- leala enfield (director)
Leala’s yoga journey began in 1992 in NYC. Her first yoga class sparked a sense that there was much more to life than what the world had presented to her. Within a year, she had moved to the remote side of Maui where she met David Williams and began a three month intensive study of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She went on to develop an steady home practice. Living in community on Maui and traveling, she taught whoever wanted to learn, including the Secoya indigenous people in the Amazon tributaries of Ecuador. During this time, Leala began practicing Vipassana meditation, attending numerous 10 day silent retreats. In 2000, Leala attended an Ashtanga Yoga teachers training course with renowned instructor David Swenson and in 2003 completed her 200 hour training through Trinity Yoga.
After moving to Alberta’s dry climate, intensive physical yoga practices began leaving her deeply fatigued. Leala began seeking a more holistic approach to yoga, one that would synergize her love of meditation, mindfulness, breath and embodied movement. She had a dream where she met and merged with an Indian sage who fused yoga and meditation into heart centered awakening. A few weeks later she met Yogi Vishvketu and began her journey into Akhanda® Yoga.
In 2006 Leala founded Prana Yoga Studio in Edmonton, Canada where she hosts workshops and trainings with Yogi Vishvketu every year. Leala is the Director of Training for the Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training program at Prana Yoga Studio. Along with owning a busy urban yoga studio, Leala has raised a family, guided international yoga retreats, and taught numerous YTT programs in both Canada and India. Leala’s passions include practicing yoga outdoors, hiking, swimming and quality time with her husband and their two vivacious daughters.
The benefits of yoga are precious and far-reaching. The invitation is to be profoundly open inside while holding vibrant presence for boundriless, limitless growth and evolution.
- isabelle (sakshi) addison
What can I possibly say about yoga?
Three words: Worthwhile. Transformative. Necessary.
Although I discovered asana practice in the mid-nineties, it was not until a few years ago that I dedicated myself to my practice. In the meantime I plunged heart (and head) first into an exploration of yogic philosophy – though non-dual teachings and satsangs as well as studying Kundalini Yoga and traditional Vedanta with some excellent teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Australia.
At age 40, through the kindness of life and Leala Enfield, I completed the 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga Studio. That month of intense sadhana catapulted me into total yet gentle change on all levels. I watched, from the sidelines, mystified, as my body, diet, lifestyle, priorities and relationships shifted. I used to roll my eyes when I would hear people quote Patabhi Jois saying “Practice yoga, all is coming!” Dude was right. That is how it works.
I completed my 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2011 through Yogi Vishvketu and the World Conscious Yoga Family. I am so grateful for Vishvaji’s guidance and example, humor, softness and integrity. If you get a chance to meet and practice with him – take it.
I also sing regularly at kiirtans and offer the Work of Byron Katie (inquiry-based stress reduction) through my company KindMind – www.kindmind.ca Come and join me on the mat! Let’s breathe, move, sit in silence, and transform side by side.
- yogi vishvketu (vishvaji)
Yogi Vishvketu has studied and practiced Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts in northern India since childhood. From the age of 8, he studied Vedic wisdom at Kanvashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. With its historic temple and Ayurvedic clinic, Kanvashram attracts many yogic saints and Ayurvedic masters and was an ideal place to absorb these ancient healing and consciousness-raising traditions.
Vishva went on to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Humanities with a specialization in yoga, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy. While at the University of Haridwar, he also pursued courses in Naturopathy, Reike, Pranic Healing, and Yoga Therapy. In 1992 and 1995, he won the All India Inter-University Yoga Championships. He moved to Ottawa in 2001, where he continues to dedicate himself to teaching the arts of yoga and Ayurveda. Internationally, he offers holistic yoga workshops including asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting. He also offers yoga teacher training programs, and retreats for dedicated practitioners in Canada and in the foothills of the Himalayas. The teacher training programs are recognized by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Vishvaji visits Prana Yoga Studio twice yearly for workshops, retreats and to teach our final week of yoga teacher training in Sylvan Lake.
- denise currie
Denise Currie (Sukranti) has a passion for the wholeness, health, and awakening of the human spirit. Her spiritual longings and her study of the healing arts came together when she discovered the practice of yoga. She recognized that yoga has the potential to help us discover our hidden depths through inquiry and personal investigation, literally breathing life into unexplored and disavowed parts of ourselves. This recognition inspired her to complete her 200 and 500hr trainings with Yogi Vishvketu of Rishikesh, India. She has over 30 years experience teaching group fitness, and has had 10 years experience as a personal trainer. In addition to teaching yoga and anatomy to yoga teacher trainees, she is a registered massage therapist and has been training other massage therapists for the past 6 years.
- emily schutz
Emily discovered yoga at the age of eleven. She quickly realized yoga offered more than physical benefits— it helped relieve teenage stress, boost confidence, and gave her a sense of well-being no previous sports could provide.
Emily found Prana Yoga Studio when she was fifteen, and instantly recognized it as her new home. At her first class, she decided, “I want to be here everyday, all the time, forever.”
Emily completed her teacher training in 2010 and began working at Prana right away. Now, as the studio manager, she’s passionate about helping students find classes and teachers they can connect with, helping them deal with injury and anxiety, and supporting their exploration of the deeper aspects of yoga.
Emily embodies that unique sense of community both students and staff have come to love about Prana. In her free time she enjoys photography, time with her fiancé, and her much loved pets.
- jaya amy
A lover of the Moon moved by bringing philosophy out of the books and into our foosteps, Jaya is a householder yogi; the modern western seeker who walks a pathless path. Meditation and Yoga along with inquiry crashed into her life in the teen years and became fixtures in the ever changing scene of her reality. Privileged to have taught innumerable minds in all walks of life including recovering addicts with AADAC, professional athletes and bodybuilders, teens at risk, as well as developing an ongoing initiative with the Dystonia Foundation of Canada. Through practice and teaching she has come to an intimate understanding of the nature of the impersonal mind and the ways in which we create suffering. Jaya is a dharma poet, graduated Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Master, dedicated meditator and a teacher under Yogrishi Vishvketu’s smiling guidance. By Grace she is also the mother of two goddesses while currently brewing her third baby buddha due this summer. Parenting and partnering are her fundamental practices as she follows the Bhava Marga (Path of Spontaneous Devotion) and offers strong practices to the public rooted in Ghandi’s thought “we are none liberated until we are All liberated” Om Tat Sat
- jeanette ward
Jeanette’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching yoga is a delight to be a part of. She began to experience the numerous positive benefits of practicing yoga in 1996 and started teaching in 2002. With a background in Group Fitness (since 1988), Jeanette has discovered that bringing unity and balance to the mind, body and spirit, is just as important as keeping the physical body in shape.
During her extended yoga teacher training in India (2009), Jeanette’s knowledge and understanding of yoga was deepened and enriched by her teacher, Yogi Vishvketu. She considers it one of the most transformational experiences of her life, and is most grateful for the profound healing that she received.
Other teachers that Jeanette feels most fortunate to have studied with are: Donna Farhi, TKV Desikachar, Mark Whitwell, Rodney Yee and Shiva Rea.
Jeanette’s awareness of the energetic aspect of the human body has been enhanced through the practice of yoga. She has taken numerous courses in energetic anatomy, is a Reiki Practitioner and has experienced first hand, the power of hands on healing. Jeanette is thrilled to be sharing the many gifts of yoga and energy healings on a full-time basis.
- Megan Paprotka
Megan was first introduced to yoga when she was sixteen and became increasingly interested in all it had to offer. Physical activity has always been important to her, and this is what initially drew her back to the mat. However, as she continued to practice she became more aware of the mental benefits yoga had to offer her. Instead of practicing for physical reasons she began to practice to alleviate stress and to move her body naturally with breath. After making these mental shifts, she noticed that she was becoming physically and mentally healthier and stronger.
Coming from a dancing background, Megan has had an interest in movement from a young age. She completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training through Prana Yoga Studio in 2012 and is also working towards a personal training certification through the American Council of Exercise. Megan is also pursuing her BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta to further her knowledge of the human mind and body.
In her yoga classes, Megan strives to create welcoming and healing space for practitioners of all levels. She encourages her students to listen intuitively to their bodies and places emphasis on developing a breath-body connection through movement. She is very grateful for all that yoga as done for her and looks forward to passing this love to others.
- amanda whiting
Amanda had been practicing yoga off and on since her early 20s, but after back surgery in 2009 restricted her range of motion, she found her way back to yoga full time. When she first started back, touching her toes seemed like an impossibility, but, like many discoveries through yoga, there is no such thing as an impossibility.
Yoga is a daily part of Amanda’s life both on and off the mat. Amanda has come to realize that the asana (postures) of the practice only skim the surface of what is available to be learned. Forever a student, Amanda has a thirst to continue learning and is on a lifelong learning journey that encompasses body, mind and soul.
Amanda obtained her 200 hour training at Prana Yoga Studio under the delightful Yogi Vishvketu, and has certifications for both Prenatal (RPYT 85 hour) and Yin Yoga (90 hours). Amanda now has the pleasure of assisting the Prenatal Teacher Training through Om Mama Yoga. Teaching yoga has truly rejuvenated her and she loves being able to share all she has learned with the world.
- tina wong
If I had to describe my yoga journey in a single word, I think ‘impulsive’ would sum it up nicely. My first foray into yoga began when I made the snap decision to sign up for Prana’s Spring 30-Day Sunrise Challenge without even a clue as to what yoga was. Little did I know how revolutionary that seemingly small decision would become – I finished the challenge head-over-heels in love with asana practice & how mutually complementary it was with my involvement in team sports. I went on to complete another Sunrise Challenge the following fall & on the thirtieth sleepy morning, I decided then & there that I wanted to become a yoga teacher. Seven months later, I was graduating from Prana’s 200-hour YTT program with my heart & mind blown dizzyingly open.
It’s been a rapid & transformative path of self-exploration & I still find myself falling more deeply in love with yoga every day due to the way that it teaches patience, perseverance, & a shwack-load of humility. I am now extraordinarily honoured to be a yoga teacher at the very studio in which I discovered yoga.In my classes, my aim is to hold a space for my students to reflect inward while simultaneously exploring outward via breath, movement, & a bit of light-heartedness. I feel unbelievably fortunate to be able to spread the yoga love at my home studio & I look forward to continuing on this absurdly impulsive yet incredibly beautiful journey with you.
- dawn southey hills
Dawn Southey Hills LOVE of movement began in early childhood. She knew at young age that she wanted to teach and empower others to heal themselves. After growing up in a broken home which had mental illness and addiction, she was able to overcome not only many difficult obstacles, but also her own devastating depression. Dawn uses her own life experiences to inspire others to heal themselves. Her passion is to teach Yoga and Meditation as a tool for mental, physical and spiritual health (in both children and adults).
After travelling the world and getting her Bachelor of Education, Dawn met Mandy Trap in 2008, founder and creator of Lifestyle Meditation. Mandy introduced Dawn to Yoga and Meditation to help her cope with the stress of caring for a child with special needs. In 2009, after Mandy connected Dawn with Leala Enfield, Dawn began to teach at children at Prana Yoga Studio. She teaches Kids Yoga Classes, Kids Camps, ”Dance Around The World” Classes, and Meditation Classes, at Prana Yoga Studio.
Dawn is also one of the Co-Founders of The Goddess Network (a community created to Support, Nurture and Inspire women in Edmonton), along with Life Coach and Meditation Teacher Sara Hiebert. She is also a Mental Health Advocate and Public Speaker. Dawn is the wife of a local Edmonton Fire Fighter, inspiring her to empower First Responders with the gifts of Meditation and Yoga, to help them deal with stress and PTSD.
Dawn became a Certified Lifestyle Meditation Teacher and Facilitator in 2013. She also completed her 200 YTT Certification at Prana Yoga Studio in June 2015.
- sara morris (hastings)
Sara took her first yoga class with Prana Yoga founder Leala Enfield back in 2002 and has been forever changed by her experience of this powerful ancient practice. She obtained her adult yoga certification in 2005 with Trinity Yoga and is a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. In October 2009 she completed the highly acclaimed yoga for children program, YogaKids and is very proud to hold the designation of a Certified YogaKids International Facilitator. Sara’s days are primarily spend teaching yoga to children but she can still be found teaching many classes to adults. Sara brings over 10 years of teaching experience and fills her classes with knowledge, laughter and joy.
- april (divya kali) cantafio
I am ever amazed as to how I jumped into my first yoga class more than a decade ago (2000). At that time I was overly shy, cautious and would rarely stray into the unknown. To be honest I knew nothing about yoga. But there seemed to be some kind of energetic pull that brought me to class that day and continued to draw me back time and time again.
I fell in love with the sense of peace, clarity and overall awareness that appeared during and after class. I began to understand and value the unification of the body, breath and mind. Within a short while I became utterly fascinated by the physical and subtle bodies and began to immerse myself into any style of yoga or healing discipline that my teachers (Deb and Lacie Cosgrove) were offering, from Kundalini Yoga to Ashtanga and Reiki/Energy Healing to Thai Yoga Massage.
Over the years my practice naturally led to teaching, as I taught my first class in 2004. Although I was nervous I experienced an overwhelming sense of gratitude to share the wonderful gift of yoga and the breath. I knew then and there that teaching would be a path I would explore more deeply in the future. From that point on I subbed and assisted classes under the guidance of my teachers, Deb and Lacie. However, it wasn’t until finishing my Bachelor of Design that I was able to furthur my training. First completing the 200YTT Ashtanga training and later the Sattva training with Rameen Peyrow, then traveling to India to study with the ever blissful Yogi Vishvketu at his ashram for the 200YTT in 2010 and 500YTT in 2012 . I feel blessed to have had such wonderful opportunities to immerse myself in the practice of yoga. I truly believe that yoga has guided me in ways that I may not even realize yet and thus have chosen to dedicate this life to the discovery of the self and ultimately union.
- jane marshall
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2003 (it all began with a pre-natal DVD and a mat in my family room). I grew up in West Edmonton and when Prana opened in 2006, it filled a gap in our community. Leala Enfield’s authentic teachings still strike a chord and I’m so pleased to be teaching meditation at her urban sanctuary.
My meditation practice began in 2008 when I met Tibetan Buddhist monk Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe. Meeting him shook up my world—he was exactly the teacher I was looking for. He inspired trips to Nepal, India, and Tibet, and my first book project (Back Over the Mountains), and he taught me how to harness my thoughts, stabilize them, and transform them for the benefit of others. Rather than searching for enlightenment outside myself, I’ve learned that the work must be done on the inside.
I graduated from the University of Alberta (English major) in 2004, then began my writing career. Travel inspires my articles for Travel Alberta, Vue Weekly, BEdition Magazine (The U of A’s Faculty of Education Magazine), the Edmonton Journal, and Mandala Magazine.
You can read my articles at www.seejanewrite.ca.
I’m an explorer at heart. Whether it’s the outer, physical landscape, the landscape of our bodies upon our yoga mats, or our inner mental landscapes, I hope we can investigate together as I guide you in meditation.
- erik hanzen
The journey to greater self awareness began for Erik at 15 years old, when he began to question the purpose of his existence. Questions like “what am I?” and “why am I here?” started to guide the choices he was making in life inspiring him to begin the practice of meditation. His questioning lead him to his studies and diploma in acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and massage in Boulder, Colorado in 1993. He has also studied reiki, alchemical hypnotherapy, harmonic resonance balancing, and ayurveda which are influences in his classes and private practice.
When Erik and his family moved to Edmonton in 2003 he delved deeper into the practice of yoga. Yoga became a powerful tool in understanding the meaning of his life and in 2006 he completed his first Yoga teacher training. One year later he met Yogi Vishvketu and completed his training in Akhanda Yoga with a 200 hour training in Edmonton and in 2009 the 500 hour training in India. Since that time Erik has been one of the facilitators for the World Conscious Yoga Family’s Teacher Training program that trains yoga teachers in Canada and India.
In 2013 he created Healing Breath Therapy a breathing technique combining shamanic breathing and yogic breathing to allow his clients/students a greater experience and understanding of the depth and power of human consciousness. When not teaching classes Erik enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, snowboarding, camping, biking, rock climbing, reading and living a simple life.
- soledad agosto
Dancing and movement are a part of life on the island of Puerto Rico, where I grew up. As a child I knew the innocence of relaxed breathing. But I really discovered the power of breath when I was 19. After a yoga practice, during Savasana (corpse pose) as I was lying still on the floor, letting the gentle flow of the breath move my body, I felt the edges of my body open up and melt away. I realized my body started to open and surrender. My mind followed and I experienced a new openness that set the pattern to further investigate the real meaning of what was happening.
Soon after that experience a series of painful events changed my life and my world as I had known it came to an end. I had a choice to open or close to the pain. Somewhere in my heart I chose to open.
I spend the next few years learning all I could about different types of yoga and massage. After finishing a BA in Anthropology I started a long trip to South America and was introduced to Vipassana Meditation. These silent 10 day meditation retreats were an amazing tool that showed me to be still, see and discover the world inside. In the years that followed I continued my studies in massage therapy, I study two years of Anatomy and Physiology in the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires, I worked assisting classes in a renowned Massage Therapy School and had my private massage therapy practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My first Yoga Teacher Training was in the Iyengar tradition, then I started teaching in 2007. I had the opportunity of attending the Yoga Teachers Training with the whole hearted Yogi Vishyketu in 2010 while I was pregnant with my first child. Being pregnant open up a whole new world and I became a passionate student of women, birth, female bodies, babies… Since then I’ve been learning and teaching yoga to pregnant women and moms and babies.
My husband and I own an alternative health clinic: Integrated Therapies (integratedtherapies.ca) We helped in the creation of two children: Orel and Pina.
- analee roman
In 2007, I discovered yoga as a compliment to distant running and to balance out a corporate lifestyle. As my running practice became more aggressive, injury started to set in and I quickly realized I needed a physical practice that was more restorative and healing for the body. Yoga allowed me to appreciate it was possible to work on strengthening my muscles, work on my balance and increase my flexibility all within the same class. I had found the trifecta of fitness!
While it was these physical benefits that initially lead my practice, I eventually stumbled on the true meaning of yoga – union of mind, body and spirit. This new sweetness in my practice began my true yoga journey on and off the mat. This understanding, grace and divine timing lead me to pursue Akhanda Yoga 200 hour YTT at Prana Yoga Studio which I completed in June of 2015.
Throughout this journey, a love for the unknown and all things mystical called me to further study the subtler energetic realms and intricacies of the mind and heart. When I’m not teaching or studying yoga I am empowering others as a Reiki Master, Life Coach and facilitator of Tantra workshops.
- cole williston
After incorporating Reiki and readings on spirituality into his life, Cole decided to explore Yoga. He recognized Yoga as a tool that he could use to connect with himself and others. With an appreciation for its simplicity and depth he understood the ease in which he could share the practice, which lead him to enroll in a teacher-training program at the Chakra Yoga Pyramid in Thailand. Cole sees value in the many styles of Yoga and the contrasts among them. He enjoys the richness of group exploration and the self-exploration that it inspires. His classes integrate Iyengar, classical Hatha, Pranayama, Acro, and Vinyasa practices, while emphasizing the relationship between the Chakras and Asanas. Cole believes that the following are essential to practice: integrity of alignment, the ability to move smoothly, and a space for softness. He utilizes playfulness as a means to discover truth in self and others. Cole approaches challenges with excitement and enthusiasm and inspires others to do the same. His daily practice serves as a means to ensure that his actions are in alignment with his intentions.
- tim canete
Many blessings have entered my life through yoga. I started yoga in the mid 90’s by practicing my sister’s yoga VHS tape. Little did I know that it would grow into a lifelong passion of exploring the many branches of yoga and meditation.
Yoga comes from the word “Yug”, which means “to yoke” or join. Just like a farmer yokes oxen together to plow the land, yoga unifies body, mind, heart, and spirit to plow through the many layers of being. Yoga plants seeds of service, wisdom, and devotion, so that you can reap your true nature – playful, blissful, fearless, and expandable (thanks Yogrishi Vishvketu!).
In 2003, I attended my first meditation retreat. It was a humbling and experiential eye opener into the vast and limitless internal landscape. To this day, my curiosity and skepticism keeps me questioning and exploring various meditation techniques to examine the underlying essence that connects all things.
In 2012, my wife and I discovered the magic and fun of acro-yoga, which is a combination of yoga and partner acrobatics, and it strengthened our relationship unlike anything else. Acro-yoga allows for a truly unique and shared experience as the flyer and base continually find balance around the center-point while flowing through yoga-inspired acro asanas. If yoga is the exploration of “One-ness”, then acro-yoga is exploration of the plurality of one-ness.
In 2015, I completed the 200 hour extended YTT at Prana Yoga Studio. It was so transformational. After all this time, I am still amazed at how much there is to learn (and unlearn) yet, and will always be a student, deepening my learnings as a yoga teacher. I’m so excited to share my practice and passion with you. May you discover the countless blessings of yoga.
- louise owen
My Adoration for Yoga began as a child, and over the years although at times challenged by distance, I remained a constant tie to the spiritual and physical practice. A couple of years ago, as the unpredictable tides of life often wash over us, I found myself searching for more depth and substance in my daily living and I was drawn back to my practice with a thirst for a meaningful connection. I was blessed enough to find my way to Prana, from there I continued to find myself even more curious and invested in my practice; The fire was lit, I then competed my YTT 200 hr training in Akhanda Yoga through Prana in the June of 2016. It was one of the most wonderful and expansive experiences i’ve had the privilege of participating in, and it truly taught me the art of surrendering.
Outside of the studio, I am in the final year of my BA, in Psychology and Anthropology. I have loved the study and journey it has taken me on, and how it has so wonderfully aligned with my love for holistic health, and the study of culture and relationships.
I am so grateful and incredibly thrilled to share my love of yoga, as it has constantly and loving brought me a contentment and wholeness that is second to none. I am forever floored by the gift of practice and how it serves each person that comes into the studio. In my classes I hope to bring an environment of healing, openness and truth, that allows each person to flourish.
- kendra prowse
I believe we get what we need when we need it and yoga was no exception. Yoga appeared for me at the perfect time in life. My first experience with yoga at Prana was with renowned teacher Yogi Vishvketu. In the first few minutes of class he taught that the breath was more important than the posture and my world changed forever! My breath became my focus, on and off the mat. I immersed myself on the path of prana. Flowing into the teachings of Akhanda yoga a holistic form of practice developed by Yogi Vishvketu I took my 200hr YTT here at Prana Yoga in 2013, and completed my 500hr YTT in 2015 at Anand Prakash Ashram in India under his guidance. During this this time I attended two 10 day silent meditation Vipassana courses which has all contributed to my deep sense of joy and peace. I bring to my practice and my teachings all I have learned. I look forward to seeing you on the mat.
- brian horne I was introduced to yoga through a Jillian Michael’s DVD I borrowed from my sister back in 2009. I incorporated the practice to compliment my long distance running training – and learned just how tight my muscles were from running as a result! I loved the feeling of being present in my body and the strength required to hold complex postures.For the next few years, I would practice here and there at various studios throughout the city – incorporating many yoga postures and flows when I would go out dancing – until I stumbled upon Prana Yoga Studio in the fall of 2014. At this point, I thought I knew all there was to know about yoga. Boy was I mistaken! My first class at Prana was humbling – on top of an intuitive yoga flow, I was introduced to yogic philosophy, mantra, breathing techniques, and meditation. I felt drawn to this holistic style of yoga and, after attending many different classes, I decided to take Prana’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and graduated in June of 2015.Since then, I appreciate yoga for the transformative, holistic, and life-affirming practice it is and incorporated the knowledge gained into my personal life. When I am not teaching yoga, I work as a Success Coach in two junior high schools in Edmonton helping students reach their full potential in school. In my downtime, you will usually find me gardening, singing, or playing on recreational sports teams with family and friends. I look forward to hearing your personal experiences with yoga! Hari Om!