Judy McNicol (Studio Owner)
Katie O'Beirne (Studio Manager & Teacher) first joined Taiga Yoga as a student in 2011 and became a Karma Yogi at the studio in July 2014, joining the team to become more immersed in yoga culture and in her own yoga practice. In January 2015 Katie completed her yoga teaching certification at Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico. Katie sees yoga as a practice of the mind, body and spirit and she aims to incorporate this into her teaching by including breathing and basic meditation practices, and by emphasizing the energetic qualities of the yoga postures.
Anne-Marie Guedon (Teacher) is an E-RYT. She has been practicing yoga since 2003 and has been teaching since 2007. Anne-Marie has a 200h Hatha certification from Rama Lotus in Ottawa and over 1000h of teaching experience. Her additional yoga teaching certifications includes courses in Yin yoga, Restorative Yoga and PranaDanda and she is currently pursuing a 300h advanced teaching certification in PranaVinyasa yoga with Shiva Rea. She recently completed a Pilates Mat teacher training with Body Harmonics in Montreal and teaches the Pilates classes offered at Taiga Yoga.
Anne-Marie’s teaching is primarily influenced by the Kripalu and Pranavinyasa styles of teaching and is characterized by student led practices which look to cultivate moments of flowing movement meditation. Her classes encourage modification to meet the needs of the student and she believes that yoga can be a tool for self-care and self-awareness, both psychologically and physically. She has been teaching at Taiga since 2010.
Linda Kalbun (Teacher) began practicing yoga in 2008 at Taiga Yoga and quickly became a regular there as she realized the benefits of yoga in developing strength, balance and flexibility. Long a believer in the integration of body and mind, Linda became curious about learning more about the scope and philosophy of yoga. As a result, she decided to take the 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher training at Rama Lotus in Ottawa and completed this in 2013.
Linda believes that yoga is for everyone no matter what age, shape or health status. Safety and posture modification are integral to her practice. Linda’s background first as a Registered Massage Therapist and later as an Occupational Therapist working in the area of mental health, have provided her with a solid foundation of body awareness and in understanding the effects of and remedies for prolonged stress on the body. Yoga nidra – which is a method of deep meditation also known as yogic sleep - is of particular interest to Linda.
Kumari Karunaratne (Teacher) - After her first yoga class in 2000, Kumari felt better than she had in years. For the next several years she regularly attended yoga classes in Ontario, when she wasn’t in Yellowknife doing permafrost research. In 2004, Kumari deepened her yoga practice to manage stress. Kumari discovered that yoga increased body awareness and which opened avenues of awareness to her emotions and thoughts. This allowed her to have better control of her body, mind and mood.
Kumari’s profound experience with yoga and her love of teaching sparked her desire to share this ancient practice. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2009. Her teaching themes are (1) Alignment – for safety and challenge, (2) Curiosity – questions for self-exploration, and (3) “Yoga off the mat”– how concepts of surrender, stability, and focus accessed on the mat can be applied to life situations off the mat.
In 2011 Kumari was finally able to live in Yellowknife permanently When she’s not immersed in yoga, Kumari spends her energy knitting, and rambling over the rocks with her husky Hudson.
Kate Covello (Teacher) has been practicing yoga for thirteen years and over those years, her practice has evolved and changed according to what is happening in her life. She is always excited to step onto her mat where yoga is a place of joy, solace, escape, excitement, challenge and comfort.
In 2009, Kate completed 300 hours of therapeutic yoga teacher training in Victoria, BC. Since then, she has taught at studios in Montreal, Victoria, Whistler and Yellowknife. She has experience teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative. Most recently, she have been practicing and teaching power yoga with an emphasis on clear language, and joyful sequences.
Her current goal is to maintain a handstand for ten breaths! Join her on the mat where to practice fun and invigorating poses. Some will be successful and some you might fall out of, but either way, we’ll step off our mats feeling poised, calm and ready to take on new challenges.
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Bronwyn Rorke (Teacher) is an Australian Yoga teacher who recently relocated to Yellowknife. In 2012, she completed her 200-hour teacher training course at Power Living, in Sydney. Bronwyn teaches Yin and restorative yoga, but her specialty and passion, is Power Yoga. Her Power classes are challenging, yet playful with creative sequences that are suitable for every level of experience.
Bronwyn believes that the yoga practice helps us see ourselves and witness our habit patterns, especially when we are pushed to our limits. When this happens with awareness, real spiritual growth occurs. In her classes, you will sweat, burn, have your buttons pushed, and be presented with the opportunity to really grow your yoga practice.
Natasha Tekeste (Teacher) completed her 500 hour Moksha Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and her 60 hour Yin Yoga Training in 2015.
As a teacher, she enjoys learning from the Taiga Yoga community while continuing to grow and develop as both a student and a teacher.
Tyler Rentmeister (Teacher) was introduced to yoga by his Mom almost 15 years ago. At first, it was a way to recover from sports related injuries and eventually (with the help of Judy McNicol) it evolved into a passion.
In 2016, Tyler completed his 200 hour Do Something! Yoga Teacher Training Course with Sylvie Boisclair here in Yellowknife. His experience and the relationships he made during this time has motivated him to share his practice and continue to learn and grow as an instructor.
Carly Maurizio (Teacher). Redefine the limits you've set in your mind. Carly completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has studied under master trainers such as Saul David Raye, Mark Stevents, Nicki Duane and Eddie Moccini. She believes yoga is for everybody and every body! She received Prenatal Certification with Semperviva Yoga College and studied under renowned teacher Teresa Campbell. Carly's classes focus on self-discovery, conquering challenges, empowerment and healing for the body and mind.
Jess Taylor (Teacher) is a 500hr Moksha Yoga teacher (2014) and a certified prenatal yoga teacher (2015). Jess moved to Yellowknife from Toronto in September 2016 and is excited to join the Taiga yoga community. Ask me about working through injuries, prenatal yoga, and gardening! I can't promise I'll have an answer but I'll certainly try ;)
Sharon Morrison (Teacher) began practicing yoga almost 40 years ago in Nova Scotia. At a time when both “yoga” and “yogurt” were relatively new and often confused. In recent years Sharon developed Inflammatory Arthritis and it became necessary to modify her yoga (asana) practice to accommodate limited mobility and the pain associated with having this disease. Sharon delivers Pain Management Workshops throughout the NWT for the Alberta/NWT Arthritis Society. Sharon is a certified Restorative & Yoga Therapy teacher and Sivananda Teacher of Yoga.
Cara Benoit (Teacher) was introduced to Yamuna Body Rolling in 2003 and loved it immediately. She purchased her first red ball and moved to Yellowknife shortly after in 2004.
Cara completed her Yamuna Body Rolling Teacher Training in Vancouver in June of 2010. While taking her Level 1 Yamuna Foot Fitness course, she had the amazing experience of learning from Yamuna Zake, founder of Body Rolling. Body Rolling can change your life and Cara is committed to sharing it with others to heal their bodies and experience the changes that body rolling can give you even from just one class.
Dawn Collins (Teacher and fill-in Karma Yogi) is pleased to call Taiga Yoga her second home. She started taking classes at Taiga in 2011 and slowly built up her yoga practise as a means to offset work-related pressures and stresses of everyday living. In the fall of 2014 Dawn joined as a Karma Yogi and is grateful for the experience and opportunity given to her. In February 2017 Dawn completed a CYA-RMS 100h Meditation Teacher Training with JAI Holistic Wellness and Education Centre in Toronto in affiliation with The Canadian Yoga Alliance. Currently, Dawn is pursuing studies in Pilates with BASI Pilates. As far as Yoga goes, it is definitely on her radar for the future. :)
Nicole Garbutt (Karma Yogi) first stepped on a yoga mat in 2013. Brought to practice on a recommendation for her sciatica, she now celebrates the mental health benefits of yoga above all else. Nicole has practiced at many studios in Yellowknife, Vancouver and Whitehorse and has found her bliss on the floor of Taiga's studio.
Nicole is happy to be a new member of the Taiga family as she continues to explore new levels of her practice.
Cailey Kirkham (Therapist) is a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated with honours from a 2200 hour program at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in Edmonton. Cailey is an active member of the Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories Massage Therapy Association.
Lynda Baillargeon (Therapist) graduated from a 2200 massage therapy program in 2015 and Registered Massage Therapist with the Northwest Territories Massage Association and the Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan. Lynda believes in wellness and works to make each session on her table meaningful for your life that day, guiding your body toward balance and relaxation.
Kelsey Magill (Therapist) is a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated with honours from a 2200 hour program at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in Calgary, AB. Kelsey is an active member of the Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories Massage Therapy Association. Kelsey is passionate about massage therapy and helping her clients decrease stress and pain, while increasing mobility and activity.
Angela Waller (DOMP) is a Manual Osteopath. She graduated from the National Academy of Osteopathy in February, 2017 with a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice after completing a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University. Angela is an active member of the National Manual Osteopathic Society. Angela works with the principles set out by Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy, stating that health and well-being depends on the whole body working as a unit. Angela is currently accepting clients.
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