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Turtle Yoga


This class is taught by:

Luara Gonzalez

Luara’s Spiritual Journey began while she was studying Psychology at York University. It was only during her third year at York University, that she stumbled upon what the academics were calling “alternative Therapies”. Luara remembered her early encounters with yoga, when she was 15 years old, the calmness of her being and the stillness of the mind that a mere 4-week yoga workshop brought to her. After that realization, she began to have a steady personal practice. After each practice, she would be amazed at how lasting the effects would be not only on the body, but also on the mind. She then began to research more and ended up stumbling upon a universe of information about yoga, meditation and other healing practices. The more she read about yoga and meditation, the more it made sense to her to switch her focus into helping herself and others through these practices, rather than going the academic route. After making up her mind about what to focus on first, given the world of information and possibilities; she was determined to enroll in a Yoga Teacher training. Luara was blessed to have the opportunity to learn from Kent Brun at Karma Teachers Toronto. From this first Yoga Teacher Training she participated in, her beliefs in yoga were reinforced; the doubts in her head about her chosen path were cleared away and, there was only bliss and pride from having followed her heart on this one.
Luara continues to be a student first and a teacher second given that, she learns something new from her students and everyday experiences find their meaning on the mat.

Cherivic Paculaba

Cherivic’s calm nature and nurturing intuitiveness is found through her voice when centering, talking about breath awareness or guided meditation. From a young age fitness and dance became a passion of hers, as she always found freedom in movement and flexibility, which led her to try a yoga class. Immediately she fell in love! The awareness of being in the present moment, as well as, the movement into postures spoke to her childhood memories of being a ballerina. Cherivic has now been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her passion for yoga and spiritual healing has grown since giving birth to her son, as it has allowed her to decompress and find solace in her much needed "me time”. Throughout life’s challenges, her practice is something she always comes back to; bringing her back to center and finding that peace within. Cherivic has completed her training with the wonderful teachers at Kula Oakville and continues to expand and explore her love of yoga, yoga philosophies and spirituality. She has also completed her restorative yoga training with the beautiful soul of Beth Rutty and has studied Reiki level 1 & 2 under the amazing Teresa Bombino (a true angel!). Her passion is to spread the joy and her love for yoga to everyone from the young and young at heart.
 

Karen Piekarz-Mackisoc

Karen is a Human Service Worker/Yogi/Child Mindfulness Educator who is an empathic and an intuitive person. She enjoys helping people and reaching their full potential, especially through teaching yoga and meditation. She is also experienced with diverse groups of children in the education system and has worked closely with children, with physical and intellectual disabilities. Karen is a Yoga Intructor specializing in Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Children’s Yoga and Meditation.
 
Karen encourages everyone to try yoga and to begin discovering who they really are and challenge their minds to grow & stretch their thinking. A true Yogi at heart! Through meditation, breathing and the willingness to learn you can tap into endless possibilities.
 
Karen has studied at the Transformational Arts College and has taken the Discovering the Total Self Program and has completed her Reiki Masters training. Karen is a certified Yoga Instructor.

Janina Lee Del Rio

Janina Lee Del Rio is a 200 hours Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, graduating in 2007 with High Honours from Sheridan College in Oakville.
Over ten years ago, Janina turned to practice yoga as a way to relax and have some downtime from looking after her two very active young children. Just one downward-facing dog posture (asana), she was captivated by the calmness and inner peace she found in herself. After that first yoga class, she realized teaching of yoga was her calling in life. One of her favourite aspect of practicing yoga is the amazing transformation and healing that take place both physically and emotionally. An emphasis on listening to your body, respecting your limits, without judgement and meeting personal expectations is a common thread throughout her class. The main focus of her teaching is the breath, proper alignment, and honouring the body. She believes that the power of kindness is indispensable for the well being of everyone. Janina suffers from Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Janina completed in April 2018 Pain and The Stretch Reflex with Nicole Ablack-Ramkay (Toronto) and in the fall 2016, the 20 hrs Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training: Healing your Heroes by Healing Heroes Project in Oakville, Canada. Janina has studied as well with other noted yogis: Daniel Rama summer 2016, Brad Waites, summer 2015. Rodney and Colleen Yee, Cindy Lee, Leslie Kaminoff, Jason Crandell, Yasmin Gow, J. Miller, Maria Garre, Doug Swenson, Natasha Rizopoulos, Lisa Black, Michelle Cormack, Todd Norian and Ann Green at the Toronto Yoga Conference. In 2009 she attended the Pre and Post Natal Yoga Training Programme at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto.

Emi Kovacs

Emi M is a Yoga Alliance -Certified E-RYT200 instructor. After her own personal struggles, she found inner peach through power yoga. She was a student under the ultimate yogis, Travis Elliot, and Lauren Eckstrom, whom she obtained her certification through. In time, her personal practice changed, and she started to be more interested in meditation and the pursuit of all things yoga.

Emi is known for her authentic, non judgmental teaching style. Her classes combine creative sequencing and a focus on safe alignment. With her holistic yoga flow, she combines the power and peacefulness, of yoga together.

Emi is always a student first and a teacher second. She's versed in Yoga therapy for depression and is currently looking forward to deepening her knowledge on sequencing and yin yoga.
Very cool class for deeeeeep stretching. This class is A.K.A as "Yin" which means passive. You hold poses for longer than usual and this aids in flexibility and relaxation for muscles and works deep into fascia (google it, neat stuff). You will walk out of this class feeling like you just got an amazing massage. I'll take it!

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 14 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Luara Gonzalez
  • Thu Aug 16 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Cherivic Paculaba
  • Fri Aug 17 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Karen Piekarz-Mackisoc
  • Sun Aug 19 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Janina Lee Del Rio
  • Tue Aug 21 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Luara Gonzalez
  • Thu Aug 23 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Cherivic Paculaba
  • Fri Aug 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Karen Piekarz-Mackisoc
  • Sun Aug 26 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Janina Lee Del Rio
  • Tue Aug 28 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Luara Gonzalez
  • Thu Aug 30 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Cherivic Paculaba
  • Fri Aug 31 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Karen Piekarz-Mackisoc
  • Sun Sep 02 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Janina Lee Del Rio
  • Tue Sep 04 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Emi Kovacs
  • Thu Sep 06 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Cherivic Paculaba
  • Fri Sep 07 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Karen Piekarz-Mackisoc
  • Sun Sep 09 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Janina Lee Del Rio
  • Tue Sep 11 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Emi Kovacs
  • Thu Sep 13 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Cherivic Paculaba
  • Fri Sep 14 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Karen Piekarz-Mackisoc
  • Sun Sep 16 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Janina Lee Del Rio