Yoga TeacheR E-RYT®200, MFA,RCA
Vicki is a yoga teacher, evidence based lifestyle & wellness health coach, and artist based in Toronto. Her approach to teaching yoga is contemporary, innovative and inter-disciplinary.
Her style of teaching is in constant evolution reflecting her personal investigation into yoga, current and past teachers. Her teaching style weaves themes and insight from years of personal practice and a deep curiosity about life placing an emphasis on the therapeutic and holistic value of yoga for our body, mind and lives. Her approach combines mindful alignment with somatic sensitive instruction, inviting students to cultivate an inquisitive approach to their yoga practice, exploring and mapping their own body mind experience using the tools of yoga, at their own pace.
Vicki has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2003. She was previously a licensed Anusara® yoga teacher (2004-2012 ) and is now independent of any particular school or lineage of yoga. Originally from Australia, she has traveled widely, living and working in 8 countries to date. She has also taught yoga in Australia, Tel Aviv, and Tucson.
In December 2009, Vicki established Yoga Yoga East in Toronto’s east end, a thriving "nomadic" yoga community offering holistic hatha yoga classes to people from all walks of life.
Yoga teacher E-RYT®200
Toni has over 20 years of experience in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She began her journey in humanities training at Ryerson University, in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Along the way, she discovered a deep passion and commitment for helping others achieve optimal lifelong fitness, health and wellness. Her extensive training and education led her to the deeply healing path of yoga in 1995, and prompted her to pursue her certifications as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 and YACEP, as well as becoming a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. She has trained in various forms of yoga including Hatha, Restorative, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara and Kundalini as well as holding additional certifications with the Canadian Fitness Professional Association as a Certified Personal Trainer, Stott Pilates, TRX and Schwinn Cycling.
Toni believes that Yoga and movement practice is a lifelong journey, with endless paths to explore, inspire and support continued personal growth. She honours this with ongoing study, continually fine tuning both her own practice and her teaching by studying with master Yoga and movement instructors throughout North America. Her teaching style is built on a strong foundation and understanding of anatomy and a deep respect for the wonder of the human body. Toni knows that everyone’s practice can shift with the tide of life. Her goal is to ensure that all her clients move and grow with attention to and acceptance of the messages from their own body and breath. She believes that compassion for personal movement and breath practices are the seat of intention for our approach to life. Toni delivers educational sessions on Yoga Practices for Anxiety, Stress and Depression, Movement and wellness for Older Adults and Movement Practices for the Corporate Employee. She lives a balanced life with health and wellness at the centre of her home. In her down time she can be found reading, exploring, pursuing a daily yoga, movement and strength practice and, most cherished of all, walking with her two daughters and her dog Bella.
I always loved the idea of yoga while simultaneously believing that I am not going to be good at it. I am not flexible, I look nothing like people on the cover of Yoga Journal magazine and I have a very active mind that hates being still. I bought books, DVDs and magazines and that's where it would end. Until one day I came across Vicki's yoga and signed up for the Foundations Class. I won't get into the long list of ways in which yoga practice has and continues to work its magic on me, but I do tell everybody I meet to give it a try when they're ready.
I'm a full time electrical design engineer with a bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Toronto. I believe pugs are the most beautiful dogs, and that mine is the most beautiful of them all. I love picking fruits and vegetables, although I haven't mastered the art of growing them yet. And I love yoga.
I help Vicki with the communications part of Yoga Yoga East. I love helping people and I'd love to hear from you.