FACULTY

BREATHE TEACHER TRAINING FACULTY

Students will benefit from the teachings and close guidance of senior yoga teachers and industry professionals who together have over 80 years of teaching experience.  In 2016, the faculty was rated a resounding 4.9 out of 5 by our graduating class.

 

“The Breathe faculty are all clearly well chosen and carefully selected to present their respective topics. There was a wealth of knowledge shared and everyone did so in a way that was engaging, and encouraged further study.” 2016 Graduate
” I loved the faculty and staff at Breathe. I would recommend the program to anyone I meet interested in a teacher training program and the studio to anyone looking for a school.” 2016 Graduate

 

_H6A0070 copyChristine Felstead,
Program Director

Christine has been practicing and studying yoga avidly since 1996.   Driven by her passion for yoga, today Christine is a teacher’s teacher.  Christine uses her past corporate experience to create a training program that is professional in its organization and delivery while constantly seeking continuous improvement.  As a result, the program consistently rates an average 4.7+/5 and through post-graduation mentoring, is responsible for creating many adept and talented yoga instructions. Christine directs the program and also teaches the Asana component of the Program.

Christine is an amazing teacher. I feel privileged to be taught by her. Her knowledge is overwhelming and her delivery of content is easy to follow, fun and engaging… I was so engaged in Christine’s lectures that I was conflicted about taking notes out of fear of missing key content” 2015 Graduate

In 2000, she replaced her running shoes with a yoga mat and switched a successful corporate career in marketing to be a full time yoga instructor.  She pioneered the development of Yoga for Runners and today is the leading authority on the subject. Her program extends globally through her best selling dvds, and the recent release of her book,  Yoga for Runners.

Christine is a graduate of Downward Dog and has continued studying with world-class teachers: Mahyar Raz, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Nicki Doane, Eddie Modestini, Hart Lazer, and Kino MacGregor and David Robson.

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Scott Petrie Senior Instructor
& Author

Inspired by Toronto’s diverse yoga community, he has helped develop greater dialogue between practitioners through roundtable debates, festivals, symposiums, ethics committees, outreach and community service programs.

As director of Yoga Community Toronto (a non-profit, volunteer-run, organization designed to facilitate community projects and interactivity), the Yoga Festival Toronto (an annual three-day, non-profit, local conference), and theAcorn Fund (a yoga community fund that offers annual grants to socially-engaged, local, yoga projects that serve the greater community outside of studio culture).  Scott teaches the Yoga Philosophy component of the Program.

Awesome – made me more aware.  Scott made yoga philosophy accessible and interesting

These sessions offered a great and stimulating level of enrichment and insight into the history, context, and practice of yoga today, and what this means to us in our own practice. “

In 2010, he co-authored Yoga 2.0 with Matthew Remski, an exploration of the evolution of yoga in modern culture.

_H6A0006Tanya Dei Tigli,
Osteopath

Tanya has been practicing in the field of athletic therapy and osteopathy for 11 years.  She has a B.Sc. in Exercise Science from Concordia University, is certified nationally as an Athletic Therapist and has a diploma in Osteopathic Manual Therapy from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Montreal.  She defended her research thesis in 2011.

Tanya has continued her strong interest in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine.  She has worked with recreational to international level athletes through the years. She has participated as a medical team member for the 2010 Four Continents of Figure Skating, the 2009  Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships, the 2008  ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the 2002 & 2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Pan American Games for the Deaf Youth (2004) and the Canadian Figure Skating Championships (2002 to present). Tanya teaches the Anatomy component in the Program.

Great teacher.  Tanya is absolutely an excellent candidate to teach anatomy with her ability to explain such a complex topic both from her clinical and yoga experience analysis.”  2015 Graduate

 S1jeannine-02.35170048-std1-150x150Jeannine Woodall,
Senior Instructor

Jeannine is an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  She was co-Director of Jivamukti Yoga Toronto and Director of Rainbow Body Yoga in Toronto. Her yoga training includes instruction under Sharon Gannon & David Life, Pattabhi Jois and Richard Freeman.

She is a practitioner of Buddhist meditation in the Niyingma Tibetan lineage under the guidance of Lopon Urgyen Rinpoche. Jeannine is Director of Academic Services and Student Life at Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto. After being called to the Bar of Ontario, she worked as legal counsel, writer and researcher, and in various senior management roles at Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a Masters Degree in Art History from York University and a JD Degree from Osgoode, and leads yoga and meditation retreats around the world.  Jeannine’s aim is to share her love of practice and inspire people to be happy and free. Jeannine teaches the Pranayama component of the Teacher Training Program.

A perfect introduction to techniques and benefits.” 2016 Graduate

Jeannie had a lot of information to share and was able to demonstrate and allow for one of us to experience proper pranayam techniques. “2016 Graduate

svit-2Svitlana
Owner, Breathe Yoga Studio

Svitlana began her yoga journey in 1999 . Her passion for yoga grew quickly and steadily and dedicated herself fully to yoga by opening Breathe Yoga Studio.  She brings her training at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, to her Mysore Programme at Breathe Yoga.

With over 15 years of yoga business experience, Svitlana teaches the Business of Yoga component in the Teacher Training program, presenting trainees with effective tools for developing yoga class concepts unique to their individual skill sets, and securing yoga teaching positions in the market place.

“Fantastic session! Svitlana’s knowledge of the business and marketing necessary for yoga teachers was an important wake up call as to all of the other hats a yoga teacher has to wear.” 2016 Graduate

headshot-angie-hilts-smAngela
Voice Coach

Find your natural speaking and singing voice in our Vocal Pedagogy intensive course. You will be shown vocal techniques that will help you to master your instrument. You will be guided through breathing and vocal exercises to help ensure that you are speaking and singing with ease and clarity. Learning how to speak and sing properly will help you with projection, staying away from vocal fatigue and  will help you find your true sound to aid with public speaking/singing.

Angela Hilts is a Toronto based vocal coach and performer with classical, musical theatre and contemporary vocal training. She has received her Bachelors of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College and has a Certificate in the Performing Arts from Sheridan College. As a seasoned performer and teacher of many styles of music, Angela is a highly sought after private vocal coach.

Angela has been practicing Yoga for 10 years, which is reflected in her teaching. Through a variety of vocal techniques, she encourages each student to find their authentic voice. She endeavors to integrate the whole person in the art of communication, to ensure that their true voice is being heard.

photo-on-2016-12-21-at-9-48-amMorgan Cowie

Morgan Cowie committed to a life of teaching and living yoga shortly after the birth of her first son. After years working in Toronto’s cultural industries, Morgan found that yoga practice left her feeling more hopeful and inspired than anything else she had ever encountered. She also found that the community of like-minded practitioners connected her to the city in a much deeper and richer way. Morgan teaches both vigorous, flowing practice and restorative, therapeutic work as well as mindfulness meditation. In her view, all of these elements of a practice provide essential pieces of a longterm healing formula. She is currently working on a Foundations of Mindfulness certificate from the University of Toronto.