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DENYS GAMOTIN

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: MOVE [vinyasa]

3. Sign: Leo in the 8th house, Capricorn rising, Moon in Sagittarius

4. What informs your practice? The quality of the breath / the quality of the heart space. Meditation. Being present and authentic. Feeling all the feels. Having a deep understanding that our joy is important and that "rest is a meticulous love practice" (see T. Hersey). Community. The Reaching In, Reaching Out training (making yoga and mindfulness more inclusive and accessible). Knowing that the body is political and that spiritual bypassing / toxic positivity is very harmful. Learning everyday and working towards dismantling systems of oppression within the wellness industry.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: Oooo so many sounds.. Mainly, Frank Ocean, Moses Sumney, Solange, Dev Hynes, R&B WOC, Afrobeats, Alte Cruise, Hip Hop, Old School Reggae, Aphex Twin, whatever reminds me of the ocean or of being on a tropical beach.

6. Currently taking inspiration from: Alex Elle, Tricia Hersey, Robin Lacambra, Rachel Ricketts, Rihanna & ASAP Rocky, my family, Kaiya Simone.

7. A good space in 3 words: Accessibility, Laughter, Sunshine

@denysgee

LINDSAY DUNCAN

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: EASE [restore]

3. Sign: Aquarius. I know very little about my moons and astrology, but more than happy to have you tell me about them.

4. What informs your practice? Traditional yogic philosophy combined with modern understandings of anatomy. Oh, also a healthy dose of self-awareness — knowing your limits, your body and your goals.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: My current playlists are chock full of Yo-Yo Ma, Khruangbin, Flying Horses, and Leif Vollebekk. I’m into modern instrumental tracks and as much Canadian music as I can find.

6. Currently taking inspiration from: All or Something. We are living through a bananas time, with very little stability, space, community, things we normally rely on. I’ve been working with getting away from ideas of success and production - I don’t need to come out of this period being better at anything, or having achieved or produced anything. Especially when it comes to mental and physical health, I find we have a tendency to think its "All or Nothing”. We need to start practicing 5 days a week, and get stronger, or meditate for 100 days straight (I’ve done all of these in the past, as a way to feel like a successful person). I’ve embraced all or something. I’m trying to do something for my physical or mental health every day. It can be 90 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes. And on days when I don’t do anything, I’m working on acceptance and forgiveness. I am not failing if I am listening to myself.

7. A good space in 3 words: Accepting, challenging, light-hearted.

@lindsayinmotion

Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen

1. Pronouns: They/them

2. Currently teaching: MOVE [groove]

3. Sign: Sun in Pisces  

Moon in Leo

Rising in Aries (but feels more like a Gemini tbh)

4. What informs your practice? The nervous system fascinates me and influences how I practice daily. Other things include; somatic awareness, the sense organs, the physiological systems of the body and how they express through movement. My experience of navigating the world as a neurodivergent human informs my practice as well. Looking at the world through an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens deeply informs my practice. Always asking questions and staying curious.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: A playlist my partner made called “Black & Queer since Time”. The artists I have on repeat include: Billie Holiday, Labi Siffre, and Tracy Chapman. Lately I have also been listening to a ton of experimental ambient. My fav album right now is called Nothing Is Objective by Suso Saiz. I also love dark and hard techno music 😈

6. Currently taking inspiration from: I’m inspired by resiliency, decolonization, anti-capitalism, smashing the patriarchy and being kinky/sex/body positive. I’m also really into neuroscience and love nerding out about the brain 🧠🤓

7. A good space in 3 words: Safe, aesthetic, calming

@somaticpractice

MCKENZIE TAYLOR

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: MOVE [pilates]

3. Sign: Taurus Sun // Cancer-Rising // Aquarius-Moon

4. What informs your practice? COMMUNITY, somatic experiencing // movement, Pilates, yoga, dipping my toes in Kundalini meditation.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: SAULT SAULT SAULT on one end and Ambient Squirts by Matty on the other.

6. Currently taking inspiration from: The cosmos, nature, Jane Clapp’s Movement for Trauma Training, New Leaf’s Anti-Oppression & Trauma-Informed Frameworks for Yoga and Mindfulness, adrienne maree brown, my doggie — there’s a lot to be inspired by & it constantly evolves & what a trip that is! 

7. A good space in 3 words: many.many.plants.

@___macky

Megan Alexander

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: A/V 101 to my Good Space family.

3. Sign: Aries baby!

4. What informs your practice? A pull to service.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: Whatever the shared Zoom playlist is that day.

6. Currently taking inspiration from: Katonah, Kundalini, Spirit.

7. A good space in 3 words: 360 Dufferin street

@goodspaceto

Patricia Dominski

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: MOVE [vinyasa]

3. Sign: Aquarius

4. What informs your practice? Curiosity. This need to move my body in different ways and to explore postures from lots of different angles. Keeps me excited and growing in my practice.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: I haven’t really been practicing to any music lately. When I do it’s older playlists of mine on shuffle. Some of my favourite artists: Lapsley, Rhye, Geoffrey, Khalid & Shallou.

6. Currently taking inspiration from: My meditations, walks, free play on my mat each day, Instagram & books.

7. A good space in 3 words: Creative, inclusive + safe

@patrishyoga

Renelyn Quinicot

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: MOVE [kundalini + pilates]

3. Sign: Capricorn! & super earthy with tons of Virgo and a dash of water signs like Pisces and Scorpio.

4. What informs your practice? I am a big believer in the body as a storyteller, keeper of memory and as an extension of our lineage. I am curious about movement as a practice of loving self-study, and the breath as a site of inquiry. 
I am inspired by P L A Y as an act of resistance.

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Exploring more ways my practice can be a homebase to allow all emotions to compassionately co-exist, rather than be a break / tucking under the rug of all the things i don't want to feel, is informing my practice especially through these times.


5. Current sounds you're practicing to: "Guara" by Ar-tu feels like a portal to a place I always want to start my practice in. I love disco, funk, old soul music, 90s chillllll rap, psychedelic rock, and eerie folk music. I like to practice to Kundalini mantra music and spacey ambient sounds like 'Future Waves' by Uther Modes to feel like I am floating or teleporting as I breathe... : )

6. Currently taking inspiration from: The trees, the waters...wee ones (kiddos) as my greatest teachers. d r e a m s, and psychedelics. 💫

7. A good space in 3 words: Safe(er), diverse, silly

@renelynquin

Tash Francesca

1. Pronouns: She/her

2. Currently teaching: MOVE [vinyasa + pilates]

3. Sign: Virgo sun, pisces moon, libra rising

4. What informs your practice? Prānāyām (breath work), decolonization, yoga philosophy + peace in motion.

5. Current sounds you're practicing to: Usually my doggie sleeping, the sounds of Bathurst St + my dude talking on the phone.

6. Currently taking inspiration from: Folx I meet and meditations.

7. A good space in 3 words: Joyful, warm + (lots of) food.

@biggerthanyoface