. She has found her journey with yoga to be inspirational, and life changing. For three years she managed a health food store, where she learned about supplements but more importantly she began her journey in living holistically. It was through this experience and then moving on to teach yoga for two years that she realized the power of herself and those around her. Karen is currently getting her certification to become a registered holistic nutritionist. Karen lives and acts from her heart. She believes life is always changing and that we should enjoy the journey that life takes us on.
Charlene Yeh's teaching combines fluid movement with detailed alignment instruction. Her classes will get you into a deep meditative groove and her love of precision will keep you safe and informed. She combines the blood-pumping kinesthetic experience of vinyasa flow with steady breathwork and heartful intention. Her creative sequences stem from the direct experience of her own ever-evolving practice and the result is an intelligent, sweaty and inspired practice that will leave you feeling more grounded and graceful. Charlene holds an 800-hour certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School and an Advanced Teaching Certificate from Kula Yoga Project NYC. Her inspiration stems from her studies of meditation, yoga philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as her teachers David Life, Sharon Gannon, Jeannine Woodall and Yumee Chung (Jivamukti Yoga), Schuyler Grant (Freestyle Yoga), Elena Brower (Anusara Yoga) and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche (Tibetan Buddhism and meditation). Charlene is a
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For the past fourteen years Jill has turned her passion for fitness into a joyful and rewarding career. This career began in her hometown of Winnipeg Manitoba where she entered the fitness industry as a group exercise instructor while concurrently studying for her B.A. at the University of Manitoba. In 1997, upon the completion of her degree, Jill decided to move to Toronto where she could build upon her wide-ranging group exercise and personal training experiences and turn her love for fitness into a full-time profession. While teaching group exercise for clubs such as Mayfair and Sports Clubs of Canada Jill obtained her certification in Pre and Post Natal Fitness to complement her earlier certifications in Group Exercise and Personal Training.She also broadened her knowledge base in order to provide full lifestyle coaching. In 2000 Jill branched out from the fitness clubs and formed her own in-home personal training business. This exciting decision allowed her to focus on and cr
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After completing her undergraduate degree from McGill University, Annie enjoyed research positions at several hospitals in Toronto in the fields of Psychology and Women’s Health. She then traveled abroad to Central America where her passion for medicine and education was fully ignited. She assisted with acute care in a rural hospital, and with health and nutritional counselling in an orphanage. Annie loved her role as an educator and stayed for almost nine months. In addition, the profound effect of working with teenage expectant mothers in Guatemala is apparent today in her work as a labour assistant (Doula). Since returning, she has completed the four year program in Naturopathic Medicine. She uses skills and techniques acquired through regular yoga practice, attendance of the Mind Body Medicine program at Harvard University, and through work at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to cultivate a greater sense of awareness and mindfulness with all patients.http://www.annies
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author, counselor, and lead special education teacher.About Leanne Matlow; Leanne has spent her entire career working with children. Through her work as a teacher, Special Education Resource teacher, guidance counselor and workshop facilitator, she has learned a lot from them. She graduated from the University of Toronto, the Institute of Child Study and completed her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Having also completed her certification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the University of Toronto and the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy Development and Research in Philadelphia, Leanne is a Professional Colleague of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and an Associate member of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies. Her book, Thinking About Thoughts has received endorsement from the mood disorder clinic at CAMH and is a recommended reading for parents on Kids Mental Health.ca. Leann
Tiffany is a graduate of the 2008 Jivamukti Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training with David Life and Sharon Gannon, creators of Jivamukti Yoga. This challenging, flowing style, richly entrenched in yoga philosophy, permeates all of her teaching. She continues to further her education through on-going classes and workshops with teachers such as Leo Hauer (Yin Yoga), Sharon Gannon & David Life (Jivamukti yoga), Tracey Belanger (Pre-Natal Yoga/ Thai Massage) & Livia Berius (Teaching Yoga to Kids).Tiffany is also completing Doula Training so that she will be able to integrate her knowledge and experience of yoga with her compassion for women and children during such an important stage in ones life. Tiffany is a naturally creative person who has always craved a career where she can express and articulate her passion for helping others. Through graceful asana sequences and the integration of words, music and philosophy into her yoga classes she creates a calming, yet challenging environment f