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.

Jaime Wood
STUDIO FOUNDER + EDUCATOR
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Jaime Wood
STUDIO FOUNDER + EDUCATOR

“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.

Gill Brown
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Gill Brown
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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.

Maggie Juby
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Maggie Juby
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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.


Frederique Seroude
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Frederique Seroude
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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..

Beth Clark
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Beth Clark
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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 2017

Brendine Partyka
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Brendine Partyka
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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.

Andrea Pritchard (aka piper)
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Andrea Pritchard (aka piper)
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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

Kelly Witley
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Kelly Witley
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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Katie Kyte
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Katie Kyte
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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.

Rachel Esford
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Rachel Esford
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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Mahaya Sikorsky
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Mahaya Sikorsky
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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Liz Glenday
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Liz Glenday
SENIOR EDUCATOR

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Alex Kotarba
EDUCATOR
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Alex Kotarba
EDUCATOR

Why Yoga Yoga has allowed me to become my best self physically, emotionally, and spirituality. Since starting my yoga practice, I am more centered, calm, and light. I am more aware of my thoughts, emotions, and ego without being attached to them. With this understanding, I am more conscious of the impact I have on the world and how it impacts me.


Certifications I completed my 200-Hour training and Level 1 Reiki Practitioner at Yandara Yoga. I am also studying psychology at Queen’s.

Ashley Simpson
EDUCATOR
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Ashley Simpson
EDUCATOR

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.

Chris Ducas
EDUCATOR
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Chris Ducas
EDUCATOR

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 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certificate – Pure Yoga Ottawa
40 Hour Ying-Yang Certificate – Pure Yoga Ottawa. Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management – Carleton University. Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Queen’s University (Candidate)

Deanna Cole-Benjamin
EDUCATOR
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Deanna Cole-Benjamin
EDUCATOR

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Grace Laing
EDUCATOR
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Grace Laing
EDUCATOR

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Julie Bach
EDUCATOR
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Julie Bach
EDUCATOR

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Katy Palaic
EDUCATOR
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Katy Palaic
EDUCATOR

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

Kristina Marchiori
EDUCATOR
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Kristina Marchiori
EDUCATOR

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Lauren Fielding
EDUCATOR
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Lauren Fielding
EDUCATOR

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Mandy McLeod
EDUCATOR
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Mandy McLeod
EDUCATOR

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Marc LeBlanc
EDUCATOR
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Marc LeBlanc
EDUCATOR

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Rose Valentyne
EDUCATOR
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Rose Valentyne
EDUCATOR

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Shanshan Tian
EDUCATOR
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Shanshan Tian
EDUCATOR

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Stephanie Walmsley
EDUCATOR
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Stephanie Walmsley
EDUCATOR

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Sticky Henderson
EDUCATOR
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Sticky Henderson
EDUCATOR

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Tiiu Vail
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Tiiu Vail
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Kristie Gambrel
SENIOR EDUCATOR
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Kristie Gambrel
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