2018 SUPPORTERS

Queenie & Jonathan Phair

Queenie & Jonathan PhairEarly in their relationship, Queenie and Jonathan started practicing yoga together. As they packed up their lives and moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to the US, and finally from the US back home to Canada, they had the opportunity to train with a variety of teachers with diverse styles and views on yoga. It was this connection to different teachers, students, and studios that rooted them in a grounding practice, no matter where they found themselves.

Phair Yoga classes are inspired by multiple different yoga lineages, and are lighthearted, dynamic, and fun. As Lululemon Ambassadors, Jonathan and Queenie are passionate about their community of yogis and the practice of yoga here in Toronto. As full-time yoga instructors, you can find each of them at various studios all over the city of Toronto.

If you’re looking to take advantage of their experience travelling all over the world, check out their yoga retreat company, Focus Retreats.

Check them out online and on social:
www.phairyoga.com
@queeniephair
@jonathanphair
@focusretreats

Lisa McMurtrie

Lisa McMurtrie is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer who is currently pursuing a holistic nutritionist designation at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She discovered yoga in 2009, and fell in love with the connection between breath, movement and the mind. She completed her BFA at OCAD University, Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training in Toronto, and Level 2 Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia. Art and the human body had always been a passion, and the practice of yoga is what made the connection. Lisa believes that yoga is an art and science of life and it is about exploring the manifestations that live beneath the surface. Lisa focuses on anatomy, proper alignment, and muscular activation while creatively and deeply moving the body. Lisa teaches at yoga studios, fitness centres, and corporate offices across Toronto.

Follow her on Instagram! @lisamichelle_yoga

Justin B. Haley

Justin has been a student of Yoga for over decade after discovering the practice during his University years at U of T. It wasn’t until his own personal experience with cancer in 2007, however, did his relationship to the practice transform into a profoundly passionate commitment. This experience led Justin to India where he began studying the practice over the course of a two year period; allowing him to really explore and deepen his bond to this ancient tradition. Seeing and experiencing the transformative healing qualities of the practice first hand, Justin now dedicates his life to helping others slow down and rest, to expand and reflect, and discover the potential miraculous daily health benefits of practicing yoga and meditation.

Justin teaches a variety of daily classes in Toronto. He also facilitates workshops, international retreats, restorative teacher training programs and hot stone yoga therapy. He currently studies with Annie Carpenter, Mary Richards and Judith Hanson Lasater. He also studies with and assists the beloved Seane Corn.

www.justinbhaley.com

Marco Tellez

Marco TellezTaking a myriad of inspiration along his musical journey, the sounds of the underground fused with Latin rhythms and culturally influential artists, have given light to Marco’s sound. Spending most of his time behind the DJ console, he unfolds his musical vision: loving a long set and giving the crowd an epic experience to remember for a lifetime ahead. An experimenter with the electronic pulse, Marco Tellez is known for developing his sets with heavy melodies and bass lines while embracing a host of atmospheric elements, galvanizing emotions at Parlour in Toronto and many more. Grasping the beauty of original music, Marco has it tapped out nicely.

As an avid producer, each day brings new musical discoveries enhancing his emotional relationship with the studio. Working closely with all elements, Marco’s expertise behind the synthesizers and the organic rhythms make the story come alive, as he shares his love of the musical realm. Through his vast display of creativity, it is without a doubt that the beckoning drive behind Marco Tellez is about the music and nothing less.

www.marcotellezmusic.com
www.soundcloud.com/marcotellezmusic

Gabriella de la Torre is an actress born and raised in Toronto. Gabriella was born to immigrant parents from Cuba and Lithuania/Poland. Gabriella graduated from Ryerson University and continued her acting education with various coaches and many different techniques across North America. No stranger to Canadian television, Gabriella worked as a VJ on Much and on Much Countdown and previously hosted Retro 30 on M3. She’s interviewed an impressive lineup of celebrities including Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Kendrick Lamar, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Kitsch, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Gigi Hadid and many more. She also hosted the musical series Much Office Sessions and was the Red Carpet correspondent for the MMVAs. She’s worked as a correspondent on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, MTV, and E! Canada, as well as appearing in dozens of commercials. This year, she had the privilege of spearheading the new YEAA Creates program for ACTRA Toronto, which allows young actors to connect with emerging filmmakers and create their own work. She also co-hosted the YEAA CSA Roundtable with nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. She is ecstatic to be joining the YEAA Shorts initiative as a resident and to be producing her first short film. You can look for her on an upcoming season of Murdoch Mysteries.