Our Educators



 

It Takes a Village


How often do we meet people who leave a lasting impression? How many of those people were educators who spent time helping to sculpt us into the people we are today?

Educator vs Teacher  When compared with educator, teacher merely refers to a job title; teacher is a person who teaches in a school. But, an educator is a person who educates students. A good teacher can be called an educator. This is the main difference between educator and teacher.

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“I am hugely passionate about the transformational benefits of yoga and meditation and the power they have to help us see what we truly are; works in progress. I teach yoga from the heart, with the sole aim of encouraging others to love themselves and the world a little bit more each day. My classes are for everyone, designed to build strength and encourage stillness of mind and an open heart through mindful breath led movement. Sequences are nourishing, strong, dynamic and fun and intended to energize and inspire individuals to embrace their vast potential on and off the mat. I'm a great lover of restorative, yin + yoga nidra meditation and like to incorporate this into most classes. In a culture obsessed with 'doing', these supported postures serve as the perfect antidote and offer untold benefits to the entire being.”

With a background in dance (specifically ballet, lyrical and jazz), Jaime ventured to the pacific coast of Costa Rica to complete her initial 200-hr YA Yoga Teacher Certification at Nosara Yoga Insitute under Don and Amba Stapleton. Upon returning, she taught at local venues and for other Kingston Yoga Studios and within a few years (and more studying & practicing) opened Samatva Yoga West End.

Jaime draws on her experience to teach light, uplifting classes that reflect the challenge of everyday life without losing sight of yoga’s ancient + rich tradition. True to her roots, she teaches dynamic Vinyasa using an ever-changing sequence of Asana (aligning breath and movement) and the interdisciplinary approach, which allows her to respond to the energy in the room. She has trained with many great teachers, each of whom has contributed to her unique teaching style. Being a mom, step mom, partner + owner of Samatva Yoga Kingston (for the past 11 years) she loves to share the practical application of yoga’s benefits to everyday living - and her classes are designed for all levels. Her love of yoga is evident in her teaching style and her classes will leave you feeling inspired and open to possibility.


Certifications Continuing education includes (but not limited to) being inspired in workshops and certifications with Baron Baptiste, Todd Norian and Ann Greene, Paul Grilley, Seane Corn, David Life, Sharron Gannon, Michael Stone, Yogi Vishvketu, Nischala Joy Devi, Susi Hately Aldous, Maria Garre, Natasha Rizopoulos, Michael Lee, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Don and Amba Stapleton.

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Why I Practice I practice to create space both inside of my physical body as well as my mind. I practice to bring more awareness, connection and clarity into every thing that comes to me. I practice because no matter what state I'm in when I arrive on my mat, I always leave feeling so good, so alive.

Why I Teach I teach out of gratitude and respect for what I have learned so far, in hopes that I can inspire others to discover their own innate possibilities.


Certifications I did my 200 hr teacher training with Don & Amba Stapleton, Yoga for Childbirth with Dorothy Guerra, as well as some amazing workshops and courses with Amy Ippoliti, Natasha Rizopoulos, Maria Garre, Seane Corn, Michelle Cormack, Paul Grilley and Michael Stone.

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Why Yoga Yoga came naturally and instinctively early on in my teenage years because of its grounding nature and allowance for reflection.

How I Have Fun Off the Mat I love playing and snuggling with my son. I love having deep conversations with friends, dancing and singing and laughing.


Certifications 250-hr Teacher Training at the Yoga & Relaxation Centre w. Jane Forrington-Burke, Joan Fast & Dawn Wallace. 50-hr Pre-natal Training with Monica Voss at Esther Myers Studio in Toronto.


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How I Live My Practice Everyday I show up on my mat, everyday brings something different, an opportunity to learn about myself mentally and physically and I try to carry what I have learnt with me through the day.

What I Share in my Teaching I try to share my love for the practice, what I am learning, that it doesn’t matter how old you are, what shape you are in, what your story is, yoga will happen to you!


Certifications I have done my 200 hours teacher training with Mona Warner. Since I have taken multiple workshops with Richard Freeman, Meghan Currie, Leslie Kaminoff, Advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest, annual workshops with Kino McGregor, and am now learning under the guidance of my teacher David Robson..

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Why Yoga Why not!! It's the most challenging, enriching, enlivening and fulfilling way to spend my time. After class the cells in my body literally feel fuller, my joints move with grace and my brain feels clearer.

What I Share in my Teaching My love of alignment for optimal energy flow, my love of inquiry, and my love of community moving and breathing together as one.


Certifications from Queen's, BAH in Intellectual History, BEd History and English, Vipassana (Insight Meditation) Teacher, Enlightenment Intensive Master, Yoga Teacher Trainings in Shivananda, Yin, Moksha, Moksha Flow. Master Class weekends with Eric Shiffman, Jivamukti, Anna Forrest, Byron Katie. Almost daily student of Bikram for 12 years. Background of dance from a young age. In addition, she also completed the Ghosh training in Calcutta in 2018

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Why Yoga Yoga allows me to feel vulnerable in a spiritual and a physical sense. I started a regular practice at a time when my physical activities were creating more stress than relief. I was seeking something beautiful, physical and grounding. I love that yoga is a creative process with infinite depth. It allows me to observe myself and move toward acceptance.

How I Live my Practice Living my practice means arriving with presence just at the moment in front of me. Living yoga is listening and responding with gratitude, softness and clarity, no matter the context on or off mat. I am graced with a few lovely people in my life who allow me to play with this, knowing that I make mistakes along the way.


Certifications Yandara Yoga 200-hour training, B.Sc. Nutrition, YMCA / SPRA fitness instructor, pursuing 500-hour yoga certification with Yandara Yoga Institute November 2015. Currently work as a Registered Dietitian in the Kingston Regional Bariatric Assessment & Treatment Centre.

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Why I Practice A little voice inside my head told me that I just had to try yoga. And once I listened, there was no going back. Yoga has brought a sense of connection and balance to every part of my life: physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Everything's better with yoga!

Why I Teach I teach because it is my way of giving back and sharing what yoga has given to me. My hope is for all people to accept themselves in the packages that they come, to find a deep love and acceptance of who they are, good and bad and to find the strength to heal that which needs to heal. And to be given a forum to spread that message, to be given an opportunity to connect and share loving energy with so many amazing people, what a lucky ducky I am!


Certifications 200-Hr Hatha Certification

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Why Yoga Yoga makes me feel better. On many levels. It is that simple.

How I Live My Practice I respect and honour the experiences and paths others are on. Currently this is manifesting in my 3 beautiful children.


Certifications I have been lucky enough to learn from many teachers including, Mona Warner, Baron Baptiste, David Robson, Susi Hatley, Michael Stone, Alison Ulan, Carolyn at Path, Dharma Mitra, Todd Norian and Anne Greene, Rodney Yee, David Swenson and Sean Corne.

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Why Yoga I am always humbled by what I learn about myself through yoga. The practice enables me to examine my physical and emotional limits on and off the mat. I practice to stay balanced and grounded, and also because it's fun and creative.

How I Have Fun Off the Mat I spend my time playing with my two beautiful little girls, hanging out with my husband and enjoying time with good friends. I enjoy good food, the first cup of tea in the morning, long walks, swims in the lake, biking and being in nature.


Certifications Certified 200 hour yoga teacher training with Mona Warner.

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Why Yoga In my class you will flow, fly and flip your ǝʌıʇɔǝdsɹǝd and you'll do it to really good music. You will find yourself in the present moment, breathe your deepest and come home to who you already are. Play regardless of age, pop your comfort ⓑⓤⓑⓑⓛⓔ and explore yourself in all possible ways. Awaken your body's intrinsic intelligence and trust the wisdom within.


Certifications

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Why Yoga Connection to ourselves and each other and guide us to remember who we are. How to take care of each other. How to tune our instrument to our highest capacities. The practice teaches me how to serve from my heart.


Certifications Kristie has had the privilege of studying yoga for 13 years and teaching for 12. She currently offers Katonah inspired Hatha classes that draws from her trainings, nature, art and a regular personal practice. Some of her studies include, Art of Attention Training with Elena Brower, Pre-natal yoga with Janice Clairfield, Vinyasa training with Seane Corn and Ayurveda.

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Why Yoga Because once you start you can’t stop. Yoga is a lifetime practice. It is evergreen. Always changing, always evolving, much like our daily lives. Yoga is an opportunity to move the body in order to still the mind. It is an opportunity to be with the breath. An opportunity to cultivate peace, love and joy, on and off the mat. Yoga is a personal venture to slow down and seek something greater. It is a privilege to be able to mindfully guide fellow yogis to trust their own inner teacher.


Certifications I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources & Labour Relations and an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration.

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Why Yoga I came to yoga broken from overtraining & from not listening to my body. The practice made me feel better physically, slowed down my fiery, dissociative & reactive nature, &

taught me to listen inside. Great stuff! Yoga has been & continues to be, an invaluable tool for me in my growth as a human being:)



Certifications 200 hour (with Shiva Rea) + additional trainings with her. I’ve also taken several workshops with many different teachers, such as Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Jill Miller, Ashley Turner, Brad Waites, Kathryn Budig, Amy Ippoliti, Rod Styker & more. I also recently completed a 4 hour credit online class for the pelvic floor with Leslie Howard.


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Why Yoga I initially started yoga to help manage my anxiety disorder; now I use it for exercise too!


What do I love about being a part of Samatva's Community?


The variety of different styles taught by the teachers - whatever I'm in the mood for, it's happening at one of the studios.



Certifications YTT 200 with Saigon Om +
I also did a 12 hr Restorative Yoga Training and 2 hr Fascia Release workshop with them.


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Why Yoga Yoga offers me a state of self-awareness and presence. Through that self-awareness, yoga has, and continues to, help me cultivate self-love. Yoga has helped me develop a practice of self-care that helps me be the best version of myself so that I may be that way for others.

The Books by my Bedside I have so many! This is why I have a Kindle to store all my literary goodness...Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte seems to make a recurring appearance.


Certifications 200RYT with Mona Warner at Janati Yoga School

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Why Yoga Yoga helps me to feel at home within myself. It allows me to feel open and calm and free from mental and physical constraints.


Certifications Mandy is a graduate of KLC college and works as a physiotherapy assistant. Mandy received her yoga certification in Hatha and Vinyasa in 2008 in Toronto under the guidance of teachers Kathryn Beet and Patricia White. She has taken advanced teacher trainings in therapeutic yoga with Kathryn Beet and Flow yoga with Bibi Hahn.

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Why Yoga Yoga helps decrease pain in the body and maintain optimal health.


What I am Committed to Continuing my yoga education both on and off the mat



Certifications Graduated Teacher Training at Ghosh’s Yoga College in Calcutta Nov. 2016, Ghosh Continuing Education for Teachers in Tucson, AZ Feb 5-10, 2018


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Why Yoga? Flexibility. Strength. Stamina.


Of course, physically, but also mentally. Yoga has allowed me to be more flexible in my everyday life in the sense of being less controlling of the outcome and more trusting to allow what ever happens to happen, knowing I can handle what ever comes my way. Yoga has challenged and strengthened me each and every day, when faced with the inevitable obstacles of life. And last, stamina. Yoga has taught me to keep going when the going gets tough. It is all about how we react to situations, not the situations itself. And when it seems like all odds are against you, being determined to bring yourself back to balance, rather than “why me?”



Certifications 200YTT with Mona Warner at Janati Yoga + Bachelor of Business Administration (Laurentian University/St. Lawrence College)<



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Why Yoga Yoga has given me a positive way to be mindful everyday. As life throws me challenges I remember that it will pass and the outcome is how I react.


How I Live My Practice Yoga has given me the ability to live day to day enjoying life as it happens not worrying about the past or future.



Certifications 200hr YTT at Janati with Mona Warner, and Medical Administration certification at KLC college


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Why Yoga I started practicing yoga about 3 years ago and haven't looked back since. To say it was love at first savasana is an understatement. Now yoga is one thing I can't live without. Yoga has helped me find a way to trust myself more fully, in both a physical and mental capacity. It has also pushed me to try new things and look at life with a new perspective.

As a teacher I value learning and try to live my life in a way that continues to foster learning and growth. I'm committed to learning new things both on and off the mat and feel this brings fresh energy to my students. My goal is not only to share my experience and knowledgewith my students, but to also encourage them to explore their own experience through a beginners lens.


Certifications 200 hour yoga and mindfulness training, 2 month mindfulness training course, yoga anatomy training one day course, Qi gong training one day course, Mind-Body-Health course with E. Sullivan, The complete one day yoga retreat with R&C. Yee, Yoga Alliance certified

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Certifications COMING SOON


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Why Yoga Yoga is where I can let go, exhale, reflect inwards, listen to my body and mind, and challenge myself to be the best version of me. I’ve found yoga to be a safe, inclusive environment that has allowed me to grow and develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. While lives and schedules continue to get busier, yoga has been my refuge from the chaos and tempo while allowing me to put things into perspective and focus on what’s really important.


Certifications
200hr YTT at Janati with Mona Warner, and Medical Administration certification at KLC college