Santosha Yoga
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Teachers

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

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

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

Madeline started her yoga journey almost 20 years ago. Yoga was the perfect compliment to her jogging and cycling activities and it continues to be. In 2017 she finished a 250-hour Hatha yoga Teacher Training course. She continues her education attending regular classes with her mentor Davina. She has volunteered to teach beginner yoga classes at various studios and in March 2019 completed a communication course with YogaFit.

Karen

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"