Owner & Director

Alessandra's life philosophy is growth, evolution and a steady flow of energy. She believes that continuing education is a key factor in providing her clients with the most informed advice and treatments. 

She began her career as an aesthetician in 2002, working at a  holistic spa, here, the practices of natural wellness sparked her interest and she set off on an adventure to learn the best ways of healing the skin and body in the most natural and holistic way. Growing up in Brazil for the first few years of her life, she was also exposed to beauty treatments like Brazilian bikini wax, which is one of her expertise.

In 2010 Alessandra set off on a new adventure to learn the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. She completed her 500HR YTT at Downward Dog Yoga Center and Trained with Andrea Oliveira at Rituals Ayurveda School. Her education did not stop here, in 2018 Alessandra was certified as  Registered Massage Therapist. She's also completed training in Yoga Nidra Meditation, Theta Healing Meditation and Restorative Yoga.

Most recently Alessandra has been pouring her energy into completing her herbalism certification at the Gaia School of Healing in Vermont. She has completed 340hrs of training in Traditional Herbal Medicine and plant spirit communication. Her love for plant medicine continues to grow, along with a deep belief that plants are our allies and in order for us to help bring healing to  the world we must work in council with mother nature. In the spring of 2020 Alessandra will be teaching plant medicine as a faculty member of The Gaia School of Healing where she will teach year one apprentices how to step into this journey of self healing and empowerment.

Stay tuned for plant medicine workshops coming this January!


Spa Manager/ Medical Aesthetician

Amanda has almost 20 years of experience in the spa industry.   As a previous Esthetics business owner, she understands the value of great services paired with excellent customer experience.  She began her career with a love of natural and holistic views on treating the skin.  Over time, her passion for the clinical side of the industry blossomed and she became certified in IPL and Laser Hair Removal.   Amanda works not only as the Spa Manager, but as the Senior Medical Esthetician on site at Laya's new division, Laya Medi Spa.  


Registered Massage Therapist 

Lynn is a graduate from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic and is a registered member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  She practices therapeutic Swedish massage and within that context has discovered there is a lot of room for flexibility.  Her treatments vary in style from deep tissue to a lighter lymphatic drainage approach.  Experienced in Hot Stone massage and incorporates a variety of techniques into each treatment including trigger point therapy, passive stretch & myofascial release.  She has trained to treat women in all stages of pregnancy, as well as neurological and pathological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.


Registered Massage Therapist 

Jocelyn views massage therapy as the perfect integration of science-based techniques with a holistic approach to achieve wellness in assisting the body in its natural healing process.

As a graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, Jocelyn has worked with conditions ranging from musculoskeletal impairments, scar adhesions, cancer and spinal cord injuries.   Her treatments incorporate techniques such as trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations with an element of relaxation to address life’s daily stresses.  Jocelyn believes wellness is a collaborative effort and works with her clients to assess, educate and offer an appropriate treatment to achieve their specific goals. 


Registered Massage Therapist 

After working for over 10 years within the Spa industry in England, Cyprus and Toronto, Laura decided it was time to go back to school to further her career in a field that has always been of huge interest to her, Massage therapy. After moving to Toronto 6 years ago she began working in a local gym and  spa, it was then that she discovered Registered Massage Therapy. With history in massage she decided that this was the perfect career opportunity and set about looking into schools. After finding Kikkawa College she dedicated herself to her studies and thoroughly enjoyed her new focus which fuelled her intrigue for progression. Although Laura is a recent graduate she is very excited to be back working in an industry she knows so well and being able to help people as part of the Health care profession.


Registered Massage Therapist 

I have always found the human body and soul combination to be fascinating


which lead me to understand it from the eastern to western point or view.


During my own personal journey of healing and achieving a balanced


lifestyle, I discovered a variety of self help tools that helped me and in turn


can assist you with your spiritual and physical journey and help you achieve


balance in your lifestyle where in today’s society can be difficult to do it on


your own.  As a Massage Therapist, I have learned to utilize my hands to help


locate the imbalance  and ultimately make my clients feel better.  During my


practice as a Massage Therapist, I decided to expand my learning in the


world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In 2011, I travelled from Tunisia


toToronto to attend the Shiatsu School of Canada where I completed my


certification for TCM Acupuncture. The  philosophy of TCM have become a


staple in my personal life, I became more


aware of how the body functions, the source of health issues, how emotions.


eating habits, environment and activities we do can have an impact on our


health and bodies. Today, I am able to do what I love – help people suffering


from chronic pain  and guide them towards solutions and overall improved wellbeing. By understanding the root cause of the imbalance and using a


variety of modalities such as, deep tissue massage, myofascial release,


trigger point release, Acupressure, Cupping, Acupuncture, Gua-Sha


(Graston), Auricular  acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina I help my clients


cope with their daily activities with ease.


Registered Massage Therapist


Tanya has been offering therapeutic bodywork since 2004 when she added introductory training in shiatsu to her hobby of massaging friends for fun. These years of experience and growing interest in physical and mental wellness led her to become a Certified Master Hypnotist in 2009, and a Registered Massage Therapist in 2018. In addition to standard training in Swedish massage, Tanya’s massage style is most influenced by Thai (using body weight and leverage), fascial/myofascial (stretching anatomical structures away from each other), rolfing (dragging skin and fascia), active release (engaging muscles during massage to help them release tension), and of course shiatsu (travelling compressions). While her deepest work is done with little to no oil or lotion, your preferences are her top priority.


Registered Massage Therapist

As a recent graduate of ITC Kikkawa College, Thea is a Registered Massage Therapist, working in Toronto’s downtown core.
While working as a trained Chef in kitchens and bakeries in Canada and worldwide, Thea observed a need throughout the industry for providing ongoing care for everything from generalized tension to repetitive strain injuries.
Thea believes in the importance of client education, by providing clients with suggestions for everyday maintenance or home care exercises, she will allow you to have more autonomy with your overall health and wellness. She is committed to personal development, ongoing education and developing strong, professional relationships with her clients. She uses a combination of massage techniques including deep tissue, swedish, Trigger point therapy and fascial release, to help reduce your discomfort and improve function, while providing relief.


Esthetician, Waxologist


Charity is an Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist with a passion for


creating balance.  An expansive tenacity propels her into greater realms


of facilitation.

Providing treatments in Facials, Waxing (over 400 Brazilian Waxes


performed in 2017), Chakra Therapy, Dead Sea Mud Wrap, Eyelash and


Eyebrow Tinting, Manual Derma Abrasion Facial, Back Treatment,  and




Registered Yoga Teacher


Melissa discovered yoga nearly a decade ago. After her first ever class, she


felt like she'd found her home. Yoga made her feel graceful in her body for


the first time, plus gave her something no other form of physical activity


ever had: an internal journey. Melissa completed her 200-hour Hatha and


vinyasa certification in 2010 at Tula in Toronto. She completed her Thai


massage therapist certification in 2016 at Thai Massage Toronto, her


restorative yoga training with Kim McBean Yoga that same year, and her Yin


Yoga training in 2017. Melissa is dedicated to sharing her love of yoga and


creating a fun and nurturing class environment that inspires her students.


Registered Yoga Teacher 

Kate began her yoga practice in 2009 (while studying the performing arts at Randolph Academy) and completed her initial Yoga Teacher Training soon after, studying the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. She then went on to complete The Art Of Mysore, Advanced Teacher Training, which emphasized the importance of hands-on adjustments and therapeutic touch. She is currently working on her 500-hour RYT. Certified in Thai Yoga Massage and as a Level 2 Reiki practitioner, Kate brings elements from both of these traditions into her teaching style. She left her job working as a manager at a local record store to pursue teaching full time but hasn’t lost her love of vinyl. You can expect a strong emphasis on music in class. Through her classes she wishes to enable students to explore the body’s potential. 


Registered Yoga Teacher

Love of gymnastics, philosophy and theatre when I was younger was


where the mind body seed was sown. Injuries in my life have become


blessings in disguise. A lower spine injury debilitated me to the point I


simply couldn’t straighten myself and was in constant agonizing pain.


Modern medicine numbed the pain but my discovery of Yoga and Thai


Massage not only healed me but inspired me to help others find their


path to a pain free life. A more recent bike accident led me to see all


kinds of healers, enriching my knowledge and empathy. I now teach and


work with limited mobility and hope to inspire all to the fact that anyone


can practice yoga.


In Yoga, we will connect body and breath while learning to quiet the


mind. My classes incorporate strength, endurance, flexibility and


playfulness to find our own inner truth through self awareness and self


discovery. Returning to the moment and finding freedom of expression in


where we are Now.


I look forward to seeing you on the mat!


Registered Yoga Teacher


Alisa has been practising yoga for over a decade and has been a teacher


for almost 2 years.  Through her travels in Australia, South East Asia and


India she has been fortunate to train with some amazing teachers and


friends.  She took her 200 hour TTC in Rishikesh and continued to train


and teach in the Himalayas for 5 months after and then hopped over to


the Bahamas to live in a Sivananda Ashram for 3 months.  After a few


Thai Massage workshops and she started incorporating more touch and


applying deeper adjustments into her classes.  In April 2017 Alisa moved


to Toronto and has been teaching, training and continuing to study


Ayurvedic practises, Thai Massage and working at the beautiful Laya Spa


and Yoga.  She teaches a variety of styles including vinyasa, Traditional


Hatha, Restorative, Pranayama and meditation.  She’s excited to share


her yogic knowledge and deepen her practise with you!   


Registered Yoga Teacher & Ayurvedic Practitioner 

Janeen is an Ayu-Yoga Instructor and a Registered Naturotherapy Practitioner of Ayurveda. She leads classes that merge the Vedic sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga, applying seasonal routines and bio-energy specific practices, custom designed to balance, maintain and sustain health. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, Janeen supports people through their personal transformation and counsels them to nurture a positive, sustainable relationship with their diet and lifestyle while honouring their innate nature, wholeness and abilities.  She provides compassionate care and integrative health protocols detailing diet, herbs, lifestyle practices and yoga/meditation/breathwork. Janeen offers educational presentations and participatory workshops on yoga, ayurveda, wellness and creative arts. She is inspired to ignite, excite, and support people on their journey of self-knowledge and self-healing.


Registered Yoga Teacher 

Clarity Bartleet is a Shamanic Yoga & Tantra Teacher and an Intuitive Healer. Her path has guided her to live and breath Tantra by cultivating a spiritual awareness based on embodied experiences of pleasure, bliss and emotional work/shadow work.Clarity started her tantric journey by deconditioning herself from limiting beliefs about her body and her sexuality. She later joined a Tantra study group where she met her current partner with whom she has been practicing the art of Tantric Sexual Union orMaithuna. Since, she studied Tantra with many teachers including Gurus in India where she received traditional teachings from the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition. Her mentors also include modern Tantric Teachers from Osho’s Neo-Tantric lineage. As a shamanic Yoga Teacher, Clarity strongly believes in reclaiming Yoga a ritual and ceremony that allows people to connect to the spiritual and energetic realm. Clarity’s wish is to inspire others to find their own expression of Yoga, Tantra and Shamanism by tapping into their intuition and their inner sense of knowing. Her many circles, retreats and workshops have helped hundreds of souls to feel empowered on their journey and to find deeper connection with themselves and with others.


Registered Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer


Danielle is passionate about sound, vibrations and


their healing effects on the body and mind. Using tuning forks as


tools she teaches simple techniques, incorporating sound,


breath and movement which help retune the nervous system and


harmonize imbalances within the body. 


Yoga Instructor

"My yoga journey started long before I knew and it

all began out of a need to deepen my understanding of Self; mind, body, and soul. Movement has always been a part of me, whether through dance or functional training. As for spirituality, I’m working on it and believe that is a lifelong discovery.”


Yoga Instructor

Jayla loves to make her classes fun and light-hearted, encouraging some laughs. She is warm and welcoming, so you can focus on going inward and listening to your body. You can expect her classes to be somewhat fast-paced but accessible, with options to ease off or add more as you wish. Meaning, her classes are open to everyone! Jayla completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 at Downward Dog Yoga Centre, in Toronto focusing on Ashtanga Yoga. Working in the corporate office for years, she understands the 'office back + body' and has the natural ability to adapt to the unique needs of her students. She currently teaches studio classes, corporate yoga and private yoga. She loves practicing and teaching outdoors whenever possible! For more about Jayla, visit her website here.

Melissa Wick

Yoga Instructor

Melissa grew up as a competitive dancer and developed a love for movement at an early age. Her commitment to yoga began in 2014 when she embarked on a soul journey to Costa Rica, studying and becoming certified in Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga. Melissa guides a soulful class where you will be challenged and put at ease, along with clear cueing and modifications so all levels feel welcome. Melissa radiates an open heart, infusing breath and mindfulness in her classes. By staying true to who she is, Melissa seeks to hold a safe space for others to connect with their deeper selves and their truth.

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