Brenda Dowell, E-RYT 1000
Brenda Dowell is a registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist & Licensed Holistic Practitioner. She has studied yoga, anatomy, meditation, bodywork & other spiritual practices with amazing teachers who have had a profound impact on her life. Brenda practices Lomilomi, Reflexology & Thai Yoga Massage in her healing business, Enjoy the Journey, Inc., based in Ontario, Canada. She is the director of DevaTree's 50-hour Deep Attunement of the Instinctual Psoas retreat, and is core faculty in the Subtle Energy Body program. She is a guest instructor for the London 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Fueling her intense love of life is her profound understanding of the human body combined with a willingness to be vulnerable in a heart-centered practice. She lives her philosophy both on and off the mat as she inspires and empowers others to come home to their hearts—through their bodies—creating the most incredible life experience possible.
Brenda McMorrow, RYT
Canadian Devotional Chant artist Brenda McMorrow is on faculty at DevaTree School of Yoga and director of the 50-hour Kirtan Academy: Bhakti HeartFire training. Brenda travels worldwide sharing her special approach to the joyous, ancient practice of Kirtan. She has a diverse musical career (folk, jazz, bluegrass) spanning 20 years and a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound. Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it's high-profile yoga inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has been invited to accompany the likes of Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhakti road, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.
Bija Kerri Repta, RYT
Founder of OMagine Yoga Spa, Bija Repta is on faculty at DevaTree School of Yoga and director of the 100-hour Down Dogs & Doshas: An Integrated Approach to Ayurveda and Yoga training. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, International Retreat Facilitator, Spa Therapist, and Spa Educator & Trainer. Her yoga classes are fresh and alive with meaning, mindfulness, and deeply creative movement. Bija’s yoga guides her way of being in the world as she teaches, coaches, mentors and cocreates with Spa Therapists and Instructors Ontario-wide. Bija has co-facilitated yoga retreats in Ontario, Costa Rica, and Mexico where she helps students find freedom and personal meaning in their practice. Bija considers herself a life-long student of Ayurveda, and her formal studies have taken place at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. Ayurveda’s richness and depth has called to Bija for many years. She interlaces its wisdom into her yoga classes & retreats, and has created a menu of Ayurvedic-inspired treatments at OMagine Yoga Spa in Ontario, Canada.
Catherine Satya Stilo, RYT 500, RYT 1000 Candidate
Catherine Satya Stilo is Faculty and Director of DevaTree’s 200-hr certification in Mulmur, Ontario. After leaving her 20-year marketing career, Satya went on to study nearly 1000 hours of advanced level training in yoga. She's taught for many studios, companies, and educational institutions throughout Ontario, including assisting DevaTree’s 200-hr teacher trainings, and as a recurring speaker at The Guelph Organic Conference. She offers weekly group yoga classes, private sessions, and workshops in Horning's Mills, Ontario.
Satya is a creative teacher, blending yoga with a love of food, the art of story, and deep connections with the natural world. As co-creator of Terra Kula Eco-Education in Mulmur, she actively pursues her passion for permaculture and sustainability. Satya's mission is to provide space for people to grow together, discover optimal health, and live more authentic, connected lives. When she’s not teaching or training, you’ll find her bare-foot, connecting with the rhythms of the natural world and flowing with the peaceful, alive, and off-grid vibe at Terra Kula.
Gabrielle Ananda Rickman, E-RYT 200, RYT 1000
Gabrielle is Senior Faculty and Director of DevaTree’s 200-hr certification on Treasure Beach in Jamaica. She is core faculty and anatomy instructor at DevaTree School of Yoga. With 1000 hours of advanced level training, she specializes in anatomy and alignment, specifically flexibility, longevity, injury recovery, and strength-building. She is the director of DevaTree's 50-hr Yoga Anatomy Essentials, 50-hr Hands On Assists, and 50-hr Beyond the Basics: Advanced Asana teacher trainings.
When she’s not training or supporting the DevaTree community, she offers private and semi-private yoga classes. Also a Health and Wellness Coach certified through NYC’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she offers private health and wellness coaching. Clients of all ages and backgrounds love having Gabrielle on their healing team, as she lovingly offers a balance of practical tools and energetic support.
Gabrielle’s compassionate heart fills a room with smiles, playfulness, and laughter. She embraces her ongoing role as a student of life with a joyfulness that is hard to resist.
Off the mat, Gabrielle is DevaTree's Communications & Project Manager where she is responsible for internal processes and facilitating the execution of various projects.
Jillian Thistle, Registrar
Jillian is the Registrar for DevaTree. She worked behind the scenes with Carolyn and Tamika for many years before coming into this role. The positive and supportive vibe the DevaTree Family provides is something she works to include in all aspects of her life.
Jillian practices daily mindfulness and meditation. Yoga has become integrated into her life through her children and is something they look forward to practicing together as much as possible. Jillian is drawn towards embracing the little things in life. She enjoys being in nature, quietly observing its beauty.
Kristi Corlett, RYT 500
Kristi Corlett, B.A., M.A., B.Ed., RYT, is a certified Yoga Instructor, Shamanic Practitioner, Author and Reiki Practitioner. She is the director of the DevaTree 100-hour training Whispered Wisdom: Walking Between the Worlds of Yoga and Shamanism. Her formal studies in history and eastern mysticism have led her on a journey that forever spirals back to yoga. Kristi has a passion for yogic philosophy and the delicious stories of the gods and goddesses who make up the Hindu Pantheon. Truly gifted in the art of story-telling, Kristi takes the complexity of these glorious beings of light, and brings a fascinating clarity to their role in our lives today. Inspired by the interconnected dance of yoga and shamanism in her own heart and soul, she brings forth a whispered wisdom that simply must be shared.
Kristi Corlett is a deep listener, a dedicated scholar, a dazzling entertainer, and humble advocate of mother earth. There is no one more qualified to guide this journey into the depths of yoga & shamanism! -Tamika
Lindsay Parr, Program Coordinator, RYT, RCYT
When you contact DevaTree, you’ll likely have the pleasure of connecting with Yoga Instructor Lindsay Parr. Lindsay has completed advanced trainings in HeartRise Children’s Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. She specializes in children’s yoga, but loves teaching unicorns of all ages. Growing up in a family that practiced since the ‘70s, Lindsay has a deep respect and intuitive understanding of yoga. She loves animals, nature, hugs, and deep connection. She is adored for her quirky, sensitive nature, and her infectious laugh. Lindsay’s mission is to spread love and joy while helping people manifest their dreams, goals and desires. A creative teacher with a radiant heart, Lindsay brings a touch of magic to everything she does.
Lisa Santosha Mosher, E-RYT 200, RYT 1000
Santosha’s yoga journey has led her to study and teach many models and traditions of yoga, including receiving two different 200-hr certifications. Committed to her practice and the profound self-discovery that goes with it, Santosha received her first certification with Nosara Yoga Institute, and later her Cross-Disciplinary Yoga certification with DevaTree.
A compassionate, creative teacher of yoga and movement with a commitment to nourishing mind, body and spirit, Santosha has been sought after to support, assist, and teach in numerous professional yoga programs including Kirtan Academy, Down Dogs & Doshas, Integrative Anatomy, Advanced Asana, Hands-On Assists, HeartRise Yoga for Children, as well as multiple 200-hr certifications.
Certified with both Yoga Alliance (International) and Canadian Yoga Alliance, Santosha was one of the first advanced-level graduates at DevaTree School of Yoga. Her specializations include Ayurveda, Children's Yoga, Integrative Anatomy, Hands-On Assists, Advanced Asana, Kirtan Chant, Subtle Energy Body, Restorative Yoga, and Expressive Arts.
Santosha’s philosophy, beliefs, and personal practice of self-study are closely aligned with DevaTree. She was invited into the specialized 1000-hr leadership track at DevaTree, and is Directing the first Cross-Disciplinary Satellite program in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Santosha invites playfulness through movement, music, and voice, while providing a safe place for students of all ages and ability to explore, relax and have fun together. Her intention is to inspire, support and encourage you to become the true guru of your own practice.
When she’s not traveling or exploring, she can be found teaching yoga on the shores of Lake Huron in Southampton, Ontario.
Lotus Why, RYT-500, ERYT-200
Lotus directs DevaTree’s 50-Hour Elective course, Yoga for Longevity
Lotus’ yoga journey began in 1993 when she was gifted a series of yoga classes. After completing the series she declared, “I’ve done my yoga.” A quarter of a century later, she recognizes yoga as a constancy in her life. From being a goal, it has become a journey without a known destination.
Lotus was an ambassador, administrator, teacher trainer, yoga instructor, and Outreach Coordinator at one of London’s first thriving yoga studios, The Lotus Centre for Yoga and Health. She completed her first 200-hr training at the Lotus Centre in 2002 and has since studied with many teachers, enjoying a diversity of styles, approaches, and techniques.
Lotus trained in the Anusara method with Todd Norian for over 3 years, assisting teacher trainings from 2011 to 2012. She received her 500-hr Advanced Training from DevaTree School of Yoga and has assisted and taught in several 200-hr and advanced-level DevaTree programs.
In addition to her all-levels classes, she has a passion for teaching students with limited mobility or those recovering from illness and injury. She teaches cancer patients and their families at Wellspring. Lotus is adored by her retired and senior clientele. She also specializes in working with developmentally challenged and brain injured students. Her expertise in anatomy, therapeutics, pranayama, meditation, and the mysteries of the brain, assist her in supporting a diverse and changing population.
Lotus’ classes are gentle, thoughtful, and brimming with experience and wisdom. Her greatest teacher has been and continues to be, life itself.
Shakti (Misty) Lucas, RYT 200, RYT 1000 Candidate
Shakti is Senior Faculty and Director of DevaTree’s 200-hr certification in Corunna, Ontario. With nearly 1000 hours of advanced level training, Shakti specializes in restorative yoga, rehabilitation and injury recovery, meditation, breath practices, and trauma-informed yoga. She is the director of DevaTree's 50-hr Restorative Yoga teacher training.
Shakti has taught yoga at multiple studios across Ontario, as well as the MS Society and The Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. In August 2016, she opened Vikara Yoga, a boutique yoga studio just outside of Strathroy where she offers private and semi-private classes, wellness workshops, and healing retreats.
Certified with both Yoga Alliance (International) and Canadian Yoga Alliance, Shakti has assisted and taught in various professional yoga programs including Kirtan Academy, Restorative yoga, and 200hr certifications in both London and Owen Sound. She is a presenter at the Yoga Festival in London, Ontario.
A multi-passionate entrepreneur, Shakti is a Reiki practitioner offering on-site energetic space clearings for homes and businesses. She also supports local yoga businesses by managing their social media platforms.
Shakti invites students to practice with mindfulness and self-awareness; she lovingly provides a safe space for students of all levels and abilities to explore, relax, and play together. Her students and colleagues describe her as a strong, inclusive, and gentle leader who is gifted in putting everyone at ease with her kind spirit and open heart.
When she’s not teaching, she can often be found walking her fur-babies at her beautiful property outside of Strathroy.
Srivani Shelagh McIntosh, RYT 500
Srivani is senior faculty at DevaTree School of Yoga. She has studied and practiced yoga and meditation since 1995 and brings a wealth of knowledge from various schools of yoga. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Lotus Center in London, Ontario, where she was a student and instructor. She continued her studies with DevaTree School of Yoga, as well as the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. Srivani has assisted Yoga Teacher Trainings both in Canada and Costa Rica, including DevaTree's HeartRise® Children’s Yoga Teacher Training and The Art of Assisting Yoga Postures program. She is also on staff with the Toronto Yoga Show. She passionately combines her sense of humor and compassion with her knowledge of yoga to create fun, invigorating, and challenging classes.