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Roy Gowans
Certified Yoga Teacher
Certified Personal Training Specialist (PTS) - CanFit Pro
Certified Practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage - Lotus Palm School. Thai Massage Toronto
Reiki Level II Practitioner— Usui System of Healing.
Certified Mind Body Fitness Specialist - CanFit Pro
Additional Training:
Pilates training
Nutrition Specialist – CanFit Pro
Zen Shiatsu - Kokoro Do Jo
Roy is also a long distance runner


After working in marketing and sales for almost 20 years, Roy gave up the corporate world in 2003 to commit full time to his love for Wellness and Fitness. He and his partner Tina opened Holistic BodyWorx in 2004.  Roy has an extensive background in Mind/Body exercise and therapies. He has over 14 years of experience in teaching Yoga classes, Yoga teacher training certification courses, meditation classes, Yoga philosophy & mindfulness training. Roy also has extensive experience teaching fitness classes including fusion (blending Yoga, Pilates, exercise), body sculpt, H.I.I.T. and Boot camp classes. He also coaches personal & small group training in fitness, and nutritional and weight loss coaching. Roy also has extensive training in the following mind/body/spirit therapies: Thai Yoga Massage, Zen Shiatsu,  and Reiki. Roy’s energetic and positive disposition along with his extensive knowledge helps clients and students meet and exceed their wellness goals. Roy's strong belief is "when we become fit, healthy and well, all areas of our lives improve including our happiness and sense of wellbeing".

Roy Blogs at energyformindbody.com



Tina Aurelio
Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Yoga Instructor - Holistic BodyWorx - RTY200 Yoga Alliance
Certified Reflexology Teacher - Ontario College of Reflexology Certified Reflexologist Member of the Ontario College of Reflexology
Reiki Level II Practitioner Usui System
Life Coach / Nutritional Coach / Lifestyle Coach

Tina Aurelio is a highly motivated “wellnesspreneur”, life coach, and motivational speaker, dedicated to empowering individuals. Tina educates on a holistic approach to designing an optimal lifestyle. She demonstrates focus to a life of vitality and connected purpose. Today, she combines her knowledge and experience about the physical, emotional and spiritual body to help individuals connect to the core vitality that spurs truly remarkable lives.

Tina has over 14 years of experience in working with students and individuals in teaching and coaching. Dedicated to serving and assisting and educating individuals to become strong, healthy and well in all areas of their lives, including their happiness and wellbeing. With Tina’s unique approach to addressing life, health and wellness concerns, her clients and students often see drastic improvement with their quality of life.

Tina’s life purpose is about inspiring, teaching and coaching individuals to achieve their best life. Tina draws on the lessons she’s learned from her experiences to motivate people fulfill their potential.

I believe in implementing effective guidelines to create success and enable people to live life on their terms, healthy in mind, body and spirit. – Tina Aurelio.

Click here for Tina's blog   Women In Strength


 

Cristina Reyes
 

Certified Yoga Instructor - Holistic BodyWorx - RTY200 Yoga Alliance

Jock Yoga Certified

Certified Pilates Mat, Balance & Resistance Apparatus Instructor

 - Body Harmonics

Cristina has been an ardent student of Pilates and Yoga for close to a decade. She completed her Pilates Mat Certification at Body Harmonics and Her Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Holistic BodyWorx, a Registered School -Yoga Alliance.  Cristina is also Certified in Jock Yoga - the original athletic yoga method. Her focus is on broadening her knowledge through continuous training and learning as nothing is more rewarding to her than to see her students reap the benefits of Yoga and Pilates. Her goal is to inspire students and help them improve their well-being through Yoga and Pilates. She believes that one does not need to choose between these two systems and the key is striking a balance. She offers a wide variety of classes that are accessible to everyone: Pilates Fusion, Yoga Fusion, Hot Hatha flow and Vinyasa.

 

Tony Sidhu


Certified Yoga Instructor - Holistic BodyWorx - RTY200 Yoga Alliance

Certified Practitioner of Thai Massage - Still Light Centre - Toronto

Tony first stumbled across Yoga during his early working life when he found himself taking “Kundalini Yoga” classes as an outlet to the everyday stresses of work life.   During this time he realized that there was truly something transformational  about yoga, which always left him feeling internally balanced, strengthened and at peace, after participating in a class.   Many years later, he found himself establishing a weekly practice by participating in “yoga” classes at a local gym.  To deepen and expand his interest in Yoga, Tony decided to pursue the Yoga Teacher Training through Holistic Bodyworx.  Since then, he has been teaching at various studios in both heated and non-heated environments.  Throughout his classes, Tony strives to teach yoga with a specific focus on postural alignment, breathing and relaxation techniques that will allow participants to become stronger, more balanced and relaxed.  “For me, there is no greater investment in one’s physical, mental and spiritual health than through the practice of Yoga except being able to teach and guide others where I truly feel privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to do so".

 

Shereen Mumeni


Certified Yoga Instructor - Holistic BodyWorx - RTY200 Yoga Alliance

Certified Holistic Nutrition- cnp

Reiki Level II

Shereen is a Certified Yoga Instructor with over 10 years practicing Yoga. Shereen teaches most styles of Yoga specializing in Hatha, Hatha flow, Vinyasa, and Restorative.  Shereen graduated with honors from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. As a Certified Nutrition Practitioner she is an expert in this growing industry. Her dedication can be seen daily through living a healthy lifestyle with Yoga, regular exercise, and diet. Shereen's passion is to share her knowledge and experience with family, friends, students and clients.

 

Yvonne Di-Biase

Certified Yoga Instructor

Certified Pilates Instructor

Black Belt in Karate, CMAC

Black Belt in Kobudo, CMAC

Tai Chi Certification, CMAC

Yvonne lives Yoga and Pilates every day. She has cultivated a commitment both through her practice and meditation. She started out in the Martial Arts receiving black belts in Karate, Kobudo, and Tai Chi. Shortly after, she received her teacher’s certificate for teaching Yoga and Pilates.  She sees the body as energy and having explored the element of energetic flow understands the benefits of reenergizing our bodies.  As we create lines of energy through the body, we also create space through the joints and spine and as our bodies open, our minds begin to open.  She understands that balance comes from a calm and focused mind.

She teaches a hatha flow yoga class where the mind, body and breathe are connected, moving from one move to the next with mindfulness and breath.  She also teaches a vigorous Pilates class for a whole body workout .

"All of life is contained in this moment, in the space between thoughts, in the pause between breaths.” Stephen Shaw


 

 

Kelly Robichaud

 

Yoga Teacher training Certification - Holistic BodyWorx

 

Kelly has been practicing yoga for 7 years, and that is when her journey to a new bright life began. She is classically trained in Hatha Yoga, from Holistic BodyWorx with a 200HR CYT. However my style of teaching also incorporates seamless vinyasa flows providing the class with a diverse range of movements. In her classes you will feel the strength of your body, the relaxation you crave and happiness in accepting yourself in your practice. Kelly believes with practice comes progress and together we can make this happen.

 

Angie Fumo

Certified Yoga Teacher - Holistic BodyWorx  -RYT200 - Registered Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga certified

Angie’s life guiding mantra is: “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu - May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, and has found it to be a source of strength and fulfillment. Her passionate teacher style seeks to offer the benefits of yoga in a welcoming, and non-judgmental way, emphasizing the power of yoga to cope with anxiety and depression. She continues to combine life experience with her ongoing training in order to guide practitioners to move through their yoga practice with confidence, peace of mind and a full heart. Angie's intention in every class is to offer joy, inclusion and respect for self and others while discovering your own inner power. You will step off your mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced. 

 

Claudia Richer

Certified Yoga Teacher - Holistic BodyWorx  -RYT200 - Registered Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance.

Claudia found yoga at a time in her life when she needed it most.  She’s a practitioner with over 10 years of dedicated practice, and received her  RYT Yoga Alliance designation in recognition of completing the required 230 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Holistic BodyWorx. In addition, Claudia has also enhanced her skillset with a Yoga fit level 1 and 2 certificates and is always looking to broaden her knowledge. 

Claudia’s passion and love for yoga can be felt through her teaching as she’s always trying to make each individual feel welcomed, and safe.  Her classes allow practitioners to create movements with awareness. She strives to make yoga accessible to everyone and invites her practitioners to have a unique and fulfilling experience.  

 

Angela Bodrozic

Certified Pilates Teacher - Holistic BodyWorx

Angela has been an avid runner and yoga student for many years.  In 2011 she wanted to start something new so she took her first Pilates class at Holistic Bodyworx and has been practicing pilates ever since.  Classes at the studio incorporated the fundamentals of Joseph Pilates and added layers to the movement to really challenge ones athleticism.  This attracted her to the studio and is one of the many reason why she took the Pilates Teacher Training Course at Holistic Bodyworx. Angela’s mission as an instructor is to challenge and motivate individuals of all ages and physical abilities.  For years, Pilates allowed her to maintain a strong body, healthy mind and positive spirit.  She hopes her clients leave her classes with a similar rewarding experience.  Angela also continues to be a Pilates student, expanding her knowledge and training in this field. 

 

 

Megan Pedersen

Certified Pilates Teacher - Holistic BodyWorx

Megan has been a student at Holistic Bodyworx since 2015 and began her journey as a Pilates instructor in 2017. Megan is also a certified indoor cycling instructor as well as a student at McMaster University completing a Bachelor in Art History before she pursues her passion for interior design. After playing OYSL and later OUA soccer for McMaster University, Megan chose to step back from her soccer career in 2016 to pursue her love for Pilates. Megan is a very kind, bubbly and energetic instructor who's dynamic style is magnetic and attracts a wide variety of clientele to each and every one of her classes. Megan's goal is to inspire her students to optimize their potential in each of her classes. Her favourite quote is taken from Marianne Williamson's 'Our Deepest Fear...' "We are all meant to shine as children do,... as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same." Megan uses this quote as a reminder to be light in the world through the pursuit of excellence. She encourages her students to let their light shine both in the studio and in their everyday lives as it will subconsciously allow others to do the same. 

 

Amy Clifford

Certified Yoga Teacher - Holistic BodyWorx - CYT - 200

Amy grew up playing competitive sports and as a young adult she exercised to keep herself in shape. 5 years ago after suffering an injury, she decided to start practicing yoga. She immediately fell in love with it. Through yoga she felt her body and mind grow stronger, more flexible and more synchronized and she learned what her body and mind needed and craved from movement. Amy developed a passion for yoga and wanted to share this passion through teaching. She is trained in Hatha Yoga, from Holistic BodyWorx with a 200HR CYT. Amy’s classes incorporate vinyasa flows to strengthen the body and encourage mind and body connection. In the bustling world we live in, Amy hopes to give her students an hour where together they can quiet the world around them and connect with their body, mind and spirit. 

 

Elyas Burney

Certified Pilates Instructor - Holistic BodyWorx

As a die hard Toronto Raptors fan it’s ironic that Lebron James authored my favourite quote: There are no shortcuts to greatness. Those words of wisdom precisely capture the ideal approach to any physical or athletic goal. I have experimented with several exercise programs and can say with certainty that the Hot Pilates classes at Holistic Bodyworx are the most challenging and effective workouts in this city. My classes combine a lot of classic Pilates moves (rollups, teasers, bicycles) but are layered with advance and basic modifications to either challenge the most competitive athletes or welcome those trying for the first time or recovering from injuries. I love interacting with clients throughout the grueling one hour and take pride in pushing them to the next level and even making them laugh.

I only have the following rules:

1)   In Hot Pilates our warm up is harder than most people’s workouts

2)   If your "cardio” involves reading a magazine, it’s a not workout

3)   Doing Zumba in a gym is as logical as doing burpees in the bottle service booth

4)   If even one person slacks off…I blast Nickleback

5)   Most importantly, have fun. See you on your mat!

 

 


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