Cecily Milne - Program Director and Lead Instructor
Cecily is a strength and mobility specialist who endeavours to guide her students toward a better understanding of their bodies' abilities. Her movement journey began with yoga, which sparked her passion for helping the body operate, evolve and feel the best way possible.
She holds over 500 hours of training from Downward Dog Yoga Centre, complemented with study abroad under the guidance of Petri Raisanen, Rolf Naujokat and Emil Wendel.
In 2014, Cecily broadened her horizons and engaged in direct study with the Ido Portal team. She has trained with Agatsu Inc, along with Gymnastic Bodies, and is a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist (FRCms). Cecily studied with internationally renowned Osteopath, Dr. Guy Voyer D.O., creator of the SomaTraining system and ELDOA from 2015-2016 and is currently certified to lead ELDOA classes (level 1-3).
As the Director of Yoga Detour, Cecily is driven to raise the standards of the yoga and movement teaching community. She has invested countless hours in creating this stand-alone program that connects science to intuition and learning to experience, shifting mindsets through movement.
Guest Faculty, In order of Appearance
Drew Hume - Anatomy and Body Connectivity
Drew has a passion for helping people move well and with understanding. This drives him towards a practice and a teaching style that is far less "fancy" and far more grounded in essential movement science in order to build the solid foundation of healthy movement upon which more complex movements become possible.
Drew holds a degree in Human Biology, allowing him to offer in-depth knowledge while keeping material accessible, straight-forward and relevant to the movement practice. He endeavours to support students so that after each class they have learned something intellectually as well as physically. On top of all that serious learning, Drew keeps the classroom environment light and universally welcoming - laughs guaranteed.
Kathryn Bruni-Young - mindful strength
Kathryn Bruni-Young is a mover, educator and creator. She grew up studying yoga with her mother (Diane Bruni) which organically shifted into teaching yoga classes and workshops together.
Kathryn Bruni-Young has been a yoga and movement teacher for the last 10 years. She suffered from repetitive strain injuries and turned to physiotherapists, personal trainers and other experts from other movement disciplines to create her own teaching style.
Inspired by all she gained from her strength training education. Kathryn founded the Mindful Strength Center, (formerly known as the Cornwall Yoga Studio). Mindful Strength blends strength, mobility and mindfulness. Kathryn leads teacher training, online courses, and workshops throughout Canada and Europe.
Kathryn is being drawn to the world of Trauma Training and has been influenced by those doing research in this field. She is truly a woman with many facets who is excited to share all she has learned to enrich the lives of others.
jennifer helland - Practical Teaching Expert
Jennifer Helland, CNP is a holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher.
Jennifer completed her yoga teacher trainings at Downward Dog Yoga Centre (500-hr) in 2004 and Octopus Garden Yoga Centre (300-hr) in 2014. She has been teaching privately and in yoga centres in Toronto and abroad for more than a decade.
Jennifer is passionate about all things "human body" and humbled daily by its complexity, wonder and self-healing potential.
As someone who has been teaching teachers since 2008, she is committed to supporting those who are just beginning this journey. Jennifer delivers feedback on teaching in a manner that is warm, engaging and insightful. Jen has the ability to see students not only for who they are but who they can become as teachers.
Jennifer Cardoso - Creating Safer Spaces for Yoga
Jenn is a trauma educated yoga teacher with a curiosity for human nature. What began as a personal journey to understand how to manage her own anxiety and chronic pain turned into a deep passion for wanting to empower others to do the same. Through yoga, mindful movement and compassionate self-care practices she works with students to foster their sense of resiliency and agency so they can feel more at home in their bodies.
She is a graduate of Yoga Detour’s inaugural 2016 Teacher Training program and is a level 2 Movement for Trauma practitioner. Additional studies include Adaptive Yoga, Healing Trauma with the Body co-facilitated by Michael Stone and Molly Boeder Harris, and Healing Trauma Through Yoga taught by David Emerson. Jenn is ever grateful for her mentors Catalina Morgana, Cecily Milne, Jane Clapp, and Jay Fields and their continued generosity and source for inspiration.
Jenn is committed to using yoga and mindful movement as a tool to help others feel validated for who they are. She carries a fierce conviction to support a practice that is safe, brave and accessible to all.
Steve Donald - The Buteyko Breathing Method
In 2005 Juno Award-winning musician Steve Donald took classes in a largely unheard of treatment for chronic health conditions developed by Ukrainian physician Dr. K. Buteyko. Working with the breathing exercises developed by Dr. Buteyko, Steve's asthma and snoring quickly disappeared. He no longer required medications to control asthma.
In 2006 Steve trained to teach the method to others, becoming the first Buteyko Method Educator living in Toronto. Since then over 400 of Steve's clients with a wide range of chronic health conditions have benefited from re-training their breathing, unlocking the healing power of simple breath.
The Buteyko Method is effective for conditions including but not limited to asthma, snoring/sleep apnea, poor sleep/insomnia, sinusitis, allergies, chronic cough, COPD, eczema, anxiety/panic, CFS/ME, IBS and ADHD. More recently the breathing principles of the Buteyko Method have been adopted by athletes including 3-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross.
In 2011 Steve, along with 25 other teachers, became a founding member of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association which has now grown to over 100 members. Steve continues to teach, write about, and help train new teachers in this powerful healing modality.
After her introduction to Steve and Buteyko breathing in 2014, Kathryn knew she had stumbled upon a science of breathing that made sense to her, both in terms of everyday life as well as in relation to her yoga practice. Often in practice we are encouraged to “take deep breaths”, and until recently, that instruction was never questioned. Nowadays, the information we have access to regarding the science of respiration has the potential to significantly enrich not only yoga, but all physical movement practices.
Grant Hutchinson- philosophy and meditation
Grant began practicing yoga in 2001. On a trip to India in 2004-2005, he alternated periods of yoga study with stays at Theravadin and Zen meditation centres in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. In Toronto, he studied in both of these traditions with Michael Stone. He returned to Toronto in 2013 after nearly two years of residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Centre in California.
Practice for Grant is a way of meeting things as they are; a space to relax self-thinking enough to experience the wonder of what is underneath. He holds space for students to arrive, come back and settle rather than encouraging them to get somewhere else. Grant's teaching is informative and accessible, weaving technical information with stories and opportunities for interaction and discussion.
Grant helps to facilitate the dharma group Gravity (gravityto.org) at the Downward Dog, giving talks and hosting sits and retreats. When not sitting, he can be found making meditation cushions to order.