The Canadian Yoga Institute prides itself on providing several different instructors who are formally trained in the style of class that they teach. As an example, only someone trained in pre-natal yoga, will be teaching you pre-natal yoga. Only someone trained in therapeutic yoga, will teach you therapeutic yoga. You don’t go to a lawyer for an oil change, do you? It is with profound thanks to our teachers that we are able to be the studio that we are and give the gift of yoga to as many as we do.
Like many, Lyndsey didn't find yoga - it found her, which is a beautiful uplifting thing to happen to someone.
Lyndsey originally went to a yoga class in 2004, in an effort to bond with her inspiration and best friend, her mom. And while that certainly happened, she found many other things as well - such as happiness, inner peace and the desire to live a better quality of life. Yoga gave Lyndsey her well known spark and the will to try and make a difference in her life and others.
Lyndsey joined the Canadian Yoga Institute in 2005 as the registrar, and quickly became one of the family. Over the years, Lyndsey has studied the practice of yoga, attended the Yasodhara Ashram and worked intimately with the founding mother of CYI (Aleyna Sheradha) and her beloved husband, Cam Maclean. Lyndsey obtained her certification through the mentorship and guidance of Susie Dias from East to West Yoga and is currently furthering her own practice and continually upgrading her training through East to West Yoga, as well as taking courses with Susie Hately. In September of 2011, Lyndsey became certified in pre-natal yoga and most recently completed her 350HR RYT.
Lyndsey's roots are in the Hatha practice, however the more she learns the more she realizes the similarities of the many disciplines in Yoga...after all, it is all about the practice of yoga. Lyndsey strives to focus on two of the most important foundations of yoga, breathing and spirituality.
Even as a teacher at CYI, Lyndsey remains in an active role at the Canadian Yoga Institute as the General Manager and a volunteering member on the Board of Directors. However it's not all hard work, she is the first to encourage fun and adventure on and off the mat.
Debra’s passion for yoga and world travel is boundless. As a RYT500 certified instructor, graduating most recently as an Advanced Integrative Yoga Therapist with Joseph LePage, Debra has also had the privilege to attend the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health, and has travelled to the far reaches of the globe to
enhance her knowledge in the ancient healing art of yoga.
She is a certified teacher in Yoga of the Heartâ with Nischala Joy Devi, and has perfected yoga therapy with influences from studying with Gary Kraftshaw and Susi Hatley being able to teach those affected by cancer. Other influencers for Debra have come from the lessons and guidance from Neil Person, Timothy McCall and Father Joe Pereira which have truly aided Debra in becoming a master at her craft in teaching yoga therapy for pain management, for well being and healing addictions.
Whenever possible, Debra has always taken the opportunity to further her knowledge by gaining additional certifications in; Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra from Jennifer Reis; Level 1 and
Advanced Level 2 of iRest Yoga Nidra; Prenatal and Sacred Birthing from Janice Clarfield; Silver Age Yoga; Restorative Yoga from Jillian Pransky; Yin Yoga from Bernie Clark and is certified to teach yoga and meditation for traumatic brain injury awareness from the Love Your Brain Foundation.
When not on the mat teaching a yoga class, you can usually find Debra taking one.
For Robyn, yoga has opened the essence of her truest self. Teaching since 2008, Robyn completed her Level III teacher training with Gaiatri Yoga in June 2011. She also completed a pre and post natal specialty with Gaiatri Yoga in April 2011.
Enthusiastic and dedicated to living life in its truest form, Robyn strives to move through each day as open hearted and passionately as possible. Robyn’s classes are playful but disciplined with a focus on alignment and awareness of the true self.
Robyn has a background in psychology and nursing, and spends most of her days employed as a Registered Nurse, focusing on patient education in wellness.
Yoga has been a guiding force in Melinda's life for many years. She started practicing yoga nearly 10 years ago and quickly began to notice the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits, which fueled her desire to learn more and deepen her personal practice. In Melinda's work as counsellor she has also witnessed the incredible impact that yoga has in promoting healing, wellness and personal growth. Melinda completed her teacher training at Essential Yoga Studio, in Fernie BC and is a 200Hour RTY with Yoga Alliance.
Gerard has been practicing tai chi and yoga since 2000. His latest acheivement was to become a qualified tai chi easy leader with Dr. Roger Jahnke O.M.D. at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, and Gerard has also studied under 2 other Tai Chi trainers in Canada. Gerard has also attended Yoga of The Heart with Nischala Joy Devi in Austria is 2012. He is a true believer in the traditional ancient healing arts of mind body and sprit in both lifestyle and practice. His practice of tai chi qigong and yang style of tai chi along with a brisk daily walk and 3 yoga classes are some of his weekly highlights. Gerard is a devoted husband, father and grandfather and has been operating his family electronics business in Lethbridge since 1966.
With a background as a Registered Nurse, Jenna’s approach to yoga is one that honours compassion, healing, and the mind-body connection backed by a solid foundation of anatomy and alignment. Jenna received her 200 HR RYT with Awakened Life School of Yoga in Bali, Indonesia in 2014. She also attended a 100 HR Yoga Immersion with Eoin Finn of Blissology in Bali in 2015. The philosophy of Blissology, which matches Jenna’s own, is the art of living a full life by awakening a deep joy inside of us and using it to build harmonious relationships with our body-mind, our personal relationships, our communities, and with nature.
Jenna has an authentic and lighthearted teaching style. Her classes are powerful, playful, and heartfelt. She likes to weave the ancient wisdom of yoga into our contemporary western world in a useful and practical way. Jenna believes in lifelong learning and takes every opportunity possible to learn more about all that yoga has to offer and brings this new knowledge to each of her classes.
As a yogini, doula, Mother, teacher, and long time lover of yoga, Kira brings a diverse and strong foundational background into all of her teachings - always sprinkled with spiritual loving, and a spirit of joy.
Kira is passionate about empowering women during their journey in pregnancy and postpartum. She provides loving and supportive classes for women in all phases of their perinatal path, and hopes to offer a space of support, connection and empowerment for every woman she meets.
Kira has completed her 200hr RYT, as well as certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Yin Yoga.
Rachel’s personal yoga journey began shortly after completing her registered massage therapist diploma at first to prolong her career, it quickly became so much more than that. Dynamic unification of breath, movement and heart, both on and off the mat. Completing her 200 hour YTT in Bali with Eoin Finn in May of 2016 followed by a large handful of other trainings (Yin, Aerial, Advanced Adjustments and Alignment, Baptiste Power and her truest passion, Blissology’s Superflow). Her classes are fluid, graceful, connected and love-full.
Yoga has been a part of Lindsey's life since 2013.
She began her yoga journey as a stress & anxiety reliever and soon realized that yoga always gave her the tools to come back to a balanced self, mind, body, and breath. Lindsey is very motivated and passionate about sharing the practice that helped find herself again, and believes in building strong foundations so that when those challenging moments do come up, you are better equipped to deal with them in a healthy way. Lindsey received her 200Hr RYT at Essential Yoga Studio in 2018, as well as completing a Children's Yoga course. She has worked with children for over 18 years and for the past 8 years she has been running her own Early Learning Program.
Lanna joined CYI in 2016 and quickly connected with the practice of yoga. She loved that yoga allowed her to come into her body, build strength, and provided a space to ground and re-center. Her passion for the practice motivated her to pursue her 200hr yoga teacher training at Yoga Santosha in Calgary. Having recently completed her teaching training, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for yoga with others and to give back to the community that has given her so much.
Maggie is a new yoga teacher who is beyond excited to start sharing her passion with others. She received her 200hr YTT in Costa Rica through the Soma Yoga Institute in August of 2018. Currently, Maggie is a student at the Univeristy of Lethbridge, completing a dual degree in Kinesiology and General Management. She creates a welcoming and relaxing environment with every class and can't wait to share her knowledge of yoga, as well as learn more about the practice by working at CYI.
Lyndsey is currently on Maternity Leave. Lyndsey completed her Ashtanga teacher training in 2006. This is when she first truly began to connect with her breath on an ongoing basis. The inner calm and clarity this practice brings to her life continues to inspire her to follow the path of yoga.
Lyndsey has a background in Kinesiology, specializing in Exercise Science. She has worked in health and fitness for the last 10 years, addressing school health, workplace wellness, and community health. She loves teaching yoga because it combines her passion for human anatomy and physiology with her quest for physical and spiritual growth.