Yogana Studio Founder and Teacher
Nahid discovered yoga about 20 years ago, while she was a disciple of a Sufi teacher, who guided her through a difficult spiritual apprenticeship. She started teaching yoga in 2003, after studying Sivananda yoga, Satyananda yoga and Iyengar yoga. A few years later, Nahid was chosen as a member of Iran’ Women Yoga Committee, where she led Teacher Training Program in multiple cities. This was a great opportunity for her to become experienced in teaching yoga in a variety of local and international settings. Nahid also completed Pranic Healing and Reiki courses, as a result of which, she started to explore the spiritual aspects of yoga along with its physical aspects.
In August 2011, Nahid founded Yogana Studio to share her passion for yoga with the community. Her mission is to achieve this goal by holding yoga classes that comply with the most updated and internationally accepted yoga standards. Nahid has studied Persian Painting in Faculty of Art. She also has 15 years of experience as a journalist in Television and Newspapers industry.
Alina is a passionate and experienced yoga teacher who studied Hatha and Raja yoga in both Vidya and Shanti Schools in India. Alina loves to go deep into spiritual healing and meditation through yoga and align the physical body with somatic practice .These all give strength and balance to keep centered and grounded in life’s journey. Alina has taught yoga in Japan for 7 years and has trained Fletcher Pilates.
Saharnaz is a committed instructor and devoted to practice. She supports the progress of her students by offering individual guidance and attention. Her classes are energizing, vital and meditative. She believes that yoga promotes physical and mental well–being. It helps us connect to our divine nature and brings peace within.
In her 20’s she embraced the blissful world of yoga. After a short time of practice a powerful bond was created. She overcame her severe back pain by doing yoga, and love and laughter found their ways to her heart!
She had her training at Sivananda centre in India and has been inspired by many great yogis during the past decade.
Through 10 years of practice Christine has gained respect, acceptance and gratitude for herself and others. Yoga has become a welcome anchor in the sea of an often chaotic everyday life; a place to go where she can clear her mind and nourish her body. As a career coach and sustainability consultant, Christine brings elements of self exploration, growth and connection into her classes.
Christine’s teaching focuses include Vinyasa (Flow), Hatha, and Yin. Students practicing with Christine will be invited to play with their bodies in a safe and supported environment. They will be guided through a combination of poses that will strengthen and/or open both body and mind.
Timothy leads his classes from a place that encompasses both the light and dark aspects of yoga. He holds space for students to reconnect with their bodies on a deeper level than only the mechanical with a focus on looking inward for answers. A colourful, vibrant personality you will find that Tim redefines what students think a yoga class, a yoga student and a yoga teacher should be. He meets students where they are and encourages acceptance and love through each and every breath.
Tim has completed his RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training specializing in Vinyasa and Hatha yoga at Karma Teachers Studio in 2015. He has also studied Yin yoga, and completed a 40 hour Yin teacher training through Savior Yoga. Additionally, Tim has enhanced his practice with the 21hr Lead with Love Mentorship with Shannon Cluff.
Megan (meg) is a yoginig and mother of two toddlers, she was born in South Africa but has been living in Canada since 2008. Meg started her journey to become a yoga teacher when she spent a year in New Zealand in 2015, she is a qualified RYT 200hr and has additional training in Postnatal Yoga. Meg teaches alignment focussed classes, and would love it if all her students left class feeling deeply nourished physically and mentally. The balance of challenge and harmony one gets during practice inspires Meg each time she steps onto her mat. She has experience teaching private sessions, small group classes, and community yoga classes. Meg is currently pursuing her RYT 500hr, as well as RPYT 100hr.
Clara has been practicing yoga since 2004. Over the years her practice has gradually branched away from her Ashtanga roots and has morphed into a softer and more introspective practice. Clara is dedicated to making her classes accessible to all levels of experience and to holding a space that cultivates self-exploration and growth. Clara holds the distinction of an E-RYT 200 with a 200 hour level training in Ashtanga, an 85 hour certification in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, as well as a 50 hour certification in Yin Yoga. Clara has experience teaching vinyasa, hatha, restorative, yin, pre/postnatal, chair yoga, as well as yoga nidra.
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Iyengar yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India. The Iyengar method gives special attention to the proper muscular and skeletal alignment in a posture. Yoga poses are typically held much longer than the other styles of yoga. Iyengar yoga also uses props, such as belts, chairs, blocks, and blankets in order to accommodate any special needs such as injuries or structural imbalances and also to get into poses with correct alignment.
Restorative Yoga popularized by Judith Lasater, who was an early disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar. This yoga has directly inspired from Iyengar’s teachings in most gentle healing form of Hatha yoga. Practitioners practice yoga with the help of props such as bolsters, pillows and straps, in reclined positions, to provide a supportive environment for total relaxation. Restorative yoga is all about healing the mind and body through passive poses often held for as long as 20 minutes, so that the body can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert any effort.
Sivananda style is an unhurried yoga practice based on the philosophy of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, who taught disciples to “serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realize.” Sivananda training focuses on preserving the health and wellness of the practitioner and revolves around frequent relaxation, and emphasizes full yogic breathing.
Integral yoga follows the teaching of Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1966. His yogic philosophy emphasized in “an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.” His goal was to help people integrate yoga’s teachings into their everyday work and relationships. Integral Yoga uses classical Hatha postures, which are meant to be performed as a meditation, balancing physical effort and relaxation. In addition to a gentle asana practice, classes also incorporate guided relaxation, breathing practices, sound vibration (repetition of mantra or chant), and silent meditation.
Hatha is a very general term that includes most yoga styles. Hatha is a slow-paced and gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures with some simple breathing exercises and meditation. Hatha class is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga. This is an old system of yoga and now commonly refers to a class that is not so flowing. Hatha yoga also called hathavidya.
Ashtanga Yoga is the system of Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This vigorous method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures-a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The system is based on six series of asanas which increase in difficulty, allowing students to work at their own pace.
Yin yoga is a quiet and meditative yoga practice comes from the Taoist tradition and focuses on passive, seated postures that target the lengthening connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for anywhere between one and 10 minutes. The aim is to increase flexibility and encourage a feeling of release and letting go.
Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga introduced by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. The Kundalini is untapped energy (prana) at the base of the spine and Kundalini Yoga practitioners concentrate on awakening of this energy and drawing it upward through each of the seven chakras. The practice of Kundalini Yoga incorporates invigorate yoga postures, dynamic breathing techniques, chanting and meditation. Kundalini uses rapid, repetitive movements rather than poses held for a long time
Vinyasa is the Sanskrit word for “flow” and means breath synchronized movements. Vinyasa refers to the linking of the breath to movement. This fluid, movement-intensive method of yoga postures was developed by Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya. Vinyasa tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a flowing series of poses called Sun Salutations that will move learners through the power of inhaling and exhaling without stopping to talk about the finer points of each pose. This technique is also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
Viniyoga was designed by TKV Desikachar, who was son and student of T Krishnamacharya. Viniyoga is a highly individualized approach to yoga that tailors the practice to each student’s specific physical condition. This yoga style focused on the adapting asana, pranayama and other yoga practices (ritual, chanting, prayer) to the individual.
Anusara yoga developed by American yogi John Friend in 1997, Anusara is heart-oriented and is expressed from “inside out.” In Anusara, which means “to step into the current of divine will,” the source of the asana is seen as deep within each individual, rather than an attempt to control the body from the outside. Anusara emphasizes the spiritual purpose of Hatha yoga, which reconnects practitioners with their innate goodness. Classes, which are specifically sequenced by the teacher to explore one of Friend’s Universal Principles of Alignment, are rigorous for the body and the mind.
Power yoga is one of the most athletic forms of yoga, based on the sequence of poses in Ashtanga yoga. The difference is that Power yoga doesn’t stick to the same sequence of poses each time like Ashtanga does. Power Yoga is a rigorous workout that develops strength, flexibility and balance while keeping students on flow from one pose to another. Power class style varies depending on the teacher.