AUGUST 20, 2016

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM



Yogathon is for everyone.  Find your inner warrior and your power on your yoga mat.  Conquer your inner voice that says you can’t. 

Pause for a cause.  Clear your mind, find your zen and share your positivity with everyone around you.

Give a child in need the gift of education.  Rise to the occasion, and earn some good karma!

Why Calgary Rises

Calgary is the “heart of the new West” and there is so much to love about our city. Home of the Rocky Mountains and the Calgary Stampede, our vibrant city has much to offer. Calgarians are proud to participate in the annual Yogathon and we invite everyone from all ranges of experience, from beginners to advanced to participate, have fun and help make the world a better place for some of the neediest children in the world.




Our Trainers

Bhavesh Tolani

Art of Living Foundation

Bhavesh Tolani, a software engineer by profession, gave up his job in 1999 after he attended the Art of Living course in 1998.  Hugely inspired by the course he trained to become an Art of Living and Yoga instructor. He has been a full time teacher with this global Art of Living Foundation for the last 16 years and has since then been an ardent Yoga practitioner and a teacher’s trainer inspiring many to bring this ancient knowledge to the world. Through the Art of Living Foundation Bhavesh has travelled extensively in India, Africa, Europe and North America, taking the teachings of the founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to thousands of people in an effort to create a One World Family. He is best known for his ease, naturalness and humor and depth, both in and out of his classes.

Kristen Mason

Breathe Hot Yoga

Kristen started doing yoga in the fall of 2010 after a life changing event. She actually lied to everyone around her, telling them she had been doing yoga for years. She  thought this would make her appear like she knew what she was doing! After a few classes, she realized she knew only a little and she had to humble herself and work to be better. Kristen was not sure if it was the excessive sweat or the mental push that hooked her instantly but she was unable to stop hot yoga! Yoga was a time filler at first, then an exercise method, and now it is the fastest way to meditation for her. But for Kristen, the coolest thing about yoga is that her practice is always evolving … and she loves that!

She loves that in the studio she doesn’t have to be anyone. She doesn’t have to worry about anything except for the puddles of sweat pooling under her hands, and she can dump her entire day onto her mat and leave it there.

Teaching is a new kind of love and adoration, for both the practice and her students. Teacher training pushed Kristen out of her comfort zone and allowed her to flourish as a person and become a teacher that will always be teachable.

Yoga has taught her that shift happens, love is ALWAYS the answer, and that she is WAY stronger than she ever knew. Lay aside fear and prejudice and join her in the studio.

“The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind.” – Gita. Namaste

Liane Knox

Breathe Hot Yoga

Liane, E-RYT 200, has been working as a yoga instructor and wellness educator throughout Calgary since 2009. She has been internationally trained in Vinyasa Flow through Frog Lotus Yoga and has completed the Yoga Therapy Certification through Mount Royal University. She is also certified in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, The Art of Adjusting, Yin Yoga and Functional Movement. Liane continues to be intrigued by the power of the mind-body connection and strives to elevate her students’ journey both on and off their mats.

Logan Lesyk

The Sweat Lab 

For nearly 17 years, Logan has found that her regular yoga practice has provided a truly unique and cohesive experience for her body, mind and soul. Her sincere intention is to continuously explore, grow and share the guiding principles of this physical and philosophical practice to improve the health and well-being of those that are discovering a similar sense of strength, peace and self on their mat.

Yogathon 2016 marks Logan’s third year as a participant and teacher for this great cause, but the very first opportunity as The Sweat Lab team! They are honored and excited to share in this year’s event to help make it the biggest, most rewarding Yogathon yet!

~ Namaste

Daniel Vincent

Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre

About 10 years ago, Daniel completely crushed his foot. He put on a lot of weight and was suffering from chronic back and foot pain. Nothing seemed to help … chiropractors, physiotherapy, acupuncture, even running was painful. Anything high impact made his foot and back worse. He was worried he would lose my job … Then he took his first power yoga class. It was like an alcoholic staying sober for the first time. It changed his life. He went from 260 lbs to 187 lbs. Imagine carrying 73 pounds of butter in a backpack, because that’s exactly what he was doing!

Daniel is in his 30s now and in better shape than when he was playing football in high school. He started doing yoga to save his career, and now he teaches it as his career! Yoga has opened his eyes and forever changed his life, and he believes it can change yours too!

Lisa Tierney

Yoga Santosha

Lisa became a certified Yogini in 2009. She completed her 200-hr Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with Rameen Peyrow and then carried on to India to complete her 500-hr level training with the World Conscious Yoga family under the guidance of Yogi Vishveketu in 2011. She has since studied under several teachers and completed her Yin Yoga training in 2015.

Lisa has had the gift of practicing and teaching in several different countries and her gratitude for the practice continues to grow and expand, as does her knowledge. With breath, intention and movement, she encourages us to meet ourselves at a deeper level.

Lindsay Anweiler

Illume Hot Yoga

Lindsay has been teaching at Illume Hot Yoga since they opened last year. When she is not practicing and teaching yoga, she takes every opportunity she gets to head to the mountains. She says she can’t help but want to hike all of our beautiful Rocky Mountains every time she looks at them.

Lindsay used to play competitive soccer, but unfortunately was forced to let it go due to an injury. This turned into a blessing in disguise though, as it led her to finding her way to yoga. She has a degree in Kinesiology, which has helped in her practice to really understand what is going on in the body.

Leanne Lutsch

Sanguine Yoga

Leanna’s yoga journey was anything but a fluid transition into what has now become an integral part of her life.  For years, it showed up in subtle ways on the periphery of her self-imposed hectic lifestyle, beckoning for attention. At the persistence of her mentor at the time, she participated in her first 10 yoga classes via teleconference. It was intriguingly strange and awkward, and taught her to listen. Years later, she returned to her mat taking part in a 30-Day Yoga Challenge. The experience changed her life forever. It wasn’t long before Leanna recognized she was undergoing a transformation, one that aligned the mind, body and spirit in ways she could not have anticipated. Inspired by the metamorphosis that was occurring, she dedicated herself to deepening her own practice, eventually completing her first of several yoga teacher training programs. She has never looked back.

It brings Leanna incredible joy to witness what yoga makes available to other practitioners as they embark on their own unique journeys and discover the benefits of yoga for themselves.

Tania Brown


Tania’s interest in yoga started nine years ago. For the first few years, she practiced solely for physical health. It wasn’t until a roadblock appeared in her life that she was led to a deeper path of the practice. She finally found the sense of inner peace she had been looking for during a visit to her friend’s yoga teacher training in 2012. It was like a light bulb went off – teaching was her calling. In 2013, Tania went to Hawaii for her 200-hr RYT and she has been back every year since to help co-facilitate the training she took herself.

Yoga has truly touched her in all areas of life – mind, body and spirit – and is deeply expressed through her teachings of the practice. Her goal is to spread the love through her classes in hopes that her students will find whatever it is they came to their mats for and to guide them in gracefully moving to the rhythm of life.



Yoga helps bring the balance between the body and the mind. There are numerous physical, mental and emotional health benefits of yoga. I personally recommend it as a way and means to manage stress in our day to day lives. Yoga brings the mind back to its natural state: calm, focused, and sharp.  And as a practitioner of yoga, I take great privilege in supporting a cause like Care for Children!

Dr. Aisha Hernandez Vargas, Naturopathic Doctor

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