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

(kristine@purehotyoga.ca)

My journey into yoga began many 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!!

Taegan Rubert

Taegan Rubert

PURE LEADER - Marketing & Brand Director

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 ;).

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. Life events have constantly drawn me to seek more knowledge and explore my love of healing and helping others. Making the decision to follow my heart, I left the corporate world and begin my study of Anatomy & Physiology, leading me to initially practice Reflexology and Massage Therapy. Experiencing some of my own injuries and health struggles was 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. 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 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.

Ali Allen

Ali Allen

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Growing up as an athlete, exercise has always been an important part of my daily routine. When I finished my nine year swimming career, I didn’t know what else was available outside of the pool and the gym. When one of my best friends took me to a hot flow class, I was surprised to learn that yoga was so much more than the chanting and meditating I had imagined it to be (and much sweatier too!). I was hooked on the challenge and loved that high after discovering a new shape and creating more opening in your body. For the next few years, I dragged all of the important people in my life into a hot yoga room to share this practice with them and introduce them to my new passion. I love that yoga is accessible for all bodies and can be whatever you design it to be by listening to your body.

After completing my business degree at UofC in early 2019, I took my teacher training right here at Pure and found a fulfillment that I have never experienced before. Coaching swimming for the last six years has helped me to find my voice and learn more about movements in the body. Teaching yoga has allowed me the platform to share my passion for movement and connect with some amazing people - I am always up for a visit before and after class! Every opportunity to teach a class is a gift and I couldn’t be happier to guide you through your practice.

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!

Greg Long

Greg Long

PURE INSTRUCTOR

I initially became interested in yoga in 2001/2002 while on a year long backpacking trip through Asia just trying to stay active while living in hostels and on busses and trains. I began to practice inconsistently about this time. Upon arriving back to Canada I discovered that physically it was a perfect fit with my interests in fitness and all sports.

I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose California in 1997 with my doctor of chiropractic degree. I practice all types of bodywork and acupuncture in addition to all types of chiropractic, and in a therapeutic sense, yoga is unmatched in its ability to actively heal and rehabilitate the physical body due to its inherent focus on flexibility and core strength. I genuinely say that I believe asana to be the best physical activity per unit time invested. The slightly more esoteric benefits generating from the philosophy and mind-body connection of yoga, are harder to measure, but probably more valuable in our lives than the straight up physical outcomes.

I studied my first hundred hours with Baron Baptiste in 2012, when I initially decided to deepen my practice, as well as teach. In 2013 I began studying with Eoin Finn and Blissology Yoga, and have have completed 500 hours in the Blissology program. Yoga can be very personal. Yoga is very personal at its most effective. For me the learnings are ongoing and exciting. I have performed numerous workshops, retreats and assisted in Blissology teacher trainings.

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

Kristy Walton

Kristy Walton

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Yoga is my passion. And my mat, a place to relax, unwind, test, and challenge (mentally and physically). As a passionately active individual, I originally found my way to yoga classes to aid with injury prevention and supplement my fitness routine. What started as a weekly activity, however, quickly grew into more. I found myself wanting to spend more and more time on my mat, and more time focusing on what this practice really had to offer. Yoga inspires me to live life with more mindfulness, reminds me to stay present in every moment, and provides me with a platform for self-growth and self-love.I completed my Yoga Teacher Training with Lacey Smith and Chris Rurka at Breathe Hot Yoga and have been fortunate to be mentored by those such as Angelique Panther and Kristine Murphy.

My classes aim to challenge and strengthen through movement and breath. With a background in human anatomy and physiology (I’m a big science nerd), I focus on sequencing that transitions the body through sound-movement. With movement and breath, we find space and grounding. I love what this practice has brought to my life and it is my humble hope to inspire those who take their mat alongside me. Let’s move, breathe, and sweat to some sweet tunes.

Laura Flood

Laura Flood

PURE INSTRUCTOR

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!

Lili Duska

Lili Duska

PURE INSTRUCTOR
Yoga is a science for me. Yoga is a philosophy. Yoga is a way of life. These ancient postures are very specially designed to bring us closer to our true selves, a complex connection that is missing or lost for so many people today. I fell in love with the practice in 2009 and have never stopped learning from the incredibly beautiful lessons yoga has to offer. Connecting mind, body, and breath is an undeniably powerful strategy to bring balance to your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Yoga can give you a strong and healthy body, healing injuries and boosting overall health: this will lead to a more powerful mind. Yoga can improve your flexibility and agility: this will lead to a more open mind. These benefits will give you newfound awareness to face life's challenges and opportunities with grace and strength.

Michelle Waddock

Michelle Waddock

PURE INSTRUCTOR

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!

Nathalie Cooper

Nathalie Cooper

Fitness, music and movement are my passion. I began dancing at the age of 3 and continued to train professionally in ballet with the Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ballet West in the USA. As life progressed and my dance career came to a close, I continued to love, crave and need daily workouts. I have always kept fitness a priority well beyond those days of rigorous dance training.

A few years ago, I started hearing about Barre fitness, and was intrigued.I found this workout to be the perfect combination of high intensity cardio with the strength and toning elements of ballet. I began teaching Barre and couldn’t get enough. The community I’ve witnessed through the love of these classes inspires me and the connections I’ve made with my clients motivates me to be the best instructor I can be.

There is a common misconception I’ve found with Barre fitness. I often hear “I am not flexible” or “I can’t dance/I am not co-ordinated”. Being a dancer is not a requirement! Barre is about having fun while getting an insane HIIT workout, and the amazing community it creates. I hope you’ll join me in what I promise will be a heart pumping, energizing and fun workout!

Raelee Fedyna

Raelee Fedyna

PURE INSTRUCTOR

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.

Simone Zabik

Simone Zabik

PURE INSTRUCTOR

Practicing yoga has been the best decision I have ever made, only because it wasn't always this way. I come from a technical background. I was convinced I had to become a chemist. So I did. This opened my eyes to see who I didn't want to become. I started practicing yoga and knew it was so much more than just poses. The happiness, contentment and honest joy I felt after leaving a class helped me to leave my chemistry job and devote my life to yoga. I am now a full time yoga and pilates instructor. The saying "always within, never without" inspires me to never look anywhere else but within.