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Me and White Supremacy

In our ongoing attempts to address systems of oppression, we are going to be working through “Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor”, by Layla Saad.

We invite you those of you with white privilege* to join in for the essential anti-racist work of […]

By |June 18th, 2020|Uncategorized, Union Yoga Community, Yoga Philosophy|0 Comments

Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

with Sarah Kinsley
“Trauma is a fact of life.  It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” -Peter Levine
The Sanskrit word, Yoga, means to unite, to yoke together all parts of ourselves.  Yoga as a treatment for trauma helps us yoke together all the fragmented parts of ourselves thus creating union in the […]

Resiliency vs. Comfort

By Ayesha Basi
We live in an age where we have more access to information than ever before. We know not just that it will rain tomorrow, but how many millimetres of rain there will be, and what hour the rain will start at. We can use apps to check the heat in our house […]

What is Yoga Nidra? A dialogue between teacher and student

By Taryn Diamond

The following is an email dialogue with a student after they experienced yoga nidra for the first time at my workshop. After some editing and finessing, what you read below is a ‘prettied up’ version of our exchange. We agreed to share it in the hopes of demystifying the practice of yoga […]

Union Yoga Eats: Healthy Meals for Earth Month

It’s Earth Month and we are sharing some of our favourite healthy, plant-based, and EASY recipes with you!

Moroccan Chick Pea Bowl (pictured above!)

3-6 cloves of garlic, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp cumin

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne or chili powder

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cup prepared chickpeas, or 1 can, rinsed

5 diced tomatoes, or […]

By |April 13th, 2018|Recipes, Union Yoga Community, Yoga Culture|0 Comments

Why Prenatal Yoga ?

By Nicky Wright


Just think about it, you’re growing another human inside your body. That is amazing but I can imagine it to also be quite overwhelming. Physically, your body is growing at a fairly rapid rate, all your organs are shifting around to make room for baby and that is making what used to […]

By |February 27th, 2018|Prenatal Yoga, Relaxation, Union Yoga Community, Yoga|0 Comments

Learning to flow (from beginner yoga to pro!)

By Christine Noonan.


You may have started your yoga journey with some beginner classes. After some time, as you became comfortable and you felt your confidence grow and it was easier to marry breath and movement together, you wondered what the next step was. So you decided to journey into a flow (vinyasa) class. After […]

By |February 14th, 2018|Beginner Yoga, Yoga|0 Comments

Union Yoga EATS: Warm and Spicy Soba Noodles

Image via Pinterest

By Krista Janke

When you are craving something warm and comforting – don’t grab for the KD box! This easy dish is my go-to quick and healthy dinner that packs a flavourful punch and makes enough for leftovers (or to share with friends)!

The original recipe is from Food52, but I modify depending on […]

By |January 4th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

Karma Yoga classes at Union, benefitting local women’s organization


By Jasia Kiersnowski

Recently I graduated from Union Yoga’s 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training (YTT).  Before completing my YTT, I was unfamiliar with the teachings of the yoga philosophy. Frankly, I was unaware that yoga goes beyond the actual physical practice or asana.

The process of expanding my knowledge of yoga’s history and philosophy was truly an […]

Creating a Culture of Consent through Yoga Practice

By Tobias B. D. Wiggins

To touch and be touched is not an uncomplicated matter. There is something immediately profound and tender about physical proximity to another being. Touch takes trust and elicits vulnerability; it is the vulnerability of two people connecting, of one letting the other into the private space of their own body.

In […]

Ruby Knafo – Teacher, Owner & Director

Ruby is a yoga and meditation teacher, Registered Occupational Therapist, and mom of two. She is the owner and studio director of Union Yoga + Wellness.

Born and raised in Montreal, Ruby discovered yoga and meditation in her late teens and quickly discovered the healing and health promoting benefits of both. Ruby earned her yoga teaching certification in 2010, and is passionate about de-mystifying yoga and meditation and making these transformative practices accessible to all, in a safe and supportive space. Her intention as a teacher is to facilitate a deepening awareness of the mind-body connection, and offer opportunities for students to see how qualities of mind like acceptance, patience, and equanimity can be cultivated with practice. 

In her private practice, Ruby helps clients promote resilience, manage anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain, with mindfulness-based interventions including yoga and meditation. She is certified in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has completed the Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation program at University of Toronto. To support and deepen her personal practice, Ruby attends regular silent retreats and continuing education courses.

Music: Ruby does not play music during her classes.

(P – has Prenatal training) 
(T – is Trauma Informed)


Nicky Wright – Teacher

Nicky’s first experience with yoga was with a Rodney Yee DVD in her parents basement. As a competitive runner, she came to yoga in search of a slower physical practice to offset the more demanding physical activities of her day to day. Years later she sustained a traumatic brain injury and came back to her mat for a deeper connection to her mind as she navigated through the rehabilitation of her injury.

Her initial 200 hour training was in 2011 in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Further educating herself in Restorative Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training and recently a Pre-Natal Yoga Training, she strives to always be a student first and a teacher second.

You will find in her classes a slow pace where you can dive deeply into your own personal experience. With foundational patterns of breath along with gentle Hatha postures and more alignment based cueing, you are encouraged to explore Yoga and its meaning to you.

(P – Has prenatal training)
(T – Has Trauma Informed Yoga training)

Audrey – Teacher

Audrey Simard began her practice in 2002 in her native Montreal, then moved to Toronto where she learned from master teachers including Lyne St-Roch, Diane Bruni, and Maria Garre. Audrey is a certified instructor in Yin, Hatha, Pre-natal, and more recently Prana Flow, Shiva Rae’s renowned yoga program. Audrey’s teaching is infused with authenticity, warmth and humour, and she empowers her students to connect with their own strength. Her appetite for yoga is equaled by her passion for cooking and for slow & sustainable food.

Darcy – Teacher

Darcy discovered yoga in 2004 and after several years practicing in the Sivananda and Kundalini traditions, she turned to Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Darcy completed her 200 hour Hatha and Vinyasa certification in 2011 and, in 2012, completed a 40 hour Level I Joga™ certification. She has been teaching regularly since early 2011 and hopes to start her advanced certification in 2015. Darcy’s classes are mentally and physically challenging, inventive and invigorating. She strives to embody the five points of yoga according to the Sivananda tradition (proper asanas, proper pranayama, proper relaxation, proper diet, positive thinking) and is committed to continuing to learn, develop and grow as an instructor and student of yoga. Darcy teaches a range of studio classes, works one-on-one with many private clients and leads on-site “stretch and flex” classes for construction workers across Canada.

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Erick – Teacher

Like lots of men, Erick came to yoga to oblige a nagging partner. It is hard to say what transpired in the mind and soul after that first class, but it was prodigious. He quickly dedicated himself to daily practice and once he felt ready he enrolled in a teacher training program. He likes to share with students how the practice can help to increase mental and physical awareness through mindful connection of movement and breath.

Erick’s practice is strong, sweaty and adventurous, approaching the body with curiosity and respect and his classes reflect the same.

When not in the studio, Erick enjoys trail running with his dogs, record shopping,  experimenting with different cooking styles, and staying in with his partner and doing absolutely nothing. He thanks his teacher, JP Tamblyn-Sabo, for his tutelage, insight and overall awesomeness.

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Erin – Teacher

Inspired by modern Vinyasa sadhana, Erin approaches yoga like she approaches life – with a sense of humour and a desire to experiment. Classes with Erin are playful, challenging, unifying and calming. Erin completed her 200 hour certification in Vinyasa and Hatha in Toronto in 2009 and since that time has followed some of the modern world’s most celebrated teachers across the earth to continue her yoga education. She is continually invigorated by practicing with beloved teachers Maria Garre, Les Leventhal, Sadie Nardini, Seane Corn, Danny Paradise, Rodney Yee and Eoin Finn. In 2011 Erin began studying with her teacher and inspiration Shiva Rea towards completion of her 300 hour advanced Vinyasa certification at the renowned Samudra School of Living Yoga. Erin draws from the Prana Flow teachings in her classes and considers it her personal mission to bring her students “into the flow”.

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(P – has Prenatal training)

Jacky – Teacher

Jacky began studying and teaching yoga in 2011 when transitioning from her Ottawa Valley farm to Toronto. Inspired by nature and life, breath and movement, Jacky’s teaching style fuses breath awareness, mindful movement and detailed conscious alignment. Her creative and intelligent sequencing is designed to challenge and inspire the body and mind, and ultimately offers the invitation to cultivate awareness and wholeness.

Jaimee – Teacher

Hailing from Ottawa, Jaimée works as a registered yoga teacher, independent dance artist, and writer in Toronto. She loves to travel, cook, colour, paint, sing, daydream, and move. Her goals include learning how to ride a bike with no hands and successfully growing a vegetable garden. She leads a strong and fluid Vinyasa style class, defined by thoughtful sequences that consider both the physical and energetic properties of the practice. Helping people connect to their body, expand their consciousness, and holding space for them to listen, is the best way she can imagine being of service. Jaimée is a Lululemon Ambassador and currently teaches throughout the city of Toronto. She also occasionally contributes to The Dance Current magazine as a news writer.

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(P – Has prenatal training)

Josh – Teacher

Josh first discovered yoga as a way to manage exam time stress at university. Dabbling in yoga over the years, a visit to the Sivananda ashram in Quebec opened him up to the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practice. Josh has completed over 500 hours of teacher trainings thru Octopus Garden and specializes in kids, vinyasa and restorative yoga.

Kim McBean – Teacher
Kim is a gifted and empathetic educator and practitioner with a passion for somatic and movement disciplines including yoga and body energetics. Drawing upon this unique blend of dynamic modalities, Kim guides students to inhabit their bodies more deeply through the exploration of Embodied Integrity via slow + strong asana practice, therapeutics, restorative yoga and experiential movement. With an interest in stress and pain management, body mechanics, anxiety/depression, illness and addiction, Kim’s teaching fosters connectedness to body, mind and spirit.
Kim values learning by experiencing. The choice to participate with our rich interior landscape allows each of us to cultivate our natural state of empathy and a deeper understanding of our most vibrant self. 11+ years educational and practical experience in yoga, movement and energetic therapies, Kim nurtures a safe, contained space of self-inquiry empowering others with tools and techniques that support mindful, bodily presence as a means to grow and transform.
Kim has trained at The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and the Octopus Garden Yoga Centre in Toronto. She has studied restorative yoga with Judith Lasater and continues to study and practice yoga, somatic-body energetics, and other various forms of experiential movement with her most valued and cherished mentors. Experience Kim’s compassionate and inspired teaching with private yoga, studio classes, workshops, international retreats, mentoring and yoga teacher training in Toronto, Canada and abroad.  

Music: Kim does not play music during her classes

(T – is Trauma Informed)
Ayesha - Teacher

Ayesha’s yoga practice draws inspiration from both biomechanics and evoking a state of flow through movement. Bringing a playful and inquisitive nature into her classes, Ayesha believes in both building strong, resilient bodies through active stretching and providing creative sequences that allow practitioners to drop into a state of flow and connection between body, breath and mind. Having finished her Hatha + Vinyasa 200 hour teacher training at Union with her amazing teachers, she looks to provide both a grounding and transformational space for students every time they step onto their mat.

Lauryn – Teacher

Lauryn Zuk is a yoga teacher, creative producer and poet. She first encountered yoga as a student in Asia, where she was introduced to meditation and pranayama technique. Returning home to Toronto, Lauryn realized the practice was more valuable than she imagined – coming back to the bustle of city life – yoga became a sacred sanctuary to reconnect. Lauryn is a graduate from Octopus Garden’s 200-hour Teacher Training in Toronto and is a certified Trance Dance teacher by Shiva Rea’s Samudra School in California. She has spent many hours growing her teaching and recharging her heart in Prana Flow workshops throughout the United States. Lauryn is grateful for the opportunity to share the journey inward through movement, in a safe space open to all. She hopes to pass on the peace yoga practice has offered her: the gentle reminder to return home to Pure Love that is always in your heart. Connect with Lauryn on Facebook at Poetree Yoga & Flow Arts or Twitter @LaurynElanZuk.

Melissa – Teacher

Melissa Lesic discovered yoga nearly a decade ago. After her first ever class, she felt like she’d found her home. Yoga made her feel graceful in her body for the first time, plus gave her something no other form of physical activity ever had: an internal journey. Melissa completed her 200-hour Hatha and vinyasa certification in 2010 at Tula in Toronto. She completed her Thai massage therapist certification in 2016 at Thai Massage Toronto, her restorative yoga training with Kim McBean Yoga that same year; and her Yin Yoga training in 2017. Melissa is dedicated to sharing her love of yoga and creating a fun and nurturing class environment that inspires her students.  

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Sarah – Teacher

Sarah’s teaching is rooted in the belief that we have everything we need to heal already inside of us. She has studied over 1000+ hours in Mindfulness, Yin, Pre + Postnatal and Yoga Therapy and specializes in the therapeutic benefits of a mindful practice.

Sarah understands the practice of yoga as a re-integration into wholeness. She invites students to identify unconscious holding patterns in the body and habit patterns in the mind that inhibit our connection to our most authentic self. By deepening intimacy with our own true nature, we naturally move towards greater intimacy with the world around us.

In addition to teaching yoga in both private and studio settings, Sarah works as a Birth Doula, Mindfulness Educator with New Leaf Yoga Foundation and as a Yoga Therapist with Anishinawbe Health Toronto.

Taryn – Teacher
Taryn is an energetic and inclusive instructor, drawing from experience in facilitation, gender analysis, and a commitment to social justice. Having practiced yoga for nearly a decade, Taryn began sharing her love of yoga upon completing over 500 hours of Yoga Education at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in 2012.

With her training in yoga, restorative yoga, and meditation, she is able to provide her students with a balanced practice. She is especially grateful for the ongoing mentorship she receives from instructors, Pat Harada Linfoot, Scott Davis, and Jeff Warren.

Taryn believes yoga allows one to express their true nature, first through movement and then through cultivating a deeper connection with oneself and with each other. She loves the creativity yoga has sparked in her life and utilizes this “spark” to ensure that yoga is, first and foremost, fun! Taryn aims to empower students to practice on their own by providing a safe foundation from which to explore. With light and love, she embodies compassionate and holistic approaches to individual and community learning.  

MusicTaryn does not play music in her Yoga + Meditation classes.  She uses ambient sound in Restorative Classes.  

(P – has prenatal training) 

Scotty – Teacher

Scotty first came to yoga for balance, physically and otherwise, and quickly realized the deeper layers to be discovered through the practice. He dedicated himself to daily practice and study and hasn’t looked back. His is a challenging and fun vinyasa class that combines his love of creative flow with his passion for breath and alignment. His class is themed weekly, usually toward some “big” pose, and balancing the strength and opening necessary to prepare the body for the more adventurous asanas. Expect to sweat, to meet an edge (or two), and to smile.

Scotty believes that we can all come to a greater realization of our potential through the practice of yoga. Off the mat Scott spends lots of time with his partner and their dogs, enjoys running, biking, hiking and the downtime necessary to recover from all that. He gives much thanks to his teacher, JP Tamblyn-Sabo, for his wisdom, his mentorship and his passion for the practice.

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Lauren is a “truth seeker”, Reiki Energy Therapist (level 1, 2 & 3) and a dedicated yoga teacher that endeavours to live the art of life. Her interest in learning how to live in a mindful, heart-centred way began at the Sivasoorya Divine School of Yoga in Kerala, India where Lauren rigorously studied under the Tantric Yogi Guru Raviji completing a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Hatha teacher training course. After India, Lauren continued her meditation practice and soon she became a regular Vipassana meditator going on 10 day long retreats in complete silence. After 3 years of teaching yoga Lauren returned to India for her second 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, this time travelling to Mysore to learn the original Vinyasa method. She has brought the benefit of yoga to lives across the globe; from being the in-house yoga teacher for Royalton Resorts, Punta Cana to teaching locals in their homes during her time in India. Each experience has been a gift. Lauren is always excited to connect with new students, from all walks of life, to share in the sweetness of yoga.


Megan Marie Gates is a yoga teacher, spoken word artist and musician residing in Toronto. Her deep fascination with movement was seeded as a little girl through dance and the performing arts, which lead her to a passion for yoga; infusing these practices with sacred sound (music + mantra), free-form movement, mythology/storytelling and all things creative. Megan Marie is a proud graduate of Octopus Garden Yoga Centre’s 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program, 30 hr Restorative Training and a graduate from The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. She is ever grateful for her on-going studies with her teacher Hali Schwartz.

Amanda - Teacher

Amanda fell in love with yoga for its ability to transform…transform your day, your mindset, your body, and your awareness overall. She teaches in an approachable, light-hearted manner; creating intelligent sequences that are fun and engaging yet challenging.
Having completed her initial training at Yoga Space in Toronto; Amanda credits her depth and understanding of the body and breath to her teachers, Kathryn Beet, Patricia White and Hali Schwartz. Amanda has also trained in Trauma Informed Yoga with David Emerson.
A keen believer in the body’s ability to heal itself, Amanda is pleased to offer Yoga, Reiki, and Thai Massage to assist others in restoring balance in their lives.

(P – has Prenatal training)

Carol - Teacher

Carol’s passion for bodywork began in 2001. Her holistic approach encompasses both shiatsu and massage therapy techniques. Rather than rushing clients in and out of the treatment space she is interested in finding then treating an issue, and working together to resolve it. She genuinely wants to address patients’ immediate concerns while being aware of ways to prevent future problems from occurring.

Kassandra Prus – T

Kassandra is a LGBTQ2SA+ therapeutic yoga and exercise teacher with over 450 hours of training and specializes in body positive and trauma-informed viniyoga (yoga therapy); chair, yin, hatha, and restorative yoga; and seniors exercise. Many classes are ended with Kassandra offering live ambient vocals to soothe you into a final relaxation.

Engaging with yoga’s broader contexts in classes and private sessions–breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and takeaways into life off the mat–are of particular interest, as well as increasing functional mobility for life-long practice through posture focus. Kassandra particularly enjoys working with those who think they can’t do yoga–because of mobility level, body size, age, injury, or condition–and encourages autonomy, insight, resiliency and self-acceptance in all students.

Kassandra does not play music during classes, but will occasionally use chimes and live ambient vocals.  

(T – is Trauma Informed)

Stephanie McAlister – Teacher
Stephanie is curious how we can invite a greater awareness to the ways in which we breathe and move our bodies, cultivating sensitivity and attention in ourselves both on and off the mat. With the practice of outer movement comes positive inward movement. She is keen to explore the ways we can facilitate the playful building of relationship to our patterns, kindling growth out of our frameworks of operating both inwardly, with others, and the greater world around us.  
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(T – is Trauma Informed)
Christine - Teacher

Christine uses yoga as her creative outlet to help others connect to their body, mind and breath. She began her wellness career over ten years ago as a massage therapist and found her way to the mat in 2007. Christine has completed several certifications with YYoga in Vancouver, which fueled her love for the foundations of yoga and how each and every body has something to gain from this practice. Her classes include an integrated focus on the poses of yoga as well as the community that is formed from practicing together. Students enjoy her refreshing approach to teaching – you can expect to challenge yourself yet smile and laugh along the way. Christine enjoys learning from those around her and watching her yoga journey continually grow and change.

Farley - Teacher
Farley came to yoga to work on his flexibility by suggestion from his Muay Thai Kickboxing trainer. Realizing that yoga is not only physically beneficial but also mentally therapeutic, Farley hopes to inspire others to find the same healing qualities from yoga.
Farley have an extensive background in Massage Therapy, and is a graduate from Toronto’s Ahimsa Yoga Centre. Farley’s classes focus on alignment and safety, while still challenging students and encouraging a sense of fun and playfulness.  
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Tyler - Teacher

Through movement, Tyler challenges the stagnation of modern life. He believes strongly in the importance of cultivating creativity in yoga, and by doing so, nourishing an individual’s approach to movement. Tyler is a graduate of Breath’s 300 hour teacher training program, and is certified in yin/restorative yoga. He has also volunteered with SKETCH in the movement studio, taught kids yoga workshops, and developed Yoga for Cyclists. Tyler has been largely inspired by participation with Axis Syllabus, Diane Bruni, Michael Stone and Kathryn Bruni. 

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Jessica DeSantis – Teacher

Jessica began practicing yoga over a decade ago while in search of a new exercise routine. She soon realized the benefits of the practice were far more than physical and nothing about yoga felt “routine”; every day presented new challenges and opportunities to grow. Inspired by her peers and long time yoga instructors, she completed her teacher training certification at Union Yoga and Wellness under the wings of Kim McBean, Audrey Gentile, Erin Wilbur and Ruby Knafo. She later obtained her prenatal certification and has been working towards an advanced Prana Vinyasa certification with Shiva Rea. Through her passion for music and her naturally positive energy, Jessica strives to create a fun and inclusive environment that encourages personal exploration through mindful movement.

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(P – has Prenatal training) +
(T – is Trauma Informed)
Krista Janke – Teacher
On a journey of self-discovery, Krista took the plunge into her first 200-hour teacher training with Union Yoga + Wellness, graduating in June 2016. Through her personal somatic and mindfulness rituals, she is committed to exploring the nitty-gritties of Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative styles and deepening the practice that makes up her “yoga”.

Along with the physical benefits, Krista is passionate about sharing the importance of connecting energetic movement with mindful breathing in a playful, creative and practical way that will offset the day-to- day hustle and bustle that is life.

Join one of Krista’s classes and expect a mat-sized retreat space – a place to refocus and restore.  

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(P – has Prenatal training) 
(T – is Trauma Informed)

Natasha Griarte - Teacher

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Andrea D'Angelo – Teacher

Coming from an educational background in Biology and Psychology, Andrea was initially drawn to yoga as a channel to connect body and mind. After completing her 200 hour teacher training at Union Yoga + Wellness, she was inspired to construct sequences in a biomechanical fashion while integrating meditation techniques. Being a student for most of her life, Andrea values a teacher who is approachable, supportive, and clear in instruction. Andrea mirrors these traits in her classes while maintaining a safe and inclusive space. Andrea’s classes provide an opportunity to explore yoga through breath, movement, and meditation, on a moving scale tailored to your practice.

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(T – is Trauma Informed)

Indu Vashist – Teacher

Indu Vashist has trained at Union Yoga + Wellness in Toronto. She has studied restorative yoga with Kim McBean. Her approach includes a focus on foundational yoga based movement, stress management, with a trauma informed approach. As a lifelong learner, she continues to study and practice with her mentors and teachers.

As a second generation settler on this land with relations to other lands, I aim to honour the histories of my ancestors and sharing this land and resources with care and responsibility. Within the context of my yoga practice, this means that I invite mindfulness and integration of the body, mind, spirit and land.  

(T – is Trauma Informed)

Tash Griarte – Teacher
Tash is relentlessly curious as to how to feel pleasure and joy in her body and hopes you’d like to join her in this journey of self discovery. Pleasure and joy could feel like deep, full inhalations while in plank ~ it could sound like audible exhalations in mountain climbers. It could be legs up against the wall in shavasana, whatever it looks like, it’s honouring all the stuff that comes up and trying your best to be remain curious.
Expect her classes to be an embodied exploration of self that will challenge and liberate you at the same time. She proudly wears badges of honour from completing her 225-hour Union Yoga Teacher Training, her 200-hour Misfit Method Pilates Teacher Training, and Barre Training, and looks forward to diving into more this year.
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Linda Kang – Teacher
Linda Kang obtained her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from Downward Dog Yoga Center in 2011 which focused on the ashtanga yoga system. Her favourite part of this practice is the way it links poses with the breath to manifest fluid practice that she finds mentally calming.

She continued her studies and has now completed over 350 hours of training, with additional experience in the chakra yoga, hatha yoga, education on fascia release and hands-on adjustments.

Linda teaches yoga as a moving meditation with an emphasis on the proper alignment of poses and activation of the proper muscle groups. She caters to each student’s flexibility and strength level.

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(P – has Prenatal training) 

Tobias' Bio
Tobias (he/him) is a community leader and educator committed to strengthening marginalized communities by galvanizing a vision for social transformation and equity. By taking into consideration the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of his students, Tobias aims to foster profound resilience and personal attunement. As a somatic healing practice, yoga is certainly beneficial to all, but it is also particularly beneficial to those who face systemic oppression and those who have experienced trauma. Tobias therefore offers practice that is trauma-informed and centres those those who have often been excluded from mainstream Western yoga, such as queer and transgender people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.
In 2017, Tobias was the distinguished recipient of Yoga Alliance Foundation’s Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship, which is awarded to yoga practitioners with a high level of leadership and service expertise.  In 2018, he completed his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training. He also produced and directed the 2014 open access video “You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation” (https://yogaappropriation.wordpress.com), which addresses yoga’s relationship to colonization and racism.
Tef's Bio

10 years ago, Tef began exploring various disciplines of yoga with a view to enhance and expand her running objectives.

This initial curiosity led her to obtain her 200 hour training at Yogaspace in Toronto under the guidance of Kathryn Beet, Hali Schwartz and Patricia White.The curiosity has been and continues to be, the underpinning of Tef’s unique teaching style while leading her classes.

Tef’s passion and commitment continues to nurture her appreciation for the body in particular, the profound impact a disciplined yoga routine has on mental health.

She is a life student of yoga and as well as other complementary practices.

Tef is all about creating a “safe space” for everyone in her classes, regardless of their ability. Her classes typically follow a hybrid of flow and holds – fast enough to move the body yet slow enough to feel the movement . In addition to flow clases, she teaches Hatha.

Tef feels that life is all about increasing awareness and goes well beyond the norm to help those who want to develop that awareness as well.  

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Angelica is passionate about sharing a yoga practice that promotes peace of mind, connectedness, embodiment and healing. By creating and holding a safe space, she invites students to connect with their breath, the present moment and whatever they are feeling, experiencing, or working through.

Through challenging, mindful movement connected to breath and intention, the yoga that she shares is healing, grounding, and transformative. Angelica wholeheartedly believes that everyone should have access to the benefits of yoga. She shares practice in women’s shelters, with youth in underserved communities, and with individuals from low income communities with mental health and addiction issues. Angelica holds a Masters in Sociology and has five years of experience working internationally as a Program Coordinator for an Indigenous Peoples Rights organization. Her education and work experience guide her belief in the importance of creating inclusive yoga spaces and sharing practice with all members of Toronto’s diverse community.


Angelica is passionate about sharing a yoga practice that promotes peace of mind, connectedness, embodiment and healing. By creating and holding a safe space, she invites students to connect with their breath, the present moment and whatever they are feeling, experiencing, or working through.

Through challenging, mindful movement connected to breath and intention, the yoga that she shares is healing, grounding, and transformative. Angelica wholeheartedly believes that everyone should have access to the benefits of yoga. She shares practice in women’s shelters, with youth in underserved communities, and with individuals from low income communities with mental health and addiction issues. Angelica holds a Masters in Sociology and has five years of experience working internationally as a Program Coordinator for an Indigenous Peoples Rights organization. Her education and work experience guide her belief in the importance of creating inclusive yoga spaces and sharing practice with all members of Toronto’s diverse community.

BOOK YOUR CLASSES ONLINE as of Oct 1st, 2019 

Book all your favourite Union classes online!  All spots are open for booking as of Oct 1st 2019—space to drop in is no longer guaranteed.

Why? Booking online guarantees your spot until 5 minutes before class begins.  It helps you attend with certainty, and helps us turn away fewer clients due to full classes. 

How to book classes:  Book early through our app or website.  Our booking system is an online platform—classes cannot be booked or cancelled by phone or in person.  Active membership or class passes are required to book. (info for Students, Seniors, YTs)

Can’t make it?  Use the app or website to cancel at least one hour before class.  Cancelling with less than one hour notice incurs a $5 fee for unlimited members, or the loss of your class.  (Fees are donated to our YTT Scholarship Fund.)

Extenuating circumstances? Email us with details. 

Booking online isn’t mandatory—but if you enjoy popular classes, book early to snag a spot.