Instructors

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Say hello to our amazing team at Pure. Each one is unique, empowering, and passionate.


Kristine Murphy (PURE OWNER)

Kristine Murphy (PURE OWNER)

PURE OWNER/FOUNDER

My journey into yoga began about six years ago when I took my first hot yoga class. I have an athletic background and competed in many different sports. I had the opportunity to go to the University of San Diego on a full tennis scholarship where I played professionally. This led to many serious injuries and a life of living in constant pain. I was encouraged to try hot yoga, which I did. Slowly, I started to see dramatic changes. I noticed that my pain had decreased and I was getting stronger and more flexible. At this point, I was still very focused on the physical benefits of yoga.

However, there was a turning point for me, where it became more than just a "physical practice" for me. Going through the most difficult period of my life, I finally experienced the mental and spiritual side of yoga. I found that through yoga I became more grounded, calmer and more focused. I became drawn to the practice for my mind, my spirit, my being. It allowed me to live in the present and I became a happier, more committed and centered person.

It was THEN that I realized I must sign up for a Baron Baptiste Teacher Training. I decided that I had to share this passion, this LOVE with others. I wanted others to feel and experience what had changed my life. This is when I knew that I must open up my own studio. I wanted to create a place where everyone and anyone feels welcome, comfortable and loved. Living in such a busy, fast paced world, I wanted to create a place where everyone can walk out feeling more grounded, positive and confident. I wanted to create a place where others could open their hearts, their bodies, their minds.

My dream has now come true with the opening of PURE.

Yoga has had such a profound, positive effect on my life that I feel so blessed to be able to share this gift with others. I hope to inspire and challenge every person that steps into PURE just as you will me.

NAMASTE!!

Michelle Waddock (PURE LEADER)

Michelle Waddock (PURE LEADER)

PURE LEADER - Member Services and Retail sales

Athleticism has been an intricate part of my life since I was a little girl. From swimming to gymnastics to skiing, I immersed myself in sports at a young age and always had a passion for competition. It was this passion with sports that helped me later in life become a three-time Canadian tennis champion at home. I had the opportunity to travel internationally as a member of the Canadian team and played in tournaments including the Junior US Open and the French Open. I capped my tennis career by playing for University of San Diego on a full tennis scholarship. My love for the game of tennis, competing and sport in general is thoroughly embedded in my soul.

With the competitive tennis chapter of my life closed, I turned my attention to another passion of mine: my love for children. I had always wanted to work with children and my particular background in sports gave me a unique perspective on the dynamics of a child's physical development. For a number of years, I put my experience to use through programs offered through both gymtastics, and later with my own company, Headstart, offering an introductory program for young children to both gymnastics and tennis.

Today, as a tennis coach and a certified AFLCA (Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association) trainer with a designation in Mind Body Fusion, I am a true believer that everyone, young and old, can benefit from practicing yoga. For children, these benefits start early as they learn to stretch correctly, keeping their bodies limber and flexible, while helping to avoid injury. It would be my honour to be a part of your child's path towards a lifetime of good health, flexibility, and physical fitness!

Laura Flood (PURE LEADER)

Laura Flood (PURE LEADER)

PURE LEADER - Client Services and Karma staff

I have always been very active even from a very young age and didn’t like to sit still. I begged my mom to put me into dance lessons at the age of 3 and continued to dance competitively 6 days a week until I was 19 years of age. I also enjoyed teaching dance to not only children but later to adults as well.

My passion for yoga didn’t start until a few years ago when I began to add some yoga into my workout routine. I am thankful that I did as my body was urging me to stop overtraining by doing too many classes, weights and runs and instead start to focus on healing it. It was through taking hot yoga classes that I was able to begin to listen to my body and to appreciate yoga for not only the physical aspect but the mental aspect as well. It was during this same time that I also completed my Holistic Nutrition Diploma.

In 2015 I completed my JOGA certification with Jana Webb. From there, I went on to complete my 200 hours of Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Kristine Murphy and Karly MacPhail. I am beyond grateful to be able to teach at Pure Hot Yoga. I look forward to seeing you at the studio!

Raelee Fedyna (PURE LEADER)

Raelee Fedyna (PURE LEADER)

PURE Leader - Social Media and Marketing

I grew up as a competitive gymnastics and unfortunately had to quit due to an injury. Yet, this is where I found coaching and the healing powers of yoga.

I coached competitive gymnastics for 8 yeas while attending Art College and working in an Advertising Agency. I've expanded my personal yoga practice for over 10 years before I really understood its benefits on a deeper level. I truly have found a love for everything fitness and design related. It truly is the yin to my yang.

I'm always intrigued by the deeper meanings and benefits physically and mentally as to how and why we do the poses, and move the way we do. I have travelled the world, taking training and classes from various types of instructors in many fitness categories. I am certified level 3 gymnastics coach, a fitness coach and have my Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training and Sculpt training. I regularly teach classes which emanates love and sharing my mix of knowledge.

I believe it's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and make health and happiness a priority. It's a necessity to level up in this game we call life.

AJ Popko

AJ Popko

PURE INSTRUCTOR

I originally came to yoga from an extensive dance background with the goal of lengthening and strengthening my muscles but what I gained and discovered was so much more. My passion for yoga lead me to Rishikesh, India where I completed my 500 Hr yoga teacher certification with Yogi Vishvketuand the World Conscious Yoga Family at Anand Prakash Ashram. In 2014, I also studied with Konstantin Miachinh at Vikasa Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand, completing an additional 200 Hr teaching certificate in the Vikasa method based on the concept of evolution. Additionally, I have been fortunate to study with many inspiring teachers and train in a variety of yoga and meditation techniques including: The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Holistic Yoga Flow with Travis Eliot, The Yoga Code with Jackie Dumaine, Root Institute Buddhist Meditation Centre, Osho Mindful Meditation and Vipassana Meditation.

The amazing opportunity of spending time in India helped deepen my understanding that all components of yoga are equally important. To me, yoga is finding the balance between effort and surrender both on and off the mat.

Based on the combination of experiences during my life journey, I have found truth in the philosophy; the mind tells the body and the body tells the mind. I have been fortunate to deepen this understanding through passionately learning, practicing, and teaching yoga, as well as a variety of meditation techniques, and the spiritual healing practice of Reiki.

I am passionate about providing an environment for students to cultivate peace, well-being, and to create an opportunity for a greater understanding of yoga as a mental and physical practice and also as a way of life.

Amber Kusch

Amber Kusch

PURE INSTRUCTOR

I have always been intrigued by the human body. Movement and functions and how to best care for ourselves physically and mentally. In the last 7 years, events have constantly drawn me to seek more knowledge and explore my love of healing and helping others. Making a decision to leave my career in the corporate world, I began my study of Anatomy & Physiology, leading me to initially practice Reflexology and Massage Therapy. Experiencing some of my own health struggles, serious injuries and a few surgeries, brought me to a turning point in my life that led me to dive deeper into my own personal healing. I began to practice Yoga with more dedication, and as my passion for the practice grew, I began to see huge benefits in many areas of my life, both physically and mentally. This was the beginning of my journey toward becoming a Certified Yoga Teacher.

I have completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Yin Yoga Teacher Training Levels 1 and 2, and lead guided meditation and Yoga Nidra.

The teachings, lifestyle, and this yoga community have my heart. To see and feel personally the infinite impact these practices can have on our entire being gets me excited to share these benefits with others.

From my heart to yours, A

Amber Rotar

Amber Rotar

PURE INSTRUCTOR

My yoga practice began about 6 years ago, when I “accidentally” stumbled into a class at my gym. The instructor was visiting from Brazil, and while temporarily there, had set up classes at our small town gym. My first experience was so uplifting. I felt lighter in my mind and spirit and knew it was something that I would continue to practice. And yet, for a long time, several years, weightlifting and running maintained my priority. I would fit yoga in my schedule as an extra only when I had the time. Looking back now I can honestly say that my focus at that time was vey ego based, focusing on the appearance of my physical body. I had given birth to my second child, and wanted to lean out and tone my frame. As time went on, and the yoga community in my town grew, I began to attend classes more regular. Enjoying the diversity of yoga and its effects. Changing feelings of melancholy to contentment. Bringing a clear mind and a healthy energized body. Coming from a family where yoga, holistic and metaphysical thinking was not the norm, it has been an interesting integration in my life. As I began to increase my knowledge on the mind/body connection, my path became clear. I went to India to complete my alliance yoga teacher training. Once I returned home, I began teaching at that same local gym where I had had my first yoga experience. I hope to do more than guide people into asanas. As I have learned, yoga is more than a work out, it is work in. I believe in the power of yoga to help us live a soulful mindful life in a crazy world. Small changes in our lives bring about even bigger changes.

​Angelique

​Angelique

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Angelique is a born and raised South African and has been practicing and sharing her love for yoga and the arts since 2000. Her love for the disciplined practice of yoga and its life changing effects continues to grow on a daily basis with every class she attends and teaches. Angelique teaches a dynamic, inspiring and authentic yoga class with a strong emphasis on fluidity, grace and play. As a trained stage actor, Angelique sets out to integrate into her teaching, acting principles such as risk, vulnerability and presence with the hope to encourage students to confidently and vulnerably go in a new direction of growth and to fearlessly take risks and push personal boundaries. Music plays a big part in the construction and choreography of Angelique’s yoga classes as it develops a sense of transcendence through movement and breathe. Expect to go upside down, have a lot fun and maybe laugh out loud in her classes. ! !

“never rush things that need time to grow…”

Caitlin Montgomery

Caitlin Montgomery

PURE INSTRUCTOR

I have been teaching yoga in Calgary since 2008.

The saying, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears” has held true for me during my yoga journey. I have been influenced by a wide variety of wonderful teachers over the years as my practice and understandings evolve.

For me, the practice of yoga is a powerful tool for us to really know ourselves on a deep level and to connect to who we are and our life’s purpose.

My classes are purposeful, energizing and dynamic. I’m grateful to be teaching at Pure Hot Yoga and love to connect with the yogis that come through.

Crystal McGrath

Crystal McGrath

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Crystal McGrath brings a positive vibe to every room she walks into, whether teaching an intense Flow class or a relaxing yin class you will leave the room feeling recharged energized and ready to take on the world. When Crystal isn’t coaching fitness classes, she spends her time as a professional musician and songwriter, fronting the passion pop duo Boy and Gurl, and her country project under Crystal McGrath. She has a passion for sharing love in the world evident through her foundation Write2Dream providing subsidized workshops and artist development scholarships to youth, as well as founded Live With Love where she practices spiritual coaching and wellness through Reiki, yoga, meditation and vision board workshops. Her goal is to inspire, educate and connect in her classes and in life!

Jennie Lynn

Jennie Lynn

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Yoga has been a true gift in my life. It teaches me so much about what it means to love, be present and experience freedom and peace within and around me. Because of this I love to teach and support others on their journey to themselves.

I began a dedicated practice after growing up dancing which turned to fitness in my early adult years. No matter how hard I worked, there was a part of me that never felt like it was good enough, that left me feeling empty. It was in my second pregnancy that I truly discovered yoga. Something began to shift in me, I started to honour myself and body, I began to connect to myself on so many more and deeper levels. I didn’t want to punish or hurt myself anymore or seek perfection. I began to see I already was perfect and I began to live in that space. I have a deep gratitude to this beautiful practice and unlimited passion for continuing to learn, practice and grow ; both as a student and teacher.


Jessica LeBlanc

Jessica LeBlanc

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Jess’ life mission is to be light and love, to ignite and unite and this certainly shines through in all that she does. She aims to truly connect with people and explore their authentically unique gifts and human tenderness. She believes that by opening our hearts to the giving and receiving of love, we cultivate powerful and inspiring communities. She is the founder of Embodied Adventure, a business that provides retreats, workshops and experiences that cause growth and happiness around the globe.

She is a Blissology yoga instructor and has trained and worked with Eoin Finn. She has spent many years travelling the world, living abroad, practicing yoga, assisting and facilitating yoga teacher trainings, various workshops and personal development courses. She teaches a dynamic Vinyasa flow - expect to move sensually through your practice, be empowered to build internal and external strength, listen and attune to your body, connect to others and deepen your personal relationships. Her Yoga classes ebb and flow to create a safe space that is inclusive and accommodating to all levels while encouraging kindness, play and lots of love

Jojo Brooks

Jojo Brooks

PURE INSTRUCTOR

JoJo brings a rich past to her yoga practice. A registered nurse by day, she has worked in Oncology since 1984. She was instrumental in bringing the healing and health benefits of humour therapy to the Calgary Health Region in the early 1990’s and has endeavoured to incorporate it in her nursing care daily since then. In 2000, JoJo did her first yoga class and found in the practice of yoga a grounding energy, to not only sustain her demanding nursing career but also allow her to thrive and grow as a human being. She has trained with Baron Baptiste, taught Bikram yoga and is excited to do Yin training to expand her knowledge and abilities as a teacher. Students in JoJo’s classes are sure to feel the profound love, care and joy she brings to her teaching.

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and heart are my temples—my philosophy is kindness." — Dalai Lama

Karly Macphail

Karly Macphail

PURE INSTRUCTOR

"Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives."

My journey, thus far, through life has always involved some form of movement. As a dancer since the age of 8, I have focused a great amount of energy and passion towards moving my body in different ways. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip hop, Modern… you name it, this was my form of art, expression and movement. At the age of 16, as well as dancing competitively, I began teaching my very own Jazz and Tap classes. It was then that I realized not only did I have a passion for Dance but I also wanted to share it with others. Teaching and choreographing dance has become an integral part of my life.

In 2003 I began practicing yoga, simply to improve my flexibility and help with dance injuries. Little did I know that there was so much more to it… It was through yoga that I found I could connect my body, mind, and soul, physically and mentally grounding myself more than I ever could in a dance class. I began to practice for the physical benefits and now I can't live without the mental side. I wanted to learn as much as I could and share it with my students. Following my love of teaching, I completed my Yoga Teacher Training course at Yoga Passage with Tracy Mann, Lerrita Rubinoff, and Tanis Fishman. This has since only become the beginning of my personal journey through yoga, a journey that is leading me towards learning more about anatomy, nutrition and natural health practices and I look forward to continued growth and movement!

Nothing happens until something moves.

Robin Willems

Robin Willems

PURE INSTRUCTOR
Robin has worked in the health and fitness industry for more than 15 years. She trains and teaches people to move with breath awareness, functionality, and inspiration. Her training methods integrate yoga asana, dance movement and functional training. Robin’s passion is teaching people to approach training in a holistic way. We are mind, body and spirit and should be trained in this fashion.


Taegan Rubert

Taegan Rubert

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Being a runner and passionately active person I first came to yoga, as many do, with an interest to explore this new and popular 'workout'. Wow, was I ever fooled. It didn't take long for me to discover that the physical postures of yoga is only a pathway to the many layers and precious gifts this ancient practice has to offer. There was not a doubt in my mind that one day I wanted to be able to share the love and joy of yoga with anyone willing to try. March 2012, I completed my Kripalu 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training in Lennox, Massachusetts. I have also completed an Advanced Asana Training, Intro to Baptiste Flow, and BUTI Yoga Training with Bizzie Gold. As a teacher, I hope to offer a space where individuals can comfortably discover self compassion and awareness by invigorating the physical body. I am forever thankful for the naive curiosity which brought me to the one of the greatest gifts of my life; yoga.

*The songs on my playlist are typically older then I am, so you know it's good ;).