OUR TEAM

Our team is made up of experienced, committed individuals who strive to better their clients' lives and their own by encouraging healthy and peaceful lifestyles and sharing a commitment to our community.

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+ Angela Yazbek

Angela's passion for yoga extends far beyond her yoga mat. A Hatha and Vinyasa teacher, she believes yoga isn't taught, it is lived. A shared experience, an opportunity to open the heart and mind as we open the body.

Her teaching centres on connecting movement to breath and cultivating a deeper awareness of one's self. Angela believes everything we experience on the yoga mat can resonate deeply in our lives, if we are willing to listen. She strives to help her students find a larger purpose in their yoga practice, that goes far beyond the physical. Angela lives everyday as an eternal student. She teaches from her heart and occasionally mixes up her lefts with her rights. She shares her Beach home with five strong-spirited boys-- four sons and a husband. Yoga helps hold them all together.

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+ Deborah Lim

Deborah is an internationally certified Yoga and Meditation teacher, and has taught in Canada, France, and UK. Now back in Toronto, she teaches students of all levels and all stages of life, including Teens, Pre/Post Natal, Seniors, and Chair Yoga.

She teaches smaller, personal classes in a traditional manner, keeping the teachings true to its deep roots. Encouraging students to listen to their bodies, individuals work at their own pace in a nurturing environment. Her teaching style is to empower students with the knowledge they need to develop their own practice so they are free to practice whenever and wherever it feels right.

Deborah first experienced yoga in 2003 and continues to practice Yoga in a classical manner to balancing out the four elements - bhakti, karma, jnana, and raja yoga. Her teachers include Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, who lived simply in dedication to selfless service based on traditional yogic teachings and philosophy.

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+ Vicki Tarrant

Vicki is a yoga teacher based in Toronto. Her approach to teaching yoga is contemporary, inter-disciplinary, trauma informed and innovative. Her style of teaching is in constant evolution reflecting her personal investigation into yoga, current and past teachers, and the zeitgeist we live in.

She skillfully weaves themes and insight from years of personal practice and a deep curiosity about life together with poetic metaphor, anatomy, and humour, placing emphasis on the therapeutic and holistic value of yoga for our body mind and lives. Her approach centres on offering somatic sensitive instruction that invites students to cultivate their curiosity, exploring and mapping their own body mind experience with the tools of yoga, at their own pace.

Inspired by the processes of ageing, Vicki has studied therapeutic yoga applications for Osteoporosis with Ellen Saltonstall and Dr. Fischer, NY. She recently commenced training in Somatic Experiencing®. Vicki has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2003. She was a previously a licensed Anusara® yoga teacher (2004-2012) and is now independent of any particular school or lineage of yoga. Vicki has also lived and taught yoga in Tucson and Tel Aviv. She founded a nomadic yoga centre in East Toronto in 2010, that continues to thrive and since then has consistently offered yoga to the local community.

+ Kate Graham

Kate is a passionate and experienced yoga and fitness instructor who enjoys helping others experience the joy of movement.

Kate has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. As a gymnast, Kate has always enjoyed an active lifestyle eventually leading to a gymnastic coaching career, practicing yoga and earning her black belt in karate. Kate presently teaches various types of yoga from seniors to advanced athletes in training. She also teaches weights, kick boxing, TRX, HIT, core and stretch classes.

Having recently moved to the Beach from Australia where she has lived for the past 17 years, Kate is keen to share her skills and knowledge with new students. She is a Certified Yoga Practioner (RYS 200), a registered member of Yoga Alliance, has her Certificate 3 in Fitness Can-Fit Pro and Certificate 3 FIA Fitnation Australia.

“Fitness and working out should be fun and enjoyable! We should feel relaxed and energized after a session.” Kate’s classes are always different , playful , creative and alignment based.

Kate strives to provide a safe and supportive environment while allowing students to experience greater health vitality and wellbeing.

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+ Caitlan Carver

Caitlan began her yoga journey in 2001 and since then has dedicated her life to the yoga lifestyle. She is thrilled to join the team at PŪR to share her experience and knowledge in the Yin yoga tradition. Caitlan guides you through a relaxing journey that will open your body and mind up and allow you to feel an inner joy start to arise from within.

Caitlan graduated from Teacher Training in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa with Nattacia and Jurgen Mantei of United in Wellness—whose experience ranges from over 30 years of knowledge with Tim Miller, David Swenson, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane.

Caitlan’s passion for bringing spirituality & yoga culture into the classroom makes her a special asset to the yoga community as she expands the boundaries of her students’ inner awareness and mindset for movement with breath. Her knowledge for anatomical alignment allows students to learn more about each asana as she creates a safe environment for everyone to move into their personal edge.

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+ Sheila gill

Sheila has been studying yoga for over 25 years, and teaching Hatha since 2009. Yoga has faithfully supported her own journey through health struggles, anxiety and depression. She brings boatloads of compassion to students who are embarking on a yoga practice, recognizing its hard work.

Through intelligent, mindful instruction, Sheila invites students to discover more strength, stability, sensation and openness. Originally trained in the Anusara method, she began teaching with an affinity for alignment-based instruction, infused with uplifting spiritual teachings from the yoga tradition and beyond. She has been immensely grateful for more recent studies with Mayhar Raz, Canada’s senior certified Iyengar teacher. More and more Sheila experiences the “flow” of yoga as the energy set in motion inside the pose. She is thrilled to guide others to connect with this inner flow and intelligence, sometimes referred to as “the Divine within.”

Sheila testifies to the value of sticking with an “imperfect” practice over the long haul. She fits yoga in and around running a household of five (seven if you include the big dog and lizard), training to become a Bioenergetic Psychotherapist at the Integral Healing Centre of Toronto and her studies in classical voice.

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+ Yazdan Raees Mohammadain

Yazdan was introduced to Transcendental Meditation by his father as a young child. At the age of 17, he left Iran for India where he learned Sudarshan Kriya as taught by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and started his regular Yoga practice with master Akshar in Bangalore. Yazdan left India after five years for Turkey and studied Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with David Cornwell in Cihangir Yoga. He started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama with Ken the Rolfer in Istanbul and continued his practice with Mark Darby, Shankara Darby and Ron Reid in Toronto and Vijay Amar in Goa. He studied Yoga philosophy with Dr. Ganesh Rao and learned Ayurvedic Abhyanga from Dr. Shashirekha in India. Yazdan studies Therapeutic Yoga and Natural Healing as well as Philosophy and Mythology with his teacher Dr. Mohammad Ahyaee. He continues his volunteer work with the Companions of Ariya Institute in the field of sustainable local conservation of "Biocultural Diversity" and with Bhante Debongshi (Buddhananda Bhikkhu) at Dhammanjali Meditation Centre. Yazdan feels blessed to practice and serve at Vipassana Meditation courses as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin in India, Nepal, Iran and Canada. He is a member of National Manual Osteopathic Society and Society of Osteopaths of Canada and studied Osteopathic Manual therapy with Dr. Shahin Pourgol at National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. Yazdan has great interest in Craniosacral therapy and Myofascial bodywork and has benefited from the insightful guidance of Pamela Crosson-fournier in Toronto and Bodhi (Erik Emanuel Fenz) in Goa. He is currently continuing his education in the field of Botanical Medicine through National University of Medical Sciences.

+ Melissa Linton

Melissa’s passion for spin cycle training has taken her from being a participant in fitness classes to a sought-after personal trainer. For over a decade, Melissa has been imparting her knowledge to clients, inspiring them to achieve their fitness goals and improve their lives.

Melissa’s fitness training and certification includes Fitness Leader Ontario Fitness Council; Personal Trainer Specialist (CanFitPro); Twist Conditioning; Cycle and Boxing REEBOK; TRX (Fitness Anywhere); GRAVITY (EFI); Goodlife Body Training Systems (Body Pump, Body Attack and RPM (Les Mills Int).

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+ Cedar Archibald

Cedar's Yogic journey started over 20 years ago as a teenager struggling to find her identity and her place in the world. She began practicing with her mom at a weekly class in their local community centre. As the weeks, months and years past she realized that yoga had become an integral part of who she was and the direction she wanted her life to take.

It was in a Yoga class on a random Thursday evening when her teacher said: "Teaching Yoga is about helping people" that she realized her place in the world. She could help others through the practice of yoga.

From there everything started to fall into place. She headed off to the Ashram for a month of intensive Teachers Training and when she returned left her full-time career as a marketing associate to pursue her dream fully. She took a cross country road trip to connect a little deeper with nature and her own family's roots. Upon returning she began teaching and hasn't looked back.

Since becoming a certified classical hatha yoga teacher Cedar has also studied Yin and restorative along with prenatal yoga. She is a trained birth and labour Doula and currently is involved in a government program teaching yoga to immigrant seniors.
Her teaching style is one of thoughtful compassion. It is therapeutic for the body as well as the mind and she always brings a quote or thought to consider as you practice. She believes that Yoga is a process. It is a journey and it is a way of life. "Yoga is just as much about the asana on the mat as it is how you treat the people around you."

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+ Lisa Veronese

Lisa is an E-RYT 500 certified Vinyasa and Prenatal yoga instructor, a proud Beacher and mom. She began practicing yoga in 2000, and over the years has enjoyed learning many styles such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Prana Flow and Vinyasa. She has studied with Frog Lotus International (2009- Costa Rica, 2010- Mexico, 2011- India), and has taken many additional workshops and training along the way with inspiring teachers such as Shiva Rea, Elena Brower, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Sianna Sherman. Lisa enjoys leading creative classes which focus on building strength and stability from within the Vinyasa flow structure. She believes that strong, movement-based practices are an important part of the yogic repertoire and strives to bring forward offerings that feel challenging yet attainable, playful and prayerful.

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+ Toni Blay

Toni has over 20 years of experience in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She obtained her humanities training at Ryerson University, in the Bachelor of Social Work program. She discovered a deep passion and commitment to helping others achieve optimal fitness, health and lifelong wellness. Her journey led her to further education and certifications with the Canadian Fitness Professional Association as a Certified Personal Trainer. She also has studied extensively and is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance, and holds certifications in Pilates (Stott Pilates), indoor cycling (Schwinn), TRX and is a Bronze level Sport conditioning coach (Twist). Toni is continuing her yoga journey with trainings in therapeutic yoga as she works toward her certification as a Yoga Therapist. She is passionate about assisting others reach optimal physical, mental and emotional health and wellness.

Toni is a sought after workshop presenter delivering sessions on fitness, active living, nutritional eating and living a healthy, balanced life.

Toni lives a balanced life with health and wellness at the centre of her home. She believes that learning and understanding is a lifelong journey and her most favourite role is that of student. In her down time she can be found reading, running, pursuing a daily yoga practice, skiing, horseback riding, strength training and, most of all, walking with her two daughters and her dog Bella.