Heather Greaves is certified as a Professional Yoga Therapist at the 1000-hour level with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). In 1998 she received her certification as a Hatha Yoga teacher from the Esther Myers Yoga Studio. She is also certified as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.
Heather started her journey with yoga in 1969, and has been training yoga teachers in a Yoga Alliance certified program since 2005. Her practice and teaching is also influenced by her training in Polarity Therapy and Ayurveda. She is a professional member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
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Dawnelle Hawes, RYT-200, is a medical education coordinator at McMaster University. Formerly, she was a fitness/personal training instructor at a variety of colleges in Toronto and Hamilton, fitness director for commercial and not-for-profit organizations in St. Catharines and Hamilton, and secondary school physical education teacher. More recently, she received her RYT-200 designation through Integrative Yoga Therapy with Heather Greaves as her teacher, mentor, and inspiration.
Dawnelle was always the teacher when playing with her young friends and that passion turned into reality in later life. She is lifelong student, having returned to school at a later age to complete a second undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (her first was in Latin, French & Greek, earned right out of secondary school) and a post-graduate degree in Adult Education.
She not only loves to share her knowledge with others, but strives to make learning enjoyable and relevant to student participants. Fun and pertinent is the way adult learners best learn information. Lessons are carefully balanced to appeal equally to those who prefer to read the material, those who would rather listen, and those who learn best through experiential learning. Her aim is to provide students with sufficient understanding of a topic to be able to apply and adapt learned information to their own unique situations.
Jivasu – Dr. Pradeep Kumar
MD (India), DAc
Born in 1956, Jivasu completed his medical training as a pediatrician from Lucknow, India. For next 13 years he along with his wife Dr. Karen (whom he considers his teacher) served as voluntary medical doctors, in Sivananda ashram.
Jivasu received his first diploma in acupuncture from Medicina Alternativa International organization and Open International University for Complementary Medicine in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Later on he completed another acupuncture training from Contemporary Acupuncture Program in McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he is a faculty in acupuncture program and teaching acupuncture courses to health professional for the last 10 years. His teaching in McMaster University is an effort to synthesize the insights of Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation and Acupuncture with the contemporary Science for the better health and well-being in people and the environment.
He has studied Mind-Body Medicine at the Mind-Body Medical Institute, Harvard University.
Jivasu’s (Pradeep Kumar)
Dr. Hemant Gupta
MD Ayurveda, DNM
Vaidya Dr. H. Gupta MD Ayurveda, DNM, received his training in traditional Ayurveda in India. He has 25 years of practice and teaching in India, North America and Internationally. He is the Founder & Director of Shree Ma Ayurveda Institute & Wellness Centre Inc. and Panchakarma specialist.
His unique approach in the way of teaching Ayurveda engages students in active learning through questions, group discussions, and trains them to thinking like Ayurveda scientists, rather than just memorizing facts.
Vaidya H. Gupta designs courses for optimum learning, according to the latest research on brain’s learning capacities. Those studies show that the brain’s ability to learn and assimilate new knowledge is greatly enhanced when the student gets actively involved in the learning process.”
Dr. Parmjit Singh is Assistant Clinical Professor (A) with Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and has a PhD in psychology. He has Clinical Training in Mind-Body Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and has participated in an intensive retreat on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in mind-body medicine under the direction of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. He is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and a dedicated Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation practitioner. He did his Post-doctoral training in psychology from University of Southern Queensland, Australia and McMaster University, Canada.
He was one of the invited speakers at TEDx McMaster University for 2013where he spoke about how mindfulness meditation practice initiates deep structural changes in brain thereby establishing support for healthy habits and mental patterns.
He teaches in the Faculty of Health Sciences courses such as Body, Mind, Spirit and Health, Attitudes and Behaviors, Professional Transitions and Deceptions in Decision Making. He is involved in MD program’s professional competencies stream in the area of self-care. Since 2011, he is running eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course for medical students at McMaster University.
Heather McFadyen is a Psychotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hours) and anti-violence worker. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Allie Chisholm-Smith at Ahimsa in Huntsville, ON, and her Psychotherapy Training at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy. Heather is a member of the Yoga Alliance and a student member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. She is currently pursuing her Level 1 training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
Heather has been teaching yoga since 2004 and practicing as a psychotherapist since 2006. She naturally integrates one with the other and her area of interest is how we embody trauma and other life experiences. She has been strongly influenced by her international travel, something she has undertaken at extended intervals since 1991, and by her anti-violence work with women survivors of abuse.
Heather’s approach in both yoga and therapy is one of humility, enquiry and collaboration.