Alivia Veenstra, Yoga Instructor
My experience with yoga is ever changing, as I flow from rigorous and physical vinyasa classes, to deep and patient yin practices, to soft and healing restorative poses. Each practice serves a different need, but the end result is often the same: greater peace, a stronger body, and a stiller mind. As a teacher, I focus on breath as the catalyst for movement and change, paying particular attention to alignment as I guide you through poses meant to strengthen, soften, and calm.
Megan Tomlinson, Yoga Instructor
Influenced by the Krishnamacharya lineage, I have been teaching yoga since 2005. I have had the opportunity to study with gifted yoga leaders in a range of Hatha yoga practices including restorative yoga, Iyengar, Vijnana, and Viniyoga. I have experience as a nurse and yoga instructor in working with people living with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and addictions. I aim to offer yoga classes that are trauma informed, adaptable and provide a therapeutic experience for the practitioner.
Sue McGiffin. ECE, SN, IT, RYT 200
In 2013 I started teaching children’s classes here in the Comox Valley and have had the opportunity to witness first hand the physical and emotional benefits of allowing children room to move and explore within their learning through yoga and meditation. My classes interweave asanas through song, story and dance; as well as presenting meditation in a developmentally appropriate way so that children are able to experience and explore yoga in a fun and playful manner.
Chandra Bailey, Yoga Instructor
For the past 7 years I have been under the ongoing tutelage of Parvathi Nanda Nath in the Sri Vidya Tantra Lineage. I bring an honest and playful approach to the profound intelligence of these teachings, encouraging you to show up as you are and honor those deep conversations with the self. I will guide you to those doorways and through the ancient Tantra Practices, introduce you to a new dialogue of the heart, a new dance with the self.
Katie Kennedy, Yoga Instructor
I welcome all levels of students into my classes. My hope is that they will enjoy the benefits of both Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga practices. The combination of these two asana classes offer balance, core strength and alignment with Flow, and deepened flexibility and mobility with Yin. I was initially drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, but quickly grew passionate about the opportunity for personal and spiritual growth.
Kris Johnson, Meditation Instructor
I have been meditating and practicing yoga for over 15 years and am certified as a 200 level yoga instructor. In the past several years, I have deepened my study and training in mindfulness and compassion practices. Mindfulness involves paying careful attention to the present moment without judgement. Nurturing awareness also fosters greater acceptance and compassion while reducing reactivity and the impacts of stress.
Lisa Moyes, Yoga Instructor
Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. To me, yoga is about creating space free from obstacles in your own body to live. My Ashtanga styled Vinyasa flow practice is created from the heart in a safe, uplifting environment for students to move and expand within their own body and consciousness. I like to combine creative sequencing, playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help deepen your practice and create confidence in your soul.
Heather Evans, Yoga Instructor
My intuitive instruction, comprised of a unique and cohesive hybrid of yoga and life coaching, cuts through your blockages and propels you to the next step with uncanny efficiency and grace. In my classes and workshops – whether we are practising Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, or Restorative – there is always a deep emphasis on transformation, energetics, breath, playfulness, and personal empowerment.
Stephanie Grozell, Yoga and Pilates Instructor
I am a Registered Acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor, and certified Pilates Mat & Reformer instructor. I incorporate my continuing education in pelvic floor work, prenatal and postpartum Pilates, as well as prenatal yoga certification, into classes that are designed to benefit pre and post natal clients. My current class offerings are designed to re-establish strength and connection from the deepest layer outwards, create balance within the body.
Carolyn Pigott, Somatics Yoga Instructor
Since graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouverin 2001, I have taken post graduate courses in Systemic Deep Tissue Massage, Muscle Balance and Function, Muscle Energy, Joint Mobilization, VisceralManipulation, Somatics, Yoga for Massage Therapists, Myofascial Techniques. I continue to learn and grow by witnessing students find more comfort and mobility in my classes.
LJ Jackett, Yoga Instructor
I fell in love with yoga many years ago now while backpacking around Australia. Yoga was the ultimate spark for this, and still, every single time I practice, I am amazed how it connects my body and mind together. I owe a great deal to yoga and meditation — these practices have anchored me in very difficult times in my past. I place great value on Breath, and I encourage my students to consciously breath during class for continual presence… to breath space into the body to open channels of new life energy.
Karen Squires, Yoga Instructor
The promise of Yoga is unity, wholeness. I offer a variety of classes all to create more balance; within body, mind and in your life. Return to centre, increase strength and flexibility, feel better. A gently powerful blend of poses, relaxation, reflection, simple meditation and symbolism. Exploring the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga allows the practice to deepen. Classes are open to everyone, of all ages and abilities. Please bring a journal.