Body Awareness as a Source of Well-Being & Integrity
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
as a source
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.
studying and sharing principles and practices of human form and movement
disassembling a potent symbol, examining its parts, exploring variations for reassembling it, considering its point on a landscape, an intersection of many routes over time, asking 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?'
sharing our favourite walking routes, asking questions like 'What happens when the heal hits the ground?', 'How do our paths cross & overlap?'
making satchels and messenger bags with used placemats, hand stitching and intuitive construction
Serpent People with Aanmitaagzi Story Makers
multi-disciplinary explorations of themes, as pulled by Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb, from a traditional Nipissing story
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.
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.
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.