Originally from North Bay, Rob Joanisse was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga by his primary teachers Mark Darby and Allison Ulan at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Montreal in 1998. He completed the studio’s 500-hour teacher certification course and is certified with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and has been teaching yoga since 2001. Rob has also studied Iyengar yoga with Hart Lazer, one of North America’s foremost yoga instructors, attended numerous workshops with Pattabhi Jois, Sharath, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. He is also an accomplished professional drummer; won a Juno Award with Bran Van 3000; recorded with Ric Ocasek of The Cars; teaches drum lessons and accompanies yoga and dance classes.
Cristina Lella has been studying and practicing yoga, movement and dance for over 30 years. Her main yoga teachers have been Leigh Evans in San Francisco, K.J. Holmes in San Francisco and New York, Hart Lazer in Montreal, Ron Reid in Toronto. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Ethnology from York University and dances occasionally with Aanmitaagzi Storymakers in Nipissing. Cristina's classes are influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga and Kundalini Yogas, Polarity Therapy and Ayurveda, and by her lifelong study and practice of contemporary dance, including Ballet, Martha Graham Technique and Contact Improvisation. Yoga for me is, in part, a seeking to decipher unfathomable geometries within, to be forever awe-struck and bewildered. It is also inextricably entwined with dancing and with cleaning house.