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Andrew Moniz

Andrew Moniz

Studio Owner & Director of One Tiger Yoga

Andrew is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher. He has been practicing yoga since the 1990’s and in 2008 he moved to Australia where soon after he received his Ashtanga Yoga certification under Caroline Klebl in Bali. Shortly thereafter, Andrew decided he wanted to share his love of Bikram Yoga and graduated from the intensive Spring 2009 training in Palm Springs, California.

Over the years, Andrew has continued his Yoga studies within the Ghosh Lineage of Hatha Yoga, attending workshops with Senior Bikram Teachers around the world. He is also a Certified Instructor of the Masters’ Core+ Training by Tony Sanchez. Tony is one of the Hatha world’s most senior and respected teachers. Andrew studied with Tony in the Spring and Fall of 2014.

2015-2016 Andrew also completed his Power Vinyasa training: Level One, Level Two and Art Of Assisting with the Baptiste Institute. He is currently working on receiving full Baptiste Certification.

Spring of 2016, Andrew flew down to Vancouver and spent an intensive week studying Yin yoga with Bernie Clark. Bernie wrote the book: Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, he is of Yin yoga’s most sought out practitioners.

Andrew opened a studio because he is passionate about yoga, he wanted to share the extraordinary benefits of the practice with his community. By 2010, his vision to build a vibrant and healthy community of Yogis became a reality when One Tiger opened its doors. He is very grateful to have you as part of our community.

Denise Crofton

Denise Crofton

BIkram Yoga and Yin Yoga Instructor

After years of running and working out in a gym Denise wanted to incorporate yoga into her routine, adding flexibility and a form of meditation to her workout schedule. After researching various types of yoga she came across Bikram Yoga and was curious to try this form of Hatha yoga in a heated room. She was surprised to find this yoga not only offered flexibility and meditation, but it also provided a good workout in strength and cardiovascular. Denise truly believes this yoga is the best anti-aging form of exercise that anyone can participate in, it doesn’t matter your age or level of fitness. Shortly after starting this yoga, she participated in her first 30 day challenge taking a class every day for 30 days. Through this yoga she felt stronger, more flexible and started to see remarkable changes in her body and spirit. From that point on she filled her spare time taking Bikram Yoga classes this was 10 years ago. In September 2012 Denise went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles. She wanted to become a teacher in hopes of sharing the benefits of this yoga with other people. As Bikram would often say, this yoga is all about the mind, body and spirit. This is something Denise experienced in her journey with Bikram Yoga and hopes to share it with all of you.

Yianna Karpathiou

Yianna Karpathiou

Studio Manager of One Tiger Yoga

Growing up a competitive gymnast and self-proclaimed tomboy Yianna was always passionate about movement and particularly the type of movement that challenged her and made her sweat. She tried various types of yoga as a teen but none of them resonated with her. All that changed in the summer of 2013 we she took her first Power Yoga Class, as soon as she stepped into the hot room she fell in love. Not only was she challenged physically but she was touched on mental and soulful level that she could not explain but wanted more of. Soon after she started practicing at Power Yoga Canada she enrolled in the Energy Exchange program and a few short months later she enrolled into a 200hr Teacher Training and has not looked back. Since then she has completed Level One with Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste Art of Assisting program.

Yianna is a fierce power yoga teacher whose laugh will light up a room. She loves to shake her booty to great tunes (in and out of the classroom!), gives the best hugs and is happiest when barefoot and upside down.

Lauren Dickenson

Lauren Dickenson

Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Lauren started her yoga journey in 2011 as an attempt to meet new people in the area she moved for work. Coming from a very strict athletic background in rowing, Lauren expected to go to yoga and think it was “easy;” boy was she wrong. Lauren attended a Baptiste class for the first time and could barely make it through the class. However, that was the day she fell in love with the practice.

Lauren started at Power Yoga Canada as an energy exchange which shortly after transitioned to becoming a Power Vinyasa yoga teacher.

Lauren has been teaching since August 2012. Lauren has a passion for inversions, arm balances, acro yoga and prenatal yoga. She has done several immersions and workshops with Kino McGregor and Jason Crandall.

In summer 2015, Lauren trained Level One Baptiste with Baron Baptiste in Arizona and continued her Baptiste Journey at Menla with Level Two in July 2016.

Alexandra Evans

Alexandra Evans

Bikram Yoga Instructor

Hi everyone! My name is Alex. I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2007 when I first discovered it in Tokyo, while teaching English in Japan. I immediately fell in love with it. After seeing huge changes in my physique, skin, flexibility, immune system and overall mental and physical health, I made the choice to attend the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 in Acapulco Mexico and was certified by Bikram Choudhury himself. Upon graduating, I had the privilege of teaching in numerous cities around the world, including Toronto, Vancouver, Boulder CO, Mumbai (India), and Stockholm (Sweden). I received my B.A in Sociology and Psychology at The University of Western Ontario in 2005, and travelled extensively through Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Morocco, Iceland, Sweden, and became certified as a Thai Massage Therapist in 2007.

I am originally from Toronto (Leaside), however I relocated to Hamilton in 2010 to open the first Bikram Yoga studio in the city. After 6 wonderful years, I sold the studio and have since begun my journey studying to become an Osteopath learning in depth anatomy, physiology and manual medicine.

While I have practiced various forms of yoga all around the world, my true yoga love is the 90 minute Bikram Yoga class. My experience with Bikram Yoga is that it is extremely powerful and healing, and with a regular practice, will do wonders for your immune, digestive and lymphatic systems, metabolism, sleep, stress levels, depression, and so much more.

I do my very best to make the classes I teach dynamic, motivating, educational and inspiring by drawing on all my personal experiences in the hot yoga room as a yoga student myself, learning from senior teachers, travelling the world, and reading books on yoga, spirituality and health.  I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce others to the yoga which has changed my life in such a profoundly positive way. I look forward to meeting you in one of my classes! 

Steven Kavaratzis

Steven Kavaratzis

Bikram & Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

At the age of 9, Steven developed hip Perthes, a rare degenerative disease where blood flow to the hip stops. Treatment included years in crutches, limited physical activity and frequent procedures administered by medical specialists. The biggest part of his recovery was his first Bikram yoga class in 2012.

Doctors predicted early arthritis, medical complications, limitations and a hip replacement, none of which have occurred because of the yoga. Yoga was the first physical activity Steven found that was able to heal the scar tissue in his hip, allowing him to move in a way that he felt was authentic and powerful.

In the spring of 2015 Steven knew it was time to teach the yoga, he wanted to share the healing benefits of the asana practice. Steven travelled to Australia and completed 1,000 hours of certified yoga teacher training in Bikram, Bishnu Gosh, Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Steven has been teaching full time since and is the 2016 Ontario Regional Yoga champion.

Sarah Elder

Sarah Elder

Bikram Yoga Instructor

Sarah started her Bikram Yoga journey in February 2002 and took her first class out of sheer curiosity, not to mention the fact that it was mind numbingly cold outside that winter day. It was not love at first knee lock, but she was intrigued by the complexity and the sheer intensity of the series, as well as the commitment demonstrated by the regular students. The challenge and initial benefits kept her coming back and she practiced as often as her schedule allowed. It became the perfect respite to a demanding career. In spring 2008, Sarah went freelance with her design career allowing more space in her life to focus on the yoga on a much deeper level and eventually attend the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training program in the fall of 2009.Sarah credits Bikram Yoga for promoting radiant health and a balanced, stress free life. As a teacher, empowering students to improve their bodies and discipline of mind is extremely rewarding. Sarah looks forward to welcoming you to the studio and guiding you through this fabulous, life enhancing series.
Sophie Lee Moniz

Sophie Lee Moniz

Desk Staff

Sophie started practicing Bikram Yoga weeks after her birth in July 2010. Prior to discovering Bikram Yoga, Sophie suffered from chronic neck, shoulder and joint pains. Every time I would duck my head down for a drink of water or a nibble of kibble I felt pinching in my shoulder blade and squatting to pee started to become difficult for me, she said. It wasn’t until she tried her first Bikram Yoga class that she began to feel relief.Sophie now has a regular and dedicated practice of 4-5 times a week. She has beautiful extension, is close to looking out both legs in standing bow and just started to see her toes in floor bow! It is Sophie’s dream to attend teacher training, but Bikram has an issue with dogs in his hot room. Sophie works the front desk at One Tiger 5 days a week, come in and say hi or rub her belly.
Seema Mistry

Seema Mistry

BIkram Yoga, Yin Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

Seema’s discovery of Bikram yoga came back in 2005 when she was looking for ways to improve her health. Due to the stress and enviroment of her previous job in mechanical engineering, she found herself tired and sick all the time and didn’t know why this was all of a sudden happening. Her skin condition was getting worse by day and her ‘tiredness’ was really beginning to show.

After many trips to doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists etc., she found out about Bikram yoga through her cousin who lives in England. Not expecting much from a yoga class she tried it and was completely blown away and hooked. Within a year, she went to the spring training in Los Angeles in 2006 and has completely changed her life around. Her health improved.

Seema loves to help people realize the potential in themselves and challenges anybody that wants to see a change in their lives to try Bikram yoga. Her story is not uncommon among the Bikram community but is still life altering.

Alignment and technique plays a huge role in how she instructs her classes especially to prevent injuries. Once the alignment starts to improve, then the real class begins as being focused and concentrating will really help to reach ones full potential.

One of Seema’s favorite quotes is having means nothing if you don’t know how to use it.

Kimmel Alcide

Kimmel Alcide

Yin & Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Under the advisement of her professor, Kimmel walked in to her first Bikram Yoga class in 2010.  At the end of the ninety minutes, she remembers thinking, “what just happened?” The poses challenged her flexibility, but being athletic she had a point to prove. Yoga was just another sport that she had to master.

Months after, she started experiencing the emotional transformation, which often accompanies a yoga practice. She noticed that she was happier and more positive. As she continued her practice, she inevitably became hooked.

In 2014 she completed her yoga teacher training, with a desire to share with others what she had come to experience: stillness, peace, and joy. Aside from her being a devout yogi (who specializes in Yin Yoga), Kimmel is also a Reiki Practitioner, and a Thai Massage Student with a background in Kinesiology.

These multiple disciplines have helped her build a firm understanding of the body (physical, emotional and energetic) and allow her to guide students safely through their practice. In every class, she is committed to creating an environment that promotes personal acceptance, mindfulness and enjoyment.

Anna Christensen

Anna Christensen

Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

Anna took her first Bikram yoga class in 2009 and was taken back by the challenging practice. She walked out of her first class thinking, whoa! That was intense! Immediately she knew she had to go back for more. Anna loved that the challenging 90 BIkram yoga practice took her out of her head and into her body. After a month of practicing Bikram yoga, she had numerous revelations which lead her to wanting to become a certified Bikram yoga instructor. Anna attended the Bikram Yoga College of India’s teacher training in Thailand in the fall of 2015, and has been enjoying teaching ever since. Anna brings her love and passion for Bikram to her teaching. She really believes in this style of yoga and wants to help her students further deepen their practice.

“Fire burns, wind blows, water cools, Bikram works”

Amy Poole

Amy Poole

Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Having completed  a 200 hr teacher training with Duncan Yoga complimented with Power Yoga Canada teacher training I am ready share my love and knowledge of yoga with the world. My classes combine hard work and sweat with playful music and a dose of mindful inspiration. My hope is this formula allows you to step on your mat ready to thrive and step off your mat feeling refreshed, energized and balanced. 

In addition to teaching Yoga I run my own interior decor company and raise my two beautiful young daughters.

May Lively

May Lively

Bikram Yoga Instructor

May’s love affair with yoga started in 2008 in a hot room with some 50 other sweaty people. Her uncoordinated, stiff body completely fell in love and she felt unexplainable joy and happiness after 90 minutes of 26 movements. As her love for yoga grew with numerous practices from different traditions, she started getting to know her body – understanding her limitations and possibilities in physical movements and learning to accept what she had and where she was physically in her yoga practice. She started to grasp the meaning of surrender through many injuries from overly enthusiastic practising. From mere physical asana practices, awareness of physical body developed. Heavy pressure at work (while working in the marketing industry previously) and multiple challenges at that time made her impulsive, irritable, negative, emotional, in pain and desperate to start a new life. One day in 2008, she experienced a sudden alarm bell go off in her head that went, “Let’s try yoga!” She began the first class at True Yoga in Thailand and yoga has since become like a magnet to her, opening her up to different levels of spiritual practice and understanding about her personal direction. She gained insight into how and where the thoughts arose and influenced her daily yoga practice and life in general. By simply being aware of happenings inside and outside, she felt the changes physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

May’s principle is to keep learning. The pursuit of knowledge has motivated her to complete Bikram Yoga College of India’s Teacher Training program, as well as diving deep into the knowledge and philosophies of Hatha Yoga. She has also studied anatomy to learn about injury prevention, alignment and proper adjustments. Yoga has given May tremendous benefits and experiences in her life. She found that yoga brought her vital energy and made her feel whole, grounded and at peace – what she believes to form the foundation for a happy, healthy and joyful life.

In all aspects of her life, May values integrity and compassion.  This has influenced her own practice as well as her teaching, which places a clear focus on alignment. She encourages students to respect their body and honour where they are on their journey. She truly believes that when awareness is present, everything happens naturally – whether it be physical poses or changes in general. May considers every teacher, teachers’ teachers, students, family & friends as her teachers.

Besides yoga, May is passionate about photography. A great source of meditation for her – through the lens, she speaks with her heart and sees all the beauty in this world.

Rachel Blake

Rachel Blake

Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Rachel attended her first yoga class only because there was a Groupon for a studio nearby, and she felt like trying something new. She walked out of that first class completely drenched in sweat, but impressed that an entire hour had passed and only two thoughts had gone through her mind – “Breathe” and “Don’t fall over”. It was hard, but she was hooked. The movement, the stillness and the breath all made sense. After exploring several different styles of yoga over the subsequent years, Rachel completed her yoga teacher training with Power Yoga Canada in 2015. Through a strong power vinyasa practice, Rachel strives to leave students feeling challenged but also empowered. Her own journey has taken her from being the student who practically ran out of the studio after class to avoid talking to anyone, to being at the front of the studio, teaching. Yoga has brought community, possibility and growth into her life, and she loves sharing the same with students.

Alex Paredes

Alex Paredes

BIkram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

I completed my Bikram yoga training in spring of 2010 in Las Vegas and loved the experience. My first Bikram yoga class was in 2006. I was actively running and had started feeling pain in my joints. I tried different types of yoga, but had so many benefits very quickly after doing my first few Bikram yoga sessions. I came to Canada from Mexico back in 2005 and love being here in Toronto. I appreciate the different cultures and people of the city. Some of my other interests include playing the guitar and dancing. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Eastern Canada Regional Championships in March 2011.

Bikram Yoga East York

ONE TIGER YOGA

1 Thorncliffe Park Drive
East York, Ontario
M4H 1G9

416.422.2939

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