We are so very proud of the instructors that teach under our roof! Combined we have been teaching and practicing yoga of over 75 years! Many of us hold International Certifications as well as National Certifications. We all love yoga and have become experts in our styles and how we teach. We pride ourselves in growing a non-judgmental environment that really believes that the student is why we are here. We truly want the best for you and do our very best to deliver that to you. Our classes are safe and our students truly become our family and know that when they are here they are welcomed with open arms at no-matter the level, shape, beginner, experienced, age or what have you... it is your journey and we deliver what you need.
It's about compassion, growth, keeping the history and the traditions from the lineage before us, taught to us by our gurus, and masters. It's about celebrating the differences that we all have and learning how to adapt and move so that your yoga journey truly becomes your journey!
Yes we truly do believe that YOGA is for EVERYbody!
Nicky is Certified CYA Gold (500+hrs) Ashtanga, Hatha, & Restorative
She is also a Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapy Instructor, with lineage instructors. Nicky likes to specialize her classes towards those who are dealing with ailments, grief, anxiety, stress, illnesses and more. Trained in restorative yoga, yoga therapy, pranyama (breathing), meditation, Nicky believes a balanced class is where one will find life's balance. Nicky holds registrations and certificates in yoga from India, Budapest, United States and Canada.
Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapy
Nicky has been practicing Yoga for over 18 years, teaching for over 16; she started she started her yoga practice during a time of illness. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, chronic pain, IBS, depression, stress as well as other illnesses. It was during that time that Nicky’s yoga journey began and the dramatic changes in her life and well being took place.
Nicky believes that including yoga in her life has saved her life and uses a daily yoga practice to keep her diagnosis in check.
Nicky is a self described “round body”. Her compassion and first hand understanding of what it feels like to be the first time student, in pain, stressed and feeling intimidated about “not fitting in” is the exact reason why Nicky’s desire to teach first ignited.
She is also a certified MELT instructor: a treatment technique that helps release fibromyalgia, chronic pain and other body related stress disorders.
Nicky teaches techniques to help you alleviate pain caused by fibromyalgia, chronic pain, traumatic stress disorders, migraines, asthma, depression, anxiety, and more. Nicky is a kind, compassionate and understanding instructor, who is very aware of the human body, and knows how to make safe modifications that will assist you in obtaining the most out of your yoga practice.
Nicky understands the issues with body image perception, and always offers a friendly environment, where no-BODY gets left behind.
Out in our community, Nicky teaches classes and workshops for many associations and businesses. Including the North Bay Regional Health Care Centre, North Bay and Area Aids Committee, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Children’s Aid Society, the Retired Teachers Foundation of Nipissing, and more.
Nicky’s passion for yoga, and compassion for all prompted Nicky to initiate a yoga program for patients in the mental health area of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
Nicky is available for wellness talks and workshops away from the studio as well.
Darren has been teaching yoga for ten years and practicing for twelve. He is one of Canada’s first certified OmGym® instructors and his background in kinesiology, anatomy, and eastern holistic practices brings a unique depth to his teachings. Darren is a certified Reiki Master, Chek® HLC2, and has over twenty five years practicing various martial arts, and meditation. With all of this combined, you can expect a focus on the mind body connection, helping you to maximize the efficiency of movement and thought.
Rob's class will resume in Fall 2017... Happy Summer
Originally from North Bay, Rob Joanisse was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga by his primary teachers Mark Darby and Allison Ulan at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Montreal in 1998. He completed the studio’s 500-hour teacher certification course and is certified with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and has been teaching yoga since 2001. Rob has also studied Iyengar yoga with Hart Lazer, one of North America’s foremost yoga instructors, attended numerous workshops with Pattabhi Jois, Sharath, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. He is also an accomplished professional drummer; won a Juno Award with Bran Van 3000; recorded with Ric Ocasek of The Cars; teaches drum lessons and accompanies yoga and dance classes.
Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, RYT-200
Currently on summer leave. Mary will be returning to us in the Fall.
Mary’s yoga journey began 10 years ago, when she learned to combine regular studio classes with daily home practice. As a teacher, Mary delights in introducing others to the healing gifts of yoga – with a focus on how it helps manage and transcend the accumulated stresses of adult life. She particularly enjoys helping students design practical yoga routines to follow at home or on the road, making yoga their lifetime wellness companion. Mary received her teacher training at the respected Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health, where the school’s emphasis on therapeutic, holistic yoga matches her own interest and professional experience with healing and wellness. Much of Mary’s professional life has been spent in the advertising/publishing field assisting medical and health care clients. Her teaching career has encompassed everything from college students in the Caribbean to dog owners in Callander, and for the past 20 years, her true life’s work has been in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy, providing therapeutic animal interventions to hospital and residential facilities here and abroad. When Mary is not on the mat you will find her and her “pack” of Collies at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
Certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Kathleen will be away for the summer, returning in the fall.
Kathleen Ross has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. While on a yoga retreat she attended her first Kundalini Yoga class and realized this yoga was “it” for her. “I felt like I found a home with this yoga and I have been practicing and using a gong (meditating) ever since! With her social work and holistic health background, teaching this beautiful yoga is a natural fit for her.
Shannon Falconi, B.A., B.Ed. has been dancing from a young age and trained for 17 years in various genres of dance at Barbara Treleven School of Dance. She has traveled and lived internationally in Asia, Central America, and the United States, learning different cultural styles of dance, with the goal of creating Artistic Global Dancers.
The Performance Arts have always been a deep passion of hers, as she now has been operating Global Groove for 4 years. Being a School Teacher has enabled her to collaborate with Educators, public, and private schools, to facilitate Dance and the Arts Curriculum from Pre- School to University. Her goal is to empower peoples' creativity through dance and music by providing a supportive space for everyBODY to connect with their authentic selves and to get their groove on.