Wellness Gurus

Keynote Speaker

Angelina Riopel

Dr. Angelina Riopel is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. Angelina began her studies in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine obtaining a degree in health sciences, specializing in naturopathy. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).

 Angelina has practiced in both Edmonton and Toronto and has treated everything from simple digestive issues to complex terminal illnesses. She has trained extensively in the use of IV Therapy for acute and chronic disease, and has a special interest in women’s health, fertility, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue and digestive health.

By working through her own undiagnosed health concerns at a young age, Angelina learned the importance of listening to the body. She believes that the body is constantly communicating through symptoms,  letting us know when we are in and out of balance. She is passionate about working with individuals to achieve internal balance and optimal health through mastering the basics of healthy living.

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The Wellness Gurus

Darcy Hagerman

Darcy believes that yoga helps us awaken to our true nature, our beauty and our worth.  She believes that the practice helps us peel away layers of built up reside that get in the way of who we truly are.  When we shed these layers, there is a remembering or an awakening of our highest self; a plugging into the person we want to be. She is dedicated to helping people learn how to move beyond the frequency of doubt and fear and into the frequency of trust and love in order to gain more power and perspective in their lives.

Darcy has been teaching for 12 years and is the owner of Moksha Yoga North York and Thornhill.  She has completed a variety of yoga trainings including Moksha Yoga, Power Yoga, Yoga Works Method, Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation.

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Jelayna Da Silva

Jelayna has practised yoga since 2006. A lifetime of movement and vigorous sports, including a full athletic rowing scholarship to the University of Kansas where she earned her degree in Psychology, lead Jelayna to adore the physical challenge of yoga and how it brought together the worlds of psychology and physical movement. More importantly, she came to deeply appreciate the mindfulness of movement found within the practice. The meditative, spiritual side of yoga is where the journey really began and continues to this day. It became a way of life on and off the mat.

Jelayna completed her initial 250 hour teacher training at Yogatree Studios. She recently went on to complete her 100 hour hands on adjustment and Mysore training at Downward Dog Yoga Centre. She can be found teaching at several studios across the GTA as well as providing one on one and group sessions to private clients.

​Her daily practice and constant interaction with the lively yoga scene in Toronto keeps her striving to improve her teaching abilities. She is an avid writer and a contributor to "Tonic Magazine", having written articles for the burgeoning yoga and health conscious community in Toronto. She has recently become a regular contributing author for the site www.happygirlyoga.com    .

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Honoured Patient - Christina

Christina was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma during her second year of university. Her treatments included 6 months of chemotherapy and 4 weeks of radiation. She is now 2.5 years cancer-free and working at Make-A-Wish®!

Jason Lu

As the principal instructor at Yoga Tree, Jason is best known for his authentic and no-nonsense approach to yoga. Jason offers unique seamless-sequencing, challenging his students to reach their full potential in each yoga practice. Jason completed his 200 hour training in Mysore, India and 500 hour training in New York City. Jason is also an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica promoting yoga benefits to the greater community.

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Melanie Tsesler

Melanie Tsesler is the owner of Mindful Beginnings. Melanie is a certified mindful educator who’s had over a decade of experience in public speaking and teaching children of all ages. With a focus on mindfulness during her masters, Melanie truly has the gift of being able to share the importance of powerful listening, self-love and communication. She believes that it is imperative that we teach mindfulness to children at a young age for them to be able to grow up with the tools to withstand anything that comes their way.

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Normando Jones

Normando transforms the world of yoga into an enticing experience using hand drums, didgeridoo, synthesizers, and exotic instruments. Normando 'the musical magician' brings magic into any space not only by his drumming but also by his nature. Hypnotic rhythms and ethereal melodies allow yogis to move deeper into their awareness. The wonderful healing benefits of Normando’s music creates a transcendance, seducing the heart, awakening the soul to the preciousness of being human. Rhythm is the foundation of life, melody is the song of the spirit, and movement binds them together. Normando has provided music for Lululemon, Lolë, Moksha, Yoga Vision, Power Yoga Canada, Yoga-Thon Dundas Square, Take it to the mat/Lymphoma Canada, and The Power of movement/Arthritis Canada.

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