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) & Somatic Exercise Coach ( Martha Peterson). She is grateful for the influences of Leslie Kaminoff, Tom Meyers & Gil Hedley. Monica has a medical background as a Medical Imaging technologist and is the co-owner/manager of Breathing Space.
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.
Jenny Hyndman is an Integral Yoga trained instructor with over 30 years of personal practice and teaching. She also became a Gentle Somatic Yoga practitioner having trained with James Knight in 2015.
She is currently the president of the Hatha Yoga Association of Victoria. http://members.shaw.ca/hathayogavictoria/
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".
Ashley Schram's desire to help people connect to their bodies and improve their health led her to complete a 300 hour Yoga Teacher training course and attain RYT200 certificate from Feel Good Yoga and Pilates in 2016. The following year Ashley completed a 200 hour Pilates Teacher Training with Dana Carter Fitness and Shelbourne Physiotherapy. This program had an emphasis on the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates with special attention shown to injuries and illnesses. Ashley's focus is to deliver whole body healing and a full workout while providing modified options for pain free movement." .
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. My classes are like the Trooper song “We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time).” 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.
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.
Roxana Soto Roca: 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: 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!
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 most evenings and when not there, on his bike.