Our Team

Erin Byron

ErinErin Byron, MA, is a psychotherapist, founder of Welkin & one of the creators of Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Training. She is co-author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living and Wellness Expert for Nourish Body Mind Soul Retreats. Her book Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety is #3 on Yoganonymous' Soul Searchers Reading List and was recently featured in Yoga Digest & Yoga Journal.

Sarah Ciszkowski

Yoga has been a regular part of Sarah’s life for over 10 years. She first started practicing for flexibility and strength and was able to also find relaxation and bliss along the way. Sarah embodies a healthy and active lifestyle; along with being Yoga Certified, she is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and works full time in Natural Health. 


Debbie Grimm

Debbie GrimmDebbie Grimm has been teaching yoga since 2015.  She received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga training with Welkin Yoga Life in Brantford and another 200 hour Anusara style training with Anjeli Yoga in Mississauga. Since yoga became part of her life, it has helped her grow stronger mentally and physically, and to become more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Debbie is truly grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her and...

Peter Arcari

Peter Arcari, EAP, is an Expressive Arts Practitioner, Raja Yoga Instructor, Meditation Instructor, Life Coach, Sound Worker, Reiki Practitioner, and Shaman. He employs art, movement & sound in his healing sessions. He guides clients to connect to their inner resources through self-expression and awareness experiences and teaches tools for self-regulation and self-empowerment.

Sherry Shortt

sherry-shorttExperiencing the many benefits of yoga over the years from my own personal practice and wanting to share these benefits with others led me to complete my 200 hour Therapeutic yoga Teacher training with Heather Greaves of Body Therapies in Hamilton, Ontario, I am a Certified Therapeutic yoga Teacher trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy. Being trained in therapy helps me adapt yoga techniques specifically for the individual.

I am a Registered...

Susan Hawley

Susan HawleyI received my training from Erin Bryon and Bob Butera at the Welkin Yogalife Institute Brantford on April 2009 200 hr. I have since taken yearly upgrading courses at the Yoga conference in Toronto. I am trained in Classical/Hatha Style yoga with an emphasis on gentle, Yin and Restorative yoga styles, along with breathing exercises and meditation.

Darlene Trottier

Darlene TrottierThroughout my life I have always been aware of the heightened sense of vitality and joy that I feel when moving to music, whether in studios, dance halls, in my living room, or in my backyard.

My discovery of Nia in 2000 deepened that awareness and taught me the incredible science behind movement for wellness.

In 2003, I became a licensed Nia Teacher. Since then, I have delivered Nia classes and playshops aiming to inspire people...

Alix Loewenguth

Alix LoewenguthSome years ago Alix realized that meditation was a necessary path to attain a calm and healthy life. She discovered a wonderful and supportive community of meditators at the Welkin Yogalife Institute where she studied to become a meditation teacher. Alix has always been passionate about self-knowledge and self-realization. Her path to becoming a meditation teacher was a natural evolution from her past career as an at-risk youth worker and career...

Jenna Game

Jenna GameAfter graduating from Brock University (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology) and Niagara University (Master of Science in Criminal Justice), Jenna began her career in Social Services in 2005. Around the same time, she was first introduced to yoga. She took several classes over the years and often practiced yoga on her own however, it wasn't until 2011 that Jenna fully embraced the practice as a regular part of her life. Jenna quickly recognized the physical...

Kathy Brown

Kathy BrownThe word YOGA means "union", a union of body-mind-spirit, and also a union between our inner and outer worlds. I hope to inspire people to connect with their innermost self and to connect with the world around them, on the mat, but to also carry this connection into the world, or "off the mat".

I have been very fortunate that I have been taught by very inspirational women along my path, both as a practitioner and as a student of yoga. I have...

Colleen Vandeven

ColleenI found fitness and wonderment in my life while attending nia classes for many years. The special studio here is like home. Saturday morning classes with Darlene have been tremendous. The sense of fun in body awareness, and respect for all energies, has filled my life all the more since becoming a white belt (certified to teach) in nia.

Today, as I honour the dance of life that is unique to each person, I am evolving as a teacher and offering...