A Unique Yoga Experience...
FRIDAY - SUNDAY   M A Y  26 - 2 8 ,  2 0 1 7

Total BLISS!

The Yoga Instructors for YogaFest Toronto 2017
Friday May 26 - Sunday May 28

Main Yoga Class, 2-4 pm, will be under the expert guidance of: Andrea Leplae, Lee Downer and Smita Aswani.  

Andrea Leplae will lead the Family Yoga Class 10 - 11 am.




Andrea Leplae – HBSc, BEd, FIS, SFA, CPR-C, 500-hr YT FFY & FP

Andrea Leplae came to yoga while studying Shotokan Karate in the 1990’s. Mind/Body exercise was the real draw, and she began complimenting her Martial Arts training with Ashtanga Yoga. She studied Physiology at University of Toronto and taught Biology.

After a severe car accident and subsequent debilitating back injury, Andrea turned to Tai Chi, Pilates and Hatha Yoga as healing modalities. She trained in Hatha Yoga, 1:1, for 10 years with her Guru, Madira Gregurek, www.HathaYogaDundee.co.uk before starting her journey as a Yoga Teacher herself, and creating Blossom Yoga Pilates, in the UK and in Toronto. www.BlossomYogaPilates.com.

With a wealth of both life and Yoga Teaching experience, Andrea brings the ‘Union’ of Yoga to her students – mind to body, self to others, effort to surrender.

Andrea is qualified in Thai Yoga Massage and Shiatsu Massage Therapy; she heals with her hands, as well as her words. She specializes in teaching people with special considerations such as to those with Neurological and Physical disability, as well as pre/post Natal and those living with mental health issues. Andrea teaches Yoga and Therapeutic Movement full-time to various specialist groups in Toronto, and on special assignments in the UK. She is qualified in Senior’s YogaFit and promotes Active Aging.

Lisa Fortner -  500-hr YT, CYT (Yoga Teacher and Comprensive Yoga Therapist)

Lisa Fortner has been teaching yoga in the Durham Region for the past five years.  She teaches at the Abilities Centre - a charitable organization that delivers enriching fitness, arts, education, and life skills opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Lisa's classes include different styles and techniques including Hatha Yoga, Gentle/ Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Muscle Activation. She has also volunteered as a Yoga Therapist, assisting clients in improving their health and wellness. She currently holds a 500 hr. Yoga Teacher certification and Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Certification. Other certifications that Lisa has achieved include Restorative Yoga, Pre-natal Yoga, and Kids Yoga. For Lisa's schedule, click....http://www.blossomyogapilates.com/DURHAM-REGION-Classes.html   

Lee Downer 

For 27 years Lee has lived with severe low back pain caused by a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease. But today he has absolutely no back pain.

 His healing journey began in 1989 when he went to York University to study Physical Education and Pure & Applied Science. In that first year at York University, he was hired by the YMCA as a Fitness Instructor. In 1990 Lee began studying yoga and became a YMCA Certified Yoga teacher. Lee became a strong leader for the Y and taught several YMCA’s fitness programs, including “Y’s Way to a Healthy Back”.

His constant search for a back pain solution led him to develop a yoga program that is specific to back care called CorYoga. CorYoga worked well and he has presented several workshops and seminars on CorYoga. In 2002 he fine tuned his career to focus on Back Care for office workers and developed a series of videos called Office Yoga Oasis. Lee is now presenting his Back Care program to offices of companies that are interested in helping their employees to find ways to de-stress at their work stations. Lee has successfully licensed his online Back Care Program to the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Affairs and Housing, among others.

Smita Aswani 

Smita always had a passion for Yoga from early childhood and started teaching small groups in India. Smita came to Canada in 1997 and gained qualifications from CorYOga, founded by Lee Downer. She then went on to complete Teacher Training in Pilates from both the Physical Mind Institute and Body Harmonics. Smita enjoys health and fitness, as well as enriching the lives of others through her knowledge and skills in Yoga, Pilates, Reflexology and Massage Therapy. Her slogan is “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body’.

Joanne Tarulli

Supreme Fitness Bootcamp Extraordinaire, Joanne Tarulli, hones her skills as a Power Yoga Teacher especially for YogaFest Toronto.  Popular amongst fitness enthusiasts, she takes you from strong to stronger, leading you breath by breath through some challenging sequences which release tension, body and mind.  Her style is hip and happening, encouraging and flowing.  Joanne is a long-time Vegan and is keen to share her wealth of knowledge with you!  Come and work out with Joanne, who walks the walk.