We are truly blessed to be able to have talented yoga instructors in the Interlake. Bryanna, Leanne, Darlene, Ron, John and Jennifer bring a diversity of skill sets to UUYoga to make you practice unique and meaningful. We also draw from our experiences with you the student to provide us with ongoing knowledge to improve our classes. We never stop learning!
YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND OWNER RON SUZUKI
Ron first started yoga when he stepped away from a high stress corporate position in 2009. Since then his yoga practice has been integral in creating balance in his life on and off the matt. In 2013 he decided to take his 200 hour certification at the Pavones Yoga Center in Costa Rica under the direction of Indira Kate Kalmbach and Chris Crotty and one year later opened the doors to UUYoga.
Ron has recently followed in his father’s footsteps and is now designing and building homes for clients in the Interlake.
Away from the studio and the construction site, Ron can be found playing in nature whether it be kayaking, kiteboarding or just hanging out with his dog on the beach. Ron loves to incorporate learning into his travels. He is a certified kiteboard instructor, Reiki Level I and II certified, open water diving certified, and completed his 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in Costa Rica in the winter of 2015.
YOGA INSTRUCTOR EMYO SEIEN/ N. DARLENE TATARYN
In 1981 Darlene stepped fully into Buddha Dharma as a student of Theravadin lay monk Kema Ananda and since his passing has been a student of other valued teachers in the Karma Kagyu Namgyal lineage in Canada. In the Zen tradition she has taken Jukai and in 2014 was ordained as a Priest by 83rd Zen Patriarch Jun Po Denis Kelly into the Rinzai Zen Hollow Bones Order and given the names Emyo Seien (Gift of Clarity/ Pure Circle). Over the years Darlene has woven Integral Theory into her life and practice. She has facilitated spiritually oriented groups and meditation programs, instructed Applied Counselling for Red River College Gimli Campus for seven years, maintains a private counseling and embodiment based expressive arts and psychotherapy practice, and enjoys being married with four wonderful, now adult, children. www.onewisdomzen.ca
YOGA INSTRUCTOR LEANNE STEVENS
Namaste. Leanne has completed her advanced training at the Yoga Centre Winnipeg, Leanne has been teaching yoga for 15 years. She has attended many workshops with senior international yoga instructors. Leanne also trains with Father Joe Periera, who she worked with in India at his Kripa Foundation which is an addiction rehab centre that utilizes yoga as an integral part of the healing process. Fr. Joe emphasizes that yoga helps us strengthen our inner resources so that we are less dependent on external sources to promote well being.
Leanne’s approach to yoga stems from the philosophy of working from the heart and using the yoga postures to help people come to know themselves. Not only is Leanne grateful for how yoga has helped her physically but it is the the whole well being aspect for which she is the most grateful for. Her practices promote strength, stamina and flexibility so one can enjoy the union of mind, body and the spirit of yoga.