About Us

When Downward Dog Yoga Centre, the Beach location first opened, David Gellineau was one of the first selected teachers to teach at the new studio. In 2006 David jointly merged his studio, Catfish Yoga Shala with Downward Dog Yoga Centre and Downward Dog-in the beach was created. A new Ashtanga yoga journey began with David as co-owner of the beach studio.  Since 2004 the Downward Dog-in the beach, has served the Beach Yoga Community and has grown, and trained some of the most dedicated practitioners and teachers, both here in Toronto and those who visit from with in North America and Europe. This is an accumulation of years of practicing and work from David as well as some of the most respected teachers in the community and at the studio.

As with anything in life, including practicing, change is part of the process. David G. is excited to announce that effective October 1, 2012, the Downward Dog – in the Beach will continue to serve the Beach community, however, will evolve into the “Beach Yoga Centre” with David Gellineau as the owner and creative director. Beach Yoga Centre (BYC) is dedicated to the teaching of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga in the lineage of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and his teacher Sri T Krishnamacharya.  The Beach Yoga Centre is one of the few studios in Toronto that houses an Authorized Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, David Gellineau, and a Mysore Program.

The Beach Yoga Centre is located in Toronto’s vibrant, diverse and creative community known as “The Beach”.   The Beach has been a draw for Torontonians and a popular tourist attraction and destination since the 1800’s.  The Beach blossoms in the summer, drawing Torontonians, tourist, and families looking for a fantastic meal or an unique shopping experience.  Ashtanga Yoga, Blue Flag beaches, Walks on the boardwalk, Volleyball, Kite Boarding, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Surfing and the largest Skateboard Park in Ontario are some of the common activities exclusive to the beach community.

David Gellineau

David began counseling and teaching adults over 28 years ago while working in Toronto Social Services field. During that time he began practicing different styles of yoga until he discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. After practicing for five years and completing a Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training, he traveled to Mysore, India in 2002 to deepen his understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System and begin his studies with his teacher R.Sharath Jois, grandson of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Director of the Sri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute.

After living in India for six months, David returned to Toronto and jointly opened Catfish Yoga Shala. There he had the opportunity to teach Ashtanga classes, various intensive courses and training programs. After three years, Catfish Yoga Shala merged with Downward Dog Yoga Centre and Downward Dog in the Beach was created.

David continues to deepen his understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System and the therapeutic benefits of yoga asana with a committed daily practice and has made 13 trips to Mysore, India to study. He has the blessing and is Authorized  by his teacher R Sharath Jois, to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Respecting the tradition of Guru Parampara, he is also thankful to Mark Darby, Lino Miele and Ron Reid, whose guidance has allowed him to complete the first three series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

With a clear understanding of anatomy, the importance of alignment in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and that the practice is an ongoing, cumulative and therapeutic process, David encourages and teaches each student to become a self-sufficient and evolving practitioner. He is known for his clear instructions and his intuitive adjustments, guided by the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of breath and movement that focus on the body’s natural intelligence and natural physical alignment. He brings an energy and insight to his classes, which evolves from his dedication to his practice and ongoing commitment to learning. He feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach celebrities along with a diverse community of students.

In addition to teaching is his classes here at BYC, David offers workshops, trainings, retreats and intensives here in North America, and in Europe. He has also had the privilege of participating as a faculty member on several teacher training programs in Toronto. Voted by the Toronto Star newspaper as one of ” the top three” instructors in Toronto, David also co-authored the book “The Greatest Yoga Tips in the World” and co facilitated “Yahoo! Canada’s” “Canada Loves Yoga”, where 500+ yoga enthusiasts came together in Toronto and Vancouver – joined by thousands of Canadians via livestream – for Canada’s first-ever synchronized nationwide yoga session.  David is also the owner and Director of the “Beach Yoga Centre”, located in Toronto’s Beach community.

Blythe Graziano – Parampara

Marianne Horak – Parampara

Monica Jacome

David Pell – Parampara

Ana Pilling – Parampara

Anca Stefaniou – Parampara

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