OUR TEAM

Our team is made up of experienced, committed teachers who strive to better their students' lives and their own by encouraging healthy and peaceful lifestyles and sharing a genuine joy within 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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+ Caitlan Carver

Caitlan began her yoga journey in 2001 and since then has dedicated her life to the yoga lifestyle. Caitlan guides students through a heart opening journey that will open your body and mind up and allow you to feel an inner joy start to arise.

Caitlan has graduated from Teacher Training in traditional Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal & Yoga Therapy with Critical Alignment.

Her passion for creating a safe space for people to tap into their spirituality and releasing into their true authentic nature makes her a bountiful strength in the yoga community as she continues to expand the boundaries of her students' inner awareness and mindset towards life.

Her knowledge for anatomical alignment allows students to learn more about each asana (posture) as she creates a safe environment for everyone to understand their personal edge physically. Caitlan is the founder of Ananda Yoga Retreats (anandayogaretreats.com) where she guides students from all over the world in Aruba and Costa Rica. These Yoga & Reiki travel experiences are next level in diving deeper into the yoga culture and philosophy.

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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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+ Lauren Singleton

Lauren believes in the power of connecting body, mind and spirit. As a 30-year veteran of the fitness industry, she is a full-time professional with a diverse skill set. She is a 500-YTT yoga teacher and Fitness Instructor Specialist with The Canadian Fitness Professionals Association. She considers herself a life-time learner.

Lauren is dedicated to motivating people of all ages and fitness levels to become the best versions of themselves. She believes strongly in the power of connection and community. After a recent trip to India, she is even more committed to her own spiritual practice of yoga and meditation.

Lauren envisions a world filled with love, kindness and compassion. When not planning her classes and teaching training, she also enjoys books, travel, piano and guitar and connecting with nature.

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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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+ Sacha Bryce

Sacha Bryce, BSc, RYT-500+ practices Holistic Yoga Therapy with the intention of liberating self-created limitations - in mind, body, breath or voice - to uncover what is in the way of us all embodying the truth of who we really are.

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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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+ Teresa Bottaro

Teresa has been discovering the powerful effects of yoga over the past 15 years. Initially drawn to the practice because of a struggle with anxiety, she has found and continues to find solace and inspiration in the way this ancient science integrates mind, body and spiritual techniques as a way of obtaining overall health and well-being.

With training, experience and self-study into Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Iyengar Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Therapeutics and meditation as well as having the opportunity to work extensively with beginners and people with physical limitations, Teresa has become passionate about helping others ‘find their yoga’. Her next steps include certification as a Registered Yoga Therapist, with a special interest in helping others heal mental and/or physical health issues and trauma.

Her classes are thoughtful, creative and diverse explorations of the body, mind and self through down-to-earth study of yogic philosophy, anatomical alignment principles with an emphasis on intuitive movement, physiology, psychology and the harder-than-it-sounds art of just being.

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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.

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+ Ashley Lord

Ashley offers unique Yoga Experiences that blend together her expertise in the healing arts. Observing a traditional approach, she guides private and small group offerings that allow for loving and very personal care. Using a variety of movement, meditation and relaxation techniques she'll mindfully guide you to explore the experience of turning inwards to connect to centre. Grounded in her dedicated personal practise she holds space for those who wish to feel into their aliveness & live a purposeful life.

Ashley has trained in many varieties of yoga, movement & mediation including: Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Zen Meditation, Qi Gong, Sound Healing, Thai Massage, Dance & Functional Movment. She is grateful to have been mentored under the guidance of Shoken Michael Stone, Seane Corn and a collection of other gifted teachers. Always a student, she is passionately dedicated to her own growth and her offerings reflect her connection and experience of life & study.

She believes in a intuitive, adventurous and adaptable approach to self care. Being human, digesting, approaching, and responding to life is a (albeit messy) artistry. "Life commands our energy in so many ways" she says. Her own personal philosophy for the necessity of "white space" is woven into her teaching and art. While space...the space necessary to pay attention to what is. And in that space we are able to more authentically connect to what is needed and how to care for ourselves and our loved ones. Where there is more space there is more sparkle. She believes in living an authentic, purposeful & joyful life as a Warrior of Aliveness..

This sweet woman loves animals, nature, nourishing food, and time relaxing in her home. With her adventurous heart she is an avid traveller of the globe, has lived abroad in a collection of interesting countries and spent over a decade as a hospitality professional.

As the great native traditions of the world believe: "life is a circle. We become full and set forth on our journey to share our gifts and create our own personal legacy in pursuit of service to all beings."

She offer support to women as a Holistic Health & Life Coach and through guiding Private Yoga & Meditation Classes & Retreat Experiences.

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

You are in good hands with joyful soul.

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+ Cindy Campbell

Cindy began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1998. Her respect for the depth and thoroughness of this method of Hatha yoga led her to train as an Iyengar yoga teacher, and she began teaching in 2005. Cindy continues to be inspired by leading Iyengar teachers in North America and from the source during her trips to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. Cindy is energetic, caring about students’ needs and compassionate in her teaching style. She hold Junior Intermediate II certification.

Class Description:

Internationally respected for a sophisticated understanding of physical movement, the Iyengar approach (named after BKS Iyengar) to Hatha yoga helps practitioners combine mobility, stability, strength and alignment through precise attention to the body and the breath. Taught in a workshop style, the method is therapeutic, orderly, and progressive, and the postures are adaptable to meet individualized needs.

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+ Esther Szabo

Yoga found Esther in her late twenties when a friend took her to a well-known Ashtanga studio in Toronto. Despite a fit body, an athletic up-bringing and a health-conscious attitude - she was training for a marathon at the time - yoga kicked her butt. She was instantly humbled by it physically and emotionally.

While working as a Nutritionist at the time and despite having a real passion for helping people, she really did not see her clients changing patterns of behaviour and getting healthier. With yoga she saw people reshaping their entire lives and decided then that she would one day teach yoga. That was well over a decade ago. She has great respect and reverence for this practice and will consider herself a humble student of yoga forever.

She has never had an ego about this practice and is a yogini today because nothing else makes sense to her. Yoga continues to challenge, humble, humour and empower her. She needs yoga to exist harmoniously. She needs it for so much more than stress relieving. Although having reshaped her body faster than any other health-regime, she has never considered it exercise. It is more akin to therapy. It helps her check in with herself, it helps her think and feel clearly, it helps her stay in the moments of her life more profoundly.

Esther is a graduate of Yogaspace's YTT program at the RYT200 level, as well as a graduate of their Therapeutic Yoga program. She continues to study and take workshops in Iyengar, Yin and Restorative Yoga. She is also a Nutritionist and holds her NCCP Coach and CPR certificates.

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+ Lisa Greenbaum

Lisa is a Certified Yoga Therapist IAYT and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).

With over 750 hours of yoga education, including Trauma-Informed Yoga Practices, iRest for PTSD and Trauma with Richard Miller, she is a beautiful addition to the PUR Yoga Toronto Family.

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+ 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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+ Sara Glencross

200 hr RYS trained at Kula, Sara joined PUR as a volunteer in 2016 and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to be part of the PUR community.

Sara’s 20 years of experience as a community development worker is reflected through her gentle and caring approach, and passion for creating a safe and welcoming space. In her day job, she leads a popular gentle restorative practice for individuals with mental and physical health differences. Sara is attentive and perceptive to every individual and strives to facilitate a meaningful and authentic practice.

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+ Steven White

Steven started his yoga practice in 2012. Coming from a small community in Newfoundland, while starting off he mostly had to teach himself and learned from tv programs, books, DVDs, websites, and trial-and-error (there were a few faceplants along the way). The first year of practice was off and on but after reading about the concept of Abhyasa (constant practice) he began to practice more consistently and saw more progress. Having spent a lot of time in isolation, yoga became his constant companion.

He moved to Toronto in 2016 to work in chemical manufacturing. After a year of working there, he decided the potential health risks were not worth it, left his job to follow his passion, and took a 200hr summer intensive yoga teacher training, where he became certified to teach the Hatha and Vinyasa styles. In the Fall of 2017 he also got certified in Animal Flow level 1. Then in November of that year he started working at the front desk of PUR Yoga, teaching classes when he gets the opportunity. In December 2018 he completed his Tai Chi level 1 training.

Steven likes to mix different movement disciplines and come up with creative movements and sequences for his classes. Asana practice itself is a form of Svadhyaya (self-study) where you explore what you can do and venture outside of your comfort zone.

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+ Toni Blay

Toni has over 20 years of experience in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She began her journey in humanities training at Ryerson University, in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Along the way, she discovered a deep passion and commitment for helping others achieve optimal lifelong fitness, health and wellness. Her extensive training and education led her to the deeply healing path of yoga in 1995, and prompted her to pursue her certifications as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 and YACEP, as well as becoming a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. She has trained in various forms of yoga including Hatha, Restorative, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara and Kundalini as well as holding additional certifications with the Canadian Fitness Professional Association as a Certified Personal Trainer, Stott Pilates, TRX and Schwinn Cycling.

Toni believes that Yoga and movement practice is a lifelong journey, with endless paths to explore, inspire and support continued personal growth. She honours this with ongoing study, continually fine tuning both her own practice and her teaching by studying with master Yoga and movement instructors throughout North America.

Her teaching style is built on a strong foundation and understanding of anatomy and a deep respect for the wonder of the human body. Toni knows that everyone’s practice can shift with the tide of life. Her goal is to ensure that all her clients move and grow with attention to and acceptance of the messages from their own body and breath. She believes that compassion for personal movement and breath practices are the seat of intention for our approach to life.

Toni delivers educational sessions on Yoga Practices for Anxiety, Stress and Depression, Movement and wellness for Older Adults and Movement Practices for the Corporate Employee. She lives a balanced life with health and wellness at the centre of her home. In her down time she can be found reading, exploring, pursuing a daily yoga, movement and strength practice and, most cherished of all, walking with her two daughters and her dog Bella.