Nerine Christie is a certified yoga & fitness teacher who is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. Nerine enjoys teaching people at every level, from the complete beginner to the elite athlete.
Nerine received her yoga certification from YogaSpace in Toronto and has done extensive training with world-renowned yoga teacher Shiva Rea. She holds additional certifications in JourneyDance and Yoga Trance Dance, and completed her Thai Yoga Massage training at Thai Massage Toronto as well as her Indian Head Massage training through Lotus Palm. Nerine has studied with Stephen Jenkinson of Orphan Wisdom School and at Quality of Life Care and is now offering her services as a death doula to those nearing & transitioning through the end of life. She finds freedom & joy through movement and connects deeply with the healing power of dance & ritual.
"Nurtured, yet challenged. That is probably the best way to describe how I felt after my very first class with Nerine several years ago. One class then I was hooked, now I am a ‘regular’ for at least two sessions a week. Even after all these years, each class is different and still pushes me to my edge. I drive 35 minutes each way to Nerine’s class, which is a pleasure because I am truly grateful to have found Nerine."
Jessie O'Donnell has been practicing yoga & meditation for the last ten years, and belly dancing for the last eighteen years. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2018 at IAM Yoga in Toronto, where she was also managing an independent wellness centre. As a dancer, she has performed at the Fergus Grand Theatre, River Run Centre, Centre in the Square and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Jessie combines her passion for dance with her love of yoga to create classes that are thoughtful, inclusive and fun. She also writes a blog on self-inquiry and the power we each have to ignite positive change in our lives!
As a yoga teacher and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, Meredith Ballaban aims to help people tap into their innate wisdom and ability to heal themselves. Meredith enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages but has a particular interest in pre-and post-natal yoga, which springs from her many years of work as a certified birth doula.
Meredith believes that yoga is for everyone, and aims to co-create connected, safe and meditative experiences. She trained with Shiva Rea in Greece in 2015 and has also studied at The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto, as well as with various teachers at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.
Meredith completed her Thai Yoga Massage certification with Lotus Palm in 2017, her Indian Head Massage training through the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy, and is currently completing her Positional Therapy for pain relief certification with Lee Albert. Meredith is enjoying adding these healing modalities to her work.
"Meredith has been guiding me through non-judgemental yoga for over a year now and I find I can't wait until the next class. Meredith provides me with just the right amount of guidance using her gentle tone and knowledge. A reminder to breathe at the right moments and describing what I might feel in a pose always helps me to be in-tune with my own body. Props as well as eye pillows and blankets offer another level of ease and comfort whether in a restorative class or her Thai Yoga Massage. It's like you've been bathed, body and soul, with care and compassion."
Peter Brother recently returned to his native Ontario after cycling around the world the last 8 years. He has found while traveling that it is all about connecting with others, nature, and himself.
Peter has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2001. His focus is on mindful movement. Peter has trained at The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto, as well as with various teachers at Kripalu Centre in Massachusetts. He completed his Meditation teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in 2003. Peter is also trained in Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, TKV Desikachar and Saraswati Vasudevan. In addition to two trips to India, Peter has attended many meditation retreats in the tradition of Thich Nat Hahn. Peter is excited to be working with seniors at Alchemy starting in November!
Jeff Pimentel is a practicing martial artist and yogi with a strong emphasis on the power of breath and meditation.
Jeff’s Warrior Fitness classes are a combination of strength training with emphasis on stand-up martial arts, fitness,breathing exercises and yoga.
Jeff has been competing in Wrestling since the age of 11. At the age of 13 he was introduced to Muay Thai and then Jiu Jitsu. Various injuries have never let Jeff compete steadily which he has transformed into key concepts in his training intensely and safely . His coaches and training partners are various individuals from Oshawa, Cambridge and Guelph. He prides himself on who he has been able to train with as many of them taught him how to become a warrior with a humble state of mind. Respect is also a key principle in warrior fitness classes. “We train hard together and push each other all the while looking out for one another. We train together, we grow together.”