The teachers at The Vidya Centre are known for their compassionate, open, and kind nature, their knowledge of yogic philosophy, asana, and their ability to communicate the essence of yoga.
Every teacher has their own style and approach to a yoga class. Take some time to get to know each one a little, and check out one of their classes. The energy they each bring is an integral part of our centre.
THE VIDYA YOGA & WELLNESS MISSION STATEMENT:
Rooted in wisdom,
living mindfully, truthfully, and open-hearted,
while assisting and inspiring others
to live healthier, happier lives.
Certified Yoga Teacher, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Natural Health Practitioner (HOL), Founder and Director of The Vidya Centre For Yoga & Wellness, and Vidya's Veggie Gourmet Restaurant.
Kim has been living seriously in the yogic lifestyle for near 20 years, drawing knowledge through studies in nutrition, herbology, energy healing, classical Hatha yoga, alignment principles, and Vipassana meditation. Kim has deepened her studies in Restorative, Yin, Therapeutic, and Anusara Yoga. Classes with Kim are focussed, light-hearted yet meaningful, offering challenges for all levels. Kim's yoga name "Vidya" means wisdom or knowledge in Sanskrit, and was given to her by her teacher, Gita Masiques upon graduation. Kim also offers a unique nutritional cleansing program, “The 10-Day Rejuvenation Cleanse”, among other programs which can help you achieve radiant health.
“Gratitude to the many teachers who inspire me daily on my path, as do my students, who are my greatest teachers of all.
When it comes to teaching, it's not so much about what I know, but what I have experienced that I feel is important to success. When we experience, we understand and apply it, then share it. What’s important to me is not how much information can I give, but rather how can I inspire your growth, through my journey.”
Kim teaches Wednesdays at 3:30 and 6pm, Thursdays at 3:30 and 10am, Fridays 6pm, Saturday 10am, Sundays at 10:45am
Certified Yoga Teacher, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)
Desiree is an avid student and teacher of yoga and has developed her practice through trainings, her sadhana, and self-study. She is certified in Kundalini, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga and aims to deliver the teachings from an authentic heart space to create compassionate learning environments that cater to growth and individual experience. One of her main goals as a teacher is to create a comfortable, inclusive atmosphere and provide access to traditional techniques that can enliven, empower, and educate her students. Her classes focus heavily on the breath and the union (yoga) that exists between and within the mind and body. In her own practice she explores the body and mind through yoga and meditation, art, studying, and writing. Though a physical practice is a part of her daily routine, she believes in a holistic approach to everything in life and puts emphasis on listening to the body and moderating or changing practices as needed. She is always looking to learn and values the lessons she receives both as a student and teacher.
Desiree is grateful for the lineage of teachers who have come before her and with whom she has had the blessing to study with. From teachers in her hometown of Barrie all the way to Rishikesh, India, she offers thanks and blessings for the individuals who have helped her develop on her path.
Desiree teaches Sunday morning Kundalini yoga at 9:15am, Thursdays evenings Kundalini and Heart-based Hatha with Reiki, and Friday mornings at 11:30. Desiree co-leads the monthly sisterhood circles, and is also a server and part owner in our restaurant, Vidya's Veggie Gourmet serving delicious organic vegan/vegetarian meals!
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• Certified Yoga Teacher
Kim’s quest for yoga began ten years ago. Her original intention for doing yoga was for the physical benefits however it didn’t take her long to realize with a regular Hatha practice she was experiencing a host of transformations in her life.
In 2008 she completed her first Teacher Training in Anusara “inspired” yoga. One of the many lessons Kim learned during her training is lightheartedness, and not to take things so serious. Have fun and enjoy your practice both on and off the mat.
Kim’s “Yoga of choice” is Yin Yoga. She began practicing after the purchase of a DVD titled “Yin Yoga – The Foundations of a Quiet Practice” by Paul Grilley. It became apparent to Kim that Yin Yoga is the perfect compliment to her regular “yang” practice and it is essential for living a more balanced life.
For Kim, Yin Yoga is a mindful, meditative practice which allows the time to be deep in the pose and allows your sense to be broadened
Kim believes yoga is a way of life, she believes that yoga is for everyone and it is just a matter of finding the yoga that best suits you.
Kim teaches Hatha with Yin on Mondays at 9:30am, Yoga Nidra Monday nights at 6:30, and Yin yoga on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Dawn Balfour, Certified Yoga Teacher
Dawn has been practicing Yoga for more than 14 years. She began studying the postures from a book given to her by her father, whilst she was housebound with a long term illness. Through Yoga, Dawn regained her strength and confidence and after 3 years was able to go back into the workplace.
After experiencing her own fertility challenges with success (2 beautiful girls), Dawn now provides support through Yoga and Meditation to women who are having challenges with their fertility in whatever capacity, and those who have suffered a loss. Dawn specialises in Therapeutic, Fertility, Prenatal and Mom and Baby Yoga. She is the Program Co-Ordinator for The Center for Inner Freedom; Dr Reichmann's Mindfulness Based Programs and also leads participants through the Mindful Movement part of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. She is also part of the team at Georgian College for the Yoga Teacher Training Program, teaching the Asana portion of the Program as well as many theory modules. She teaches from the heart to give each student a well balanced and peaceful Yoga practice. Dawn truely believes in the healing power of yoga and enjoys sharing her passion with those she meets.
Dawn teaches Gentle Yoga at The Vidya Centre on Tuesday mornings at 11:30am and Yoga For Back and Core on Friday mornings at 10am.
Amy Ford, RYT-500
Amy graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1996 with a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing - which began her dedication to support change and bring kindness into people’s lives. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a Volunteer Grief and Bereavement Facilitator with Hospice Simcoe. Combining her roles as a former nurse, Yoga Instructor and Grief and Bereavement Facilitator, Amy naturally finds a love and connection with yoga. What she loves most about teaching yoga is sharing the teachings that have had such a profound impact on her life, with others.
Amy teaches on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at The Vidya Centre.
Certified Yoga Teacher, certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist
Paulina Olszewska, is a sacred circle and ceremonial healing facilitator. A Passionate Yogini and Teacher of Yoga ✧ Ecstatic Breathwork and Movement Guide ✧ Womb Wellness and Moon Mysteries Facilitator ✧ Thai Massage and Embodiment Practitioner ✧ Medicine Woman ✧
Paulina offers potent, raw and playful classes, workshops and retreats focusing on yoga, expansive breathworks, dynamic meditations, tantric teachings, womb wellness and plant medicines, sound healing and embodiments practices. She loves to hold a grounded loving space for others to explore their own inner healer and connection to source.
Paulina teaches Yoga Flow on Mondays at 6:30, offers Thai Yoga Massage here at The Vidya Centre, and co-leads The Sisterhood Tribe on the new moon each month!
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Erica began practicing yoga about 10 years ago. As a result of the love of her own practice she decided to complete her yoga teacher training. She enjoys teaching hatha and vinyasa style yoga with the philosophy of teaching people through building strength as well as self love and expression.
Erica's goal is to help people improve their overall well being through her teaching.
In addition to her passion for practicing and teaching yoga, Erica is a family oriented person who also enjoys spending time outdoors as well as cooking and reading.
Erica teaches Yoga with Pilates fusion Sundays and Wednesdays at The Vidya Centre.
Yoga Teacher, Homeopath and Live Blood Cell Microscopist
Cassie Landolfi offers a natural approach to helping with health and wellness issues. Whether it’s to help with weight loss or regaining energy, I will advise you on a treatment plan individualized just for you.
Graduated from The Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine in downtown Toronto in 2016 and a Certified Live Blood Cell Microscopist and Nutritionist; I have been a devoted educator in spreading wellness with homeopathy and Nutrition over the last several years. I offer everything from homeopathic health appointments, live blood-cell analysis, nutritional body scans and aromatherapy.
Cassie teaches Twist and Detox Yoga Flow Tuesday evenings and Saturday late afternoons for yoga date night at Vidya’s!
*If you are a yoga teacher interested in becoming a substitute or regular teacher at Vidya please forward your resume here