Our Yoga City Teacher Training Faculty

mary-bio1aMary Vivilecchia

Program Director, Yoga Asana, Yoga Philosophy, Teaching Methodology, Subtle Energy System and Meditation
Mary’s knowledge of yoga has been developed for over a decade. She began her Teacher Training program 5 years ago and truly enjoys teaching students and being a part of their yogic journey to self-transformation. Mary’s knowledge of the subtle energy system, Bhagavad Gita and philosophy of yoga weave their way through her entire training program.  Her strong knowledge of class sequencing pair with her understanding of anatomy and physiology provides an excellent foundation for each student. It is her hope that each student will complete their training feeling confident to teach a yoga class, as well as provide assists and modifications at the end of their training.  Coupled with this training Mary also covers the business of teaching Yoga, class planning and Sanskrit.  The Yoga City Teacher Training program provides each student with an opportunity to deepen their practice as well as begin a deeper journey into self-discovery and self-transformation.

celine-bio1aCeline Ratcliffe

Prenatal, Alignment, Yoga Asana
Celine’s passion for yoga began in 2005 when she took for her first yoga class while in Australia. In 2012 she completed her 200hrsRYT with Barb Leese and then furthered her training to receive her Prenatal certification in 2013 from Angela Jackson. Celine continues to expand her knowledge of yoga and has taken classes in yin from Bernie Clark. Within Yoga City Teacher Training program, Celine teaches fellow trainees how to perform hands-on adjustments with respect and confidence, how to spot differences in each person’s body and work towards proper alignment (utilizing props) within asanas as well as prenatal basics.

Sofia Jambor

Yoga Anatomy

Sofia has been a Yoga Teacher and significant contributor to the GTA yoga community for the past 11 years. She has completed 1000+ hours in advanced training in Anusara, Hatha, and Restorative Yoga. She has an undergraduate degree in Physiology and a Masters Diploma in Manipulative Osteopathic Sciences. Her unique education and passion for studying healthy structural relationships infuses her work both with patients and students. In teaching functional anatomy, Sofia draws from her classroom and clinical experiences to give new teachers a strong practical knowledge base and the confidence to offer their students a safe experiential journey into their own divine being.

Manual Osteopathic Therapist & Yoga Teacher BSc.,  M.OMSc.

donny-bio1aDonny Day

Donny Day (Deepak), founder of Physiyoga & yoga house (in Toronto, Canada), has studied Yoga since 1993. His background includes experience in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Kundalin Yoga traditions. Most recently, he was teaching yoga in Chengdu, China (2007-2012), followed by teaching Kundalini and Gentle Hatha in Xiamen, China (2013) and just this past winter, physiyoga to students at Kaivalyadham. He’s now based out of Toronto after 7 years of travelling, training and teaching in Asia and South East Asia.

Donny also studies 8-Step Mantis Style Gong Fu, Taiji and Qi Gong in China for 5 years and is a certified 2nd grade black belt.  Other training includes conducting workshops yoga Swathi lyengar, Devananda Giri and attending classes conducted by Uma Inder in Bali. Donny has also participated in 2 Panchakarma’s and enjoys the many aspects of Ayurveda.

Sarah Jane

Meditation and Ayurveda

Morgan fell in love with Yoga back in 2010 when she began attending yoga classes with her Mom at a local community centre. Right away she knew yoga was something that meant more than just the practice itself. She decided to become an instructor and took her 200h YTT at Blue Heron Yoga Studio in Guelph Ontario. She was so inspired by the program that she decided to expand her knowledge and completed her 500h YTT in 2015. This was followed by obtaining a certification in Seniors Yoga. She has been instructing since 2014 and absolutely loves helping others to deepen their personal yoga practice.   Morgan is also the founder and owner of Karma Yoga Studio in Guelph!

Tim Smith

Alignment,  Adjustments and Assisting
Tim started his yoga journey in 2003 with books and through self-instruction he developed a consistent home Hatha practice. In 2011 after 8 years of home practice he took his first yoga class and quickly gravitated to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga where he eventually met Ron Reid at Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto. Through Ron’s training Tim deepened his understanding of body movement within Ashtanga’s first series and the beginning of second series. In 2015 Tim furthered his yoga studies by making his first trip to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Jois, the director of the  Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute  and the grandson of the institute founder  Pattabhi Jois. Tim continues to practice Ashtanga daily under the capable instruction of KPJAYI Authorized Level 2 teacher Anna Muzzin of Steeltown Ashtanga and has completed second series with Anna’s guidance. Tim now blends tradition with evolution to support growth and understanding of the practice of yoga in a non-harmful way which involves an open dialogue between student and teacher.

Erica Evans

Yoga Philosophy and Restorative
Erica first came to her mat at the age of 19.  She loved the feeling of connecting the mind and body as well as the relaxing state she felt after her first practice.  She took a yoga break to travel the World and upon her return in 2007 she reconnected to her practice.  A graduate from De La Sol YTT 200 hour program, Erica is also certified in Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga as well as Children’s Yoga.  Erica also is Reiki levels 1 &2 certified.  Erica enjoys a variety of styles of yoga and recently has taken her practice to seniors centre’s to teach Chair Yoga.  She finds this not only rewarding but also something she looks forward to each and every week.  Through the practice of yoga, Erica has gained the immense knowledge and understanding of the mind, body and spirit connection; and it’s importance in not only her practice, but also in every day life.  Erica’s favorite pose is “Dancer’s pose” or in Sanskrit “Natarajasana”.  This pose makes her feel balanced, strong and graceful.