Emily RidoutEmily is a Toronto-based, Mamma of 3, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Aunty, Friend, Leader, Co-Founder of the 889 Community, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Teacher and lover of nature and spiritual life. Emily is passionate about finding simple and effective ways to thrive in your everyday life. Emily is also known for her unique relaxation classes, infused with essential oils, giving students practical tools for self-love and self-care in an easy, light and simple way. Emily Co-Founded the 889 Community in Toronto with her sister, Christine in early 2007. Together, they have been infusing joy and lightness into the lives of their customers for over 10 years through the practices of yoga, pilates, meditation and through their uniquely curated wellness boutique – The 889 Shop.
Christine RussellChristine Russell is a mother to two girls, a teacher, an entrepreneur, a leader and a visionary. She believes in miracles and the limitless possibilities arising from the magical journey inward. In 2007, with her sister Emily, she co-founded our beautiful home, the 889 Community, and 889’s collective mission to inspire happy, healthy, peaceful lives. 889 is host to nearly 100 yoga, pilates and meditation classes weekly, The 889 Shop (889yoga.com/shop) curated for your mindful lifestyle, and is a powerful community of high-vibe, radiant humans. Christine is a compassionate and loving teacher of Yoga, Meditation and Essential Oils, teaching to those ready to up–level and elevate the way they think, feel and live in the world. She also leads a tribe of women around the globe educating on Essential Oils. Christine graduated from the 889 Living Yoga School, The Richard Ivey School of Business, and from the MIT EO Entrepreneurship Program. Mama Earth is her favourite playground with her girls and husband, her true loves. Her passions include self-leadership, sparkles and the greenest juice she can get her hands on. It is Christine's personal mission to ignite your inner sparkle to brighten your vibration and the vibe of those around you.
Kerry HemingKerry Heming is a certified Pilates Instructor and is the Community Director at 889. Kerry has high energy, and a bright spirit which she weaves into all she does at 889. Kerry's joyous personality especially shines through in her fun + uplifting Pilates classes. She is as much fun on the mat as she is in life! Kerry has always been passionate about health and wellness and from a young age her interest and enthusiasm for all things movement-based was apparent. Kerry's healthy, active lifestyle led her to obtain her Honours Degree in Outdoor Recreation at Brock University. Following her formal studies she spent several years working with children and adults in the Outdoor Education field in various leadership roles. In 2011 Kerry decided it was time to shake things up and moved to Toronto to pursue a new career in the fitness industry. She started her journey as a personal trainer and fitness coach before landing at 889 Yoga where she tapped into the wondrous world of Pilates. Kerry quickly became enthralled by this practice and the importance it plays in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It was this recognition that drove Kerry to obtain her Pilates teacher-training certification from Body Harmonics. Through her practice, Kerry knows firsthand how effective Pilates can be at transforming the body’s shape and structure while establishing a powerful mind/body connection. With her safe approach to a controlled and effective practice, Kerry’s students are sure to share in her passion as she guides them towards becoming their most mobile selves. Assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves through Pilates is Kerry’s true passion. It is her mission to help you thrive. Her classes are focused, upbeat, challenging and fun – and you are guaranteed to feel the burn! As a compliment to her Pilates practice, Kerry is furthering her education through 889’s Living Yoga School and is currently studying to become a Nutritional Therapist.
889 Pilates Teachers
Chivon BielawskiThis Certified Pilates Instructor is madly in love with mobility. She brings her passion to the mat with unique sequences that keep muscles firing, joints moving, and blood flowing. Connect to stabilizing muscles for better alignment and a strong, functioning bod. Experience a different, powerful kind of flow. Able body. Able mind. Full heart.
Rebecca YakimowskiBorn in the prairies with adventures on the west coast under her belt, the east coast vibe, pace & culture claimed Rebecca’s heart. With a creative background & intrinsic love of movement she built her teaching base in TO with a following in the city’s uptown core focusing on Pilates, Yin, Restorative & Reiki. She is inspired by empowering students to redefine their own definition of personal strength & prioritizes classes that emphasize quality movement, grace, balance, support, depth, humor & community.
Taya GriffinTaya has been obsessed with all things baby since she was a young girl. She is in awe of the capability of a woman’s body as she moves through pregnancy, birth and the discovery of her unique mothering instincts. After leaving the corporate world in 2002, Taya received her Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in Cape Town, South Africa and the following year she received her Classical Pilates Certification in Hong Kong. She began teaching pre and postnatal yoga and pilates in Hong Kong and has not looked back. Furthering her education, in 2007, she graduated from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine with a Professional Diploma in Health Sciences and Homeopathic Medicine and practiced as a Homeopath focusing on pregnancy, pediatrics, and women’s conditions. Realizing her passion lay in helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals, in 2011 Taya graduated from the International Breastfeeding Centre / Newman Breastfeeding Clinic’s Lactation Medicine Program. During her education she achieved over 700 hours of clinical experience and worked as an intern directly under Dr. Jack Newman and Edith Kernerman. She has a private practice teaching prenatal breastfeeding classes and seeing clients postnatally in their homes and in hospital. Taya combines her love of the surrender of yoga and the power of pilates to her breastfeeding consultations. Taya is also mother to two little munchkins. Amelia Grace who is 4 years old and Mabel Mackenzie who is 1. Both love yoga and breastfeeding!
889 Yoga Teachers
Carolina CarvalhoCarolina started practicing yoga in 2000, while still living in Brazil. The inner peace found on the yoga mat sparked her ever growing curiosity to learn more. She took her first hatha yoga teacher training program in Toronto in 2006. In 2008, Carolina began studying yoga therapy in a clinical setting in South India and since then has been working one-on-one with individuals of all walks of life, dealing with specific needs and conditions to help them achieve optimal health and overall well-being. Carolina creates a safe practice environment focused on the subtle exploration of body and mind. Through her own journey and teachings, she hopes to inspire people to live from a place of love and acceptance, realizing their fullest potential. Ongoing studies and practice, combined with a compassionate heart make her classes a soothing experience for mind, body and soul. Most treasured source of inspiration: the ocean. Being in the ocean nourishes my soul. I feel supported, one with creation. Observing the waves, the agitation and the stillness makes me feel connected to the pulsation of life, aware of the infinite possibilities. The cleansing, healing power of the ocean never fails, carrying away all that is non-serving, creating space for fresh beginnings.
Jaffer HussainJaffer combined his love of athletics and yoga in 2010. Since being introduced to yoga, he can no longer imagine a life without it. He feels yoga brings a unique combination of mindful awareness, spiritual enlightenment, and physical strength. What he learns on the mat will often be a reflection of himself off the mat. Alongside this, his passion for music and hands-on assists combine for a truly unique experience. Jaffer's teachings are accessible and community-based. What this means is classes are all levels and designed to embrace a sense of belonging to a larger, more powerful community. @jafferyoga
Adam BoltonAdam leads classes designed to quiet the mind and inspire the body through music, movement, and breath. His goal is to provide a supportive and inclusive space - safe for students to awaken the body’s vitality, and to release stress patterns. To develop an intelligent, and satisfying yoga practice, Adam integrates conscious alignment and proper breathing techniques into engaging and challenging sequences. To support the constant evolution of realizing your potential, Adam’s classes are an opportunity to clear the slate - physically and emotionally to make space for the connection to spirit.
Corrie TeahenCorrie Teahen began a journey of integrating her passion for body and movement through yoga in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her engagement with instructors at Semperviva Yoga brought Corrie to a place of self-discovery, spiritual growth, and reunion with one of the most sacred energies - breath. Corrie completed a 200-hour yoga certification with Semperviva and began to contribute her unique blend of teachings and synthesis of form to Vancouver’s yoga community. Corrie has studied with Yoga Works, where she uncovered her ardor for the Vinyasana flow practice, and has completed intensive training with Shiva Rea in Los Angeles, California. She also has studied with Tracey Sogharti and is a certified Yin Yoga teacher, incorporating the chakra theory and traditional Chinese medicine into her classes. Corrie has completed a Masters in Social Work at the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Mental Health and also works as a therapist.
Jaya-Leigh BowenJaya-Leigh is a deeply knowledgeable leader in a vivid range of healing arts and yoga. She has a sincere following in the Toronto area, and has been facilitating classes, workshops, and sold out retreats for over a decade. Jaya-Leigh brings a unique and welcome combination of humour, relatedness, and an intuitive understanding of individual needs. She weaves together powerful techniques acquired from her own training and depth of experience working with people from all ages and walks of life. As a spiritual coach and channel, Jaya-Leigh performs shamanic reiki sessions and channeled Readings. These reveal and clear old, and often past life impressions that keep people stuck in patterns that limit joy, flow and the true expression of the soul’s purpose. Jaya-Leigh teaches reiki, meditation, yoga nidra, kundalini, yin, hatha, and restorative yoga. Her calling is to help people remember and experience their true essence – that we are all a limitless spirit having a human experience in an amazing body. www.jayaleighconnects.com @jayaleighconnects
Justin HaleyJust in Haley is a graduate in Yoga Education and Yoga Therapy. Justin sees Yoga as a universal health care system that can create a harmonious balance in one’s life. Justin believes yoga to be a continuous therapy that allows us to deepen, strengthen and heal the inner relationship with ourselves, with other human beings and our planet at large. Although Justin has been a student of Yoga for nearly a decade it wasn’t until his own personal experience with cancer in 2007 did his relationship to the practice transform into a profoundly passionate connection. This experience led Justin to India where he studied over the course of a two year period, allowing him to really explore and deepen his bond to this ancient tradition. Seeing and experiencing the transformative qualities of the practice first hand, Justin now dedicates his life to helping others evolve, explore and discover the miraculous and exhilarating health benefits of practicing yoga. Justin always approaches his classes with joyful energy, humour, a skilled touch, and with a compassionate light-hearted approach. His steady pace, balanced sequencing, and attention to detail encourage students to move slowly, deeply, and mindfully. Justin creates an environment for his student’s that is warm, open and very nurturing. Justin offers immense gratitude to all his teachers that have shared their love and light so that he can bring passion, warmth and knowledge to every class: Mr. Vishwas Vasant Mandlik, Kate Woodworth, Yogi Amit, Seane Corn, Hali Schwartz, Jesse Enright, and, currently with Pat Harada Linfoot, Scott Davis and Alix Bemrose at Octopus Garden.
Lana SugarmanLana was introduced to yoga ten years ago and has been practicing ever since. A certified Jivamukti and Yin yoga teacher, she has been graced with the teachings of many inspiring yogis, including Sharon Gannon, David Life, Tracey Soghrati, and the wonderful women of Jivamukti Yoga Toronto. She has found yoga to be a wonderful tool in her life, opening her body, heart and mind to the world, and is eager to share the joy with others. Her classes are a mix of expressive asana, music, and philosophy. Also a performer, Lana merges her love for song and yoga through kirtan (call and response chanting). She leads workshops and kirtans with her harmonium spreading the magic of mantras!
Lisa MitchellLisa has been a student of yoga for fifteen years. She undertook her first training at Esther Myers Yoga Studio and then completed a 300 hour advanced teacher training at the Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre. Additionally, she has completed two restorative yoga trainings and is certified to teach Yoga Nidra. Lisa has also achieved her Level 1 Reiki certification. Before making yoga her full time vocation, Lisa worked in public health. She holds a Masters of Education in Adult Education, Community Development and Counseling Psychology. She is engaged in a Relational Somatic Psychotherapy program through the Helix Healthcare Group, where she offers private yoga to individuals dealing with mental health, trauma and addiction. Lisa is drawn to the psychological and emotional benefits of practicing yoga as a way to ease suffering. Throughout Lisa's years of teaching, she has taught yoga in community centres, churches, schools, workplaces, treatment centres, hospitals, hotels, parks and studios. Lisa believes yoga is accessible to all. Her teaching is described as clear, mindful and kind. Lisa is a mother of two girls and credits yoga and mindfulness with keeping her present and mostly grounded. Her intention is to share with others what has been healing and transformative in her own life. www.lisamitchellyoga.com
Michelle KarkicMichelle attributes much of her desire to delve into her yoga practice to her years of ballet training. Having had to connect to the body at a very young age, it was refreshing to start a practice that was rooted in, not only, connecting to your body, but also your breath, mind and self. For Michelle, practicing yoga is all about connecting to oneself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Integrating her training from Kripalu, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Yoga Therapy, Michelle works to create classes that inspire students to explore these aspects in an intuitive, relevant, invigorating and fun environment. “I believe that practicing yoga is all about connecting to yourself both physically and mentally. Yoga and your practice is constantly evolving along with all other aspects of your life. In the same way that it is sometimes essential to alter you pace of life due to circumstance beyond your control, for example when you get sick and must slow down, it is also important to adapt your yoga practice to meet these different paces. Sometimes a more active, vinyasa flow style is called for, and at other times we need a more restful, restorative practice. I believe that by connecting to your own rhythm and it’s cycles it is possible to achieve and maintain balance and health. I am filled with gratitude for the entire community of 889. This has been a place of tremendous, learning, healing and growth for me on many levels and I look forward to practicing with you!”
Sara MoncreiffSara's yoga journey started while working at Rama Lotus Yoga Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Her passion grew daily to the point where she turned down an acceptance to a master’s program in Positive Psychology to go to Bali and enroll in her first 200 hr yoga teacher training. This amazing, well rounded teacher training had many influences, Vinyasa most of all, but also covering things like, basic nutrition, NLP, Pranayama chanting, etc. Coming back to immediately start teaching, she was quickly pulled back to the east to continue to pursue becoming a Raw Food chef and to get her 500 hour Yoga teacher training. Sara's main teachers include Daniel Aaron, Gabrielle Whitewolf, Edward Clark, Alanna Kaivalya and Dave Stringer. My most treasured source of inspiration is by an unknown author: "Life isn't about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself."
Sunny SmithSunny has always been delighted with the art of movement. A dancer from a young age, her passion for dance was stopped short after a serious car accident. After years of physical therapy and other forms of healing modalities she happened upon yoga. Yoga transformed Sunny's physical body and she knew this information must be shared with everyone. Sunny has over 1000 hours of teacher's training, and is a graduate from the Chakra Yoga school in Victoria and Downward Dog Yoga Centre. Sunny continues to study with master teachers Rachelle and Paul Gold, recently completed Tracey Sograhti's yin teachers training, and has completed Levels One and Two at the Toronto Thai Massage school. Sunny strives to create a welcoming environment where students feel safe, inspired and cherished. Guided through intuition and knowledge, Sunny's classes are filled with music, mediation and metta. Sunny encourages her student's to evolve all aspects of one's being, from body health to self realization. “Spiritual practices are the means. They keep this glowing light in the foreground of your mind and allow you to see by its rays.” - Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Tara GoodTara believes that yoga is a practice of wholeness and love. In 2006, after 16 years of formal dance training and a degree in Psychology, Tara began her yoga practice, little knowing at the time that what would ensue would be a life-altering commitment and journey. Inspired by the philosophies and movements of Shiva Rae, Sara Powers, Seane Corn, and influenced by key experiences within various studios in the Toronto yoga community, Tara set out to attain her 200 hour teacher training certificate and has not looked back since. In practices Tara incorporates pranayama and ahimsa techniques, focusing on establishing an intuitive connection with every class in constant search of a flow in balance with the moment. She teaches vinyasa, hatha and yin classes and prioritizes fostering a safe atmosphere for students to venture inwards towards self-acceptance and sustained healing. Tara strives to practice with compassion, joy, and consideration. Her belief is that yoga can be anywhere at any time, and aspires that the balance and peace we discover on the mat blends into our everyday motions and being.
Tasha takes a holistic approach to yoga, stemming from her first training in Reiki healing in 1995. She has moved and inspired thousands of people through her teaching practices for over a decade. Students have been touched by Tasha’s heartfelt work and many are inspired to be the change in their lives. It was in Northern India and the Himalayas where she received a wealth of wisdom in the ancient vedic tradition. Tasha’s meditation training was acquired directly from the source in the India.Tasha is a U of T graduate as a Religion Specialist, successfully completing studies in Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health. Tasha brings forth a playful and experienced presence in her yoga classes. She is highly intuitive, empathetic and a compassionate and gifted healer. Instagram: @rookeyoga Facebook: @yogatasha