Great Things Happening at The Yoga Root!
to Dec 31

Great Things Happening at The Yoga Root!

In service to our community, The Yoga Root offers a variety of Courses, Workshops and Special Events. Most of these are directly related to yoga and meditation. Some offer an exploration of other aspects of health and different healing modalities. All are intended to support you in your journey to health and happiness.

Click here to check out what's coming up. Please register early, particularly for free workshops.

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The 3 Pillars of the Spine
1:00 PM13:00

The 3 Pillars of the Spine

Back pain? Weak core or back? Sit all day for work? Carry little ones frequently? This workshop is for you!

The deeper layers of musculature in the body require a more mindful approach to achieve subtle activation and joint stability. In the spine, the more commonly recruited muscles include the superficial groups on the front and back of the body, however, over activation or under activation can create imbalances in the vertebral column.

Join Natalie Senger for a 2.5-hour workshop and all levels exploratory yoga class to learn about the deepest layers of support for the spine. Investigate the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine and the 3 most important muscles for spinal support and functional movement.

You will learn how to identify and access these areas and apply therapeutic myofascial release methods, deep stretching, and isolated activation. You will learn how to activate these areas of the body within the yoga practice -  both in static and dynamic postures. Lastly, you will learn how the breath relates to the activation or over stimulation of these deeper muscles and you will deepen your knowledge of how pranayama relates to spinal strength and functionality of the 3 pillars.

You will leave with a more thorough understanding of how to keep your spine strong and functioning optimally, keep back pain at bay, and move with skill and ease.

Only $55 for 2.5 hour workshop. 

Space is limited to 20 students. Reserve your space now!

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Yoga Foundations Part 1: Forward Folds and Backbends
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga Foundations Part 1: Forward Folds and Backbends

Join Natalie Senger for Yoga Foundations, a three-part series designed to offer beginners clear direction about the basics of both traditional and contemporary alignment and biomechanics of the various classes of yoga postures. This series will allow beginners to learn how to attain correct alignment, how to identify if modifications are necessary, and how to direct both strength and flexibility in each posture to maintain joint integrity. Workshops are offered once a month and limited to 14 students.

The first ~30 minutes of the workshop will consist of a brief lecture to cover the essential anatomy and biomechanics of forward folding and back bending. This will be followed by a 1.5 hour foundations practice that will include periodic breaks for conversation, questions, and teaching points. This will be a unique class setting where students will be allowed the opportunity and time to ask questions throughout the class.

Although this series speaks to the beginner student, it is also an excellent way for the novice yoga practitioner to ask questions and clarify any teachings that may have been unclear or felt inappropriate for their body. Everyone will have the opportunity to learn and refine their skills in the physical practice of yoga.

Everyone will have the opportunity to learn and refine their skills in the physical practice of yoga.

$25 per workshop. Register here for Part 1 of Yoga Foundations

Yoga Foundations 3-Part Series
Part 1: Forward folds and backbends (Sat Jan 20)
Part 2: Twists and side bends (Sat Feb 27)
Part 3: Balancing postures and inversions (Sat March 24)

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Celebrate the Mysteries of the Winter Solstice
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrate the Mysteries of the Winter Solstice

Gong Sound Healing and Meditation. An Invitation to Dance With The Darkness on the longest night of the year: Thursday December 21st 6pm-7:30pm

Join Marci Churchill as she leads you on a 90-minute sound journey into a deep experience of self care and relaxation with Sacred Gong and Mantra. The Winter Solstice is a powerful time to gather in community accept the invitation to co-create with the divine. Tap into your highest self and allow new possibilities to bubble to the surface! Allow the unknown to become known! 

Please bring a small personal item for the sacred altar to help call in your personal intention for the winter! The altar acts as a battery for the group healing and will super charge your item for you to take home with you to enjoy! 

Bonus: In the spirit of the season and a personal thank you from Marci each student will receive a surprise holiday gift! Who doesn’t love a surprise?

Existing students can use their class passes to attend.   New Students welcome!   Class drop in fee is only $10 for new students - please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and sign studio waiver (or download waiver here and bring it with you).

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Winter Yoga Challenge
to Dec 2

Winter Yoga Challenge

Are ready you ready for a challenge? Sign up here.

Then from November 23 to December 23 attend a minimum of 2 classes per week and...

  • Receive a $20 credit on your account.
  • Be entered to win 1 month unlimited yoga!

Pass holders can earn more entries! Throughout November, pass holders are invited to bring a friend to class for free!*

  • For every friend that joins the Winter Yoga Challenge, we'll give you an extra entry for the draw!
  • If your friend joins the challenge after it starts, we'll start counting their attendance from their first visit.

* Limit of 1 free class per friend, please. We need to share the love!

More Info:

  • The Winter Yoga Challenge is open to new and existing students.
  • There is no cost to enter but you must pay for the classes you attend.
  • Any regular classes on our schedule count toward the minimum requirement of two classes per week.
  • New students can attend their first class for $10. Regular drop-ins are $17/class. Or you can buy any of our passes for more savings.
  • New students can also take advantage of our introductory offer: $30 for 2 weeks unlimited yoga.
  • Existing students can participate using drop ins or any of our stamp card or unlimited yoga passes.

Sign up for the Winter Yoga Challenge here.

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Sweat For Sight - Kundalini by Donation
9:30 AM09:30

Sweat For Sight - Kundalini by Donation

This special class celebrates World Sight Day (Oct 12), the annual day of awareness of blindness and visual impairment. Admission is by donation - suggested minimum: $10. #sweatforsight

Kundalini yoga is known as The Yoga of Awareness. By harnessing the mental, physical and nervous system energies of the body the student has a unique opportunity to create a deeper connection to their soul’s inner voice. 

This technology consciously combines breath, mantra (sound) and dynamic postures as it centers the mind and balances the spirit. You can expect to open your heart, calm your mind and rebalance your nervous systems as the healing sounds of the sacred gong bath soothes your soul during Savasana. 

AnyBODY can practice this style of Yoga. Come move, breathe and feel alive! ALL levels of experience are welcome! 

Charity fundraiser: All funds raised will be donated to Seva Canada. Every $50 we raise can pay for a cataract surgery for someone in need in the developing world. 

Seva is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness in the developing world.

Instructor Marci Churchill offers a unique blend of tangible tools and ancient truths in her Kundalini yoga classes. She is a Shaman, Kundalini yoga teacher,  Sound Healing Gong adventurer, Reiki Master Teacher and a Producer in the film industry. Marci’s private practice offers Business Soul-utions and Akashic Soul Blueprint sessions to clients internationally. Her     clients gain a deeper access to their soul voice,  desires and a blueprint to navigate their businesses and personal lives.

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Colour Your Manadala Meditation (Culture Days event)
1:00 PM13:00

Colour Your Manadala Meditation (Culture Days event)

In this hands-on 60-minute workshop, you will select a black and white mandala line drawing that represents a symbol of balance, wholeness, centeredness, and harmony. Then use paints, felt pens or pencil crayons to colour your own personal mandala. We invite you to use our colouring materials or bring your own if you prefer. The act of creating your own mandala can be a meditative experience in and of itself. After 45 minutes of meditative colouring, we will do a 10-minute sitting meditation, in a chair or on the floor, with each participant focussing on their very own mandala. Yoga mats and bolsters are available to use if you choose to sit on the floor. This free event is being organized as part of North Van Culture Days.

Note: To encourage a distraction-free environment for our meditation, we respectfully request that workshop participants are at least 12 years old.

FREE Tickets on Eventbrite.

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Stand Up Comedy Show (Culture Days event)
7:00 PM19:00

Stand Up Comedy Show (Culture Days event)

The Yoga Root is participating in North Vancouver's Culture Days! Our new owner, Artemis Calogeros, sits on the Board of Directors for the Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Society. And one of our teachers, Jeff Grace, is an alumni of the program. Together, we invite you to...

Laugh Your Head Off and Support Mental Health!

This stand up comedy performance looks at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system.

The comics are all alumni of the Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) program. There is no charge for the show but donations to the SMH Comedy Society are appreciated to help support more students to go through the program (more info below).

FREE tickets on Eventbrite.


About the SMH Comedy Society
The SMH Comedy Society is a non-profit organization founded by award-winning counselor, stand-up comic, and author David Granirer. Stand Up For Mental Health is a program that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental health issues as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. We have a year-long program plus an alumni program for comics who have finished their first year and want to continue performing.

For more information: 

David Granirer
(604) 205-9242

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Yoga Stories for Kids (age 5-9) (Culture Days event)
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga Stories for Kids (age 5-9) (Culture Days event)

Bring your kids down to The Yoga Root for a fun and interactive yoga class to celebrate North Vancouver Culture Days! Poses will be taught through a half hour of imaginative storytelling, leading the group through yoga asanas as the story progresses. Parents are invited (and encouraged!) to stay and participate as well. Yoga mats will be provided, so all you need to remember to bring is comfy clothes to practice in! Please pre-register to secure your spot.

Free tickets on Eventbrite.

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Celebrate the Mysteries of Light - Fall Equinox Gong Sound Healing and Meditation
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrate the Mysteries of Light - Fall Equinox Gong Sound Healing and Meditation

Join Marci Churchill as she leads you on a sound journey into a deep experience of self care and relaxation with Sacred Gong and Mantra.

Marci will share a beautiful mantra to chant in the powerful energies of the equinox and offer a 31 minute gong sound healing.  Please bring a small personal item for the sacred altar to help call in your personal intention for the fall!    The altar acts as a battery for the group healing and will super charge your item for you to take home with you to enjoy!   

For existing students class passes can be used.  New Students welcome!   Class drop in fee is only $10 for new students - please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and sign studio waiver (or download waiver here and bring it with you).

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5:15 PM17:15

Lorna Jane Pop-Up Shop with Hatha & Kundalini Yoga!


You're invited to Lorna Jane Canada's Pop Shop and yoga classes at The Yoga Root!

Is it about time you change up your wardrobe? Come and join us for some Hatha and Kundalini yoga and check out Lorna Jane's newest collections that are available in their Vancouver Showroom! Never been to a Pop Shop before? Don’t sweat it! We’ve got your back. Debit, credit & cash will be accepted, so you won’t have to miss out. Want to try it on? No worries! You can go right ahead.

The Finer Details:
5:15-5:45pm = shopping

5:45pm-6:45pm Kundalini with Betsy

7pm-8:15pm Hatha with Rachel

8:15pm-8:30pm = more shopping!

If you've never been to The Yoga Root before, your first class is $10 or new students can also receive 2-Weeks of Unlimited yoga for only $30. If you have a pass with The Yoga Root, you can put your pass towards the classes as per normal.

5:45pm-6:45pm - Kundalini with Betsy Johnston
Kundalini is primal energy that is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine, until it's awakened! Activate your inner fire with this dynamic practice that is a total body and chakra workout, as well as being very detoxifying. Betsy Johnston, your teacher and guide, honours the traditional Kundalini “umbrella” yet teaches with a fresh, contemporary twist! Kundalini is our energy and is a biological mechanism, linking the activity of the reproductive system and the brain. Its purpose is to actively cultivate higher consciousness through specific movements and breathing techniques. AnyBODY can practice this style of Yoga. Come move, breathe and feel alive! ALL levels of experience are welcome!

7pm-8:15pm - Mixed Levels Hatha Flow with Rachel Rozen
This class infuses the basic postural alignments of Hatha yoga with a well balanced flow of poses, open to beginners and experienced yoga practitioners (good for students of all levels). You can expect a slow moving flow of postures to stretch/strengthen your body, pranayama (purifying breath work), and meditation. The easiest variation of the pose will be taught, then more advanced options will be given for those who are looking for a more challenging practice.

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to Sep 1

SUP Yoga with Nikki Johnston Beaudoin - EVERY FRIDAY @ 6pm

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga for ALL levels with Nikki Johnston Beaudoin of Sea to Sky Fitness! Take your practice to the most awe-inspiring studio around. Experience a serene, blissful practice that combines balance, strength and pranayama, culminating in savasna, listening to the water lap against your board.

WHERE? Hollyburn Sailing Club at Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver

Cost? $25 with your own gear, or $45 to rent all gear. Alternatively you can pre-purchase 4 sessions for $125, which includes all rental gear.

Email Nikki for more information at or register by clicking on the link below.

*This activity has a minimum number of guests required for it to run. While unlikely, it is possible that it will not reach the minimum and you will be notified that it has been canceled.

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2:00 PM14:00

Shakti Mat Yoga & Meditation Workshop w/ Nicole Du Guay (special out-of-town guest)

COST = $30 (+ gst)

Limited space available. Please pre-register.

Shakti Mats:

Shakti Mats are known to help reduce stress and tension, promote sleep, promote muscle recovery, increase circulation, relieve back pain, headache & so much more.  Regular use of the Shakti Mat helps promote blood flow, encourages muscle tension release, stimulates the release of endorphins and oxytocin (those “feel good” hormones that help reduce bring a sense of calm), helps develop postural awareness, helps us learn to connect with our breath, helps stimulate various acupressure points to invigorate and re-energise the body & mind and also helps to cultivate resilience by offering an opportunity to learn how to better support, encourage and coach ourselves through a difficult or painful experience. In this workshop, we will use the mats through our practice to help promote these qualities.

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The Workshop:

In this workshop we will use the Shakti Mats through various gentle yoga poses to help cultivate the qualities the mats offer.  A major focus will be on learning to calm the mind through breath and supportive self-talk in order to learn ways to effectively release resistance and create more ease and flow in the body.  Through learning these qualities on the Shakti Mats, we will become better able to draw on them for life experiences off the mat as well.  No experience or knowledge of the Shakti Mats or yoga is necessary. Come with an open mind & heart, playful curiosity and a blanket for comfort!  See you there!

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Your guide, Nicole Du Guay:

Nicole Du Guay is a 500 RYT Yoga Alliance Yoga Theraputics Teacher.  Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nicole now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, helpingpeople find relief from the pain of chronic stress, anxiety and depression through yoga, nutrition, meditation and energy healing as she is also a Holistic Nutritionist & Reiki Master Teacher.  Through her yoga classes, workshops and retreats, Nicole offers unique and holistic insight into the root cause of pain, discomfort and disease and helps inspire, what she refers to as “Radical Self-Love”.  Nicole is passionate about helping others learn to cultivate a deeper sense of compassion, acceptance and love for themselves.  As she always says, "You've Got This!"

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to May 29

Paddle Into Fitness SUP Instructor Training & SUP Yoga Teacher Training w/ Nikki Johnston Beaudoin

May 26-27: SUP Instructor Training

May 28-29: SUP Yoga Instructor Training

@ Belcarra Regional Park


COST = $400 for SUP Instructor Training only

Or $700 for both trainings

*SUP Yoga Instructor Training is required for the SUP Yoga Teacher Training*

*You can also pay a deposit now, and the balance later*

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Share your passion with others and learn to teach Stand Up Paddling and Stand Up Paddle Yoga with Paddle Into Fitness! Not interested in teaching, but just in learning more about SUP, SUP Yoga & SUP Fitness? This certification is for you!

The training takes place in beautiful Belcarra Regional Park, Vancouver, BC. We are offering a two-day course for Paddleboard Training and a four-day course which includes both Paddleboard & SUP Yoga Certification. $200 reserves your spot!

Two-Day Paddleboard Certification: May 26-27 ($400)
Receive two days (Paddle Into Fitness Level 1) of water time honing your paddle skills and learning how to safely teach a paddleboard Beginner SUP Lesson! 

Four-Day Paddleboard & SUP Yoga Certification: May 26-29 ($700)
Spend four fun filled days on the water learning how to teach SUP and different styles of paddleboard yoga! You’ll learn to teach three of PIF’s signature classes: Beginner Lesson, Gentle Wave, and Nautical Flow.

Payment plans are available. To enquire send Nikki an email at or visit her website HERE.


What makes Paddle Into Fitness better than the rest?

-Receive water safety training, as well as information on water laws and regulations
-Comprehensive understanding of all equipment required to teach and choose proper equipment – boards, paddles, accessories, anchors, and fins.
-Learn how to teach a safe and thorough Paddle Into Fitness signature Beginner Lesson.
-Paddle technique, turns and race training workshop created by Roxy SUP athlete Gillian Gibree. 
-Gear from Paddle Into Fitness and other sponsors
-Discounts on SUP apparel and other accessories. Also receive discounts on water sports insurance!
-Learn how to successfully market classes in your community.
-Become a Paddle Into Fitness Instructor listed in the Paddle Into ---Fitness directory and receive traffic to your website.
-WPA (World Paddle Association) Level 1 Certified Course
-1.3 American Council on Exercise (ACE) accrediting units
-Paddle Into Fitness Level 1 SUP Certification
-Paddle in a FUN mini Battle of the Paddle race with other students from around the world!

*Nikki will also be looking for Instructors to help her teach this summer*

Please email Nikki at with any questions you have.

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to May 14

A Spring Weekend Getaway w/ The Yoga Root & The Modern Pantry!

RETREAT IS SOLD OUT -- Please email to get on the wait list

You can practice yoga and eat your cake too!

Join Rachel Rozen of The Yoga Root & Kendall Gustavson of The Modern Pantry for a guilt free weekend, filled with yoga, wine, food and lots of laughs!

WHERE: Otter Lake Cottage, Tulameen, BC


4-Person Bunk Room - $460 - SOLD OUT!

2-Person Room (1 shared x Queen Bed) - $499 - SOLD OUT!

(prices are PER PERSON and do not include GST)


- A welcome gift, featuring our favourite local wellness products

- 2 nights accommodation

- 5 meals

- 4 yoga classes

- Use of yoga mats and props

- An essential oils 101 class with a take home oil

- An evening wine tasting

- A hands-on cooking class: "Balanced meals don’t have to suck"

Join Rachel and Kendall for a beautiful spring weekend, where balance is about living your best life! Eat cake with us. Fall out of a pose or two. Go ahead, drink that glass of wine. We’ll get our stretch on and chow down on real foods to nourish our bodies and souls. Get ready to reinvigorate yourself! This is a chance to push aside thoughts of how things are supposed to be done and embrace how we want to live. Let’s start building a lifestyle that doesn’t take effort; the kind of lifestyle that has us drinking beers after a hike.

Finding balance is often associated with reaching perfection... eating kale for every meal and working out at 5am 5 days/week (with a smile on your face). We all know this can be challenging to keep up in the long run. Rachel and Kendall approach balance a little differently: Eat to feel good and move to feel great! Repeat.

Food is more than calories, it’s connecting with friends over a glass of wine and the bliss of a single perfect bite. Food is more than food when we slow down to enjoy it. And yoga is more than exercise. It’s respite from your crazy day and a community which embraces falling down. It’s finding your breath in the spaces between the chaos of life. This weekend will have both, and more, including wine tasting, an essential oils workshop, and a hands-on cooking class. We can’t wait to hang out with you!

Where is TULAMEEN, BC you ask? Tulameen, originally known as Otter Flat, is a small community in BC, about 26 kilometres northwest of the town of Princeton on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3), and about 185 kilometres east-northeast from the city of Vancouver.




  KENDALL GUSTAVSON - O wner of The Modern Pantry

KENDALL GUSTAVSON - Owner of The Modern Pantry

Kendall works with companies and individuals to build thoughtful consumption into daily life through engaging classes, workshops, and events. She started her work in food education after obtaining a Masters degree in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her work has taken her to London, England to develop a food education program for Borough Market - one of the largest and oldest markets in the world - as well as Provence, France to connect curious “foodies” to the people and traditions which remain alive in the countryside. 

She believes that food is a fun, central part of daily life and that its social importance cannot be reduced to calorie counting. For Kendall, finding the balance between kale and cake is all about eating real food and slowing down enough to enjoy every bite.

  RACHEL ROZEN -   Owner & Instructor at The Yoga Root

RACHEL ROZEN - Owner & Instructor at The Yoga Root

I found Yoga more than a decade ago, during a time in my life when I was battling extreme anxiety and panic attacks.  It gave me the tools I needed help calm my mind and ground my body.  I began to practice it regularly.  Yoga became my guide from this point forward, whether I was conscious of it or not, on and off the mat.  Years later, I realized that I wanted to expose others to the emotionally healing benefits of Yoga, bringing people peace and strength both physically and mentally. 

After receiving my 200-hour Yoga certification through Open Door Yoga Vancouver, I took a leap of faith and left my long-time job as a sales/customer service consultant in the Fashion Wholesale Industry to become a full-time Yoga instructor.  During that time, I also continued my education in Vinyasa/Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. 

After a few years of teaching, I took another big step and opened my own studio right in the heart of the place where I was raised and have such a strong connection; the gorgeous North Shore!  The Yoga Root was conceived from wanting to take my experience and passion to the next level, and offer a space to those seeking an intimate and connected Yoga practice, while bringing students a sense of community that may be missing from their lives.  My focus is to promote confidence in my students by creating a safe, non-competitive environment.  I offer modifications in postures to ensure that each individual, from the fitness-minded “workout warrior” looking for a little stretching, flexibility and balance, to those struggling with resisting the experience all together, gets the most out of their practice!

YOU fit yoga. Everyone fits Yoga. Yoga is one-size-fits-all! 

My experience in music, dance and a teeny bit of Taekwondo runs through my teaching, and I believe that we continually keep learning, no matter our levels of experience. In my classes you will be encouraged to find your genuine, authentic self and, hopefully, clarity moment by moment. Finding what moves you to breathe can be the key to cultivating YOU.  I strive to make my classes accessible and relatable to those of us charging through busy, stressful North American lives.  Join me in shedding the mystic mask of Yoga, and let’s have fun doing it!

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7:00 PM19:00

Wild Humans Rising with Marci Churchill

$35 for 1 x yogi

$60 for 2 x yogis

Space is limited. Registration in advance is required.

A Celebration of The Graceful Warrior

Dare to be fully human and Take A Walk On The Wild Side!

Celebrate Your Heart Wide Open and feel the powerful call of your Sacred Shakti Feminine and Sacred Shiva Masculine merge into one.

Blossom into your Graceful Warrior as Shiva holds space for you to play and create!

  • Experience sacred space in the ancient, shamanic tradition.
  • Tap into your Graceful warrior through posture, play and mantra
  • Re-member the ancient wisdom of the Mer Ka Ba – Your Heart’s Field Of Light
  • Unlock the secrets to devotional manifesting.
  • Integrate the power of this wild union with a Sacred Gong Bath
  • Walk in ceremony and grace as we co-create a sacred mandala.

Your Guide: Marci Churchill

Marci is an international facilitator, Shaman, Kundaliniand Restorative yoga teacher, Gong Adventurer,  Reiki Master Teacher and a Producer in the film industry.

Her events offer a unique blend of Shamanic process, yoga wisdom and sound therapy. Working in sacred space and personal empowerment are foundational themes in all of her work.

Marci blends ancient truths with cutting edge, tangible tools in her work as a Business Soul-utions Consultant, Chaos Navigator and Akashic Soul Reader.

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7:15 PM19:15

BREWGA @ Black Kettle Brewery Every Wednesday, 715pm... Starting April 26th!



$10 (cash only)

Every Wednesday - Starting April 26th!

7:15pm-8pm = yoga

after 8pm = beer time!

WHERE is this you ask? Black Kettle Brewing - #106-720 Copping St North Vancouver

(around the corner from The Yoga Root and next to the train tracks)


*OUTDOORS* - Dress appropriately - Check the Brewga Facebook page for any weather related cancellations

Year 2! The Yoga Root and Black Kettle are joining forces again to bring you BREWGA! You’re invited to an ALL-LEVELS slow-flowing yoga class, led by Rachel Rozen of The Yoga Root, followed by a crisp, rewarding beer after you’ve gotten your stretch on.

The yoga portion will be geared towards everyBODY — if you can breathe, you can do yoga. We’ll be delving into poses that both stretch and strengthen the body, giving you a taste of how yoga can start to bring more flexibility, stability and mobility into your life. No registration required!

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1:00 PM13:00

Laughter Yoga Workshop for EARTH DAY w/ Susan Lee Woodward

Cost = $15

Space is limited. Please pre-register.

What a fabulous way to honour our planet and our environment on April 22! Spreading joy, love, and playfulness through laughter contributes in a meaningful way both personally and in community. Let’s sow our seeds of joy, sprinkle them like wild flowers in our community, water them with love, and grow wellness through mindful intention.  Let’s have some fun!

What is Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine that combines unconditional laughter with yogic (Pranayama) breathing. A Laughter Yoga session starts with a gentle warm-up of stretching, chanting, clapping and body movement and introduces feelings of childlike playfulness. Breathing exercises prepare the lungs for laughter and laughter exercises.  We will finish with a Laughter Meditation and guided relaxation.



Dr. Kataria (the founder of Laughter Yoga) created this movement in 1995 with the purpose of creating world peace through the joy of laughter.


Benefits of Laughter Yoga

1.     Elevated Mood

2.     Stress Reduction

3.     Social Connection

4.     Laughing Through Challenges

Who is Laughter Yoga for? EVERYBODY that copes well in group dynamics.

This is an inclusive group. There are no limitations for anyone using a cane, a wheelchair, or needs to sit and rest. We will come to you. Children 10+ are welcome accompanied by parents or an adult.


Your Guide --

Susan Lee Woodward:

I am a certified Laughter Yoga facilitator, Medical Intuitive, Reiki Practitioner and an avid Writer/Blogger. I also facilitate Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation sessions.

Aside from work, spending time in nature hiking the trails of North Vancouver, cuddling with my beautiful new granddaughter, and playing the flute brings such joy and contentment to my life.

I believe that we are one collective consciousness that works in unison to create this magnificent world we live in. We all have a moral responsibility to bring love and understanding to all that we do, including protection of this beautiful planet, to caring for the children, to standing up for what is right and just.

·      Voted one of the top 10 Reiki Practitioners in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness

·      Voted one of the top 25 Intuitives in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness

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7:00 PM19:00

Wild Woman Rising with Marci Churchill

$35 for 1 yogi OR

$60 for 2 yogis

*Space is Limited. Please pre-register*

A Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Men and Women Welcome!

Take a walk on the wild side and feel the powerful call of the wild one within! Celebrate your heart wide open with a Merkaba Healing Activation

  • Experience sacred space in the ancient, shamanic tradition
  • Tap Into Your Graceful Warrior through posture, play and mantra
  • Re-member the ancient wisdom of the Merkaba – Your Heart’s Field Of Light 
  • Mer = Light     Ka = Spirit  Ba = Soul
  • Receive an energy healing to re-activate your Merkaba and begin manifesting from the heart
  • Integrate the power of your wild one with a Sacred Gong Bath

Your Guide, Marci Churchill:

Marci is an international facilitator, Shaman, Kundalini yoga teacher, Gong Adventurer, Reiki Master Teacher and a Producer in the film industry.

Her events offer a unique blend of Shamanic process, yoga wisdom and sound therapy. Working in sacred space, and personal empowerment are foundational themes in all of her work. 

Marci blends ancient truths with cutting edge, tangible tools in her work as a Business Soul-utions Consultant, Chaos Navigator and Akashic Soul Reader.

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1:00 PM13:00

Yoga Brain Workshop w/ Larissa Szlavik

Space is limited. Pre-registration is advised.

Investment = $65

YOGA BRAIN: 5-hour Workshop (eligible for Continuing Education Credits)

How can science explain that blissful feeling after yoga practice? Are people who practice regularly wired differently? How does yoga reshape the brain to promote resilience and healing? This workshop will take you on a journey through the dynamic landscape of the brain. Learn the fundamentals of its structure and function to better understand how it changes in response to our experience and vice versa. Explore the neurobiology of specific conditions such as anxiety, depression and stroke. We will discuss compelling evidence for yoga’s effect on the brain to counteract these conditions. Evidence-based practices that promote mental health and healing will be incorporated throughout the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, and is eligible for CEC credit.

Highlights of topics:

œ Brain plasticity – how experience reshapes the brain and affects how we feel, what we think, and what we do.

œ Stress (the good & the bad) – what you need to know about stress response, and how yoga balances the nervous system.

œ Biology of breath – how breath practices (pranayama) help us ‘hack’ physiology and mood.

œ Yoga ‘high’ – why we feel blissful and ‘buzzed’ after class.

œ Mental health – learn about current research on yoga’s therapeutic effects for various conditions; focus will be on anxiety, depression, and stroke. 

Meet Larissa:

Larissa Szlavik (RYT-500) is a skillful facilitator, who brings depth of knowledge and passion to her teaching. With over a decade of experience as a front-line worker alongside individuals with brain injury and mental health challenges and 5 years teaching yoga, she is invested in promoting the therapeutic benefits of yoga for mental health. Larissa holds a faculty position with Ajna Yoga Therapy College in Victoria, BC where she completed 500-hours of training in Advanced Therapeutic Yoga. She holds a Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health & Addictions and a BSc. (Honours) in Biopsychology from the University of Victoria, where she studied brain plasticity and neural stem cells for 3 years. Larissa has presented at the Victoria Yoga Conference, Camosun College, and to health care providers.

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6:00 PM18:00

5-Day Rocket Yoga Teacher Training w/ Amber Gean (Feb 24 - 28)


February 24th - 28th, 2017 (60 credit hours with the Yoga Alliance)

The Rocket was developed by Larry Schultz in the 90’s while on tour with the Grateful Dead. The Rocket consists of poses from traditional Ashtanga Yoga. Larry resequenced the poses from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd series around the joints of the body and the days of the week. By doing this he created a more holistic approach to a regular Ashtanga practice. There are more than 140 poses that your body experiences during one week of consistent Rocket practice.

Tuition = $950 + GST

*Pre-registration is required* 

As of now, tuition is due in-full to reserve your spot in the training and you must complete the online teacher training application form (links are below).


This is a 60 hour program with 40 contact hours and 20 non-contact. The training is designed for yogis who have prior experience practicing and instructing yoga. You will learn more advanced sequencing, arm balances and much more, including strengthening your instructing voice and home practice.

The 60 hour Rocket can earn you continuing education hours for Yoga Alliance in the US and has been recently recognized by The Yoga Professional of the United Kingdom as part of 500 hours Rocket training.

The purpose of Rocket advanced training is to share the Rocket philosophy, sequencing and transitions with you. This training will give you the tools to deepen your practice and refine your teaching. 

Amber Gean works with a network of studios that feature the Rocket System as taught by Larry Schultz. 

Our mission is to give you a strong foundation for your practice to blossom on and off the mat. By practicing living "our yoga and our truth" you will be empowered to create a vision and follow your dreams. Some of our graduates go on to open their own studios as well as travel the world facilitating yoga classes and workshops.

This training takes place over 5 days. Each day you will practice The Rocket Routines, including Rocket 1, 2 and 3. You will also learn a beginners approach to Rocket that we call the Bottle Rocket, so it's easier to introduce the Rocket in your home town.

You will also learn cross training methods for strengthening up for more advanced poses and transitions, including the mechanics of flight.

You will practice developing your verbal instructions to make you a more confident yoga instructor. The Rocket will challenge you to open up to your spiritual fire and awaken a deeper purpose in yourself. We have also developed homework that you can take home with you after the training so you can continue to gain knowledge and experience as a Rocket instructor.

Training Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 24th = 6pm-9pm

Saturday, Feb. 25th = 9am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

Sunday, Feb 26th = 9am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

Monday, Feb. 27th = 8:30am-11:30am & 1-5pm

Tuesday, Feb. 28th = 7:30am-11:30am

A video describing Larry Schultz's Rocket Series

Amber Gean (500-RYT) entered the yoga world with a blast. After she assisted Indu Bala Bhardwaj to open It’s Yoga Cincinnati, she felt inspired to deepen her practice as student and teacher. In Spring 2000, she flew to San Francisco to study with Larry Schultz and flew back to Cincinnati with flowers in her hair and yoga in her bones. By November 2000 she had established herself as a respected teacher, eight classes a week.  She helped facilitate some of the first RYT teacher trainings in Cincinnati. Amber strived to find experienced classical ashtanga yoga teachers, Tim Miller, Lino Miele, and Chuck and Maty Miller, to ground her in the ashtanga lineage. With nearly twenty years experience and ten thousand hours of teaching and training other teachers, Amber shares her depth of wisdom with her students. She offers a dynamic journey into the self, with a gentle approach that truly honors the teacher within each of us. In 2007, she opened Yoga Ah while she continued to work with Schultz at Nauliland (his school in Sonoma) until he passed in 2011. Although a busy mother of two and a studio owner, Amber assembled and wrote a 500-hour training to continue the work that Larry had set in motion. In 2016, the Yoga Alliance Professional, U.K. recognized her training manual. As a pioneer in the Rocket Vinyasa Series, Amber loves to travel around the globe to teach others to teach the modern progression of this powerful lineage, from Krishnamacharya to Larry Schultz. 

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6:30 PM18:30

Devi Yoga w/ Dr Alexina Mehta

Cost = $20 + GST

Space is limited. Pre-registration is advised.

Awakening your divine feminine fire to THRIVE...

Devi Yoga is a movement and meditation practice created by Dr. Alexina Mehta in response to working with so many women in her practice as a Naturopathic doctor and yoga teacher.

"Women need to feel empowered in their bodies to be happy and to heal. I created this practice so women could connect with the most epic role models of empowerment for women: The Goddesses from around the world."

When your divine feminine fire awakens, you feel alive and full of positive energy and hope. We practice 15 different yoga postures, each which honour a specific Goddess from different traditions to help us remember the qualities they symbolize within ourselves.

For example, the pose to honour Durga reminds us that we have strength in the moments when we feel weak. The pose to honour Lakshmi reminds us that a blessing can come to us in any moment, often when we least expect it. This pose teaches us gratitude for blessings to come.

With each posture we learn a meditation, mudra and mantra which connects us even more deeply to the intention of the pose, which is to connect and awaken the quality of the particular Goddess within us.

We also work with plant essences to top off a completely blissful class leaving you feeling happy, hopeful and in gratitude.

Read about Devi Yoga here:

  Dr Alexina Mehta  is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Naturopathic Doctor, energy medicine practitioner, and lover of dance!

Dr Alexina Mehta is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Naturopathic Doctor, energy medicine practitioner, and lover of dance!


“Thank you Alexina for joining this group and offering your knowledge, wisdom and beautiful, sweet energy towards the empowerment and raising up of this magical group of women. I have seen all their eyes light up from new fire in their hearts and their arms become strong to hold new and sacred intentions that before this workshop perhaps felt out of reach. I have watched all of this with new fire in my own eyes, and new intention held in my hands. Thank you for this gift.” - Molly Warner, Galiano Teacher Training Leader

“A wondrous, supportive environment, allowing deeper learning into oneself. Alexina provides guidance with grace and deep wisdom.” -Nancy Brock, Vancouver

“Heart warming sharing from the heart of the teacher to the heart of the student. A beautiful experience of learning, sharing, integration and divine love. ” -Susan Erasmus

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6:00 PM18:00

Yoga Dance is Back with Alexina Mehta!

$20 (+GST)

Space is limited. Pre-registration is advised.

Join Alexina for a fun evening of revitalizing and uplifting movement where we tap into our creativity and release stagnant energy through a joyful class combining yoga postures with flowing dance moves. 

We'll work with the power of postures, dance, mudras, breathing, meditation and essential oils for a great way to end the week. In the last part of the class you’ll receive a relaxing acupressure and chakra balancing session to leave you feeling calm, focused and ready for your weekend!

Dr Alexina Mehta is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Naturopathic Doctor, energy medicine practitioner, and lover of dance!

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2:00 PM14:00

Prenatal Yoga Progressive Series w/ Meighlin!

Sundays (6 classes in total) = Jan. 8th - Feb. 12th, 2017


EARLY BIRD PRICE = $90 + GST (if registered by Dec. 25th)

$100 + GST after Dec. 25th

*SPACE IS LIMITED: Click HERE to register. Pre-registration is advised.

Embrace your sacred journey into motherhood through the powerful practice of yoga. Connect with your breath, your innate wisdom and your developing baby as you move through modified poses to meet your changing body's needs. Specific pranayama, meditations and visualizations will be covered to assist your emotional and mental well-being, through your pregnancy, birth and beyond. Theses classes are also a great opportunity to connect with other mamas-to-be in a safe and nurturing environment.

About Meighlin McNeill:

Meighlin is trained in traditional Hatha Yoga, with certifications in Trauma Sensitive and Pre & Postnatal Yoga. She has studied with Swami Muktibodhananda, Swami Mahesh and is currently studying Ayurveda and Yoga with Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) at the American Institute of Vedic Studies.  Join her for a heart centred Hatha Yoga and discover how to connect with your breath and move through a focused asana practice in a joyful way.

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1:00 PM13:00

Beginner Rocket Yoga Workshop w/ Heidi Joffe


Meditation in Movement. Connect to yourself.

$40 OR $35 Early Bird Price Before Nov. 25th

*Click HERE to register. Pre-Registration is required*

Blast off with the Psychedelic Rocket Series, created by Larry Shultz , named by Bob Weir (Grateful Dead). This workshop will be taught by Heidi Joffe (M.Ed. E-500 RYT). The Rocket Yoga series energizes and opens the body in a dynamic meditation.  As a free-spirited form of yoga based within the Ashtanga lineage, we balance asana (movement), pranayama (breathing) with strong roots (bandhas) and deep focus (drishti). You receive guidelines and principles around the sequence as well as handouts for you to use on your mat at your own time. You’ll learn progressions that easily adapt to different body types, ages, and levels of practice: this yoga is for all those who seek a creative approach to their practice. Designed for life on the road, as well as at home, it trains you to take care of yourself, your true teacher, in a holistic, authentic, flexible practice. Consensual, gentle, 2-finger adjustments may be used in this workshop by Heidi to ensure a safe practice when coming into some intense poses.

A Rocket Definition.. Larry Schultz developed these sequences of postures/asana from traditional ashtanga series to meet modern, mobile, lifestyles. Strength building as well as a practice of breath, focus and energy, the different sequences offer flexibility in time and in your body. Heat builds naturally in the body as we move in a meditation of breath, releasing stress and tension in the body. As a progressive series, it transforms practitioners.

About Heidi Joffe (M.Ed. A.T. E-500 RYT):
My grandmother first taught me about yoga practice from her own dedication to it during her long and healthy life. From sixteen years old, I set the foundations in my own way, from Integral yoga to Shiva Rea, moving from teachers to books with joyful ease. My practice injected a new force into my classroom teaching and consciously I began to pursue yoga in 1997, a year after my son was born. I found a teacher training at It’s Yoga Cincinnati which practiced a form of Ashtanga that sang to my bones. Lucky to have Indu Bala Bhardwaj and Amber Gean as my main teachers, I also had the honor to work with Larry Schultz, the founder of the Rocket series. I moved to Vancouver to open It’s Yoga on Commercial Ave. in 2001. In those early years, teacher trainings with Tim Miller, Danny Paradise, Nancy Gilgoff , Dave Swenson and K.Pattabhi Jois enhanced my abilities as a teacher and student. I continue to renew and learn new forms and concepts to add to my accrued wisdom. Larry’s legacy to his students was a belief in the truth of one’s practice, to keep up the work, and experience the magic of the carpet as it takes you from where you think you are to where you dream of being/becoming. I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude and recognition to my main teacher for the last nine years, James Nicholson. Throughout these years, I have also developed my own practice, on and off the mat. I have single handedly raised two amazing children, worked within schools and community services as an art therapist, and trained as an Adlerian therapist. I own and operate a small textile studio, The Black Cat, which contains my love of weaving, sewing, spinning and dyeing. I live a blessed life on the North Shore, and in gratitude I give myself to the good work of bringing yoga, the union of mind, body and spirit, to all who seek it. 

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5:30 PM17:30

doTERRA Essential Oils 101 - FREE Class

Click HERE to register. Pre-Registration is required for this FREE class!

Everyone who attends will receive an essential oil gift!

Join Rachel Rozen of The Yoga Root for a doTERRA Essential Oils 101 class.

Are you interested in learning about easy to use natural healing solutions that are very effective and affordable for you and your family?

Learn how to manage stress, strengthen yourself and improve your well-being with easy to use essential oils. We’ll go over the science behind oils as well as the uses and benefits of these potent, safe and pure gifts of the earth. You’ll have a chance to sample different oils from doTERRA and see for yourself first hand how they work — Always a lot of fun!

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7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Kirtan (chanting & sound) w/ Harmony & Ron (for the whole family!)

$10 + GST

*SPACE IS LIMITED: Click HERE to register. Pre-registration is required.*

Let your heart be touched by the sounds of our divine universe. Come and join us for an evening of kirtan chanting, as we share together in the practice of Bhakti or devotional yoga. No experience is required. Song sheets will be provided. All are welcome. Bring the family!

About Harmony —

Harmony’s dedication to authentic expression, being in service and living an inspired life dwell at the heart of her sound offerings. She deeply believes that the key to our greatest healing can be found in using our voices. Her life long passion for music and singing, and nearly two decades of yoga exploration, come together in the practice of kirtan.

About Ron —

Ron is a devoted and experienced lead chanter and drummer. For more than 20 years he has chanted in over a thousand satsangs, text chants and other programs as a student of his spiritual path. In 2008 he turned his attention to drumming, focusing on the mrdang (or “pakhawaj”). Ron loves the drum and how it can so beautifully support the experience of a chant for all involved. For him, the connection to the divine words of the chant is the highest priority and this awareness guides his playing. He says “Heaven on earth for me is the sacred space created by a group of dedicated musicians and chanters as we chant the divine name and go deep within...together!”

Ron is an enthusiastic practitioner of meditation, contemplation and seva and has been a student of his meditation path and his Guru in 1993. Between 2001-2004, Ron lived and served full-time in a meditation ashram in upstate New York.

When he is not drumming or chanting, Ron is an Integrative Executive Life Coach. His practice, Primary Pathways Coaching & Learning (, helps clients close the most significant gaps in their lives between who they are and who they wish to become, while integrating spiritual practice.  He loves the outdoors and enjoys cycling, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. 

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