Meet our Yoga Teachers
Meet our Yoga Teachers
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.
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.
Although I discovered asana practice in 1995, it was not until 2010 that I truly 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 Kundalini Yoga and traditional Vedanta with some excellent teachers in the California and Australia.
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…
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. 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 at Anand Prakash, his ashram 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 once yearly for workshops and a retreats in Alberta.
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 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.
The essence of yoga first infused my life in the year of 2000 as I unknowingly walked into the depth of what would be a completely new landscape, led by such humble and wise guides that naturally the practice unfolded before my eyes. From that point on it never left my sight for long and little did I know that it would forever change the way the world appeared through my eyes.
I began the path of teaching in 2004 in the form of mentorship with my original teachers Deb and Lacie Cosgrove, and somehow that led me to puruse other trainings both locally and internationally in various styles and schools of thought ranging from Ashtanga to Akhanda to Kundalini. This helped me form a new perspective with which to observe, witness, see. The foundation that was laid in that time eventually led me to sincerely study the wisdom held in Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Mantra, Meditation and the traditional philosophies that form the umbrella of Yoga while under the guidance of my dear teacher, Yogi Baba Prem and the lineage of Mahavatar Baba-ji. In 2016 I was more than humbled to receive the traditional title of Yogakovid.
I approach my practice and teaching with an innate intention to support the elevation of consciousness. With every practice emphasizing a balance of effort and ease, the embrace of self and collective compassion, and the importance of the foundational breath. The breath as a catalyst for inner union, of body and mind and a gateway leading us towards the depth of Self and the understanding that we are all enough and we are all one.
I appreciate and always bow in gratitude to the facets of studentship that so many of us share together. The light in me honours the light in you.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namah
Amanda (Madhu) had been practicing yoga off and on since her early 20s, and after moving across the country and having 2 babies and back surgery, she found her way back to yoga full time. When she first started back, touching her toes seemed like an impossibility, and yet, like many discoveries through yoga, there is no such thing as an impossibility. Yoga is a daily part of Amanda’s life…
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. Her passions include mindfulness, loving kindness meditations, yin yoga and healing the physical body.
Amanda is an ERYT-500 hour teacher, as well as a RPYT (Prenatal), and YACEP (Continuing Education). She teaches a variety of classes and trainings at Prana Yoga Studio. Teaching yoga has inspired her to live a life more full of compassion and love.
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…
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 four. 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
For Kevin, yoga is the practice of life. It provides the method, training ground and reality for fully and consciously moving through the world, for encountering all of life’s twists and turns with grace, intelligence, and respect. The mirror of practice is one that will consistently provide the practitioner with a high fidelity reflection of themselves, strengths and weaknesses alike.
Jeanette’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching yoga is a delight to be a part of. She first experienced the numerous positive benefits of practicing yoga in the mid 90’s. 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…
Always a student herself, other teachers Jeanette has studied with are: Donna Farhi, TKV Desikachar, Mark Whitwell, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Rameen Peyrow, and David McAmmond.
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.
In 2014, Jeanette discovered Rosen Method Bodywork. She had been looking for something to offer in conjunction with teaching yoga. After several months of receiving her own personal sessions, she decided to become a practitioner. She is currently working through her internship (yes, clients are needed to work on). Jeanette continues to shift, transform and grow through her yoga practice and Rosen Method Bodywork.
Jeanette is certified through the Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA) and Yoga Alliance, 500HR.
Jeanette is a student with the Rosen Method Institute of Canada.
A yoga practice is like coming home. Bringing a daily yoga practice into my life revealed many things deep inside of me, it proved to be a major stress reliever and so key to my happiness. Not only are the movements so beautiful and delicious for your body but also creates balance for your mind. I found my way to Prana, which had been recommended by many teachers.
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.
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.
Krista began practicing yoga over 14 years ago and in 2007, took her first 200hr yoga teacher training program. At the time, she had no intention to teach yoga. Her interest was primarily in deepening self-awareness through meditation and pranayama (breath control techniques). However, the process of learning to teach the postures and breaking each one down in class to understand what was…
Yoga has been the instrument for change and growth in Sara’s life. It has helped to change her perspectives and has encouraged health and happiness. It helps bridge the gaps that exist within all of us and create a template to deal with everything this journey throws at us. Once her body hit the mat Sara instantly found a deeper connection to her self and the world she lives in.
While the benefits of yoga apply across the entire spectrum of humanity, Sara has been very drawn and focused on its benefits for children as well as the ability that yoga has to heal both body and mind. Through her teaching of kids, she has been able to witness first hand the spiritual, mental and physical growth in children through the practice of yoga. Using motion, meditation and laughter, Sara has been able to encourage children to embrace compassion, courage, and self worth.
Sara has also brought her love of yoga to the soldiers who have served our country. Her ability to open up minds and bodies has been instrumental in helping soldiers at the local base to deal with physical and mental injuries. The connections between mind body and community are somethings that Sara is incredibly passionate about growing and fostering.
Inspired by the positivity yoga created in her, Sara completed her 200 hour at Prana Yoga Studio, and is well on her way to completing her 300 hour training. She also is trained in meditation, Kids’s yoga, yin, therapeutic, and restorative yoga.
Yoga has been the clearest path to self exploring and discovery. When I was first introduced to meditation (in my early teens) I felt a strong curiosity about the boundaries that my mind was able to cross when practicing. A sense of grounding and mind opening are recurrent patterns in my practice.
In Mexico, I practiced Kundalini and Hatha Yoga.
Completing my 200 hrs YTT in 2017 is one of my proudest and most fulfilling life events, and I can only continue to learn, share and deepen my knowledge.
*SKY ABOVE, EARTH BELOW, PEACE WITHIN*
I was first introduced to yoga in my late teens, and found it to be a very complementary practice to my dance training. I loved being able to move freely through and between the postures and started to feel as though yoga was “dance for the soul.” Like many individuals, the physical part of the practice was my main focus at the time; however, many years later I began to notice…
Instead of practicing for exercise, I began practicing for my heart… this transition has had profound effects in all aspects of my life.
I completed my 200 hr Akhanda YTT training at Prana in August of 2012, and am currently finishing my undergraduate degree at the U of A in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. I value the spiritual aspect of all types of movement, and strive to convey this across to my students so they can find resolution within their body and mind.
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.
A few years ago I was blessed enough to be welcomed into the Prana family, from there I continued to find myself even more curious and invested in my Yoga practice. I competed my 200 Hr YTT 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…
Outside of the studio, I have BA, in Psychology and Anthropology.
I am so grateful I am able to to share my love of yoga, as it has constantly and loving brought me a contentment and wholeness that is second to none. In my classes I hope to cultivate an environment that allows all my students to flourish and find their love for the practice.
Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise so I am changing myself” – Rumi. Yoga teaches us that nothing in life is permanent and that within every new moment there is potential for growth and change, we just have to wake up, listen and look inside! With over thirty years experience working in Mental Health as a Registered Professional Social Worker, Colleen is passionate about change.
Dawn Southey Hills LOVE of movement began in early childhood. She knew at young age that she wanted to teach and empower others. After growing up in a broken home which had mental illness and addiction, she was able to overcome many difficult obstacles, and her own devastating depression. Dawn uses her own life experiences to inspire others to heal themselves.
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.
As the daughter of the studio owner, yoga has always been a constant presence in my life. I truly fell in love with Akhanda yoga during my first trip to India, where I spent a month in Yogrishi Vishveketu’s ashram. After this I took my 200 hr teacher training and spent the next 9 months teaching yoga and exploring other forms of movement, meditation, and creative expression across the world.
Sheila started her yoga journey close to 30 year ago. She has been a yoga teacher since 2008. She studied Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in Edmonton and Santa Monica California. In 2004 she completed a two year energy healing course in Calgary. She has the innate ability to touch the body and discover its potential for healing. Healing and yoga have been her passion for years.
Recently she has discovered her potential to live more peacefully and with an open heart. She has an understanding that we all are meant to live with this deep passion. Her greatest joy is to share this wisdom with others. She is not at the end of this journey but on a never ending path to unravel the miracles of life.
Jane discovered Yoga after many years of dance and teaching group fitness. Over the years, her hips and lower back had become an ongoing problem. She found her yoga practice to be an evolution from a purely physical workout, to a gradually deeper awareness of the mind/breath/body connection. This allowed her to overcome the weakness and pain…
She has been a daily practitioner in her home practice, teaching and taking classes from others for over 20 years. Travelling extensively all her life to many countries including living in India for 6 months. She immersed herself in the richness of the Hindu culture and has ever since found light and inspiration from yoga philosophies. She completed her 200 hour RYT in December 2016, is a member of Yoga Alliance, and is currently working towards her 500HR RYT. According to her, the journey never ends.
One of her favourite quotes is by “Danielle Orner”, a young woman who lost a leg to bone cancer, and found healing from her yoga practice. “Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. I am learning to live between effort and surrender.”
Jane finds joy from discovering new ways to awaken the light of life and connection in those who join her on this Yoga journey.
Yoga is both the path and the tool to uncover space within the body and the mind. Within this space lives the truth. We are whole, unburdened, and blissful. My journey to yoga was sparked during my time as a birth doula. Witnessing and holding space for women as they gave birth in a powerful and connected way, ignited a curiosity in the connection between our physical body…
This was the bridge between the physical body and the spirit that I was looking for.
I continued to deepen my practice and completed my 200hr yoga teacher training at Prana in 2017.
Always curious and wanting to dive in deeper, I’m currently working to complete my 300 hr teacher teacher training.
I look forward to sharing and continuing the journey to wholeness with you.
The true meaning of Yoga (Union), as my path is consistently delivering me to the shores of the unexpected. Where I trade my plotted expectations for freedom as it stitches my parts together in all their beauty, loveliness, vulnerability, clinging, scared forms. As I weave, I am ever grateful to my teachers, peers, students, family and friends for their constant deliverance…
Followed by 300hr YTT with Gaiatri Yoga Teacher Training were I continue to learn the the possibilities in human love and the practical philosophy of yoga from Ally Bogard. This is also where I met my Yoga Nidra/ Meditation/ Spiritual teacher Tanis Fishman whom I have taken additional 50hr Yoga Nidra YTT with. In her patience, I move through thresholds of consciousness I never thought possible. I have experienced deep understanding, healing and awareness from her teachings.
And now, working towards the completion of of my 200hr Katonah Yoga YTT were My friend and Teacher Kathlyn Villain teaches me about the function and integrative understanding of my body in a way that is both practical, esoteric and creates a tangible vessel for all other teachings.
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…
It was mutually complementary 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.
Jennilee began her own healing journey over 16 years ago and has since then dedicated her life to deepening her own practice and holding space for others to do the same. Jennilee is now a trained breathwork facilitator, energy healer, yoga and meditation teacher. She is continuously studying new techniques and modalities to expand her offerings to clients and the community.