About Us: Your Markham Groove Barre Fitness Team

Dayna Callaway – Director of Awesomeness

I’ve been teaching group fitness since I left my full time marketing job in 2013.  In theory, I was supposed to be staying home with the 6 kids in my very Brady-bunch like family (yes, there are 6 kids!), but fitness became my escape.

I started at the YMCA in Markham with a “learn to teach group fitness course.” The first class I fell in love with was very old school step aerobics.  I quickly became a certification junkie, and started teaching hi-lo aerobics, bootcamps, muscle conditioning classes, yoga, and of course barre.

For me, barre has it all.  A workout that won’t kill the body, lots a room for creativity, and a beautiful blend of ballet and the best of yoga and Pilates.

CERTIFICATIONS AND WORKSHOPS:

  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Certification
  • Primal Health Coach / Mark Sisson / Mark’s Daily Apple
  • Active Aging Certificate / Can Fit Pro
  • 200 hour Power Yoga / Power Yoga Canada / Kinndli McCollum
  • Level 1: Journey into Power / Teacher: Baron Baptiste
  • 100 hour Power Vinyasa / Michael Gannon
  • YMCA Barre Training
  • BodyBarre Instructor
  • Reiki Energy Healing Level 1, Reiki Energy Healing Level 2 and Reiki Energy Healing Master
  • Rescue 7 CPR C & Standard First Aid

Linda Kang – Director of Healing Energy & Movement

Groove Barre is thrilled to have Linda join the Groove Barre team!

Linda’s yoga practice began in 1998 seeking relief from low back pain. She attended a Hatha class religiously once a week for several years at a local gym where she found release, meditation and community.  Linda’s official yoga training was completed in 2011 in the ashtanga yoga system, where she found a daily practice that offered a disciplined daily routine (mysore), inspiring teachers and tremendous growth physically, mentally and spiritually.

She continued her studies and practice in other lineages of yoga such as hatha, chakra, restorative, and other healing modalities, including Reiki, craniosacral, ayurveda, fascial release, hands-on adjustment training, anatomy and joint mobility, etc., and has now cultivated an experience in class that allows the mind to ground, the body to open and the spirit to grow.

Paying homage to her first teacher and the immense healing it brought to her life, Linda’s classes always focus on spine movements and joint mobility, offering low back release and hip balancing techniques in hopes of relieving pain and resetting natural systems in the body.

A typical class, sometimes dubbed “yoga therapy”, incorporates a breathing exercise (pranayama), simple rocking motions to coax open channels that may be blocked or closed (finding your stillpoint), joint circles (mobility), a flow sequence connecting the breath to movement (ashtanga/hatha) – creating a moving meditation (trance), functional stretch and then, rest.

HEALING ARTS TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

  • Advanced Shamanic Healing / Teacher: Daniel Leonard – Shamanic practitioner and teacher, and Reiki Master
  • Medicine Circle
  • Certified: Shamanic Healing Practitioner / Shamanic Healing 1-yr Program: The Path of Power / Teacher: Daniel Leonard – Shamanic practitioner and teacher, and Reiki Master
  • The Psychology of the Chakras – 7 day training / Teacher: Anodea Judith (author of Eastern Body, Western Mind) Kripalu Centre
  • Reiki Energy Healing, Level 2
  • Reiki Energy Healing, Level 1
  • Workshops: Pendulum reading, Reading angel cards

YOGA, STILLNESS AND MOVEMENT TRAINING

  • Craniosacral Training Program: Part 1 (4 day intensive – 24 hours)
  • An Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy: Finding your Stillpoint and Help for the Spine (2 hours)
  • ELDOA workshop (2 hours)
  • Breath, Nervous System and Internal Effects (weekend intensive)
  • Anatomy Trains Workshop for Movement Therapists / Structural integration and fascial stretching techniques
  • The Art of Mysore: Self-Practice and Adjustment Techniques for Teachers (100 hours) / Teacher: Ron Reid Downward Dog Yoga Centre – Toronto, ON
  • Ashtanga Technique and Workshop (5 day training) / Teacher: David Robson Ashtanga Yoga Toronto Centre (AYTC)
  • Ahimsa and the Art of Hands-on Adjustment (100 hours) / Teacher: Ron Reid Downward Dog Yoga Centre – Toronto, ON
  • Yoga Teacher Training (200 hours) / Teachers: Ron Reid, Diane Bruni Downward Dog Yoga Centre – Certificate

ONLINE COURSES:

Movement – Anatomy of the Feet / Ankle Mobility / Shoulder Anatomy for Movement /Fascia in the Moving Body 

Find Us:

Hours:

Monday:
9:30AM – 1PM
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Tuesday:
9:30AM – 1PM
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Wednesday:
9:30AM – 1PM
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Thursday:
9:30AM – 1PM
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Friday:
9:00AM – 1:00PM
6:00PM – 7:30PM

Saturday:
8:00AM – 12:30PM

Sunday:
8:00AM – 12:30 PM
6:30PM-8:00PM

Parking & Directions:

Parking: There is plenty of parking behind our building, which is perfect because the entrance is at the rear. If Main Street is busy, we recommend you approach parking from the back.

Directions from Bullock: heading east, cross over Main Street (Bullock turns in Parkway Avenue), and turn right onto George Street. Continue until Church Street, and then turn right. Enter the parking lot you see on the right. Park where you like. Groove Barre is the last building – it is a red brick house.

Directions from Hwy 7: Turn north onto Washington Street. Continue until Church Street, and then left right. Enter the parking lot you see on the right. Park where you like. Groove Barre is the last building – it is a red brick house.

Directions from Ninth Line: Head west on Church Street. Crossover George Street. Enter the parking lot you see on the right. Park where you like. Groove Barre is the last building – it is a red brick house.

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