who we are


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Christopher Lyons
Christopher Lyons, R.M.T., C.L.Y.L., Certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor
Christopher has been passionately and actively studying the science of yoga for many years. He was first introduced to it by Chris Formagin at Jaya Yoga Studio in 2001. Here his love of Sivananda yoga began. A brief hiatus from the practice and he was back at it diligently studying a wide variety of yoga styles.
Chris began teaching yoga in 2011. His passion and love of yoga plus his extensive training as a Registered Massage Therapist gave him the knowledge and desire to want to share the practice with others. He is also a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and teaches classes in a variety of places around our community. He often incorporates aspects from all these skills into the classes that he teaches. You will learn the science of the body, yoga anatomy, the joy of laughter and how to slow your body and mind down. He is a passionate healer, a tender compassionate teacher and a fountain of knowledge on most and many subjects. His stories are legendary and you will always leave his practices refreshed and renewed.
His love of Sivananda yoga is what inspired his travel to Val Morin, Quebec in 2015 to study at Sivananda Yoga Camp Ashram. He returned after a full month long immersion and teacher training as an official Yoga Siromani (teacher of yoga). This has brought a new level of spirituality to his teaching and you are sure to enjoy his class.
As co-owner of Ganpati Om downtown Chris hopes to provide a space where all feel welcome and accepted. Join him in a class and see how all of these amazing skills he brings to the studio can provide a new level of relaxation in your life.
 

Susan Marcaccini
Susan first discovered her interest in yoga as a young girl; a paperback book of her Gram’s fascinated and intrigued her with it’s photos. Years later she found herself taking her first asana class in a local Windsor community center. She was hooked right from the first breath. Floating around town, trying different teachers, she eventually wound up in a dojo taking a class with local teacher Nicole Daignault.
Here, she knew she had found her teacher and began to immerse herself into more than just the physical practice. Inspired by her experiences and her teacher, Susan knew this was what she wanted to pursue on a deeper level. She knew she wanted to become a teacher and share this amazing science of yoga with others.
In 2003, Susan travelled to Varanasi, India to study with Nicole’s teacher Sunil Kumar. The four months spent with her laughing Guru were life altering and she came home a different person. She began teaching at the Downtown Yoga Studio shortly after her return in 2004 and it became like a second home. She has taught at various places in Windsor and Essex County but the downtown studio was where it all began. Now, 15 years later, she finds herself the co-owner of a studio in this same amazing space.

Her teaching is very alignment based and easily adaptable for all students, beginner to advanced. With influences from Iyengar, Bihar, Sivananda and Ashtanga Yoga, just to name a few, her classes are challenging and constantly changing. Her soothing voice, demanding classes and juicy shavasana will help you to feel lighter, more relaxed and definitely stronger in body and mind.
Her long battle with Crohn’s disease and multiple surgeries have helped make her a very compassionate, understanding and versatile teacher. She has come back onto her mat again and again as a beginner, so she knows that struggle all too well. Yoga has helped her through many dark and challenging times in her life. Through countless hospitalizations it has been a beacon of light. It is why she is able to be here now sharing her love of this ancient practice with her students.
Yoga is grounding, it helps alleviate the stress and tension from our day to day lives. Let it help you find peace, understanding, compassion and love for yourself, all beings and the world around you. Find strength and flexibility, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 
OM
Melodie Queenan



Melodie began her yoga journey somewhere in the winter of 2006, in a community class at Downtown Yoga Studio. She very quickly became a serious student, making lifestyle changes to support her growing passion for yoga. In 2008, she attended a teacher training but didn’t actually begin to teach until a few years later. Now, with the passing of time, she has accumulated much in the way of experience both personally and professionally on the mat.


She is a skilled and compassionate teacher, very interested in combining traditional yoga philosophy with modern approaches to mental health and wellness. Expect a challenging practice with elements of philosophy and deeper practices that go beyond the physical asana. Melodie is knowledgeable, approachable and most importantly puts her heart and soul into her classes.



Most recently, she has become a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner. She is passionate about the practice and uses it to support her sobriety. Over the last three years she has developed a strong practice and makes regular visits to study with her teacher, with ambitions to travel to India very soon.



She is looking forward to sharing in the space and community of Ganpati Om downtown and they feel blessed to have her there.






Simone Reaume-Hayes
As I began my yoga experience I developed a passion for teaching kids and teens.  My journey began back in 2003 with YogaKids International.  My focus quickly expended to LEARN MORE YOGA.  In 2007, I received my Adult Certification through Karma Yoga Shala in Michigan under the knowledgeable guidance of Katherine Lucas.  This being a very fulfilling experience gave me the confidence as an instructor to guide students of all levels, from the beginner to the more experienced. I soon expanded my knowledge to Janice Clarfield’s, Prenatal Yoga, and Monica Cordes’ Yoga for Seniors/Chair Yoga.  My passions for more learning lead me to Yin Yoga. My training through SOGHRATI Yoga Toronto in 2012 with Tracey Belanger was amazing and fulfilling. I found a niche in Yin Yoga giving me a better understanding of the make up of the body, and how each student is different and should practices within their own limits, allowing for a more fulfilling practice.

I am an instructor that teaches with compassion, to guide my students with care.  Satya; speaking your truth, allows each of us the freedom to accept our own intricacies and I encourage students to listen to their bodies and accept and work with their individual characteristics.  Each class will be a variety of asana that benefits all aspects of the body and mind. We will practice with intention, with each class we’ll honour our bodies, our breath and be mindful.  
I look forward to practicing with you

Peace and Namaste,
Simone

Ganpati Om downtown