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Cynthia Funk

Founder, Director & Certified Yoga Teacher

Cynthia offers a warm, open-hearted, dynamic and experiential practice, sprinkled with humour. She combines physical and energetic alignment along with insightful meditation. Fusing her passion for athletics and yoga Cynthia has been sought after by CEO’s, young athletes, pro-athletes as well as Canadian Olympians, engaging them in yoga practice to maintain their high-level competition. Her passion for yoga inspires and motivates her students to reach their goals, whether it be inner peace, body awareness or building self-confidence.She has taught hundreds of people to become exemplary yoga teachers who teach around the globe. Her continued exploration of yoga led to her create and teach in the Advanced 300 hour Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training and she is the Co-Founder of HypnoZen Yoga. Cynthia is also a certified Reiki Master, certified Hpynotist and Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist and she produced an instructional yoga CD of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. *Trained in Pre-natal Yoga

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Karen Cove

Certified Yoga Teacher

Karen has dedicated her life to both the practice and teaching of yoga. She combines an advanced understanding of anatomy and sequencing with a deep compassion for her students. Her classes are designed with precision and attention to detail, but her immense love of yoga creates an environment that is fun and welcoming. Karen completed her first yoga teacher training at Yoga Sanctuary Academy and has gone on to complete other teacher trainings, including, with Hart Lazer. She has been assisting Yoga Sanctuary Academy's Director, Cynthia Funk, with the studio's teacher training program for since 2008 and is a part of the faculty for the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program. ``At the end of it all, what matters is if we have been present and as kind as possible.`` (Anonymous) *Trained in Pre-natal Yoga

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Shehla Khan

Certified Yoga Teacher

Shehla’s journey began long time ago in her grandfather’s courtyard where she was introduced to simple practices of Ayurveda and few rounds of salutations!Having been trained in classical practices of Hatha yoga where the emphasis is on conditioning the mind as well as the body she cultivated understanding of this tradition at a very young age.Strict discipline of just few postures and Ayurvedic diet allowed her to bring balance in dealing with childhood Asthma and a shoulder injury and planted the seeds to further study and understand this system. After moving to Canada she explored many different styles of yoga and completed several yoga teacher trainings and believes her journey has just began. She combines teachings from different styles of yoga and infuse them with yogic philosophy, Indian mythology, stories and poetry while reminding students of the healing side effects of yoga.She is forever grateful to all her teachers past and present especially her Dada Ji! (Grandfather)Shehla is a certified yoga therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, chakra Yin, Restorative yoga along with workshops on yoga Therapy and Pranayama, meditation and yoga Nidra.

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Kai Riecken

Certified Yoga Teacher

Kai has always had a passion for movement as well as a keen interest in health and wellness. He was introduced to yoga as part of his modern dance education at The Etobicoke School for the Arts in 1998. Asana practice has been a continuing theme throughout his training and was used as a training tool during his time studying at The London School for Contemporary Dance in London, England. Ever seeking to challenge himself, Kai has gone on to become an avid cyclist, participating in long distance bike tours, as well as taking part in triathlons and marathons. Coming back to yoga has helped him to balance vigorous strength training with flexibility. Yoga has also allowed Kai to connect with his breath helping him to find the balance of sthira (strength & stability) and sukham (comfortable, relaxed lightness) within his body and mind, both on and off the mat. The decision to teach yoga has been a natural evolution for Kai. He is excited to share his knowledge and passion for physical movement and awareness, and strives to help others balance strength and grace in their lives.

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Angela Jervis-Read

Certified Yoga Teacher

Angela Jervis-Read E-RYT 500 has been immersed in the world of yoga since 1998. She stumbled upon the science while seeking out a way to manage her chronic back pain. Within a only a few months of practicing her physical pain and attitude towards life had shifted dramatically. It was at this time that she realized that her mission in life was to spread the magic of yoga around the world. Known as a pain specialist, Angela’s intuitive nature fuels her ability to manipulate the relationship between mind and body. She holds a private practice in Toronto, where she works one-on-one with people suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries and other mental and physical discomforts. Compassion and kindness define her approach. Sought out by studios around the globe, Angela leads international teacher trainings, retreats and workshops in the both the yin and vinyasa traditions. Inspirations both and on and off the mat are: Alan Florence, Jeannine Woodall, Hali Schwartz, Sarah Powers, Tom Myers and Rishi Sudhir of the Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa – India. She makes her home in Toronto with the love of her life and her two sweet dogs.

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Yosh Maeda

Certified Yoga Teacher

Yosh discovered yoga 15 years ago and has been immersed in it's transformative practice ever since. He completed the teacher training program at The Yoga Studio in 2004. Since then, ever inquisitive, Yosh has continued with advanced training in meditation, Hatha yoga, Restorative yoga, pranayama, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit. Yosh has also been blessed with two trips to India, the latter lasting three months, where he studied at the International Meditation Institute. Yosh brings humour, compassion and playfulness to his teaching coupled with a rare and wholistic knowledge of all things yoga..

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Jefferson Guzman

Certified Yoga Teacher

Jefferson attended his first yoga class in 1998 and was immediately inspired to one day become a yoga teacher. Fourteen years later it was that same first yoga teacher, Karusia Wroblewski, who encouraged him to do just that! Having graduated from Yoga Sanctuary Academy's Evolving Spirit Yoga Teacher Training in May 2013, Jefferson feels extremely blessed to have had the amazing opportunity to study with Cynthia Funk, Karen Cove, Sue Ravazzolo, Janine Woo, and Orlando Batista. He continues to expand his knowledge, attending master classes with Bo Forbes, Leslie Kaminoff, and Tiina Veer at the Yoga Conference in Toronto, and looking forward to furthering his studies at Yoga Sanctuary Academy where he is enrolled in the Advanced Teacher Training. Jefferson is passionate about making his classes accessible to people of all shapes and sizes. His goal is to create a welcoming safe space, and a class that builds confidence, inner peace, and a desire to return to the mat.

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Brenda McMorrow

Guest Instructor

Brenda McMorrow is a Canadian Devotional Kirtan artist who has had a rich and diverse musical career (from folk to jazz to bluegrass). Now, with a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants.It was when Brenda participated in her first Sanskrit chant while attending a Yoga workshop in 2004, that she had a profound knowing her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: “It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy”. While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants – and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer, and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across North America, Europe and Asia as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhaktiroad, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.