• Body Awareness as a Source of Well-Being & Integrity

  • BODY AWARENESS
    as a source
    of
    wisdom
    strength
    clarity
    compassion
    courage
    honesty
    humility
    grace
    ...
  • Upcoming Series of Body Awareness Classes

    Soothing Chronic Pain & Anxiety
    dates to be announced
    Please contact Cristina if you're interested in this series.
  • Cristina Lella is a movement teacher & artist offering support toward developing body and movement awareness.
    Private and group sessions, suitable for all ages & abilities, are available in English & French.
     
    I am a contemporary dancer of 30 years, continuing to collaborate and dance with other independent artists. My preference is for improvisational projects that are site-specific and land-based. I co-own Vinyasa Yoga Studio with my husband Rob Joanisse in North Bay, Ontario where I teach yoga and movement awareness classes. I dance and collaborate on occasion with Aanmitaagzi Storymakers in Nipissing First Nation, as well as with members of the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective and the artist-run White White Water Gallery.
     
    Proactive in my professional development, I attend and develop ongoing professional level and teacher-training workshops in yoga, movement and other arts. I hold a Master of Arts in Dance Ethnology from York University, a Baccalaureate of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and a Certificate in Professional Dance Performance and Choreography from Les ateliers de danse moderne de Montréal, where I also apprenticed with co-founder Candace Loubert in creative process work. I am currently deepening an interest in textiles, performative installations and drawing. 
     
    As Vinyasa Yoga Studio naturally evolves, Rob's and my mission is to broaden the scope of our independent projects. I am seeking collaborative alliances through which to work in and beyond North Bay. Sessions can include focus on breath work, posture & alignment, restorative & gentle yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, contemplative arts, basic technique in ballet, modern & contemporary dance, partnering & adjusting, and developing a personal practice. We can discuss and determine the type of sessions you think would be most beneficial for you, your group, your clients.
     
    The fee structure varies according to the type of group or organization, type of session, and number of participants.
  • For inquiries or to book a session, contact Cristina at 705-498-9642 or vinyasayogastudio@gmail.com

  • Yoga, for me, is a seeking
    to decipher unfathomable geometries within
    & to be forever awe-struck & bewildered. 
    It is also inextricably entwined with dancing & with cleaning house.
     
  • CURRENT & ONGOING PROJECTS:

  • Pulling from 30 years of experience, I share my favourite principles and practices for understanding and making good, true and beautiful use of our human form.
  • Point Blanket 
    This is a labour of love toward disassembling the potent symbols of the Hudson's Bay Company multi-coloured stripes and its woollen blankets. I follow my creative intuition toward examining its parts, and exploring variations for reassembling it. Through this project I try to consider the symbol as a point on a landscape, at an intersection of many routes over time, and I've been asking myself questions like 'What can I do with the items and thought patterns that are my cultural inheritance, and that embody imperialism and colonialism?' & 'What is radical imagination?'
  • Itinerary Library 
    Sharing some favourite walking routes and special sites through and around Nipissing and North Bay.
  • Messenger Bags 
    I making making satchels and messenger bags with used placemats, and other linens, hand stitching, intuitive construction.
  • Aanmitaagzi Story Makers
    Multi-disciplinary explorations of themes, often from traditional Nipissing stories. Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb, co-artistic directors.
  • Selected Testimonials

  • I started practicing yoga with Cristina in 2010 and I love her teaching style! Cristina offers a detailed asana instruction to both the individual and the group during her classes to offer a safe and mindful yoga practice. Her knowledge and love of movement are evident as she encourages each student to explore their practice and offers modifications to suit every body. I am grateful for the compassionate, caring instruction Cristina has provided me.

    Alaina Gislason

  • I really enjoy Cristina's classes. Students gain access to deep knowledge and experience through Cristina's teaching.  I always learn something new from Cristina about how my body wants to align, move, connect, and breathe. It is not just about 'doing' the yoga postures, but uncovering something new about connectivity between different parts of the body, and with the mind and spirit, or emotional body. After class, I feel spacious, lifted, and more relaxed and at ease with 'where I'm at'. She sets that tone, to come into oneself, our capacious self, through her attitude and approach to teaching yoga. 

    Nicole Latulippe

  • Needing some motivation and inspiration to help fire up my own personal practice , Cristina Lella came highly recommended. I have a handful of yoga friends who are yoga teachers and having also gone through the 200 hr teacher training, I still felt like I needed more experience and knowledge from a skilled teacher. These 4 private sessions were exactly what I needed to inspire me. The breadth of topics covered including philosophy, anatomy, Sanskrit, assisting, posture and alignment, breath work and much much more were so carefully taught that time flew by. Cristina has such a presence about her. You will feel her calming and loving energy the moment you spend time with her. I came home with literature and resources I need to continue to read, learn and grow into a more experienced yoga teacher. 

    I was extremely happy with the time spent with her and will happily continue my practice with Vinyasa studio North Bay. 

    Brittany Drouin, teacher & yoga instructor