2017 Yoga Teachers & Presenters

Kristal Mcbain

Kristal McBain

Kristal McBain, co-owner of The Queen City SUP Shop in Regina, has been a SUP Yoga teacher since 2014. In June of that year Kristal had the opportunity to travel to Kelowna to become a Paddle Canada Flatwater certified instructor as well as earn her SUP Yoga training with Kristy Wright-Shell of Stand Up Paddle Vancouver. In the summers, Kristal teaches SUP Yoga on Wascana Lake in Regina and at the QC SUP Hut at Katepwa Beach; in the chillier months her classes move into the YMCA pool. For Kristal, SUP Yoga is about having fun, connecting balance and core strength, and playing around on the water in challenging and fun ways. Since starting as a business QC SUP has focused on sharing the experience and their love of standup paddling. Kristal, her husband Chris, and their two little boys spend as much time outside as possible. Their summers are best spent out on the water, relaxing at the cottage or walking to the park to play.

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Joelle McDonald

Joelle McDonald is a wife and a mother of three beautiful children. When she is not busy with her family, she teaches yoga. Joelle has been teaching for 10 years and is the owner of Inner Peace Yoga. She has a passion for yoga therapy and deals with many chronic and acute back problems. Joelle is  certified in prenatal yoga, critical alignment therapy, yin yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga and seniors yoga. She invites you to come  find your inner peace through breath and movement at the Yoga at the Ridge Retreat.

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Brian Paul Di Giuseppe

Brian has been practising sound and word art as a method for remembering holistic, healthy and happy living. He shares music to sing along with, listen to, breath with and co-creatively engage for all potentially harmonious levels of participation. Brian is consistently and co-creatively involved with various meditation, drumming, singing, dance, poetry and story-telling groups, primarily based in Saskatoon. He appreciates the opportunity to commune with simplicity, joy, natural wealth and healthy community activity in any and all ways possible.

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Jodi Swaby

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Jodi had always been curious about yoga, but it wasn’t until she moved to Taiwan that she started to practise. After just a few classes she was hooked and began practising daily. After returning to Saskatoon she really fell in love with how soulful her practice could be, how life could become more than just a daily grind and yoga could become more than just headstands, handstands and long holds in the Warrior series. Yoga began to help her develop physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  She has several teachers she holds close in heart for whom she is grateful and has learned from. She fully embraced the beauty and power of yoga with the birth of her son Keenan where he was born peacefully at home through Ujjayi breathing, a strong focus and being fully present in the moment.

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Laura Hosaluk

Laura Hosaluk lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she works as an arts educator, interdisciplinary innovator and student practitioner for life. Her creative practice spans from painting, ceramics, found objects, furniture and bronze casting. Hosaluk’s love for working with her hands was nurtured by the community of craft artists in which she was born into. She found purpose at a young age. Her work, which is represented by the Slate Fine Arts Gallery in Regina, SK, is in the permanent collection at the Madison Children’s Museum, WI, USA.

Hosaluk has long ties serving Saskatoon through working with the Boys and Girls clubs of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival for the past six years. Her passion centres around delivering creative programming.

Hosaluk served as the coordinator of the biannual EMMA International Collaboration, located at Ness Creek, Big River, SK, from 2010-2014. EMMA is an innovative workshop model for unstructured creative collaboration between artists working in traditional craft and those engaged in contemporary method. The event has become a catalyst for worldwide creativity in the arts. This spontaneous approach to learning has set in motion several collaborative events across the world.

“My whole life is a journey, and an exploration of inner-self. A search for meaning and realism. For beauty and redemption. For community and self-connection with something larger, lasting and more meaningful. My connection to my materials and the process are both profound and spiritual.”

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Lori Fletcher

Lori Fletcher grew up close to nature as a farm kid in southern Alberta, close to the Rocky Mountains, where her family regularly skied, hiked and fished. She is passionate about facilitating deep nature connection using rhythm, movement, storytelling, sharing and nature immersion. She is a student of motherhood, yoga, earth medicine, music, and is an aspiring naturalist. She holds a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation, is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Certified Oracle Card Reader. She lives in the woods north of Prince Albert with her husband and their two wild sons, to whom she is a proud full-time mama.

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Nina Zettl

Nina began her yoga journey as a young child, introduced to asanas, meditation and pranayama by her mother at the age of eight. Throughout her teens she attended several yoga classes in the style of hatha yoga and fell in love with yoga. On her travels to Europe in 2008/2009 she discovered vinyasa flow yoga, which ignited her passion to study yoga and deepen her practice. She felt called to share this gift with others, and in 2012 enrolled in her 200-hour teacher training program with Namaskar Yoga in Saskatoon. Nina has been teaching yoga since September 2012 and has taught over 700 hours throughout the community of Saskatoon. Nina’s style of teaching is fluid and dynamic, focusing on alignment, conscious movement, breathwork and intention, based on the teachings of Namaskar Yoga, Prana Flow and Lila Vinyasa Flow yoga. She designs her classes in an intelligent and creative way that considers the entire being – breath, body and soul and encourages her students to be playful in their practice.

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Tanis Crawford

Tanis Crawford lives in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan with her husband and three kids where she teaches ashtanga yoga classes at Wholelife Wellness. She started practising Iyengar yoga in 200. In 2003 she was introduced to ashtanga yoga and I completed her teacher training in 2006 with It’s Yoga in San Francisco. She pursued a deeper yoga practice in India in 2007, and later in Thailand. She continues to attend a variety of yoga workshops, but always returns to the traditional ashtanga series. Tanis has taught and practised in traditional and non-traditional studios, and has developed a practice that explores the primary series of ashtanga yoga. Each of her students is led through a series of asanas that allow the body and breathe to connect. The series of asanas introduces ashtanga yoga in a focused and energetic flow with an emphasis on alignment, breath and deepening one’s connection to self.

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Danae Nguyen

Danae Nguyen is a caring, honest being. One that has always been spiritually sensitive, even if she didn’t know it all the time. Following the intuition of her true self, she’s found her journey venture along many paths, some she’d never dreamed of. Crystal healings, yoga instructing and intuitive singing are only some of the avenues she’s dedicated her energy toward. She’d love to connect and share some of these offerings with you.

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Amanda Plante

Amanda Plante was inspired by her two children to share yoga with her community, and so began her yoga teaching journey in 2009. She completed teacher training at Hot Yoga on 20th in Saskatoon with Dallas Kruszelnicki in 2010 and through Namaskar Yoga with Kathleen Podiluk in 2011. In 2012, she completed pre- and post-natal training with Clare Newman of Mamata Yoga and became a certified kids yoga teacher under the guidance of Jacqueline Maloney at Semperviva Yoga. Amanda is a 200-hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, completing her training in 2013 with Megha-Nancy Buttenheim at the Nosara Yoga Institute.

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Ryan Wright

Ryan W. Wright aspires to live a life that benefits others and that encourages a way of being that comes from the heart, with care and compassion. Ryan is rooted in Buddhist practice and philosophy, and has spent much of the past five years in India and Nepal where he studied and engaged in both group and solitary retreats within the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition. He began working with his own mind through meditation in his early20s, and has been engaged in a formal Buddhist practice (i.e., meditation; Buddhist yoga) for the past decade. Charismatic and  compassionate, his classes benefit others through the promotion of contemplative life and practice. Ryan has a M.Sc. working with vulnerable populations, is completing a M.Div. in Buddhist philosophy/psychology at Maitripa College, and works as a mental health therapist in Saskatoon with his integrative mental health practice Mountain Gate Counselling.

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Malika Sellami

Malika Sellami is a multilingual singer-songwriter who performs World-Folk, Kirtan and children’s music. From a French Canadian mother and a Tunisian father, Malika grew up in Quebec City before she traveled and performed around the world. Now settled in Saskatchewan, she has won twice the Saskatchewan Contest “Nouvelle Scène” in 2009 & 2014, was in nomination for Spiritual Artist of the year for the WCMA in 2016 with one of her musical project (Samanvaya Kirtan) and has co-produced 3 multilingual albums.

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Brenda Hanson

For as long as she can remember, Brenda Hanson has always had the gift of healing. From a very young age until she was 16, she practised healing on her family. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Education, and taught for many years. In 1990 she became ill with melanoma cancer. After her surgery, she went back to teaching in the elementary school in Big River and came down with sick building syndrome. She cured herself of both of these conditions. The environmental doctor she was seeing sent 52 of his patients to her so she could help them. Shortly after she returned to energy healing, and has been a professional healer for over 14 years. She has studied Jin Shin Jyutsu, Healing Touch, Gi Gong, Quantum Touch and traditional methods of healing. She has presented at healing gatherings, teacher conventions, business meetings and social services conventions. Brenda also does space clearing (ghostbusting) and exorcisms, as well as blessings for those in need.

 

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