Joy of Movement, Thursdays 10:30AM
Our bodies are meant to move! Regular physical activity is great for the health of our muscles, bones, joints and also our brains but sometimes exercise feels like a chore. The objective of this group is to make movement playfully productive by pulling in bits and pieces from different movement disciplines like yoga, tai chi, calisthenics and more with a healthy dose of self awareness but never too much seriousness!
About Devin: A massage therapist and movement educator with more than twenty years of experience in yoga, martial arts, natural movement fitness and many other weird and wonderful practices. He loves to work with beginners and seniors.
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Is a yoga instructor and meditation guide at The Villij™, safely leading individuals through accessible practices that release tension, find balance, build strength, and promote peace of mind by linking mindful movement and breath.
After nearly eight years of consistent practice, Liz completed her 300+ hour Teacher Training at Yoga Therapy. Teaching from a trauma-informed perspective, she is deeply passionate about promoting diversity in the wellness community and creating inclusive spaces for all experience levels and body types. She is motivated to further develop the accessibility and knowledge of yoga and meditation in underrepresented communities while sharing these practices with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, burnout, and stress.
Today, Liz is pursuing her qualifications to become an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist.
Cooking with Katrina
Wednesdays at 2:00 PM
Katrina Gall is a trained chef and wine professional. She began her hospitality career in 2008 and has been working in the many facets of the industry ever since. Throughout her career, she has worked for restaurants, catering companies, wineries and large scale hotels across Canada and Europe. As a Toronto local, she is the founder of A Glass in Hand, an online resource to help people understand and enjoy food and wine.
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Mildly Spicy Moves
Fridays at 10:30 AM
What Dance Can Do's founding teacher and executive director, Miriam Goldberger, has a B.A. in Dance from Goucher College and has studied Dance Therapy at Lesley University in Boston and the Haliburton School of the Arts; Miriam founded Preggae Woman, Canada's first pre-natal/postpartum movement and support program in Toronto, is an advanced Dance for Parkinson's instructor and a certified Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor.
Mondays at 10:30 AM
Julia has been in the fitness business for 38 years. She received her fitness certification through the Ontario Fitness Council and NFAC (National Fitness Alliance Council). She was working as a group fitness leader for the Seniors division at the Toronto District School Board for 25 years and actively teaching various Seniors classes with chairs, stretch bands, and weights.
Julia has certification in Pilates, Chair Pilates, Aquafitness, and Zumba especially Zumba Gold which is specifically for the active older adults. It is her favourite because it is so much fun with exciting music to easy dances from all over the world.
My emphasis in class is on strength, balance and coordination a class that is fun and easy and guaranteed to make you feel wonderful!
Thyra Andrews is the founder and owner of New Song Music Therapy Ltd. A firm believer that each stage of one’s life should be lived fully, she spent the past 9 years developing a tailored music therapy program with the aim of supporting and enriching senior living. Her vision for New Song: to reach as many seniors as possible with quality music therapy programs.
Besides being a classically trained singer, she has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies with a specialty in Music Therapy from Concordia University, and also received an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree and MTA (Music Therapist Accredited).
Marissa Magneson is a Cree-Métis artist, photographer and workshop facilitator based in Tkaronto. She has a BFA (honours) degree from York University and is working towards an MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. Marissa is currently working at Harbourfront Centre as their Indigenous Resource Coordinator while also freelancing as an artist. Her work is centred around community building and cultural reclamation.
Instagram: @MagnesonStudios / @MarissaMagnesonPhotography
Teresa Shaver - a certified 350 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher with over 13 years of teaching experience. Teresa has been teaching various yoga and pilates style classes like Vinyhasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga Sculpt and Iyengar Yoga. Teresa has taught at many different studios including yoga studios, gyms, high schools and senior's residences. She feels very fortunate to also teach in Mexico every year.
heronJones is an author, poet, journalist, editor, actor and lecturer This electrifying artist is best known for his profound and powerful delivery.
His writing is edu-tainment. It is poignant and inspiring. Words that equally speak to the street, the church, the night club and institutions of higher learning.
Drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer & teacher, Joe has a vast and diverse background as a performance artist and educator. Along with touring with bands across the world, Joe has been conducting arts-in-education workshops for "Theatre of Hearts Youth First" - at schools and learning centers in the greater Los Angeles area where he also resides..
Veronika Brash is an Orillia-based artist and educator who studied at both Waterloo and OCAD. She loves to spark creativity in others and show them how to play with art.
2:00 PM: Creative Paint & Play
Hello, my name is Chelsea McArdle and I am currently a student at George Brown College, studying Recreational Coordination in the area of Gerontology. I am very passionate about mental health and having fun! I love the arts and creating art. My goal is to enhance art and other activities as a therapy in my field of Recreation Coordination and try to enhance the quality of life for Seniors and for people who may have physical or cognitive impairments. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2021.
The Villij™ is a wellness organization committed to creating inclusive, accessible and nurturing spaces for womxn of colour to connect, heal and expand.