Yoga, Meet Science
At Connect Yoga, we are redefining the idea of a traditional yoga studio. You won't be doing repetitive sequences or always be confined within the four sides of a mat. We will encourage you to step outside of the yoga box and off your mat so you can move better in your day-to-day life, increase body awareness, and reduce pain and injuries.
Connect Yoga classes feature Yoga Tune Up®, which emphasize safe and functional movements, combined with dynamic strengthening and stretching, therapeutic self-massage and breathing strategies that will help you live better in your body. All of our classes are suitable for everyone. For the advanced practitioner, movements can be scaled up and for the absolute beginner, movements can be scaled down.
About Yoga Tune Up®
Yoga Tune Up® is a system that goes beyond traditional yoga and is the backbone of our studio. The work of Jill Miller is a unique whole-body fitness method that incorporates yoga, corrective exercise, and her Roll Model® Method self-massage techniques with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls. We are proud to be the first studio in Toronto where Yoga Tune Up® is the core of our offerings. Classes are designed to inspire your knowledge of anatomy and get you moving in ways that open, energize and inform your tissues. You will leave each class feeling energized, calm and more connected to your body.
Yoga Education for Functional Movement
Education is our philosophy at Connect Yoga. We believe that our learning is ongoing and we're willing to grow and adapt as new research uncovers deeper understanding of body mechanics. We'll have a regular schedule of classes for body maintenance as well as special workshops that help you go deeper in your body education. And of course, you'll also see a lot of Yoga Tune Up® Trainings and Immersions. Teachers from all fitness modalities and students seeking deeper knowledge will benefit from all the workshops and trainings we offer. (Because of our commitment to education, there may be times where classes will be cancelled. All efforts will be made to cause as little disruption as possible.)
Our Intimate Studio On The Danforth
We are a small, independent studio and will work hard to build a space that is important, unique and valuable to our students. When you walk up the stairs, you will immediately feel at home and at ease. Our bright second floor studio is intimate, warm and welcoming. Everything you need for your practice is here: mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets and Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls.
Some Of Toronto's Best Yoga Teachers
Curious. Knowledgeable. Creative. Compassionate. Our teachers share a passion for learning and furthering their movement education. Each brings a unique skill set and personality to their classes and they all have highly specialized training that is over and above what is required at many studios and gyms. Come and experience the difference for yourself!
Jean Eng is the owner of Connect Yoga and she is thrilled to welcome you to the studio. She started practicing yoga in her late 30's and strongly believes that it is never too late to begin a path to better health. Jean is a certified Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model® Method teacher and Hatha Yoga instructor in the Bishnu Ghosh lineage (Ghosh was the brother of Paramahansa Yogananda). She continues to make education a priority, keeping up with the latest research and attending workshops and trainings with respected teachers whenever she can. Her decision to open the studio arose out of a deep passion and desire to empower others to heal and maintain their bodies.
Jason Campbell is a 500 hr Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Mobility Specialist. With a decade of experience in Yoga, and niche trainings in Anatomy, Biomechanics and movement, he brings an evolution of yoga asana to his students. He has worked with NHL Players, Olympic Athletes, and Celebrities, but whether he is teaching an athlete or novice yogi, the goal is always the same: To help you move better in your body to avoid pain and perform better in your life. To learn more about Jason, please visit his website, MobilityMend.
Monique Blackman is a certified Yoga Tune Up®, Moksha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga teacher as well as a Reiki Master. Offering up her soul and life's mission to serving the Divine, Monique discovered early on through the healing practice of yoga that this was her purpose on Earth. In her mid-20's, while battling severe depression and illness, she was able to emerge by implementing a consistent yoga practice into her routine. The impact that asana had on her mind, body and spirit inspired her to give back to the practice that healed her. Monique's aim is to inspire others to reclaim their power and take the journey that leads to self-discovery, expansion and commuting with Spirit. She works tirelessly to create a safe, open, compassionate space for all.
Brendan Jensen's earliest yoga practice arose from an effort to find balance within the rigorous regimen of a dance vocation. A graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada, he has performed internationally with some of Canada's leading contemporary companies. Brendan strives to ensure his yoga and performance practice continue to inform each other. He is a certified Yoga Tune Up®, Moksha and Yin teacher and has co-led international retreats. Brendan is eager to learn and grow with anyone willing to enter the studio and share their practice. He offers an open mind and heart with a healthy dose of realism. To learn more, please visit his website Brendan Jensen.
John Jardin's mission is to awaken others to their true potential in body, mind, and spirit. Having worked in the corporate world for many years feeling lost and experiencing bouts of depression, he realized that these feelings were a calling to live in authentic alignment with his soul's path and to be of service to others. John's passion lies in helping others bridge the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of their being, and ultimately re-discovering how truly amazing they are. He believes yoga is the perfect vehicle to help others transform inside and out. John is a certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher and completed his yoga training in Vinyasa and Hatha styles through YogaSpace in Toronto. His additional background in personal training, Reiki, mindfulness, and coaching enable him to provide a safe, welcoming, and integrative experience for his students.
Sabrina Kalemkiarian brings her fun, light-hearted and fiery nature to every class she teaches. She strongly believes that exploring any movement practice should be creative, joyful, challenging and most importantly- FUN! Her deep rooted passion for holistic health, wellness, mindfulness and movement keep her in a constant state of growth & evolution. Trained in Hatha, Flow, Yin, and Restorative styles of yoga, she compliments her practice and teaching style with additional trainings and continuing education in Pilates, TRX, Barre Fitness, PiYo, personal training and Yoga Tune Up. When she’s not teaching, training or working out you can find her out and about exploring the world, hanging out in nature and loving life.
John Watson has been practicing yoga and meditation for 20 years. He learned Zen meditation from Korean Zen Master Ven. Samu Sunim at Toronto's Zen Buddhist Temple. John took Buddhist precepts in 2003 and was given the dharma name "Empty Cloud". More recently he has been studying ancient Stoicism and learning how to incorporate Stoic mindfulness and resilience practices into Zen meditation. He is a teacher in training of the Unified Mindfulness system.