Born and raised in Toronto, Natasha completed her yoga teacher training at the age of 25 under the guidance of Ron Reid and Diane Bruni at the Downward Dog Yoga Centre. Upon graduation in 2004, she continued to regularly assist the senior teachers and Ron in the Mysore room (with encouraged support of props and modifications from the Ashtanga series) and eventually became one of the youngest teachers at the studio. She began studying under Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty (Founders of Yoga Works, LA) in 2003 and continued yearly trainings with Chuck for over 12 years. Her teaching is rooted with a simplistic consistency which allows her to illuminate her students observation skills and heart felt compassion for the journey that is practice. She is passionate about safe and sustainable anatomical movement. With nearly 10,000 teaching hours, she graduated to training teachers for 889 Yoga and independent practitioners in Toronto in 2012. She strongly believes that intelligent movement, stability and the willingness to explore our body and mind can help cultivate acceptance thats spills off the mat and into our lives.
Natasha specializes in teaching her “Anatomy of Asana” 12-20 hour module of a YTT program. She also leads 1-3 day workshops rooted in anatomy for teachers continued education and is an invested mentor for practitioners looking to establish a sustainable empowered self practice.
Blog article entitled A Pocket Guide to Self Renewal
Meditation derives from the Latin word meditari which means to contemplate, prepare, and practice. Along Josh’s journey of self-discovery, these cornerstones of regular practice – taking care of the body with nutrition and exercise and equalizing the mind through contemplation/observation have been instrumental in cultivating the experience of wholeness and health.
Shortly after being called to the Bar in 2001 and while traveling through India Josh enrolled in a 10 day silent retreat that deeply resonated and was to greatly influence his understanding of the mind/body connection.
Then in 2003, after completing his teacher training at Downward Dog, he began to share the principles of yoga and meditation to a vast student body (ranging in age from 12 to 101 years old) through workshops classes and discussions at studios, athletic clubs, hospitals and retirement homes throughout Toronto. He is particularly proud of his work at the Baycrest/Wagman senior community and with war veterans and psychiatric inpatients at Sunnybrook Hospital.
Albert Einstein once said that you only truly understand something if you can explain it to your grandmother and Josh has taken this to heart as he focuses on simplifying the teachings of various mindfulness meditation based methods he has encountered in his studies. Josh explains the meditative process through the concepts of physics, philosophy, and psychology illustrating the principles involved from all three viewpoints in an effort to give students a broad spectrum for reference.
Josh specializes in teaching beginners the principles of establishing a meditation practice and he deeply cherishes the opportunity to share from his own direct experience how these techniques have better equipped him in balancing the challenges of life.
Josh currently practices Family, Civil Litigation and Estate law in Hamilton, ON and leads the meditation component of the teacher-training curriculums at 889 Yoga and Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, ON.
Blog article entitled ‘The Meditative Mind’: