Welcome to Radiant Joy Yoga. Meet our team of teachers and practitioners.

Radiant Joy Yoga is committed to providing a safe, welcoming space where all members of our community can grow through the practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Our team of qualified, knowledgable and compassionate teachers will assist you in finding a practice that’s right for you.

Michelle – Studio Director, Yoga Instructor, Holistic Practitioner

img_5985My yoga journey began back in the late 90s when I discovered Ashtanga at The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto. But, as it does, life got in the way and my regular practice slowly fell away. But I chose to re-dedicate myself to a practice, after years of athletics and the injuries that went along with them. It was while working with my own physical and emotional healing that I also decided to begin my trip towards teaching. I’m immensely grateful for my registered 200-hour training program, because it was there that I discovered more about my path, my ever evolving practice, and myself.
I’m deeply devoted to living a life that we can call our own. Enjoying fully the things our planet, and the lives we share it with, have to offer. So when I’m not teaching yoga, you can find me mommy-ing, snowboarding, roller skating, throwing axes, enjoying the many fine craft beers our Province has to offer, or testing out experimental recipes in one of the happiest places I know, my kitchen.
Schooled in several healing modalities including Therapeutic Yoga for Pain Management, Thai Massage, Nutrition, Reflexology & Aromatherapy, I have come to know there is no ONE solution when it comes to physical and emotional healing. I therefore love to develop engaging group classes and workshops that draw on some of these concepts, and seek to craft highly individualized programs for each of my private clients.

Monica – Yoga Instructor

MonicaI am a 250 hour Certified Yoga Instructor.
I discovered yoga when I was pregnant with my first child in 2007, but yoga did not become an important part of my life until after my third baby was about 6 months old, in 2011. At that point the mat was calling me and I began a more focused yoga journey.
Initially I loved how yoga changed my body, but it soon began to give me more. The more yoga I did the more I fell I love with it. Before long, I felt drawn to becoming a yoga teacher.
I have a great passion for yoga that I love to share!

Patti – Yoga Instructor

PattiMy yoga journey began over a decade ago. As a both student and a teacher, I have been influenced by an eclectic mix of dynamic teachers and yoga philosophy. Through the practice of yoga I have learned to let go of the past, to listen to my heart & to enjoy the moment. I have learned that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
Join me, with a sense of humour & precise instruction, we will explore an alignment based practice suitable for all. Together we will experience a gentle stretch while building strength and improving flexibility and balance. We will use the breath to establish a deep connection between the mind, the body & the spirit.
You will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and restored.

Robin – Yoga Instructor

RobinI have a long history and passion for wellness, having made a career out of educating others about the value of optimal health. As a massage therapist, I have seen how chronic muscle tension is often rooted in an imbalanced mind and body.
Currently working within the physical health department at an addiction facility, I have seen how an untreated soul leads to chronic problems of the mind and body. I have been an avid yogi since high school and know firsthand how transformative it can be. My desire to become a yoga instructor was rooted in my love of people and for fostering positive change. I am a registered yoga instructor, having achieved the 200 required hours of training and supervision.
My aim is for people to find enjoyment in life and attain the highest level of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health. Yoga can lead you to these possibilities!

Lori – Yoga Instructor

LoriI was first introduced to yoga when I was 15 yrs. old but drifted away from my practice as an adult while raising my family.
In 2010 I was injured in an auto accident and was told by specialists that I would have to learn to live with the pain and limitations from my injuries. So, seven weeks after the accident I started back to my mat and a gentle yoga practice. Month by month I improved. There were fewer headaches, more movement and strength!
I am proof that yoga works for injury recovery. My health & spirit have flourished in my yoga practice. I have completed the 200hr Certification Program at Radiant Joy and I am so excited to help enable students in their recovery. Join me for a gentle yoga class and find your sense of wellness.

Cathy – Yoga & Pilates Instructor

CathyA life journey through the many components of fitness, lifestyle and wellness have brought me to my mat.
I am a lifelong student and teacher of wellness.
The combination of Pilates and Yoga have made me stronger, wiser, better balanced (in every sense of the word) and more finely tuned to myself, my family and those around me.
Teaching is a part of my very soul and spirit. I look forward to having an opportunity to meet, teach and share my love of ‘the mat’ with each of you.

Laura – Yoga & Fitness Instructor

LauraFitness is something I have always been passionate about. Regular exercise is a vital part of my life that gives me the chance to de-stress and renew my energy, and as an elementary teacher this has become a necessity.
I love a challenge and INSANITY certainly fits that bill! It has challenged me both physically and mentally – pushing me beyond my comfort zone and helping me discover that I can do more than I think. I have more energy and feel stronger.
I am a certified INSANITY instructor and am excited to help other people reach their fitness goals. Besides this certification, I am also a Water Art certified instructor, teaching AquaFitness classes for five years.
I am thankful for a healthy body that allows me to maintain an active lifestyle and continue to do the things I love.

Natalie – Yoga Instructor

NatalieI am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Hot Stone Therapist. I have studied Thai Massage, and I am currently studying Holistic Nutrition.
I believe in a strong, healthy body as well as a strong, healthy mind. I love the mind-body connection and Yoga was able to take me on this amazing journey to connect it all.
Since I began practicing and teaching yoga, I have found new strengths I never thought I could reach.
No matter which form of yoga I practice, I am always amazed. I love sharing my message with others, in my class and in my practice. I welcome everyone to try one of my classes! You never know what you are capable of until you try.

Bette – Yoga Instructor

BetteAs a physiotherapist and later as a senior health care executive, it would be fair to say that my life’s work has always centered around health and the relationship between mind, body and spirit. My after-work activities have also included an awareness of mind and body through extensive training in martial arts.
Yoga has added a new dimension and balance to this focus. Through pranayama, asanas and meditation, I am learning to just “be” and accept the flow of life in a calmer, grateful and more trusting way. Through yoga, I am discovering that it isn’t necessary to strain for happiness or serenity; it is within all of us if we just stop and listen.
I hope you can join me occasionally on this yogic discovery, where exploration of mind/body/spirit is the most fulfilling journey we can undertake.

 

Anika – Yoga Instructor

anikaFitness and health have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up as a competitive swimmer as well as a competitive dancer. I was always on the move and I loved keeping busy.
When I was first introduced to yoga, I attended classes for the soul purpose of strengthening and lengthening my muscles. I was totally in it for the physical benefits. The further I studied and practiced yoga, the more I noticed my mental health improving.
I struggled with anxiety growing up and have always been searching for the best way to cope. I was very surprised by how much yoga could calm me down. The breathing techniques and meditation helped me look inward and see the beauty inside. I have learned to love myself and love others even more.
I hope to share my passion of yoga to all! We are all BEAUTIFUL and deserve the fullest and happiest lives! Namaste.