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. Amanda has completed two advanced meditation trainings in India, and has also trained at the Kripalu Institute. 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.
Ashleigh has been practising various styles of yoga for over 12 years. She completed a 200HR Training & 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.
Christina completed her 200 RYT program and 300 RYT. 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.
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Clemente has made physical fitness an important part of his life for the past 30 years, weight training and playing sports such as soccer. Finding yoga allowed him to connect to his mind and body on a deeper level, and it also helped him recognize that accepting what is happening in life exactly as it is, is both a challenge and a gift. This passion for yoga led to Clemente’s first teacher training with YogaFit, and since then he committed to bringing yoga to as may people as he could through led classes and leadership. Clemente’s classes challenge his students, but simultaneously teaching them to accept where poses, as other parts of life, are not available to them at the time, although they can be when the time is right. Take one of Clemente’s classes, and leave feeling both rejuvenated and at peace
Cynthia has always enjoyed the exploration of self through creative movement, having had enjoyed an upbringing doing gymnastics, ballet and Polynesian dance. Her journey and practice of yoga and pilates started in 2007. She completed a 300-hour YTT at Ahimsa Yoga Toronto, a Contemporary Mat Pilates training at MuseMovement, Prenatal Yoga training from MindfulMamas, and Budokon Yoga training at the Budokon Academy in Miami. Keen on learning multiple ways of understanding the body, Cynthia has also received training in Craniosacral Therapy from the Toronto Cranial Therapy Centre.
When not on her mat, Cynthia is busying delivering babies of families in Vaughan and North York. She has been a full-time Registered Midwife since 2008. She is also a clinical teacher to midwifery, naturopathic and medical students at Midwifery Care North Don River Valley, North York General Hospital and Ryerson University.
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 acro yoga teacher training in Toronto.
You can connect with Dave on Instagram @superdaveyoga.
Yoga Instructor & Shiatsu Massage Therapist
David has been practising yoga for over 30 years. He is also a Shiatsu massage therapist, he has used this background to lead unique classes which focus on strength, mobility and tissue softening.
David 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.
Yoga Instructor & Shiatsu Massage Therapist
Diane has been practicing yoga for over 35 years, & teaching students for over 20 years. She was the first Ashtanga yoga teacher in Canada, and hosted an internationally aired television series called Breathing Space Yoga. Diane is also a certified Shiatsu therapist. Her current interests revolve around building sustainable and diverse movement practices that flow away from traditional asana towards functional, somatic and therapeutic science based modalities. She's developed a new prop, the Body Loop, which is a resistance band designed specifically for yoga, pilates, and rehab based movement programs. (Individual loops or full sets can be purchased at the studio.)
Elena has been practising yoga for over 10 years. 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.
Ivano was first introduced to yoga through Michael DeCorte’s Jock Yoga classes. He completed his first Teacher Training in Toronto 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.
Jovita has been practising yoga for over 15 years, with the last 10 years being devoted to a daily traditional ashtanga practice. 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.
Yoga Instructor & Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner
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.
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 is currently an advanced Ashtanga third series student, and teaches Mysore at the AYCT. Lisa’s beliefs about this journey are that having a devoted practice serves as a guide to living a meaningful and positive life.
Yoga Instructor, Thai Yoga Massage Certified
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. 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.
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.
Yoga Light Studio Owner, RYT 500, Lawyer
Nancy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. In order to expand her knowledge and grow her practice, she completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and continued to study and enhance her skills through a number of specialized workshops and trainings. Nancy is now a RYT 500 Hours.
Nancy is a co-founder of Yoga Light Studio, as well as the Studio Director, and Director of its Teacher Training Programs Nancy is also a lawyer, and she practiced various types of law for over 20 years before taking a leave of absence to focus her energy on Yoga Light Studio and its growing yoga community. If she’s not at the desk managing the studio or teaching, you’ll likely find her taking a class with one of our fabulous Instructors!
Certified Yoga Therapist
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!
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. In 2015, Risa attended an Advanced Teacher Training (RYS 300) in Costa Rica. 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!
Sophia is a registered Yoga Instructor and Therapist (E-RYT 200, RYT 500). 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.