Founder and Owner
Ellen is a farm girl from Stouffville, a climber, a musician, a lover of all things artistic, and a yoga teacher.
Her first yoga class was 15 years ago, and though it was tough, she quickly fell in love with the way yoga made her feel. Ellen found herself attending yoga classes more and more determined to improve her practice and learn new things. Eventually it just made sense for her to broaden her practice by completing a teacher-training, so she attended a 200-hour YTT in Hatha yoga. After her first training, Ellen took a couple of years to dive into teaching and find her voice. She then went on to complete a 500 hour Modo Yoga teacher training as well as a 100 hour Modo Yoga Flow training. Ellen also completed a 10 month Teacher Training/Mentorship Program through Spirit Loft Movement Centre, which focused on an interdisciplinary approach to movement & mindfulness education. Ellen considers herself an eternal student and is constantly attending workshops and trainings to learn more.
Over the years, yoga has deeply enriched her life mentally, physically and spiritually, and she continues to find fulfillment in helping others to find the same joy that yoga has brought her.
Brianna is a very active individual who spent many years playing various sports. She came across yoga with a few friends, all of whom were in search of a new activity. After trying her first class she never looked back. She quickly realized the positive effect yoga was having on her whole being. She started to work as an energy exchange for a few years and really got to know more about the community. Brianna's curiosity about yoga led her to her first 500 hour teacher training in 2014 through Moksha Yoga in Montreal.
When not in the hot room Brianna worked in the hospitality industry for years. Being able to teach yoga has allowed her to offer a service to those around her in a different capacity. She continued her studies by taking the 100 hour Moksha Flow training in 2016, in California to expand her knowledge. She recently completed her Restorative YTT in 2018. Brianna’s experience as a Thai Massage Practitioner also compliments her comprehensive yoga instruction offerings.
I believe that the way we move matters...
That our bodies benefit tremendously from the mindful shapes they are encouraged to take in a yoga practice.
I also know that we love to be challenged - even encouraged - to do a little more - perhaps even a little faster - both on and off the yoga mat.
My invitation is to come to your mat and do less. Slow down. Connect with your body and your breath.
Since starting my yoga journey in 2008 I have explored many styles and teachings of yoga. My mat keeps bringing me back to asana (postures) that nourish and heal. That allow for mindful movement and profound respect for these bodies that we do life in.
Recently I completed a certification program in Yoga for Healthy Aging with a medical doctor from California. This intensive training affirmed in many ways the practice that I have been allowed to guide at KIND Yoga by Heart.
SO - whether you are 18 or 88 - somewhere in between or beyond - you are invited to come to the greenhouse Mondays at 9:30am, to your mat and move in ways that matter and nourish your body and soul.
Emma Drudge is a gardener, magazine editor, wilderness guide, whitewater paddler and outdoor adventurer.
She firmly believes in the positive benefits of spending time outdoors, and loves pairing nature and yoga at KIND Yoga by Heart. Emma teaches flowing classes with a focus on connecting movement and breath.
She's been practicing yoga for 10 years and completed a dynamic yoga teacher training in the Hatha Vinyasa style at the Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Tina is an inspirational teacher of yoga practices, retreats and guided meditations. Her practices are uniquely designed to increase pranic flow and elevate the body’s frequency, to ground, yet invoke the “yoga high”. The energy behind her passion shines out in her teaching, as she teaches from the heart.
Join her on the mat for a beautiful journey of self care.
Dione's love for yoga dates back to 2007 when she accompanied a friend to their first yoga class. As an avid fitness enthusiast, Dione immediately fell in love with the physical practice of yoga. However it would be the mental and emotional healing benefits that would see her through a challenging lost and propel her on a path to deepening her practice in hopes of sharing its benefits and empowering others.
In 2014 Dione embarked on a journey to gain her first certification by attending the Moksha Level 1 training in Montreal. Since then Dione has combined her love for learning with her passion for yoga. This has led her to acquire her certification in Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Youth, Moksha Flow and Yin. Dione has also studied Vipassana Meditation and is currently working on a 250 hour certification in Functional Yoga.
In addition to being a dedicated yoga teacher and student, Dione is a proud mother of three and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Justice Studies Diploma.
“Our yoga practice can be seen as a metaphor for life. Every time we step on our mats we cultivate the peace, mindfulness and fortitude needed to maneuver our way. I encourage my students to take their practice with them each time they leave their mats by utilizing their most powerful tool, their breath.”
Katherine De Ocampo
Kat started practicing yoga in 2009 but began a more regular practice as part of her recovery from a sport-related injury. Seeing first-hand how yoga complements the training regime of athletes (whether or not they have had injuries) is what inspired Kat to take her yoga teacher training. In 2015 she completed her 200hr yoga teacher certification through Pranalife Yoga - which provide immersion into the practice of yoga and the art of teaching it.
Kat focuses on structuring her classes to promote long-term functional mobility as well as reaping all the physical and mental benefits that yoga has to offer. Kat also trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is an amateur rock climber.
Her yoga practice and teaching method is unique due to a well-rounded perspective of the possibilities and limits of ones body through movements in various activities. When not teaching yoga Kat loves to travel through humanitarian work. She has visited places such as Guatemala, Hawaii, Bali and Chile on behalf of Habitat for Humanity to help build homes in the communities that need it most.
Sarah has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years. She loves sharing her passion for yoga and guiding students through their practice with a "feel good" approach for all levels. In 2012 Sarah completed a 300 hour YTT. Additionally, Sarah completed a prenatal yoga teacher training to guide expectant mothers through their pregnancy journey to prepare for labour and birth, and most recently became certified in JOGA, a movement system made up of the benefits of yoga combined with the biomechanics of sport, created specifically for an athletes body. Sarah hopes students leave her class feeling connected to mind, body and soul - a practice they can take off their mat and into their daily lives.
Susie’s yoga practice is influenced by her background in Recreation Therapy helping people of all abilities to increase their well-being through engagement in meaningful activities, teaching mindfulness and her passion for nature and movement.
She has been practicing yoga for over 15years and has a love for both the fire of Vinyasa and the healing of Restorative classes. She completed her 250-hour yoga teacher training in 2016 and has been in love with teaching ever since. She works full time as a Recreation Therapist and Yoga Teacher at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in an intensive Chronic Pain Program for Adolescents. In 2018 she completed training in Mindfulness Based Self Compassion weaving these concepts into her teachings and practice on and off of the mat.
When she’s not on the mat, you’ll find Susie at the lake, playing her guitar or spending time with friends and family.
When Katie finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, she held the book to her heart, closed her eyes, and let out a soft exhale. A profound wave of gratitude washed over her as she knew one thing for sure: this was a book she was better because of.
Yoga makes her feel the same way.
In a world obsessed with overwhelm and taking in and taking on so much, Katie believes yoga is a well-deserved and much needed exhale.
A former ballet dancer and competitive soccer player, Katie was drawn to yoga for the discipline, physicality, and movement. Yet the more she stepped onto her mat, the more she unearthed something else: a feeling of wholeness, acceptance of surrender and stillness, and most of all—an undeniable connection between her mind, body, and soul.
A KIND yogi herself, Katie discovered the greenhouse in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the community and doing yoga overlooking a pumpkin patch. She practiced diligently at the nature-embedded haven (live music classes are her favourite!) before embarking on her 200-hour Teacher Training at The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala in 2017. Deliberately choosing to do her training in nature was one of the best decisions of her life.
A leadership facilitator, session director, happy traveller, and yoga teacher, Katie finds it incredibly soul-satisfying to lead life guided by her curiosity. She attributes yoga to being one of her greatest adventures—physically, mentally, and spiritually—and is excited to forge ahead on this expedition and share her journey along the way.
A heart-centric growth junkie, adventurer and lover of intentional connection, Baillie is an avid lover of learning and deep conversation. A lifelong practitioner of intuitive movement, she graduated from her Alignment based Vinyasa, 200hr YTT in October 2017. Drawn towards a challenge, her signature classes are dynamic, heat building vinyasa flows infused with and inspired by her love of eastern philosophy and mindfulness.ber 2017. Drawn towards a challenge, her signature classes are dynamic heat building vinyasa flows infused with and inspired by her passion of eastern philosophy and mindfulness.
Keith is an RYT200 certified Yoga Instructor. He has been leading classes for 3 years, and practicing for more than 15 years. Using his experience as both teacher and student, Keith draws from Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Mobility modalities creating yoga classes that challenge and invigorate both beginner and established yogi's alike. His classes are intelligent and creative, thoughtful, and structured in such a way that you will be guided from beginning to end, without knowing where this journey through Asana will take you.