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Our Instructors

 

Elsa Rose Eastabrook

Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T) –  Elsa Rose Eastabrook has been practicing, learning from and loving yoga since she was 17 years old, although it was not love at first pose.
Elsa came from a multi-sports background. She played competitive Hockey for nearly 10 years. She competed in field lacross, rowing and boxing and even long distance running for a few years.

Her journey into a yoga practice began when her boxing trainers suggested she do yoga as a compliment to the high impact training she was dong for the sport. It was not love at first sight- but something kept her coming back. Each new milestone in life brought a deeper connection to her practice, a better understanding of how the body works and reacts to things.

After injury and motherhood took a toll on her body, yoga took front and centre in rehab, strengthening better than before. Elsa naturally approached Power Yoga like it was a sport, training setting goals and passionately pursuing knowledge and understanding of the functionality of the practice.
Research into coaches, trainers, athletes who use and have used yoga and mental training as a way to keep the body and performance in top shape. (Phil Jackson, Tiger Woods, Micheal Jordan, Yogi Barra- the list goes on) lead to Elsa’s understanding the connection between athletic performance and Yoga Practice.

So many of Elsa’s dedicated students are athletes and she is continually being sought out by athletes and health professionals.

As she began to see the parallels between life on and off the mat and learned to express her creativity and joy through the movement of Yoga, she knew she needed to share and teach others to do the same.
Power Yoga For Sports was developed by Gwen Lawrence, an internationally celebrated yoga coach to world class athletes and teams. She has been training teams such as the NY Giants, Rangers, Knicks and Yankees for over 17 years.

In 2015, when Elsa discovered she had the opportunity to work with Gwen Lawrence and to study her methods- she could not pass it up and went to NY to bring Power Yoga for Sport to Canada for the first time!
Elsa Rose has been teaching since 2011 and is a certified E-RYT 200 and RYT 500. She has trained Through Hybrid Flow (500hrs), Baptist power yoga, Kathryn Budig and Jason Crandell.

Teaching primarily Vinyasa Flow yoga,.her classes have a strong emphasis on alignment and cultivating a deeper understanding of how the body works. Elsa Rose’s excitement and passion for yoga shines throughout her uniquely dynamic classes designed to strengthen and empower mind, body and soul.

 

Maria D’Oria

Personal Trainer Specialist –  Health and fitness have been part of my daily life since I was three and a half when I entered a recreational soccer league. My first passion was soccer and throughout my soccer career, I learned the real value of training. I played recreationally until I was 9 and was later recruited to a competitive soccer team.

Countless games and practices lead to a life full of daily activity and hard work that involved a lot of sweat, tears and exhausted muscles. Despite the constant running, drills, jumps, games, practices, sprints and so forth, playing soccer taught me never to give up on my goals. At 15, I was part of a highly successful girls soccer team, the London Shooting Stars, who won the Canadian National Championship in Vaughn, ON. Unfortunately, I tore my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my right knee in November 2000; a month after winning the Nationals. Two weeks prior to my surgery, I received a phone call from the coach of the U-19 Women’s Canadian Team to attend a series of training camps and tryouts for the upcoming season.

It was through 8 months of rigorous and painful re-habilitation that I began to understand the real value of training. A year and a half after my first ACL reconstructive surgery, I re-tore my ACL for the second time. This event was absolutely devastating and although I was extremely saddened at the time, it would later become evident that new doors were opening in my life. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, I taught ESL in Yongin, South Korea from July 2007 to July 2008. While living abroad, I was honoured to be a proud and respected teacher to a wonderful group of aspiring students.

When I returned home, I decided to become a Personal Trainer to educate myself and others about healthy ways of living an active and stable lifestyle. In summary, my Personal Training journey began in 2009 where D’Oria Fitness was initially named Shooting Star Fitness. It ran out of a studio in downtown London, Ontario called the Spiritual Martial Arts Centre where I worked one-on-one with clients as well as in group settings.

From the Spiritual Martial Arts Centre, I decided to specialize in home, online, and outdoor training. Along with training soccer athletes individually, I have also worked with several teams including the North London Galaxy, Southend United Force and Bullets, and London United Freedom. In 2012, I ran an outdoor boot camp that was highly successful and had an average of 25-35 people throughout each session. Furthermore, I have trained individuals and athletes from ages 10 – 91 and I am incredibly grateful for all of the clients I am blessed to work with. Each person has a unique and special presence in my life, and each new challenge and experience helps me to grow and expand as a Personal Trainer and a person as a whole.

My biggest advice to anyone reading is to love yourself and others. Be aware of your surroundings and listen to the vibrations of your being. Slow down for a minute and reach within to understand your true needs and goals. Remember that we are all in this together.

With Gratitude,

Maria D’Oria

 

Chantal Gauthier

Fitness Instructor – My name is Chantal and fitness is my passion!
I’ve been an avid athlete since I was a child, participating in various sports and activities including horseback riding, distance running and snowboarding. Any activity outdoors makes my heart sing!

As a single Mom of a 7 and 8 year old, I try to instill in them the countless benefits of living a healthy, active lifestyle. Some of our favorite things to do together are biking, rock climbing and hiking.

I recently took my love of fitness to the next level by becoming a Fitness Instructor at a local studio – teaching is the best!!!

Being able to share my fitness journey story with others, while motivating them to push through and be their best selves is incredibly rewarding.
My love of teaching has lead me down the path of pursuing my career in fitness with further certifications happening this year.

I am incredibly grateful to all of the outstanding coaches and instructors I have had over the years and look forward to spreading the joy of movement with others.