Ron Reid

Ron Reid has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 1988.  He is co-owner and director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada. 

Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois. In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Asia, and is becoming a familiar face at conferences around the world.

Ron is one of Canada’s top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way.  He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice.  While continuing to teach and practice the ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavours to blend tradition with innovation and to balance precision with grace. Students will find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding.

Ron developed Downward Dog’s mysore program in 1997, making it the first of its kind in Canada. As an experienced practitioner of Ashtanga’s Primary, Intermediate and Advanced series, Ron has sought to share his respect for the natural intelligence of the body and his intuitive understanding of anatomy as it applies to yoga with his students. Ron has shared his insights in the Mysore room with students from all over the world, providing for each the possibility of innovation, stability and transformation in a ‘traditional’ yoga practice.

Ron is also an accomplished musician and composer and performs with his partner Marla Meenakshi Joy under their group name Swaha.