All of our instructors here at Yoga Light Studio bring their own unique talents and energy to each and every class. For those who are just starting out, our instructors will help you feel comfortable and encourage you to take on an open-minded approach to this ancient practice. For experienced practitioners, our instructors will help guide you and give you that needed advice and guidance to reach your personal yoga goals.
David has been practising yoga for over 30 years. He is a senior Instructor at the esteemed Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto. As David is also a Shiatsu massage therapist, he has used this background to lead unique classes which focus on strength, mobility and tissue softening. He also regularly leads workshops around the province and the United States including his popular Yoga Basics workshop, and more recently, an innovative Dowel and Self-Massage Workshop that teachers students techniques to soften the muscles and tendons and sooth the superficial nervous system – a necessity for those with a regular yoga practice. David ensures that all of his classes are accessible and yet still challenging for all levels of practitioners.
Jovita has been practising yoga for over 15 years, with the last 10 years being devoted to a daily traditional ashtanga practice. Jovita completed her teacher training at Yoga Sanctuary in 2009, and over the years she has completed two Ashtanga Immersions, and numerous workshops with esteemed teachers including Kino McGregor, Laruga Glaser, Sharath Jois and David Robson. Jovita also teaches at the Ashtanga Centre of Toronto and she frequently leads workshops in the GTA which focus on different skills that will enhance one’s practice, including arm balances, inversions, and the jump back and jump through for vinyasas.
Christina completed her 200 RYT program and 300 RYT with Yoga Space. She possesses a 500 RYT certification, and over the years she has taken many workshops to further enhance her skills and knowledge. Christina has advanced training in Vinyasa, Hatha, Prenatal, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga, in addition to Pranayama breath work and Yoga Philosophy. Her classes include hands-on adjustments, breath work, core strengthening and restorative elements aimed at quieting the “chatter” of the mind while strengthening body awareness.
Visit Christina on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yoursoulsojourn.
Elena has been practising yoga for over 10 years. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Moksha Yoga. Before becoming a yoga teacher Elena worked as a kinesiologist in a sports injury clinic, where she prescribed rehab programs for sports injuries as well as motor vehicle accident injuries and daily low back, hip and knee pain. This background allows her to create classes that are safe and yet enjoyable for various levels of practitioners, and her popular classes leave students feeling simultaneously energized and at ease with life.
Ashleigh has been practising various styles of yoga for over 12 years. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training through Inspire Yoga. Ashleigh also completed a Restorative Intensive under the guidance of Judith Lasater, and a Yin Intensive with Erin Aquin from De La Sol Hamilton. Ashleigh regularly leads workshops and special classes such as a not-to-be-missed Candlelight Yin, Valentine’s Partner Yoga, a Meditation Series, and a special Restorative Yoga Workshop.
Natalie is a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has completed over 1000 hours of training from different yoga schools including Yoga Therapy Toronto, the Yandara Yoga Institute and East to West Yoga & Pilates. Natalie came to yoga after being in a traumatic car accident and has been able to heal her body, mind and develop a greater sense of peace within her. She is passionate about helping others to heal themselves. You can find Natalie teaching weekly group classes all over the GTA, as well as one-on-one therapeutic yoga for which she designs accessible, home-based yoga practices to help people who are suffering from various ailments and diseases improve the quality of their lives. Natalie also leads various specialized workshops on mindfulness meditation, pain management and a popular Partner Yoga Workshop.
Visit Natalie on Facebook “Sacred Mountain Yoga” and on Instagram @smyogini
Natalie is a co-author in an inspiring book, “Empowering Women to Succeed: From Burnout to Victory”, available for purchase at the studio!
Mark has been practising yoga for over 16 years, and exclusively practising Ashtanga Yoga for the last 10 years. Mark has taught across the GTA for over 12 years, continuing to conduct specialized yoga workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats. Despite the rigorous physicality of Ashtanga Yoga, Mark approaches the student with a calm and encouraging energy, simultaneously teaching the student to be mindful of limitations, avoiding ego, and injury. Mark lives with his family in Vaughan.
Lisa has been practising yoga for over 20 years. She began her journey after the birth of her third child. While raising a young family, her yoga practice helped her balance her busy life. Lisa embodies a nurturing spirit with patience and encouragement when assisting her students. Lisa has had the privilege of studying with many incredible teachers. She completed her initial 250hr YTT at the well-respected Downward Dog Yoga Centre and her Ashtanga training with the Ashtanga Centre of Toronto. Currently, Lisa also practices, teaches, and assists under the guidance of David Robson and Anna Chao at the Ashtanga Centre of Toronto. Lisa’s beliefs about this journey are that having a devoted practice serves as a guide to living a meaningful and positive life.
Ivano was first introduced to yoga through Michael DeCorte’s Jock Yoga classes. He completed his first Teacher Training with Ron Reid, Diane Bruni, David Bruni and Marla Meenakshi Joy at Downward Dog Yoga Centre, and then he travelled to Bali to study with Daniel Aaron at Radiantly Alive Yoga Centre. Ivano also earned a certificate in the art of Qigong through the Chinese Health Qigong Association. His classes often include specially created playlists that inspire and sooth. He views yoga as a way of life that goes beyond the mat, and he is always seeking to encourage people to step onto the mat and see what unfolds.
Sophia is a registered Yoga Instructor and Therapist (E-RYT 200, RYT 500). She completed her 200hr Teacher Training Certification with Hot Yoga Wellness as well as a 300hr Yoga Therapist Certification with Harmony Yoga and Pilates Studio in Alberta. Sophia has competed several workshops to further refine her knowledge, including Yoga for Kids and Yoga for Seniors. Sophia also regularly leads her own workshops focusing on specific topics such as Inversions, Arm Balancing, Hips and Hamstrings, Lower Back and Hips, and Restorative. Sophia’s energy and insight result in classes that leave students feeling energized and restored, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Amanda Vitaro is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher who takes her students through a journey of meditation using creative movement in all of her classes. She teaches various styles of yoga including vinyasa, hatha and meditation. She is also trained in Living Meditation, a method of meditation that guides students to a way of living freely and passionately through daily meditation and self work.
Amanda has a unique way of combining meditation and movement, allowing students to experience a strengthening and opening dynamic yoga flow with a meditative state of mind. Amanda’s way of guidance comes naturally, allowing her to empower and uplift the students that practice with her.
Lisa has been practising yoga for over a decade. Her love and passion for the practice began as a spiritual journey. With a background in health and fitness, Lisa would use her gym training for the physical aspect and would turn to yoga when she needed to relieve stress in her life and feel grounded. It wasn’t long before she realized the positive physical benefits yoga provided, and she wanted to be able to share this with others. Lisa received her first YTT certification from Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto. She is also a certified personal trainer, and she combines her physical training background with her yoga teachings to provide strong, alignment-based classes that balance strength and mobility. She continues to attend workshops and training to keep her teachings current and relevant. When she’s not teaching or practising, Lisa shares healthy recipes and fitness tips on her website which you can find at www.lisapisano.com. You can also visit Lisa at “lean_lisa” (Twitter) and “@lean_lisa” (Instagram).
Dave started his yoga journey in 2007 when he took his first yoga class. The allure of constant physical challenge kept him practicing long enough to appreciate other exciting elements like meditation and pranayama. In 2012, he completed his first YTT Certification and began sharing the wonderful gift of yoga practice as a full time career. Shortly after he became passionate about acroyoga, a fusion of partner acrobatics and yoga, leading to two additional certifications. Riding the wave of excitement from this practice, he created the very first acroyoga teacher training in Toronto. You can connect with Dave on Instagram @superdaveyoga.
Katie Phang is a certified yoga teacher as well as a certified thai massage practitioner. Her teaching is inspired by drawing from various teacher trainings totalling over 400 hours and from her daily Ashtanga practice under the guidance of her teacher David Robson. Whether in a group setting, or private sessions, Katie aims to hold a space for practitioners to self reflect, gain clarity, to test their limits and to ultimately find their intrinsic happiness. Her teaching style is simultaneously light hearted, energetic, and engaging.
Katie has also been drawn to the art of thai yoga massage because of her natural inclination to nurture, support and encourage other beings. She feels truly blessed for having the opportunity to have wonderful and meaningful connections with people through both yoga and thai massage.
After working as a graphic designer for 20 years, Risa started practising yoga to help reverse the negative affects on her body from being slumped over a computer. Soon there after, yoga became much more than just form of physical activity; it became a transformational journey which has been never ending.
In 2010, Risa became certified after attending an intensive Yoga Teacher Training (RYS 200) focusing on Ashtanga Vinyasa practice at Downward Dog in Toronto with Ron Reid, Diane Bruni, Marla Meenakshi Joy and David Bruni. In 2015, Risa attended an Advanced Teacher Training (RYS 300) in Costa Rica with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy. Continuously taking workshops and training including a Vinyasa intensive with Seane Corn, Restorative training with Andrea Peloso, Budokon with Cameron Shayne, her practice and teaching skills have progressively grown and advanced.
Risa’s classes offer a challenging and fun filled Vinyasa flow that leave you feeling lengthened and strengthened and ready to tackle the rest of your day with a refreshed mind and rejuvenated soul.
To further her exploration of the body, Risa became a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through the Still Light Centre in Toronto. Thai Massage has enabled Risa to share an amazing form of bodywork that is a wonderful compliment to any workout or yoga practice. You can contact the studio to arrange a treatment!
Marina first explored yoga 18 years ago, as a way of balancing a busy family and work life, and has been practicing various forms of yoga ever since. She has been teaching since 2010, after having received her 200 Hour Certificate at Blue Door Yoga Room. She has also completed her Level 4 Thai Yoga Massage Certification, from the Thai Massage Toronto School.
Yoga has given Marina its physical benefits of endurance, focus and flexibility, but more importantly, its provided her with inner strength and self-awareness. She teaches yoga because she wants to share her passion for it, and believes that we can all take our yogic experiences off the mat and into our daily lives.
In her classes, Marina encourages her students to do their best, listen to their bodies and respect their abilities, as well as to focus on their breath while they work in proper alignment. Her classes are well balanced and flow with ease from pose to pose, and her passion for helping others inspires her to hold space for fun, creative and safe practices that accommodate every practitioner.