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Julia Ray

It is my joy, my purpose and my passion in life to help people expand into their full potential through the wisdom of the body.

My own introduction to yoga began more than 14 years ago when I was working as a project manager in an extremely busy project management firm. My homeopathic doctor urged me to begin a yoga practice for the sake of my physical and emotional health and I complied. At the end of that first class, I felt better than I had in ages and I was hooked. I began practicing weekly, and shortly afterwards signed up for my first teacher training. That was the beginning of what has become a life-long fascination with the body as a vehicle of self-reflection, healing and transformation.

My extensive and diverse training has led me to study with many great masters and founders of the most popular styles of yoga today, including: Sri Patthabi Jois (Ashtanga/Power Yoga), Ana Forrest (Core Yoga), John Friend (Anusara Yoga), Sean Corne (Vinyasa/Flow Yoga), Hart Lazar (Iyengar/Therapeutic Yoga), as well as Cynthia Funk, Tama Soble (Restorative Yoga) and Danny Paradise (who teaches Ashtanga Yoga to celebrities including Sting and Madonna). Prior to opening the studio space, I ran my own company, Yoga Vibe, for 12 years, bringing yoga to various environments including corporations, organizations, clubs, schools, colleges, teams and private homes, as well as teaching yoga abroad.

Miriam Patterson

Gentle, Hatha
Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.

More about Miriam

Miriam is a Mama, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Community Facilitator who has been teaching yoga for over 12 years. Her first teacher training was with the Sivananda Ashram, and she has received a second training with Yoga Therapy Toronto. This January, she completed a two-year Yoga Therapy Training with Yoga Therapy Toronto and is now a certified Yoga Therapist. Miriam is quite passionate about helping people discover the role they play in their own well-being. She has worked intensely with people who are going through health issues and in particular ones that have to do with cancer and cancer treatment. Miriam has also received training in meditation, pre and post-natal yoga, yoga for PTSD and other anxiety disorders, and has begun training to be a certified doula.

Miriam loves long sunny walks with and without her daughter, yoga, green vegetables, thinking deep and reflective thoughts, travelling to Kenya and India, and finding ways to create connection within community.

Ipsita Paul – R.A.D and B.A.T.D

Gentle, Hatha
Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.

More about Ipsita

Ipsita Paul grew up in the nation’s capital and put on her first pair of tap shoes at the tender age of two and hasn’t missed a beat since.

As a young artist, Ipsita studied at the Cumbrae School of Dance in Ottawa. She is trained and certified in the Royal Academy of Dancing (R.A.D.) and the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) Ipsita is classically trained in Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dancing) and performed her Arangetram at the age of 14. She has also been honoured with many scholarships that include a full scholarship to The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and The American Theatre Dance Workshop in New York.

After briefly attending York University on a fine arts scholarship, Ipsita landed her first musical theatre show alongside Donny Osmond. So began her journey to Broadway. She spent over a decade performing in numerous shows on the great white way. Some of her favourites include: The Music Man, Never Gonna Dance and Contact (for which she earned an NAACP best actress nomination.)

Ipsita now resides in Toronto with her husband and two spirited kids! She spends her time working as an actress in film, television and voice over, teaching dance and is also an accomplished author of the children’s book, I’m Awesome Because.

With Broadway having been such a defining chapter in Ipsita’s life, in 2013, she created and developed This Way To Broadway – The Workshop. With the tremendous success of the workshop and the passion behind creating more art, the natural progression was to open the doors to This Way To Broadway Performing Arts. Ipsita is thrilled to share her passion, respect and joy of dance & musical theatre with the next generation of young Toronto performers.

” Live like you’ll die tomorrow, work like you don’t need the money and dance like nobody’s watching.” ~ Bob Fosse

Tamara Evans – R.A.D. C.D.T.A. and A.D.A.P.T.

Gentle, Hatha
Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.

More about Tamara

Tamara Evans is from Winnipeg Manitoba and is an accomplished artist starting her career at a very young age on radio, stage and T.V.

Tamara studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division as a child. She completed her Advanced Royal Academy of Dancing (R.A.D.), Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.) and Associated Dance Arts For Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T.) at Focus Studio. Tamara was awarded with many scholarships for her advanced training, inclusive of Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

She started her professional career in musical theater at the age of 14 starring in Peter Pan and went on doing numerous shows throughout North America. Tamara eventually danced her way to Broadway.

As a young artist, Tamara spearheaded an independent dance studio onto the map in Manitoba called Ken Peter Dance Express. She coached students through their yearly exams and introduced them to the competition circuit. Many of these students went on to have careers in performing arts and teachers in the industry.

Tamara now resides in Toronto working as an Actress in film, television and the voice over industry. She also teaches various forms of dance and musical theater. Tamara is very excited to invest her artistry and craft into This Way To Broadway Performing Arts, bringing inspiration to develop the next generation of future artists.

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov

Julie Hayden

Gentle, Hatha
Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.

More about Julie

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More about Nicole

Through mindful movement and conscious breathing, yoga can help us connect with our bodies, quiet our minds and make us more fully present in our lives. As a yoga instructor trained through Yoga Therapy Toronto, I strive to offer my students the tools that will empower them to deepen and explore their own practice in a way that meets their unique needs. All bodies and abilities are welcome.

For more information about the classes I offer please visit: nicoleaylwinyoga.com
Or, you can contact me at: nicoleaylwinyoga@gmail.com

Nicole Aylwin
Drumbeat Yoga Flow with Nicole Aylwin
Mondays 6:00-7:15pm

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