Internationally recognized as a teacher of yoga teachers, Hart leads workshops and teacher training courses throughout Canada, the United States, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, and India. After 25 years devoted to the practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga under the tutelage of Ramanand Patel, Hart broadened his practice to include Ashtanga Yoga. He soon found himself using a multi-dimensional repertoire of techniques to help teachers and practitioners of all styles to reduce pain, heal injuries, activate dormant muscles to realign bones, engage the inner organs, and employ pranayama and chanting to deepen their practice.
Dr Angie Birt
Angie has been a devoted student of Ashtanga since 1998. She has trained with senior teachers from Canada and the US, most notably Mark Darby and Hart Lazer. She has also traveled to Mysore, India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath. Angie’s approach to teaching involves challenging students with the flow of the Ashtanga practice, while also incorporating principles of alignment, body awareness, mindfulness and humour.
Seth has participated in several Yoga Teacher Training programs, and most recently completed level two YTT with his principle teacher, John Scott, based in New Zealand. Seth is one of approximately 40 others in the world who have achieved this designation. Seth has also been blessed to have travelled to India to study with many great teachers, including his late Guru Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family: Saraswati, Sharath Rangaswamy and Manju Jois. In India, Seth also studied Sanskrit, chanting and Indian cooking along with his Ashtanga practice. Outside of India he has worked with Mark & Joanne Darby, Allison Ulan, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, David Swenson Hart Lazer and Tim Miller.
Ron Reid has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 1988. He is co-owner and Director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois. In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, Europe, and the U.K. and is becoming a familiar face at various conferences around the world.
Ron is one of Canada’s top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way. He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice. While continuing to teach and practice the ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavors to blend tradition with innovation, and to balance precision with grace. Students will find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding.
One of the directors of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal, Eugene Poku came to yoga via dance , after being asked repeatedly if he was a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. He was introduced to the form by Mark Darby in 1998 and has been hooked ever since. Completing a 500-hour Teacher Training program with Mark Darby and Allison Ulan in 2001, Eugene has attended workshops and intensives with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, John Friend, Ron Reid and Hart Lazer. Eugene is a Registered Yoga Teacher who both respects tradition and utilizes intuition—something he applies to his teaching as well as to his personal practice and throughout his life. Eugene’s compassionate yet direct style of teaching is inspired from his 20-plus years of experience and skill in dance, circus and martial arts. He gives workshops in yoga, acroyoga, object manipulation and was a yoga-based creative consultant for the Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas show, Love. ashtangamontreal.com/eugene-poku/
Jan Debenham, co-owner of the Yoga Centre Winnipeg, has studied Iyengar yoga with a variety of teachers including Donald Moyer and Father Joe Pereira. In addition, Jan is a certified Vinyasa teacher, receiving her training from the White Lotus Foundation. As well as teaching classes that range from beginner to advanced, Jan currently directs the Yoga Centre Winnipeg’s Advanced Teacher Training program. Jan also oversees a yearlong mentorship program known as “Cultivating the Seeds of the Divine” As someone who truly lives the practice, Jan’s dedication to asana and meditation shines through as she guides students with insight, knowledge, and caring to explore the joy of yoga. (Certified RYT 200 Hours) (Graduate-Yoga Room, Berkley CA: Advanced Studies 500 Hours).