Mary Yousif

Toronto, ON
Canada

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I am a certified yoga instructor and Can Fit Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist, currently employed at GoodLife Fitness in Scarborough, Ajax, and Pickering. From a young age I liked sports and enjoyed doing stretches. 18 years ago is when I tried my first yoga class; it was uncomfortable and some of the poses seemed strange and challenging—it was all so new to me! But the relief I felt after the first class was undeniable. After that, I started to attend yoga classes regularly and began to educate myself on yoga practice, poses, and the health benefits yoga brings.

Over time, as my knowledge and skills in yoga developed, I was regularly approached to teach yoga. From this, I realizing I loved not just doing yoga, but also sharing my knowledge through teaching. To do this I attended an intensive and comprehensive yoga training program through Breath of Life in Crete, where I had the honor and fortune to be taught by yogi Harishehandra Yadav whom traveled all the way from India to teach at the Breath of Life School.

It was through his teachings I learned immensely about yoga, from the philosophies, to types of poses and yoga styles, to body alignment, and pranayama (advanced breathing techniques).Upon finishing my Yoga certification, I was employed by Goodlife.

My teaching style is dynamic and flexible, from gentle and flowing (hatha, kundilini, yin) to more challenging (dancing, power, vinyasa) styles of yoga. I pay special attention to developing mindfulness, body awareness, proper body alignment, and effective passion and dedication to learn more about how the body works, led me to take the Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist course, which provided extremely comprehensive knowledge on kinesiology, physiology, anatomy, and biology of the human body. This has allowed me to become a certified Can Fit Pro Instructor. This certification allowed me to work with individuals as either a personal trainer, and as a group fitness instructor.

My goal is to share my love of yoga and fitness through teaching fun, authentic, and challenging classes. I also hope to increase body awareness and mindfulness through my teachings and have people enjoy their practice.

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