We are Family….Atlas Studio Community of Teachers
Through a lifetime of spiritual pilgrimage, Denise has learned to move gracefully and appreciate music, she enjoys a good story and was blown wide open when spirit, movement and sacred music met on the yoga mat in 1993. A Kripalu/Ashtanga inspired teacher, Denise walks a path towards wholeness & integration as a healer, yoga teacher, mentor and leader.
“Yoga is my dharma.”
Denise’s journey towards yoga began with her studies in philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has since acquired degrees from York University, Ryerson and Wilfrid Laurier University; she has studied sanskrit at McMaster University in Hamilton and writing at Naropa in Boulder Colorado. She has been teaching the movement arts since 1984. Denise brings a playful and grounded awareness into her classes while emphasizing presence and non-judgment. Her roots are in Kripalu and Ashtanga yoga, dance, fitness, creative movement and the juicy mystery of life. Denise has taught yoga to people from all walks of life ranging from palliative care patients to at risk youth, from movies stars to political figures, from seniors to cirque de soleil performers. Teaching is her gift.
Globe trotter and lover of yoga occasionally helps us out and fills in while our teachers manage the waves of life. Trained with the oh so talented Asia Nelson of Pranalife and a long time student of Atlas Studio. https://www.facebook.com/ally.hind
sweet yogi with the voice of an angel …often leads yoga nidra and continues to work on her yoga teacher training…will this be the year….let’s send love and support of our angels to help her make it happen.
always shaking that wild thing, Maggie loves Kundalini dynamic mediations and inspires all those around her to let go and shake it up baby! Maggie is also working on completing her yoga teacher training and is cutting hair and moving through life with joy and style. https://www.facebook.com/maggie.wilson.334
Massage therapist, artisan and make of fine jewelry Marissa has an eye for detail, love of children and a sense of play in all that she does. Occasionally, she covers for our teachers when life calls.
yoga teacher, yoga student, dress maker, potter, clown, mother, daughter, wife, friend, did I say clown, thai yoga massage therapist, artist, globe trotter – more than a year in Thailand recently, awesome yoga teacher, community activist, did I say clown…. https://www.facebook.com/nadia.dusil.5
Many moons ago I started developing an interest in health and fitness and joined a local fitness club to try to assist with my weight loss efforts. I was told to stretch after workouts but like most people I often would skip that part of my routine. My introduction to yoga was more of an effort to do more stretching to offset the muscle tension I was beginning to experience after an abundance of cardio and weight training in my daily workouts.
I went on to take the Can-Fit-Pro personal trainer specialist certification, and the yoga for fitness instructors course. Over the next few years I had a series of unfortunate car accidents in which I sustained injuries and whiplash. After each accident I would be sent to physiotherapy, at a certain point in my recovery they had me doing exercises that resembled isolated yoga moves.
It was about that time that I would quit doing physiotherapy and return to my yoga practice, because I found it was a much more pleasant way to avoid pain and discomfort. In 2011 I experienced multiple tragedies in a very short period of time. I was feeling lost and depressed when a twist of fate intervened and brought me to the studio. Denise and I spent some time talking and I was given the opportunity to return to my yoga practice, and then began the Yoga Teacher Training Course. My educational background is in social work and I can attest that yoga is truly a physically, emotionally, and spiritually transforming practice. I feel honored to be sharing the next steps in your journey with you.
Christina is a woman of many trades. Completed her undergraduate degree in architecture and she has already co-founded a multi-disciplinary design studio (www.robazzo.com) on Canada’s west coast, she is conversationally fluent in six languages, and she is now exploring & deepening her role as a healer, including Yoga Therapy and Thai Yoga Massage.
Christina’s yoga journey began in 2010, after recovering from knee surgery following a ski accident in the Swiss Alps. Before that, she practiced karate since childhood for a total of 14 years, instructing for 3, giving her a solid foundation for the role of yoga practitioner. She completed Atlas Studio’s 200H Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2011, and has been teaching a fun, unique & dynamic style of yoga ever since.