Flowtion Mobility Studio offers a variety of classes that serve as therapeutic tools for both the body and mind. Our team of instructors come from diverse practices and specialized studies, but we are joined together by our love for yoga.

Meet our dedicated TEAM!

Paola Castillo

Paola’s active lifestyle led her to practice and study Iyengar Yoga, Critical Alignment Yoga, Elders’ Yoga, Yin and Joint Range Conditioning.
Her experience working at retirement homes and guiding classes to Elders, exposed her to the realities of using, abusing, and underusing the body. Every body has a story and every story tells a life. As an instructor, she became their student, learning about how choices, expectations and our ability to adjust to change, improves or hardens one’s life.
At the same time, she taught teenagers where she discovered how “choices” and “expectations” are defining a lifestyle in our society that is not sustainable for mental health.
Paola created FLOWTION intending to develop a practice where yoga and mobility training are the foundation of a program where joint health meets strength, flexibility and control.
She’s a dedicated student and teacher known for her passion, creativity and relaxed sense of humor when delivering classes.

Alana Burton

Alana Burton is a Clinical Somatic Practitioner and IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. Both of these practices have been instrumental in improving Alana’s own health and wellbeing after having a spinal fusion as a teenager and suffering from neck, back, shoulder and sciatic pain through the many years that followed. She is on a path of continual discovery to helping herself and empowering others to help themselves to move better and feel better too.

Oscar Surla

Oscar had always been fascinated with human movement, so he enrolled at the Toronto Circus School and toured as an acrobat and character actor. When he was done touring, he continued his studies at Kikkawa College where he became a Registered Massage Therapist, with the intention to treat and help people with chronic pain and injuries. Most recently, he graduated from The Yoga Studio College. Oscar’s experience, studies and personal practice makes him an excellent instructor to help his students prevent injuries before they happen through mindful movement, self-awareness, slowing down and meditation.

Vanitha Naik

Growing up in India, yoga has always been an integral part of my life. It is not just a practice but a way of life and a way of being. Yoga has been the only constant in a life full of change. It has provided the roots and grounding that I have needed during the ups and downs in the journey of my life. Teaching is a privilege and it is my goal to provide a safe space for the students to cultivate awareness, to become curious about their body and mind and explore their limitless potential. I have had the honour and privilege of studying with many amazing teachers along the way. I bow down in gratitude to all the teachers and students who have travelled this path with me.

Monika Beck

In her early adult years, Monika lived in Germany where she focused her studies on art, biology and sports to become a Junior High teacher. She has always lived an active lifestyle but suffered from back pain due to scoliosis. Her mentor suggested yoga at the time, but she thought she was too young for the practice. After her second son, the physical pain intensified and moving to a different country took a toll on her mental state. She enrolled in yoga classes and soon discovered the mental and physical healing power through discipline. She’s a certified 200 hours RYT, Yin Yoga certified and continues to dedicate her time to support the educational system as an Educational Assistant.

Wanita

Wanita is inspired by people who try. People that have been hurt but get up and keep going. People that make her laugh.
A serious cycling accident over 20 years ago and a more recent, debilitating shoulder injury left her with the first-hand experience of how pain interferes with all aspects of life. These struggles have sparked Wanita’s strong desire to help those who suffer from injury, tension, and limitations.
As an active yoga and fitness instructor, Wanita has been able to help people regain a strong quality of life. With daily use of Self Myofascial Release techniques and purposeful movement Wanita has overcome her chronic pain. With an anatomy-based focus in her classes, some sass and always a few laughs, Wanita has a passion for teaching people how to open, let go and find reprieve.

Amy Bidrman

Amy has been teaching yoga in Calgary since 2005. As a childbirth educator, she started teaching pre and postnatal yoga and trainings to that community, and her personal practice expanded to include Critical Alignment Therapy.  Amy has a Masters in Education, a Bachelors in English Literature, is an Independent Childbirth Educator, an AMI accredited Assistant to Infancy, and has logged over a thousand hours teaching, training and supporting students. Amy has a passion for sharing good, down-to-earth information about our bodies, and an unquenchable interest in learning more.

Rachel Ann

Rachel is an experienced full-time yoga instructor in Calgary, AB. She has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has taught a wide range of students, including young professional athletes at the National Sports School at WinSport and police officers at the Calgary Police Service. She has helped thousands of Canadians move their bodies to release stress, tension, prepare and recover from surgery, quiet the mind, and much more. Rachel Ann’s permissive approach makes everyone feel safe and welcome regardless of age or ability levels. www.rachelannyoga.com

Silvia Illiano

Silvia is a passionate yoga teacher that inspires students to explore movement as a way to increase awareness in every aspect of their lives. Having studied Iyengar, Critical Alignment, Yin Yoga,  Pre-natal Yoga and biomechanics, she understands human movement to help her clients more accurately.

Personal issues led her to study and get certified as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Her focus is helping women free themselves from lingering issues derived from pregnancy. The core of Silvia’s classes is a balance between strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation.

Natalie Stebbing

Natalie is constantly looking for ways to learn and grow and enjoys building on her skills to enhance her practice. She trained as a holistic & pregnancy massage therapist in the UK before following her heart and moving to Canada in 2014. Natalie has struggled with the challenges of vision loss which she truly believes enhanced her intuitive and other senses, affording her a unique perspective and approach in working with her clients. As her family has grown, so have her passions in pursuit of a full rounded practice
Trained in HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education, Infant massage and Yoga, she teaches these modalities individually but also fuses them together along with her other skills as a full spectrum Birth Doula – NatalieAnu: maternity wellness.
She is passionate about bringing peace, positivity & power to every body (pregnancy, birth and beyond). Her dream is to travel the world teaching & learning in equal measure”

Krista Strayer

Essential Oils are her love language. She’s super passionate about inspiring yogis to take their yoga practice to the next level with Ayurveda and Essential Oils. Recovering engineer turned yoga teacher – she’s totally into the energy science of essential oil chemistry and how it validates the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda (the wellness lifestyle side of yoga). Krista’s active lifestyle includes skiing, golfing, paddle boarding or puttering in the garden. Taking a break means reading a book or hanging in a yin pose for a while. Krista has taught kids and adult yoga for over 15 years and her classes have nuggets of ancient wisdom for both the experienced and new yogi to use on and off the mat.

Kim Festa

Kim recently retired from the corporate world after 37 successful years. Her passion is to share the knowledge of yoga to all. 

Kim began practicing yoga in 2010 and completed her Teacher’s training in 2017. She has level 1 Kundalini yoga certification and is also a Reiki Master Practitioner. She currently specializes in working with individual with Arthritis. Teaching Chair Yoga has been one of the most challenging and yet rewarding aspects of her teaching years.  Kim’s students range in age, from 60-80 years old and have many circumstances such as oxygen tanks, hip and knee replacements, shoulder surgeries, cancer and diabetes.  Working with seniors has provided her with insight to the complex, yet beautiful adaptability of the body and spirit. 

In her spare time, Kim continues her studies with Yoga and Meditation for the aging brain in order to broaden her knowledge base to continue to lead her community in wellness, while aging gracefully.

Sue Fiedosiewic

Yoga has been a personal journey of self, and a place of salvation for Sue which has provided the foundation to her ever evolving outlook on life.

Sue has been practicing yoga for 25 years. She took her first 200-hour TT at Yoga Passage and continued with other trainings including 200-hours meditation TT, 50-hours Yin/Restorative TT, 50-hours Elders TT, as well as many anatomy, healing based and Trauma Sensitive trainings.

Sue specializes in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Strength and Alignment, Yin, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yin using Myofascial Release techniques. She delivers a yoga practice using the vehicle of breath, slow and mindful movement to allow her students to find their own way on their path of wellness.

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