Collette started practicing yoga in 2003 and found it gave her the drive to climb out of a dark place into a more peaceful mind.
She started teaching in 2005 after completing her teacher training with Jonny Kest at the Centre for Yoga in Michigan. She continues to increase her knowledge and practice through courses and workshops.
“I do yoga because it saved me and continues to guide me through the adversaries of life.”
As a teacher Collette shares her knowledge on how to bring yoga into everyday life, keeping it real and how it make it work for them. Her goal is to allow students to leave with a sense of pride and realize that self-care is attainable through awareness, movement and breath.
Halinka started doing yoga in 2008 trying to find something to help with the many injuries she experienced from extreme exercise and as a way to relax and escape the busyness of Toronto.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, Halinka’s classes focus on cueing and proper biomechanics building strength. An Ashtanga practice that is accessible to everyone, Halinka encourages you to truly find your edge on your mat so that your mind can let go.
“Yoga doesn’t need to be so linear or strict but be steady and joyful. Moving your body in all ranges and exploring all possibilities in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.”
Jessica encourages students to turn their focus inward, go deeper and leave feeling soothed and stretched. Her classes are a mix of playful asanas, breath work and mental relaxation. She strives to offer a safe and nourishing space for students to delve deeper. She believes that so much of what we learn in yoga can be applied off the mat.
Jessica completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Collette Beneteau of Shakti Yoga. She continues to take workshops to increase her knowledge. Jessica recently completed Level 1 Usui Reiki with Hillary Faye.
Yoga has been a part of Jessica's life since 2010, allowing her to experience a state of calmness in her life. As a parent she discovered that yoga has allowed her to be a better parent and happier person.
Zosia is passionate about Holistic Health & Wellness, especially women’s health. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Windsor, as well as a Fitness & Health Certificate from St. Clair College. As a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer & DoTERRA Wellness Advocate, Zosia focuses on the development of daily habits & practices for total body health
After learning of the physical & emotional benefits of yoga, Zosia began to practice in high school out of a desire to feel more love toward herself & her body. Throughout university, her practice evolved out of a desperate need for stress relief. Since, Zosia has taken a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification at Shakti Yoga under the tutelage of Collette Beneteau .
Zosia believes that yoga is the perfect practice to balance, explore and grow, on and off of our mat. “Each time I arrive on my mat, it is for a different reason, but overall i am seeking to create a sense of balance and equanimity within.
Lauren attended her first ever yoga class at the age of 9. Since then, yoga has been a part of her life in one way or another, whether attending in-studio classes, cultivating at-home practices, or just living the yogi mindset. She started coming to practice at Shakti about 7 years ago, and it has always felt like home. It’s a breath of fresh air every time the door to the studio opens!
In university, courses on Buddhism and Hinduism deepened her love, appreciation and knowledge for the ancient practice of yoga and meditation. A daily practice also helped her to push through the difficulties that come with completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree, as well as other difficult times throughout life.
Lauren is now a social worker in the field of children’s mental health, and often incorporates yoga philosophy into her work with kids and youth, including movement, breath work, and mindfulness. She has recently completed her 200hr YTT with Collette Beneteau and is so excited to share her passion with others!
Yoga is not about the asana, it is not about the length of your meditation, it is not about the temperature of the room during your practice, it is not about the clothes you wear or the yogis you've met. Yoga is something in your mind, in your heart, and in your soul. A sacred space created. A sense of ease developed to make your way through life. And ultimately the bliss that we as human beings can reach, whether we realize it now or not. Yoga is whatever you need it to be to heal you in the spaces that hurt and lack, or burst and overflow. It's a release, a balance, and renewal. I am so grateful that yoga found me when I was 9 years old. And I am so so beyond thankful that I continue to find yoga, over and over again!”
Yoga has been a part of my life for many years, helping me to grow physically and mentally both on and off the mat. As my passion for yoga has grown so has my desire to share in all the benefits of this life-changing practice to others. This has led me down the path of attaining my RYT 200 -EWYT 350 through East to West Yoga in Toronto with specialties in both prenatal and postnatal yoga.
My desire to learn and share what I learn has been a lifelong journey. This continues as I work towards my RYT 500 hours this fall attaining a Therapeutic Yoga Specialist Certification through East to West Yoga as well as an Applied Specialization in Mindfulness Meditation through the University of Toronto. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work degree both through the University of Windsor.
My yoga classes are gentle in nature with an interweaving of creative sequencing, a spirit of self worth, playfulness and a dose of inspiration for daily life through mindfulness tidbits. I believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment to all students whether brand new to yoga or if yoga is already a part of your life. I enjoy helping others’ thrive in life by nurturing their mind, body and soul and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced and are able to bring this into your daily life.
I began my business Mother Nurture Childbirth Support Services almost 20 years ago. In this time, I have had the honour as a doula of celebrating over 300 babies as they have made their entrance into the world. I have provided childbirth classes to many couples helping to prepare them for this most amazing and life-changing time. There is no greater privilege, and this work continues to be awe inspiring. You can find out more on our website mothernurturebabies.com
I look forward to having you join me in practice!