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2058Global Yoga Conference in Canada, April 14 -17, 2011 TORONTO

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  • international yoga federation
    Apr 1, 2011


      16  days until the YOGA, Conference & Show in Toronto!

      Faculty 2011   

      Michelle Cormack

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CormackMichelle is a prenatal expert, working with pregnant women since 1992 as a doula, labour assistant and childbirth educator. She has merged her expertise in pregnancy, birth and postpartum with her experience as a yoga teacher, informed by her teacher Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow yoga. She has been the owner and director of 5 Elements Yoga & Pilates studio for 8 years and has created the 5 Elements Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training (an RYT200 program) and has been training fitness instructors, yoga teachers, doctors, health-care & birth professionals and Pilates teachers for over 10 years. She has presented on Prenatal issues in various conferences and courses for many years, including Kripalu, and is a guest teacher at Shiva Rea’s Prenatal Yoga teacher trainings, as well as a mentor and assistant for Shiva in worldwide trainings and retreats. She co-wrote the Prenatal Thai Yoga Massage Manual with Kam Thye Chow (Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage). She is a published author in the book “Bearing Witness: Childbirth Stories Told By Doulasâ€. As a married mother of 5 daughters, she has been blessed with deep immersion in the Prana Shakti .

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      Seane Corn

      Photo of Seane CornSeane Corn is an internationally renowned Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and spiritual activist. Featured in commercials, magazines and named the “National Yoga Ambassador†for YouthAIDS in 2005, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in India, Cambodia and Africa working with prostitutes and street children, teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, encouraging yoga teachers to get involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. Her award winning DVD’s are available through Gaiam and Yoga Journal, and most recently “Detox Flow Yoga†from Sounds True.

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      Jason Crandell

      Photo of Jason CrandellJason Crandell was recently named one of the U.S.’ “next generation of yoga teachers†(Yoga Journal), for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Jason is the creator of Yoga Journal’s newest dvds: Yoga for Wellbeing; Yoga for Morning, Noon, and Night; and, The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Yoga. He is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has authored over 13 articles for the magazine and website. His primary teacher is Rodney Yee.

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      Nischala Devi

      Photo of Nischala DeviNISCHALA JOY DEVI is a masterful teacher, internationally renowned since 1974. She studied Yoga with masters in US, India, and lived as a monk with Swami Satchidanandaji for 18 years. Her landmark research in adapting Yoga for heart disease and cancer culminated in Yoga of the Heart ® certification course for teachers and health professionals. Author of The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga, A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras. Nischala’s teachings reflect the compassionate heart perspective in spirituality and scripture.

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      Sat Dharam Kaur

      Photo of Sat Dharam KaurAuthor and naturopathic doctor. She has developed a 17 week yoga-based addiction recovery program, as well as breast health yoga training. Her-best selling books include: A Call to Women: the Healthy Breast Program and Workbook, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, and the Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women's Health.

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      Joan Duignan

      Photo of Joan DuignanJoan Duignan, Hatha Yoga Teacher, Certified in Teaching & Training Adults. This eternal & devoted student of Yoga began her journey in 1998 at Innerquest Yoga where she completed her beginner’s certificate. In 2001, she began her practice & studies with Ruth Dargan (Synergy Movement), who remains her primary teacher. Joan has optimized her teaching skills and will inspire you to become a more effective teacher. You will learn how to create your own Yoga Course Outlines as well as Design Yoga Lesson Plans. Understanding the Principals of Adult Learning will empower you to teach a diverse student population with a variety of needs to achieve maximum results.

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      Christine Felstead

      Photo of Christine FelsteadChristine Felstead has successfully married her twin passions for yoga and running to develop something unique; a yoga program designed specifically for runners. Christine pioneered the development of Yoga for Runners and today is the leading authority on the practice. She has spoken at several international conferences and written about the program in numerous publications. Her DVD's The Essentials: Beginner Program and newly released Intermediate Program are best-sellers and has helped spread her work globally.

      Bo Forbes

      Photo of Bo ForbesBo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist whose background includes training in biopsychology, behavioral medicine, sleep disorders, and stress management. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, a system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, immune disorders, chronic pain, physical injuries, and athletic performance. Bo conducts teacher trainings and workshops internationally and writes frequently for Yoga Journal, Body + Soul, Yoga International, and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She is the author of Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Relieve Anxiety and Depression.

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      Cynthia Funk

      Photo of Cynthia FunkCynthia is the co-director of two yoga studios, The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto. She has been practicing for over 2 decades and teaching for 11 years. She is proud that she has laid the foundation of teaching skills for many of Toronto’s finest teachers. She is also certified in Kids Yoga. Cynthia has an instructional yoga CD of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga available in both a short-form CD and the full Primary Series double CD.

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      Maria Garre

      Photo of Maria GarreMaria E Garre, M.Ed, ERYT-500, is a Senior Teacher and Director for Shiva Rea’s Samudra School of Living Yoga offering Prana Flow. In addition to assisting and studying with Shiva Rea for over 9 years, Maria leads workshops, teacher training and retreats world-wide. Maria attended the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and has accrued over 800-hours of hands-on training in Ayurveda. In addition, she is a Certified Power Pilates Instructor, has a Masters in Education. A Prana Flow teacher with over 15 years of study in Philosophy, Biological Sciences, Tantra, Ayurveda and Yoga, Maria offers a dynamic and liberating Yogic approach that embodies the alchemy of all these teachings. Maria is currently the Yoga Director for Ananda Shala in Frederick, Maryland and has taught at the Bali Spirit Festival , Toronto and Vancouver Yoga Conference and Show.

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      Yasmin Gow

      Photo of Yasmin GowYasmin has taught yoga for nearly a decade. Her practice is based in Ashtanga yoga and inspired by dance, nature and the interconnectivity of life. Also a writer, speaker and environmentalist, Yasmin is the owner of Om West Holistic Centre in Montreal, has toured Canada with David Suzuki, instructed professional athletes, and released a DVD series.

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      Ann Greene

      Photo of Ann GreeneAnn Greene, a certified Anusara teacher, leads workshops internationally. She offers a balance of light-heartedness, physical challenge, and emotional sensitivity. Ann creates a supportive environment for each student to feel loved and connected to spirit. She and her husband, Todd Norian co teach Immersions and teacher trainings.

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      Dorothy Guerra

      Photo of Dorothy GuerraDorothy Guerra is the creator of The Yoga Birth Method and Author of Yoga Birthing. She developed this program through her work as Labour Doula and Child Birth Educator. She has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and facilitates a yoga teacher training program in Toronto. She has specialized in prenatal care and Co-owns Birth Yoga Studio and is the director of The Yoga Birth Method Institute. She is affiliated with CAPPA Canada (Childbirth and Postpartum Association) and ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association). She educates yoga teachers to use the Birth Method in prenatal classes to give expectant moms yoga tools for a mindful birth experience. She is also the president of the Yoga network of Canada, an organization that overlooks standards of yoga practice in Ontario.

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      Woody Harrelson

      Photo of Woody HarrelsonA special additional class, co-hosted by Woody Harrelson, has been just added on Sunday April 17th, 6:30 -8:30 pm. To add this class to your schedule, slip back into your registration and make the selection. We encourage you to check out his play ‘Bullet for Adolf’ which he co-wrote and is directing. This production is running April 19th until – May 7 at Hart House, University of Toronto. Please visit www.bulletforadolf.com for more information.

      Susi Hately

      Photo of Susi HatelySusi Hately is the facilitator of the Anatomy and Asana workshop series taught around western Canada and the United States. She is also the author of the globally read Anatomy and Asana ezine, a monthly e-Iesson that explains concepts of anatomy as they relate to yoga asanas. Her background in kinesiology, yoga, and physical rehabilitation provide a functional and common sense approach to her teaching. Her students say that her style is engaging, empowering, and loads of fun. Susi lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she owns and operates Functional Synergy, a yoga therapy studio that specializes in designing custom yoga programs for people with injury or illness

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      Leslie Kaminoff

      Photo of Leslie KaminoffLeslie Kaminoff, author of the bestselling book “Yoga Anatomy,†is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized specialist with thirty years’ experience in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork.

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      Devinder Kaur

      Photo of Devinder KaurDevinder Kaur's journey into sound and music began at age 5 with classical piano lessons with the Royal Conservatory of Music. After graduation from University, Devinder started a business career. Her approach to teaching is to use her knowledge, experience, and positive attitude in a safe and fun style to help people reach their individual goals and to empower themselves through Yoga. Devinder's daily Yoga and Meditation practice is in the Kundalini Yoga tradition. She also appears as a regular guest leading Yoga classes on television programs and at Women's Conferences

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      Sebastian Kowalik and Kaelyn Wong

      Photo of Sebastian Kowalik and Kaelyn WongSebastian's love for yoga came about after years of formal meditation practice. The joy of finding stillness and peace in the heart of movement compelled him to expand his practice with teacher training, during which he met Kaelyn. Kaelyn's love for yoga directly evolved from her background in martial arts. Her practice helped heal various injuries and gave her a deeper awareness into the importance of breath and alignment. Together they discovered how partner yoga cultivates greater depth, mindfulness and connection. They both received certification from Acro Yoga Montreal and are excited to share their knowledge, joy and experience.

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      Mark Laham

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Mark LahamMark Laham, innovative yoga instructor and seminar leader, teaches the ancient wisdoms of the East combined with modern principles of the West to individuals from all arenas of life. Mark has the ability to deliver complex subjects in a manner that everyone can comprehend and incorporate into their day to day lives. His ability to share wisdom, practices, experiences and life lessons while at the same time, inspiring and entertaining his audience make him a truly unique speaker and teacher.

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      Cyndi Lee

      Photo of Cyndi LeeCyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga. A practitioner of both yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, Cyndi regularly writes for Yoga Journal and the Shambhala Sun and is the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind; OM yoga A Guide to Daily Practice; OM yoga in a box, and OM yoga and meditation DVD/CD. Cyndi is a student of Gelek Rimpoche. Her dynamic and contemplative classes, workshops and trainings offer a non-competitive, no-baloney, fun and inspiring method for learning and practicing yoga and meditation

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      Blake Martin

      Photo of Blake MartinBlake Martin is currently completing his PhD in Kinesiology and holds a Graduate Neuroscience Diploma from York University, where he is investigating the role of attention in limb position sense. He teaches Thai Massage and anatomy for body workers internationally, and holds degrees in Dance and Education, and speaks on a variety of topics related to health, education and the brain. He is also a long time martial artist, yoga practitioner and runner

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      Djuna Mascall

      Photo of Djuna MascallDjuna Mascall, R.Y.T., has been a dedicated student and teacher of yoga since 2001. Her primary inspiration comes from her work with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a graduate of the Prajna 500 Hour Training Program as well as a Prajna senior teacher. As co-owner of Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio, she makes her home on Orcas Island in Washington State. Her additional influences have been trainings with David Swenson, Beryl Bender Birch, Dean Lerner, and Julie Gumestad. She has also studied Iyengar Yoga in depth with Felicity Green.

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      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

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