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  1. Clara Roberts-Oss

    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!

    Website:  www.lilavinyasa.com
  2. Sjanie McInnis

    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.

  3. Christine Price Clark

    I began a committed yoga practice in 2001 while living in New York City. My first yoga teachers were two unique and passionate women, committed to revealing the relevance of ancient teachings in everyday living. My goal is to do the same.

    I teach a strong, rhythmic practice that combines creative and purposeful sequencing with teachings gleaned from the ancient and the everyday. I like to move and I like to hold- no two classes are alike, but I aim to consistently hold space for you that is loving, playful, and that bridges the gap between the then and now, you and the other, as often as possible.

    I have been teaching since 2003, and have certifications in both hatha vinyasa and Anusara™ yoga. I have presented at both the Whistler and Victoria Yoga Conferences and thrilled to be teaching at Wanderlust Whistler 2013. I have been named in the Best of Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine and led a sold-out , first-of-its-kind fundraising event at the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery for Yoga Outreach. I am also very proud mentor to a growing community of talented teachers who continue to affirm that all our voices are necessary in the conversation, and evolution, of yoga.

    When I’m not teaching, I can often be found at one of many downtown parks with my husband, Greg, and our 3 girls, Olive, Uma and Elle - all of whom keep me in my heart and on my toes.

    Follow on Twitter: @christinepricec Website: www.christinepriceclark.com
  4. Peter Elmas

    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.

  5. Genieve Burley

    I came to the mat over a decade ago for reasons different than I show up today. In the past it was for flexibility and fitness. Today I still receive the physical benefit of daily practice, but my intention with yoga is to connect to my true self and to live the eight limbs. I have been blessed to have learned from incredible people from all over, predominantly in vinyasa and ashtanga, but also in hatha, anusara and restorative.

    My classes will always bring an element of heat from ujjayi breath, sun salutations and a variety of asanas that invite you to open your mind, body and heart. I believe that every is a moving prayer that has a soft, humble beginning, builds up to a crescendo and melts into a deep rest. My intention is that yoga will bring you closer to your healthier and happier authentic self.

  6. Carolyn Anne Budgell

    As a yoga teacher in Vancouver, Carolyn is continually learning how to connect with others and feel at home in one’s skin. The magic of yoga surprisingly grows quieter; towards a place where the physical, the internal, the spectacle and the witness are all one.

    Carolyn’s vinyasa classes are chock-full of unique alignment cues, smart sequencing, helpful touch and lighthearted jokes to which she pays gratitude to Schuyler Grant, Ana Forrest and Clara Roberts-Oss. Her passion for silent meditation in forests is thanks to Adyashanti and Michelle St Pierre. The many years of ‘being on stage’ teach her the importance of stepping back in order to let life happen… to do the work, change the scenery by going upside down, be emotional and then let life continue to happen… and to remember, it’s all okay.

    Website: www.carolynannebudgell.com
  7. Brandee Johnston

    Brandee has found yoga a grounding force to navigate life with an open heart.

    Her spacious and lighthearted classes are fueled by the love of mantra teachings and dynamic practice.

    Brandee extends gratitude deeply to her Teachers: Stephen Thomas, Sjanie McInnis and Patrick Creelman; Christine Price Clarke (300 hour Advanced TT 2014), Chris Chavez (250 hour Anusara 2009), Baron Baptist (200 hours Power Vinyasa 2007 & 2009), and Ana Forrest (200 hour Foundations 2007).

    Brandee is currently creating I Walk In Beauty: a mentorship focusing on a healing and transformative journey of six incredible young women. A documentary format is being used to capture the experiences of these young women and mentors who are sharing this journey.

    As a lover of adventure and people, Brandee's passions also include facilitating humanitarian projects, addressing poverty in Latin America.

    Brandee brings this compassion and joy into each class that she teaches, holding a safe space for you to experience what it feels like to be you, and shine.

  8. Risto Duggan

    Risto Duggan is a "physical" power yoga teacher with a positive vibe. His yoga practice has helped him recover from a lot of damage and broken bones. A former multi-sport athlete and Hip Hop teacher. Risto keeps it funky, flowing, and strong! He credits his training to Eoin Finn, Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Natalie Rousseau, Christine Price-Clarke, Jolene Bayda, and Danny Paradise. He believes that adjustments done properly, will change your practice and is getting quite a reputation for his!

    Mantra: "Practice and Breathe with Balance and Grace.... Less struggle, more surrender... Less ego, more compassion"

    Instagram: Ristodugganyoga
    Facebook page: Risto Duggan Yoga

    Follow on Twitter: @ristodugganyoga Website: www.ristoduggan.com
  9. Mara Branscombe

    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.

    Website: www.marabranscombe.com
  10. Christie Baumgartner

    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.

  11. Sara Jade Gooding

    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. Jolene Bayda

    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 !

  13. Carter Toni

    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.

  14. Shelley Tomczyk

    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.

    Website: www.shelleytomczyk.com
  15. Mari Dickey

    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.

  16. Ryan Leier - Owner

    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.

    Follow on Twitter: @ryanleier Website: www.ryanleier.com
  17. Suzanne Slocum-Gori - Owner

    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.

    Website: www.suzannefaith.com
  18. Dustin Fruson - Owner

    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.

    Website: www.dustinfruson.com
  19. Karl Notargiovanni - Owner

    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.

    Follow on Twitter: @MrKarlitoLove