Dorothy Guerra, Co-owner, RYT, RPYT, CCBE, CCLD
Dorothy Guerra has been teaching yoga since 1997 and has founded Parivartan Hot Yoga and the Yoga Birth Method. She is the author of Yogini Birthing. She has brought together the concept of BIRTH Yoga Studios. Her goal is one center that offers yoga transformation for everyone and specializes in the care of yoga for prenatal support. She offers teacher training for yoga certification and is a conference speaker for various well know childbirth organizations such as Lamaze, DONA, CAPPA and ICEA and Yoga Organizations in Canada and the United States.
Her passion is yoga. She believes this powerful practice has the power to reawaken life and make positive changes for anyone looking to make a difference to how they live physically, mentally and spiritually.
She is also affiliated with New Life Fertility clinics as a fertility yoga therapist. She is a member of Infertility Awareness Association of Canada.
Owner, Registered Instructor and President of the Yoga Network of Canada and registered with The Yoga Alliance. Dorothy is the Creator of Yogini Birthing. This is a technique used during labour to help manage pain to allow for a natural and enlightened birth experience. The Yoga Birth Method educates woman on informed choice and teaches a specific sequence of postures, breath work and meditation for each stage of labour allowing woman and couples to work with their baby through the labouring process.
Dorothy offers certification in the Yoga Method for doulas, childbirth professionals and yoga teachers.
Dorothy is a faculty member for the Yoga Show and Conference where she educates yoga teachers on The Yoga Birth Method.
Through her years of teaching she has taken a special interest in infertility as she became aware of how much infertility is an issue among couples. Through her own personal connections with infertility, she naturally became passionate in teaching yoga and meditation to help release the negativity and toxic emotions that infertility can cause in women and in relationships. Yoga can make a difference in lives, Allowing the body to be open, ready and healthy can invite a pregnancy naturally or through Artificial Reproductive Techniques. Yoga provides the coping tools necessary to make anything possible.
Pregnancy care is important. She enjoys working with pregnant women and watching them grow with new life. Keeping a women in tune with her baby and new body is a wonderful reward in her work. She is a Yoga Doula offering support in delivery. Labor is a wonderful experience for a couple. She keeps the couple focused and mindful during the birthing of their baby using yoga postures for easy delivery, breath techniques and optimum support.
The aftercare completes the package in her work keeping Moms feeling great in their recovering body's and new lifestyles. Stress management and wellness is important part of preventing and treating postpartum. Dorothy enjoys helping the couples make their journey from infertility to delivery.
Sheri Holubec Machado
Sheri has always been passionate about fitness and wellness. She maintains an active lifestyle engaging in a variety of sports both for a fitness purpose and leisure when sharing them with family and friends. In her early adult life, Sheri became a certified Fitness Instructor where she enjoyed sharing her passion and teaching a variety of fitness classes for ten years. They included low impact aerobics, circuit training, cardio kick box, cardio ball and stretch and strength. During her continuing education as a Fitness Instructor she was introduced to yoga and decided that she would evolve her fitness background to include teaching yoga.
Sheri has been practicing Hatha and Vinaysa yoga for ten years when she personally experienced the transformation that is possible. Through yoga, Sheri attained a sense of “escape” from daily stresses and a return to a peaceful and calm renewal that was missing from her other fitness pursuits. Sheri also discovered the regular practice of yoga has been the most successful in maintaining a healthy flexible back following an injury sustained during her fitness instruction days.
Sheri completed her Yoga Instructor Certification course with Dorothy Guerra February 2011 and loves to inspire others of all abilities to move their bodies, calm their minds and feel their inner spiritual connectedness.
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
Beth first started practicing yoga while working at a remote Provincial Park in Northwestern Ontario, and was inspired by the connections that nature brought to mind, body, and spirit. After completing university, she continued her path of learning at Parivartan. Beth started her Teacher Training with Dorothy in 2009, and having never participated in a hot yoga class before, Beth was amazed after her first experience. Leaving Parivartan feeling refreshed (a little sweaty!), and ready to take on any challenge, Beth knew that she had made the right decision.
Beth enjoys the sense of awareness that is experienced while practicing yoga, and is inspired at how different and personal everyone's practice can be. She always encourages those around her to try yoga, especially after seeing the positive benefits that it has brought to her own life. Beth's goals are not only to promote relaxation, control and self-awareness of mind and body; but also to push for overall health. Her dedication to her classes and her teaching gives Beth the type of happiness that she encourages her students to pursue.
Dino De Lellis
Dino loves yoga!
He believes that yoga addresses all aspects of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, and that acceptance and confidence on the mat reflect into daily life. He loves the peace and happiness that it brings him, and loves helping others to similarly discover the healing and empowering effects of yoga.
Dino has been practicing for close to a decade. His interest has lead him to many styles and teachers of yoga. His practice started with Hatha and lead to Kundalini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. In 2008 he walked into a hot yoga studio and has been there ever since. In recent years, his yoga practice has brought great change in his life, inspiring him to share his experience with others
Besides yoga, Dino loves…
flip flops, full moons, chocolate, anything coconut... His family, music, his parrot, laughter, camp fires & starting the day with a cup of coffee. Game of Thrones, all things Italian, deep breaths, dreadlocks, the ocean, mountains, big trees and silence…
My Way to find Yoga in my life was long, painful and full of doubt and anxiety. After my second child was born my health and sanity seemed to have left me and kept me struggling with a chronic disease (inflammatory arthritis) and a drug dependency.
I found some healing for emotional problems and years of resentment during Kundalini Yoga practice. From here on I was able to fulfill lifelong dreams, like for example to run three half marathons and one full marathon. This intense training put strains on my already debilitated joints. This was my way into Hatha Yoga. Not only I found stretches of time where I was completely pain free, I also found some mental calmness and even glimpses of hope and happiness.
This journey is still ongoing and I am learning a lot about myself in each and every practice and if I would be able to help one other person to overcome self-doubt, chronic pain, or other issues, it would mean the world to me. I would feel I pay back some kind of debt to the practice itself, to people who travelled with me on this path, people who trained and instructed me.
I’d like to be part of the universal community of Yoga. Not just as a bystander, but an active and contributing member.
Thank you for being part of this journey. I appreciate all you do so well.
Julie started practicing and loving yoga in 2008. At first coming to yoga as a way to recover lost strength and flexibility after some health challenges and surgeries. Then, of course, discovering that yoga was so much more than that and falling in love with it.
Julie received her teaching certification from Dorothy Guerra in 2012. She is also very influenced by Laura Brown and Diane Karlos.
Firmly believing that yoga is for everyone, Julie teaches a style of yoga that focuses on body, mind and spirit. Strengthening, stretching and energizing the whole body with hatha yoga postures and vinyasa flows. Quieting the mind with gentle guidance, refocusing and breath. Awakening the spirit with shared energy and joy.