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, Barre and Yoga Instructor and is the Community Director at 889. She has high energy and a bright spirit which she weaves into all aspects of her job and her life. Her joyous personality especially shines through in her fun & uplifting classes. Through her personal practice, Kerry has found both pilates and barre to be the most effective forms of exercise to transform the body’s shape and structure while creating a strong sense of body awareness. Kerry's classes are focused, upbeat, challenging and fun – and you are guaranteed to feel the burn! It is Kerry’s true passion to help her students thrive in class and in life.
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.
Leslie ParsonsLeslie Parsons is a certified Stott Pilates instructor with a background in Marketing. Leslie shifted her focus to Pilates when it helped to cure her chronic back pain. Her appreciation of the discipline increased further when it helped her get back in shape after both of her pregnancies. Since then, she has immersed herself in combining Pilates with Ballet Barre because of their myriad of benefits; improved core strength, muscle tone, balance, flexibility, and most importantly, FUN! Leslie is continually finding new ways to move, tone and strengthen the body. Through movement, she likes to push the boundaries and encourages her students to work past the burn so they are able to feel, and see results. And you WILL see results! Instagram: @pilates8_
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.
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. Instagram: @carolcarvalho78
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. Instagram: @cjteahen
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 HaleyJustin has been a student of Yoga for nearly 15 years after discovering the practice during his University studies at U of T. It wasn't until his own personal experience with cancer in 2007 that his relationship to his practice transformed into a profoundly passionate commitment. This experience led Justin to India where he healed, studied and discovered the practice over two years. This allowed him to really explore and deepen his bond to the ancient tradition. Seeing and experiencing the transformative therapeutic qualities of the practice first hand allowed Justin to now dedicate his life to helping others slow down, expand and discover the miraculous health benefits of practicing yoga and meditation. Justin teaches a variety of daily classes in Toronto and continues to study in India and North America. He is currently studying with Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter, Judith Handson Lasater and Mary Richards. He is a lululemon ambassador and is the Program Director of the Muskoka Yoga Festival. He facilitates workshops, international retreats, restorative yoga teacher training programs and hot stone yoga therapy experiences.
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
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
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