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This class is taught by:

Chris Nguyen

Chris is a yoga and Pilates teacher. Curiosity is what brought Chris into his first yoga class. That curiosity marked the beginning of an ongoing journey and passion for the practice of yoga and a profound desire to deepen that relationship. 
 
Chris completed De La Sol's 200 hour YTT and is currently studying the Ashtanga Yoga method. With persistence and dedication, one's yoga practice can only strengthen and grow deeper. In 2015, Chris embarked on two separate trip to Mysore, India to study with R.Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Rangaswamy at KPJAYI (Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute), the source of Ashtanga yoga. In 2018, Chris completed his fourth trip studying at the Shala with Paramaguru Sharath Jois. Chris is a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist (FRCms) under Dr. Andreo Spina and continues to work with Head FRC & Kinstretch Master Instructor, Dana John Heimbecker. He is also studying the art of hand balancing under renown circus coach, Nicolas Montes de Oca. Chris is also a second degree Reiki practitioner.

  

In 2017, Chris completed the Yoga Tune Up Level 1 Teacher Training created by Jill Miller.

To Chris, yoga is not something to "excel" at but rather about cultivating contentment, compassion, mindfulness, self acceptance and bringing awareness into the body. Yoga has transformed his life on and off the mat. As a teacher, he aspires to help others find a santosha (contentment) and a deeper connection to themselves. 

  

One of Chris' favourite poses is urdhva dhanurasana (upward bow pose). The feeling of opening up to endless possibilities can be quite addicting.

Steve Ferrell

Steve found his pathway to Yoga as a bodybuilder and personal trainer who was always feeling tight, sore and looking for “more” out of his physical workouts. Steve tried his first class with Hamilton’s Alex Bovkis and immediatley fell in love. Within 3 months Steve was enrolled in his first 200hr Teacher Training with Heather Greaves. Steve was certified through Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT), a style founded by renowned Yoga therapist, Joseph LePage. Steve found his way to De La Sol where he immediately fell in love with the fluidity, strength and meditative qualities of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. Steve is always learning, and combined with his interests in Human Anatomy, Ayruveda and Buddhist Meditation, he continues to deepen his practice. He offers a challenging, invigorating but very quirky and light hearted class, blending the physical with an emphasis on the mental and spiritual facets of the practice.

Martha Shea

Martha has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2000 and received her first 300 hour yoga certification with The American Yoga Academy that same year. In 2001 Martha received her yoga certification from The Yoga and Healing Center in New Jersey with Wendy Grosse, who specializesin Soul Sweat Yoga. In 2003, Martha was certified in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield at Kripalu Yoga, and in 2008, her Yoga Ed Certification in Ontario.
 
Martha has been inspired by David Life and Sharon Gannon and has attended several intensive training and summer camps with them. This year, Martha completed her Baron Baptiste Level 2, and is currently working on her certification with him.
 
Martha’s mat is a vehicle for creativity and freedom in her life. She counts her blessings on her mat. It is a place of pure space where she connects to her center, her strength and her authenticity. Yoga has brought Martha through some very challenging times in her life. She believes in many ways that it has saved her. It reminds her constantly that she is always stronger than she thinks she is, and it reminds her to be present in her moment, her life, one breath at a time.
 
Martha’s favourite poses are arm balances. Arm balances combine freedom and strength. You need to draw on your core, your truth before you can find the courage to fly. They remind you that anything is possible – all you have to do is break the branch, trust and fly into endless possibilities !!!

Kerry Casarin

Kerry began practicing yoga as a teenager, and was instantly drawn to the physical challenge. She continued to practice as a means of exercise but her focus shifted after the birth of her daughter, and her practice became a way to find quiet, mindful space in her busy life. While she still enjoys a vigorous flow class, she equally enjoys melting into her mat for restorative yoga too!

After becoming a mom, Kerry decided that she wanted to spread her love of yoga with everyone she could, and completed her 200 hr teacher training in 2013 at De La Sol in Hamilton; she also studied prenatal and postnatal yoga through the Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto, and children’s yoga with Yoga Rocks.
 
Kerry's favourite pose is Garudasana,(Eagle Pose). It makes her feel fierce and powerful, yet soft and graceful.

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!

Annelie Gutgesell

After playing hockey competitively for 10 years, Annelie was introduced to yoga in 2014 after struggling to find physical activity to commit to after she retired. Annelie began her yoga journey in her own home, where she practiced daily until stepping into a studio a year later. During this time, Annelie learned how to listen to her body - and strengthened her own body awareness.

Wanting to deepen her own practice, Annelie completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training through Soma Yoga Institute in 2017. Annelie believes that with dedication, mindfulness, and commitment, one’s yoga practice will only grow deeper on and off the mat. To Annelie, the practice of yoga is creating space, mindfulness, contentment, and body awareness, through asana and meditation. Yoga is not confined within the four corners of the mat, but transcends into every day life. As a teacher, Annelie aspires to help others strengthen their own body awareness, and create a deeper connection between ones’ mind, body, and soul.

Annelie’s favourite pose is Vrschikasana Pincha Mayurasana (Scorpion Forearm Stand), for this counterbalance demands strength, concentration, and flexibility, and is the essence of strength mixed with vulnerability.

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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Sep 26 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Chris Nguyen
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Wed Sep 26 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Chris Nguyen
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Thu Sep 27 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Steve Ferrell
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Sat Sep 29 8:45 am - 10:00 am with Martha Shea
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Sun Sep 30 8:45 am - 10:00 am with Kerry Casarin
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Mon Oct 01 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Kelly Bortolin
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Tue Oct 02 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Annelie Gutgesell
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Wed Oct 03 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Chris Nguyen
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Wed Oct 03 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Chris Nguyen
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Thu Oct 04 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Steve Ferrell
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Sat Oct 06 8:45 am - 10:00 am with Martha Shea
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Sun Oct 07 8:45 am - 10:00 am with Kerry Casarin
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Tue Oct 09 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Annelie Gutgesell
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Wed Oct 10 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Chris Nguyen
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Wed Oct 10 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Chris Nguyen
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Thu Oct 11 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Steve Ferrell
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Sat Oct 13 8:45 am - 10:00 am with Martha Shea
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Sun Oct 14 8:45 am - 10:00 am with Kerry Casarin
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton
  • Mon Oct 15 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Kelly Bortolin
    at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton