Meet our teachers

JENNIFER MORINE

JENNIFER MORINE

Aerial Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, SUP

Add Jennifer is a teacher of the tall and the small, but is always a student first. She believes gratitude, compassion, and a sense of playfulness cultivates balance, strength and beauty in life.

Here are 15 Things to Know About Jen:
Teaches: Primary school, Vinyasa, Aerial yoga, SUP yoga.
On Repeat: Florence and The Machine, Bon Iver, Bjork, Jose Gonzalez
Inspired By: Integrity, music, and creative living.
First Thing in The Morning: Open windows & doors. Black coffee.
Philosophy of Movement: Do what you love and you’ll stick with it. Move with grace.
Sign: Pisces.
Food: Obsessed, vegetarian, mindful.
One Thing for Certain: I’m happiest when I’m moving my body.
Lives: Downtown.
No Exception: Loyalty, good food.
Favourite Things: Spaghetti Sleepovers w/ the niece & nephew, peanut butter, banana & avocado smoothies, cookbooks!
Self-Care Practice: Rose oil at night, natural sunscreen every day.
Quote: ‘As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.’ ~Goethe

Background & Recent Trainings: BA Hons., Creative Writing—York University, B.Ed.—Brock University, RYT 200—Soul Flow RYS, Aerial Yoga Certification-Zero-Gravity Aerial Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer Apprenticeship—Soul Flow RYS, Pilates Mat Essentials workshop—Body Harmonics, Co-Founder of Hammercitysup.

What to Expect in Her Class: To move, breathe, tap in and shift.

CONRAD COLE

CONRAD COLE

Bikram Yoga Teacher

Hi guys, I’ve been practicing Bikram yoga for the last 5 years and I want to share my love of the practice with you. I come from a background playing team sports, professional racquetball and jet ski racing at the highest level, and this practice has changed my life. People always say I’m not flexible enough to do yoga, and my answer is if you have two legs and two arms, be grateful and start practicing yoga, you’re never to old or inflexible to start Bikram, it’s meant for beginners and you go at your own pace.

I’ve put a lot of miles on my body and I began to experience aches and pains from my back to my knees and my feet. The Bikram practice helped me with those physical issues and it enables me to keep my flexibility and strength as I get older. I work full time helping youth find jobs and on my spare time you will find me teaching or in a Bikram yoga class sweating my butt off. Come sweat with me today and look forward to meeting you at Circle Studios!

EMMA SIUCAK

EMMA SIUCAK

Bikram + Vinyasa Yoga

Hi ! I’m Emma. I am a student, a teacher, and a lover of learning. I am a Canadian currently living out of Buffalo, NY, and I couldn’t be more in love with the community and support that has surrounded me here. My goal is to bring people together, to create deeper connection and to support people in their brave quest to find their most authentic, human, Self. I have trained as a D1 track and field athlete for the previous 6 years at the University at Buffalo, where I met humans (coaches, friends, mentors) who have forever changed me.

After graduating with my M.A. in Philosophy and competing in what I knew was my final track and field competition, I took my yoga teacher training in Buffalo with Evolation and my profound interest in human experiences, (what it’s like to be in a body, to BE a body, what it means to be human, how we express emotion, how we “cope”, why we need to- to name a few examples), was ignited in a new way, revealing a new path before me. My certainty, purpose, and exponential curiosity has never felt so blazing, and I am blessed and humbled to be bringing energy and love to this beautiful city and the humans who call it home. I can’t wait to share intention, space, and love with all of you. See you on the mat <3

JENNA SMITH

JENNA SMITH

Buti Yoga

I found my practice after I was badly injured in a car crash, and was searching for a different way to work out that didnt hurt. I had been practicing yoga for about eight years before I found Buti to help with flexibility and stability as a martial artist, but I never took it as anything more. Buti not only healed my injuries, it healed my soul, and opened me up to gain the confidence and connection to my body to be the person I was supposed to be. In addition, practicing the Buti lifestyle helped me put two autoimmune diseases into remission naturally and I was able to stop medication. Through Buti, I am sharing and teaching natural healing processes of the mind and body, and bringing tribe members together.

PHILIPPA (PIP) HERITAGE

PHILIPPA (PIP) HERITAGE

Yoga Teacher

Hi yogis! I came to yoga a little later in life (my 40th Year) after 25 years of long distance running had left my body scarred and broken. I found my mat through Bikram yoga and quickly discovered the healing and balancing properties of a consistent yoga practice. Since then I have come to love and practice all yoga methods and now include Bikram, vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga in my practice schedule. In my mind all yoga methods draw their wisdom from the same deep well of knowledge.

I have completed over 300 hours of yoga teacher training and regularly lead vinyasa, yin, prenatal and restorative yoga classes around The Hammer.

My favourite posture is currently Chakrasana-Urdva Danurasana (wheel pose), a wonderful reliever of stress and depression which leaves me energized and full of life!

I look forward to meeting you on your mat soon and sharing with you what I have been taught. Namaste.

HANNAH MANNETJE

HANNAH MANNETJE

Kundalini Yoga

My interest in alternative health methods began many years ago when I was facing challenges with my own health and happiness and was witnessing others going through similar situations. I looked to yoga, holistic nutrition, and the power of nature to find my way back to a state of peace.

I began practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2012 which led me to become a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor in 2017. Kundalini Yoga has helped me develop my confidence, self-worth, and understanding of life. It’s a way for me to balance myself mentally, physically, and emotionally while giving me the spiritual connection I have always longed for. Kundalini Yoga has also helped me to become much more aware of myself and the patterns I create in my life and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to help others do the same.

Shannon Walker

Shannon Walker

Aerial Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga

Hi there! My introduction to yoga was during my university years at McMaster University (Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree) and the practice fulfilled my physical needs at that time.

In the years that followed however, I struggled to find a teacher or studio that seemed like the right fit for me until I attended my first Power Yoga Class in 2014 and everything fell into place. This practice fulfilled all my physical, emotional and mental needs and opened up my life to a whole new way of being. With a desire to expand my knowledge, I completed my 200 hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teaching Certificate (Baron Baptiste philosophy) in 2016.

With a curious spirit, I completed the Zero Gravity Aerial Teaching Certificate in January 2018 (at Circle Studios), which brings a new level of fun and creativity to my practice and teaching.

I am honoured to be part of the welcoming space at Circle Studios and I look forward to sharing the beauty of yoga with you! Meet you on your mat 😄

STACEY HARRIS

STACEY HARRIS

Vinyasa Flow

Stacey Harris started practicing yoga at an authentic yoga studio called Shakti in the small town of Chatham. Her passion for yoga started to grow after realizing the benefits of yoga mentally, physically and spiritually. It was inspiring to find peace and contentment on the mat in such a fast paced Society. Stacey had the desire to travel to the Himalayas in India to study different asanas, mantras, breathing exercises, meditation techniques and visualization skills. Stacey resided in an Ashram in Rishikesh, India in 2014. She obtained her certificate to teach holistic Akhanda Yoga and returned to Shakti to teach until 2016.

Stacey decided to move to Hamilton to continue her career as a Social Worker, attend McMaster University for addiction studies and pursue additional yoga training. She has a passion to continue learning to expand her knowledge and skills to strengthen her practice and teach others. She is currently enrolled into another 200 hour flow yoga teacher training. Stacey has found yoga can be healing for many individuals that struggle with addictions, anxiety and other stressful events. Stacey enjoys teaching her students to stay in the present moment and breathe to dive into deeper self-reflection to find inner peace. Stacey also enjoys practicing doga during her free time with her puppy named Santosha. She has mastered downward dog.

LEAH FAE

LEAH FAE

Kundalini Yoga

I fell in love with yoga after an injury brought the need for physical exercise into greater focus. Amazed at how yoga began to ease the emotional roller coaster I was on, I knew I had found something truly invaluable. I committed myself to the path of self-discovery with a knowing that this was something I must share. In 2012 I enrolled in Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Sat Dharam Kaur in Toronto, and it was then that my life truly began to blossom.
The journey into the self includes many challenges that don’t always feel like bliss but that ultimately lead to deep growth and a greater sense of personal freedom. I guide students to experience the truth and beauty of their essence. My philosophy is that anyone can practice yoga, that the purpose of yoga is not to perform the perfect asana but to bring greater awareness, attention, focus and acceptance into the place where we are, wherever that may be.
ERIN BONTIUS

ERIN BONTIUS

Yin Yoga Teacher, Prenatal Yoga + Hypnobirthing

 At an early age, Erin made two very important discoveries that have shaped the rest of her life. The first of which, is that one has to become accountable for their own wellness journey, and take steps everyday to promote a healthy lifestyle. This revelation lead Erin to begin, her now two-decade-long yoga practice, as well as her foundation in nutrition, through which, she has now gained personal experience of the powerful transformations that happen in one’s life, when they embrace these changes. The second realization is that each of us, every day, is capable of profoundly affecting one another, and she has committed her life to doing just this, with positivity and light, by sharing her experiences and vast knowledge base.
 
Today, Erin has cultivated a fierce passion for health and wellness and an unwavering commitment to honouring each individual’s place in her life & practice. Being part of the industry since 2007, she now has numerous degrees & modalities behind her, from holistic nutrition and HypnoBirthing, to yoga, Thai massage and meditation.  Erin’s personal philosophy is that there are so many paths to wellness, that the key, is finding the right one for you. Each body expresses itself differently, whether it’s during an asana or softening under massage, and there’s something truly beautiful in that uniqueness.


This being said, Erin’s true passion now lies in prenatal wellness, and she is specialized as such, in all of her various modalities. Being able to share in that creative process within a person’s life is so magical, that she counts it as a blessing to be welcomed in.

MELANIE LOURENCO

MELANIE LOURENCO

Bikram Yoga + Aerial Yoga Teacher

Since my first yoga class in 2004, The Bikram Yoga method has been at the foundation of my personal practice. I became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor in 2007 and have been teaching full-time since. I also love to explore different types of movement and am was drawn to the Aerial Silks. In 2014 I completed my Aerial Yoga teacher training under the guidance of Suzzanne Hennig creator of the Zero-Gravity Aerial Yoga method. Being in the silks is a playful and deeply opening practice that encourages trust and letting go. There are so many options ranging from relaxing to very active acrobatic type movements that will be explored in the different class options. Most of all, I love how this practice brings out the inner child in myself and everyone who gets into the silks!

HEATHER ELSON

HEATHER ELSON

Pound Fit, Yoga Nidra + Kids Yoga Teacher

Heather’s yoga journey began in 2002 seeking balance in a busy life!  By 2005 she completed her Kid’s Yoga Teacher Training with Maalaa of Gabriola Island’s ‘The Yoga Tree’.  In 2006 she completed her 200+ YTT with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni at Downward Dog in Toronto.  Since then she’s gone on to complete further specializations in Restorative, Street Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Mindfulness (with Mindfulness Without Borders),  and most recently, Yoga Nidra.  Last year she also offered a 30 hour Kids’ YTT, and looks forward to training more ambassadors of healthy, happy children!

Teaching children yoga allows Heather to combine her multiple passions!  Teaching, writing, singing, and encouraging small humans to be as big as their beautiful, shining hearts!

Kids of all ages can look forward to learning about their breath and their bodies, as well as cultivate social emotional awareness through songs, stories, games and fun!

“The inner journey is about finding your own fullness,

something that no one else can take away.”

– Deepak Chopra