Jim Fitzpatrick - Tai Chi/Qigong/Oriental Medicine
Following undergraduate Health Studies at Waterloo, Jim received a Master of Science degree from Samra University of Oriental medicine in 1995 and was certified nationally in 1994 and California in 1995. He interned in China in 1995 and 1996, including at Beijing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hospital before it was opened to foreign students. Jim helped establish and taught the acupuncture program as well as taiji qigong at the Toronto School of TCM, the first comprehensive program in Toronto. An ardent practitioner of Wu style tai chi chuan since 1986, Jim started teaching with David Chiu, first disciple to the head of the Wu family, in 2001. A clinical doctorate in integrative medicine, healthy aging, and longevity from Yo San University in Los Angeles confers the title of primary care physician in California. There is no doctor title available to TCM practitioners in Canada at this time. Jim's thesis; TCM research methods, complex systems science, and interoperability, helps clarify some of the challenges of TCM research and the importance of establishing an outcome measure for the profession. The preferred method to clinical practice is a traditional, integral approach that includes prioritizing lifestyle changes, dietary and herbal medicine, acupuncture and hand manipulation techniques, tai chi, and qigong meditation practice.
Jane Kruse - Iyengar Yoga
Jane has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2000 when she started in a foundations class at Healing Arts Centre. She continues to train at Yoga Centre Toronto under the guidance of Senior Iyengar yoga teacher Marlene Mawhinney. Jane is Internationally certified at Intermediate Junior 1 level.
'I am fascinated by Iyengar yoga because of the dynamic challenges that keep both my personal practice and my desire to teach fresh and exciting.'
Mieko Nakamura - Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Mieko Nakamura has studied Iyengar yoga since 1979. She is a certified Iyengar instructor with 25 years teaching experience. Currently, she teaches classes at her studio and private lessons throughout Toronto. Mieko continues her training with senior Iyengar yoga teachers. Touched by the profound and gentle effects of yoga, she has traveled to India, on several occasions, for advanced studies and training with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta, and Prashant.
Adriana Fischer - Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Adriana began practicing Yoga in her native Brazil in 1997. For the past 12 years she has been dedicating her study and practice to the yoga method developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. As a devoted student of the Iyengar method she has completed numerous workshops and courses with renowned Iyengar teachers including Rajiv and Swati Chanchani in Dehradun Northern India; Usha Devi in Rishikesh, India; Faeq Biria (France); and Manouso Manos (USA). Adriana continues to study in Canada under the guidance of Senior Teacher Marlene Mawhinney and she regularly participates in local, national and international workshops with Senior Iyengar Teachers to keep her personal and teaching practice fresh and up-to-date.