Our Instructors

meet the team

Miguel de Lucas Sintes

Owner, Instructor

Miguel, from Spain, took his first yoga class in 2009 and has spent the last ten years practicing and evolving his passion for yoga. In spring 2018, Miguel completed an intensive, 7-week Ashtanga yoga training in southern India, plus a Hot 26 training later that year with respected teacher Dallas Kruszelnicki in Palm Springs, CA. Miguel is a friendly and approachable teacher with a passion for Hot Yoga and believes in the many benefits the practice brings. After various surgeries to his knees, Miguel found the Hot 26 class helped to heal the injuries he incurred as an active adult. The classes Miguel teaches have enthusiasm and great pace, continuing the quality of Hatha Yoga expected at Pura Vida Yoga.

Adrian Taylor


Calm, mild-mannered and a mother of two young boys, Adrian has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. What began as an outgrowth to her active lifestyle has increased in significance to her, and she now shares the benefits of yoga (physical, spiritual and mental) that have inspired her practice. Adrian is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) who enjoys, and has trained extensively in many styles of yoga. She teaches Yin, Prenatal, Vinyasa and Hatha styles, as well as Hot yoga.

Amanda Plante


Inspired by her two homeschooled children, Amanda enjoys offering family yoga classes to help spark an interest and enthusiasm for yoga and to engage young children in physical activity. A registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, Amanda completed Hot yoga teacher training with Dallas in 2010, Namaskar Yoga with Kathleen Podiluk in 2011, and Pre/Postnatal yoga teacher training with Clare Newman of Mamata Yoga. She holds a BSc (Biology) and MSc (Toxicology) and works at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also teaches yoga at the PAC. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga, Amanda can be found cycling, wall climbing or on other adventures with her kids.

Carla Duval-Tyler


Carla Duval-Taylor, one of the most well-known yoginis in the city for her self-deprecating humour and willingness to join in her classes, started her yoga training 19 years ago after the birth of her first child. Carla completed her RYT-200 training with Vincent Lu at Ground Yoga in Saskatoon and her RYT-300 training with experienced Vinyasa trainer Jason Crandelle in 2017. Yin, gentle and hot flow yoga are the classes she teaches most often.  

Cindy Wiese


Energetic, lots of fun in class and a world traveller by nature, Cindy has been teaching yoga since 2014 after completing a 200-hour training course at Hot Yoga on 20th. Her classes are very accessible to students of all levels, and she has a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology owing to her active work as a professional RMT (registered massage therapist) in Martensville.

Joel Vermette


Hippy by nature but organized like an accountant, ever-smiling Joel took the Hot yoga teacher training course with Dallas back in 2013. He plays a pivotal role at the studio, in all things major or minor, and everything he does is completed with the utmost quality. Joel is a very responsible superintendent and a fabulous, attentive teacher of Hot Yoga. If you haven’t attended one of his classes, you certainly should!

Juli Labrecque


Juli is a certified meditation teacher. After discovering her own practice and the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, she took a teaching course at Lifestyle Meditation in Edmonton in 2018. She has been holding small group meditations ever since. She strongly believes in the power of meditation and is excited to share its benefits with the Pura Vida community.

Léa Maquillis-McKay


Léa, from France, began her yoga journey in 2008 watching online tutorials (yoga studios didn’t exist in her hometown). She attended her first studio class upon moving to Saskatoon in 2010 and fell in love with the class atmosphere. After finishing her 200-hour RYT training in 2014, she continued to deepen her yoga practice and expand the scope of her studies to include Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and yoga for kids. Léa also loves travelling and has taken classes with many wonderful teachers in different parts of the world. Léa’s teaching style is fun and creative. She believes humour and yoga are the best tools for a happier life.

Nicola Chopin


Knowledgeable, hyper-flexible and eager to share her experiences through restorative yoga, Nicola began practicing yoga in 2004 to rehabilitate her many hip, knee and ankle injuries. She began practicing at Hot Yoga on 20th in 2010 and has found Hot yoga be the most beneficial style for improving her joint stability and preventing injuries. Nicola completed a 200-hour teacher training with Dallas in 2012 and Yin Yoga teacher training with Joe Barnett in 2013.  Nicola loves teaching beginners, is a stickler for proper, healthy body alignment, and is a firm believer in building strength and flexibility slowly over time.

Rachelle McHenry


Caring, an animal lover and one of the most visible yoginis owing to the fact that she teaches lots of courses, Rachelle has been teaching primarily Hot Foundation classes since 2014. Deeply dedicated to the practice of Hatha Yoga, she brings joy and kindness to all of her classes. As well as teaching yoga, Rachelle plays a vital role in the community through her devotion to and care for children at the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery.

Stephanie Ortynsky


In Stephanie’s classes you will be guided to strengthen, relax and have fun. She often begins with a few moments in meditation or with a breathing exercise to centre oneself before the asana portion of class. She enjoys teaching a variety of styles as she believes the best way to achieve well-being is with a combination of the vigor required for a flow (Vinyasa) or Hot Foundation (Bikram-style) practice with the relaxation of Yin or restorative styles of yoga. Stephanie frequently includes a relaxing body scan from her Yoga-Nidra training at the end of practice to help students be fully refreshed at the end of their class.

Movement is a way of being for Stephanie and her teaching style draws on an array of disciplines. While growing up, she trained and competed in ballet, jazz, tap and Ukrainian dance and loved playing soccer, competing in track and running cross country. She began practicing yoga in 2007 and in 2014 she completed the 200-hour training with Dallas Kruszelnicki at Hot Yoga on 20th. In 2017, she went to Berlin and Paris for 500-hour training with Evolation Yoga in vinyasa flow and hot styles. Last year, she completed Namaskar Yin yoga training in Saskatoon. Stephanie has also completed Levels 1 and 2 of Jikiden Reiki and has completed Yoga-Nidra training with Brenda Feuerstein. As a student for life, she will often be found refining her teaching and own yoga practice whenever the opportunity is available.

Stephanie is originally from Yorkton, SK, and currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan where she is studying the policies of well-being in society.

Tricia Light Dyksman


Kind, easygoing and approachable, Tricia Light Dyksman is a relatively new yogini, having completed training in 2017 with Dallas and only recently having begun her practice at Pura Vida. Her most common styles of practice are hot foundations and hot 26.

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