MEET OUR TRAINERS
MASTER JEYARAJEEN SIVALINGAM
Senior Trainer, Philosophy & Traditional Hatha Yoga + Yoga Therapist, Marma Massage
Master Jeya is an experienced certified instructor (20 Years) who has dedicated his life to the art of Yoga. He is committed and passionate about helping and healing others through his love for Yoga. He is a highly knowledgeable individual whose educational background includes: M.Sc in Yoga from India’s prominent Annamalai University-India, trained at the Swami Vivekanda Yoga University -Bangalore,India and Certified in Babaji Kriya Hatha yoga by Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Ashram-Quebec,Canada, Master Jeya is one of a leading Siddha Marma yoga Consultants in Canada, who trained traditionally and Certified by Thirumoolar Siddha research institute-Sri Lanka, Treating and Practicing Siddha marma points & Marma yoga last eight years. Holds a Diploma in Acupuncture and Alternative Medical Therapy and holds an International Registered Yoga teachers license (E-RYT). Qualified in Ayurveda Abjanga (Body Works), Pranic, Chakra Healing, Master Jeya has also worked with leading medical experts around the world to provide wellness through yoga practices.
His teaching style incorporates the full concept of yoga aiming to balance the five koshas in every class.
Master Jeya is wealth of knowledge and anyone in his presence will confirm the positive energy and vibe felt in his presence. Master Jeya exudes humbleness and experience. We at Markham Yoga are so blessed and grateful to be a part of such a strong and dedicated trainer and mentor.
Senior Yoga Trainer, Functional Movement, Asanas, Philosophy, Traditional and Modern Movement
Manmeet has over 1300 hours of yog teacher training experience, specializing in pranayama, meditation and asanas. Her yoga began at the age of 10 in an Ashram in India and under the guidance of hatha guru. She is a group fitness instructor and social worker conducting free yoga classes to improve the lives other others. Manmeet is a gifted and talented teacher of yogic texts such as hatha yoga pradipika, patnajali yoga sutra with a solid command in shatkarma practices. Manmeet is strong and patient teacher with a deep understanding of yoga foundations and beyond. Her experiences and education goes well beyond the mat and one of the most inspiring and seasoned trainers you will ever find in your path.
We are deeply grateful to have such a trainer in our bubble.
DALE (Daye) SIMPSON
Yoga Asana & Teaching Techniques, Yoga Philosophy, Sequencing & Alignment, Energetics of Chakras & Healing
Daye has been involved in the practice and study of yoga for over 20+ years and a seeker of spiritual knowledge and teachings for over 30 years. She embraces several different styles of yoga, but primarily practices and teaches in the styles of Hatha and Vinyasa. Daye is a free spirited, dedicated and compassionate yoga teacher, spiritual healer and educator who thrives on helping others through teaching yoga, meditation, reiki certification programs, spiritual workshops and yoga retreats. Drawing upon her extensive training, knowledge, inherent creativity, warmth and sensitivity combined with life experiences and passion towards health, healing and well-being, she is devoted to helping individuals from all walks of life find fulfillment and happiness through leading group and private classes in yoga, facilitating uplifting and enlightening workshops to students of all ages and bringing knowledge and wisdom to those wishing to expand their potential. Her primary role in life is to raise consciousness and connect like-minded individuals to their inner potential and divine nature. Holding the following Certification, this gal does it all! E-200RYT, First Aid/CPR Certification, Chair Yoga for Seniors, Anatomy, Restorative Yoga Certification, Certified Reiki Master, Certified Bach Flower Practitioner, Level 1 Cranio Sacral Therapy, Level 2 Reflexologist, Bach Flower Practitioner, Polarity.
Yoga Asanas, Trainer + Yogic History
Shaili was introduced to Yoga at a young age by her father. A medical doctor himself, her father taught her to be mindful of the movements of the body. With a daily Yoga practice, the reasons were sometimes fitness, sometimes to be able to breathe deeply in the hectic work schedule. It was after her son was born, she felt a stronger and much deeper connection to yoga. Yoga healed postpartum and allowed Shaili the deeper discovery of inner strength not only making her stronger than before but left her craving for more. Upon a successful training program, Shaili took her skills to a stronger practice and sharing the knowledge of her mindful approach with attention to proper alignment and breath. ' I feel honored whenever I get on the teaching mat to share my love of yoga with you all. It is always an enriching and learning experience. I believe that Yoga is for all. We just need to take a step forward and Yoga will embrace us. Yoga allows us to discover the 'Shakti' - inner strength ( both mental and physical )we all possess and makes us a better and stronger human being. ' "we begin where we are and how we are,and whatever happens,happens"-T.K.V Desikachar
Yoga Asanas, Teacher + Ayurveda
Madura is a holistic health advocate, and comes from a deeply rooted background in science and health care. She has been practicing yoga from various renowned gurus since her early teens, and has both Traditional Hatha Yoga Training and Certification from the Annamalai University as well as 200 YRT Certification. She plans to pursue further training in siddha marma massage and ayurvedic nutrition. Her strong foundation in the health sciences enables her to apply and explain the benefits of Yoga from a rigorous question-based approach, while her inner artist and mystic often likes to let loose and just flow. To her, yoga is both science and art. Madura's life goal is to get as many people as possible to adopt a yogic lifestyle. She believes that therein lies the secret to true happiness.
Yoga Asana, Sequencing, Marketing Your Trade
I've been teaching group fitness since I left my full time marketing job in 2013. In theory, I was supposed to be staying home with the 6 kids in my very Brady-bunch like family (yes, there are 6 kids!), but fitness became my escape. I started at the YMCA in Markham with a “learn to teach group fitness course.” The first class I fell in love with was very old school step aerobics. I quickly became a certification junkie, and started teaching hi-lo aerobics, bootcamps, muscle conditioning classes, barre and yoga.
CERTIFICATIONS AND WORKSHOPS: 200 hour Power Yoga / Power Yoga Canada / Kinndli McCollum, Level 1: Journey into Power / Teacher: Baron Baptiste, 100 hour Power Vinyasa / Michael Gannon, Group Fitness Instructor, Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Certification, Primal Health Coach / Mark Sisson / Mark’s Daily Apple, Active Aging Certificate / Can Fit Pro, YMCA Barre Training, BodyBarre Instructor, Reiki Energy Healing Level 1, Reiki Energy Healing Level 2 and Reiki Energy Healing Master, Rescue 7 CPR C & Standard First Aid
Dayna is the owner of Groove Barre in Markham, since 2019.
Yoga Asana & Teaching Techniques Ashtanga, Based, Hatha, Anatomy, Alignment
Melanie Schorr is a certified yoga instructor & has 18+ years of international experience.After a bad car accident with severe whiplash, broken bones and other injuries, Melanie gave up physiotherapy and Pilates a try, but, being both an energetic gym rat and runner, found it a bit boring. My physiotherapist recommended yoga and that sparked the start of my yoga career.
She took a trip to India where she introduced by a friend and well-known yoga teacher from San Francisco to one of her great teachers; Vijay Amar and spent 2 months training with Vijay in McLeod Ganj and another 3 months of training at 7-8 hours daily focusing on anatomy and alignment while practicing yoga and learning the art of yoga. She started teaching Hatha classes on Koh Phangan in Thailand at The Yoga Studio. She is very well versed in because of all the injuries and the physiotherapy she did for herself. As she continued to run the yoga studio on Koh Phangan, and offering yoga retreats throughout the country.
She has taught both group and private classes, as well as specialised one-one-one sessions with people that had injuries. She is trained and experienced in pre-and post-natal classes (mostly private sessions). In 2009 she opened a second branch in Khao Lak, going back and forth between the 2 schools in high/low seasons. As a result of too much demand in Koh Phangan I closed the second location in 2011. She spent another 5 weeks training in to further her own practice in Ashtanga Yoga and continued her teachings at her school on Koh Phangan. Over time, Melanie, sold her studio to return to Canada and now teaches privately and has joined Markham Yoga Wellness to share her education and teachings. Melanie is an expectionally strong teacher with and solid understanding of anatomy and energetics. Her experience is first-class and we are beyond thrilled to have such a solid teacher join our trainings.
SUNDEEP KUMAR TYAGI
History, Philosophy + Yoga Asanas
Immersed deeply in the ancient science of Yoga, Sundeep Tyagi embarked on the path of self discovery and spiritual knowledge since the early age of 9. Having studied in a yogic institution (called a Gurukul), that is the house of a revered master, Sundeep imbibed the deep secrets of ancient India and mastered the scriptures leading to the mastery of self. On a formal academic basis, he was awarded a masters degree in Sanskrit and Indian classical music. However, the depth of his knowledge and understanding far surpasses his ceremonial qualifications. As a teacher, he is responsible for the growth of many who studied under him, sharing with them the enigmatic spirit of Indian spirituality buried deep in the belly of ancient Indian scriptures.
Sundeep hails from a celebrated family of yogic teachers carrying on a Vedic tradition spanning several generations. His grandfather was a revered personality in teaching circles, having trained many formidable masters. The name of Aacharya Hari Singh Tyagi evokes great admiration and love. Fulfilling the lifelong dream of his grandfather, Sundeep’s family created and built “Kanada Vidya Peeth; since 2003 this school has educated and inspired children from local and surrounding villages in Northern India, Providing sacred space for 900 children from kindergarten to grade 12. Sundeep established Freedom Yoga Canada in 1999 which is officially recognised by the Yoga Alliance since 2005. This institute’s main focus is creating capable yoga teachers via the medium of rigorous practical and theoretical training. Sundeep has been instrumental in training many accomplished yoga teachers, empowering them to spread yoga internationally.
In 2014, Sundeep founded the Ontario-based not-for-profit organization Sanskrit Yoga Sabha. Through Sanskrit Yoga Sabha, Sundeep shares yogic knowledge and language education with his community. On the first ever International Yoga Day in 2015, Sundeep and Sanskrit Yoga Sabha launched the Yoga Chalisa. Chalisas are sung classical Indian compositions devoted to a particular subject or deity. Tulsi Das began the tradition of chalisas and Sundeep continued it by honoring Yoga.
History, Philosophy & Meditation
Stef has been practising yoga & meditation for over 21 years, and teaching in-studio, workshops, retreats and training for over 15. She has studied with various lineages such as Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, Hatha & Tantra Yoga &Ayurveda in India and Thailand, and Vipassana and Hridaya meditation. Her style is a fusion of Therapeutic Yoga with Classical Hatha Yoga, leading to a state of profound peace and stillness via the integration of meditation.
Stefani's deep understanding of yogic principles allows you the safe and solid understanding of of history while seamlessly flowing nutrition and ayurveda into your practice, giving you the power of knowledge how to live an exceptionally well balanced and wholesome life for inner and outer beauty.