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Meet Our Instructors

Dawn Sarabura

Dawn Sarabura

Director, Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach

dawn@heroncreek.ca

Dawn’s goal is to make being healthy as fun and easy as possible. In 2003, after thirteen years of teaching everything from aqua aerobics to Zumba, Dawn opened Heron Creek Yoga Studio in her home. In January 2012 she and her husband opened the current location in Ancaster.  In November she and George Jakymyshyn bought Hot Yoga Stoney Creek. She is grateful every day for her family and for the opportunity to share her passions--yoga and fitness-- with so many wonderful people.

Dawn became an aerobics instructor in 1990, a personal trainer in 1991, a Lifestyle and Weight Management Instructor in 1996, a Pilates instructor in 2006, and a pre-natal yoga instructor in 2013. Before opening her own studio, Dawn taught fitness in Geneva, Switzerland, Santa Fe, NM, Boston, MA and for the former Town of Ancaster. She started taking Yoga classes in Boston in 1995. Her interest in Yoga grew out of her great enjoyment of meditation, and from recognizing how much traditional fitness had borrowed and adapted from Yoga. From there she began taking classes and reading extensively, eventually attending teacher training at Downward Dog Studio in Toronto in 2008. In 2013 Dawn added Ballet Barre to her repertoire, and was featured in The Hamilton Spectator. Later that year she was interviewed on Terra TV for Pre-Natal Yoga.


Melissa Bock

Melissa Bock

Ballet Barre, Zumba, and MCDTA Certified Dance Instructor
 
Melissa is a recent graduate of Wilfred Laurier University. She has danced all of her life and began teaching competitive, performance-based, and dance camps at Burlington Studio Dance five years ago. She is also Zumba certified and enjoys all forms and styles that the dance world has to offer. Melissa specializes in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap and creative movement styles. Her extensive dance background makes her Ballet Barre classes among the best in Hamilton! You can also find her at the desk doing a great job of looking after our clients.


George Jakymyshyn

George Jakymyshyn

Yoga Instructor RYT, CanFit Pro Personal Trainer

George has been formally teaching yoga for two years and has been practising yoga for ten years. This includes attending yoga workshops to improve his practice and teaching skills. These workshops include a technique workshop in supporting pupils, working with yoga balls, handstands and headstands, restorative yoga, and yoga basic skills. At first yoga was a personal challenge, and then it became a common bond between himself and his daughter. They were able to spend valuable time together practising yoga over the years. His daughter engouraged him to become a yoga instructor after being certified herself.

What really inspires George is to be able to pass on to his students the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits that yoga has provided him. He loves how rewarding it is to witness the growth in the students that he teaches.


Jackee DeSimone

Jackee DeSimone

Yoga Instructor
 
Jackee started practicing yoga in 2012 seeking nothing more than a physical workout. As she started to build strength, flexibility and balance, she had no idea it would take her on a soul searching journey that would soon connect her with something so much deeper than just her physical body. Yoga opened up a world of stillness, happiness and peace she had never known previously.  Jackee immediately signed up for her 200 hour teacher training in Mississauga under Diana Lockett and Daniel Horgan. With an additional 20 hour certification in Yin/Yang with Erin Aquin and De La Sol in Hamilton.  She teaches Vinyassa, Classical (Hatha) and Yin Yoga. She follows all of the principals of the Anusara tradition.  This traditional style of yoga focuses on connecting your postures with your breath, alignment and opening your heart. Yoga has changed Jackees life and as a teacher her intention is to inspire her students to have a deep connection with self-awareness while integrating breath with movement, to leave them feeling strong and restored.


Bev DeBeer

Bev DeBeer

Yoga Instructor RYT
 
Ten years ago, Bev began attending yoga classes, initially in the hopes of finding a way to stretch and strengthen muscles that were feeling the effects of distance running, tennis, hiking, cycling and golf. Not only did yoga complement these activities perfectly, but she also discovered the many other mental and emotional benefits that a regular yoga practice can offer. Inspired to delve deeper and hoping to share experiences with friends, family and students, Bev completed her yoga teacher training in 2009/2010 at De la sol Studio, Hamilton. She has been on a ‘yoga road’ of learning and development ever since, attending workshops including yoga for runners with Christine Felstead and yoga as an antidote to depression with Francois Raoult. She has instructed a range of students, from high school sports teams to chair yoga for seniors, but the overriding desire when teaching, is that she hopes to open that window of enquiry into the wonder of discovering how yoga can help students on many levels. How a regular practice helps to bring balance, awareness and mindfulness to our lives off and on our mats.


Heather Back

Family, Teen & Pre-Natal Yoga

Heather's yoga journey began seven years ago as a member of Heron Creek Yoga. As a resident of Ancaster herself, she started attending classes and immediately developed a love for the practice. As she continued to attend classes of differing styles, she began to recognize the need for yoga in her every day life and appreciate how the practice was transforming her own self awareness.


Specifically, Heather developed a love for prenatal yoga and practiced regularly throughout all three of her pregnancies. Prenatal yoga was such a wonderful experience because it allowed for the opportunity to isolate breathing, all the while connecting with mind and baby. Truly a unique experience and one that Heather hopes to bring to other expectant women in the near future.

In addition to being a full time mother of three, Heather is a full time elementary school teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board. She has been teaching for 10 years and plans to continue to bring more yoga into her classroom and the school at large.

Joanne Tower

Can Fit Pro personal trainer specialist, fitness instructor specialist, spinning instructor, Mossa certified

Joanne found her passion for health and fitness while attending aerobic classes. Inspired to motivate and help others she completed her training to become a fitness instructor in 1998. Within her 18 years of experience in the industry Joanne has accomplished quite a variety of fitness certifications including becoming a personal trainer after learning the importance of incorporating weight training into her own program. Her experience has lead her to instruct running groups, children’s spin classes, boot camps, senior classes and mom and baby groups. Joanne is dedicated to sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with her clients and helps them to become the best version of themselves from the inside out. Continuing to learn and grow by keeping up with the ever changing industry keeps this fitness enthusiast motivated.