Our Yoga Team

Alivia Veenstra, instructor

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.
Contact: alivia.veenstra@gmail.com

Daiana Gama

I have been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching for 13. My teacher training was in Raja Yoga over a 2 year period. My style of teaching has grown and evolved over the years and includes various breathing and cleansing exercises to purify the body and soul. Every class with is unique as I plan around the level of the students. Over the past 10 years I have been travelling all over, sharing her passion and learning from different Masters. Join my classes and explore your best self 🙂
Megan Tomlinson, yoga instructor

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.
Contact: westsidemeg@telus.net

Sue McGiffin, Yoga Instructor

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.

Contact: sue.mcgiffin@gmail.com

Chandra Bailey, yoga instructor

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.
Contact: chandi.lynn@gmail.com

Katie Kennedy, Yoga Teacher

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.
Contact: katietlc@gmail.com

Heather Evans, Yoga Instructor

Heather Evans, Yoga/Dance 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.
Contact: journeysonthemat@gmail.com

Stephanie Grozell, Yoga and Pilates Instructor

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.
Contact: sagrozell@hotmail.com

Carolyn Pigott, Somatics Instructor

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.
Contact: carolynrmt@yahoo.ca

LJ Jackett, Yoga Instructor

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.
Contact: jackett11@gmail.com

Karen Squires, instructor

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.
Contact: karensquires1@gmail.com

Sydney Fletcher, Yoga Instructor

About 5 years ago I quit my full-time design career in pursuit of a dream to become a life coach and yoga instructor. At that time, one of the things that surfaced for me was how much I valued Connection. I’ve taken this value into my practice as a yoga instructor. My prime objective is to inspire others towards a deeper understanding and therefore connection to themselves, to their bodies and to their world.

Contact: sydney@sydneyfletcher.com

Pamela Tessmann, ECE, CD(DONA), PYT

I am a passionate Birth Doula, certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher,  Early Childhood Educator facilitating the Cumberland StrongStart Centre, and a Mom of 2 young boys. I am also currently training to become a certified Breastfeeding Counsellor with Childbirth International (CBI).