Core Teaching Faculty
Ron Reid, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®
Ron Reid has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years and teaching since 1988. He is Co-owner and Director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada (www.downwarddog.com).
Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois. Along with his studies with his Pranayama teacher Sri Sudhir Tiwari, Ron has also completed an “Advanced Pranayama” training with Sri O.P. Tiwari from the Kaivalyadhama Institute in Pune, India. In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Asia, and is becoming a familiar face at various conferences around the world.
Ron is one of Canada’s top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way. He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice. While continuing to teach and practice the ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavors to blend tradition with innovation, and to balance precision with grace. Students find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding.
Ron is also an accomplished musician and composer and performs with his partner Marla Meenakshi Joy under their group name “Swaha” (www.swaha.ca)
Marla Meenakshi Joy, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®
Marla Meenakshi Joy, (Co-owner and Director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre), first traveled to India in 1988 to study meditation and the philosophy of the Vedas with Swami Shyam, as well as other learned scholars in the Himalayas. She is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Philosophy teacher from the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas, and, along with her studies with her Pranayama teacher Sri Sudhir Tiwari, has also completed an “Advanced Pranayama” training with Sri O.P. Tiwari from the Kaivalyadhama Institute in Pune, India.
She has been teaching in teacher training programs since 1999 across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, as both a teacher of philosophy and Sanskrit, chanting and meditation, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga, and Restorative Yoga.A practicing Shiatsu Therapist since 1993, and teaching Mysore (Self-Practice) around the globe, Meenakshi has a healing and informative touch. Since 2015, she has been studying her newest passion of classical Indian dance (Odissi) with esteemed teachers both in India and Canada, and has performed at some festivals in both countries as well.
As a celebrated song-stress, she also leads Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) with her band SWAHA, with inspired musical compositions with her partner/keyboardist, Ron Reid. She has produced four CD’s of Sanskrit chanting entitled Prayers, Salutations, Vishnu’s Dream, Bolo!, Shanti Pulse, and their newest CD Gone Beyond.
Pat Harada Linfoot, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®
Pat Harada Linfoot views the practice of yoga as an opportunity for physical, psychological, and spiritual inquiry. With compassion, generosity, and humour, she has been encouraging students to maximize their potential for the past 22 years. She is passionate about exploring the intersection of asana, restorative, meditation, and therapeutic movement practices as a conduit to healing and optimal health. Pat teaches classes and workshops, leads retreats, and is inspired by the rich, collaborative process of mentoring and training teachers.
Chris Kummer, N.D. BHS, E-RYT
Chris Kummer is an experienced yoga teacher specializing in applied anatomy and physiology of yoga practices. Since 2000 Chris has been teaching yoga and the ‘Yoga Anatomy Show’ on over 100 accredited Yoga Teacher Trainings in many countries around the world and has conducted numerous workshops on yoga, breath, health and well-being. Originally from Germany, Chris was windsurfing professionally before he began studying medicine at Kiel University. In 1993 Chris moved to Australia, where he studied natural medicine. He earned a BHS in Complementary Medicine and advanced diplomas in naturopathy, holistic nutritional medicine, western herbal medicine and homeopathy. On his yoga journey, Chris has been influenced by his friends and teachers. Some of the teachers who have contributed greatly to his body of knowledge are Yogacharya H.S. Arun (Iyengar Yoga), Clive Sheridan (Hatha Kundalini, pranayama), Emil Wendel (pranayama, philosophy), Peter Clifford (therapeutic yoga), Matthew Sweeney, Louisa Sear and David Muehsam (Ashtanga Vinyasa), and Judith Lasater (Restorative Yoga). Chris’ naturopathic background and his passion for yoga led to his specialization in applied functional yoga anatomy. In addition to workshops, he has been developing and teaching curricula for yoga teacher trainings for 15 years. In 2003 Chris co-developed KindaYoga, a method to introduce young children to yoga and health through interactive exercises, storytelling and play via visual media. “My passion is to further the understanding of yoga, movement and health in the worldwide community”. www.chriskummer.com