Nicky Poole - Lead faculty, YOga teacher trainer and Doula
Nicky Poole, a mother of two originally from New Zealand, has been enmeshed in the study of yoga since 1999. She founded the first yoga studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2004 and cultivated a unique community on the banks of the Saigon River until moving to Canada in 2009.
Calling Toronto home, Nicky has established herself as a highly sought after teacher trainer, and pre and postnatal specialist in the city. She created and continues to lead the 889 Living Yoga Program and is invited to share her knowledge through workshops and collaborations at various studios around the GTA.
Nicky’s current movement based practice ranges from deep study in Kalarippayat —a martial art from South India—to classical ballet. Her yoga methodology draws from a variety of lineages, but her primary source of inspiration and connection for the past ten years is Prana Flow Yoga with her teacher Shiva Rea. Nicky continues to learn from Shiva as an assistant to her on retreats and trainings worldwide. Nicky draws on extensive study of Ayurveda to inform her teachings, and enhances her care and support for her students with her offerings as a Birth Doula and a Thai Yoga Massage practioner.
JENNIFER HELLAND - YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST
Jennifer Helland, CNP is a holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, dancer and mother of two. She graduated with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2008. Jennifer teaches numerous nutrition topics in hospitals, corporate offices, dance schools and yoga teacher training programs throughout Toronto. She is passionate about working oneonone nutritionally with pregnant women and new moms during the "making, growing and breastfeeding" phase of life.
Jennifer completed her yoga teacher trainings at Downward Dog Yoga Centre (500hr) in 2004 and Octopus Garden Yoga Centre (300hr) in 2014. She has been teaching privately and in yoga centres for more than a decade. Since having children herself, Jennifer has found joy in teaching yoga to expectant women, new moms & babies and children with anxiety. Jennifer loves all things "human body" including it's potential for self healing and amazing ability to make and grow new human beings.
stefanie antunes - Doula educator
Stefanie Antunes is a certified birth and postpartum doula with DONA International. She is also a birth doula trainer for DONA. She is the founder of the Birth Doula Program at The Scarborough Hospital, former Director of Public Relations for DONA International, and the President of the Association of Ontario Doulas.
Stefanie is passionate about advancing the doula profession both through her team and the doula community at large through her various volunteer roles. She has been working in the field as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and doula for more than a decade and has supported hundreds of families to have a birth experience that is satisfying and empowering. She is committed to pursuing her goal of “Changing the world...one family at a time”.
ruth ruttan - Pilates teacher trainer and doula
Ruth has been teaching bodies to move across Canada and the USA for over 25 years. Through the Pilates method, various bodywork modalities and dance she has enjoyed instructing and watching many bodies change, stay functional and become powerful humans. Education is at the centre of her approach, both for clients and herself. She believes that knowledge is power and that informing our minds and bodies will help build an extraordinary life.
Creative by nature and armed with an excellent knowledge of functional anatomy Ruth is passionate about meeting the needs of a wide range of clients. She enjoys the intricacies of Post Rehab Pilates and in particular working with Pre and Postnatal people. In addition to being a Pilates Master Instructor and Balanced Body Educator, Ruth is also a Labour, Birth and Postpartum Doula and mother of three awesome children.
michelle fraser- pelvic health physiotherapist
Michelle Fraser is an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist, advocate and educator who works with persons of all genders experiencing pelvic floor imbalance or difficulty. She partners with her clients, encouraging them to understand the complexities of their pelvic health and exploring effective ways to achieve optimal health, vitality and wellbeing.
Michelle’s mission is to empower people in Canada and internationally to take charge of their pelvic health and enjoy the potential life changing impacts. She has earned her Masters of Education at OISE specializing in global health education, and has been involved with teaching physiotherapists in Canada and in Nicaragua. She is an Associate Instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions. She regularly leads workshops integrating pelvic health with the peripartum period, yoga, and trauma.
Michelle is an inspiring and highly engaging speaker who will forever change how you view pelvic health, for yourself, anyone you coach, teach or know!