About


Our Core Values:

We Build Community Community outreach is a major part of what we do at Get Yoga.  We work with many local organizations in the Quinte area to foster improved physical and mental health.  Get Yoga is a community gathering place where people can learn and grow.

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Inclusive: Everyone is welcome.   Our studio is a non competitive environment.    We teach that internal experience is more important than external appearance when practicing yoga.

Safe: We are proud to be the only dedicated Trauma Sensitive yoga studio in Canada.  More and more doctors are recommending people try yoga to deal with stress related conditions.   We offer a safe and supportive environment. Our teachers all take Trauma Sensitive Yoga training. 

Empowering: Everyone starts from where they are, and each person has the capacity to learn and grow in a way that is best suited to them.  

Our Team:

Brendon Abram

BrendonHi, my name is Brendon Abram and I am pleased to be part of the growing yoga community here in Trenton. I have been practicing Yoga for over ten years.  In February 2011, I completed a 200 hour registered yoga training program at Yandara Yoga Institute, and later completed my 500 hour teacher training certification.  I am privileged to teach Mindful Yoga in Trenton to veterans of Canadian Forces operations who are recovering from PTS. I am trained by the Veterans Yoga Project and have taught yoga to United States Military veterans with PTS. I was also a member of a joint Queens University/ Royal Military College of Canada study team which undertook the first military sanctioned study (in Canada) on the effects that yoga may have on men and women recovering from exposure to operational trauma.  I facilitate Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher training on a regular basis.

Brendon is the founder of Get Yoga.  The Studio Above the Grind opened in January 2014.

Jenny Doucet

Jenny Doucet was introduced to yoga in 1999 and has used it ever since to reduce stress and improve her overall health.  She became a yoga teacher in 2013 and completed 500hrs of Advanced teacher studies at Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts in 2019.  Additional courses include: Meditation, Restorative yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yoga for Children.  Jenny has a passion for studying and teaching this ancient practice.  Her classes are suitable for all levels and are designed to be therapeutic and restful. 

Joanne Manzara

JoJoanne Manzara is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 certified Yoga Teacher. Her personal yoga practice began 15 years ago when a friend took her to a class. This is where Joanne found her love for yoga. Through Yoga, Joanne began to find the inner peace of Yoga begin to trickle into each aspect of her life. The more classes Joanne attended, the more balance she began to feel in her everyday life.

 

 

Paul Zuwerkalow

Paul first started practicing Yoga in 2010.  Wanting to strengthen his personal practice, he took the advice of Brendon Abram and completed his yoga teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja Mexico in 2015.  Paul views asana practice as only a small part of the yoga journey, and believes that the style of asanas that one practices should promote mind body balance with the rest of life.  Being a very active person, Paul gravitates towards more therapeutic styles of yoga to promote his mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

Paul is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with an additional 100 hours of advanced teacher training in Yin, Restorative and Bakthi Yoga.

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Julie Shentaler

As a Health at Every Size (HAES) informed yoga teacher, I take my personal experience with body image and body positivity onto the mat in a focused way.  I believe we all deserve the opportunity to explore yoga regardless of perceived physical limitations.   As a #plussizeyogi myself who has shoulder, back and knee issues I always teach from a place of mental and physical safety with those concerns taken into account.  I pass along the knowledge I’ve learned from my personal yoga practice and years of adapting poses to fit my body.   I would love for people who’ve never tried yoga because of self doubt, body image issues or uncertainty about the adaptability to come and experience one of my classes and see if it’s for them!

Brittany Mckerracher

When Britt started coming to her mat in 2010, she thought of yoga as purely a physical workout. She soon realized that along with greatly improving her health, yoga was opening up new dimensions in her life she never dreamed possible. This realization lead Britt to the foothills of the Himalayan mountains a few years later where she completed her first training (RTY-200) in the small village of Rishikesh located in Northern India. She has since studied at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico and received her advanced teacher certification (RYT-300). Britt’s passions lie within Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion. Her playful, compassionate and relaxed personality is brought forth to her classes to create a safe, judgement-free zone where people can explore themselves and take what they need from their yoga practice.


Caitlin Meyer

Hi! I’m Caitlin, an avid yogi ready to share this practice with anyone and everyone!
Yoga has been a regular part of my life for the last 7 years. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. I really love yoga for the simple fact that it makes me feel good and allows me to eat more pie.

I completed my 200 hour multi-style teacher training with Siddhi Yoga, in Dharamshala, India. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.
In my classes, I love to mix a spirit of playfulness with a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Mary Lou Stogre

I was born and raised in Toronto. I am married to Robert De Serres and have one son Jonathan who still lives in Toronto. Oh yes I also have one gorgeous black cat named -JAKE!  I love cats!! Well actually all animals!! Moved to the beautiful Northumberland Hills ten years ago and settled in the little village of Colborne .Big changes for sure.!  I have retired twice from the Education field and was honored to devote most of my career as a Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and subsequently, with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. as an Itinerant Teacher and Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.  I always have felt that teaching was a vocation- a calling. During my many years of  personal yoga practice, I began to feel a calling to do more on my Yoga Journey. I have benefited personally from Yoga- physically, mentally, emotionally and yes spiritually too. I wanted to share  that with you. I love all kinds of  Yoga but  especially Hatha, Yin and Restorative. So I took my Yoga Teacher Training- RYT 200 in Cobourg with Helen Slade of Fusion Yoga and graduated in June 2020. I hope you will join me as we explore the many benefits of yoga together. Namaste!!

Leslie Abram

After years of loving yoga, Leslie took the plunge and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with instructor Scott Nanamura at the Yoga Farm in Punta Banco, Costa Rica. She continued her studies at Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts with an additional 150 hours of training in advanced asana, pranayama, and meditation. Leslie believes strongly that yoga should be accessible to everybody, and offers classes with many options so they will be appropriate for beginners, or those looking to deepen their practice. She looks forward to sharing with students how the lessons we learn in yoga class can be taken off the mat and into our everyday lives.

 

Leslie is the owner and manager of Get Yoga.

Quinte-Business-Achievement-Awards

Business of the Year 2017, Specialized Services – Quinte Business Achievement Awards