About the owner and Director, Dina Pereira.
Dina is a certified Yoga Teacher trained in the principles of Kripalu Yoga and Classical Hatha Yoga. Dina has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching it since 1998. She has over 2,000 hours of training from various senior yoga teachers and schools. Dina obtained her initial two and a half years Yoga teacher certification from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. The Hatha Yoga training she received from Sheridan College was the Classical Hatha Yoga with focus on the principles of Kripalu yoga. Kripalu yoga is a gentle, meditative, therapeutic, and mindful yoga practice which resonates with Dina. Kripalu Yoga also focuses on alignment and Dina is exceptional in observing and identifying alignment issues. Dina also acquired further yoga teacher certification from the Yoga Association of Alberta and the Friedel Khattab School of Yoga in Edmonton. She received training in the principles of the Bhajan, Shyam Goswami, Indra Devi, and Ma Yoga Shakti yoga systems from her senior teacher and mentor Friedel Khattab. In addition she obtained Restorative Yoga training from Judith Lasater and she also has some training in vinyasa and yin yoga. She is also certified in Pre and Post Natal Yoga.
She has extensive teaching experience with individuals of all ages, levels, and abilities including those with multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, cancer, and other physical challenges. She has taught yoga classes at various locations including community centres and workplaces. Dina has a keen eye for posture and alignment. She has a therapeutic approach to yoga and instils mindfulness in her participants. She is able to adapt her yoga to individual needs in the class without losing focus of each individual in the class. She also has a hands on approach to teaching and she is respectful and sensitive to her students and their needs.
Dina also organized and facilitated various extended yoga retreats and workshops when she practiced in Alberta. It is her hope to continue offering extended yoga retreats here in Ontario and elsewhere.
Dina is also a Holistic Health Practitioner with certification in acupressure massage, level 3 Usui Reiki, and flower essence therapy. She has extensive experience in these areas including offering workshops on holistic health practices to groups in workplaces and various community organizations. Dina has the keen ability to facilitate an individual’s own journey towards health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
Dina continues to study yoga and holistic health practices to expand her skills and further develop her expertise as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Yoga teacher. With her background and experience as an Adult Educator, Counsellor, Group Facilitator and Coach, and Community Worker her abilities as a yoga teacher and holistic health practitioner are further enhanced and enriched.
Drawing from Dina’s rich, diverse experience and training, she brings a holistic and insightful approach to her work. Her caring, respectful, and professional approach facilitates others to attain health and wellness in their lives.
Dina has been living in Hamilton since 2012. For years she has dreamt of opening her own yoga studio and wellness centre. Dina’s dream finally came to fruition when she opened Breathing Space Yoga and Wellness Services in February 2014.
Dina wants to share her passion for yoga with everyone. Through yoga, she wants to instill in her students the practice of mindfulness on and off the mat and inspire and support her students to develop their own yoga practice to attain optimum health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Dina is also passionate about holistic health. She hopes to share her in-depth knowledge and skills in the area of holistic health with the community and help facilitate people’s journey towards full vitality of mind, body, and spirit.
About Tannice Goddard
Tannice Goddard is a certified Yoga Teacher trained in the principles of Vanda Scaravelli through Esther Myers’ Yoga Studio in Toronto, where she completed the two-year certified Teacher Training. She has over 6,500 hours of training and is a member of Yoga Alliance. She holds both the E-RYT 500 and YACEP designation, and if you are a teacher trainee you can use classes and workshop time towards your workshop and class hours.
For the past 22 years Tannice continues to advance her own study of yoga through classes at the studio and extended retreats and workshops. She has taught retreats at the Dharma Centre of Ontario, Rossland and Trail B.C, Bridgewater Retreat, and Northumberland Heights, Ontario and provides weekly classes at different locations in Northumberland County. Tannice recently moved to Hamilton and she will be starting teaching yoga classes at Breathing Space Yoga & Wellness Services. She also enjoys sharing aspects of vinyasa, kundalini, and kripalu yoga keeping her learned principles as the ground from which to explore.
When Tannice is not teaching, practising or studying yoga, she is book designing for Canadian publishers — a 25+ year joy! She also paints with acrylics and has been busy this year with new artistic projects (wings of all sizes). In recent years, she has also been hammering silver and torching metals to make jewellery.