OUR INSTRUCTORS

OUR YOGA FAMILY

Anne Pruner

ANNE PRUNER, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist

Anne brings a blend of humour, compassion, respect and connection to her classes; using movement, breath, mantra, stillness and meditation to improve the health and well- being of her students, and she’s continually learning and growing so that she can support others on their paths. Anne believes that Yoga can bring us back to ourselves, back to our true nature so that we can enjoy life in all its abundance.   As an original founder of In The Spirit, Anne has taught with us since our inception and has completed her 1000 hour yoga therapy certification with Functional Synergy in Calgary (one of the few programs in Canada accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists).  

Anne also works privately with students to help them advance their practice, get out of pain, have fun and live the life they seek.

KRISTA MOORE, Yoga Instructor

After completing the YTT program with her teacher Alx (of In the Spirit Yoga), Krista introduced "Spirit Yoga" classes to bring together gentle movement, healing sound and channeled messages of hope and Love for all levels. She uses her special gifts of being and living in the Light to help others learn and grow in their connection to Spirit. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at the University of Toronto

KATERINA KHRAMOVA

KATERINA KHRAMOVA, Yoga Instructor

Katerina believes that yoga therapy is the best way to deal with personal suffering, both emotionally and physically. Her approach to yoga is to use her practice as a means to help connect inwardly and find personal ways of self-healing. As an experienced yoga practitioner, Katerina focuses on adapting accessible yoga tools to serve the needs of the individual, honoring diverse body types and limitations. The result: self-awareness and love.

Kat also specializes in restorative and pre & postnatal yoga.

LEFTERIALEXANDER (ALX),

LEFTERI ALEXANDER (ALX), Meditation Yoga Teacher, Martial Arts Instructor

Alx, our teacher of teachers, has travelled and taught extensively, having practiced in various traditions with preeminent teachers in Canada, India and Peru. He specializes in many forms of yoga, including: jnana, yin, meditation, all levels of hatha, akhanda and classical kundalini.

As many of you know, he is uniquely gifted in gifting others the resources for experiencing their own source. We’re not sure if Alx is “an old soul” or just extremely brilliant, but he brings with him a refreshing level of passion and perfection to everything that he does. He is constantly improving and adding to his endless skill set and we’re lucky to have him at In the Spirit. 

RAMONA GELLEL

RAMONA GELLEL, Yoga Instructor

Ramona is a very dedicated marathon runner, but several years ago she discovered and fell in love with yoga as a way to stay injury-free and to strengthen her running muscles. Because she comes from a teaching background (specializing in Physical Education), it was a natural progression for her to attain her yoga teaching certification in 2010 and she’s been teaching yoga ever since.

Ramona’s classes incorporate balance, flexibility, strength, and mental focus with dynamic movement in order to enhance communication between mind and muscle. Being sensitive to the needs of her students, Ramona will help you appreciate where you are in your practice and help to foster your growth.

LISA WESTMAN

LISA WESTMAN, Yoga Instructor

Lisa discovered yoga about 14 years ago, initially for the physical benefits that it provides. With increased practice, she began to develop a deeper self awareness and knew that this was the path she needed to explore.  Lisa took her RYT 200 teacher training through East to West Yoga in Pickering, as well as certifications in Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Athletes and Zero Gravity Aerial Yoga. 

Through this journey of growth and discovery, yoga continues to bring a real sense of balance and positivity to her life. Lisa's hope is that through her teaching she will be able to help others discover and appreciate the many benefits of yoga both on and off the mat.

TOM DUCHARME, Yoga Instructor

“My yoga journey started about 8 years ago. I had a chronic issue with my lower back and my massage therapist recommended I try yoga.

I did my first class and I loved it! Yoga became the perfect compliment to offset the impact that hockey, cycling, weightlifting and golf was having on my body.

Soon afterwards, I thought if my health could benefit from yoga, others could too.

In 2017, I started taking yoga instruction courses through YogaFit Canada. I completed my 100 hour YogaFit for Athlete’s certification in Sept 2019.

I teach a Vinyasa flow class incorporating movement with breath to create strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. My class is highly complimentary to the other styles taught at the studio.”

TARA WILLOUGHBY

TARA WILLOUGHBY, Yoga Instructor

A former amateur boxing champion and coach, Tara first turned to yoga as a compliment to her boxing training. Even after she retired from the sport, yoga continued, becoming a constant in her life and guiding her to her true purpose—to gift back all that yoga has given to her. Tara completed her RYT-200 teacher training at In the Spirit Yoga and has a certification in Restorative Yoga. Tara’s classes provide a safe space for students to take an inward journey of discovery through movement, mantra and meditation, realigning each centre back into balance.

AUDREY THOMPSON-SINGER,

AUDREY THOMPSON-SINGER, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master

As a young adult, Audrey taught popular forms of group exercise classes such as aerobics, step, and stretch.  However, when she discovered how yoga combines the joy of expressive movement with mindful focus and spiritual grounding, it was natural for her to practice and eventually learn how to teach it.

Her yoga journey over the past decade has taken her from weekly classes to daily classes in order to help keep her limber, and release the tensions and stresses of her demanding management position in the corporate world and “life in general”.  As her practice deepened and increased, she studied yoga philosophy and meditation and after 3 years of dedicated pursuit, she attained her Teaching certificate (RYT200). She is also certified in further Yin YTT studies with Danielle March and is a Reiki Master.

Knowing yoga to be universally beneficial, Audrey is particularly interested in the interface of feminine energy in today’s masculine world, and how breath unites the unique movement of the body with our divine spirit, multifaceted strengths and soulful intuition.  Her classes are truly unique and very enjoyable for all.

REIZA JOHNSTON FIS, Group Fitness Instructor, Zumba

Rieza fell in love with dance fitness when she took her first Zumba class. Her musical background (from teaching piano & theory for 20 years) greatly helped in transitioning to a new career. In 2012, Rieza obtained her Fitness Instructor Specialist certification from CanFitPro and her first Zumba license. She has been teaching Zumba Fitness with ITSY since 2013. Over the years, she has earned over 12 additional Zumba licenses, as well as Masala Bhangra, WaterART Aquatic Fitness and SGT Ken's Boot Camp certifications.

Rieza's fitness philosophy is to provide fun and enjoyable classes that are easy to follow and accessible to all ages and abilities. When she's not in the studio, she actively shares her passion with the community through team teaching events for local schools and hosting weekend trainings for current and future instructors.