The Instructors

  Danielle Downey has been practicing yoga for 10 years, during which time she explored several methods of yoga, before discovering the Sivananda method.  In 2009, Danielle received her teacher training certificate from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India, which included in-depth study of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), yoga anatomy and physiology, meditation, and the philosophy of yoga.
Since this time, Danielle has been teaching Sivananda yoga in Hamilton, where she welcomes students of all levels and abilities.  Danielle continues to enhance her practice with regular visits to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin, Quebec, and in January 2011 she completed her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau.

“I love teaching Sivananda yoga, I feel Sivananda yoga challenges students both mentally and physically. When I am able to help people enjoy the benefits of the postures and  breathing exercises it makes my day. Yoga has done so much for me in my life the fact that I have the opportunity to encourage people to find the same benefits is truly inspiring.”-Danielle Downey

Andrew Downey is an elementary school teacher who, with Danielle, completed the Yoga Teacher Training course at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India.  Andrew enjoys teaching open classes at Siva Yoga with Danielle, where he loves to challenge his students.

“What I enjoy most about Sivananda yoga is it is among the most authentic representations of traditional hatha yoga out there today.  It works the entire body every class, while also developing the mental and spiritual capacities in a unintimidating way. In each 90 minute session students get an hour of exercise, an hour of relaxation and an hour of meditation.”-Andrew Downey

Caitlin FralickCaitlin Fralick first came to yoga many years ago as a way of staying active, and quickly discovered the spiritual, physical, and emotional benefits of the practice.  Yoga has been an integral part of her life ever since.

In 2011, she completed a Yoga Alliance Approved 200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training with Mona Warner at Janati Yoga in Kingston, Ontario. Caitlin loves connecting with others both as a student and teacher. She has practiced and taught in a variety of styles, including Yin, Sivananda, Hatha, and Vinyasa, and is thrilled to deepen her understanding of the Sivananda style at Siva Yoga with Danielle.

“I love teaching and practicing in the Sivananda style. Working through a set sequence of postures allows students to connect with their body and mind, and notice the subtle changes in sensation from day to day. The emphasis on breath work, as well as the periods of relaxation between each posture, give students the physical and emotional space to deeply experience their practice. I hope my students will leave their practice feeling invigorated, balanced, and light-hearted.”

My name is Glenisha Miskolczi and I am a 22 year old child care provider, mother and certified yoga instructor. I attended Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Massachusettes and took the Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour Monthlong Intensive program where I graduated and received my certificate in 2014. Not only did I walk away with the ability to safely teach others to be able to share the path of yoga, I also got to have the experience of a lifetime, living and breathing yoga for an entire 4 weeks. I cannot wait to continue sharing what I’ve learned with those around me who are willing to turn their focus inward and join me on the journey of empowerment, relaxation and meditation.

Lorette Steenman
is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Yoga Teacher (RYT), and founder of Holistic Health by Lorette (

She practices from the P3s integrative health clinic downtown Toronto where she guides clients in finding nutritional balance through whole foods and encourages people to tap into their own spiritual strength through yoga to achieve overall well-being. Lorette’s focus is on the 5 Yogic rules to prevent or reverse disease: 1) proper exercise 2) proper breathing 3) proper relaxation 4) wholesome food 5) proper thinking.