Lana Sugarman is a Toronto-based yoga teacher, kirtan artist, and facilitator in yoga teacher training programs. She specializes in Yin, Jivamukti, Meditation, and Mantra.
Lana first discovered yoga at the age of 15 in a Yoga for Teens class in Red Deer, Alberta. She remembers giggling a lot and going to Dairy Queen with her girlfriends afterwards to get Oreo blizzards. Something resonated though-she signed up for more, and in high school the first yoga studio opened in the city, where she began practicing Ashtanga twice a week.
In 2003 Lana left Alberta for Ontario attend Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. Often the weekends would involve traveling into Toronto to photocopy music and find yoga classes. Even now as she works at different theatres throughout the country, yoga is a constant that keeps her grounded.
Lana dabbled in many styles until she discovered Jivamukti. She fell in love with the richness of the practice and completed her 300 Hour training in 2009 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Later that year she studied Yin Yoga with Tracey Soghrati, a 40 hour certification. She has been graced with the teachings of many inspiring yogis, including David Life, Sharon Gannon, Sarah Powers, JP Tamblyn-Sabo, and all the beautiful souls from the Jivamukti Yoga Toronto community. Lana encourages students to turn their focus inward, go deep, and leave feeling soothed and stretched. Her classes are a mix of expressive asana, hands-on assists, and philosophy.
Also an actor and musician, Lana merges her love for Sanskrit and song with the practice of kirtan (call and response chanting). You can find her creating good vibrations at studios throughout Toronto, sharing the magic of mantras. She has had the opportunity to sing and play with Dave Stringer, David Newman, Girish, Narada Wise, Brenda McMorrow, Mike Cohen, Swaha, Sri Kirtan, Adam Bauer, Suzanne Sterling, Jim Gelcer, Lea Longo, and John William Bauld. In August, 2013, Lana released her first album of mantra/kirtan music, Invocation. Her second album, Reverence, was released April 2017.
Post-yoga activities: singing showtunes, speaking Shakespeare, shopping at a local farmer’s market for kale and chocolate.
300 Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training, 2009
40 Hour Yin Yoga Training with Tracey Soghrati, 2009
The Art of Assists with Jeannine Woodall, Yumee Chung, and Charlene Yeh, 2010/2011
Insight Yoga Workshops and Silent Retreats with Sarah Powers, 2012-Present
Reiki Level 1 with Ashleigh Meta Larratt, 2015
10 Hour Prenatal Yoga Training with Nicky Poole, 2016
Facilitating in Trainings:
How to Integrate Philosophy into Teaching at iamyoga, 2013
Intro to Kirtan at iamyoga, 2014, 2016
Intro to Kirtan at Spynga, 2011-2015
Chakra Theory at iamyoga, 2015
Art of Teaching Stillness, iamyoga, 2017
Intro to Mantra, Bhakti, and Kirtan, Afterglow Studio, 2017
Intro to Yin Yoga, Afterglow Studio, 2017