Meet Our Faculty

Yoga Teachers ~ Meet our Amazing Faculty

 

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

Each team member brings their own unique style and essence to our Yoga Teacher Training programs giving you, the Student, an opportunity to experience more than one way to learn and teach yoga.  All Yoga Teachers commit to ongoing Continuing Education every year to ensure they are leading the way with the most essential and creative lesson plans.

The Faculty 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 and Head of Faculty, Helene Whitfield, provides this entire team of Yoga Teachers with structure and support while allowing for each unique personality to shine. 

Combined, these elements ensure you have a solid and cohesive Faculty to lead you during your Yoga Teacher Training journey.

Helene Whitfield

Director of Teacher Training | ERYT500

Meet Helene

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
As the Director of Training, I wear many hats for the Team. When I am teaching, I am forever inspired by the Students who come with resolve to practice at their level for that day. Those Students understand Yoga has left their ego at the door and that they should practice at the level for their body and soul on that day. In a world that breeds competition, it can be a hard thing to do. I am so proud of those who are comfortable in their practice and understand what the true practice of Yoga is on and off the mat.

If you could visit one person from the past, who would it be?
A young soul who was never named and never quite made it into this earthly realm.

What inspires you most when teaching students?
I am inspired by inspiring. I feel that as a Team Leader, it is my role to ensure that our Teachers and Students always feel inspired to future their path in Yoga.

Pets?
Nala (King Charles Spaniel/Poodle).

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Making mistakes is not just part of the process ~ It IS the process. If you only allow for “perfection” on the first run you allow for little room for growth. Pencils have erasers for a reason.

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

Your favourite Asana?
Child’s Pose

Favourite food?
Raspberries

Favourite movie?
Life is Beautiful

Favourite TV show?
Law & Order ~ SVU

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
Eruption of Mount St. Helen’s

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
To be honest, when I was a student, I was most cynical about it all. And then about 1/2 way through my program something switched. I woke up and it was as if I just understood that Yoga had nothing much to do with Postures, and everything to do with living and how you live. Acceptance of others and acceptance of yourself ~ perfect as we all are.

Pet Peeve?
Lateness.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Michelle Pfeiffer (but only because I have been told this)

Favourite Quote?
“People who shine from within, don’t need a spotlight.”

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
That they find room for growth and to open their hearts and minds. Sometimes we really have no idea how set we are in our ways, until the Yoga path shows us this truth.!

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Juan Villegas

Lead Teacher Trainer | ERYT500

Meet Juan

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Definitely learning new things from the students and feeling connected to them. There comes a point where we are all teaching something to each other all the time.

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

What inspires you most when teaching students?
The readiness and excitement of the students to learn new things

Pets?
Diego, Yorkshire Terrier cross.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
This quote I read once “You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, riding a rock, hurtling through space. Fear nothing.”

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

Other skills you are certified in?
Pilates

Your favourite Asana?
Happy Baby

Favourite food?
Chocolate & Hazelnut.

Favourite movie?
Arrival

Favourite TV show?
Friends

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
The Internet

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
Something that always inspires me in my Yoga practice is the fantastic feeling in my mind and body after the practice.

Pet Peeve?
Wasting Food.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Blaine from Glee.

Favourite Quote?
“In Yoga, we are more concerned with quality of motion rather than range of motion.” ~ Anonymous

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
My hope is for the students to know that a good teacher is the one that loves her/his students, wants the best for them and feels compassion toward them and as Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön said, “In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves…..”

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Alison Boons

Lead Teacher Trainer | ERYT500, RPYT

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?
Family gone too soon.

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?
No advice, would just say “I’m proud of you.”

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

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

Your favourite Asana?
Fire Log Pose

Favourite food?
Kale & Butternut Squash

Favourite movie?
Anything Alfred Hitchcock

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?
It still inspires me; the possibility of being better than I was yesterday.

Pet Peeve?
Don’t have one.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
No idea.

Favourite Quote?
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?” ~ Rumi

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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Andrea Nacey

Lead Teacher Trainer | ERYT200

Meet Andrea

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Creating community with the mamas of 2016 with all my pre-natal series in person & online.

If you could visit one person from the past who would it be?
My father, to thank him for creating the person I am.

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Being in the moment.

Pets?
Starblaster, the Shorkie.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Keep working hard in what makes you happy.

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Hot, Pre/Post-Natal

Other skills you are certified in?
Pilates, Spin, Doula

Your favourite Asana?
Fire Log 

Favourite food?
Sushi.

Favourite movie?
Lion

Favourite TV show?
Game of Thrones

Oldest historic event you remember that you were alive for?
The Gulf War

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
To be present.

Pet Peeve?
Open mouth chewers

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
I have many, everyone knows someone who looks like me

Favourite Quote?
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop” ~ Rumi

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
To find whatever they are seeking, whatever lights them up. 

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Mark Atherton

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT200

Meet Mark

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
My most memorable teaching experience this past year happened in Costa Rica during a 200 hour training. About half way through the training I led the students on a walking meditation around the grounds of the retreat centre. We had spent the last few days studying the Yoga Sutras and reading about the Yamas and Niyamas. We walked for around 20 minutes and i asked students to notice everything, to spend time looking at the smallest of things. When we returned the the study room, students shared their experience during the walking meditation. For many of the students that 20 minutes spent walking was a huge shift and led to extremely deep wisdom. I was so moved by the profound things they spoke of as they openly shared their souls with each other. That moment made me feel so blessed and grateful to be part of their journey.

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

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Seeing students understand how yoga philosophy and buddhism can be applied in their lives! These ancient teachings are still so relevant and can make such massive shifts in our lives. I love seeing students get excited and inspired about new ways to interact with life.

Pets?
Diego, a Yorkie/Herding Dog mix.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t worry about what other people think, follow your gut instead.

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

Other skills you are certified in?
Reiki Level 2, Voice Teacher

Your favourite Asana?
Child’s Pose

Favourite food?
Anything made with Potato, mostly fries.

Favourite movie?
All About My Mother/Todo Sobre Mi Madre

Favourite TV show?
Absolutely Fabulous

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
The Berlin wall being taken down.

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
Understanding that I shape my reality inspired me to live my yoga. I knew that the life i wanted to live began with me making changes and committing to live a life inspired by the teachings of yoga and buddhism.

Pet Peeve?
Rudeness.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Moby.

Favourite Quote?
“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?still be calm in your heart.” ~ Jack Kornfield

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
My hope is that students will come away from the training with a variety of tools that will help them navigate their way through life. These tools such as asana, philosophy or meditation can offer students ways to create more intimate connections with themselves and others.

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Nancy Frohlick

Lead Teacher Trainer | ERYT200, RYT500

Meet Nancy

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Teaching yoga in the park last summer. Both my students and I love practicing outside, breathing fresh air, seeing the birds fly by and looking up at the sky before Savasana. Even the time I stepped on a bee while moving off my mat to help a student. I calmly sat down to try to remove the stinger and carry on teaching as if nothing happened. By the end of the class, my foot was so swollen that I had to hobble home

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

What inspires you most when teaching students?
My students always inspire me the most!

Pets?
None.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Eat slowly and more often, stop rushing, stop worrying.

What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha

Other skills you are certified in?
Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Yoga Therapy

Your favourite Asana?
Headstand

Favourite food?
Spicy

Favourite movie?
Badlands

Favourite TV show?
Anthony Bourdain in No Reservations.

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
Man landing on the moon

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

Pet Peeve?
Bad Drivers.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
no idea.

Favourite Quote?
“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~ Unknown

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
I hope that students coming to my teacher training will arrive with an open heart and open mind. I hope that they take the teachings seriously but can still find space to be playful and keep their sense of humour. I hope that they leave the training feeling more in touch with their true,

beautiful selves.

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Ally Potrebka

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT200

Meet Ally

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Travelling to Costa Rica for 200 hour teacher training and spending 16 days with a very powerful group of people on a journey to becoming teachers. Something about the power of the country created a strong bond between the students and teachers.

If you could visit one person from the past who would it be?
Stevie Nicks circa. 1975

What inspires you most when teaching students?
Seeing students enter the room stressed from daily life and leave refreshed, renewed and recharged.

Pets?
Reid, named after Dr. Spencer Reid, is a very curious, cute and cuddly kitten.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Believe in yourself and your power. You’re much stronger, more intelligent and valuable than you know.

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

Other skills you are certified in?
Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Your favourite Asana?
Chair

Favourite food?
Tacos

Favourite movie?
Almost Famous

Favourite TV show?
Charmed

Oldest historic event you remember that you were alive for?
The New Millenium

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
The feeling of being calm and grounded I had after my yoga practice.

Pet Peeve?
Rude People.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
Zoey Deschanel

Favourite Quote?
“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” ~ Rumi

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
I hope that students begin their journey down a path of compassion, authenticity and self-confidence. I hope that they believe in themselves and their unique gifts and power that this world needs. 

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Emily Kane

Lead Teacher Trainer | ERYT200, RYT500

Meet Emily

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Seeing students have their own epiphanies while developing as a teacher. A lot of them opened up in ways that no one expected. I appreciated that everyone was so open to their evolution as a student and as a teacher. I think learning about yoga opens your eyes to new and exciting possibilities so it was humbling to watch that happen.

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

What inspires you most when teaching students?
I love it so much when students embody the true values of yoga. And sometimes you’re lucky enough to see it on the mat.

Pets?
Kali, she’s a kitten.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t try so hard. Care less, and listen to your intuition more.

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

Other skills you are certified in?
Registered Kinesiologist, Reiki Master Practitioner, Tarot Card Reader

Your favourite Asana?
Headstand & Savasana

Favourite food?
Mexican

Favourite movie?
Fight Club

Favourite TV show?
Walking Dead (but maybe Stranger Things?)

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

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
Allowing myself to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Pet Peeve?
Entitled People

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. This is the secret to success.” ~ Swami Sivananda

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
That they gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for yoga. I hope that all students walk away with a firm foundation to grow from as a teacher and in life.

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Angela Inglis

Lead Teacher Trainer | RYT500

Meet Angela

What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
Making a Yoga Teacher Training parody video with the students at the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Te Moata in New Zealand.

If you could visit one person from the past, who would it be?
Gautama Buddha.

What inspires you most when teaching students?
I’m inspired by the opportunity to support other humans in the process of diving deeper into themselves in an effort to live a fuller and more meaningful life. I’m both inspired and humbled by the trust they put in me, to guide them.

Pets?
No.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
You are already enough.

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

Other skills you are certified in?
Practitioner of Ayurveda

Your favourite Asana?
Siddhasana

Favourite food?
Nut Butter

Favourite movie?
The Royal Tenenbaums

Favourite TV show?
Sesame Street

Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
The fall of the Berlin Wall.

When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
I was inspired by the desire to realize my full potential; to live the most fulfilling and meaningful life I am capable of.

Pet Peeve?
Listening to people chew.

Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
I’m one of a kind (I don’t know who my Doppelganger is).

Favourite Quote?
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
It is my hope that students who attend my teacher trainings will begin to trust the guru within; their own inner wisdom and guide.

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