Sheena is a passionate and bubbly yoga teacher whose flow-style classes combine elements of vinyasa, hatha and therapeutic yoga. A former music journalist, Sheena believes a good soundtrack is quintessential to a meditative practice. Her classes combine movement, music and breathe to leave students feeling strong and relaxed at the end of every class. Yoga found Sheena when she needed it most and the practice had a profound impact on her life. She is a graduate of Yogaspace’s esteemed 200 hr yoga teacher training program and a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Sheena studied vinyasa, hatha and therapeutic yoga under the guidance of gifted teachers who encouraged her to embrace her whimsicalness and to share it with others. Her classes connect movement and breath, dancing between meditation and play in a fashion that never takes itself too seriously.
Sheena is deeply interested in teaching yoga in a clinical and therapeutic setting. Her volunteer teaching work supports community programs serving traditionally underserved or misunderstood populations. She aspires to advance her yoga education and to work with women living with eating disorders, mental health issues and addictions to use yoga as a healing modality. She believes yoga is for everybody and every body. Her classes are inclusive and suited to all levels.
Derek Phillpotts has over 30 years of experience in project management. He enjoys meeting new faces and engaging in friendly conversation. His hobbies are music, visual arts, cycling, and swimming. Derek is a loyal supporter of The Manchester United Football Club in England, as well as the Toronto Raptors, Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. Derek strives to provide stellar customer service with a warm smile. He is a proud father and father in-law to both owners of LIFT Physiotherapy.
Rebecca was a classroom teacher for almost fifteen years, during which time she coached cross country and track. She has consistently practiced yoga for ten years and finds it an excellent complement to running. She started practicing yoga for the physical benefits. She continued practicing because it helped her manage stress and achieve balance. A consistent yoga practice motivated her to keep an appointment with herself. While Rebecca first experienced the benefits of yoga in the physical body, those benefits have expanded to the mental and spiritual bodies. Rebecca now realizes that she is her best self when she practices. She loves connecting what happens on the mat to how we live off the mat. The Yoga Teacher Training program strengthened and deepened those realizations and connections. With a background in education and teaching, Rebecca realized that her purpose is to teach, to be part of the process where realization occurs. She holds clear communication and understanding paramount. She looks forward to meeting you on the mat and supporting you as you achieve your goals!
A fascination with exercise science led to Kate obtaining her BSc with Honours from the School of Human Kinetics at Ottawa University, followed by her Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Loyalist College in Belleville Ontario. As a registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, she brings a therapeutic approach to individual and group teaching/training, emphasizing posture, muscle balance, mobility, and progression in all programs, while thoroughly addressing individual fitness goals. Since completing her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali Indonesia, she consistently and enthusiastically applies the concepts and practices of Yoga to her work in movement therapy, and vice versa.
Comes from a strong athletic background. She competed as a provincial level gymnast for many years, along with participating in a number of sports growing up. As a result, she has sustained many orthopedic injuries over the years, including one that left her with two broken arms. Being a frequent physiotherapy patient fueled her interest in sports medicine and recovery. It was her early athletic experiences in life that drove her to obtain a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2009. During her time at McMaster she developed an interest in both sport injury management and recovery, and also the desire to understand the real intricacies and the art of human movement. Following her undergraduate education, she chose to pursue her passion. This brought her to Queen’s University, where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2012. Over her four years of clinical practice, she has taken many continuing education courses that specialize in advanced manual therapy techniques with the Orthopedic Division of Canada, Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Mulligan Concepts, advanced running analysis and functional biomechanical concepts using video analysis.
Having experienced the hardships of overcoming a significant sports injury allows Elysha to connect with her patients. She understands that there is a process behind recovery that takes patience, dedication, motivation and optimism. This is best achieved when the patient is ready to make a commitment to themselves and their recovery, while under the care and supervision of the right health care professional.
Graduated with a Ba Specialized Honours in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in 2009. Since then he has shown a keen interest in human movement. Having experience in many different sports, he is able to combine theoretical kinesiology with experiential knowledge. His early studies primed him for a career in health science as a practitioner of orthopedic physiotherapy. In 2012, Adam graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. He has experience providing care to amateur, collegiate and professional level athletes, and enjoys treating all kinds of people in the community. Adam strives to enhance his clients’ well being through the use of highly effective manual therapy techniques and unique therapeutic exercise to bridge the gap between injury, recovery and performance enhancement.
Adam often speaks of physiotherapy as a scientific, theoretical field of study that when applied clinically, becomes an art. He enjoys listening actively to his patients’ concerns and subjective reports then combines this information with his physical examination done through manual assessment, to solve each patient’s health puzzle. Once the puzzle is solved, a treatment plan can be outlined to ensure that each patient’s goals are met.