All Santosha teachers come with experience in understanding the practice of yoga,
from philosophy to anatomy.
Our own education in adapting and observing students is key:
We all train continuously as part of our life-long commitment
to the practice of yoga.
Davina is the leader of SantoshaYoga. She has been connected to the Brant Street location since its inception as the Yoga Centre of Burlington in 1999, both as a student and teacher. Recognising that graduating from her first 500-hour teacher training was only the beginning, Davina continued on the learning path. She felt so strongly drawn to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, renowned Indian yoga master, that she sought out a teacher who embodied Guruji's ideals, Francois Raoult in Rochester, New York, and studied with him for seven years. For the past twelve years Davina has been immersed in training with the most senior Iyengar teacher in Canada, Mahyar Raz in Toronto. In 2013 Davina was awarded her Level Two certificate, making her officially part of the Iyengar family of teachers, which is recognised world-wide.
Mac was introduced to yoga in 1977 and has practised ever since. Beginning with teacher Lisa Schwartz he has continued his education with many international teachers such as Francois Raoult and Donna Farhi, as well as locally with Nesta Falladown and Davina Parkinson. Mac has taught at the Yoga Centre of Burlington and for the City of Hamilton. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Madeline agreed to join a yoga class with a friend ten years ago. The friend never did join, but Madeline has been hooked on yoga ever since. She practiced various styles at various studios, and attended a number of retreats and conferences. Once she was introduced to the Iyengar tradition by Davina in 2013, she saw how all-encompassing yoga could be, and became thoroughly committed to learning that style. In 2017 she finished a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training course at Sacred Lotus studio, and continues her education with Davina.
Several years back, while dealing with low back issues, Karen explored a gentle practice offered by a local teacher, Deb Devine. After attending class consistently for a number of months, Karen had begun to realise the benefits of such restorative classes for the healing of her body. Karen followed Deb to the yoga studio on Brant Street and in 2015, while at that location, was introduced to Iyengar Yoga taught by Davina. From that point, she became fascinated by the ability of yoga to nurture body awareness and its ability to calm the mind through meditation in action. In 2017, she finished a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training course and in 2018, pursued an additional 50 hours of study, both at Sacred Lotus in Brantford. Karen’s education continues with regular classes with Davina at Santosha, and other Iyengar teachers when available. She has also pursued specialisation in Restorative yoga through courses offered by Beth Rutty and Andrea Peloso.
"....We can break free from the imprisoning past and individually train ourselves to control the reactive mechanism in such a way that old patterns are not repeated; new things can truly happen, and real changes can in fact take place. This dawning clarity is, in essence, the path of yoga"
BKS Iyengar "Light on Life"
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