Our Team

 

 

Victor Di Rienzo  (Owner and Spinning Instructor)

Running a busy hair salon, playing drums in an Italian band, and raising a family left very little time for Victor to sleep, let alone exercise.  The turning point came one night, when Victor’s weight had reached a peak of 365 lbs., and his feet were so sore from standing all day that he litterally had to crawl to bed.  If you need inspiration or proof that it is never too late to get into shape, speak to Vic.  In his early forties, he attended a weight loss clinic to help him focus on shedding weight and then he started running.  After completing 8 half-marathons, Victor discovered Spinning and loved it so much that he became an instructor!

Victor and his wife, Lina, have owned European Flair hair salon for over 30 years and are a vital part of the Fisher Glen business community.  Victor opened Inner Soul Yoga & Cycle just a few doors down from the salon and his vision has literally revitalised the plaza.  Inner Soul welcomes everyone – no matter your fitness level – and is a cozy meeting place for family and friends who will support you in your fitness goals.  Victor will teach you the basics of Spinning to get you started on a healthy path or push you to your limit with Tabata or his exciting Spinning or SPOGA classes class.  Victor is calm, focused, encouraging and his music always rocks!  He is MAD DOGG certified

Lindsey Roos (Owner and Spinning Instructor) 

After Lindsey discovered Inner Soul years ago she became instantly addicted to spinning.  Victor became like a mentor to her and inspired her to become an instructor.  Lindsey now has her MAD DOGG certification and offers fun, high energy classes with a wide variety of music.Her positive attitude will encourage you to push yourself to the limit each time you climb on your bike and you’ll leave every class with a smile on your face.  Victor and Lindsey have started their Total Body Spinning classes which incorporate upper body exercises using small hand weights.  Promising to maximize your workout and keep things fresh and new!

Murray Kronick  (Level 3 Spinning Instructor) 

Murray is a very active 50-something, multi-sport athlete and instructor. He has obtained the MAD DOGG Spinning Level 3 certification (the highest level before Masters), so technique and form are very important and Murray will often coach and encourage participants one-on-one. Everyone has fun while working hard in Murray’s classes.Murray currently teaches Spinning at Inner Soul Yoga and Cycle, the Soloway JCC, Family Physio (on Thurston Drive) and at the Ottawa Triathlon Club in Westboro. Somehow he manages to squeeze in time for his day job – as a senior management consultant with Interis Consulting in Ottawa, which provides him with a wide variety of challenging assignments to help clients grow their organizations. He is also very involved in his professional associations – the Performance and Planning Exchange (PPX), the Certified Management Consultants of Canada as well as with his alma mater, Concordia University Alumni Association.

If you are Spinning in order to train for an actual outdoor cycling trip, then Murray is a wonderful resource! He has been Spinning and road cycling seriously for over 8 years, and last summer completed a 2-week long cycling trip through Germany, Denmark and Sweden. He has cycled the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island twice. He has also written articles on local Olympic athletes, TriRudy and other topics for Healthwise Ottawa magazine HYPERLINK “http://www.healthwiseottawa.com” \o “http://www.healthwiseottawa.com/” www.healthwiseottawa.com.

Wendy Issa (Yoga Teacher) www.wendyissa.com

Born and raised in Ecuador, Wendy decided to become a Yoga Teacher for two essential reasons.  Primarily, she loves to teach, share knowledge, experiences, daily situations and to listen and talk with people.  Secondly, for health reasons, Wendy found in Yoga what no other type of exercises could give her: Meditation and Inner Peace.  Wendy started practicing yoga regularly because she felt that it  provided many answers and created a space where she could feel freedom in her body.

Before coming to Canada, Wendy decided to take  Yoga Teacher Training as a transition between her home country and her new one.  She decided that Costa Rica was the perfect place to start the  journey of becoming a Teacher.  Wendy is responsible, dynamic, dedicated, organized, calming, open-minded and most importantly  “a student in my own class”.   Get to know Wendy on Saturdays at Inner Soul or read more about her journey on her website. 

 Amanda Leclaire (Yoga Teacher)

Amanda has been dancing for 22 years and practicing yoga for nearly 10. After completing her training at The Studio School of Dance in all disciplines as a competitive dancer, Amanda went on to dance professionally in New York, assisting acclaimed teacher Michelle Barber of Broadway Dance Centre. She performed as a dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines, Ottawa’s contemporary company Karma Dance Theatre, Culture Shock Ottawa – a Hip Hop dance organization dedicated to innovative performance, artistic development and community enrichment. Her choreography has been showcased at local charity events such as Rogers House the Chance2Dance Gala and Bust A Move for breast cancer. She’s also been fortunate enough to perform for artists such as Benny Benassi, Steve Angelo, Nervo and W&W!
Amanda really discovered the joys of yoga while recovering from a severe hip injury. She loved the way it eventually complimented her dance so much that she attained her 200hr RYT Hatha and Yoga Tune Up ® certification at Rama Lotus and Pure Yoga in Ottawa! Her passion for educating students in the importance of movement pushed her to become director of Live Your Yoga! Amanda is currently attending the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in continuing her education on the health of the body by becoming a Registered Holistic Natural Nutritionist.
Amanda’s joy of dance and yoga is infectious to her students, as she safely guides them through an informative, fun and creative class
Shannon Rocheleau (Yoga Teacher)
My take on yoga empowers you to Take Charge, Relax & Recharge and sometimes all 3 in one class!
Set aside your to do list & make room for the “you” list. Whether you need to find the YIN to your YANG, challenge yourself in a HOT POWER, get back to basics with a HATHA or wind down to a WARM FLOW she has the class for you!  Even dip your toe in & try SPOGA – 1/2 hour spinning, 1/2 hour yoga.  Shannon has 5 classes a week for you to choose from!  If you have ever felt overwhelmed, stagnant, imbalanced, lost, tight, sore or looking for a different path one of these classes is the prescription you need. Shannon’s non-competitive, light-hearted approach allows for a co-operative, untraditionally challenging practice focused heavily on alignment & practical poses as they relate to everyday life. Please notify the teacher of any injuries or if the student is pregnant.  I will see you on the mat!

Erinn Knight (Yoga Teacher)

Erinn’s yoga journey began over 15 years ago when she stumbled into an Iyengar yoga class. Though she quickly developed a passion for yoga, Erinn also learned to embrace modifications and props in her poses after under going three different knee surgeries. Over the years, her practice grew to include many different yoga styles from power, hot, restorative, ashtanga and yin. In 2013, Erinn completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and since then has continued to take several courses and workshops, including Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

Erinn believes yoga is accessible to everyone and enjoys working with others to explore practice options. With a keen eye for alignment, she believes yoga can be challenging; while still honouring and listening to your body and working with its current needs and abilities.

Erinn will invite you to explore your body and all the possibilities yoga brings to improve health and well being of mind, body and spirit.

 

Christine McMillen (Yoga & Pilates Teacher, Certified Spin Instructor)

Dominique Michaud – Spinning Instructor

Dominique is an active and fun-loving girl who loves to teach and engage students to reach their highest potential. She has been doing fitness and exercise for over 10 years as a lifestyle, ranging from weight lifting, to yoga, to cross-fit, Zumba, aerobics, kick-boxing, name it! Being an avid runner for many years she would participate in races and events within the city of Ottawa such as the Canada Day Race, the Spartan Race, the Army Run, The Ottawa Race Week-end… etc. It was while training for a marathon that Dominique suffered an injury and had to retire from running. Being the active and challenge-driven person that she is, she did not let that stop her from moving and sweating – after her recovery she opted to try a low-impact activity and discovered spinning – she immediately fell in love with it!

After years of combining both yoga and spinning as a regular routine, she decided to take the next step and become a Mad Dogg Athletics Certified Spinning Instructor. Loving the opportunity to be creative with variety of programs that spinning offers she combines up-lifting motivation, energizing music with fast-pace and fun movements that get the students sweating while having a blast! Dominique loves to see her students practice this high-intensity exercise in a safe environment with proper technique and guidance and help them reach their goals in order to become their best self!

“Spinning is both a mind and body experience. I strive for a positive and inspiring atmosphere for my students allowing them to reach their full potential and have fun doing so! When I see sweat and smiles – mission accomplished!” – Dominique Michaud

 

Maureen Mark – (Yoga Tune Up) –   As a driven career profession, Maureen has explored many movement modalities to manage stress.  When health issues threatened and intensive cardio workouts failed to bring her blood chemistry back into balance, Maureen turned to yoga in 2009 and hasn’t looked back.  Her Ashtanga and Yin practice balanced her body and soul.  Maureen discovered the delights of Yoga Tune Up® in 2011 which led her to teaching private classes.  Maureen is now a 200hr RYT yoga teacher and Yoga Tune Up® instructor.  Maureen loves to share her knowledge of how the body moves and is continuously expanding her knowledge.  Her classes are a blend of movement, restoration and rehabilitation.
Kate Lawley – (Yoga Instructor / In-House Nutritionist) 
Meghan Hadfield – (Yoga Instructor) -

“I am an Ashtanga-trained Yogi, living right next to Canada’s capitol in Gatineau, Quebec. My boyfriend and I made the move over the bridge from Ottawa to submerse ourselves in nature, while maintaining a close connection to the big city life. About 10 years ago I took a Yoga class in school, and a few years later it became a part of my day to day life.
Fast-forward a few more years and I was off to Bali, Indonesia, for my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training. I had no idea that I was in store for the most intense 17 days of my journey thus far. We studied yoga through Vedic culture, philosophy, anatomy, pranayama and meditation. I learned of how we are existing in the age of Kala, an age where chanting is said to aid in connecting us to Samadhi (oneness, integration). I am excited to bring these Eastern traditions into the Western Yoga world, including the physical practice of Asanas, Mantra Chanting, Pranayama and all other limbs of Ashtanga. Through the strict, heat-building practice of Ashtanga, I was also able to study and be trained in Power (Hatha) Yoga and Yin Yoga.
I hope for my students to find peace and calmness through their practice with me, while working to their limits and constantly finding a new edge. Connecting breath to movement, we will work our way through various sequences to heat or cool the body, (depending on the class) while learning the benefits of asanas and finding modifications for each individual student. I encourage my students to come to class with an open mind, open heart, and leaving the rest of their day outside the door.”
Jessica Shabinsky – (Yoga Instructor) -

Jessica was first drawn to her mat in 2007 while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Within her first few classes she knew she found something special and that she would one day be teaching yoga. A certified RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance; she hopes her students will learn as she did that yoga is so much more than just a means of fitness.
Jessica is a dynamic teacher whose classes are inspired by her love of movement. Her background in dance has enhanced her ability create well balanced, fluid sequences.  Her flows are fun and safe and she loves integrating music into her classes. She will challenge you both mentally and physically and will help you grow as a student in a non-competitive way. Jessica feels so fortunate to be able to share her passion of yoga with you and she is looking forward to meeting you on your mat!
 
Arianne Richeson – (Yoga Instructor) – Arianne discovered yoga nearly 15 years ago during a stressful time in her studies.  From that first day on her mat she was hooked and yoga has been an important part of her life ever since.  She completed her 200-hour Teacher Hatha Yoga Training with Empower ME Yoga in the spring of 2015 and she is currently pursuing her 300-hour certificate.  Arianne also teaches Yin and Restorative Yoga.Whether you are seeking out yoga for its physical health benefits, as a way of finding a moment of quiet reflection or for fun and a sense of community, Arianne embraces these goals and looks forward to meeting you on the mat.

Melinda Cannon – (Boot Camp)
Jenn Pike – (Yoga Instructor / Nutritionist)