OUR STUDIO

At In the Spirit, we practice many levels of hatha yoga - the most classic form of yoga, as well as yin, flow, kundalini, therapeutic and Yoga Teacher Training.  We also have Zumba classes, prenatal and Mom & Baby yoga.

From time to time, we also offer specialized and series classes, such as:
Custom Therapeutic, Yoga Tune-up Ball therapy, beginners/learn and various "shape-up/workout" classes.

We have TWO studios that are both intimate and beautiful and our instructors provide each student with a more personalized approach to learning. Specially designed, these are “non-intimidating spaces for your practice, attention, and awareness; respect for each participant is always at the forefront of our minds. Within our compassionate and loving studio setting, you can unwind and stretch in safety, as we passionately believe in the practice of yoga and all of the benefits that it brings.


OUR LOUNGE

Our beautifully appointed  lounge offers a comfortable and inviting space that beckons you to come, relax and unwind. As a community gathering place, it is the perfect place to connect with friends and enjoy a beverage or light snack from our menu.

Each morning, coffee, herbal tea and scones are available to enjoy. Later in the day, we offer a lounge menu of pates, cheeses, "not too wicked" chips and dips, desserts, etc. alongside our list of unpretentious, excellent, yet affordable wines. All wines have been selected by a certified sommelier and clientele from various wine tastings held at In the Spirit twice a year.  Beer, soft drinks and mineral waters are also available.


OUR YOGA FAMILY

INSTRUCTORS

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ANNE PRUNER, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist

Anne brings a blend of humour, compassion, respect and connection to her classes; using movement, breath, mantra, stillness and meditation to improve the health and well- being of her students, and she’s continually learning and growing so that she can support others on their paths. Anne believes that Yoga can bring us back to ourselves, back to our true nature so that we can enjoy life in all its abundance.   As an original founder of In The Spirit, Anne has taught with us since our inception and has completed her 1000 hour yoga therapy certification with Functional Synergy in Calgary (one of the few programs in Canada accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists).  

Anne also works privately with students to help them advance their practice, get out of pain, have fun and live the life they seek.

STEPHANIE MATTHEWS, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

Stephanie is inspired by yoga and has an absolute belief that everyone needs it in their lives. She loves that, no matter what brings us to yoga, yoga brings us closer to our highest good. As a yoga teacher and reiki master, she emphasizes finding a balanced well-being in both the body and mind, while developing a more acute awareness of your higher self. Embracing how yoga spills over from the studio into other facets of daily life, her aim is to bring students to a place where they are grounded in strength and open in mind, body and breath both on and off the mat.

"Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

DEBBIE THIBAULT, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

Like a bird who instinctively navigates thousands of miles each year to nest in the same branch, in the same tree, something in us is always seeking this place of homecoming. When Debbie was first introduced to yoga, she instantly fell in love with it, knowing that she was well on her path to finding her way back home! Debbie is a reiki master and completed her yoga teacher training at Balanced Life Yoga. 

"Yoga – the simple act of making my breath calm, stretching and holding myself still – brings me a goodness within my body that is deeply and profoundly reassuring."

VICTORIA PETROGIANI, Yoga Instructor

Vicky is an elementary school teacher of over 20 years, and brings to her yoga classes the experience as an professional educator. She describes yoga as an intense awakening of the mind, body and spirit, to understand the true of ourselves through the journey of self-discovery, self-healing, and self-love. Vicky continues to regift the passion of her yoga through community events that support various charities in durham region. She is activity involved in her foundation, Yoga for Hope, raising awareness for at-risk girls and orphanages in Peru.

“The teachings of yoga speak to us of what it is possible to be.” ~ Ranier Maria Rilke

CHANTAL EMOND, Yoga Instructor

Committed to health and wellness, Chantal has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. With over 1000 hours of personal practice and teaching techniques, she completed her Teacher Training at P3 Yoga in Pickering, Ontario, including Restorative Yoga. An avid golfer as well as a Certified Health Coach, she trained in Scottsdale, Arizona with Katherine Roberts where she was certified to teach the program Yoga for Golfers™. Chantal has a caring approach and also works privately with students. Central to her teaching is the desire to help people reach their full potential on and off the mat and improve their overall well-being.

LEFTERIALEXANDER (ALX), Meditation Yoga Teacher, Martial Arts Instructor

Alx, our teacher of teachers, has travelled and taught extensively, having practiced in various traditions with preeminent teachers in Canada, India and Peru. He specializes in many forms of yoga, including: jnana, yin, meditation, all levels of hatha, akhanda and classical kundalini.

As many of you know, he is uniquely gifted in gifting others the resources for experiencing their own source. We’re not sure if Alx is “an old soul” or just extremely brilliant, but he brings with him a refreshing level of passion and perfection to everything that he does. He is constantly improving and adding to his endless skill set and we’re lucky to have him at In the Spirit. 

RAMONA GELLEL, Yoga Instructor

Ramona is a very dedicated marathon runner, but several years ago she discovered and fell in love with yoga as a way to stay injury-free and to strengthen her running muscles. Because she comes from a teaching background (specializing in Physical Education), it was a natural progression for her to attain her yoga teaching certification in 2010 and she’s been teaching yoga ever since.

Ramona’s classes incorporate balance, flexibility, strength, and mental focus with dynamic movement in order to enhance communication between mind and muscle. Being sensitive to the needs of her students, Ramona will help you appreciate where you are in your practice and help to foster your growth.

LISA WESTMAN, Yoga Instructor

Lisa discovered yoga about 14 years ago, initially for the physical benefits that it provides. With increased practice, she began to develop a deeper self awareness and knew that this was the path she needed to explore.  Lisa took her RYT 200 teacher training through East to West Yoga in Pickering, as well as certifications in Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Athletes and Zero Gravity Aerial Yoga. 

Through this journey of growth and discovery, yoga continues to bring a real sense of balance and positivity to her life. Lisa's hope is that through her teaching she will be able to help others discover and appreciate the many benefits of yoga both on and off the mat.

KATERINA KHRAMOVA, Yoga Instructor

Katerina believes that yoga therapy is the best way to deal with personal suffering, both emotionally and physically. Her approach to yoga is to use her practice as a means to help connect inwardly and find personal ways of self-healing. As an experienced yoga practitioner, Katerina focuses on adapting accessible yoga tools to serve the needs of the individual, honoring diverse body types and limitations. The result: self-awareness and love.

Kat also specializes in restorative and pre & postnatal yoga.

 

AUDREY THOMPSON-SINGER, Yoga Instructor

As a young adult, Audrey taught popular forms of group exercise classes such as aerobics, step, and stretch.  However, when she discovered how yoga combines the joy of expressive movement with mindful focus and spiritual grounding, it was natural for her to practice and eventually learn how to teach it.

Her yoga journey over the past decade has taken her from weekly classes to daily classes in order to help keep her limber, and release the tensions and stresses of her demanding management position in the corporate world and “life in general”.  As her practice deepened and increased, she studied yoga philosophy and meditation and after 3 years of dedicated pursuit, she attained her Teaching certificate (RYT200).

Knowing yoga to be universally beneficial, Audrey is particularly interested in the interface of feminine energy in today’s masculine world, and how breath unites the unique movement of the body with our divine spirit, multifaceted strengths and soulful intuition.  Her classes are truly unique and very enjoyable for all.

COREY BESSO, Bellydance Instructor

Corey (Corinna) Besso is an accomplished bellydance artist. For over a decade she has been teaching and performing around the GTA. Specializing in Egyptian style bellydance, Corey has trained with some of the most accomplished bellydancers both from Canada and around the world.

 

LOUNGE STAFF

 

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DEBI NIVEN, Proprietor, Winestress

As one of the founders of In the Spirit, Deb’s “raison d’être” is to facilitate and accommodate the means to enjoy the wellness and wickedness of life.  Her positive energy, drive and ambition, coupled with her wisdom, purpose and authenticity have created this harmonious sanctuary for all to enjoy. She is a “grapernatural” when it comes to wine selection - having been reborn in a small vineyard in Tuscany.

Committed to embracing change and indulging our whims, Deb consistently adds improvements, creates unique events and opportunities, showcases and promotes local artisans and throws a darn good party! To know her is to love her.

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SUSAN FRASER, General  Manager, CHt

Suse passion for hospitality, excellent service and vintage wines, combined with her wicked sense of humour is a winning combination at In The Spirit.  Compassion, tolerance and understanding are her touchstones.

What can we say... she runs the place with the help of her amazing staff, and of course her bff and the owner, Deb Niven.

Suse also enjoys horseback riding, candle-lit dinners and long walks on the beach -- see? Told you she was funny!

ALLISON FRAME, Day Manager

Allison wears two hats and is the happy face you’ll see most weekday mornings in the Lounge as she registers you for classes and series, “puts on the coffee” (and tea, etc.), and takes care of the many details in the Lounge and Yoga Store. In the afternoons, she moves to our offices in the back and puts on her Captain’s hat as the Chief Luxury, Adventure & Relationship Officer for The Divine Destination Collection, www.divinedestinationcollection.com. She’s a very busy woman, but she makes time for yoga (and occasionally, a good Sauvignon Blanc!).

If it looks like we're having fun...it's because we are and we always do, we love our jobs and all those we serve

Our lounge team: Stephanie, Suse, Lizzie, Lori, Shannon, and Emily.
*Too shy to be photographed, but we don't know why because they're beautiful -  Barb & Ashley.