We are Family….Atlas Studio Community of Teachers

Denise Davis-Gains

Denise Davis-Gains, Atlas Studio owner and founder

Through a lifetime of spiritual pilgrimage, Denise has learned to move gracefully and appreciate music, she enjoys a good story and was blown wide open when spirit, movement and sacred music met on the yoga mat in 1993. A Kripalu/Ashtanga inspired teacher, Denise walks a path towards wholeness & integration as a healer, yoga teacher, mentor and leader.

“Yoga is my dharma.”

Denise’s journey towards yoga began with her studies in philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has since acquired degrees from York University, Ryerson and Wilfrid Laurier University; she has studied sanskrit at McMaster University in Hamilton and writing at Naropa in Boulder Colorado. She has been teaching the movement arts since 1984. Denise brings a playful and grounded awareness into her classes while emphasizing presence and non-judgment. Her roots are in Kripalu and Ashtanga yoga, dance, fitness, creative movement and the juicy mystery of life. Denise has taught yoga to people from all walks of life ranging from palliative care patients to at risk youth, from movies stars to political figures, from seniors to cirque de soleil performers. Teaching is her gift.



Elizabeth Perez

Elizabeth Perez

Holistic Health Practitioner, Reiki Master, Kundalini yoga and meditation instructor.
Elizabeth’s curiosity about natural healing led her to acquire skills in stress reduction, healthy diet and the mystical approach to a long healthy, happy life! This quest lead her to explore different Spiritual Workshops, Yoga Retreats, and Energy Shamanic Healings in Europe, Canada, US, Central and South America. Her achievements include  Reflexology Practitioner, Reiki Master,  Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Meditation Certifications and facilitates in these areas today. She studied and received mentoring with many wonderful well known Masters, Teachers and Healers. Elizabeth is a vibrant part of the team at Atlas Studio.  She has recently completed her Thai Yoga Massage Level 1.
“I transformed completely, the benefit of learning Yoga, Meditation, Energy Work, and eating well, increased my energy level, well-being, my capacity to think clearly, an inner and outer physical transformation.  Our life experiences are our opportunities for Self-Transformation.
Let me share with you the tools and experiences that I have gathered. If you are looking to enhance your inner connection, or any goal that you wish to manifest, I believe that anything can be accomplished by simply believing in your will-power to achieve it and most of all becoming self-reliant with your inner knowledge.” http://elizabethyvonneperez.com


Ally Hind
Ally Hind

Globe trotter and lover of yoga occasionally helps us out and fills in while our teachers manage the waves of life. Trained with the oh so talented Asia Nelson of Pranalife and a long time student of Atlas Studio.  https://www.facebook.com/ally.hind


Ashley Gallagher


 Amber Pulchart
sweet amber

sweet yogi with the voice of an angel …often leads yoga nidra and continues to work on her yoga teacher training…will this be the year….let’s send love and support of our angels to help her make it happen.

 

Maggie Paige Wilson
wild child Maggie Paige Wilson

always shaking that wild thing, Maggie loves Kundalini dynamic mediations and inspires all those around her to let go and shake it up baby! Maggie is also working on completing her yoga teacher training and is cutting hair and moving through life with joy and style. https://www.facebook.com/maggie.wilson.334


Marissa Rose
Marissa Rose Jewelry

Massage therapist, artisan and make of fine jewelry Marissa has an eye for detail, love of children and a sense of play in all that she does.  Occasionally, she covers for our teachers when life calls.

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Nadia Dusil
Nadia & Q

yoga teacher, yoga student, dress maker, potter, clown, mother, daughter, wife, friend, did I say clown, thai yoga massage therapist, artist, globe trotter – more than a year in Thailand recently, awesome yoga teacher, community activist, did I say clown…. https://www.facebook.com/nadia.dusil.5


 

Terry Stainton

Terry Stainton before

Before…..

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and after….

Skeptical, but open minded Virgo, OF COURSE.
Jack of all trades, master of none.

 

Cheers !

Terry

 


 

Shannon Groves

shannon white-groves atlas yoga studio yoga teacher

Many moons ago I started developing an interest in health and fitness and joined a local fitness club to try to assist with my weight loss efforts. I was told to stretch after workouts but like most people I often would skip that part of my routine. My introduction to yoga was more of an effort to do more stretching to offset the muscle tension I was beginning to experience after an abundance of cardio and weight training in my daily workouts.

I went on to take the Can-Fit-Pro personal trainer specialist certification, and the yoga for fitness instructors course. Over the next few years I had a series of unfortunate car accidents in which I sustained injuries and whiplash. After each accident I would be sent to physiotherapy, at a certain point in my recovery they had me doing exercises that resembled isolated yoga moves.

It was about that time that I would quit doing physiotherapy and return to my yoga practice, because I found it was  a much more pleasant way to avoid pain and discomfort.  In 2011 I experienced multiple tragedies in a very short period of time. I was feeling lost and depressed when a twist of fate intervened and brought me to the studio. Denise and I spent some time talking and I was given the opportunity to return to my yoga practice, and then began the Yoga Teacher Training Course. My educational background is in social work and I can attest that yoga is truly a physically, emotionally, and spiritually transforming practice. I feel honored to be sharing the next steps in your journey with you.


Christina Robev

christina robev yoga teacher

Christina is a woman of many trades. Completed her undergraduate degree in architecture and she has already co-founded a multi-disciplinary design studio (www.robazzo.com) on Canada’s west coast, she is conversationally fluent in six languages, and she is now exploring & deepening her role as a healer, including Yoga Therapy and Thai Yoga Massage.

Christina’s yoga journey began in 2010, after recovering from knee surgery following a ski accident in the Swiss Alps. Before that, she practiced karate since childhood for a total of 14 years, instructing for 3, giving her a solid foundation for the role of yoga practitioner. She completed Atlas Studio’s 200H Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2011, and has been teaching a fun, unique & dynamic style of yoga ever since.