Joseanne Spiteri, B.A., PDip TR, R/TRO
Joseanne is President and Founder of Spiteri Recreation Therapy Services. With over 20 years experience providing recreation therapy to seniors, she has a wealth of knowledge about the needs of the elderly population and the cognitive and physical challenges they face. Joseanne has provided recreation therapy to veterans at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Prior to that she was employed as a Programs Manager at a long term care facility.
Joseanne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in 1997. Following that, she completed a post-graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation through Georgian College. She has specialized training in dementia care including the Montessori Method for Dementia program. She has an affinity for working with seniors who have dementia or Alzheimers as well as those with Parkinsons, stroke, brain injury, mental illness, physical disabilities and problem behaviours.
Joseanne is active in recreation therapy organizations and is a registered member in good standing of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario. She has also been a faculty member for the part-time post-graduate Therapeutic Recreation program at Georgian College. Further, Joseanne is currently enrolled in a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University.
Joseanne’s passion for wellness drew her to yoga and she has been a Certified Yoga Instructor for over 18 years. She has taught locally and internationally and travelled to India to study Yoga Therapy. She successfully teaches yoga to seniors, including chair yoga and breath work.
Her compassion and sincere love for working with seniors is undeniable and comes through in her work with each and every client.
A student of yoga since 1997, Lesley’s personal journey along the path of yoga began as a way to overcome chronic back pain. She quickly realized that her yoga practice was not only benefiting her physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Lesley has been a teacher of adult literacy and English as a second language for more than 20 years, so it was only natural that she combine her love of teaching with her passion for yoga.
She holds a 350-hour Yoga Teacher Certificate (RYT-200), graduating from the EWYT program in early 2006, and in 2015, she completed her Cancer Exercise Specialist certification. Continuing her studies, Lesley has also taken special courses on pre and post-natal yoga, yoga for kids, yoga for older adults, stress management and restorative yoga. She has also presented several workshops, including Back Care Yoga and Yoga for Breast Health.
Lesley’s classes are taught in the classical Hatha tradition, focusing on a blend of postures, conscious breathing, and meditation – to relax, rejuvenate and enhance mind/body awareness. With her gentle yet encouraging teaching style, Lesley strives to create a safe and non-threatening atmosphere that honours each person’s background and abilities.
I started taking yoga after my mom passed away 4 years ago. A friend suggested I try yoga to help “quiet” my mind. When I attended my first yoga class I was shocked that I actually felt like I “fit” in. I had tried many gyms and group classes and always felt awkward. And even though I could barely do any of the poses, I wasn’t strong and I had hardly any flexibility I felt GREAT!!
For the first time in months I was really present. I was shocked that just one class could bring me to such a place. I was hooked!!
I want to give this experience to others. Yoga is universal, it’s for everyone. I took my 200 RYT in 2013. Since then I have enjoyed teaching a variety of classes including hot power, flow, prenatal and chair yoga for seniors.
I love teaching yoga! Being able to share the experience of breath, movement and mindfulness has been so rewarding. My practice has improved and deepened over the past couple years and I am so excited to see where this journey takes me!
A native of Toronto Bobbi Greenberg, E-RYT, YACP is a member of Yoga Alliance and the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association. Bobbi has been deeply engaged in the practice of yoga for more than 30 years and has developed a passion in teaching a gentle practice specifically geared to the senior population. She believes that yoga has many benefits for this population. In addition to its health benefits, yoga helps seniors navigate the challenging transitions that come with this stage of life providing an opportunity for great spiritual growth.
She has taught yoga for seniors workshops in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As one of her student’s said after taking her class, “You have given me back my life.”
Bobbi is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, certified Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher, and has completed additional training in yoga for seniors; yoga nidra; yoga for children and teens; pre and post-natal yoga; yoga for cancer. barre and more.
Lisa is a gifted energy healer, channel of the divine and a yoga teacher. Lisa teaches Chair Yoga, Slow Flow, Hatha Flow, Somatic Movement, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Teens and Kids Yoga. Lisa is clairaudient, clairvoyant and clairsentient. Lisa works directly with the energy of Reiki, the healing energy of Jesus, and the Heart Stargate Healing energy of God. She also offers Rising Star Healings under the support of Master Hilarion and the Angelic realm. All Lisa’s Healings include a reading. Akashic Record Readings and Goddess Transmissions are also available. Energy Healing is often incorporated into Lisa’s yoga retreats.
Jackie has been practicing Tai Chi at the Brampton Academy of Martial Arts since 2006. Her interest in this training began as a result of her sons taking karate classes. Tai Chi soon became a new passion and she began teaching Tai Chi classes in 2011. Jackie enjoys sharing this passion with adults of all ages and teens.
Olena’s boundless energy is contagious. She is a Senior’s Certified instructor with CCAA, has completed a Can-Fit-Pro OAS course, is a certified Zumba Gold Instructor and Can-Fit-Pro certified Pilates Instructor. She has been training older adults for 15 years, is an avid yogi and derives tremendous pleasure from teaching and dancing with her Zumba students.
Our mother is in a facility and though she is well cared for, she does not get as much physical stimulation as we would like. We are relieved to know that she is receiving private yoga sessions with Spiteri Recreation Therapy Services. She is much less anxious than she used to be and is getting stronger every week.