Luna Yoga Staff
Owner, Assistant Manager
Life partner to Jennifer, Jason runs the reception & organization of the studio. He has a BFA in Art History and plays music too. www.myspace.com/sunfields
Co-Manager & Yoga Teacher
Bram began his yoga studies in 1999, and after a massive life/career change in 2008, began his Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Darby, Shankara & Joanne. With additional training from Luna Yoga's Jennifer Maagendans, Bram incorporated all his experience on and off the mat into his yoga classes which offer insight into alignment, breath awareness, and the ability to use laughter to get through the more challenging postures and sequences. He is an alumni ambassador for the Lululemon Ste Catherine St location, has co-led retreats in Canada & Mexico, and led his own in Santorini, Greece, Mljet, Croatia, Istanbul, Turkey, with the next one scheduled for Paros, Greece in September 2013. Adding to his yoga classes and retreats, he started his Mentorship Program in November 2011, and became a Level 1 iRest®Yoga Nidra trained Teacher in 2013. Bram is forever grateful to his teachers: the Darbys, Jennifer Maagendans, Richard Miller, and Joan Ruvinsky who initially offered illumination on his yogic path. His website can be found at www.bramlevinsonyoga.com, and his insights and obervations can be followed on his blog connect to the sky at http://bramlevinson.wordpress.com/.
Frances has a background in dance and competitive Sport Aerobics (a sport which combines aerobic dance moves with gymnastic elements) - she discovered her passion for yoga in 2006 when she began working at Lululemon Athletica. To her, dance is very much an outward expression, whereas yoga offers an opportunity for self-reflection. Frances recently completed her yoga teacher training and draws from her experiences in all areas of her life to bring creativity, compassion and laughter to her classes. She is thrilled to be a part of the Luna yoga family! Frances is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher.
Van tripped onto her yoga mat in 2006 out of curiosity. An avid runner, she was drawn to a yoga class at a gym as a remedy for tight hamstrings. Finding so much more, she became a yoga junkie and never looked back. Today, when she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, you might find her underwater: Van became a dive master in Egypt, 2010, and she plans to become an instructor. In her spare time, she is also an origami maven.
The main focus of Van’s classes: challenging ourselves to have fun in every single moment, be it in the toughest of asana or those that are less demanding. She addresses proper alignment as a framework for letting go through the breath. Van is a certified Yoga Flo instructor. She is honoured and humbled to join the Luna family and is so very grateful to all of her teachers who have led her along her path and who continue to open her eyes every day.
Athanassia is a mother and a lawyer for the Quebec Human Rights Commission. As a musician, she co-wrote with her spouse the lyrics and music for their project Censia. A sports enthusiast, she regularly practises hiking and jogging, and it was jogging that brought her to yoga in 2001 in search of flexibility and relaxation. Yoga quickly became a passion and a lifestyle.
Over the years, she explored several styles of yoga with numerous professors through classes and workshops in Montreal, the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico. She also developed a strong interest in spirituality personal development, which she went deeper into by participating in Raja Yoga workshops, various readings, and a daily meditation practice.
Motivated by the desire to physically and spiritually deepen her practice, and with a desire to share the benefits of yoga, she recently completed a 200-hour Luna Yoga Teacher Training in Montreal. Athanassia teaches a dynamic flow accompanied by inspiring music to help strengthen and soften the body while uplifting the spirit.
Tom is a yoga teacher, competitive runner, and fitness enthusiast. After completing his Can-Fit Pro Certification Course in 2007, he began looking for ways to increase his flexibility to complement his active lifestyle. He started practicing yoga in 2008 for its physical benefits and in 2009 he began deepening his practice as a means of finding balance, realizing the benefits are beyond physical. Since then he has completed his 200-hour Yoga Flo Certification at Centre Luna, and has decided to pursue his goal of becoming a fitness coach after attending Bram Levinson’s 2012 Yoga Retreat in Croatia. Health is an integral part of Tom’s lifestyle which is shown by his passion for fitness and his dedication to assisting others achieve their own goals.
For as long as she can remember, Terri has been interested in different tools for self discovery and expansion of thought, and believes this is what led her to meditation and the practice of yoga asana in her adolescence. Always active, asana was a great compliment to her other physical activities, and meditation a tool for calming and focusing her busy mind.
At 19 she took her first trip to India to deepen and intensify her studies, the practice and the philosophy of yoga. That first trip took her to a number of Ashrams in Southern India, and eventually led her to complete her studies in Asian religion and South Asia and to make several subsequent trips to India.
Over the years she has been blessed to have the opportunity to practice with many wonderful teachers, including Mark and Joanne Darby, Hart Lazer, Anthony Prem Carlisi, John Scott, Rolf and Marci and more. In 2002 she finally met Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswati and Grandson Sharath, who all became the foundation of her practice. She continues to travel to Mysore, India on a regular basis to practice with Sharath and Saraswati.
Terri truly believes the practice itself is the true teacher and through her faith in the Ashtanga method she hopes to inspire and nurture her students to cultivate their own yoga sadhana. www.teresamccollumyoga.com