Yoga Public Director, Yoga Instructor
Manager, Personal Trainer & TRX Instructor
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.
Natasha is known at YP for her nourishing yin and restorative classes, as well as her powerful flow classes. She has an intuitive understanding of the body and an engaging teaching style. With years of experience as a yoga instructor and practitioner Natasha has had the opportunity to lead many successful local and international yoga retreats. Her personal and caring nature shines through in her teaching style; she creates a space where students can feel supported in their practice. She also offers Body Work, deep relaxation massage, at Yoga Public. One of Natasha’s goals is to get everyone to relax through yoga and massage.
Shivaun unrolled a mat in her first Ashtanga Yoga class nearly 15 years ago with the vague notion that it might help her figure out a few things about life and about herself. She was drawn to the flowing and meditative quality of the vinyasa system and the focus on personal and spiritual growth. After moving to Winnipeg, she studied with Jonathan Austman and, after completing his teacher training program in 2008, began to teach others. Shivaun is inspired by the students at Yoga Public who come with their own unspecified search for balance and wholeness, and who, through sincere effort, find stillness and peace they carry into their daily lives off the mat.
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.
Sam is a yogi, dancer, adventurer and lover of life. As a professional dancer she toured and performed in musicals such as West Side Story, Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and appeared in films including Shall We Dance and Suicide Squad.
Sam completed her first 500 hr yoga teacher training in India, then went on to train with Shiva Rea in LA completing her Fluid Vinyasa, Chakra Vinyasa and Trance Dance trainings. She also completed part two of the Ashtanga-inspired One Yoga Teacher training, the 200 hr Anusara Immersion, Restorative Yoga Training and Off the Mat’s Leadership Training with Seane Corn before finding her teacher Sri Dharma Mittra. Sam now spends much of her time in NY studying with Sri Dharma where she completed his 500 hr and 800 hr Life of a Yogi Teacher Training programs. In 2019 she was chosen to assist in his 200 hour and 500 hour Teacher Trainings.
Sam created the 200 hour Abhyasa Living Yoga Teacher Training Program to support students with a desire to live their yoga practice 24/7 and share the path with others. This program is certified through the Yoga Alliance and includes the Dharma Gentle and Dharma 1 Sequences.
Sam’s interest in supporting human development inspired her to pursue studies with the Enneagram Institute in NY, Vipassana meditation and Healing Touch courses. She loves traveling and learning from different cultures. Sam has spent time in Africa, teaching yoga in Morocco and volunteering in Ghana; explored meditation in SE Asia; studied flamenco dance in Spain; whirled with the dervishes in Istanbul; and served four seasons as a karma yogi at the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas. Sam is passionate about living life to the fullest with a joyful heart and inspiring others to do the same.
TRX Instructor & Personal Trainer
Carl, aka Killer Carl, is known for one thing above all else – providing a personalized and challenging workout for everyone who steps into his class.
As Carl says, “What’s the #1 rule in TRX? Leave your ego at the door. This is YOUR workout!” With almost 2 decades in the industry, Carl knows that every body is different and will encourage you to push past your limits when you can, but also to know when to take your foot off the gas. There’s only one person you need to compete with in Carl’s classes – yourself.
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 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
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.
To Alerry, yoga and life are one. For 16 years she has explored yoga’s path as a teacher, studying throughout the world, and deepening her understanding of how yoga is truly a part of our lives both on and off the mat. The awareness of each moment, each breath, each situation, as an opportunity to know ourselves more, translates yoga’s physical practice and philosophy into each day. She is passionate about guiding students deep into their bodies, and to build a connection with the whole of their being, though yoga. She loves the adventure of following where yoga leads her in her teaching and practice.
Since 1998 Alerry has lived her yoga, teaching and studying across the globe. Certified through the oldest Yoga Association in Canada, she is also an advanced remedial massage therapist, reiki and craniosacral practitioner, student of osteopathy and celebrated artist. Her down-to-earth teaching inspires students to take their practice deeper, guided with gentleness, precision, support and mindfulness. Individual attention and modifications for each student’s abilities are key to her teaching. She has been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press and the New York Times for her retreats and yoga adventures.
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 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 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 students. A big believer in kula (community), Rachelle creates inspired yoga events, retreats + festivals, most notably Prairie Love Festival.
Inspired. Authentic. Full of Heart. With a hint of Rebel. Bonnie’s curiosity guided her across 5 continents exploring the true nature of healing and the root of happiness. She shares over 30 years of wisdom from working in the medical field and studying ancient healing traditions. What she’s passionate about, apart from her 10-year passport, is building bridges between Science and Spirit to create healing connections between the Head and Heart. She invites us to be curious, courageous and compassionate as we explore beneath the surface of our own lives. And to not take it all too seriously! A good belly laugh is great medicine. Whether in her Floating Yoga and Meditation classes, the MBSR program or her private practice, this gentle spirit offers opportunities for deep healing and transformation, weaving in her Tibetan Singing Bowls, mindfulness, custom Aromatherapy blends and Energy Medicine. Ready to join the peace train?
Narda first got into yoga as a kid and after practicing yoga on and off for over 20 years, she finally took the plunge and got certified as a yoga instructor. She received her training in Vancouver at the Semperviva Yoga College where she was trained in Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini yoga. She loves the meditative and mindful approach of Yin, the fluidity of Hatha, the athleticism of Vinyasa and the dynamic quality of Kundalini. Narda is psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has found a very natural blend using yoga, mindfulness and meditation in her therapy sessions, and utilizing her therapy background and knowledge of how the mind works with her yoga classes. She continues to focus on blending yoga and her background in therapy to encourage people to feel well in their minds, hearts and bodies.
Narda is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and is doing her ongoing training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reducation teacher. She looks forward to completing her RYT500 in the near future. In her classes Narda focuses on meeting people where they are at and making sure they feel heard.
Savannah has always viewed yoga as a path for healing, from her first training in 2007, studying with Hindu monks at the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas. This carried her for over a decade of self-study around the world with renowned instructors, healers, shaman and medicine men. Her passion for community has created one of a kind yoga events; she was the first yogi to bring the creative art of yoga to the stages of the Winnipeg Folk Fest, Meme and Rainbow Trout with musical acts and DJs. In addition to teaching various styles of yoga with her own flair, Savannah is an Energy Healer and layers this modality into her classes and private healing sessions. Inquire about her annual self-love/yoga retreats in Mexico.
Nadia is passionate about all things yoga and has transitioned from being a young, hip gymnast to being a somewhat old, semi-hip yoga teacher. She loves being immersed in opportunities for growth and education. Nadia has spent the past twenty years teaching gymnastics, cheerleading, yoga and meditation. She loves to teach inversions and to help students challenge their limits through safe progressions and drills. Her greatest passion, secondary only to being upside down, is meditating on unanswerable questions and the nature of reality.
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.
Yoga & AcroYoga Instructor
Lesley is an RMT, yoga and AcroYoga teacher.
She always considers herself a student first, and takes every opportunity to deepen her knowledge. She graduated from massage therapy college in 2010 and has since taken yoga teacher trainings in vinyasa, yin and AcroYoga and travels often for workshops.
Lesley strives to bring a balance of alignment, strength and flexibility to her classes.
When she’s not massaging, teaching or training acro, she’s likely cycling around Winnipeg or walking her dogs.
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to yoga at the young age of 17. What began as an activity to aid with injuries from competitive sports; soon evolved into a passion and way of life. I quickly discovered the benefits of yoga went far beyond the physical aspects and learned as a practitioner and teacher that yoga offers space for healing, personal growth and creates a container for insight and conscious living.
Léah’s classes are dynamic and inspiring with a healthy balance of movement, pranayama and mindfulness techniques to awaken and expand the mind and body through a holistic framework. She creates supportive class environments, that are rooted in freedom, self discovery/ self discipline as well as and humility and light hearted fun.
As a registered instructor with the Canadian Yoga alliance, Léah embarked on her first 200 hour teacher training in 2015 and continued to follow a path of lifelong learning from there. Trained in Vinyasa and Yin yoga; she possess over 300 hours of training which she has been fortunate enough to pursue both at home in the prairies as well as overseas.
As a human and yogi, Léah believes in approaching everything as a student from a place of unwavering love with an open mind and true sense of curiosity.
In her other profession; Léah has held the role of a clinic social worker for the past 6 years; where she works with children, youth and families from a compassionate, person-centered approach.
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!
Jason Ali Khan
Ali Khan performs ambient music for yoga classes at YP with his pseudonym Yoyu. Yoyu is a name that describes the essence of slowing down and making that extra space for life to happen gracefully. Ali’s music compliments Yoga practice, especially Yin, which is his favourite. These vibrations alter consciousness and encourage connection with our being’s natural state. Ali is celebrated internationally for his meditative compositions and organic sound design. He composes music on the spot by tuning in to the subtle vibrations of the room. His instruments are modern, customized electronic synthesizers inspired by those used in traditional Eastern spiritual music. Ali often uses a background of field recordings captured in powerful nature spots, such as the Boreal forests of Manitoba. His music can be found on Spotify and other streaming sites. Visit http://nomorewords.ca for more.
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.
Annaka van Huizen
Annaka became a member of Yoga Public back in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the variety of classes, outgoing instructors, and most importantly, community that the space had to offer. A familiar face in all of the TRX, and Activ WOD classes, she is so excited to be joining the guest services team and to share her passion for the studio with each and every member who walks through the door.