meet the faculty
Tanis Fishman- founder
The teachings of Yoga Nidra have fascinated me ever since my first introduction to the practice at the Bihar School of Yoga in India over 18 years ago. Through my own dedicated study and sitting at the feet of master teachers and seers, I am slowly piecing together a larger framework and understanding of this core wisdom teaching. I feel a sense of responsibility to share this information with whomever would benefit from this knowledge, and with a knowingness that it is our birthright to explore and directly experience our multidimensional consciousness.
“Exploration is the essence of the human spirit.” ~Frank Borman
The elemental desire to explore is what brought Lindsey to the practice of yoga. Possessing a deep curiosity of the human body and mind, as well as the vibrating wave of information that underpins our existence, Lindsey stepped into her first yoga training in 2008 and has never looked back. The information she gained from that initial training sparked a life journey to gain more wisdom through knowledge and life experience. She has since attended numerous yoga trainings around the world, and was eventually guided to the Yoga Nidra practice in a 300-Hour training facilitated by Ally Bogard, Celeste Needham and Tanis Fishman. Fascinated by the experience of exploring alternate realms of existence, and with the recognition that we are absolutely the creators of our own life, Lindsey has continued her study of Yoga Nidra under the guidance of Tanis, and is passionate about sharing this practice with others.
With her love of the practice, her dharma of holding others in their highest, and the responsibility to share the teachings that she has so humbly acquired, Lindsey hopes to inspire others to realize the vast sea of potential that lives within their being.
Lindsey is an E-RYT 500 and has been leading teacher trainings throughout Canada since 2013.
The gathering of different genders, ages, and variant backgrounds, weaved into a kaleidoscope of communal experience is what inspires Heather to teach. She loves the dance of human connection. There is a willingness with Heather to search through the layers of life’s imprints and tap into that place that unites all of our souls. It is this that keeps her hunting to know thyself and connecting with others through the power of spirit.
Heather was first drawn to explore the illuminative world of yoga through meditation and prayer which cultivated a passion to delve into the many facets of this ancient practice. Through the guidance of many teachers including Ally Bogard, Tanis Fishman and Celeste Needham, Heather's teachings on the canvas of the physical body has been wholeheartedly painted in using the qualities of the sparkling vastness all around.
For over 14 years she has co-led teachers trainings and retreats throughout western Canada. Visit Heather at www.heatherivanyyoga.com to learn more about her and her 300 YA Teacher Training offerings
Discovering Yoga Nidra has guided my continual journey of exploring the deeper layers of myself and has helped me to cultivate my capacity to witness: witness myself, my beliefs, my motivations, my emotions and sensations. I hold over 1800 hours of formal yoga training in the layers of my body and the many years as the soul of The Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre. Together this has gifted me with a multifaceted perspective of Yoga, its practices and teachings AND also what is to be human.
With an evolving devoted practice, I traverse my internal landscape, digging deeper to my own core; compelled by the call to service. Bringing a compassionate heart to each of my offerings is essential to my teachings. I hold my students dearly to my heart and create classes and yoga offerings that create space for all students to experience their own light, the love that they inherently are and their ability to transform and love.
Megan Zinck- Treasurer
My journey with yoga reached a new level when I came across Yoga Nidra, I had never experienced such a visceral connection to oneness before. I felt deep resonance; the practice vibrated truth to the core of my being. For much of my life to that point, I had searched externally for validation of who I was and what I was “doing” rather than focusing on “being”.
My gratitude for Yoga Nidra continues to grow and expand along with my knowledge and I strive to bring compassion and variety to each one of my offerings. My teaching comes from the heart, which has proved to be my highest teacher. I believe that we all have everything we need inside ourselves and it takes true courage to go within. For me, this has not always been an easy path, there have been many lessons in letting go – of identity, of expectations and of outcomes. In many ways I’ve slowly been uncovering “who I really am” through the identification of what I am not, and this has required complete surrender into the unknown, release of what no longer serves me and an unwavering trust in my heart.
Sharing in awareness and the expansion of ourselves is what truly inspires me. I see this experience as a journey together in community, towards dissolving limiting beliefs, transforming the ego personality and coming into a deeper remembrance of our true essence.