Monica Crane: Having practiced yoga casually from childhood, she became committed when yoga contributed greatly to her recovery from a car accident, helping to heal injuries & bringing relief from chronic pain through relaxation & breathing techniques. Her initial training as a yoga teacher was in Integral Yoga tradition with Swami Ramananda in 2005. Due to her own experience with the therapeutic benefits of yoga, she has deepened her studies with Susi Aldous Hately (Yoga for Cancer Survivors), Bernie Clark (Yin Yoga), Kit Laughlin (Stretch Therapy), Gentle Somatic Yoga ( James Knight) & Hanna Somatics (Martha Peterson). She is grateful for the influences of Leslie Kaminoff, Tom Meyers & many more. Monica is the co-owner/manager of Breathing Space and her greatest passion is building connections through community.
Arlene Curry Practicing since the early 1970s. In 2003 she became an Integral yoga instructor at Swami Satchadinanda Ashram. After teaching for a short time she suffered a back injury and had to leave her practice for a time. During her recovery she was introduced to Somatics & it was during her second somatics retreat to Mexico that she experienced a self healing while working with several instructors there. Inspired to share this knowledge, she has completed levels 1 and 2 of Gentle Somatic Yoga with James Knight. Her passion to “Restore the Core”through Gentle Somatic Yoga is to help others with any misalignments or injuries with this gentle but powerful yoga.
Becky Pilon: I completed my YTT in Rishikesh India in 2007 after many years of travelling and a journey of discovery. This turned into an adventure of seeking discovery and a deep understanding of my inner self and love for divine wisdom. I combine creativeness with spirit and inspire to challenge others in the same way. I seek to assist others in deepening their practice and live life from the heart. Calming and centering the mind and soul so the body can synchronize and communicate from a place of balance and grounding.
Cathy Hanan began exploring yoga in 2000 & with a background in competitive sports, the initial surrendering of the ego was a huge challenge! She completed her teacher's training at MokSana Yoga in Victoria in 2004 & began sharing yoga with local athletes & their coaches. Her classes integrate concepts of Pilates core strengthening as well as flexibility, breath, relaxation & light heartedness.
Fiona Percy trained to instruct Gentle Somatic Yoga with James Knight after discovering it's miraculous benefits of alleviating the intense pain and headaches she experienced from a series of car accidents. 20 years in the field of healing arts and alternative medicine bring a depth of experience to her teaching as she encourages each student to delight in their own authentic expression of every movement.
Jenny Hyndman is an Integral Yoga trained instructor with over 30 years of personal practice and teaching. She became a Gentle Somatic Yoga practitioner after realizing the therapeutic value of somatics. A traditional yoga practitioner, she began to incorporate somatic movements into her yoga classes to enhance fluidity & grace. Jenny has completed levels 1 & 2 as a Gentle Somatic Yoga instructor with James Knight in 2015 and 2017.
Janet Budden is a 200 hour Kripalu based Yoga Instructor, a trained Reflexologist and Massage Therapist. She enjoys working closely with her students, encouraging them in their practice so they can endeavor to improve their mobility, alleviate chronic pain and enjoy life to the fullest.
Janet’s journey to yoga has been a gradual process. Kripalu yoga is a gentle hatha (physical) practice that focuses on incorporating the breath with each posture with non-judgement. Janet loves to teach Beginners, and all level hatha as well as Restorative Yoga (with warm stones)
Kathryn Hodgson has enjoyed practicing yoga for over 20 years and, after completing a 300-hour Hatha instructor course in India, has been teaching for over 6 years. Kathryn is also a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with extensive knowledge of human anatomy and movement. Kathryn's passion is to help people find freedom from pain and ease of movement so that they can enjoy their activities: She lives and practices by the simple motto of "use it or lose it".
Kelly Urquhart has been following the path of yoga for 15 years and is in awe of its continual lessons. Her classes are Ashtanga and Iyengar based explorations into breath and movement, body and mind. Through asana, pranayama, and meditation, Kelly teaches that all yoga is therapy toward wellness. Her classes are open levels, with modifications offered specific to students' individual needs. She found yoga after a lifetime of dance, and has studied at the feet of amazing teachers in both North America and India. Until recently, Kelly was lead teacher at Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, and she taught throughout North and West Vancouver.
Lynsay Pacey: "My yoga journey has taken me around world: my wanderlust has been satiated…for now, with my love of island life and the recent births of my two beautiful sons. Having worked at a senior level with the two of the most innovative companies in the world (think lemons and apples), stress and borderline burnout were part of my day to day. It was the corporate world that pushed me onto the mat and the power of the breath that kept me there. My busy mind became peaceful and I was able to ground myself in the present moment and swap multitasking for mindfulness. It is these gifts that I want to share with you. I’ll make sure you to get the most out of your time on the mat; balancing between pushing your edge and sweet surrender."
Maree Metcalf began her yoga journey in 2001, completing a 90 day Bikram Yoga challenge as a beginner. Although day 90 would be Maree's last Bikram class, she recognized that yoga had been waiting for her to come home to her mat for a very, very long time. And so the happy love affair began. Most recently, Maree completed her 200 hour teacher training from the Brahmanda School of Yoga. "Yoga will open you to your divine self and your connectedness; this is your direct source of wisdom, strength, courage and love."
Marie-Andree Allison has been a certified Integral Yoga teacher since 1978. She has taught through many facilities--including the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, University of Victoria, Camosun College, Oak Bay Recreation Centre--as well as her own studio. She has also helped in the instruction and training of several yoga teachers. Marie-Andree served as a counsellor and then president of HYAV between 1987-2000.
Combining her love and knowledge of Art and Yoga, she established and taught Art and Yoga camps and workshops over a period of ten years.
JennyM Berg "For as long as I can remember I've been captivated and inspired with movement. From gymnast to cheerleader, skier to mountain biker, I experienced coming in and out of different forms. It's not always been carefree - these pursuit have their tales of injury and recovery. Yoga, however, is the one practice which offers me many dimensions for healing. Teaching since 2010, I am dedicated to this art , seeing the beauty of a lifelong student and so very blessed to share these discoveries." Teaching both Vinyasa and Yin practices as well as Somatics, her repertoire of teaching delivers inspiring and visceral themes of mindful movement, Ayurveda, and tensegrity theory.
Melanie Talson . Over the past 23 years I have had varying intensities of practice in various styles of yoga. Since 2013, my yoga practice has reached a new depth and breadth through a deeper commitment and an intentional consistency of practice. I finally decided I was ready to share my love of yoga with others. Leading others through their Yoga practice is a tremendous joy and privilege which I honour with the humblest gratitude.
Patricia Obee is a two-time Olympic rower (2012, 2016) Her first experience with yoga was during her campaign to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She intergrated yoga into her training program post 2012 in order to improve her range of motion, core strength and add in some active relaxation and reflection time. After winning a silver medal in Rio, she retired from rowing. She has completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training specializing in Trauma Sensative Yoga. She is also a qualified Kids Yoga Teacher. Outside of yoga Patricia enjoys being in nature, baking/cooking and travelling.
Alesha Doran: (Bellyfit) From a childhood exploring martial arts to an adult journey of dance and fitness, I have always loved how movement connects us with both our inner selves and the outer universe. I am extremely fortunate to have studied and danced with extraordinary teachers in so many genres, whether refined in ongoing classes or sampled in workshops. Thankfully the journey of discovery through movement continues! Bellyfit and its unique format always leaves me feeling well-exercised, happy, grounded and focused. What a radical act of self-care! When we look after ourselves, everything else in our lives just falls into place.
Roxana Soto Roca (ZUMBA) Roxana's Latin American heritage has given her a passion for all types of Latin dance. She has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2010 & it is obvious that she loves every element of the Zumba program: the exercise, the rhythms, & the energy!
"My Zumba® class is a mix of spicy, sweaty & cardio dance. My class is very Latin in style; where shimmying, singing and laughing is very much a part of the workout."
Sandra Lamplugh: (ZUMBA) I started my fitness career with the high performance track and field athletes of the Dominican Republic. I went on to represent my country in many international events as a 400 meter hurdler. After retiring from competitive athletics, I wanted to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the years, I have taught all kind of fitness classes including Step, Spin, Kickboxing, Yoga and Latin Aerobics and then in 2010 Zumba! I Love teaching ZUMBA Classes and I cannot wait to share it with you!
Ximena Londoño: (ZUMBA) Born in Cali, Colombia, Ximena is passionate about Latin dances and engages with her students in a very creative way. She taught Cardio-Latino for several years before becoming a Zumba instructor in 2011. Very engaged in the community, Ximena has organized a few Zumbathons in Victoria since she moved to BC in 2012. These fundraisers have helped collect funds for various causes including the Pull-Together Campaign, AfricaFest and Syrian refugees.Join the fitness party! Let’s exercise, dance and sing TOGETHER!
Michael Crane: co-owner and #1 enthusiast for Yoga, Pilates and Zumba! You will see Mike manning the front desk and on the floor at the studio and when not there, on his bike.
Zayda Crane: assistant manager of Breathing Space, Zayda helps to keep it all together & flowing smoothly with her strong organizational skills and calm, steady demeanor. She maintains a consistant yoga and somatic practice both at the studio and as part of her everyday life and is currnetly studying to become a yoga instructor.