Our Teachers

 

Natasja Payne

Natasja Payne, 200 E-RYT

Natasja founded Fusionmovement Yoga Studio in May of 2009 with the intention of creating a beautiful, serene and soulful place to connect body, mind and spirit allowing students to come back home to their authentic self, creating a life of balance, authenticity, personal greatness, vibrant health and creating endless abundant opportunities.
Natasja's background is in dance , group fitness and fitness training. She studied at the CodArts, School of Dance & Performing Arts, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and worked as a fitness trainer and group exercise instructor for the GoodLife fitness clubs from 1999 - 2009. In the summer of 2007 Natasja won the prestigious award of "Group Exercise Instructor of the Year" for the GoodLife fitness clubs and travelled to New Zealand to visit the LesMills head quarters.
Natasja thoroughly enjoyed teaching fitness classes which allowed her to inspire others to transform their bodies so that they had more self confidence, energy and zest for life. It wasn't until after the birth of her first child that Natasja felt more drawn to the yoga practice. Each class left her feeling energized, balanced and gave her more clarity. In 2007 Natasja started to study with Shiva Rea and Maria Garre and became PranaFlow certified in 2009. She soon realized that her path was taking her on a spiritual quest and journey of self-realization and travelled to India where she stayed for 3 weeks in an ashram. It taught her to become more patient, quiet and that true happiness is  found in the depths of our heart. No material wealth can bring you this kind of happiness only the relationship you foster with your own heart and the hearts of others. As Natasja says; " In the end all that ever really mattered is how much we loved and were loved".
Currently Natasja teaches over 10 classes a week at the studio as well she teaches frequently at local high schools sharing the joy, love and passion for yoga and spirituality with the students, hosts international retreats annually in Costa Rica and has presented at the Toronto Yoga Conference in 2012.
Natasja's classes are lively, passionate, dynamic, challenging, fun and inspiring, bringing you closer to your authentic self.
Natasja teaches the following classes:
 
Monday - 9:30am HOT Flow Yoga
Monday - 12noon  Flow Yoga
Monday - 7:00pm HOT Flow Yoga
Tuesday - 9:30am YogaSculpt
Wednesday - 9:30am Shakti Flow Yoga
Wednesday - 12noon Flow Yoga
Wednesday - 5:45pm YogaSculpt
Friday - 9:30am Warm Restorative
Friday - 11:00am Gentle Flow Yoga
Saturday - 8:30am YogaSculpt
Saturday - 10:00am HOT Flow Yoga
 
 

Kate O'Connor

I’ve been practicing yoga since I was 17 and teaching since I was 31. I believe it is my calling in life bring healing to others, in whatever form that takes. I am blessed with 2 wonderful kids and I know yoga has made me a better mom; it keeps me grounded and calm and keeps things in perspective. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and back pain and yoga releases both so that I do not require any medications. Since I began practicing daily yoga, I’ve enjoyed these wonderful benefits: efficient metabolism, regular menstrual cycle, reduced insomnia, less back pain, heightened senses, and spiritual clarity. Favourite Asana: Halasana – plough pose. It provides a total release through my back and neck and I feel as if I am receding into my shell.
Other Gigs: Red Cross First Aid Instructor, Writer, Singer. Places I’ve lived: Oakville, Toronto, New York, Jamaica, Midland, Calgary, Edmonton, and now Kitchener!

Jeff Kittmer

Yoga was initially a tool to relieve the chronic back pain that he had been experiencing for quite a long time. As he progressed through the system of yoga that he was studying, his back pain receded into a memory. His yoga journey took him from the physical into a more spiritual and energetic experience. Yoga has transformed Jeff and what began as a physical workout and rehabilitation has now become a life changing journey that has no boundaries or limitations. Favourite pose: Half Moon ~Ardha Chandrasana" I really enjoy the sensation of opening up my body and the challenge of balance.

Laura Sparks

Laura Sparks B.A. CPTN, Pilates Instructor CPTN Personal Trainer and owner of Be Fit With Laura since 2007 Pilates Instructor Since June 2008 Laura grew up loving to be outside near the water. She swam, biked, danced and sang in choirs. She worked for the city as a lifeguard, swimming instructor and aquafit leader. Laura always loved music and movement but wanted to be an artist. After graduating from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and teaching English for a year in South Korea Laura’s path led her to a career in Personal Training where she could not only utilize her great understanding of movement but gave her an outlet for her creativity. Laura started her own personal training company after the birth of her second daughter. It was not until she started taking Pilates classes that Laura found her true passion. Practicing Pilates became something that Laura felt she could not live without. When she left a class she felt, clear headed, stronger, healthier and happier. In her classes Laura’s imaginative, fresh approach to pilates helps people find strength on the inside and out. Laura’s goal is to help you feel activated and energized while learning to move efficiently and with intension. Pilates has not only changed the way Laura personal trains her clients, it has helped to create a body less prone to injury and most of all it has changed her life. Laura is thankful every day for her health, balanced life, family and friends and for the sound of her little girls laughing together.

Helene Bertrand

 

Michelle Sawers

Melanie Garneau

 

Laurel Crane

Laurel found upon yoga almost 5 years ago and was immediately drawn to the practice and it's benefits. After living and embracing the change in her life which comes with the practice, she wanted to share yoga with others so they could experience their own rewards from it. She completed her first 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in April 2014, studying with Vinyasa teachers Megan Campbell and Jennifer Stow as well as with Yoga Tune Up, mobility and movement educator Todd Lavitoire. Immediately after graduating she began the journey not just as a teacher but as a student of her practitioners. She also enjoys continuing her education. She travelled to Nicaragua to study an additional 100 hours of advanced vinyasa training with Megan Campbell. Laurel guides her students through vinyasa flow, hatha, gentle, therapeutic and mobility practices with safe sequences for every body while making each student feel welcome and grounded.

Marta Redecopp

 

Kasia Kord

Kasia Kord is a registered massage therapist, cranial sacral therapist, mommy, hooper, life lover and yogi. She teaches Kundalini Yoga classes, holds spiritual gatherings and workshops in her hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and around Ontario and Central America. With a Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo, Kasia has been studying and practicing various forms of yoga and spirituality for over 20 years, and teaching for over 15. She has trained in a wide variety of styles, with Kundalini being her passion for the past 12 years. She has attended numerous training’s and annual gatherings in the Kundalini community throughout North America. Kasia has also completed an intensive Kundalini Yoga teacher training through the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute(KRI), with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurshabd Singh in Rishikesh India and is a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Instructor as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini is a passion for Kasia, it combines movement, meditation, music, singing, dance, breath and positive vibrations in one powerful package. One is able to sweat, getting to all those spots in the body and mind that have been buried. One of the key mantras of this practice is “bountiful, beautiful and blissful”. Kundalini yoga helps us bring this forth through powerful movement, intense internal exploration and song. Kasia is delighted to share this practice with you and wherever she travels.