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.
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.
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 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.