Words of Wisdom

Category: Yogi Spotlight

Robert Aranyosi
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Robert Aranyosi

Instructor Rob Aranyosi’s yoga story shows that not every path is a straight one, but if we listen to our inner selves, we get where we’re going in the end. Growing up, Rob was always active, and throughout his early life he pursued everything from …

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Makenzie Dale
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Makenzie Dale

It’s a cliché to say “mom knows best,” but in Makenzie Dale’s case, it just might be true. Her mother bought her, her first yoga mat and DVD following a project Makenzie did on yoga in middle school, and the rest was history. Makenzie continued …

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Bekka Cook
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Bekka Cook

Yoga is all in the family for Bekka: her mother took her to her first yoga class when she was only ten years old, and she has been practicing ever since. Before all that, though, Bekka grew up in a beautiful, beachy small town in …

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Miska Têtu
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Miska Têtu

With an upbringing that crossed four continents, Miska Têtu is a true citizen of the world who happens to make her home in Ottawa. Miska studied in the field of communications at the University of Ottawa and put her education to work in the arts …

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Nigel Walker
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Nigel Walker

Teaching yoga wasn’t supposed to be in the cards for Nigel. With a background in communications and linguistics and a career in the public service, his feet seemed set on a different path. But when he suffered a debilitating injury getting out of an office …

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Crystale Boisvert
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Crystale Boisvert

For Crystale Boisvert, yoga has brought many things: challenge, fulfillment and peace. Throughout her life, Crystale has always expressed herself creatively through movement, first as she is a trained dancer and Tae Kwon do master. Professionally, she knew her path lay in serving others. In …

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Jessica Magnan
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Jessica Magnan

Jessica Magnan grew up in the small town of Deep River, Ontario. From an early age, Jessica knew that her path would be one of serving others. After finishing her sociology degree at the University of Ottawa and supporting herself in the restaurant industry, Jessica …

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Photo of Claudia Gutierrez
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Claudia Gutierrez

If you practice at Elevate, chances are, you’re familiar with the work of artist Claudia Gutierrez. If, like so many of us, you’ve taken a moment during a savasana to appreciate the lush, captivating texture of the moon illustration adorning the wall of the practice …

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Photo of Maddie Rodriguez
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Maddie Rodriguez

Born in Toronto, Maddie has lived in several cities across Ontario, as well as in Victoria, BC and briefly in London, England. Maddie is an avid reader and writer with a BA and MA in English literature. She works as a full-time communications and research …

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Photo of Lizl Fleury with her yorkie, Gucci
By Maddie Rodriguez

Yogi Spotlight: Lizl Fleury

A bunch of you asked, so we thought you ought to know about the heart and the woman behind Elevate Yoga. Lizl Fleury is not only a jack of all trades, she’s a badass lady boss. She is the perfect balance of left and right …

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