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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, Art Of Assisting, and Art of True North Alignment with the Baptiste Institute. 

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.

2017-2018 Andrew trained extensively with Gabriella Walters creator and director of Inferno Hot  Pilates, he received both his level one and two certifications.

Summer of 2018 One Tiger Yoga hosted the level bodyART certification in Toronto.  Andrew trained under Master trainer Garnet Suidy, where he received his level one certification in bodyART.

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.

Seema Mistry

Seema Mistry

Studio Manager of One Tiger Yoga

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 environment 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 play 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 one’s full potential.

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

Anisha Grewal

Anisha Grewal

Studio Manager of One Tiger Yoga

Growing up involved in various sports, Anisha was no stranger to a healthy and active lifestyle. After finding One Tiger Yoga, she tried her first (hot) yoga class and quickly fell in love; the physical work, the mental release, and all that sweat widened her horizons to a whole new world! Everything felt fresh and amazing but she couldn’t find a way to incorporate a steady routine into her schedule. 

A few years later, Anisha found herself feeling as if something was missing. Not feeling enough from her every day workouts, Anisha remembered how incredible yoga made her feel and decided to revisit the practice with the intention to make it more permanent foundation in her lifestyle. After visiting a few studios, she quickly realized none compared to or gave her the same loving community vibes that One Tiger Yoga did. 

Within a month of her One Tiger comeback, Anisha started working the Energy Exchange program; it gave her an outlet to further educate herself in the various styles of yoga offered at One Tiger, which all the more deepened her love for yoga. Seeing her passion and commitment, Anisha was offered a Front Desk position! Since working there, she has been continually cultivating a desire to connect the yogis of her beautifully diverse community to the same inspiring facility that fostered her own growth. Always bringing a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and friendly demeanour, Anisha soon became a Studio Manager and commits to running the studio to be a sanctuary of peace for all! 

Taking her first Inferno Hot Pilates class with Andrew, Anisha felt challenged and loved it; the feeling after completing a class and the strength it brought to her yoga practice kept her craving more. Seeing results and feeling stronger, Anisha was inspired and knew she wanted to step on the other side and become an instructor (while always staying a student). 

In May 2018, Anisha completed Gabrielle Walter’s Inferno Hot Pilates training. Don’t be fooled by her sweet smile, Anisha packs the heat to the freshest Hip Hop and R&B tunes! She’ll keep you moving and pushes you above and beyond, but will also make sure you leave the class super happy and super satisfied! Come try her class out!!

Yianna Karpathiou

Yianna Karpathiou

Power Vinyasa and Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

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 when 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 a 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 in 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.

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 fitness level. 

In September 2012 Denise spent two months at the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, learning about the Bishnu Ghosh lineage of Hatha Yoga.  She continued her training in Hatha Yoga with Tony Sanchez in May 2014, completing the 84 Asanas:  Masters’ Core System.

Then in May 2017 she went to Vancouver and received her Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clarke and Diana Batts. 

Along with her passion for yoga, Denise also practices Zen Meditation based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and is assistant Bell Master to Ray Nakano at the Toronto Buddhist Church.

Yoga and Meditation has been a part of Denise’s life for 18 years and she is so grateful to have this opportunity to share the benefits with you.

Michael DeCorte

Michael DeCorte

Vinyasa and Jock yoga Instructor

Michael has been practicing yoga for twenty years and teaching for more than ten. Michael’s first introduction to yoga was at the Bikram studios in Toronto. He quickly realized yoga to be a passion and began investigating different lineages until he settled into the Ashtanga tradition at Downward Dog Yoga Centre.

Michael practiced for a few more years before completing his first teacher training at Downward Dog in 2008. Michael travelled to California in 2009 where he was influenced by Vinnie Marino, Seane Corn and Bryan Kest. Inspired, Michael returned and went on to create his own athletic brand of yoga called Jock Yoga®️ and continues to teach Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa and Jock Yoga classes across the city.

Michael also holds retreats internationally and teaches at many events across Canada. Michael is excited to be teaching at One Tiger Yoga. Michael credits Vinyasa yoga as a compliment to his personal journey in recovery to overcome addictions.

Michael’s classes strike a balance between challenging, rejuvenating and energizing—and he likes to make his classes light-hearted and fun by adding lots of humour along the way!

Jag Knoxx

Jag Knoxx

Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

Jag first got introduced to Yoga in 2016 when he attended Seema’s Bikram 90 class at One Tiger Yoga and it was love at first sight. He went on to attend 5 classes a week for his first month and immediately noticed results. Being obese his entire life, Yoga helped him lose 60 lbs in 8 months and most importantly strengthened him mentally and allowed him to be in the present. 
 
This was just the beginning of his fascination for physical and mental fitness. In the next 12 months, Jag went on to complete a Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Spartan Super and climbed the tallest mountain in Indo-China, Mount Fansipan, in record time. 
 
Jag started attending Inferno Hot Pilates classes and had the opportunity to get trained by Gabriella Walters & Andrew Moniz to become an IHP teacher. With his background as a popular Toronto DJ and his obsession with high-intensity interval training, he found a unique way to merge his skill sets together into a motivational high energy Inferno class for all levels.  
 
Come check out Jag’s Inferno Hot Pilates class for an energetic high-intensity low impact full body shred! Come for the results, stay for the camaraderie, leave with a purpose. 
Lauren Dickenson

Lauren Dickenson

Power Vinyasa and Yin yoga Instructor

Lauren started her yoga journey in 2011 as an attempt to meet new people in the area she moved to 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.

Lisa Climans

Lisa Climans

Power Vinyasa and Yin yoga Instructor

I found Yoga 12 years ago after training and running a full marathon left me with a bulging disc and pinched nerve in my lower back.  Basically bed-ridden and barely able to walk.   I made my way to my very first Yoga class.  It was Bikram Hot Yoga.    I was immediately hooked. This started me on my Yoga Journey that I am still on today.

My back injury at times made it impossible to drive to a studio so I started to do privates with a teacher named Darcy Hagerman, who was to become my mentor.  I practiced every day with her determined to heal my spine.  Hatha, Vinyasa, and yin.

As my health started to return my teacher suggested I become a teacher. My reply ” I could never do that I’m to shy”, “too anxious”!  After about 6 months I returned to studios and kept up with my daily yoga practice, all the while still being encouraged by my mentor to become a teacher.

In the fall of 2015, I finally decided to “go for it” and got certified in Baptista yoga in New York.   The scariest and most exciting thing I have ever done! Filling that in January of 2016 I did my Moksha training and in March of 2016 my Yin training.

It is my belief that yoga is a powerful tool to heal both body and mind.  If my teaching can help others to heal that is the biggest blessing.

Healthy spine equals a healthy life.

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.
Sean McKeown

Sean McKeown

Vinyasa and Yin yoga Instructor

Born and raised in small town Ontario, Sean spent most of his youth daydreaming of more.  In search of a life with purpose and fulfillment, he attended business school and started a career in Sales and Marketing.  Throughout this journey, Sean practiced yoga regularly alongside career development.  These concurrent paths fostered an appreciation for mental resilience, and solidified the importance of a form of practice to cope with life stress. 

After experiencing multiple industries and learning through seven years of increasing responsibility with major organizations, an assessment of life was in order.  With much uncertainty, he left the business world for yoga teacher training.  The intention gradually shifted from optimizing shareholder value, to optimizing the human experience.  His interest in yoga may have sparked through the physical benefits, but over time, the real motivator emerged.  The mental control, philosophy & dogmatic teachings, and a lingering feeling of fulfillment that must be shared.  The dream: to play a part in contributing to the collective evolution of the species through cleansing bodies, healing hearts, and connecting to inspiration.

Sean has a Human Resources designation and a Masters degree in Adult Education.  Outside of yoga, he develops and implements self-discovery and focus development curriculum for the Toronto District School Board.  His classes are full of insight, with the intention of creating new mind-body synapse connections in every class.  Expect an alignment focused, educational and fun experience.

On his spare time, Sean enjoys music, being in nature and exploring the unknown.

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.
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.

Rachel Blake

Rachel Blake

Power Vinyasa and Inferno Hot Pilates 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, Yin yoga, bodyART 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.

Aimei Lim

Aimei Lim

Inferno Hot Pilates and bodyART Instructor

Aimei is a regular girl with no super powers when she first walked into what she thought was the most challenging thing she had ever done in her entire life…. it’s the longest 90 min of her life when she took her first Bikram Yoga way back in 2007. She was an addict of dance, cardio and boot camp classes for years until one day the knee joint starts to hurt plus all the long working hours on the feet in the service industry doesn’t help much. “I need to find something that is kind to my body yet challenging enough for my brain” She found it.

“Bikram yoga has healed me physically and strengthen me mentally.Inferno Hot Pilates is like the icing on the cake cause the two practice combined together is magic. I feel better, I look better than I ever did and I just want to share this secret magic potion with the rest of the world! It is a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to teach IHP here at One Tiger… I am forever grateful for that. Being a new teacher I can now start sharing my passion and I hope can motivate others in a positive way” Aimei says.

Don’t be fooled by her soft almost polite manners outside the room. Aimei’s class is energetic, powerful and motivating. She believes that all you need to do is arrive on your mat. Be prepared for some cute Malaysian accent and a super-fun playlist! “Life is about balance and to be willing to embrace new possibilities for change to happen. Combining the practice of yoga, pilates and bodyART is going to bring your practice into a whole new level. I look forward to seeing you in my class!” she winked.” I think I might just have found my super powers now! Maybe I can help you find yours!” Aimei is also recently certified as a bodyART Instructor.

Gena Govas

Gena Govas

Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

After spending several years in the corporate world Gena left it all behind to do what she is most passionate about – help others change their lives through movement and a healthy lifestyle. She became a certified personal training specialist in 2007 and she has never looked back. She is also certified in Tabata Bootcamp and currently training for Animal Flow Level 1 and Metafit HIIT Training.

Gena has always enjoyed weightlifting, running and being active. She has completed six marathons but after suffering an achilles injury while training for her seventh marathon she returned to the weight room and set her sights on competing in Women’s Physique. There she reached international level representing Team Canada at the first IFBB World Juniors and Masters Championships in El Salvador. After four successful years of competing Gena began exploring her interest in yoga and hot pilates. She attended her first Inferno Hot Pilates class and knew she had found the perfect fit for her strong foundation in fitness and went on to do her Inferno Hot Pilates Teachers’ Training.

Gena’s role as a fitness professional encourages and supports others to explore their potential and to strive for their personal best, in all areas of life. Gena believes that, with a decided mind, we are all capable of becoming our healthiest, strongest self – both inside and out and living life to the fullest.

Lisa Falla

Lisa Falla

BIkram yoga and Yin yoga Instructor

Lisa Falla is a passionate regulated healthcare provider going into her 18th year of practice as a registered massage therapist. Having practiced yoga her entire massage career, she fell in love with Bikram yoga in 2008 when looking for a local neighborhood yoga studio to practice at and maintain the health of her body to prolong her physically exhausting massage career. In 2011 she completed the very intense Bikram yoga teacher training and believes that Bikram yoga is a well-rounded form of self-care suitable for the majority of people. In the summer of 2017 she completed her yin yoga teacher training which allows for the perfect opportunity for her to share her love of anatomy, the basics of traditional Chinese medicine and chakra theory. Specializing in core dysfunction, prenatal and postnatal healing, she is happy to discuss with you before and after class any concerns about healing your body.

When Lisa is not obsessing over health and wellness, she is busy being a mom and has a keen interest in knitting and wildlife.

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”

Bikram Yoga East York

ONE TIGER YOGA

1 Thorncliffe Park Drive
East York, Ontario
M4H 1G9

416.422.2939

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