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About Jackie

Teacher of teachers

As co-founder of SÅANA Yoga, Jackie Szabo teaches her beloved yoga community in her studio most days, and she is also a teacher of teachers. As a mentor for advanced teachers (MENTORSHIP), Jackie shares her deep knowledge of diverse yoga traditions, as well as her philosophy that the real mat-magic happens when spirit, body and community connect.

Jackie leads yoga retreats around the world several times a year (RETREATS). The experience of holding this space, outside students’ usual environment, has been a master’s course in catharsis. (“I have seen such major shifts- several people have made big life changes after attending retreats.”) She brings this skill and excitement to incite growth and self-love to every studio class.

Passionate student

Jackie is of the firm belief that growing as a teacher means forever staying a student. After completing her 500-hour teacher training, Jackie continued her growth as a teacher with Schuyler Grant and Nikki Vilella (Kula Yoga NYC), Dina T. (MTL), Annie Carpenter (LA) and Maty Ezraty (LA), among others, in the yoga lineages of Iyengar, Ashtanga, alignment-based Vinyasa and Hatha. She remains humble and curious before the awe-inspiring depth of wisdom that yoga holds, always seeking more.

Jackie’s passion for movement led her to the exploration of subtle energy through CranioSacral Therapy. An energy worker at heart, Jackie has found a balance for her scientific mind. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy 1, CranioSacral Therapy 2  and SomatoEmotional Release with the Upledger Institute. She is naturally intuitive in this work, and creates a safe space to explore deeper levels of the body-mind-heart connection.

Integrated Entrepreneur

After co-owning Moksha Yoga Downtown Toronto for 6 of the 15 years it has been open, she and partner Jacqueline DiRenzo co-founded SÅANA Yoga, adding new studios to the movement. Jackie is thrilled to bring her unique brand down-to-earth spirituality and movement nerdiness to the growing company.

 

 

 Trainings

2018 Tulum, Mexico

2017 Toronto,Ontario

2016 Stockbridge,Massachusetts

2014 Nosara, Costa Rica

2014 Los Angeles, California

2013 Los Angeles, California

2013-2014 New York City

2012 Los Angeles, California

2010 Connecticut, USA

2009 Dharamsala, India

Austin, Texas, 2013

Toronto, Ontario, 2013

2016 Toronto, Ontario