Dynamic and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings his unique energy to every class he teaches. Whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world, his expression of this ancient, yet vital tradition consistently touches people's hearts.
Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage and continues to study under Father Joe Pereira, by whom he was authorized to teach. Ryan trains with Baron Baptiste, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane (Maya), Danny Paradise, Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama). He also received instruction from Ashtanga Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Suzanne’s teachings encourage students to dissolve barriers, to dance & move through an intelligent practice in order to cultivate more intimacy with breath, body, mind and most importantly to each other. Her classes are devotional, dynamic and diverse…bold, mighty and introspective, weaving progressive sequencing, anchored in ancient teachings and woven to attune to modern duty. Suzanne dove into the reverent and integral offerings from the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages with her teachers while living in Los Angeles. Suzanne also bountifully studied Anusara Yoga with Founder John Friend and several exceptional Anusara instructors since 2006. Suzanne is Co-Founder & Co-Owner of One Yoga for the People in Vancouver and holds a doctorate within Educational and Counselling Psychology. She teaches 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings, teacher mentorship programs and international retreats & workshops. Suzanne is also the founder of The SARA Foundation, a charity organization aimed at yoga for cancer prevention & management. Suzanne's heart is primarily captivated and mesmerized by her husband and three children living in Ibiza, Spain.
Dustin’s approach to yoga is simple and grounded, truthful and direct. The dynamic and energetic nature of the practice compels students to be them Self. He is an Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa yoga teacher who honours tradition and invites fire and possibility into every class and workshop that he leads.
Karl is grateful for the freedom and healing that yoga brings into his life. Having studied thousands of hours in several styles of yoga and massage, a graduate of Concordia’s BFA Contemporary Dance program and a student of acupuncture and TCM, he is inspired to create his practice in loving and healing ways. He encourages his students to refine the intimate connection to their body, with ease of movement and breath, fluidity, and personalized alignment. He sees every moment as an opportunity to increase awareness and to create physical/mental/energetic homeostasis.
After years of practice, the Science of Yoga has demonstrated to him that its systems affects us on many levels, it cultivates an increased sensitivity and a profound connection to life. Karl is passionate about this exploration and continues to share it with over 20 years of teaching experience through public classes, workshops and teacher training.
Movement has always been sacred to me. I have danced my whole life, whether it’s been grooving to a good song, taking dance classes or flowing through a vinyasa, my body can’t get enough. Through movement, I feel as though I’m communing with the Divine. I took my first vinyasa class in 2000 at Jivamukti Yoga Center. I had a feeling of arriving home. We moved through postures seamlessly with an emphasis of breath-body connection. The class gave me what the dance world didn’t, an emphasis on the internal journey. I met Shiva Rea shortly thereafter and again felt as though I had come home. Shiva had created a language for the kind of movement I’ve been doing my whole life. She, too, understood the idea of fluidity. I’ve completed my 300 hour Prana Flow Certfication with Shiva.
I thank all my teachers for sharing their passion of this practice with me: David Life for opening my heart, Stacey Brass for her minute cues that have changed me life, Uma for opening my voice, Dana Flynn for throwing out all the rules and inspiring me to do the same, Constantine Darling for showing me another way, and Paul Ortega for reminding me we are ALL the cosmic dancer. I invite you to be playful in your practice, remembering that lightness is found in spirit!
Shelley began practicing yoga in 1997 and started teaching in 2001. She holds an E-RYT 500 certificate and is Anusara trained but also has studied Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga as well as Yoga therapeutics for many years. Shelley's classes build discipline and strength to enhance the integrity and the delight of practice. She shares her captivation by the teachings and stories within the yoga tradition through a fearless and curious investigation of the world, as much as the asanas, and helps students uncover their own process of transformation on the path and in everyday life. It is her great honor to have studied with teachers who inspired her to relentlessly practice self-observation, intentional vulnerability and on-going studentship.
Mother, teacher, and mentor, Christine has been teaching for 13+ years; a journey that began in New York and landed her (back) in Vancouver in 2006. Her classes reflect a passion and respect for both rhythmic, fluid movement, and strong, focused attention. Pairing precision in alignment instruction with artful language, she works to create a space where you are both safe to feel, and supported to grow. She is regarded as a teacher who speaks openly and honestly about the full spectrum of the human experience; able to offer relevant teachings from both the ancient and the everyday.
I am a Yogi – practitioner, student and teacher - and I have a deep passion for this wonderful practice and lifestyle. From my first experiences with asana, pranayama and meditation I knew that Yoga would be my path. My main goal in life is to share that passion and this practice that has transformed me profoundly with as many people as I can. I teach from personal experience and from my Heart. I believe in a practice led by breath and the innate wisdom of the body. I take students through sequences and into asanas with precision while encouraging them to turn inwards and observe the profound effects of the practice in the moment. I teach humbly and as a channel for this amazing tradition forever grateful to my teachers and those who have guided me.
Sjanie has been blessed with yoga from all sides: still+moving, hot+cool, reverent+unattached. From her first Ashtanga Vinyasa practice at Downward Dog in Toronto, through the process of Anusara Yoga Certification, and now her home-work with Iyengar's 300-week Light On Yoga program, she knows many faces of this bright and complex process.
She began teaching in Vancouver in 2004 and was a part of the YYoga Teachers College Faculty from 2009-2011. She currently instructs public classes at many Vancouver studios as well as offering private instruction and mentorship to her fellow teachers. She raises her twins Hannah and Robert in downtown Vancouver with her partner Morgan, an artist and musician.
Carolyn Anne Budgell
Carolyn Anne Budgell (BA, ERYT 200, Kula 75) teaches vinyasa yoga and meditation from a realistic, down-to-earth and lighthearted perspective in Vancouver, BC. Carolyn discovered yoga in 1999 as a ski bum in Whistler and now leads international Yoga Teacher Trainings and workshops with Wanderlust Festival and Lila Vinyasa School of Yoga, founded Calm Rebel Meditation Community and offers free online yoga classes as an Ambassador for lululemon. In Carolyn's class you will find an emphasis on purifying breath and kriyas, intelligent/unique sequencing and a very focused intention to feed the soul. You can expect a delicious warm up, a peak pose (or two!), plenty of hands-on assists and variations for all levels of yogis. Many thanks to the wisdom from her fierce teachers Schuyler Grant, Ana Forrest and Clara Roberts-Oss.
She passionately encourages others to discover that it’s never too late to breathe deeply, to grow and to change.
Stay connected to all of her events at www.carolynannebudgell.com
I believe that growth comes from the willingness to challenge ourselves and experience things that take us outside our comfort zone. Transformation occurs when we are open to the unknown and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. I want to be brave enough to always try even if I fail and fall and to have the courage to rise again. My yoga practice provides a safe space where I can play in the unknown- where I can connect with what is real- here and now, and delve into that deeper part of myself that is true and ever steady.
I am humbled and inspired everyday I get to teach, everyday I get to share space and watch courageous yogis go deep into themselves and realize their own amazing limitless potential.
I teach an alignment-based practice of movement and breath that is both accessible and challenging- a flow that is dynamic, strong and fluid with lots of opportunity to get rooted through the hands and play upside down.
Deepest gratitude to all the amazing people who have inspired me along the way. Special thanks to my teachers Ryan Leier, Dustin Fruson, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Mike Nichol, Suzanne Slocum-Gori, Kelly Colleen, Jasmina Egeler and Esak Garcia.
Risto has been with us since day one, and has been teaching since 2007.
A former multi-sport athlete, actor, and dancer. He started his yoga journey on his 40th birthday, and has never looked back.
The years of competetive sports had taken quite a toll on his body, but his yoga practice has kept him very active.
He credits his training to Eoin Finn, Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Geoff Mackenzie, Slava Goloubov, Natalie Rousseau, Christine Price-Clarke, and Jolene Bayda.
Risto teaches Rocket Yoga, Power, and Yin. His brand RAD Yoga Gear produces specialized shorts for arm balancing and handcrafted yoga bags.
He also hosts local and international RAD Yoga Surf Retreats.
His Rocket classes are quite an experience! Funky music, challenging, extremely supportive, and fun.
Facebook: Risto Duggan
Mara was awakened to the potency of Hatha Yoga in India twenty years ago. Teaching yoga and meditation now for over a decade, Mara’s ability to hold healing space for the hearts and minds of others offers a vast landscape for transformation within. In her classes you can expect to be challenged and awakened through unique sequencing, articulate asana, grounding meditation, and enlivening pranayama practice. In her yoga teachings, Mara weaves together her background as a dance artist, her practice in the shamanic tradition, and her twenty years of experience on her mat – naturally what arises is a fluid, earthy, full bodied practice. Currently, Mara hosts international yoga retreats, fuses yoga and corporate leadership to executive teams, teaches professional athletes and artists, mentors yoga teachers, and teaches classes/workshops in Vancouver. Mara is a regular contributor to My Yoga on Gaiam TV and her yoga classes can be viewed online.
I’m just practicing. Just like everyone else. Practicing to be a better person, to be a kind and conscious person in my everyday life. Humbled by the heart opening aspects of my practice – I’m gracious to share the abilities the teachings give to shed light on the authentic Self. I feel blessed to have found yoga. My journey to align more fully with my truth through Asana has allowed me to discover freedom, through letting go. It is our true nature to be love, fully free, to remember that we are all connected and supported by the beautiful Earth. Honoring roots, I draw from tradition but am inspired by the creative flow that exists in each breath. In my classes I encourage people to move with intention, to love, to go inward, to feel, to be expressive with the beauty of the body and delight in this sacred scientific art. Often I use music as an influence to move and be, allowing for breath to inform movement gracefully and aligned with purpose. I truly believe in the transformative power of the practice for the practitioner and for the planet.
12 years teaching. 7000 hours experience and training.
Versed in the science and art of Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Meditation, and Thai Massage.
Yearly International retreats, workshops, and intensives.
I teach 60 hour Yin certification and 200 hour Hatha Certification under the umbrella of Savoir Yoga Teacher Training.
But none of this matters if I can’t lead you into the here and now of your YOUniverse.
Join me on the mat, investigate and excavate, yoga will reveal Self.
I’ll take you on a journey through the physical and subtle bodies. Utilizing a creative flow of Yang and Yin postures, like poetry in motion.
We’ll embody breath as a tool to release the body’s daily reaction to stress and tension.
Breathe to free the mind. What else is there?
— IT’S ALL YOGA !
Carter is a student of Krishnamacharya’s lineage of yoga. His classes offer space to dive deeper into the self through exploration of the breath, the mind, and the shape of the physical body. Each practice is a new experience that brings the opportunity to ask questions and work towards the ultimate discovery of who we are.
A graduate from the dance program at Ryerson University, Christie has been a lover of movement from a very young age. Since 2009 she has been both teaching and studying vinyasa yoga in Vancouver and abroad. She believes that the mat is a vessel for continued self-inquiry and exploration. Expect some creative sequencing and great tunes from her class. She emphasizes a strong focus on breath, body awareness and offers juicy alignment cues.
Christie believes that all styles of yoga have their own benefits and that a well-rounded practise is key. Every day our yoga practise will evolve, and we should always honour where we are at in any given moment, energetically, emotionally and physically.
On top of teaching a creative vinyasa class, Christie is passionate about working with athletes and introducing yoga as a method of gaining greater body awareness and as a recovery tool to help prevent injuries through increased mobility. She has toured with professional athletes in Europe, with the BCBR throughout BC and has been teaching the UBC varsity teams since 2014.
My practice began about 16 years ago. Years of competitive sports had me wound so tight that it took nearly a year to touch my toes. There was an immediate shift in my hamstrings, but the far more profound shift in my whole being was what hooked me. Yoga is magic.
After nearly a decade of practice, I pursued my first teacher training program in Costa Rica, with the intention of deepening my personal practice and having an extended vacation from a demanding finance career. The rest is history.
I credit the depth of my practice and love of yoga to the many esteemed teachers I have studied with over the years. I am currently most inspired by the intelligence of Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW, the mindful creativity of Schuyler Grant's Kula Flow and the philosophy of Katonah Yoga I've learned through Abbie Galvin.
I look forward to many more years of falling deeply in love with this magical practice. I am honoured to share my biggest passion by leading international retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and public classes across Canada. After a few wonderful years in the Toronto community, I now call Vancouver home.
Millissa has been loving, living and thriving in the AcroYoga world where she has finally found a place that feels like home. She got hooked like many, through the grace, beauty and ease of flying. Yet, over the years has developed a deeper and fuller love of Acro and now bases and flys with parallel strength and excitement. Her love of Acro is rooted in the self-expression and creativity it fosters in all AcroYogis, from beginner to advanced. For Millissa, the cherry on top is the strength and delicacy required to release the ever elusive, and ultimately fulfilling personal creative expression.
Paul M. Gelinas
One of my goals in the acro community is to communicate the powerful metaphor of acro yoga to all participants. A playful practice can often surprise us and destroy preconceived ideas of what we tell ourselves is possible. Amongst other things, I use acro as an access point to empowerment and connection. I use playfulness and humor to help participants develop the confidence and skills needed to progress safely and creatively.
I am a co-founder of Vancouver Acro Festival, an active member of the community, and I lead regular acro classes in Vancouver. I have completed a 100 hour AcroYoga Teacher Training, 500 hour yoga teacher training, a 300 hour Yoga Therapeutics training, and have been certified as a personal trainer for nearly 10 years.
Connecting youth to their personal power and the influence they have on the well-being of the world.