Mary - Teacher/Owner

Mary Farrell – 300 Hr Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher / Owner of Blossoming Lotus Yoga

Mary Farrell has been a sincere student of yoga for over 15 years, after finding yoga to be a blissful escape from the mundane rat race of the corporate world. Jivamukti Yoga’s path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, spoke to Mary’s soul and in 2002 she received her 300-hour Jivamukti Teaching Certification in Austria under the guidance of her lifelong gurus, friends, and Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. Since then, Mary has been sharing the joy and practice of yoga as well as her sincere belief in every student’s potential for liberation, with her students and those she comes into contact with.

Mary is the owner and founder of Blossoming Lotus Yoga, a unique studio space and community dedicated to teaching the authentic practices of yoga, rich in philosophy, ethics and yogic morality. Mary designed and continues to lead Windsor-Essex’s most comprehensive 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training program in the traditional Hatha style, in which she shares her yogic wisdom as well educating her teachers in training on the 8 limbs of yoga, the kriyas, bhakti practices and more.

Off the mat, Mary can be found in her role as the loving mother of her two beautiful boys Morrissey and Tomas and rocking out at concerts with her best friend and husband Chris. She continues to strengthen her own yoga practice and each year she visits and works with her gurus Sharon Gannon and David Life – reminding herself again and again of the place that she calls h‘om’e.

Renee

Renee Trepanier

Renee Trepanier recently spent time in Baja California, Mexico, where she practiced at the Yandara Yoga Institute and became a registered yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. Having studied yoga since 2002, she is drawn to the healing and transformational aspects of yoga through physical fitness and mental well-being. More succinctly, her practice has brought her focus toward incorporating the notion of metta into her classes and daily life, the philosophy of practicing loving kindness to all beings, including one’s self. Renee is also a raw food chef and the owner of Nude Food. Renee’s classes are sure to warm your body and heart, to make you sweat, to leave you invigorated, and to inspire you toward being a more compassionate and loving individual.

Bob

Bob

I took my first yoga class in 2005 at the YMCA. Being active in sports, I was seeking something different but viewed yoga as simply a form of exercise. After that class, I knew I had found what I was looking for. I couldn’t wait for the next class. I began to visit various classes at Downtown Yoga studio going 4 to 6 times a week. When Gina Wasserlein offered a teacher training program in 2008, I signed up looking to deepen my own practice. It was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. It is an honour to share this practice with anyone who walks into the studio. I have been fortunate to learn from, and practice with, many great teachers. I consider Gina, Bill Thomas and Susan Marcaccini as my true yoga mentors, although there are many more names I could add to that list.