• Tanya

    Tanya is our studio Manager, and one of our YTT Instructors. After several years working in the corporate industry, it was yoga and an active lifestyle that helped her find balance in life. She decided to change gears and turned to yoga as a way of helping others achieve the most in their lives.

    Her teaching style ranges from gentle hatha to vigorous power vinyasa yoga and including core classes that are pilates based. Her classes are taught with a focus on building a connection between a strong body and a calm mind.

    She is also a certified Thai Yoga Bliss practitioner, has a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Psychology and is certified as a Personal Trainer Specialist with CanFitPro, Canada’s leading and largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry.

    “Yoga is a wonderful tool to assist people in opening their hearts, opening their minds, and opening their bodies to be all that they can be.”

  • Heather

    Heather began her yoga journey several years back when tension and long hours at a desk job started making her body stiff and cranky. Turning to yoga as a sustainable way to reverse that trend, she was amazed at how much better she felt physically, emotionally and spiritually. Compelled to share this with others, she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2010. She has since done training in Yin Yoga, Yoga 4 Kids, Partner Yoga and mat Pilates. Heather finds yoga allows her to feel stronger and calmer and she strives to provide classes that are approachable yet challenging; energizing but relaxing.  She is grateful to the many wonderful instructors and students that she has the opportunity to practice with.
  • Tatjana

    Tatjana is passionate about supporting people to reach their highest potential and believes in the power of yoga and Thai yoga massage to help them achieve a peaceful state of wellbeing, move with ease and strength, and feel connected and whole in their physical, mental and emotional body. In 2010, after 20 years in her Developmental Services career and 10 years of personal meditation and yoga practice, Tatjana decided to shift her career path.  She completed her Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training, in India, with Yogi Vishvektu. Tatjana is dedicated to creating a unique therapeutic session and offering a wholistic experience for each person she has the privilege to share yoga and Thai yoga massage with.  She aims to create a safe, nurturing and positive space; honouring each person’s individuality – body, mind and spirit.
  • Jieza

    Jieza began her yoga journey from a spur-of-the-moment invite from her sister on a lazy night. From then, Yoga became part of her life. Through yoga she gained endurance, flexibility, body awareness, as well as mental and spiritual calmness. To pursue her passion, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Toronto, focusing on Hatha and Vinyasa Flow. Jieza believes that yoga is for every body. Being a pre-school teacher and a yoga teacher, she wants to create a positive influence towards children and adult regarding the benefits of yoga. In her class, expect her to lead you through a dynamic flow, one breath one movement, with the intention to connect with your inner self.
  • Jacqualine

    Jacqualine is the founder and director of JYC, the voice/creator of Jaya Meditation, the “List of 11” and the “AUM” project.  She was introduced to yoga when a friend from work invited her to a yoga class that took place in a heated room.  After falling in love with the way yoga made her feel, a desire to learn different asana, pranayama and the philosophy of yoga developed, and led her to India in 2005, where she studied Akhanda (Holistic) yoga with Yogi Vishvketu and Chetana Jessica Torrens. After graduating, Jacqualine returned to Canada and in 2010 opened Jaya Yoga Centre.  She incorporates Meditation, Pranayam and Asana in her classes so that students have an enriching experience on their mats and feel a deep sense of balance that they can take with them into their daily personal lives.  In 2015, she released her first 3 recorded Guided Meditation CD’s, which are based on her Meditation classes.  She has just released her 6th recording in 2018. Learn more at www.jayameditation.com Jaya is the Sanskrit word for “Victory!”  Her hope is that all students of yoga find Victory in their practice and in the healing they are searching for.
  • Anu

    Anu’s experience of yoga spans over 8 yrs!  She is passionate about yoga and her teaching style consists of smooth flow of poses ‘asanas’ incorporating Hatha, Vinyasa and Pilates disciplines. Anu is well known for helping her students build their strength, flexibility, concentration and awareness of self being.  On our schedule frequently, you will have a fun time in her class, as she brings an element of lightness and play to the practice!
  • Jessica

    Jessica is a multidisciplinary artist, eternal student, and lover of life. Her journey in yoga began with dis-order and dis-ease. Reluctant to accept her diagnosis of fibromyalgia, she turned to yoga and art therapy to find holistic healing. A yogic lifestyle has become integral to reclaim and maintain her restored health, as well as walk in balance amidst the passion that comes with living a creative life. Jessica teaches all levels of students, and restorative yoga enhanced with guided meditation and Thai yoga massage. She has taught corporate yoga/meditation for Virgin Mobile, Lululemon, and Aveda. She completed her YTT-200 in 2014 in Kingston, Ontario. She believes that relaxation is always the first step to creating and living a life by design.
  • Marda

    Marda loves bridging the connection of the inner light in all of us. She is trained in teaching Yoga, Meditation, Zumba Kundalini, Ecstatic dance (a class combination of moving organically in a way that “feels right”)  She believes in connecting the Mind, Body, Energy and Heart into all her classes, and believes that linking Pranayama (breathwork) into all yoga styles allows students to connect and honour their body, while taking poses as deep as the body allows. Her motto: “Never stop learning, growing or shining brighter from the light within”
  • Cynthia

    Cynthia began teaching yoga in India in 2001 after completing the Sivananda teaching program in Kerala, then studied Ashtanga in Goa and Iyengar in Rishikesh. She draws inspiration from the beauty, power and serenity of merging alignment, movement and breath in her practice and her various teaching modalities. Cynthia weaves the precision of Iyengar alignment, the spiritual commitment of Sivananda yoga with the power of Ashtanga to create a fusion of spirituality and yoga dynamism in Vinyasa Flow. She has studied with Tantric philosophers and body workers in India, Africa and England and merges that with her energy work as a Reiki Master, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, Mindfulness Teacher and counseling as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist. Teaching from a deep love of Yoga, Buddhism and Mindfulness, Cynthia is passionate about the transformative potential of yoga for the mind, body and spirit. She is completing her Kundalini teacher training and volunteers for the charity “Freeing The Human Spirit”, teaching yoga and mediation for male inmates in Toronto prisons. Her signature classes are dynamic, and encouraging, emphasizing a strong balanced body, mind and spirit. Her classes are applicable to a wide variety of individuals with various challenges, whether physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual. She is known to have a keen ability to get her practitioners to achieve results they had not previously imagined.
  • Susanne

    Susanne started her journey into yoga over 20 years ago in her home country of Germany. Working in a demanding and stressful corporate job a friend recommended to try yoga. From the first moment Susanne lay down on her mat, listened to the teacher guiding the students through the class she knew this was something she needed to pursue and eventually share with others.

    She started a regular practice immediately and after a short time she noticed that she felt stronger, more flexible, focused and most of all at peace with herself and her environment. Being excited about the transformation she enrolled in a 2 year program for yoga and shiatsu therapy.

    Susanne left the corporate world to embark on a quest to help and guide others on their journey to health, happiness and fulfillment. After moving to Toronto she continue to study yoga, became a Reiki Master and Clinical Hypnotherapist. Susanne is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT, which qualifies her to teach yoga teacher trainings to students who want to embark deeper on the journey. Susanne is our Lead Instructor at Jaya Yoga Centre!

    Susanne has taken numerous workshops with inspiring teachers like Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff, Sean Corn, Rod Stryker and more. For her it is amazing how much more there is to learn and discover all the time in the area of conscious living. 

    Yoga is a life style for Susanne, a choice to live a healthy, vibrant and purpose full life. Her desire is to share her knowledge and wisdom with those individuals who feel called to find peace, strength, joy and in control of their lives using the techniques of practices of yoga and want to change one breath at a time.

  • Lila

    Lila is our awesome receptionist!  Caring and focused on customer service, she is a wonderful asset to our JYC tribe!  Drop by and say hello on your next visit!
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