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Teacher Biographies


Michelle Canasa-Sammut (Owner/Director/Head Instructor/Wellness Professional)
CYA-E-RYT500

Michelle was first introduced to yoga in 2006 during her life as a new mother. Initially, Michelle sought out yoga for the physical activity it offered with the various asanas and its flow. Quickly enjoying the differing styles of yoga, she found that it not only assisted in her life physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Yoga allowed Michelle to find a balance in her life through breath, mind stability and just 'letting go.' In early 2007, Michelle was then determined to become a Yoga Instructor.

In April 2007, Michelle completed her Yoga Instructor Certification course through the Parivartan Yoga Studio with Dorothy Guerra. Immediately afterreceiving her certification, Michelle began her life as a Yoga Instructor at the studio and has even taken her knowledge to instruct her family, friends, and the Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton Communities. In 2009, Michelle also received her certification as an Aquafit Instructor. She was the former Placeholder ImageTreasurer and Secretary for the Ontario Yoga Association Board, and an Ambassador for Lululemon Square One in 2008.  Her training did not stop there!  Michelle has attended various workshops to increase her teaching abilities with Sadie Nardini, Maria Guerre, Sean Corne – such amazing people to learn from!  In February 2012, Michelle received her Certificate of Teaching for Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga with Sadie Nardini.

Yoga has helped improve Michelle's life dramatically. She found peace and stillness that was long awaited for. With that, she hopes that through her teachings, Michelle's students will find the same balance and happiness she has found in the yogic lifestyle. Michelle would like to thank Ryan, her son Damien, the Parivartan Mississauga staff, friends and cousins for the support they have given her throughout the years.

Michelle is very excited to be the proud new owner of Parivartan Mississauga and will strive to continue the great yoga family Parivartan has created within the Mississauga and surrounding area communities. Michelle always welcomes any feedback, so please feel free to contact .


ShannonShannon Babic

My love for yoga began during post-secondary school. Throughout my youth I had always been involved in sports and was used to an active lifestyle. Even when I had stopped playing sports, I was still very active, often going to the gym or working out outside. However one day ,I woke up with the plan to go to the gym for my regular work out but all I really felt like doing was stretching. Right away I googled yoga studios in my area and found one that was holding a community beginner class. So I attended and fell in love. As they say, the rest is history, I continued to deepen my practice which is centered around listening to my body. Ever since my initial experience with yoga, I truly believe that if you listen to your body, the best in you will reveal itself

I decided to take my practice one step further and become a Yoga Instructor. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’ve never looked back. From teaching Flows, to Power, to Vinyasa, receiving the energy from students is an experience like none other. My teachings are geared towards listening to your body, moving with breath, and with that will come strength and flexibility. Namaste.


Alyssa Armogan

Alyssa Armogan

I started practicing yoga in 2011. I was going through a rough time in my personal life and was looking for an escape for my mind and body. My love affair with yoga began one evening when I decided to take a hot yoga class at Parivartan. The class left my mind, body and soul yearning for more. Yoga has enabled me to release things from past, stay grounded in the present and project positivity for the future. Those yearnings lead me to challenge myself further by becoming a certified instructor. Today my goal as an instructor is to ignite that very spark in the hearts of all! Namaste!



Dino De LellisDino De Lellis

Dino loves yoga!

 He believes that yoga addresses all aspects of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, and that acceptance and confidence on the mat reflect into daily life.  He loves the peace and happiness that it brings him, and loves helping others to similarly discover the healing and empowering effects of yoga.

 Dino has been practicing for close to a decade. His interest has lead him to many styles and teachers of yoga. His practice started with Hatha and lead to Kundalini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. In 2008 he walked into a hot yoga studio and has been there ever since. In recent years, his yoga practice has brought great change in his life, inspiring him to share his experience with others

Besides yoga, Dino loves…

flip flops, full moons, chocolate, anything coconut... His family, music, his parrot, laughter, camp fires  & starting the day with a cup of coffee. Game of Thrones, all things Italian, deep breaths, dreadlocks, the ocean, mountains, big trees and silence…

 


Tina MTina M

Tina started her journey towards the principles and spiritual benefits of Yoga years ago understanding the benefits of physical fitness and connection between mind and body as an aerobic instructor. In 2010, after a very difficult time in her personal life, searching for more meaning in her life lead to the discovery of her yoga journey.
Various vendors came to visit her building selling their products. Tina came across the $30 introductory pass to the Parivartan Yoga Studio. From the first class that she took with Michelle, she never looked back.
After years of practicing, she knew that her passion for teaching fitness came calling Wanting to give back she began taking certification classes, and began certified through Michelle’s certification program. The emotional, spiritual and physical practices of yoga and the teachings surrounding it has changed her forever. She is reminded through the power of yoga and the journey of life, that our search for meaning continues and she hopes to inspire others to feel connected and balanced in their lives through the power of yoga.
Everyone's journey is different, and for her, yoga teaches us to find peace and balance and self-acceptance. We have this one life and Yoga has and will forever be an extension of her soul and being. That is the power that captured her for life and sharing her passion with others fills her heart up with gratitude. Today she teaches at Parivartan and feels blessed to be part of this wonderful community of like-minded individuals. Namaste.

 

 


AniaAnia Staszczak

Ania is a devoted practitioner of yoga and meditation and a lover of the outdoors.  She believes that in this current fast-paced, technology-oriented era, yoga has the ability to bring us back to our fundamental human roots.  She believes that if you practice yoga with an open mind, without any judgments, comparisons, or expectations, anything is possible.  She strives to show everyone that yoga not only allows us to connect with ourselves and with others, but that it also spills over into our daily lives and influences how we live and act. Overall, Ania loves to see the transformation in people when they realize that they are more than who they simply thought they were (or who they were told they were).  This transformative power of yoga is what will always keep Ania learning and teaching. 

Ania’s classes are centered on emotion-guided flows and she pays close attention to breath work.  Her classes will help you build strength, flexibility, and most importantly, promote a centered and focused mind. 


Naaz Prisc

E-RYT550HRS

My yoga journey began in 2009 as a rehabilitation program to regain my physical and spiritual being after immobility due to an injury. Therapy led to passion and became a certified Hatha yoga instructor with yoga network of Canada 200RYT and continued teacher trainings and workshops with renowned teachers with 350hrs and my desire to make a difference.

Working full time in the airlines and teaching yoga brings balance, strength and peace. Connecting mind, body and spirit, a union or YOGA. My philosophy on teaching yoga is sacred, a divine union by always being true to yourself. Strong mind cultivates a strong body. Volunteering for friends and family karma yoga, giving without expecting anything in return. A good foundation and core whilst expressing Asanas(poses) with grace and the ujayi pranayama (victorious or oceans breath)
inhaling positive energy, exhaling negative energy. Seeing transformation, students will feel light, yet energized with a sense of calm. Staying humble on and off the mat.

Teaching Hatha, power, core strength Vinyasa, detox and Budokon yoga(martial arts and yoga) flows for beginners and advanced classes. Friendly in nature and always ready to give a helping hand. Passionate about animals and nature, love walks with my dogs, adventurous and a world traveler best hands on guide to life, favourite cities Roma,Tokyo and Hong Kong. Family oriented, have a loving family, my dad is my biggest role model and my son who is health conscious is always encouraging and inspiring.


Jason Low

I started my yoga teaching journey with a weight loss transformation. Like most of us, it took me years to finally realize that my body was not optimal and I knew that if I didn’t start to make some changes things wouldn’t get any better. I started doing yoga consistently, go back into martial arts and started to cook more instead of eating out all the time. I not only realized how important it was to take care of ones health and well being , but how small yet consistent positive changes can really add up over the long run. Martial arts , yoga , and living a healthy lifestyle are the keys to allowing me to be my best. My passion is to help others feel confident , strong, and happy... the first step for all those is to feel good in your own body!

 

 


Ida Kurys

Ida was instantly drawn to yoga. A negative experience brought Ida to try her first hot yoga class and, in that one simple hour, she developed a fresh new perspective on life. At the time, her optimism made very little appearance and the racing, negative thoughts seemed to always get the best of her. The sweat of that first class carried all her negativity with it and by the end of savasana, Ida opened her eyes to a brighter and more promising world. And so her journey began! Completing her Teacher Training in 2009 was only the beginning. Known for her open mind and open heart, she continues to feed her deep hunger for learning Having been taught by various world-renowned yoga teachers, Ida’s greatest learnings come directly from the people and experiences in her everyday life. Through yoga, she creates a space for her students to learn alongside with her and grow. Her classes are light-hearted but powerful – a place to let go of bad days, clear out the negative junk, and make room for balance, peace, strength, (and a few good laughs!). Her message is simple: See everything that happens to you as an opportunity to grow and be better. And always remember that life wants you to win, so get out of your own way! Gandhi said it best: ‘We must be the change we wish to see in the world’ and this is her doing just that.


Amanda Tran

Amanda is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance. Her yoga journey began in 2003, where she first arrived on her yoga mat as a way to stay fit. What started off as a new fitness class gradually turned into a committed lifestyle of authentic expression, spiritual connection and self-love. Amanda teaches yoga with love, gratitude, and compassion. She holds space to help others connect with mind, body, and breath. Her classes focus on playful vinyasa flows, nourishing pranayama and calming meditation. Amanda guides students through safe physical alignment and inspires self-love in each present moment. When she's not teaching yoga, Amanda is a part-time professor at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario in the Corporate Communications/Public Relations post-graduate program. You could also find her chasing waterfalls, hiking a trail or creating a nourishing meal.

 


Taylor St. Amour

Taylor began her yoga journey with the hope to gain physical strength and mental clarity. Even though she expected to love yoga she never imagined the many other benefits that could come with this practice. She wishes to share with others how yoga can change your life on the mat and give you the tools to thrive off of the mat.

Taylor’s love for art and creating give her a playful approach to her classes. In one of her classes you will likely find yourself in a challenging flow with focus on core strength. Beginners are always welcome as modifications and positive encouragement are always offered. No matter where you are with your practice Taylor puts emphasis on the importance of linking breath to movement.

For Taylor the exciting part of yoga is that there is always more to learn and a way to dive deeper. What often begins as a personal transformation creates a beautiful community that Taylor hopes to always find a place in.


Sarah Chai

A lover of inversions, vinyasas, arm balances and chaturangas, Sarah started her yoga journey back in 2013 solely as an effort to get her pre-baby body back. Instead, she gained a new perspective on the world, a new attitude for living life, found her centre and gained some strength; all of which were much larger gifts to living her fullest life. As she began to feel the transformation yoga had in her life she felt inspired to share the gift of Anusara yoga with others by graduating from the Anjeli Yoga Teaching Academy in 2017. She has since dedicated herself to wanting to help and transform others through teaching by pursuing her YT-500hr certificate.

She has dedicated her life to incorporating the yogic ways into her family’s everyday life and continually pursues a deeper connection for her mind and body.