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Katie McClelland has been teaching yoga full time since 1997. She likes to joke that she was certified to teach yoga while still in the womb, as her mother went through yoga teacher training while pregnant with her! Katie’s roots are in ashtanga yoga and she derives inspiration from many styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara and Kundalini.
 
Katie is the founder of De La Sol Yoga Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada which first opened in 2006 and expanded to a second location in January of this year. She is the host of Yoga With Katie, a 30min instructional yoga show which airs six days a week and is seen by 900,000 viewers. Recently, Katie has been speaking out at high schools and recovery centers about her history of drug addiction and ongoing journey towards wellness and wholeness. She is currently working on her first book, a memoir titled Waking Up.
Nancy began studying yoga in 1999 while earning a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University. She was immediately hooked! After returning home to Ontario she attended the Yoga Centre of Burlington where she discovered Ashtanga yoga with Katie. It was a perfect balance to her study of martial arts in which she holds a second degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and civilian black belt in Krav Maga. As a long time martial arts instructor, she developed a sport-specific yoga program and began teaching in 2004.
 
Soon after De La Sol was opened at the Aberdeen location, with an overwhelming response from the community, Katie found she had to bring on more teachers. Nancy happily began teaching there and went on to complete her 200 hour YTT at De La Sol in 2008. In 2011 Nancy completed the first Yoga Tune Up teacher training held in Canada with Jill Miller. This has reinvigorated her teaching with a physiological approach to the practice and she continues to joyfully share her passion with students.
 
Nancy loves so many poses but does take any opportunity to kick into pincha mayurasana, discovering new perspective in body, in mind and spirit!
Martha has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2000 and received her first 300 hour yoga certification with The American Yoga Academy that same year. In 2001 Martha received her yoga certification from The Yoga and Healing Center in New Jersey with Wendy Grosse, who specializesin Soul Sweat Yoga. In 2003, Martha was certified in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield at Kripalu Yoga, and in 2008, her Yoga Ed Certification in Ontario.
 
Martha has been inspired by David Life and Sharon Gannon and has attended several intensive training and summer camps with them. This year, Martha completed her Baron Baptiste Level 2, and is currently working on her certification with him.
 
Martha’s mat is a vehicle for creativity and freedom in her life. She counts her blessings on her mat. It is a place of pure space where she connects to her center, her strength and her authenticity. Yoga has brought Martha through some very challenging times in her life. She believes in many ways that it has saved her. It reminds her constantly that she is always stronger than she thinks she is, and it reminds her to be present in her moment, her life, one breath at a time.
 
Martha’s favourite poses are arm balances. Arm balances combine freedom and strength. You need to draw on your core, your truth before you can find the courage to fly. They remind you that anything is possible – all you have to do is break the branch, trust and fly into endless possibilities !!!
Antoniette's roots are in Ashtanga Vinyasa and was certified at Vinyasa Flow in California. She has been teaching yoga since 2002 and her favourite class to teach is fun flow with lots of heat and great music!
 
Antoniette also teaches yoga to children aged 3-19 in schools, camps, outdoor education and private venues in California, Toronto and across Canada. She is passionate about engaging children of all ages and abilities to become healthy and active through the use of these non-competitive activities. She is also a Certified Thai Massage Practitioner and Regisitered Reflexologist.
 
Antoniette's favorite yoga pose is Ardha-Chandrasana (Half Moon) because she feels like she can fly!
Anwar found yoga in 2006 after realizing an active youth had given way to less healthy habits as he aged. Determined to regain his healthy lifestyle, he was drawn to yoga for it's fitness component, which works as one of the best cross trainers for many athletic endeavours. After practicing casually for two years Anwar found it was the mental and emotional benefits that kept him coming back to his mat.
 
With the new found depth to his practice, Anwar began practicing more seriously and completed his 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification at De La Sol in 2011 and is now teaching yoga full time. Anwar has taught with Yoga Rocks, a yoga program that brings yoga to high school boy's gym classes. 
 
It is the combination and balance between the physical and mental that led Anwar to reorient his life towards practicing and teaching yoga. His favourite pose embodies these qualities, Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand), which requires both focus and strength.
Curiosity is what brought Chris into his first yoga class. That curiosity marked the beginning of an ongoing journey and passion for the practice of yoga and a profound desire to deepen that relationship. 
 
Chris completed De La Sol's 200 hour YTT and is currently studying the Ashtanga Yoga method through his Level 2 authorized teacher, Anna Muzzin. With persistence and dedication, one's yoga practice can only strengthen and grow deeper. In 2015, Chris embarked on two separate trip to Mysore, India to study with R.Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Rangaswamy at KPJAYI (Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute), the source of Ashtanga yoga. In 2016, Chris completed his third trip. Chris is a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist (FRCms) studying under Dr. Andreo Spina. He is also studying the art of hand balancing under renown circus coach. Nicolas Montes de Oca.

  

To Chris, yoga is not something to "excel" at but rather about cultivating contentment, compassion, mindfulness, self acceptance and bringing awareness into the body. Yoga has transformed his life on and off the mat. As a teacher, he aspires to help others find a santosha (contentment) and a deeper connection to themselves. 

  

One of Chris' favourite poses is urdhva dhanurasana (upward bow pose). The feeling of opening up to endless possibilities can be quite addicting.

Stephanie Miles is a free spirited, energetic and compassionate yoga teacher. After several years of partaking in a consistent practice of her own, she wanted to dig deeper so she enrolled into the 200 hour YTT at De La Sol. After becoming certified in Hatha-Vinyasa and Yin/Yang yoga, Stephanie was very eager to share the benefits of the practice and began teaching within the Hamilton area.
 
Her background in Kinesiology combined with personal breakthroughs allow her to teach to many aspects of the practice such as moving mindfully, cultivating self-awareness, and exploring the body in a fun and expressive way. Stephanie finds it very rewarding to help others, and seeing as yoga has had such a profound effect on her life, she is passionate to show others how it can be used as a tool to transform their lives as well.
 
Her favourite pose is sirsasana (headstand) because it is challenging yet exhilarating to be upside down viewing the world from a completely different angle.
Lauren’s passion for yoga centres around the practice of awareness, self-inquiry and interoception. It is through this ongoing practice that the relationship with the self is strengthened. Through Yin Yang yoga, Lauren helps her students to find a balance in their practice that involves work, effort and growth, with being receptive, passive and grounded, bringing more harmony into their lives.
Lauren practiced yoga through both of her pregnancies and experienced many of the benefits yoga has to offer while carrying her babies and preparing for their births. She was so grateful for yoga during these times, that it ignited her excitement to share the gift of yoga with others!

Lauren’s passion for the practice continues to grow with the study of Ayurveda, which is the art of finding harmony in all relationships, first with the self, then with others, and the universe. She encourages her students to continue their practice off the mat - to practice connection to the breath and awareness of the body and mind on our mats, to then be able to step into our roles and relationships more connected and aware, at home, work and in the community.

Sean came to yoga in early 2012, as a way to alleviate an unhealthy lifestyle consisting of a poor diet, not enough exercise, and too much sitting, which made for many aches and pains, and a general feeling of unease. Very quickly the physical effects of a regular yoga practice became evident. Over time, the more subtle benefits of yoga, including focus and mindfulness, began to manifest in Sean’s life and continue with every practice, both on and off the mat.

Inspired by a fantastic community of teachers, Sean decided to deepen his practice in 2013 by taking the 200 hour teacher training at De La Sol. This was a wonderful experience with a diverse teaching faculty that opened up many new channels of interest. He continues to explore all yoga has to offer while maintaining a devoted asana practice.

 

Sean loves a challenging vinyasa flow style class, and his students can expect to work hard while being reminded to stay aware of their breath and body, keeping in mind that our bodies sometimes have inherent limitations, which need to be slowly nurtured. A yoga practice should always make you feel better!

 

Sean’s favourite pose is headstand, because it asks a lot of the individual -- a steady breath, a focused mind, balance and strength (and let’s face it, it’s cool to hang out upside down – just ask a bat!).

Shanel discovered yoga through her first love, dance. While completing her BFA in dance at York University she took to her yoga mat to stretch, strengthen and release stress. Over the years of practice, Shanel found yoga did more than fulfill her love for movement, it also became a spiritual journey showing her a deeper connection to the body and soul.

 

Shanel enjoys teaching flow classes allowing the inspiration of dance and her love of movement guide her. As well, Shanel is a Reiki Master Teacher who loves to bring her passion for the healing arts together with asana in a Reiki Flow.

 

Her favourite posture right now is savasana. Here the rest of the world melts away as the mind and body surrender to the yoga mat. Taking those last few moments of class to go within, give thanks for the practice and find a deep sense of peace.

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