our team

Alex McRobs

Alex is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Life Coach, entrepreneur, podcaster, and Ontario Certified Teacher. Since a very young age, she was drawn to yoga. She completed her first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 at Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico. In 2017, she completed her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Zuna Yoga in Bali. Since then, she has taught yoga internationally, in Canada, Kuwait, and Abu Dhabi. Alex has participated in several additional trainings, including Yoga Workshop Design for Teachers with Rolf Gates, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Kids and Trauma Informed Yoga. In 2020, Alex founded the Mindful Life Practice Community and Sober Curious Yoga, an online yoga community with participants from all over the world. Alex is an authorized trainer with Yoga Teacher Central and leads 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. She also created Sober Curious Yoga School, which helps individuals use yoga, coaching, meditation and community to create a life they don’t need alcohol to escape from. In her free time Alex spends time with her cat Princess, and writing.

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Adrienne Keith 

Adrienne is a registered Yoga teacher, full-time flight attendant and Epicure consultant. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and two small boys. 

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Adrienne was inspired to create major change. As a firm believer in the mind-body connection, she made the decision to remove alcohol from her life. This decision has given her the space to live a much healthier, more authentic and joyful life!

 

A cross-country move brought her back to her Yoga mat in a big way as she leaned heavily into her practice to re-establish balance in her life and find her footing in her new community. 

 

Adrienne combines elements of hypnosis with intentional, thoughtful yoga sequences to encourage people to look inward and create positive change in their lives.

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Cathy Charles

Cathy hails from Cleveland, Ohio in the states. Cathy is a 200 hour practicum Yoga Teacher Training with the Mindful Life Practice.  She is a sober yoga coach for the community as well. Cathy is the mother of 2 children (son and daughter) who are both attending college in the states. Cathy is a high school guidance counselor and has held several roles in education over the last twenty years.  Cathy is involved in many passion projects that revolve around sobriety.  She believes in living her recovery out loud to help light the path for the next person.  Cathy is a cohost of Gettingbac2zero facebook live sobriety show, she has been a guest on several podcast where she is dubbed, “the sobriety connector”, promoting awareness of those in the sobriety community such as authors, yoga teachers, alcohol free beverages and anything related to living an authentic Sober FULL lifestyle.  

 

Yoga has been part of Cathy’s life on and off for ten years.  What led her permanently back to the yoga mat was a sciatic nerve issue. The Mindful life community concept has once again taught her that community and connection are a key ingredient to her journey in all things for improvement in both physical and mental health. Not only did yoga resolve her physical ailment it improved her quality of life with anxiety. Along with this Cathy believes that yoga has enriched her sober journey. Most of all Cathy’s goal is to inspire others that self discovery. Remaining curious at any age is the most beautiful gift one can give to themself.

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Emily Abbott

Emily is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Social Media Coordinator, Direct Sales Associate, and Ontario Certified Teacher.  She refused to even try yoga for most of her life, but during the lockdown of the pandemic, joined the Mindful Life Practice and has now completed her YTT with Alex.  Emily’s mission is to make yoga accessible for every BODY.  As someone who is plus-size, she always felt that she couldn’t do yoga because she wasn’t a “typical” yogi.  Through classes and training with the MLPC, she has learned to modify postures to work for her body and looks forward to helping others find their love for yoga.  Emily hopes to further her Yoga education by taking classes in Chair Yoga and Accessible Yoga.  

 

As an international teacher and librarian, Emily worked in Egypt, Vietnam, and Kuwait but has recently repatriated to Canada and has decided to take a break from the classroom.  She is currently working in Social Media Coordination with the Mindful Life Practice and exploring her interests in direct sales with accessories, skin care, and nail polish.  Emily is happy to be living closer to family after 14 years of living abroad but is terrified of Northern winters!  In her spare time, she enjoys painting her nails, reading, and cuddling with her cats, Loomi and Auggie.

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Emma Shanahan

Emma is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher in Abu Dhabi

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Gretchen Pascalis

Originally from the state of Maine in the US, I've lived in the French Alps for the last 25 years. Nature is my greatest inspiration, and I'm an avid hiker and forest bather. I started doing yoga on and off in my 20's, but really got hooked in my 40's when I was working with a Russian teacher whose love of vinyasa and mystical energy were contagious. During our first lockdown in 2020, I completed a 200-hour vinyasa yoga and mindfulness teacher training, then did a 300-hour teacher training in kundalini yoga, the enneagram, ayurveda and lunar wisdom. I'm sober curious, and consider myself a kundalini dealer (Russel Brand called kundalini "the crack cocaine of yoga!") I believe that yoga is for everyone, and in addition to kundalini, I'll be offering a chair/sofa vinyasa yoga class designed for beginners and every body size and type out there.

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Jessica Pulla

Graduated in International Commerce, Jessica worked with Export and Marketing. Acted as International Bellydancer and later as Flight Attendant in a major airline of United Arab Emirates. 

Living outside Brazil during 14 years, she had the opportunity to visit 45 countries. In trips to India and Nepal, she had the opportunity to deepen her Yoga practice in different schools, learning directly from the source. 

Her interest for spirituality led Jessica to study Reiki Level I and II with Swami Basu Samarpan in Kathmandu, Nepal. Looking for more tools for her self-knowledge, obtained international certification to work as Access Bars Therapist. Knowing this technique and its benefits, she chose to take the course with Deborah Souza in Dubai. 

Later, Jessica completed her Yoga Teacher Training in India, with International Certification by Yoga Alliance. While she lived in Abu Dhabi, taught Yoga classes at The Room studio and at the Zen Club group, in addition to private lessons. 

Later she studied Sound Healing Therapy with the Singing Bowls, with the teacher Ramesh Sapkota in Nepal. 

Back in Brazil in 2020, Jessica started her work with private Yoga classes online and continued her studies with teachers from Brazil and abroad. She completed a specialization in Pre and Postpartum Yoga and deepened her knowledge in energetic techniques with the Neurobiological Deprogramming (NBD). 

And Jessica is still on her quest! 

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Jules Allan

My approach to yoga is focussed on creating a safe and welcoming space; gentle, accessible, joyful, intuitive, creative, mindful, nourishing and restorative. Everything I offer is an invitation, we explore in the class what works for our bodies and minds in the moment. 

From a young age I have practiced yoga, meditation and movement to manage my own wellbeing and managing my disability Rheumatoid Arthritis, I have found yoga to be integral in managing my physical health as well as my mental health, I believe in the body and mind connection and a holistic approach to my teaching and my own practice.  I work in a person centred way, always open and learning from the participants, other practitioners, training and resources in how I can create yoga for Everybody, I adapt my approach to each group and person I work with. 

I have been teaching in wellbeing across The South West of the UK for over 25 years, I teach regular classes, courses, workshops, groups, one to one and retreats with various groups and organisations. I specialise in developing and teaching Gentle Yoga, Accessible Yoga, Yoga for EveryBody and Creative Movement

 

I am so excited to be joining Alex and The MLPC team. I have loved being a member of the community, attending so many different types of classes with such a wide range of amazing teachers, it's like being a part of a global community from my own living room! I am so inspired to be teaching on the Sober Girls Yoga Programme, yoga has been so important to me and my own sobriety.

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Leanne Golding

Hi MLP Community! My name is a Leanne and I recently completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.  I am so excited to share my love of yoga with people all over the world.  I have practiced yoga off and on for the last 10 years.  During 2020 I was re-introduced to yoga and developed a daily practice through lockdown.  Thanks for Alex and the MLPC I realized how much yoga could help both my physical and mental health.  My lower back pain is gone, I am stronger than I’ve ever been and I can now lean into meditation and stillness when my life gets a bit hectic! 

I am originally from Toronto, Canada and have been living in the Cayman Islands for 25 years.   I work full time in an office, so the contrast between my work life and my yoga mat is not lost on me.   I am really looking forward to sharing my passion for yoga with others, in particular those that may not think yoga is accessible to them.  I am certainly not an expert in all poses, but I’ve learned that is not the goal.  I hope to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment where people from all walks of life can put aside their troubles or stresses and enjoy an hour of gentle movement and mindfulness. 

In my spare time I enjoy walks on the beach with my husband and dogs, travelling and spending time with our two daughters.  When I get back to visit Canada, you will likely find me in the wilderness enjoying a canoe trip or taking in the culture of a museum or art gallery in the city. 

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Leigh Saulnier 

Hi friends, my name is Leigh, and I love yoga! Yoga has been a key component in maintaining my sobriety, building a community of friends during the pandemic, and fostering my mental health. I met Alex through a sober community and joined the MLPC in June, 2020. I had practiced yoga off and on for many years before, but I got more inspired to practice daily when I had to stop running due to injuries. I have competed in the Ironman triathlon as well as many marathons in the past and felt a big void in my life when I was no longer marathon training.

 

I recently completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the MLPC and am super excited to be teaching yoga and leading sober pods! I enjoy all types of yoga practice, and I believe that anyone can do yoga! I also completed Susanna Barkataki’s 25 hour course on Honoring the Roots of Yoga.

 

I recently retired from my job as an occupational therapist working with children with sensory processing disorders. I am married and have three adult children. I love traveling, spending time with my kids, hiking, knitting, gardening, cooking (and eating) vegan food, and engaging in social and environmental justice efforts.

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Matt Ellis

Hi everyone, my name is Matt and it’s fair to say I’m quite addicted to yoga. For over a year now yoga has been a central part of my life, complementing my sober life and because of it I’ve been able to become part of a wonderful global community of Yogis! I met Alex through a sober community and joined the MLPC in July 2020. I had hardly ever done yoga before and never thought it could be for me. I had taken a few classes with a friend I met through giving up alcohol, but when I joined the MLPC everything changed. I have done yoga almost every day for a year now and love it so much. I love all types of yoga, including Yin, Kundalini and restorative yoga, but mostly I love gentle Vinyasa flows.
I am a primary school teacher and also love to teach my school kids yoga. I think it inspired me to want to do my 200 hour yoga teacher training course which I am close to completing. Originally I wanted to do the course to improve my yoga skills, but now after teaching a summer season at the MLPC I am feeling inspired to share my new knowledge of yoga to other people. I believe anyone can do yoga and am passionate about people giving it a go and realising they can do it.
As well as yoga, I love to sometimes surf, play Ukulele and bass and recently I have been building things with lego! I look forward to seeing you in a class soon!

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Meena Thimmana

Meena is a mother of three active boys who are 3, 5 and 7 and have been her full-time job for the past 7 years.  Growing up in Toronto, Canada, Meena was a figure skater for over 20 years participating in single competitive skating at the national level and synchronised skating for 18 years followed by years of learn to skate coaching.  She studied at York University for 5 years and became an elementary school teacher which later brought her to teach internationally in Abu Dhabi where she met her husband and settled down in the UAE for good.  During her years she travelled to over 30 countries and had various adventures all over the globe.  

Yoga has always been a part of her life as her Father and his family, being of Indian descent always practiced and spoke about yoga and pranayama (focused breathing exercises) since she was a child.  She has practiced many types of yoga over the years such as swing yoga, acro yoga, bikram yoga, pre- and post-natal yoga.  She has attended the Bali Spirit Festival in Indonesia 3 times and loved experiencing all the various health, mental and emotional benefits from such a practice.  After completing the 200 yoga teacher training, she is very excited to fuse aspects of mental health, holistic healing techniques, journaling, yoga, breathing and meditation to help others find peace and stillness in their busy daily life.  She believes it is never too late to take some time for yourself to practice some self-care and take a moment from all the responsibilities that women and mothers often have at home to find some balance in your own life.

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Niamh Dickson

Niamh(Neve) is a 200 Hour Yoga Certified Teacher, a Canadian Certified Art Therapist, an elementary counselor and certified Arts Education teacher. Niamh started yoga in her 20’s when she began training for half marathons. Yoga was always something she did as a rest day from runs, strength training or spin classes. Niamh’s journey back to yoga began in 2020 when her health crashed with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. Meditations, breathwork and the movement of yoga has helped restore her body into a healthier version of herself. Outside of Yoga, Niamh enjoys painting, drawing, having great conversations with friends and traveling. She lives and works as a counselor and Art therapist in Bangkok, Thailand. She is excited to share her yoga practice with you.

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Rachel Brady

First and foremost, Rachel is blessed to be mum to 3 kids. She describes herself as a yoga teacher and a holistic life coach, as well as a digital creator with a podcast, YouTube channel and blog. 

 

Rachel’s passion is helping people, other mums in particular, achieve better mental health through spiritual and self-care practices. She credits her yoga practice, sobriety and lots of inner work on being the happiest she has ever been, despite living with several mental health challenges herself. 

 

After years of emotional instability and issues around alcohol, Rachel finally feels that she is on the right path to true health and happiness within. Over this past year, after a period of sober curiosity that lasted a good 5 years she finally committed to sober life, was diagnosed with ADHD and then Bipolar 2 and Emotional Unregulated Disorder. 

 

Instead of being hindered by these diagnoses, Rachel feels empowered and like she has never been clearer in exactly who she is, why she is how she is, and what makes her happy. This is a constant work in progress and one she is committed to for life. 

 

Her purpose is now to help others on their own journey to better mental health and healing. 

 

Rachel’s style of yoga is suitable for beginners, and is focussed on feeling safe and connected - cultivating an awareness of what you actually need in that moment. It offers a balanced approach of gentle flow and restorative yoga. She is a 200HR registered yoga teacher who is training towards her 300HR in 2022 and also studying her Sober YTT with The Mindful Life Practice.  

 

Rachel is happily married and lives in the picturesque Peak District National Park in a renovated farmhouse with her family and pets. 

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Raquel Navarro

Raquel is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Entrepreneur. Because of her Finance job, she was drawn to yoga as a way to calm her mind and enjoy a more creative hobby. She began practicing yoga daily at the age of 29 and completed her first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020 at Peak Beings Yoga in California, USA. In 2021, she completed her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at My Vinyasa Practice in Texas, USA. She also completed her 25 Hour Root Chakra and 25 Hour Crown Chakra Modules in 2021 with The Mindful Life Practice Community. Since then, she has taught yoga in her outdoor yoga business, Alba Studio, located in the forest in Costa Rica. She is also part of The Mindful Life Practice Community team, where she teaches Yin Yoga on Fridays.

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Tasha Ackerman

I am a yoga teacher interested in community wellness, believing that through the practice of building awareness physically, mentally, and spiritually, our yoga practice benefits not only ourselves but the community around us as well. I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota in the US, and have been living internationally for the past three years and teaching in international schools in Colombia and Nigeria. Practicing yoga has always helped me connect to my community and stay centered (as well as destress from a chaotic day in the classroom!). After deciding to leave my last teaching job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I completed 200 hour YTT. I have been so grateful during this period to have been welcomed into the MLPCommunity and am so, so excited to be contributing now both as a teacher and student. 

 

As a teacher, I like to approach my classes by taking the role of facilitator, with the goal of guiding students through their own journey towards self awareness. By flowing through and holding postures, we can explore themes that may be relevant to our lives both on and off the mat. I believe that we all grow through challenges, and encourage students to approach their practice with inquiry and patience.

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Yasir El Mahdi

I was introduced to yoga at a Make a Wish Foundation Yoga class in 2019. That’s where I met Alex (the founder and creator of the Mindful Life Practice and Sober Curious Yoga). I loved the class, though I thought I would never do yoga again until I read Meditation from the Mat by Rolf Gates suggested by Alex. The book shifted my depressive attitude towards life and I started practicing yoga regularly. After the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 I was afraid to go back to my old days of depression until fortunately Alex offered her first online yoga session. After doing yoga everyday for a month I asked if I could help and gratefully Alex agreed and that’s when I officially joined the MLPC as their first staff.

 

If you ever joined a regular class with the MLPC, you’d likely see me there. Hi, my name is Yasir and I’m the virtual assistant to Alex. I help with the website, archiving the classes, social media, blogging, offering any help to the community, amongst other things.

 

I love how yoga, as one of our community members once said, makes you strong in the most gentle way. It makes me mindful of my mindset, feelings and spirituality. What I love most about the Mindful Life Practice and SCY is how inclusive, offer a non-judgmental safe place for everyone to invoke their own journey. I’m a student of this practice, practicing with the teachers and community has been a dream come true. I hope this reaches as many people out there as possible. I can’t wait to see you all on the mat.

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