Yin Yang

This class is taught by:

Katie McClelland

Katie McClelland has been teaching yoga full time since 1997. She likes to joke that she was certified to teach yoga while still in the womb, as her mother went through yoga teacher training while pregnant with her! Katie’s roots are in ashtanga yoga and she derives inspiration from many styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara and Kundalini.
Katie is the founder of De La Sol Yoga Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada which first opened in 2006 and expanded to a second location in Waterdown. She is the host of Yoga With Katie, a 30min instructional yoga show which airs six days a week and is seen by 900,000 viewers. Recently, Katie has been speaking out at high schools and recovery centers about her history of drug addiction and ongoing journey towards wellness and wholeness. She is currently working on her first book, a memoir titled Waking Up.

Melissa Miles

Melissa was introduced to yoga in 2005 and instantly developed a connection and deep love for the practice. Realizing the many physical and emotional benefits of yoga, she switched her focus from competing as an athlete, to spending time on her mat. She is a graduate of the 2012-2013 200 YTT at De La Sol and is a certified Hatha Vinyasa instructor. In March 2013 she completed her 20 hour Yin Yang teacher training and is currently completing her Restorative yoga training.
Melissa wants to help people through the journey of finding their true self and to discover their endless potential. She wants everyone to feel empowered, strong, worthy and at peace through each and every yoga experience. Melissa loves how yoga has made her more aware of her mind and body, creating a greater sense of wellbeing. Through teaching, she wants to help others learn how to listen to their own bodies and receive their own unique benefits from the practice.
Melissa's favourite pose is Sirsasana (Headstand). This pose makes her feel powerful, finding balance with her world turned upside down.

Dawn Mateus

Dawn discovered yoga while attending McMaster University in 2008. Dawn
was drawn to yoga initially as a way to stay physically active and
sweat. Very quickly, she realized the importance of the mind/body
connection –something Dawn had never really taken notice of before.
Dawn found the intention setting at the start of class very
revitalizing and realized after a few weeks, how much more aware she
felt of her body and at peace in her mind. She became more grateful,
aware of her breath and more in tune with the quality of her thoughts,
and this was transformational for Dawn at that time in her life. Since
then, Dawn has been on a path of self-discovery and self-love, which
includes completing Yoga Teacher Training at De La Sol in February

When Dawn first began practicing, her favourite style of yoga was
Vinyasa Flow. These days, her favourite style is Yin Yang - Dawn loves
the contrast of a fast-paced challenging flow, followed by deeply
restorative asana held for a few minutes at a time.

Dawn’s favourite pose is revolved chair. She loves the burning feeling
in her legs – the hip flexors, front of the thighs, adductor muscles
in the inner thighs, and the calves and ankles are all working. Her
chest, shoulders and upper back always feel more open. It’s a simple
pose but really gets your body warm and fired up for some more
challenging asana!

Other than teaching and practicing yoga, you will find Dawn mountain
biking, playing guitar, running with her chocolate lab, Indy, and
spending time with friends and family.

*Kelly Bortolin

Kelly began her love affair with yoga over 20 years ago. Being an athlete, her first draw to yoga was to attain mental and emotional strength and peace in the same way she had physically.

Yoga put Kelly on a path of self discovery and awakened awareness and inspired her passion for facilitating healing and growth in others. Kelly is also a Holistic Healer and Life Coach. Her intention is to combine all of her gifts and modalities to facilitate healing on all levels for her students.
Kelly has completed 200 hour YTTs in both Integrative yoga therapy and Vinyasa Flow. She has also completed Pre/Post Natal TT, YogaRocks Kids and Teens TT, and Yin/Yang TT.
Kelly’s favourite postures are Astavakrasana (eight-angle pose) as it demands strength, flexibility, concentration, balance and a connection with curiousity and playfulness and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) as Kelly loves to be upside down while connecting with a sense of commitment, strength, grace and fun!

*Samantha Clarke

Samantha began her journey humbly from her own home in 2002 and has since completed her 200 YTT in the fall of 2012 with Katie McClelland and Andre Grandbois of De La Sol Yoga Studios.
Her love of nature, health and spirituality keep her classes inspirational and loving. Her approach to teaching emphasizes the transformative nature of the practice. Samantha herself, credits her yoga practice and time in teacher training as transformational and has helped her to discover a greater joy and enthusiasm for all aspects of her life both on and off the mat.

Samantha’s passion for the practice continues to grow with the study of yoga philosophy, something she hopes to develop further as her journey progresses. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, cooking for friends and family and spending time with the many canines in her life!

Samantha’s favorite pose is Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose) because she can feel the strength of her entire body at work and the beautiful balance between earth and air.

Mark Dunlop

Emerged into martial arts at a young age, Mark developed a strong sense of discipline and an appreciation for movement and expression of the self through moving arts.
Mark attained his 2nd degree black belt in the style of HapKiDo and as he grew his martial arts skills Mark soon realized that he would need to find a yin to his yang. Despite martial arts are great for focus and confidence, they are aggressive in nature and incorporating yoga into his life was the perfect transition to continue growth of the soul in a peaceful way. His love of physical arts through mindful movements had just found its perfect counterbalance.

After 10 years of yoga practice (on and off in the beginning) he took the initiative and found the De La Sol family. The teachers there took his practice to a new level of mindfulness, he then vowed he would take the teacher's program to share his love of movement with everyone he could. Mark graduated from the De La Sol yoga teacher's program in the spring of 2014 and haven't looked back.
A popular style of practice where the first half of the class is vigorous (a level 1-2 flow) and the second half is passive and restorative.