Lori Neufeld
Yoga Public Director, Yoga Instructor

As the director of the studio, I’d like to welcome you to our community. We have a lot to experience, from the meditative, heart-opening to the energized, heart pumping, and everything in between.
We want you to be well! Our programming, instructors, and space, are dedicated toward contributing to your personal growth. The journey toward health and balance is ever shifting. Each of us is on a unique path. We strive to provide a safe, supportive, and embracing atmosphere where you can delve into what you need each day. We’d like to provide support in any way we can, so please feel welcome and let us get to know you!
About me: I’ve been teaching yoga for almost 20 years. I would be a different person without yoga, I feel it saved my life. The practice continues to change for me, as I’m sure it does for us all. But I never tire of exploring the balance and connections between alignment, breath, space & movement. Certain poses or even qualities within a posture excite me. And I love to see that excitement in others learning these practices. I love being a part of that process of discovery of our own miraculous bodies and our own complicated minds.
Eternal gratitude to my teacher, Jonathan Austman.

Kaitlyn Ferens
Personal Trainer & TRX Instructor

Adrienne Shum
Yoga Instructor & Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor

Adrienne has been practising yoga since childhood. From this early start, she has dedicated herself to a daily practice grounded in sincerity and equanimity. Since completing Moksha (2009) and Ashtanga (2011) yoga teacher trainings, she has stepped into a teaching role to offer yoga as a pathway towards gratitude, intelligence, and generosity. Adrienne explores yoga in its many forms – from physical poses on a mat, to seated practice on a meditation cushion, to Kirtan, call-and-response chanting – but her teaching emphasises the underlying fundamental elements that run throughout.

In addition, Adrienne has both a certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor and a Master’s degree in Food Science; she offers private consultations and workshops where she integrates the healing traditions of Ayurveda with contemporary science.

To learn more about practising with Adrienne, please visit her website, www.adrienneshum.com.

Serge Salvador
Spiritual Trainer

To Serge, a true spiritual trainer will not try to do our work with turning point for us. Rather, he or she will lend a helping hand, give inner and outer guidance, and be a beacon in the night. Someone always there to remind us of the purpose of our journey when the signs get subtle or there is trouble. As a qualified spiritual trainer Serge is committed to applying the principles of yoga to his own life and seeks to make the methods of yoga accessible to all people.

Lorna Parashin
Yoga Instructor

Lorna has completed 770 hours of yoga teacher trainings with Jonathan Austman, Ryan Leier, Erica Blitz and Monica Angelatos. She is trained and practices in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin. Ashtanga Yoga is her daily practice. Lorna’s class is led as a fluid and intense workshop based on traditional poses, drshti (concentration) and refinement of the breath. Students of all levels will experience sweaty and deep work in Lorna’s class. Lorna invites you to come practice with her in the hot room and yoga on the wall classes.

Lorna has a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design, a Master’s degree in Architecture.

Philip Rosario
Yoga Instructor

Philip is grateful for his teacher Jonathan Austman. He is devoted to the practice and is trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin yoga. He has attended workshops with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and senior teachers in LA.

Philip welcomes all levels to his classes. Come with a beginners mind. Feel comfortable and ready to learn and expect hands on assists. Leave feeling peaceful, healthy and balanced.

He believes that yoga is attained by practicing for a long uninterrupted periods of time.

“Practice, practice, practice and all is coming.” – Sri K. Pattabis Jois

Sandy Grewinski
Yoga Instructor

This Prairie farm girl from Lac du Bonnet discovered yoga 15 years ago by way of a sports injury. Over the years, yoga has helped heal her body, open her mind and allow her heart to shine! Sandy’s teaching style is fun, playful and athletic. She will encourage you to explore and stoke your inner fire, leaving you energized, refreshed and relaxed.

Sandy’s personal and professional trainings include 200hr YTT Barkan Method of Hot Yoga, 40hr JOGA Teacher Training, 30 hr Broga Teacher Training and 20hr Power Plate Training and Human Resource Management RRC.

Arlen Kasdorf
Yoga Instructor & TRX Instructor

Arlen has a passion for helping people and watching them grow and master new skills. His multi-disciplinary approach always keeps his classes fresh and exciting. Starting by teaching yoga and personal training back in 2011, Arlen has constantly searched for innovative methods to challenge others in both body and mind to develop an overall sense of well-being. He understands that to create anything worthwhile in life you must stretch and challenge the mind—and he believes the best way to do that is physically testing one’s limits and inspiring the body to new to levels of fulfillment.

Mara
TRX Instructor & Physiotherapist

Mara Huynen graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a Bachelors of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. After graduation Mara moved out to Vancouver where she practiced as a physiotherapist in a private practice setting for 6 years. During this time she completed several advanced level post-graduate courses in manual therapy/orthopedic techniques and also completed her acupuncture certification. While Mara wasn’t actively pursuing her own continuing education, she mentored physiotherapy students for clinical placements. In 2014, Mara returned to her hometown Winnipeg. She is thrilled to be back in Winnipeg and is excited to be a part of the Yoga Public Wellness Team. Mara believes in an integrated approach of treatment for her patients, combining manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, acupuncture and exercise prescription. She plans to continue taking post-graduate courses to further expand her skills as a physiotherapist. She plans to build on her understanding of yoga practice, in order to further incorporate it into her physiotherapy practice. Her passion for yoga started in 2008 when she attended her first yoga class. Since then it’s been hard to get her out of the yoga studio. She hopes to see many of the familiar faces from Yoga Public classes in for physiotherapy treatments when she returns from maternity leave in February 2020. In the meantime, come to her TRX classes!

Rachelle Taylor
Yoga Instructor

Rachelle is awestruck by the transformative power of yoga, a practice she has held dear for over a decade, taken with her on journeys across the globe, and been inspired to share as an instructor since completing her 200hr YTT in 2014. Her style of heart centred vinyasa flow classes combine the teachings of the eight limbs of yoga and the wisdom of the chakra system with fluid movement to promote healing and evolution within her

Ilya Vaslavskiy
Yoga Instructor

My teaching style is based on what I’ve learned from all my teachers, and from my own yoga practice. Yoga is for overall wellbeing, mind, body & soul. What you can expect from my classes? A serious approach to yoga, that doesn’t feel all that serious. Working with breath, body, and mind, in a conscious manner.

Absolutely any student can attend.

David Shoup
TRX Instructor

Throughout my life as a high-performance athlete I have witnessed some pretty amazing physical performances; however, what energizes me most is watching someone try something they never thought they could do. The look of “did I just do that??” when they realize they just accomplished something once thought of as impossible – simply priceless!

Musicians

Jess Rae
Musician

You may recognize Jess Rae Ayre from the Western Canadian Music Award Winning roots band Sweet Alibi.
Jessica has been playing music and writing songs since she was old enough to tell her parents she wanted to be a musician when she “grows up”.
Her soulful and expressive voice is often compared to the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. Jessica takes everything life gives her, and puts it into her songs.
When Jessica performs, people are often drawn into her honest songwriting and soulful/roots sound. She always looks forward to sharing the love of music with the next audience.

Brian James
Musician

Jake Kotze
Guest services