Say hello to our amazing team at Pure. Each one is unique, empowering, and passionate.
Kristine Murphy (PURE OWNER)
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.
Amber Kusch (PURE LEADER)
PURE LEADER / Studio Manager / Member Services and Retail
Amber brings to our studio over 15 years of experience in Business Management, as well as being a certified Yoga Teacher with training in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Tune Up, Reflexology and Massage Therapy.
When she is not practicing at the studio you will find her making connections within the studio.
Outside of the studio you will find her in nature, on a mountain, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, or dirt biking and spending time with her husband and 3 beautiful children, doing the many activities they enjoy together.
-A giver of hugs and sharer of smiles-
Raelee Fedyna (PURE LEADER)
PURE LEADER - Marketing and Creative Director
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.
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.
Amy Johnston, BKIN,AFLCA has been a professional in the fitness industry with over 17yrs of experience as a personal trainer, Bootcamp instructor and group fitness coach. A former competitive gymnast and figure skater, fitness and yoga have been a huge part of her life. She is a wife and mother of 3 active teenagers. She loves supporting her teens in there competitive sport journey. She loves to drink wine, eat dark chocolate and travel to sun whenever she can. Fitness and health is a never ending journey of learning and practicing for Amy.
Caitlin MontgomeryPURE 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 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!
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.
I was first introduced to Hot Yoga in 2002 and immediately fell in love. I practiced Bikram Yoga religiously for a year and then dabbled in other styles up until 2010. I cracked a rib while training for a fitness competition and knew immediately I needed to get back in the hot room and start practicing again consistently. The moment I stepped back in the hot room I knew there was no other place I should be. My first class after an 8 year yoga hiatus and I was once again hooked. By my third class I was talking to a teacher about attending teacher training and 4 months later I packed my bags and attended training in San Diego in the fall of 2010.
My love for yoga started with the love of the physical practice and how it changed my body. However there was always a feeling after class, like I had been 'reset' and all was right in the world again. That is what keeps me coming back to my mat. I have fallen in love with what the yoga has done for my mind. I feel I met my true self on my mat and get to know her better every time I practice. My passion for teaching and yoga has lead me to explore other styles which has enabled me to doing teacher training in Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. I teach from a place of compassion and understanding. I believe strongly in proper alignment but also believe we must look at what is happening energetically/mentally within a posture to come to a deeper understanding of what we may need to surrender into. I am so grateful to be able to guide people on their mat and watch then transform their lives physically, mentally and spiritually.
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 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
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.
My journey on this path began when I attended an intro yoga class at a studio here in Calgary. I felt at ease as my breath held space for me to connect with my body in present time. It was an amazing feeling and sparked the right amount of curiosity which ignited my passionate career path today. In 2012, I went on to complete a 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Passage, followed by a Yoga Nidra certification with Tanis Fishman. I later completed my level 3 of Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy training with Gert Van Leeuwan and spent 2 months living in a Satyananda Ashram in New Zealand. My passion lies in yoga therapy, trauma recovery and psychosomatic healing. Today, I focus my teaching on Thrive yoga for Cancer survivors, yoga for a mental health unit at the FMC and Therapeutic Yoga classes that integrates practices of Critical Alignment Therapy. The practice of yoga and mindfulness, be it in movement or in stillness, has reshaped my life and will continue to be a life long self-study. I believe that we can connect to our purest potential and the core of who we are through the practice of disconnected awareness; where we discover the ability to quietly tune back into the wisdom of our hearts time and time again. This practice has changed my life and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to pay this beautiful gift forward.
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.
I am a MOVER; I have a love and passion for movement, creative expression and adventure. I love hard work, fun, play and new challenges.
I know that I am not my body but its where I live and its an incredible teacher; to be able to move daily in a healthy thriving body is a gift.
Being an athlete, a competitor and a “driver” has meant that I’ve typically operated at full speed, taking many of my interests to the extremes; living at a rapid tempo in all areas of my life - slowing down has been my life challenge.
Yoga has taught me presence and to celebrate daily rather than getting fixated on end results. The BIG thing for me, is that I move to get still, to quiet the mind and feel a spark that provides a creative presence; its working from the outside in; working the body to connect mind, body and soul.
What continues to be most impactful for me as a student and is the foundation for my yoga teachings is that when we participate with the intent of tuning into our bodies intelligence we learn how to connect to ourselves in a deeper way.
We begin to understand it has less to do with what the body can do and more about the happiness that unfolds in learning about ourselves - so let’s dive in, get messy, move, sweat, stretch, breathe and allow some fun hard work and play to teach us something more powerful and purposeful.
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!
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.
Taegan RubertPURE 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 ;).