Fitness For Everyday Life
At work and play, your body needs to keep up and we’re here to help you take care of it before it breaks down. From Eastern to Western practices, we’ve curated a smart line-up of classes that are designed to get you moving, feeling and living better. Our approach is informed not only by yoga, but corrective exercise, self-care and stress reduction techniques. Myofascial release is also an important part of our approach in managing musculoskeletal issues that can often inhibit movement or cause pain.
All of our classes are suitable for everyone.
Total Body Care
Many of our classes include Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model® Method techniques, which emphasize safe and functional movements, combined with dynamic strengthening and stretching, therapeutic self-massage and breathing strategies. Together, they are the smartest and safest exercise therapies that we’ve come across as they empower YOU, the student, to understand your body better, so you can make better decisions when it comes to how you move through the world.
Mindfulness, Relaxation and Rest
Dude, you need to chill. Well, we all do so don’t feel bad. Life is busy so we need to maximise our skills at relaxing and recovering. Group meditation practice (Sundays 12:15) is free for all of our students. If you don’t know how to meditate, we’ll teach you. Our practice is focused on Unified Mindfulness, a user-friendly, skills based approach to meditation.
Self Care Education and Trainings
We have a weekly schedule of body care classes that help you move better and stay agile and strong. Check out our events page for specialized workshops and teacher trainings, including Yoga Tune Up® trainings and immersions.
Our Intimate Studio On The Danforth
Our classes are small but our hearts are big. You’ll feel like you have a second home and probably end up making a friend or two.
Bonus: We have everything you need for your practice: mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets and Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls.
Some Of Toronto's Best Yoga Teachers
We put you first. Collectively, we share a passion for helping others reach their goals and live better in their bodies. But each of us has different training backgrounds so we have our own unique approach. Our students benefit from exploring a variety of movement and meditation practices which is key to a healthy body and mind.
And, we’re nice.
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 (including Jill Miller, Dr. Ray Long, Dr. Stuart McGill, Tony Sanchez and many more) 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 and the Roll Model Method.
Carolyn Tucker has been moving her body in one form or another for most of her life. In 2002, after years of high impact training, Carolyn attended her first yoga class and she knew that this experience was entirely different. The meeting of mind, body and spirit was so profound that she quit her corporate career and enrolled in the Downward Dog Teacher Training program where she received her certification in 2004. More recently, Carolyn has been exploring other mind/body movement modalities including mobility training, and other natural and primitive movement patterns. With this new training has emerged her own signature class, YOGILITY.
Ivan Hui is a strong believer in the power of movement to improve all aspects of life especially when taking a balanced approach to personal health. He has the goal to empower others with the necessary skills and tools to improve their own well-being wherever they are in their journey. Being a multi-sport enthusiast and competing at the national level in dragonboating, he deepened his understanding of the mind and body through yoga, and other forms of movement and physical expression. With experience as a Team Coach and Personal Trainer, Ivan draws from a number of influences to inform his sessions including: Yoga Tune Up, Olympic weightlifting, MovNat, Fighting Monkey, Qigong and Axis Syllabus.
Mike Popovici's passion is to help people improve the quality of their lives and make the breakthroughs they want for themselves emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually so they can bring the most of themselves into everything they do – families, careers, hobbies, and personal passions. Mike de-mystifies the eastern practices and helps you tap into their full effects and potential. In order to follow his passion of bringing these essential tools to everyone, Mike left his corporate career as an Engineer and a Manager. He also studied and still practices various other healing arts (Reiki, Yoga, King Solomon lineage, Vipassana and various Meditative Techniques to name a few). This broad range of experience allows Mike to teach from many perspectives and to all types of lifestyles – both practically and spiritually.