OUR TEAM

Denise

Having a background in Phys Ed and an interest in Spiritual pursuits, the asana practice of yoga was a natural transition as I started practicing yoga about 19 years ago. Learning is a life long practice for me, as I went back to college for a diploma in Recreation & Leisure Services 15 years ago, then in the summer of 2016, I decided to take yoga teacher training. This was a calling from years before and me following one of my dreams!  I continue to follow my dreams as I am currently working at expanding my business in therapeutic recreation and knowledge of the practice of yoga!  In the hot room, out in nature or on a chair, it is all great yoga! Outdoors or indoors, singing or dancing, yoga or meditation,  life is good!!  Living, Loving, Learning!
Qualifications: 200HR YTT

Jax

I started practicing yoga in 2011. After many injuries from 23 years of playing hockey, I started to question what was next. A friend asked me to try a hot power yoga class and I said yes. After 8 years, the power of this practice continues to inspire me to expand the boundaries I have built around my heart and accept whatever is happening in the present moment just as it is. Yoga has encouraged me to investigate myself physically, mentally and emotionally and honour the gifts I have been given to serve this planet. I have acquired and lead many trainings along my journey. I specialize in the Baptiste inspired Journey Into Power flow as well as creating connection and community everywhere I go. I LOVE the mountains, hiking and connecting with people. I also love sweating and hugs and have no problem if those two are mixed together!    
Qualifications 200HR YTT, 300 HR YTT Level 1 Baptiste training, Assisting Intensive

Mike "Chilly"

started practicing yoga in 2011. At the time, I was not coping well with the death of my parents. I dove into yoga & meditation, feeling an instant realization that "THIS" was what I was missing! Today, I practice to maintain balance in my physcial, mental & emotional self. I am super grateful to be back teaching in the space where much of my yoga life began. I cherish my wife Rose (27 years!) & my two amazing young adult children who are forging their path in this world. I am a dog-aholic with 3 crazies referred to as The Boys! I am passionate about photography & food creation which are my creative canvases. I love teaching yoga as a means to connecting on a very powerful level with students. I love to leave each class having invited each & every person to learn something of themselves. Since 2012, I have taught & travelled internationally & continue to teach classes, lead workshops and trainings. Qualification 200 hr YTT, Baptiste Level 1, 2, Art of Assisting, Advanced Assisting, Yoga Anatomy - Foundations, Principles & Practices, Mobility WOD. YACEP & E-RYT

Amanda

I started yoga in 2015 because I needed to learn how to properly take care of all my aches from the ballet, years of running and biking. I began yoga for the physical benefits, however, eventually my curiosity kicked in and I started taking Baptiste workshops and courses. I love being a part of this creative, open, empowering community of brilliant people. Yoga has been added to my list of passions, which include music, photography, the ballet, and being an educator. I continue to find the time when I travel to bike, hike, eat yummy food, spend time with my family and take yoga classes wherever I go!

Qualifications: Assisting Intensive, Healing Heroes, 200 Hr YTT. 

Andrea

I have been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching different styles of yoga since 2005. I had a very sore back and yoga helped me heal and recover. After that, I stuck around on my mat for physical conditioning and mental taming. My main teaching passion is Baptiste Yoga Journey Into Power. I can step onto my mat or in front of the room and feel energized immediately, regardless of how I showed up. I enjoy sharing this with our yoga community! Together, we stretch our bodies and minds.
I specialize in asana alignment, humour and problem-solving! I am married - we have one human child and two cat children. I love to cycle, soak up some sunshine and drink coffee, sometimes all at once. As the Studio Owner, I am so excited to evolve and grow with our new studio, Soul Fire! 
Qualifications: 200 HR YTT, Baptiste Certified Teacher - Tier 3, Assisting Program, E-RYT 500.

Rebecca

I have been practicing yoga for the past six years and have been teaching for three. I was initially drawn to the physicality of the practice and quickly fell in love with all that yoga and this wonderful studio has to offer. I like to describe yoga as my ‘moving meditation’. It’s my chance to be in my body and out of my head,  to challenge myself and show myself grace and compassion on others. I love teaching! I also love to assist classes at the studio. I am the Assisting Lead - I work with the Assisting Team to connect with students on their mats through hands-on assists, offer support and guidance as well as assist weekly. When I’m not busy at the studio, I’m busy at home with my 4 children.  Even though they are getting older, they still keep me on my toes!
Qualifications: 200 HR YTT, Assisting Intensive.

Nancy

I started practicing yoga about 7 years ago. I came to my first class with my daughter. My journey led me to teacher training five years ago. I am a physiotherapist by day and loved the physical practice, how the movements, sequencing and anatomical alignment of yoga make sense to me. What I also found was an amazing connection to the people around me in this community and a strong connection to my self. My journey has taken me through many significant changes in my life, in and out of this yoga practice, but I keep coming back to feel grounded, calm, strong, connected and supported.
Qualifications: 200HR YTT, Assisting Intensive

Natalie

I began practicing yoga in 2007. Initially, it began as a physical activity, to seek strength and flexibility. After a few months, my practice quickly turned into one of self-love and acceptance which in turn,  keeps me returning to the mat every chance I get. In April 2019 I graduated with my 200 hr YTT, an extremely transformative training that changed the way I view myself and the way I approach life’s inevitable challenges. I have lived and travelled to many destinations, a forever wanderer and seeker of the eternal truth. My passion lies in being there for others as well as continuous awareness of my higher, authentic self, to keep expanding in this lifetime and beyond.

Jen

Bio coming soon 🐢

Lauren

I began practicing yoga in March of 2017. I was going through a difficult time personally and didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. Something had to change. A friend mentioned she did power yoga and suggested I come with her. The very next day I did and I never looked back. After my first practice, all of a sudden I had this spark; I was excited again. I was amazed at what my body could do after two kids! A couple of years later and the spark is still there; I am still excited to walk through the doors to the studio, still open to magic on my mat, to the connections in this community and to life. 
Qualifications: 200HR YTT
I'm a mother of 2 and you can often find me rocking out to classic rock in my Guns n' Roses shirt while driving my van! 

Celeste

I started practicing yoga in July of 2017. I was drawn to yoga because it was different from any other form of physical activity I had ever tried. What inspires my practice today is the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of the practice. Yoga keeps me aligned with the best version of myself and inspires me to keep inspiring others.
Qualifications - 200HR YTT, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer)
I am passionate about serving the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community. I'm also a fan of kayaking and my Bullmastiff Lucy.

Vanessa

I've been practicing yoga for over a decade, having started at a Toronto Annex studio in 2008. However, my practice started sticking with me during summers working in Ottawa, at an Ashtanga studio. The practice stayed with me when I moved abroad to the UK, and I continued my pursuit of presence, stillness and a great workout. After moving back to Toronto, I really started getting the itch to discover more, but the timing for teacher training never seemed "right" - until I moved to Niagara. The amazing community and sense of empowerment gave me the push to step into the unknown and to complete my 200-hour training in the Spring of 2019. This practice has saved my life and fired me up in so many ways! I can't wait to share some of what I've learned and am still learning both on and off the mat with you at Soul Fire! When I'm not at the studio, you can find me hiking the Bruce Trail with my rescue pup, or honing my urban gardening skills to live a slower and more sustainable lifestyle.

Alyssa

I started practicing yoga in high school when I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to do everyday… for the rest of my life! When I felt lost I’d always come back to my practice like clockwork. It’s both a mental and physical test. If practice is an hour then I get an hour to test myself for the real challenge – being alive. And as most yogis know, each day is full of new challenges and every day is different in the body. So it’s really about getting comfortable in the uncertainty of life for me. I have struggled to discipline myself with almost everything in life, from school to sports teams to various jobs because I get bored so easily. Yoga is different. I could practice all day. Everyday. It brings comfort through discomfort. It's such a juicy feeling to breakthrough. 
 
Qualifications: 200 HR YTT
 

Laura

I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and continued to do so through 2 pregnancies. During the busy toddler phase, I took some time off from a regular practice but was drawn back almost 7 years ago. I have been practicing consistently since then. 
What drew me to yoga initially was the physical benefits of stretching my body and building strength in a safe way. The stress relief I felt was a bonus and I found myself feeling more calm and peaceful while keeping my reactions in check. While these benefits continue to inspire me today, the self-awareness that yoga has brought me has made me a better mom, wife, friend and business owner. Yoga allows me to get present with myself, my emotions, my state of being at any given time. 
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 17 years and we have 2 beautiful children.  We are an active family who enjoys skiing every weekend in the winter and busy with sports, horseback riding and bike riding…. And of course YOGA!
Qualifications: 200 hour YTT with a focus on Baptiste Power Yoga. I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 with the Baptiste Institute. Assisting Intensive and True North Alignment course