Mak ( M. Aslam Khan )
As a Martial Arts teacher, I started practicing yoga in India 1982 under “Bihar School of Yoga” where I did courses in Hatha Yoga, Advanced Pranayama and Chakra Sadhana. At the “Art of Living”, I have done the Beginners and Advanced courses. Then I practiced Sivananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga for a while. As I moved on with my quest, I did my Teachers Training courses under Shiva Rea in Boston, Masachusettes at the Kripalu Yoga Centre. Later, I completed 500 hours of Teachers Training registered with Yoga Alliance: 200 hours Hatha Yoga in Vancouver at Open Source Yoga. 300 hours Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. For the past 2 years, I have been doing courses at the Isha Yoga Foundation in India: Intense Hatha Yoga course, Inner Engineering, Advanced Meditation course (Shuniya) and Suriya Kriya. I continue to seek the yogic path.
I also hold a 3rd degree Black Belt in Canadian Shotokan Karate. Since the year 2004, I have stopped teaching Karate and remain fully devoted to the yoga practice.
In my teaching I love to keep Yoga traditional in its roots. My teaching method is based on power vinyasa flow but I also bring a lot of variety from all that I have learnt. My teaching can be intense, moderate or gentle depending on the students. My intention is to bring out the very best in every student and to see them feel light, refreshed and energized by the end of each class. My goal is to cultivate a balanced healthy life style in every individual student recognizing the spiritual qualities such as compassion, love for life and for all human beings, encouraging everyone to explore their inner strength and vitality, thus igniting the fire of yoga within.
Since the 80’s I’ve been practicing a yogic system of highly energizing postures and exercises that originated in the Himalayas called The 5 Tibetans which kept me energized, motivated and helped me deal with the stress and dramas of everyday life. My personal practice later evolved to include 4 years of Shotokan Karate and 3 years of Bikram Yoga. After this exploration, I decided to dedicate myself to a daily home practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. In 2009 I met my teacher Shiva Rea who inspired me to teach yoga with devotion and compassion.
About my trainings:
- 140 Hours – Evolutionary Journey Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea
- Anusara Immersion 1 – Beauty with Kenny Graham
- 200 Hours – Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Daniel Clement
- 50 Hours – Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark
- 20 Hours – Radiant Child Yoga Program, Level 1 & Level 2 with Shakta Kaur Khalsa
- 60 Hours – Yoga Philosophy, Eastern Anatomy and Traditional Practices with Mak (M. Aslam Khan)
- Going Deep Intensive Study for Teachers with Suzanne Slocum-Gori
- Yoga & Ayurveda, Teacher’s Exploratorium with Maria Garre
- Mentorship program with Galie Jean-Louis
- Megayoga: Yoga for Curvy Bodies with Megan Garcia
- Prenatal Yoga with Nancy Wile
- Restorative Yoga inspired by Gail Grossman & Melissa Krieger
- My personal studies continue on yoga for injuries and rejuvenation
- Teaching yoga full time since 2009 & loving it!!!
I am passionate about honouring the body, mind, and spirit connection in all people. I began my journey of Meditation & Solitude at the age of 12 when I was studying in an Irish boarding school in India. This practice filtered into my life and till today I see each person as divine and full of potential. I invite you to join me on this evolutionary journey: Together we will breathe, feel and discover!
My classess will encourage you to embrace the flow and allow the prana to guide you.
Prana: “life-force of creation” Flow: the state of unified consciousness
I invite you to experience yoga as the unfolding from your heart, from the fullness of your inner feeling, explore self inquiry, playfulness, movement and balance.
I started practicing yoga in 2004 and it has been part of my lifestyle since then. Through regular practice of asana, pranayama and meditation I’ve observed many positive changes and with continued practice I’ve been able to cultivate a calm energy and have developed a new perspective on life. As I continue to experience life I find yoga gives me strength to deal with day to day challenges, enhances my relationships and keeps me light hearted.
I started my teacher training journey in 2009 with Shiva Rea Prana Flow® Yoga, who ignited my inner fire and inspired me to spread the rhythm of yoga. I later met Kenny Graham with whom I experienced and completed Anusara Immersion 1. I furthered my studies in Alignment Yoga with Daniel Clement who enriched my ability to guide practioners through safe alignment and to honour beauty and grace in all expressions of hatha yoga postures. I completed Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa who introduced me to Kundalini Yoga and it’s dynamic movement and flow of energy. I am dedicated to updating myself and keeping the practice of yoga fresh and alive. Many thanks to Mak & Ayesha who are the Sun & Moon in my life. They are my parents, Karate and Yoga Teachers. They have been my guide from the beginning and may the divine continue to shine light upon them!
I believe practicing yoga is a scared journey where one discovers a whole new universe within. It’s never too early or too late to start, there is no competition as we discover and embrace yoga at our own pace. As we stay connected with the breath we improve on all levels, one step at a time.
Yoga helps me flow through life and stay on purpose. I’d love to share this spontaneous flow where you will experience boundless benefits and unlock your inner potential.
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In the summer of 2020, Oksana received her 200hr YTT certificate, as well as her Restorative YTT certificate. She mainly practices Hatha, and enjoys a slightly slower paced class to focus on finding strength, and deep stretches in her poses. Oksana believes that yoga is a unique practice for each individual, and hopes to create a comfortable and safe space for anyone who comes to take her class.
Mike Reed is a musician, sound healer, and world adventurer. His love of drumming and percussion led Mike to study at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, and over the last several years he has studied counselling, personal development, life coaching, and has completed the Shamanic Apprenticeship with Westcoast Shamanic in Vancouver. Mike’s insatiable thirst for learning and self-improvement has allowed him to synthesize his musicianship and spiritual practice to hold a space of healing and relaxation. Follow Sound Quest on Instagram @Sound_Quest, and Facebook @ facebook.com/soundquest.soundhealing
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