Tiina has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and offers classes in Peterborough Ontario and Nosara Costa Rica. Tiina is the founder of Amrita Living Yoga 200 hr training, and Peterborough Living Yoga. She has been involved in other professional yoga trainings, such as assistant director of Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training in Nosara Costa Rica, and faculty for teacher trainings at Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health and Nosara Yoga Institute. Tiina also offers Relaxation Aromatherapy Massage and Hypnotherapy private sessions, which you can book here.
She offers creative, flowing, prayerful, and prana infused yoga that tunes us into our divine nature. With emphasis on the deeper practices of yoga, her classes inspire a connection to the wisdom of prana (life force) and a deep honouring of inner wisdom and the experience of the present moment. Tiina has offered nourishing, deepening, spirit filled yoga retreats in Costa Rica and Ontario.
Tiina was raised in the wilderness of Lappe Ontario and grew up in Thunder Bay involved in young women’s empowerment, social and environmental activism, and community involvement. She was honoured to receive the Citizen of Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001 and the Governer General’s Award for Community Involvement. Tiina completed a degree in Woman Studies and Cultural Studies from Trent University as well as a diploma in Expressive Arts from Fleming College. She enjoys homesteading, is passionate about off grid living and simplicity, and she really loves her dogs Breeze and Liila and partner Trent!
– 500hr Professional Level Certified Yoga Teacher through Nosara Yoga Institute – 1000 hr track
– Trauma Sensitivity for Yoga Teachers with Wavelengths Yoga
-25 Hr Essential Nature Restorative Yoga Training with Jane Fryer, Nosara Yoga Institute
– Prenatal Yoga through Blooma Prenatal Yoga
– 200hr Classical Ashtanga Hatha Certified Yoga Teacher through Salt Spring Centre of Yoga
– Certified Pranassage Practitioner with Nosara Yoga Institute
– Certified Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher and former assistant director of training
– Yoga Trance Dance Instructor trained by Shiva Rae
– Thai Yoga Body Work with Michale Sitzer
– Fusion Massage with Tamara Pereira
– Resident Hypnotherapist with Orca Institute
-Yoga Nidra Teacher, trained by ShivaShakti School of Yoga
Sasha graduated from Kripalu School of Yoga in 2010, which indirectly lead her to a year of traveling to visit many countries and continents. Upon returning Canada she began guiding yoga classes, and has been doing so ever since. For over a decade she has been dedicated to the practice of yoga, on and off the mat. She has studied many traditions, and focuses on keeping her classes informative and accessible.
For the past 7 years, Sasha has worked closely with Tiina Kivinen, exploring the wisdom of yoga both personally and professionally. On occasion Sasha shares her love of music through the yogic tradition of mantra singing and meditation, as a part of the Peterborough Living Yoga house band, the Om Shantis. Sasha lives on a rural property outside of Lakefield with her husband Carsten and son’s Arjuna (named after a peaceful warrior in the Bhagavad Gita), and Joshua, where they run a Bed&Breakfast www.nest-bnb.com. Sasha loves teaching at Peterborough Living Yoga because of the wonderful atmosphere, growing community, and access to so many great props! Sasha is currently offering seasonal workshops, such as Partner Yoga and Family Yoga, while she focuses on being with her young boys.
Laura is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga instructor, Second Degree Reiki Practitioner and founder of her small business Sweet Flowering Yoga & Wellness. Born in Peterborough, Laura later moved to the surrounding city of Kawartha Lakes to pursue post secondary education in the environmental field. With a passion for environmental protection, she studied Ecosystem Management at Fleming College. She then moved back to Peterborough to study Natural Resource Sciences at Trent University. It was there that she began a regular yoga practice (sadhana). She was first drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, but quickly noticed benefits in the deeper layers of herself (maya koshas). Yoga became something much more meaningful and spiritual for her. Laura’s love of yoga began to lead her to specialized workshops and retreats and eventually to Yoga Teacher Training. In December of 2014, Laura graduated from the Amrita Living Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching in the community ever since! Since graduation, Laura has taken courses to study prenatal and restorative yoga and has received her Level I and Level II Reiki Certifications. At Peterborough Living Yoga she is currently offering Reiki treatments, Hatha Yoga and Gentle Restorative Yoga classes. She feels that yoga is something that can build community and unite people from all walks of life. She loves sharing her ever-evolving practice with the Peterborough Living Yoga community, and to join fellow yogini’s and yogi’s in their practice!
Natalie is an experienced Yoga Educator for the last 8 years and has had a personal practice of 20 years. She has acquired a 200 hour teacher training at Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health and has been assistant faculty there, helping with yoga and nature connections and training yoga teachers. Natalie guides participants gently through mediation in motion, energy awareness, self restorative postures, and self inquiry through the medicine of yoga. She is presently acquiring training to become a Yoga Therapist and is on her journey on becoming a Herbalist Practitioner.
Fraser grew up in Toronto, Canada and worked for many years as a youth worker, writer/performing artist, and teacher.
He has sat with people from all walks of life and witnessed a transformational power enliven these encounters. Inspired by the joy inherent in helping others discover their true nature and curious to deepen his own discovery, he has studied with masters in hatha yoga, bhakti yoga, self-inquiry, and tai chi traditions. This brought him to the feet of his beloved teacher, Sri Mooji.
Prior to meeting Mooji, at the request of his bhakti yoga teacher, Fraser began leading regular Kirtans, and meditations, as well as Bhagavad Gita classes. Since this time, he continues to provide spiritual counselling to a variety of students, to which he intuitively tailor his guidance. He draws upon his many years of study and exploration and works with the interest of whomever he is working with to find a practice or line of inquiry that is alive and relevant.
In addition to being an Ontario certified teacher and award winning writer and performance artist, he has completed a mindfulness certification with University of Toronto, 180 hour AYT, 200 hour RYT, as well as Reiki 2 and Chakra healing.
Angella Windrem was born and and spent most of her childhood in Northern Ontario. This is where she attributes the cultivation of her profound love of nature. Pristine freshwater lakes and magnificent forests were her playground. She currently resides in a small apartment above her electric bike shop that she and her husband own and operate in downtown Peterborough.
Green Street has been a labor of love for these two, as they continue to service the area with alternative transportation. They are happily learning new skills in rooftop gardening as they work at greening up their tiny, urban home and business.
Angella has recently taken her 15 year personal yoga practice to new heights by completing the Amirita 200 hr. Yoga teacher training certification. It is Angella’s sincerest desire to share her love for yoga with all, and enjoys weaving wisdom teachings and mindfulness into her gently paced classes. You may also notice elements of plant medicine and bodywork finding their way into her classes as she draws upon her 28 years as a holistic aesthetician and energy worker. Angella loves how the yogic philosophy is in perfect alignment with her own earth conscious and heart centered sensibilities. In addition to Angella’s Gentle and Restorative Yoga, you can book Relaxation Aromatherapy Massage with her here.
Alexa has been studying yoga and various healing modalities since 2010. Guided by a determination to pull through adversity to a brighter place, she can attest to the transformative potential of yogic philosophy, subtle energy awareness, breathing techniques, and asana as tools to purify body and mind readying the seeker for meditation. Hatha and bhakti yoga have been instrumental in helping her communicate more deeply with her intuitive self and realize peace, freedom and balance. She openly shares her passion for breath and meditation to guide others in learning tools for stress management, and to communicate more clearly between their own body, mind and subtle energies. Alexa is a graduate of Amrita Living Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, and often serves as assistant for the training.
Kristina’s teaching style is strongly rooted in safe alignment and open heartedness. In 2014 she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in alignment-based hatha yoga at Queen Street Yoga, in Kitchener. Since then, she has dabbled in studying and teaching various degrees of hatha, vinyasa, and restorative yoga practices, as well as meditation, ayurveda and the Tensegrity Repair Series. Kristina is a strong believer in the need for us to unplug and reconnect with ourselves, our communities, and the natural world that we are a part of. Through her yoga offerings, Kristina hopes to cultivate strength, peacefulness, and laughter. An ecologist by day, and forest therapy guide in her spare time, Kristina cares deeply for the environment. She is always up for a hike, bike, or paddle, and loves to learn about herbal remedies and traditional plant uses. You can also find her offering Forest Therapy at Rooted Heart.
Reanna completed the 200hr Amrita Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2017, after eleven years of practicing yoga. Reanna is also a registered physiotherapist, with over seven years’ experience working in musculoskeletal clinical practice. She sees physiotherapy and yoga as very complementary, and enjoys integrating both disciplines to benefit her students. She believes strongly in the power of exercise for supporting a healthy body and optimal well-being. In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, Reanna has a profound appreciation for the deeper practices of yoga, such as pranayama, meditation, ethics and yoga philosophy. She has seen the benefits of these practices in her own life, and is passionate about sharing them with others.
Kay’la Fraser is an eccentric, compassionate and dedicated arts worker, educator and yogini who enjoys experiencing and celebrating the world from a different angle. Her approach to teaching is as varied as her interests and influences; blending a little bit of humour with body-awareness, creativity, healing, strength, spirituality and positive self- expression.
A student of Reiki and aromatherapy, Kay’la seeks to create dynamic and engaging classes that reflect her love and appreciation for not only yoga, nature and connectivity, but complimentary practices as well.
She is humbled and ecstatic to be part of the PLY family, and looks forward to sharing her passion for wholistic health and wellness with you on your mat.
Ireni is a Yogi, dancer, bodyworker, and an anatomy body mind soul, seeker nerd. Ireni lived in Costa Rica for over a dozen years, in a diverse Yoga and Arts Mecca; a meeting place for healers and artists from all over the world training and practicing in potent biodiverse and ecological jungle, nature reserves. Ireni was senior Yoga Educator and Bodyworker at The Harmony Healing Centre as well as offering dance, Barre and Aerial Yoga instruction at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara.
She is certified from the following schools: Rasa School of Yoga in the Hatha and Vinyasa tradition. Nosara Yoga Institute Self Awakening Yoga therapeutics. Thai Yoga Massage from the Lotus Palm school in Montreal. Volo Restorative Aerial and Circasana Aerial Yoga. Ireni mentored in somatic education with Nancy Topf: Dynamic Anatomy Embodied Practice in New York, Soma Rhythms with Dr. Ninoska Gomez and continuing education with Jane Fryer in Restorative Yoga, Costa Rica. In all Ireni has over 15 years of experience in the yoga and wellness world.
As a young adult Ireni graduated with honours with a Bachelors of Fine arts degree from Concordia University in dance. Ireni comes from a significant career as a Montreal choreographer for 20 years touring internationally and Artistic Director of a non-profit dance company for 10 years. She continues to choreograph poetry in motion, works with youth, theatre and dance artists. A mother, she loves to spend time with family and friends, travel and study as well as quiet time to write; time that also inspires her teaching and offerings.
John has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years, and he completed his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2016, with us at Peterborough Living Yoga. After many years of practicing Yoga off and on John was drawn more deeply into the practice as a way to help heal and support chronic injuries. Yoga has allowed John to develop a more nourishing relationship with his body. John is passionate about teaching others how to move with intention and learn body awareness. He provides an encouraging environment for practitioners to be creative and explore intuitive movement. John also believes in integrating wisdom from other fields and movement practices, including human anatomy, fitness, gymnastics, martial arts, and dance. Outside the Yoga studio John enjoys crafting music at his piano or convening with friends around a game of Dungeons and Dragons.