SAMANTHA CRONIN 500 E RYT is very grateful to be a part of The Yoga Mat Team. Samantha is blessed to be trained in various styles of yoga. She has been teaching yoga in the GTA and the United Kingdom over the past 10 years. Samantha is thrilled to be a part of the faculty delivering the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program at The Yoga Mat in Markham. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali
JEANNIE DANIELS 500RYT Jeannie Daniels is a graduate of British Columbia University of Simon Fraser with a Bachelor of Arts and has been a Canfitpro and Ace Certified Fitness Professional, as both a fitness specialist and a personal trainer working in the field of health and wellness with over 18 years’ experience. She has an extensive background in kinesiology and sports training and attended both Simon Fraser University and Seneca College, where she earned a certification as a FIT specialist. She has worked with many clients designing individual programs for fitness training, specializing in running programs, kinesiology and wellness programs. A busy Mom of one teenage son, she is now a recent graduate of The Yoga Mat’s YTT300, Jeannie is looking forward to finally realizing one of her inner passions for Yoga and being able to not only teach Yoga, but to also quench her thirst for knowledge in the spiritual and physical realm that Yoga has to offer.Jeannie has also worked extensively in the film and television industry since 1987 and has been a guest host on air at The Shopping Channel since 1997, representing a variety of health and fitness products.
JOCELYN KERR 500RYT Jocelyn is thrilled to be part of the team at The Yoga Mat. She originally came to yoga a few years ago, while searching for a physical activity less strenuous than running. She soon discovered yoga is just as demanding in a different yet awesome way. Yoga also provided an additional bonus of intellectual and spiritual engagement.In 2014, Jocelyn travelled to Costa Rica to attend a yoga retreat and decided then that she wanted to become a Yoga Instructor to deepen her own practice and to allow her to share the experience of yoga and all the benefits with others. She has trained in Hatha Yoga with The Yoga Mat, a registered yoga school, and is looking forward to sharing the joy of yoga in a fun environment, especially with those just discovering the practice. "Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we're frantic, life will be frantic. If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace." (Marianne Williamson)
LISA KRISMAN CRAPPER ERYT 200 My yoga journey began right here at The Yoga Mat. It was at this time that I was ignited by the desire to seek, practice and learn more about yoga. Traveling twice to Thailand to study Ashtanga with Paul Dallaghan and pranayama with Sri O.P. Tiwari were my first deep learning experiences in Ashtanga Yoga. Studying with David Robson at The Ashtanga Yoga Center of Toronto has been my home for the last 7 years. Now a mom to two of the sweetest and most beautiful humans, I enjoy teaching them about yoga also:) Trying to live and learn yoga will be a life long journey and sharing it with others, a continual inspiration. And look, now I am back where it all began, The Yoga Mat!!
SHAILI SAINI200 RYT is a Yoga teacher based in Markham, Ontario. Coming from India, the land of Yoga, her relationship with yoga was very organic. She was introduced to Yoga by her father in her teens and made the practice a permanent companion by her mid 20's. With a personal practise of over 10 years she did her 200 hours Yoga Teacher training with The Yoga MAT She truly believes that Yoga is for all. We just need to take a step forward and Yoga will embrace us. Yoga allows you to discover the 'Shakti' - inner strength ( both mental and physical )we all possess and makes us a better and stronger human being.In her practice she emphasizes a lot on breathing and correct alignment.
RAM VAKKALANKA500 ERYT was born and brought up in India, steeped in the Yogic tradition. He studied Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy and Nada Yoga from a very young age and imbibed the essence of Yoga. Ram's breadth and depth of knowledge of Yogic philosophy and Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda and Vedic astrology are considered extra-ordinary and he is described as 'a blessing to the global Yoga community'. His works have been published in print as well as on-line. His talks have been broadcast on Radio as well as TV. So far, 20 CDs, one DVD as well as an online video course about the origin and evolution of Yoga have been created by Ram. Ram travels all over the world sharing his deep wisdom with relevancy and humor through Retreats, workshops, talks as well as one-on-one sessions. Please visit Ram's website 'aksharayoga.com' to know more about him and his work."
TANIA WINSTANLEY 500 ERYT was introduced to yoga by her Grandmother when she was 16 years old, she hasn’t left her mat since. Now, a master of Classical Hatha Yoga, Tania leads 200, 300 and 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs all over the world. Tania is a 500 E-RYT, based in Canada. Tania has been leading Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Kundalini, Restorative and Vinyasa Yoga classes for 18 years. She is known for her powerful practice and engaging teaching style. Tania began focusing on Teacher Training in 2010 and has lead over 30 very successful Yoga Teacher Training Programs. Tania’s yoga teachings are authentically based on The Eight Limb Path of Sri Patanjali. Her style is deeply practical and inspiring. In yoga teacher training, Tania challenges her students, to push through perceived limitations, encouraging them to become able, prepared, confident members of our global yoga teaching community. “Yoga is a lifelong study and practice. To study and teach yoga is to learn about the self. Each student brings a wealth of life experience and unique gifts; I look forward to this amazing learning process and exchange of ideas.” T