As a senior teacher and the founder of Navina, Drew has warmth and an energy that many can connect with. A passion for the human body has led him through University studies in human biology and directed him into the world of Thai yoga massage. The holistic approach that Thai massage provides, resonates strongly with Drew, as every treatment encompasses the entire body, both the physical and subtle. Creating Navina™, has allowed Drew to blend his understanding and experience from the many different facets of his life, bringing you a more well-rounded perspective of the body and this ancient practice.
Drew firmly believes that compassionate touch is an essential component of good health and wellbeing. Thai massage can provide a deep sense of connection to others, to self and to the world at large. With his experience and knowledge of the human body from both the western and the eastern perspectives, Drew considers it a great gift to be able to share this sacred practice with you.
Building positive relationships through compassionate touch, Drew travels internationally to bring you his unique and practical blend of western physiology and intuitive practice.
Drew hopes to build greater recognition for this holistic practice within health and wellness communities by incorporating a scientific method into his course structure to compliment an intuitive approach. He aims to develop Thai Massage practitioners into Thai Yoga Therapists who have a sound understanding of the human body and of certain medical conditions. These practitioners will be able to design their treatments to accommodate any contraindications, building a safe, effective and reputable practice.
Daniela is a Wellness Specialist whose passion lies in teaching others how to use physical movement
to foster vibrant health. In addition to Group Exercise and Personal Training, Daniela has also studied Naturopathic Medicine, which provided a strong foundation for her entry into the practice of Thai Yoga Massage. Her holistic studies have allowed her to more deeply explore the physical applications of Eastern healing, and develop an understanding of the intricate connections between body, mind and spirit.
Daniela finds great joy in traveling the world to share her passion with others through a variety of courses, workshops and wellness events. She is always excited to find new ways to combine her knowledge and experience into courses that allow students to discover the true potential of therapeutic movement and compassionate touch.
Having lead workshops, presentations and certification courses in Canada, the USA and Europe, Daniela skillfully combines her experience as a Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, CanFitPro PRO Trainer, CPR Instructor, and teacher of Thai Yoga Massage, to deliver classes & trainings that are challenging, purposeful, effective, and enjoyable!
In addition to our Principal Certification Modules, Daniela teaches courses specifically geared toward Exercise Professionals, Coaches and Therapists, who wish to use Thai Yoga Therapy in the treatment of physically active clients and high-performance athletes.
Feel free to check out our “Course Dates & Locations” if you’re looking to study Thai Yoga Therapy with Daniela.
Ashley is a Sutherland-Chan Graduate and became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2009. She began her career working in fitness and multidisciplinary clinics. Ashley has assisted people in all stages of life from children to the elderly to palliative care. In addition to providing physical relief from injury, Ashley has helped those suffering from cancer and cancer treatment side effects and chronic pain syndromes. Ashley is known for providing effective treatment plans for those suffering from mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. She feels that the calm, centered energy of Thai massage has enhanced her practice. To book a treatment with Ashley, click here.
When Jessi first set foot inside the Rama Lotus Yoga Shala in Ottawa back in 2000 she knew she’d found an important key to her life. After many years of participating as a student, she knew that she wanted to share her passion in a meaningful way and studied to become a Yoga instructor at Prana Yoga College in Vancouver in 2008. This course of study opened up a whole new world that encompassed a desire to be an active participant in people’s wellness path, in addition to a new found wonder for the workings of the human body. Again, these two passions came together in pursuing Thai Massage and Swedish Massage in tandem, becoming a certified Thai Practitioner in the beginning of 2013 and a Registered Massage Therapist with the CMTO in the summer on 2013. The two modalities lent amazingly well to one another allowing Jessi to incorporate Metta and a continual positive energy flow to her Swedish Massages and a deep seated knowledge of anatomy and physiology to her Thai Massages. To book a treatment with Jessi, click here.
A practitioner of yoga since 2001, Lisa Nicole Tai is a Sivanada-Certified Yoga Instructor, as well as a graduate of the Hatha, Vinyasa, and therapeutic-based Yoga Space Teacher Training program. Her passion for helping others, especially with relaxation and self-care, led her to become a sensitive and intuitive Thai Massage Practitioner. Guided by the principle of metta (loving-kindness) and being fully present during your treatment, she creates a supportive and safe environment for you enter into a meditative state of tranquility. More than just a massage, this therapeutic treatment is beneficial for many people, including: those with very active minds and bodies who need to stretch or manage stress; those who need to reconnect with themselves and connect with others through the power of healing touch; and those who respond well to gentle movement.