Robert Hawke

Robert Hawke is a speaker, cancer survivor and comedian. He has created wellness content for The Ontario Hospital Association, The University of Toronto Medical School and The Canadian Mental Health Association. He wrote Kicking Cancer’s Ass: A Lighthearted Guide to the Fight of Your Life and is very excited about his new book, Doing Happiness: Uncovering the Hidden Benefits of Feeling Good. He lives in Toronto with his terrific wife and ridiculously small dog.

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Normando Jones

Normando Jones has been playing percussion and drum set in many bands over the past 40 yearsf and has recently become a Kundalini instructor. The movement of yoga gives him the fuel he needs to express himself and contribute to the energy and flow of a yoga class/routine. Through the use of hand drums, didgeridoo, computer tracks, and synthesizers the world of yoga becomes not only a form of exercise but an experience that allows yogis to move deeper into their own awareness. The music of Normando Jones an incredibly unique, delightful, and unrivaled complement to the practice of yoga. It has been said that the musical accompaniment helps clear the mind of the day to day thoughts and bring about clarity and oneness. Normando will share the rhythm and melody of his music during 108 minutes of yoga.

I have the pleasure of providing live music for the third annual take it to the mat experience. You are in for a truly heart-warming and uplifting journey. Great food, intriguing speakers, and an enriching practice, the likes of which you have not encountered. I have witnessed first-hand the effects of lymphoma on the body, and its impact on family and friends. Providing live music for you who support this cause is an honour. Namaste!

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Karin Charuz

Since 2006, Karin has been devoted to guiding others into a true state of self-acceptance and helping them improve their physical and mental well-being through the practice of yoga and mindful living. Karin believes that the practice of Yoga is adaptable to suit everybody and she encourages her students to listen to their bodies and work patiently in a way that feels safe to them while having fun with their practice.

Karin is a senior instructor at Yoga Tree studios in Toronto and a teacher training faculty member. She leads spiritual retreats, various workshops and teaching at corporations, as well as one-on-one private sessions. Karin’s classes focus on staying connected to the inner self with emphasis on breathing, developing awareness of body and mind, as well as core strength, muscle tone, improved posture, balance and inner confidence.

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Recent Updates

May 4, 2016

The second annual take it to the mat online fundraising...