Our Teachers

Pearl Cromwell, Director

Pearl Cromwell is Director of Sari Yoga Centre and a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, at the 500 hour level. Pearl brings to her teaching over 35 years of combined personal practice, teachers training and teaching experience. She holds Yoga teaching certificates from Sheridan College, the Helen Duquette Yoga Studio and completed a three week residential Advanced Teacher Training Program with Donna Farhi in New Zealand. Ever curious about movement, through classes and workshops Pearl has studied Body, Mind, Centering, Feldenkrais, The Alexander Technique and a variety of dance modalities.

Pearl is honoured to include in her teaching experience local hospitals, high schools, the YMCA, community programs, corporate spaces and fitness centers as well as guest lecturing in the Sheridan College Yoga Teacher Training Program. Pearl is thankful to each student for sharing and allowing her to learn and grow through her teaching.

Pearl believes a regular yoga practice invites health, well-being and peace of mind. She feels honoured to share this knowledge, wisdom and love of being with her students and in her direction of Sari Yoga Centre.

 

Jacqueline Bouchard

For Jacqueline, teaching is a labour of love. She teaches weekly “Moms and Babes” classes, Hatha Yoga for Adults, children’s yoga, prenatal and chakra workshops. She has experience teaching students with special needs such as those with Multiple Sclerosis. Jacqueline brings a personal depth and understanding to her teaching, having benefited personally from the healing properties of melding mind, body and spirit into a living practice.

Yoga is an integral part of life for Jacqueline. She has been certified by the Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia for over 18 years in Sivananda Yoga. She continued her studies with Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and for the past 10 years she has studied with Helen Duquette.

 

Shelley Dilella

Shelley Dilella came to Yoga by sheer accident. Lured by a free session, she was forever hooked. Fourteen years later her passion for Yoga was such that she decided to take the 500 hour Teacher Training course offered at the Sari Yoga Centre and become a Yoga Teacher.

Shelley has found that Yoga has brought a real balance to her life both physically and emotionally. As a busy mom she knows the hectic schedule of many and the need to bring balance into her life and their lives.Shelley believes Yoga brings balance and gives the student a true sense of calm in a busy world.

 

Shanti Menon

Shanti has been practising yoga for over 15 years. She started with Sari Yoga Centre in 2004 and completed the teacher training program with Sari Yoga Centre in 2015. Shanti’s work with children led to her desire to teach yoga for children. To further her experience with children she completed a year’s apprenticeship with Jacqueline Bouchard in Yoga for Children.

Shanti incorporates a sense of play and fun while teaching, to nurture the inner strength and focus in any child.

 

Bally Rakkar

Bally became interested in Yoga in the year 2000 (after only taking one yoga class) and decided that she loved doing Yoga so much that she wanted to become a Yoga Teacher. She went on to complete a part time two-year Teaching Yoga Course at Sheridan College which she completed in 2002, and then continued to complete a 500 hour course to advance her yoga studies at Helen Duquette Yoga Studio.

Since then, she was involved in helping instruct the Teacher Training course at Sheridan College and has taught yoga at recreation centers for the City of Brampton and at private yoga studios. Currently she teaches Yoga at Toronto General Hospital and is working with doctors developing and teaching Yoga programs as part of clinical research.