Our Team

Our team is made up of unique instructors who have a passion for yoga. We have attracted in a group of individuals who believe that life is an amazing place to grow and learn. Our intention is to provide you with a space where you can feel safe to practice. All our teachers have learned to teach, but more importantly they teach to learn.

To see pictures and biographies of our yoga teachers, please click their name on the schedule.

 

Sheila Shorten

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 I love yoga, I love meditation, and I love Yoga Central.  I am proud to have opened a studio where everyone is welcome.  I am happy to offer you a space you can call home.  Please join me and all the other amazing teachers in an environment dedicated to peace and love!!

Shu Tian

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I fell in love with yoga the first class, there is an energy in the classroom that feels like it is an old friend you’ve known for ages even though it is your first time meeting each other. I walked out of the classroom feeling so alive. I felt like I just discovered a whole new self. Sometimes yoga can be very challenging, physically and mentally, but from those challenges I discovered a new space within myself that I can go a little bit further or a new way I can change. Let your body flow with the breath and bring a smile to your face, this is yoga.

Joshua Schofield

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Joshua (E-RYT 500) is a dedicated learner. He draws inspiration from his many different styles of yoga training and his past and current athletic life. His flows like to be challenging and his hips classes are way gentle, but all his classes are beginner friendly and great for all levels of yogis. joshusschofield.ca

Meera

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Meera teaches Yoga for awakening using an array of ancient and modern approaches from a vast array of styles and backgrounds including Kundalini and Kriya Yoga. Her teachings always stem from the heart, fierce love and total devotion. 

Carleen Ellis

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Carleen teaches yoga, meditation and contemplative writing. She enjoys classes that slow life down, shed stress and unwind the body/mind, sometimes using mantra, poetry, affirmations or intuitive wisdom. Carleen is passionate about learning and living from the heart, challenging conditioned beliefs and living with vitality. Yoga Central has become her sanctuary for Stress Less!

Monica Desmarais

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Monica loves practicing circus aerials, it’s so much fun to climb and be upside down.  She also loves animals, especially her dog Rider. 

Chantelle McNichol

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With on-going gratitude, yoga reminds me to examine, challenge, explore and mold myself into someone who is caring and responsible – for myself and others. The physical practice cultivates self-awareness, while the philosophy lifts me up. The most transformative is the beautiful souls I meet along the way.

Melissa Perret

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Melissa started her teaching different style of yoga in 2008. Along the path, she was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga and uses a lot of the elements from her practice of passion . Her daily mysore practice and love of ashtanga yoga brings her joy and she really lets that shine in her teaching style

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Natasha

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Natasha lives yoga,  not just in the postures but how she lives her life of kindness and empathy.  She teaches all sorts of styles and focuses on kids’ yoga. 

Nancy Conlin

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Family friends food and yoga living a healthy lifestyle and compassion for helping others.
Listening to the sounds of nature, hearing a great story being present in the moment and loving every minute of it!

Lori Ellaschuck

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Lori loves animals, nature and yoga. She has been teaching Yoga & Pilates for almost ten years. She has been an instructor here at Yoga Central since the day it opened, and truly loves the community it’s made.

Harry Aime

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Harry enjoys teaching a variety of classes and is alignment based in his instruction from a direction of safety, not to create the perfect pose. He truly enjoys introducing yoga to beginners and watching them grow in their practice and is grateful to be able to share his passion and knowledge with all of his students. He also enjoys the exploration of the philosophical aspects of yoga and loves to sprinkle bits of philosophy in his classes.

Janice Chiang

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Janice loves to practice and teach yoga. Janice likes to meditate daily. Janice loves to travel.  

Niel Haggard

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Neil has been on a Yoga journey for over 20 years. He teaches a traditional Hatha Yoga practice, is certified in Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics and is an Intermediate Teacher with the Yoga Association of Alberta.
Please join him at Yoga Central for a joyful, playful, blissful Hatha class!

Stephanie McKay

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My yoga journey started around 10 years ago. After taking my first class I knew I needed and wanted to experience this new found feeling again. I have always been someone who thrived off of competitive natured sports and activities. I needed a rush of endorphins in order to feel like I had accomplished something strenuous. It wasn’t until I experienced and allowed the true meaning of yoga – (union of body mind and spirit) to encompass my whole being where my new found love began. I love the strength it takes to hold a posture but more so the stillness of the body and mind to be able to be in that posture and breath.  I was able to be still and listen and when I got quiet noticing what was getting loud, not only in my body but in my life. Yoga allowed me to make a massive shift into being an observer and listening to my body and its needs and allowing myself to just ‘Be’ rather then always in the constant state of ‘doing’. From the teachers seat I am able to support all students and allow them this same opportunity to dive deeper and discover themselves on a different level. Honoured to hold the space for them to do just that!  Namaste

Gillian Verhey

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Gillian has been teaching yoga since 2010, her favourite style to teach is Hatha Yoga. She loves helping guide others and loves Yoga Central!

Jeanette Ward

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Jeanette loves sharing her passion for yoga and meditation with her students at Yoga Central.
It is a fabulous space to explore all aspects of yoga – breathing, asana, meditation, etc

Laura Naccarato

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Although Laura has been teaching yoga for over ten years, she is also a keen student who loves to learn. She looks forward to seeing you around Yoga Central. 

Taruna Chavda

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Under the guidance of skilful teachers and the lens of my own curiosity, my practice has evolved, unfolded and continues to do so.
It brings joy to my heart to teach yoga. I would like others to experience the many benefits of yoga.

Jay McMahon

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Jay began as a student at Yoga Central and fell in love with the variety of classes and the energy Yoga Central provides. Through hundreds of hours of practice and training, Jay is now a certified Yoga Instructor and part of one of the most amazing yoga studios in Edmonton.

Resera is a Certified Yoga Instructor, 500 hours, and is a member of the Yoga Association of Alberta. Vera is recognized for her heartfelt, caring and nurturing nature. Her experience in prenatal, postnatal, gentle, yin yoga and yoga Nidra are supported by her strengths and deep understanding of breathing, relaxation, meditation and stress management techniques. Resera is a Certified Yoga Instructor, 500 hours, and is a member of the Yoga Association of Alberta. Vera is recognized for her heartfelt, caring and nurturing nature. Her experience in prenatal, postnatal, gentle, yin yoga and yoga Nidra are supported by her strengths and deep understanding of breathing, relaxation, meditation and stress management techniques.

Vera Resera is a Certified Yoga Instructor, 500 hours, and is a member of the Yoga Association of Alberta. Vera is recognized for her heartfelt, caring and nurturing nature. Her experience in prenatal, postnatal, gentle, yin yoga and yoga Nidra are supported by her strengths and deep understanding of breathing, relaxation, meditation and stress management techniques.

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