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
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!
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 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.
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Krista is a graduate from the Fusionmovement Yoga Teacher training program. As a full time registered practical nurse, Krista fully understands the amazing effects the yoga practice has on the physical, mental and emotional body. She brings a dynamic, challenging yet balanced approach to her classes in which she challenges her students to seek that which is holding them back not only on the yoga mat but in their daily life. Krista’s classes are dynamic with a balanced approach allowing students to work at an intensity that is appropriate for where they find themselves on each given day. Krista is very excited to share her love of yoga with the Fusionmovement Yoga studio community.
Krista teaches on:
Monday 8:15pm Yin Yoga
Sunday 10:30am Community Yoga
|Christina first turned to yoga in 2001 as a non-medicinal remedy for a long-term recurring ailment. It wasn’t long before yoga became much more, providing an excellent supplement to her regular gym routine, offering strength and grace, flexibility and balance, as well as much needed stress relief.|
Since obtaining her RYT-200 in 2011, Christina has taught a variety of classes and workshops, both heated and non-heated, ranging from Vinyasa Flow to Deep Stretch Restorative, Desk Yoga to Yoga for Runners, Detox to Power Flows.
With a style that is pure, simple, and heartfelt, her classes offer fluidity, a sense of power – both internal and physical -- and playfulness.
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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.
Darren Austin Hall
Darren Austin Hall is a shamanic musician, sound healer and spiritual teacher. He recently was a featured performer at the TEDx Conference in Toronto and is an acclaimed recording artist. His performances, workshops and teachings are devoted to evolving human consciousness and inspiring a sense of universal truth and unity. His empowering music entails diverse, salving instrumentation, from the crystal singing bowls, Indian tanpura, mystical guitar, shamanic singing and song-channeling. His new album, The Tantra of Truth, is a collection of ecstatic, sacred songs inspiring the evolution of consciousness and deep, transformation. He is one of the headlining musicians for The Yoga Conference in Toronto and tours internationally for yoga festivals, retreats, offering his workshops and sacred concerts. He is also trained in Chinese Medicine and shamanic healing and is a gifted teacher and facilitator of a wide array of workshops on new paradigms of spirituality and healing. He is a writer of the blog called The Druid and is published online on sites such as Elephant Journal. He also co-facilitates The Big Love Cosmic Ecstatic Dance. Darren is also the founder of Conscious Masculinity Toronto and co-facilitates a men’s group devoted to raising the consciousness of the masculine and is a devotee of the wisdom of nature.
Breanna was introduced to yoga over a decade ago, having been a competitive dancer she thought her first class would be easy. Did she attend a beginner’s class? Of course not, she opted for the 75 minute hot Bikram Yoga class; it is a wonder she survived. After that experience she sought out a beginners yoga class to learn the basics, she fell in love with how yoga made her feel, the post yoga bliss, no more aches and pains as well as a greater feeling of contentment. She continued to practice, trying all different styles and attending workshops on meditation and pranayama. She even returned to Brikram Yoga and avidly attended for a couple of years, it is not so hard when you have a foundation.
Eventually Breanna found Vinyasa (flow) yoga. It became her passion and continues to be. She loves the fluidity of the movement and how it is connected to every breath. It connects with her creativity and the dancer that still dwells inside her. But flow yoga is not for everyone. Breanna is committed to making yoga accessible for all. Helping people to invite yoga into their lives no matter their age or fitness level, so that they can reap all the benefits that yoga has to offer.
In 2017, Breanna completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training right here at Fusionmovement Yoga. Studying under Natasja Payne and Kate O’Connor. She began teaching in the community right away at a local insurance company and a long term care home. She later started teaching at the studio. Her classes include: Beginners, Hatha, Flow, and Barre Yoga.
Lucy has been practicing yoga more or less seriously for more than a decade, after having been introduced to it at a young age by her yogi mum. She completed her yoga teacher training at the Pavones Yoga Center in Pavones, Costa Rica under Indira Kate Kalmbach. She loves to teach vinyasa classes that are inspired by nature and the ocean, and often references our connection with our environment. Lucy works hard to practice self-love, and she teaches others self-acceptance and love so that we can create a truly compassionate and loving world.
Marta graduated from the YTT program at Fusion Movement Yoga Studio in May 2017. Prior to enrolling in the teacher training program, she had been practicing yoga for 2 years at a local fitness centre. It was during this time that Marta first began to experience the benefits of a steady yoga practise. Not only had she found a physical activity that she truly enjoyed, yoga helped to reduce her stress and anxiety, and it helped to improve her chronic hip pain. It also sparked something inside Marta that she hadn't felt before. It's hard to find words sometimes, to describe what the soul already knows. Perhaps the best way to explain it is: Marta felt in touch with her true-self. She began to feel really good about herself, and she felt excited about life and like she was on the right path. From there it became more natural for her to want to invest in herself, both on and off of the mat. She found the courage to make difficult changes in her personal life, and she enrolled in the YTT program. With all of the ways that yoga has helped to improve Marta's life, she couldn't imagine keeping this gift to herself. Marta is thrilled to be amongst the awesome teachers at Fusion Movement Yoga Studio, and she is passionate about sharing the gift of yoga with others.
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.
Edie practiced yoga for several years, using DVD’s, videos and attended classes at her local community centre. She always liked how yoga made her feel afterward, but never understood why. Finding herself spending her days with the same routine, tired of the gym atmosphere, she sought out a yoga studio to help get herself “out of her rut” so to speak. It was actually her husband who suggested Fusionmovement Yoga Studio. He had attended several times and recommended she go there. She did and feels that this was a turning point in her life. After her first class at the studio she thought “this is nothing like the yoga at the community centre!” From the first class she was hooked. She developed a steady practise. She learned pranayama techniques and finally understood what the breathing was all about. Her body became stronger. Her mind was more calm and able to withstand stress more easily. Soon family, friends and coworkers noticed the change in her. They asked questions and some even followed her to the path of yoga. Edie decided that she wanted to become a yoga teacher to be able to share yoga with her community. She applied to Yoga Teacher Training at Fusionmovement Yoga Studio because it felt like home. She was thrilled to be accepted. During yoga teacher training, Edie delved deeper into the path of yoga enhancing her practise even further. In 2018, Edie graduated with her RYT200 certification. She started teaching yoga at the community centre where she works. She also incorporates yoga with her participants in the day program where she works during the exercise portion of the program because she believes that yoga should be available to people of all abilities. During yoga teacher training, She assisted one of her teachers Kate O’ Connor in the warm restorative class. She realized the joy of serving her students by facilitating their relaxation, so that they may benefit from releasing the effects of the stress in their lives. She now teaches warm restorative classes on Tuesday evenings.
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