Meet Your Teachers

Meet the Amazing Teachers on our Team

Yogacara’s team of Teachers (aka Teacher Trainers) are a tight knit group of women having formed valuable peer relationships and friendships while working together over the past five years.

Each team member brings her own unique style and essence to our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training giving you, the Student, an opportunity to experience more than one way to learn and teach yoga.

The Teacher Training team meets several times in between programs to discuss and prepare for upcoming trainings ~ to review what we can do better and to listen to feedback from our recent graduates.  Our Teacher Training Director, Helene, provides this entire team of Teachers with structure and support while allowing for each unique personality to shine. 

Combined, these elements ensure you have a solid and cohesive group of teachers to lead you on your 200 Yoga Teacher Training journey.

Janet Ward

Janet Ward

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500 | Cancer

Meet Janet

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
A young yogini revealed that when I taught the class to focus at the 3rd eye point during meditation, she groaned inwardly. She admitted to ridiculing the whole “hippie” concept in a phone call home and was concerned that we may have overheard and been offended. Because now she wanted to express how deeply she resonated with the teaching. She had fallen in love with her 3rd eye.

If you could visit one person from the past who would it be?
Oscar Wilde

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Bearing witness to transformation. Being there when shift happens.

Pets?
Taisha my black, fluffy, senior cat.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Oh My Goddess, RELAX!

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, Laughter

Your favourite Asana?
Savasana

Favourite food?
Pasta

Favourite movie?
West Side Story

Favourite TV show?
Rome

Oldest historic event you remember that you were alive for?
Assassination of John F. Kennedy

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
The peace I felt in Savasana and my desire to take it into daily life.

Pet Peeve?
Water Bottles

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Annette Benning

Favourite Quote?
“Let everything happen to you; beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” ~ Rilke

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
My hope for my Teacher Training students is that they leave the program excited, enthusiastic and confident – ready to share and learn with their own students.  

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Reet Ravanelli

Reet Ravanelli

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500 | Sagittarius

Meet Reet

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Each Teacher Training is memorable in its own way. in 2014 my most memorable Teacher Training experience was in Whistler. Small group of amazing participants who were assimilating the knowledge effortlessly. Such a wonderful group of new Yoga Teachers are now spreading their gift with the world.

If you could visit one person from the past, who would it be?
Patanjali

What inspires you most when teaching students?
The transformative power of yoga.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
You already are all you need to flourish.

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Prenatal

Other skills you are certified in?
Pilates mat and Equipment, Bio-Energy Healing

Your favourite Asana?
Changes often – Currently Tree Pose

Favourite food?
Indian

Favourite movie?
Sound of Music

Favourite TV show?
Friends

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
Singing revolution in Estonia

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
My Mother

Pet Peeve?
Perfectionism

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Haven’t found her yet.

Favourite Quote?
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ PT de Chardin

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
Be open to change.  

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Siobhan Keely

Siobhan Keely

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500 | Scorpio

Meet Siobhan

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
On the first day of our Costa Rica training, one of our students confessed that she struggled with severe anxiety and, as the training moved forward, it became evident that it was very challenging for her to speak in front of the group. We were very concerned about how she was going to make it through her final 60 minute teaching practicum. But when the day finally came, this beautiful young woman SHONE like the noon day sun. She was loud and clear when she spoke, and her sequencing was dead on. AND – she SANG at the end. Janet and I cried. It was so amazing.

If you could visit one person from the past who would it be?
Laura Ingalls Wilder

What inspires you most when teaching students?
How much THEY inspire ME!

Pets?
Cutest kitty ever – the sweet little Ferdie.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
None. My younger self made me the person I am today and I thank her for that.

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin

Other skills you are certified in?
Making people laugh – it’s a life long certification.

Your favourite Asana?
Half-Moon 

Favourite food?
Sushi & Beer

Favourite movie?
Lost in Translation

Favourite TV show?
Friends

Oldest historic event you remember that you were alive for?
Elvis’ Death

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
The simplicity of it all.

Pet Peeve?
Chewing Gum

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Tracy Howie – a girl in Cobh, Ireland

Favourite Quote?
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
That they are inspired to let go of what no longer serves them and that they learn to love themselves more deeply.  

 

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Alison Boons

Alison Boons

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500 | Libra

Meet Alison

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Seeing students have their ah-ha moments, falling more in love with yoga, their practice and themselves! The ultimate experience has allowed me to have all of these same experiences and learning from them in all of these moments!

If you could visit one person from the past who would it be?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Their spirits and presence.

Pets?
Suki the Cat and Baxter the loveable pup.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Never give up on yourself.

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Restorative, Kundalini, Yin

Other skills you are certified in?
Pilates Mat, Yoga Therapy

Your favourite Asana?
Savasana

Favourite food?
Kale

Favourite movie?
The Wizard of Oz

Favourite TV show?
Friends

Oldest historic event you remember that you were alive for?
San Francisco Earthquake 1989

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
My connection to myself on the mat, still happens today.

Pet Peeve?
Procrastination

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
No idea.

Favourite Quote?
“When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long, so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.” ~ Helen Keller

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
That they find a greater connection to themselves, their practice, and who they really are. That they feel inspired to teach and share the beauty of Yoga with their communities.  

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Emily Kane

Emily Kane

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500 | Virgo

Meet Emily

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Seeing students integrating the information they’ve learned & applying it to their own teaching. It’s really rewarding to hear how excited they are to show others what they’ve learned while applying it to their own practice & lifestyle. Observing that passion & enthusiasm for teaching and yoga in general is inspiring – it has to be one of the best parts of of what I do.

If you could visit one person from the past, who would it be?
Member of my Family

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Life in general! There are so many teachable moments from life that apply to yoga – and vise versa.

Pets?
Cats Chelsea and Twitch.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Try not to try so hard. Invest more in yoga, snowboarding and the peple you care about.

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini, Vinyasa.

Other skills you are certified in?
Bachelor of Kinesiology, Reiki Level 2

Your favourite Asana?
Inversions: Headstand

Favourite food?
Mexican

Favourite movie?
The Great Gatsby

Favourite TV show?
Walking Dead

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
Princess Diana’s Death

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
Being true to myself and my values.

Pet Peeve?
People who drive in the fast lane when they’re really slow.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Donna from That 70′s Show.

Favourite Quote?
“Put your heart, mind and soul into even the smallest of acts.” ~ Swami Sivananda

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
That they obtain a comprehensive understanding of yoga while instilling those values into their everyday life. A foundation for life, learning and teaching.

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Camellia Rumball

Camellia Rumball

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500 | Virgo

Meet Camellia

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
One of my favourite classes to teach is Sunday morning Hatha, there is something about Sunday mornings that sings to me. We were just about to start class and I noticed one of my students, Jeff, was coming out of the washroom with a Kleenex and WD40. I looked at him quizzically, “your door was squeaking so I fixed it, it’s a small thing compared to what you give to us”. I was so moved by this act of kindness and so grateful for him and all of the generous and loving beings that form our Kula.

If you could visit one person from the past, who would it be?
Rumi

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Their kindness and compassion towards each other.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Drop the Drama!

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra.

Other skills you are certified in?
Reiki Master, Jewelry Designer

Your favourite Asana?
Downward Facing Dog

Favourite food?
Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Favourite movie?
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Favourite TV show?
Frasier

Oldest historic event you remember that you were alive for?
Vietnam War

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
It seemed to me that Yoga was a portal to self exploration and awareness, a very powerful kind of therapy.

Pet Peeve?
Rudeness

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
I am one of a kind.

Favourite Quote?
“Tell me what would you do with your one wild and precious life?”

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
My heartfelt desire is to marry the knowledge of teaching yoga with the unique personality that lies in each of us. To create a constant container where each person is supported to find their own voice and style of teaching. We will delve deep, fly high, learn, grow and they will come out the other end strong, confident and ready to teach their yoga.  

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