Our Yoga Team

Jennifer Mansell, Studio Owner/Yoga Instructor

MSW, CYT
I combine my training in classical Hatha yoga, several years of experience as a competitive runner and triathlete, and 2 decades of experience in the field of mental health to offer a unique practice to students. Using the breath as a guide, benefits include strengthening and purifying the body and mind, decreasing stress and illness, and increasing our capacity for self-compassion. 

Contact: jennifer@nourishwellnesscomox.com

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

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

Kaili Blacklock-Hind, Yoga Instructor

Through a lifetime of curious exploration, fascinated by the interconnection between body, psyche, spirit, and nature – I have been drawn to many holistic healing and embodiment practices. It all started with discovering yoga and travelling to the motherland of India 20 years ago, and my journey of self-discovery and facilitating yoga, embodied presence, conscious dance and biodynamic craniosacral therapy has been growing strong ever since.
Sharing my passion for the somatic healing arts, and living a life connected and in deep conversation with nature, is my greatest joy & pleasure.

Contact: kailibh@gmail.com

Taylor Cascanette, Yoga Instructor

I am a human, just like you. I identify as a seeker, survivor and friend. I teach trauma-informed Yoga in community, and love helping people feel safe and empowered while connecting with their bodies.

I believe in creating a safe space to meet yourself wherever you are at. A space to feel respected, at choice, and included. I believe that within this space, we can heal and recover our relationships to ourselves and our bodies. We can find the pieces of ourselves that got lost, and start to reclaim our lives.

Contact: tcascanette@live.ca

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

MS, E-RYT 200, YACEP

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

Akiko Shima, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

I was introduced yoga when I was pregnant with my eldest son, and completed yoga teacher training in 2006. My curiosity led into many hours of meditation, pre/postnatal, restorative, somatics and yoga for cancer training. I truly believe that yoga is for everyone, and welcome all level of practitioners.

Contact: yogaandzen.comox@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

Samantha Hynes, Yoga Instructor

I have always been a seeker, growing up on the East Coast, surrounded by the forest and various bodies of water. I was always looking for the meaning of things, the secrets and answers held in nature. I witnessed authenticity and people living meaningful, purposeful lives, so I knew it was possible. Anything is possible.

Since my first class 12 years ago, alongside many knowledgeable teachers, my practice has evolved and I have found my place in guiding others through the practice we know as Yoga. 

Contact: samahynes@hotmail.ca or 506 999 2605

Alana Taylor, Yoga Instructor

RYT 200/hot/sculpt/rowyoga/yin
I have taught and managed several studios over the past 10 years including Yyoga Vancouver.  I bring my heartfelt energy and enthusiasm for yoga to the Comox Valley area and I look forward to growing my community.
In my classes you can expect a balanced approach – humour, inspirational messaging, excellent cueing and instruction and a caring and encouraging manner.
Carolyn Pigott, Somatics Instructor

Carolyn Pigott, Somatics Instructor

I have worked closely with experienced Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers,
Chiropractors and Physiotherapists, in gym, clinic and spa settings. I have over 17 years experience and have learned many valuable perspectives on how to
encourage healing and functionality to return where it has gone out of balance.

Contact: carolynrmt@yahoo.ca

Sheron Jutila, Yoga Instructor

I have been sharing my passion of yoga for 16 years, yet I am still in awe of the new things my students and I discover every time we step onto our mats. I love that I will never know everything about this practice. Knowing this keeps me excited, receptive and aware. What might you experience in one of my classes? Presence, trust, growth, peace, freedom, commitment, laughter, rebelliousness, curiosity and acceptance. But… don’t take my word for it – join us and find out for yourself!

Contact: yogasheron@gmail.com

Catherine Reid, Yoga Instructor

Catherine Reid, BA, RYT

My very first Yoga class was one of those aha moments.  I felt at home, in body and mind, for maybe the first time ever.  This was in 1974, and although it took me 30 years to wind up in Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga always wove itself in and out of my life as a trusted support.

Contact:organa.yoga@gmail.com

Penny Smith, Yoga Instructor

I believe life is all about love, acceptance, adventure, alignment and growth. As humans we are full of magic & infinite possibility with  the power to shift and transform through many dimensions including connection & movement of the body and the mind.. It is my honour to be able to guide others through their journeys on and off the mat.
Contact: wellthypen1111@gmail.com

Janet Haigh, Yoga Therapist

I welcome opportunities to offer joyful service as a trauma-sensitive Yoga Therapist and small-class Yoga Teacher to help you achieve your individual and specific wellness goals.  I work with kindness, curiosity and gentle open-mindedness to assist you in discovering the healing benefits of yoga: anxiety reduction, balanced energy levels, increased resilience, stress relief, greater flexibility, and fitness of mind, body and spirit.  Whether we use a mat, a chair or other means, I firmly believe there is blue sky within each of us to reclaim and bask beneath … care to explore more of it together?

Contact: janet@blueskyyoga.ca