Instructors

Nora Benian

RYT-500, Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, Lifestyle Counsellor

Nora a.k.a (Sundari) loves to share the wisdom found in the Science of Yoga. She is a seasoned instructor and teaches all levels from absolute beginner to advanced. Her classes are taught to a wide range of people with a wide range of challenges whether physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual. Nora’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology and Yoga Therapy guides students safely through yogic postures and practices. Her compassionate yet confident teaching style challenges students to release stress and tension, strengthen the body and mind, and learn to relax deeply. Each class is geared toward the needs of the group and modifications and adaptations are used when necessary making the yoga class experience positive for all. Through Yoga Therapy Nora prescribes Yogic practices along with counselling to help bring clients back into alignment, build strength, and clear energy channels to increase the life force. Nora inspires students with her enthusiasm for life and motivates them through self-development with ease.

“Knowledge is Power!” How we use that power is what our yoga practice helps us realize.”

Nora graduated from Vancouver Counsellor’s College in 2005 and began Lifestyle Counselling practice in Guelph, ON. She completed a certfiied training in Thai Yoga Massage at Lotus Palm School, Montreal, Quebec with Kam Thye Chow and Blake Martin. This ancient bodywork became a wonderful addition to the healing process of her clients. In 2007 Nora completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program in Guelph with Rita Cupitt (Esther Myers) followed by an Intensive 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Sivananda Yoga Ranch, New York. She also completed a 100 hour training in Mind, Body Yoga Therapy with Dr. Paul Epstein at Sivananda Bahamas. She also spent 24 months living and serving at The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas.

“All it takes is an intention, the rest will follow.”

 

 

 

Mary Ann Cusi

Yoga Instructor
Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner

Mary Ann has been actively practicing yoga since 2001. She is a certified Thai Yoga Massage practition through Lotus Palm 2009 and has received her yoga teacher training through the Downward Dog Yoga Centre, 2008. For Mary Ann, yoga has been an ongoing transformation within herself. Through her own experiences, she teaches with a compassionate heart, offering her students an opportunity to surrender themselves to experience the present moment. It is her love of yoga and the practice that has provided Mary Ann with a deeper understanding as a teacher and a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner. Her intuitive and gentle spirit guides her to give each client a unique experience of harmony, peace and relaxation, as well restoring the energy balance within.

Sunny Smith, Yoga Instructor

Sunny has been teaching yoga for 5 years .  Her love of movement lead her to yoga after a car accident and she was no longer able to dance. Through her exploration of yoga she began to make significant improvements in her posture and overall mobility. She decided right away that she had to teach this to everyone she knew. Trained at the Chakra Yoga School in Victoria, Downward Dog Ashtanga Yoga,  Prenatal and Restorative Yoga with Hali Swartz. Sunny is currently taking an advanced yoga training with Jeaninne from Buddha Body and took time to visit the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore last January to studying with Sharath.

Sunny offers a warm  and genuine teaching of yoga that is rejuvenating and inspiring.

‘Everything you need is inside of you -
don’t be afraid to go looking for it’

Maheshwari Knox