Eden Marchand
YOGA TEACHER

“What I love most about yoga is that it’s a practice in being present. Each time we come to our mats, our bodies and minds feel different. How can you honour what you need and practice with kindness and compassion? 
My classes focus on moving with breath and creating awareness of the body and the mind. I’m passionate about making my classes accessible to all so that the practice can be used as a tool to explore our relationships with ourselves and foster our physical and emotional wellbeing.”

Mallory Cheung
BARRE & PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Mallory was a ballerina for most of her life and was examined and passed by the Royal Academy of Dance at the Advanced Foundation level. She also competed and placed in both national and international competitions.
Over the years, Mallory has practiced yoga and Pilates and was trained in the East to West Pilates Instructor course. She unsurprisingly fell in love at the barre again and is certified by BootyBarre. Mallory enjoys barre for its ballet foundation and how it incorporates cardio, strengthening and flexibility into one great workout.
Ballet is often viewed as an exclusive practice that has to begin at an early age. She enjoys teaching barre as it is an open workout that shares components of ballet with every age group. Her classes always incorporate a dancer’s experience, but with high tempo music and a great energy, you can expect a fun full body workout. She loves stretching and helping clients in improving their flexibility and learning to stretch safely.
“Ballet is the art, barre is its workout.”

Mia Manito
Yoga Teacher

Mia’s journey as a teacher started in 2013 when she traveled on her own to Rishikesh India to complete 200hr Yoga Certification. Divulged in the true culture she studied in an Ashram under Dr. Jutendra Das with the Patanjali International Yoga Foundation. Here he helped her uncover all the elements that compose yoga as a whole. Since then she was inspired by other teachers that she met along her journey and completed her 300hr certification back in 2016 at Semperviva Yoga Teacher College in Vancouver Canada. Mia is trained in traditional Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal and Vinyasa. Her mission and intention for her classes is to help guide students to a mind, body and breath connection, in hopes to discover more about the true self and peel the layers of the illusional ego. Mia likes to create a safe open space for people to practice comfortably in their own bodies. Her style of teaching is a meditative movement to balance the yin and yang energies while switching up the asana postures to consistently challenge students. Mia spends most of her off time meditating, writing, making travel plans, studying anything of interest, and developing natural daily remedies/recipes.
Rocio Castillo
YOGA TEACHER

In a sudden twist of fate, Rocio found herself in the beautiful jungles of Ubud, where she
completed her 200 hour YTT training. Coming from a social work background, Rocio brings
with her the lessons of forgiveness, compassion and new beginnings.
A long-time lover and student of the yogic practice, Rocio has experienced, first hand, the value
and power of meditation and the peace and clarity it gives.
Her classes focus on connecting with the breath and surrendering to the present moment.
“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read,
that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and
suffer and understand, for all that is life.” – J. Krishnamurti
Gordana Ljuboje
YOGA TEACHER

I am a Yogini and Yoga Teacher who is passionate about helping people tap into the powerful energy that surrounds us all.
I have been on a lifelong quest for health and balance and started teaching yoga in 2010.
My classes are geared towards building a connection between all the elements of being mindful, movement conscious, breathing and meditation.
I mainly teach Hatha, Flow (Different levels), Gentle Hatha, Restorative and Yin Therapy, Hatha Therapeutics. I also offer my Reiki skills. I accomplished my education mainly with Yoga Tree and Yoga Therapy Toronto. I am experienced in teaching group, as well as private one-on-one sessions. My hope is that the students I teach can share this passion with me.


Nicole Lau
YOGA INSTRUCTOR & THAI MASSAGE PRACTITIONER

In 2006, Nicole’s journey on the mat started off as a “new year resolution workout”. It didn’t take long
for her to realize yoga is not just a form of exercise but an incredible journey connecting the mind, body
and soul. Yoga became her life purpose and daily practice.
After years of dedicated practice in various studios and exploration in different styles, she completed
her 200-hour yoga teacher’s training certificate in 2013. Since then she has been actively teaching. And
with so much more to learn and explore, she continuously taking and completing different trainings,
especially the mindfulness, slow and static practice of Yin yoga and restorative yoga, where she found
her true passion.
Nicole is also a Reiki practitioner and a certified Thai yoga massage practitioner, latter trained in Toronto and Thailand. Thai yoga massage is an ancient and dynamic bodywork that works like a series of yoga-like postures and stretches. With over 1000 hours of training in various modalities, she develops her own unique approach of teaching with Metta (Loving kindness).
Her classes are suitable for all ages; emphasize on promoting the balance between strength and
flexibility, loving and accepting our bodies, finding peace within our minds. You will find her walking
around in the class giving hands-on adjustments with her massage palms and Reiki touch.
Rebecca Courvoisier
YOGA TEACHER


Rebecca has always had a passion for teaching kids and adults alike. Currently working as an elementary school teacher, she loves sharing mindfulness and the benefits of breath with her students. Despite her busy days in the classroom, she decided to pursue her 200 hr yoga teacher training and feels it is the best choice she has every made! She strives to provide classes that are accessible and focused on positivity and well-being. 

“For me, yoga should leave you feeling nourished, calm and connected to your physical and spiritual body. It is so important to listen to ourselves and become more attuned to what our body and mind are telling us. If you listen, they both have a story to share.” 
Dena Sotoudeh
YOGA TEACHER


A former competitive swimmer, Dena began her yoga journey in 2010. She completed 280 hours of yoga teacher training with Yoga Tree Studios in May 2016. A diligent student herself, Dena’s classes encourage students to explore the friendship that exists between mind and body and take chances to deepen the relationship through mindful movement and meditation. 


Jennifer Cueto
YOGA, PILATES, & BARRE TEACHER


Jennifer Cueto is a fitness instructor and personal trainer.  She could not pick just one path in the fitness industry because she loves all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, physical and mental.
Q. Why did she choose this path in Pilates, yoga and other areas of fitness?
A.Proper form in movement.
She promised herself that students in the classes she teaches will be guided through proper cuing to understand the correct movement. She will always explain proper form to get the most out of the exercises and have members stay safe.
She’s grateful to see you in future classes at Ani O Yoga.

Om Shanti

Cassandra DeLuca-Griffin
YOGA TEACHER & REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST


Cassandra graduated from Beloved World Yoga in Costa Rica where she completed her 200hr YT Program in Vinyasa Flow. Her teacher made sure that their training was eclectic, they dove into all types of Yoga such as; Restorative, Yin, Buddhi, Hatha, Pre/Post Natal, Therapeutic and Forest Yoga. Cassandra is also certified in Pre Natal Yoga, she completed her training with Toronto Yoga Mamas.She believes it is extremely important to teach students how to safely come in and out of asanas to prevent injuries, and to ensure the pose is achieving its benefits. Cassandra has a very strong anatomy background, as she is a Registered Massage Therapist by trade.  Her knowledge comes out when she teaches and thinks it is a huge benefit to students. She also thinks it helps to get to know your body better, which is something she studies on a daily basis. Her style of teaching is mindful, energetic, yet relaxing so you get the best of both worlds out of your practise. With consent she shares her warm energy with you by touch, and breath to create connection in the space.
As a Yoga Teacher Cassandra believes yoga is your expression, and she is merely a voice that guides you 🙂
She hopes to see you on the mat.
Namaste

Andrea Stuart
YOGA, PILATES, & BARRE TEACHER


Andrea is a high energy, fun-loving instructor! She began her journey teaching fitness classes at the age of 16 teaching dance classes. Since then, Andrea has taught various classes such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and ballet barre to people of all ages and abilities around the world. Andrea’s passion is yoga and with her training in psychology you are sure to leave her classes feeling lighter, grateful, and optimistic! 

Trish Curling
YOGA TEACHER

Trish started as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor over 15 years ago, but decided to take her teaching skills into the classroom. During her 9 years as an Elementary School teacher, she both gained weight and incurred a number of injuries, but changed all of that by returning to yoga and resistance training.

Due to the massive impact it had on her physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Trish left her career as a teacher and became re-certified as a Personal Trainer. She also completed her 200 Hr. yoga teacher training, along with studies in the Nervous System, Restorative yoga, and the therapeutics of the shoulder, hip, and spine with Yoga Medicine & Tiffany Cruikshank.
In November of 2018, Trish also became certified as SFG Level 1 (Kettlebell Coach) with StrongFirst.
She is so grateful to share all of the knowledge she has acquired and is always excited about learning and continuing to grow.
Trish strives to create an environment in her classes that feel safe, fun, approachable, and challenging enough, so that all participants feel like they have contributed to their overall health in a positive way.
She looks forward to seeing everyone in class!

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