Our Teachers!

Nest offers a variety of small-group classes led by experienced and supportive instructors. Whether you’re new to yoga, pilates or barre or have been practicing for a while, Nest is a peaceful and non-judgmental space for you to experience all the amazing benefits of exercise.

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GRETHE LIVERUD

Grethe’s true passion in life is to help others using the physical and philosophical practices of yoga. She has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from a corporate setting to intimate one-on-one sessions, to weekly public yoga classes.

Grethe has been teaching and studying various disciplines of yoga for almost a decade and most recently completed the 300+ hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Therapy Toronto under the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar.

Grethe’s main teachers are Felicia and Ante Pavlovic of Yoga Therapy Toronto. She is deeply humbled and honoured to be guided by these two knowledgeable, wise and inspiring teachers in her journey to become a Certified Yoga Therapist.

Grethe’s classes focus on mindful movement and breath awareness allowing the students to experience the deep connection between body and mind. Expect to leave her classes feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and balanced.

LIZ COUCEAN

Liz’s goal as a yoga instructor and meditation guide is to safely lead individuals through an enjoyable and accessible practice that will allow students to release tension, increase mobility, and promote peace of mind through the linking of mindful movement and breath. Liz is deeply passionate about promoting more diversity in the yoga community and she continues to work in developing the accessibility and knowledge of yoga and meditation in underserved communities through various outreach initiatives. She has completed mindfulness training with Dr. Shailla Vaidya and completed her 300+ hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Therapy Toronto with Ante & Felicia Pavlovic, under the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage.

JEANNE ARMSTRONG

Jeanne is a dedicated yoga student and teacher who brings compassion, knowledge and love into her yoga classes. Jeanne’s classes focus on moving energy through the breath, connecting the body, the mind, and the spirit in a safe, accessible and nurturing environment. Her gentle classes can provide you with a sense of inner peace and personal strength. Jeanne is honoured to guide students through the practices of mindfulness, breathing and yoga.

Jeanne is an avid learner of yoga and holistic health. She’s been teaching and studying yoga for over a decade.  Jeanne graduated as a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist with Ante and Felicia Pavlovic at Yoga Therapy Toronto in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya.  Jeanne has completed additional trainings in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Chair Yoga, Yoga for 50+, Yoga for Older Adults, Mindfulness Meditation, Indian Head Massage, and Reiki.  

SARA MacHIN

Sara is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation Guide, Life Coach, Reiki Master, Access Consciousness Practitioner and  founder of “Evolutionary Journey”.  She is an experienced subtle energies practitioner and natural healer with a holistic approach towards helping others thrive in mind, body and spirit. She is committed to spiritual investigations through the study of subtle energies, new and ancient wisdom. This is combined with her 25 years experience of studies & teaching Yoga, Meditation, Energy Medicine, Mind Body Fitness, Longevity and Holistic Health, where she has been serving both private clients and larger groups, doing private sessions, group clearings & activations, speaking, and teaching classes & workshops.

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DOMENICA FOTI

Domenica believes that movement can heal and empower. After coming to Pilates to seek relief from chronic back and hip pain, her body began to feel stronger and the pain dramatically decreased and then disappeared. She realized that what her body was learning in Pilates classes could help her throughout her daily life. In 2006 she successfully completed her mat work instructor training at Body Harmonics Pilates, followed by Comprehensive Pilates equipment training in 2009.

Domenica loves teaching so that we can all be our best selves in the bodies we have. She earned a Bachelor of Education at O.I.S.E., loves learning and continues to take additional Pilates, anatomy and movement courses to inform her practice and teaching.

In 2010, while pregnant herself, she completed additional training for pre and post natal Pilates where the focus is always on safe, effective movements so moms and moms-to-be can feel their best.

SHEHLA KHAN

As a teacher of yoga,  Shehla believes in the simplicity and the discipline of this great tradition. Having completed several yoga teacher trainings, as well as being a yoga therapist, she blends different styles of yoga and incorporates many tools. Most of all,  she works diligently on bringing unadulterated teachings of yoga to people around her. Shehla has come to the realization that yoga truly is a lifelong journey — full of healing and love.

Shehla’s teachings are strongly influenced by all her teachers and honour the person in front of her, as well as honouring the environment around her. She strives to follow Ayurvedic principles by teaching according to seasons, weather changes and time of day, and of course the people in front of her.

Shehla has been teaching in the city of Toronto for almost 10 years. She is also a faculty member of George Brown College for their classical yoga teacher training certificate program.

Yoga is a part of Shehla along with her two boys and husband. You can spot her on Toronto’s downtown streets cycling around and enjoying our city’s colours, cuisine and culture. She enjoys running a few miles a week, sleeping, watching Ted talks and crime shows. She also enjoys getting some real “face time” with friends and family and cooking her versions of east Indian food!

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MICHELE HEUFF

Health and wellness has been a passion for Michele’s for many years. She went to her first yoga class to explore another way of staying fit and healthy. After returning from her first retreat 4 years ago feeling relaxed, strong and rejuvenated, she knew she was hooked. Practising yoga has increased her strength and flexibility and helped her find balance, peace, and connection to her inner wisdom. Yoga is and always will be her sanctuary. She recently completed her 200-hour teacher training and looks forward to helping others discover their yoga sanctuary.

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MARGARET BARTNIK

Margaret recently completed a 300 + hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Therapy Toronto with Felicia and Ante Pavlovic, under the Sri Krishnamacharya lineage.

Yoga was the path she stepped into to help her to decrease stress level and find space and balance in her busy life as an ICU nurse, where she still works.
Her journey with Yoga started 17 years ago when she met her first teacher, Jeannine Woodall. She had practiced Jivamukti Yoga and Buddhist philosophy under Jeannine’s wise care, and many more thereafter.

Come and join Margaret as you continue your journey with yoga. Together you can learn from each other and create magic.

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LINDSAY BOYD

Lindsay is a passionate yogi who loves the freedom that comes with getting into her body and out of her head. As a certified 200hr Power Yoga Canada instructor, Lindsay is inspired to share the flow that has been so transformative for her personally. The Journey Into Power yoga sequence provides the foundation for the classes Lindsay teaches. This flow offers an intensity intended to inspire breakthroughs, and a softness that invites ease. Above all, this beautiful practice ignites the soul and connects a community through the union of breath, the sharing of energy, and the flow of intentional movement.

Lindsay has personally experienced the physical, mental and emotional benefits of mindfulness, movement and meditation. A mum of three and a marketing professional who is actively involved in her community, Lindsay is committed to guiding others into their greatness through wellness, movement and self-discovery.

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KARINA SHLYKOVA

Karina is a devoted yoga, pranayama and meditation teacher and therapist in training with over ten years of personal practice. She is committed to bringing joy, presence, breath work and appropriate challenge into yoga classes. Her extensive teaching experience with children and teens, therapeutic, restorative and active flow classes makes her a welcome addition to NEST. Avid to create a safe, healing group class atmosphere where students can drop into their own authentic yoga practice – join one of Karina classes today. 

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