Our teachers

It is my greatest honour to introduce the faculty for MYNAH 2019-2020 300 hour training

At MYNAH, we want to offer the best for the investment that you are making. We have carefully sourced out the best leaders and teachers and know that their knowledge, wisdom and insight will help to spark something deep within yourself. We are proud and honoured that so many brilliant teachers are a part of this line-up.

 

 

The Team


Nanette Bowen (advanced Ayurveda)

Nanette will be joining us from Hawaii. She has studied under the prestigious Dr. Vasant Lad for nearly a decade and is a traveling goest speaker for yoga teacher trainings.

Bio coming soon…

Tiaga Prem Singh / Reno Muenz (kundalini)

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Tiaga Prem (Tay-ya-ga Prem) is a spiritual warrior that has been on the path for over 20 years in leading a spiritually conscious life and is always so gracious in sharing his journey, insight and wisdom. 

A long time student of Dharma Mitra of the Dharma tradition and Guru Singh of the kundalini tradition, we are lucky to have Tiaga Prem step away from his studio in Vancouver, the Dharma Temple, to share and lead us on bridging the gap between spirituality and every day life. Tiaga Prem speaks in a way that is so powerful and relatable and can explain the most esoteric parts of the spiritual path in profound and inspiring ways that only he can do. 

This section of the YTT is open to the public for registration as it is such an incredible opportunity.

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Dr. Justin Tan (advanced functional anatomy)

Founder of Rollax, a doctor of chiropractics and all around amazing human being, we are so lucky to bring in Dr. Justin Tan from his busy schedule to help us understand anatomy in a way that is helpful for our day-to-day aches, pains and frequent problem areas. This is key and essential, not only in understanding our own bodies but in helping our students gain awareness into what is happening in their practice and in their bodies.

Justin is one of the best chiropractors in Calgary and to categorize him only in that one definition is indeed a disservice to everything that he brings to the table. He is for lack of a better word an expert on human movement.

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Keightley Bertram  (sanskrit)

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Keightley is a rarity to have in a teacher training of any level with her academic background in development and religious studies. She has delved deep into the study of eastern religions that has allowed her a broad understanding and familiarity with ancient and sacred texts.

She will take you beyond the basic reading and writing of the alphabet and start you on your journey in translating texts for yourself from their original Sanskrit form. This is a powerful way to gain insight into your personal practice but to understand the words, symbols and concepts of this scared language to elevate our own practice and to share with our students.

An avid yogi herself (practicing since 15 years of age), she will be able to bring the material to life and in a way that makes sense to the trainees living in a modern world as her goals are to encourage growth, creativity and self-confidence in developing your deeper understanding of the sacred Sanskrit language.

 

Stefanie Rizvi (yin)

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Holding the space is one of the hardest things that a yoga teacher is tasked with and certainly a challenge even in our day to day lives for all that interact within our social spheres. Stef is a master at being able to hold space with minimal and graceful effort that her yin classes just feel like a good melty hug or the fun classes she teaches in unconventional spaces like Hifi night club, Commonwealth Bar & Stage as well as her East Village classes.

Stef will be sharing with us, her techniques and her tips in holding space and will be introducing the concept of a yin practice and how that differs from other factions of yoga disciplines.

 

Rose-Marie Theriault (pre-natal / post-natal)

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The practice of movement has been at the core of Rose’s life since an early age. Through countless years of dance, she has studied pilates, gyrokinesis and other somatic movement approaches. And then came yoga... and although it took her a few years to truly grasp the depth of this practice, somehow Rose kept finding herself coming back to it, again and again. What she found in yoga was the compassion se had been longing for, for herself, her body and for the journey of life.

Since ‘10, teaching is a humbling path of service and connectivity. Rose’s classes are rooted in mindfulness and sustainability, designed with intention to offer an embodied experience of self-care and inquiry. In her personal practice she falls deeply in love with the subtleties and keeps finding the anchor and sacredness in details and nuances. A reminder of the beauty in simplicity within this complex experience of life.

As a birth doula, Rose is truly honoured to guide and support women and their families through the incredible journey of birth. Through movement, breath, partner work and mindfulness, she holds space to create a grounded, sacred and embodied experience. She is a wealth of knowledge for our 300 hour training in all things related to pre-natal and post-natal.

Rose bows deeply to the people who have influenced her with heart, wisdom and vulnerability. She is looking forward to meeting the 300 hour flock.

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Jilaine Beddoe (teaching techniques)

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A mama to so many beyond her two wee kids. Jilaine is a woman who inherently knows and anticipates the needs of others in her class or those who work at her beautiful studio, Junction 9. Her ability to nurture everybody’s physical, emotional and heart needs is a skill she has mastered and very lovingly sharing with us. 

Always a student herself, she will be graciously sharing what she has learned over her multiple teacher trainings, workshops and development courses she has taken with us to help sharpen our skills as a teacher but also as an individual that nurtures others from a loving place. It is a privilege and honour to have this Wanderlust presenter a part of our training and to be able to sit at her feet to learn. 

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Dr. Kelly Grant (traditional Chinese medicine)

Kelly graduated from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary, Alberta where she completed her 4 year Chinese Medicine program, earning diplomas in Acupuncture and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Upon completion of her studies she travelled to China to participate in an internship at the Mainyang Hospital of TCM gaining knowledge and experience. Furthering her education, she developed a strong interest in hormones and fertility, receiving certification in the speciality of fertility care with the integration of Western and Eastern Medicine from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), as well as completing her Doula and Yoga Teacher Training.

Kelly is the Co-founder of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Tea Company making powerful herbal tonics available for the general public. She is passionate about her craft and is thrilled to be offering YogaAcu Medicine, incorporating the healing components of both Yoga and Acupuncture together for a deeper healing experience.

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Bradley O’Donnell (heart work)

It was ten years ago that Bradley was drawn to yoga and in honesty, it was not something that he was initially very fond of. In fact, he found the classes very humbling and at times frustrating, as he was not used to the pace and he thought his flexibility was far behind everyone else’s.

But with each class, Bradley started to notice something; an unexplained clam. He felt completely relaxed and at peace. The tranquility intrigued him so much that after only seven yoga classes, he took the leap to take his first teacher training. He was just compelled to learn more about it and fortunately as a High School teacher, he had the opportunity to take every third year off work to travel. And so, in one of those trips, he ended up in Nosara, Costa Rica to delve into his 200 YTT experience. Initially, he thought that going to teacher training was just going to be about learning the postures of yoga and how to create a sequence, but little did he know that he would end up more focused on philosophy and emotion. The training brought together so many facets of Bradley’s life, from his High School teaching background and sports coaching, to past experiences working with children with trauma and the centre for grieving children post 9/11 in New York. It was exactly what he needed at that time in his life. So much so, that he embarked on his next year of travel to complete the 500 hour at the same institute in Costa Rica.

It truly is one of the most inspirational and life changing things that he has undergone and can honestly say that it has helped him be a better version of himself. It has taught him how to listen, how to be open and how to embrace emotion and allow himself to not only be vulnerable but also to show that vulnerability to others.

Yoga has since guided Bradley not just at home but through his travels to over 80 countries around the world. It has put him into communities with people from all corners of the world and has guided him beyond his mat in every conversation he has had, through sailing across the ocean, in diving into the depths of the sea, in walking the El Camino and more. Everywhere he went, his yoga trainings were there to guide him. He acknowledges he still has a lot to learn but yoga has given him building blocks to guide him through and he is so excited to share and shed a little insight with the flock of Mynah.

 

Kate W. Mak (founder)

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For Kate, it feels like several lifetimes experienced and gained before finally reaching one of great passion and joy. An E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher, she has very luckily been able to sit at the feet of many great teachers to absorb and share that wealth of knowledge back with her students and trainees. She is ever curious about the practice beyond the poses in and continues to evolve and grow her own personal practice and invites everybody along for the ride. Kate is so excited for this platform to share the more esoteric parts of yoga and to shed insight into building classes that are impactful, fun and unique as well as developing teachers to find their own wings. 

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Guest Teachers

Bios are coming but we are also proud to have:

Maria Gilchrist (anatomy and touch)

Clark Murray (physical adjustments)

Cerise Leci (advanced philosophy)

... and more (coming soon)