Below is a list of our beloved Yogis who have donated their time and energy towards supporting our Yogathon to stand up to violence against women!
Aanchal is armed with a dual specialization in Bachelors in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Alternative Medicines. Within the realm of Physical Therapy, Aanchal is also a certified Yoga Therapist and teaches Ashtanga Yoga under her home company named Nataraja Yoga to people of all age groups.
Aanchal was crowned Miss India Canada in 2009. She believes in the "Spirit to Serve" and is deeply involved with an NGO named Vikas Paath which develops infrastructure for the less priviledged in rural areas and assists in primary education in New Delhi, India. Aanchal is also invovled with, Smile Train Organization: The world's largest cleft lip charity, SOS Children's villages, India & Overseas
Ali Gangji is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor trained in Rishikesh, India and Kids Yoga Instructor trained in Toronto. From a young age, Ali has been very athletic involved in several sport leagues. He began practicing yoga to compliment his sports/weight training program and was inspired by the full mind, body, soul connection that yoga provided. Presently, Ali is focusing on being a student; taking his practice off the mat and into his everyday life.
As the reigning Miss India Canada Annu proud to represent her Indian culture and have it celebrated along side the diversity that is woven into the Canadian mosaic as. One of Annu’s proudest accomplishments is being named Toronto’s youngest certified yoga instructor at the age of 23. She has an infectious passion for teaching yoga and has trained adults and children for over 5 years. Her approach and love for teaching is holistic and individualized. Annu is a true believer in the power of yogic healing, she is inspired by teaching her experiences to others and committed to making each practice a safe and wonderful, transformational experience. In order to share her talent with others Annu recently embarked on her own journey and launched Bliss Yoga With Annu. “When you love yourself first you can then help others. When we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people. Through love, compassion and kindness we can inspire thoughts into actions, nurture the children of tomorrow and forever move humanity positively forward” - Annu Gaidhu
Through her journey with yoga, Auni witnessed the transformative power of self-love. She puts her training as a yoga teacher, Middle Eastern dancer, and Laughter Yoga leader to good use with children of all ages. Auni teaches classes that aim to create a greater connection between the energy and strength of the body and a conscious and loving mind. Come move and play!
Christine is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor who has been instructing classes for over 7 years. Christine is trained in Hatha, Yin and Power yoga as well as mat and machine Pilates. She is also certified to lead pre/ postnatal classes. Christine is also a public affairs consultant and mediator.
Fenulla Jiwani is an award winning actress, screenwriter, playwright, producer & singer/songwriter. She is premiering her two short films 'Nobody' & 'Blackbox Shadow' in late September at film festivals and is in pre-production for her third film, 'Eclipse.' Fenulla is also a yoga teacher and has been teaching for 4 years and is once again happy to support such an important global issue." www.fenstarproductions.com
Jenifferjit Sidhu is a Media Relations Officer with the Toronto Police Service and a certified Power Yoga Vinyasa Flow Instructor. As a police officer she has a background in youth mentorship, domestic violence, and crime prevention. She is an adventure sports enthusiast, world traveller, and a philanthropist at heart.
Rima Jiwani has trained extensively in a wide variety of yoga styles: Hatha Yoga, Moksha Yoga, Power Vinyasa Flow, Yin/Restorative, & Kids Yoga. After completing her University degree at McMaster, she worked in the corporate field but felt an inner calling to change her profession. Practicing for many years, Rima was drawn to becoming a Yoga Instructor. Presently, Rima teaches in various studios in the GTA and hosts workshops in Partner Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
Modern day Yogi and Yoga Therapist, Salimah has travelled internationally using the technology of Yoga to lead, heal, teach and transform. YogaVision Centre Director, Yogapalooza, CBC’s Yoga Expert, prone to giggling fits, and big ideas, always in love, permanently grateful, hoping for the best and expecting just that, new world explorer and technology junkie. She has recently opened YogaVision Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.