Teachers

Kyla Bailey I found yoga over a decade ago.  At first I enjoyed how it made me feel stronger and more flexible, but I soon started to notice benefits beyond what I had originally bargained for.  I realized that yoga is a practice that, when interwoven into your life, shows you how to live wholly and authentically with equanimity and poise.  I had the privilege of receiving a scholarship from Karma Teachers College in 2015 for my 200 hour yoga teacher training.  I also studied Tantra and Laya Yoga in Rishikesh, India in 2014 with the Mahasiddha Yoga School.  Yoga has completely changed my life, and I’m looking forward to teaching and sharing my practice and my love for all aspects of yoga with you.

Kyla Bailey

I found yoga over a decade ago.  At first I enjoyed how it made me feel stronger and more flexible, but I soon started to notice benefits beyond what I had originally bargained for.  I realized that yoga is a practice that, when interwoven into your life, shows you how to live wholly and authentically with equanimity and poise. 

I had the privilege of receiving a scholarship from Karma Teachers College in 2015 for my 200 hour yoga teacher training.  I also studied Tantra and Laya Yoga in Rishikesh, India in 2014 with the Mahasiddha Yoga School.  Yoga has completely changed my life, and I’m looking forward to teaching and sharing my practice and my love for all aspects of yoga with you.

Betsy Johnston Betsy enjoys all styles of Yoga, but Kundalini resonates with her the most because of the quick, positive results, both physically and mentally, and because it works!  In her teaching she enjoys helping people connect with their inner wisdom and the peaceful, joyful place that exists inside of us all of the time.    Yoga and Meditation has changed her life for the better and she’s so happy to be able to share this with others.  There will always be challenges in life, but it’s how you react to external factors that make the difference.  LIVE SIMPLY   *   LOVE DEEPLY   *   LAUGH OFTEN   Betsy received her Teaching Certificates at Semperviva Yoga College and has studied under Gloria Latham, Bernie Clark, Sean Corne, Janet Stone, Gurmukh, Hari Bhajan (Catalyst Yogi) Michael Stone, Swami Mahesh and Dharm Kaur.  She has also studied Marshal Rosenberg's Non Violent Communication aka NVC.  She teaches Kundalini, Hatha and Meditation classes.

Betsy Johnston

Betsy enjoys all styles of Yoga, but Kundalini resonates with her the most because of the quick, positive results, both physically and mentally, and because it works!  In her teaching she enjoys helping people connect with their inner wisdom and the peaceful, joyful place that exists inside of us all of the time.  

 Yoga and Meditation has changed her life for the better and she’s so happy to be able to share this with others.  There will always be challenges in life, but it’s how you react to external factors that make the difference. 

LIVE SIMPLY   *   LOVE DEEPLY   *   LAUGH OFTEN 

 Betsy received her Teaching Certificates at Semperviva Yoga College and has studied under Gloria Latham, Bernie Clark, Sean Corne, Janet Stone, Gurmukh, Hari Bhajan (Catalyst Yogi) Michael Stone, Swami Mahesh and Dharm Kaur.  She has also studied Marshal Rosenberg's Non Violent Communication aka NVC.  She teaches Kundalini, Hatha and Meditation classes.

Marci Churchill Marci is a Shaman, certified international Kundalini yoga teacher, Gong adventurer, Reiki Master and a producer in the film industry! Marci offers a unique blend of Shamanic process, Kundalini yoga wisdom, sound therapy and Reiki in all her events. Her focus is on working in sacred space, personal empowerment and self healing for all participants. She is a global citizen/teacher and healer with over 20 years of training in Yoga, Shamanic Arts and Reiki. Marci has facilitated multi-lineage events in North America and Russia since stepping into her role as Teacher.

Marci Churchill

Marci is a Shaman, certified international Kundalini yoga teacher, Gong adventurer, Reiki Master and a producer in the film industry!

Marci offers a unique blend of Shamanic process, Kundalini yoga wisdom, sound therapy and Reiki in all her events. Her focus is on working in sacred space, personal empowerment and self healing for all participants. She is a global citizen/teacher and healer with over 20 years of training in Yoga, Shamanic Arts and Reiki. Marci has facilitated multi-lineage events in North America and Russia since stepping into her role as Teacher.

 
Joe Sara I found yoga on a dare.  A friend dared me to attend a class.  The idea was foreign to me, as I had grown up thinking fitness and health were only found on the soccer field or by lifting weights.  Boy was I wrong!  Yoga energizes the body in a way no other exercise can.  Once stuck energies (in the form of unwanted tension/tightness, injuries old and new, and under/unresolved emotions) are unstuck; they can be resolved with mindfulness, breath work, and mediation.  Yoga is also amazing for maintaining an optimal level of mental and physical performance.  By activating the relaxation response with breathing exercises, we use deep and challenging movements to find equipoise in our thoughts and actions.   Yoga is a process of self-mastery, especially for those who seek to live their lives as warrior-scholars.  Warrior-scholars are those that consciously evaluate information coming to them while tinkering with all possibilities in that moment.  Warrior-scholars try to find equipoise in any situation, and do not yield in the face of discomfort.  In my class you will learn to relax your mind and rejuvenate your body.  With simple modifications, people of all levels of physical ability can have a rewarding experience.  The only way to know if my class is a good fit for you is to come and give it go.  So don't hesitate, carpe punctum!

Joe Sara

I found yoga on a dare.  A friend dared me to attend a class.  The idea was foreign to me, as I had grown up thinking fitness and health were only found on the soccer field or by lifting weights.  Boy was I wrong!  Yoga energizes the body in a way no other exercise can.  Once stuck energies (in the form of unwanted tension/tightness, injuries old and new, and under/unresolved emotions) are unstuck; they can be resolved with mindfulness, breath work, and mediation.  Yoga is also amazing for maintaining an optimal level of mental and physical performance.  By activating the relaxation response with breathing exercises, we use deep and challenging movements to find equipoise in our thoughts and actions.  

Yoga is a process of self-mastery, especially for those who seek to live their lives as warrior-scholars.  Warrior-scholars are those that consciously evaluate information coming to them while tinkering with all possibilities in that moment.  Warrior-scholars try to find equipoise in any situation, and do not yield in the face of discomfort.  In my class you will learn to relax your mind and rejuvenate your body.  With simple modifications, people of all levels of physical ability can have a rewarding experience.  The only way to know if my class is a good fit for you is to come and give it go.  So don't hesitate, carpe punctum!

Lori Charko Certified in Classical Hatha yoga in 2001, Lori since has over 500 hours of certifications and qualified experience in Yin Yoga, Prenatal Fitness, Mom & Baby Yoga and Anusara Yoga. Including her former years of Advanced Personal Training, she has over 24 years of experience teaching fitness and yoga. Lori's SFU kinesiology education, nutrition, fitness and yoga studies, along with her world travels and an authentic caring nature, have her guiding dynamic, safe and enjoyable classes. Inspired by teachers such as Sarah Powers, Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Bernie Clarke and Lila Rasa Brown, Lori loves to diversify teachings by incorporating yogic philosophy and positive lifestyle themes into her classes. Lori believes that personal wellness comes from the fulfillment of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. An appropriate balance of these needs results in a life of health and happiness. It can be said that those who partake in her yoga commonly experience a “connection to self” and a “sensation of peacefulness”. Peace and Body Harmony to All, Namaste

Lori Charko

Certified in Classical Hatha yoga in 2001, Lori since has over 500 hours of certifications and qualified experience in Yin Yoga, Prenatal Fitness, Mom & Baby Yoga and Anusara Yoga. Including her former years of Advanced Personal Training, she has over 24 years of experience teaching fitness and yoga. Lori's SFU kinesiology education, nutrition, fitness and yoga studies, along with her world travels and an authentic caring nature, have her guiding dynamic, safe and enjoyable classes. Inspired by teachers such as Sarah Powers, Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Bernie Clarke and Lila Rasa Brown, Lori loves to diversify teachings by incorporating yogic philosophy and positive lifestyle themes into her classes. Lori believes that personal wellness comes from the fulfillment of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. An appropriate balance of these needs results in a life of health and happiness. It can be said that those who partake in her yoga commonly experience a “connection to self” and a “sensation of peacefulness”.

Peace and Body Harmony to All,

Namaste

Martina Kucikova After dabbling in yoga since 2001, Martina completed her 500 hr YTT in 2006. Since then she has been passionately teaching yoga around the world, having the opportunity to teach in Canada, Australia, Nicaragua, Kuwait and the Mediterranean.  From the very beginning Martina was inspired by the power of yoga, on one hand to challenge our personal status quo, to face our inner most fears and conditioning, and on the other hand, to be able to uplift, open, surrender and ground her. She continues to teach from this inspired space and holds a deep aspiration for each student. Martina teaches a variety of styles to all levels, from beginners to advanced. Her classes are supportive and nurturing, and her instructions are clear and precise. Her background in massage and knowledge of anatomy and physiology helps her guide students safely through the class. She loves sharing her knowledge and empowering students by educating them on all levels of human existence.  You can expect to move, be still, be challenged, breathe and discover a greater level of health and vitality. Every cell of your body will be inspired and effervescent."

Martina Kucikova

After dabbling in yoga since 2001, Martina completed her 500 hr YTT in 2006. Since then she has been passionately teaching yoga around the world, having the opportunity to teach in Canada, Australia, Nicaragua, Kuwait and the Mediterranean. 

From the very beginning Martina was inspired by the power of yoga, on one hand to challenge our personal status quo, to face our inner most fears and conditioning, and on the other hand, to be able to uplift, open, surrender and ground her. She continues to teach from this inspired space and holds a deep aspiration for each student.

Martina teaches a variety of styles to all levels, from beginners to advanced. Her classes are supportive and nurturing, and her instructions are clear and precise. Her background in massage and knowledge of anatomy and physiology helps her guide students safely through the class. She loves sharing her knowledge and empowering students by educating them on all levels of human existence. 

You can expect to move, be still, be challenged, breathe and discover a greater level of health and vitality. Every cell of your body will be inspired and effervescent."

 
Alex Hunter I was introduced to yoga at a time in my life when I was battling the effects of a stressful work life and an unfulfilled home life.  I began with a Yin practice and soon discovered Restorative yoga.  I worked firstly with these two practices to help relieve stress and before I knew it I was happily incorporating many other styles of yoga into my practice. My Restorative yoga practice resonated with me so profoundly that I felt a more deep understanding of the practice was in order.  I decided to take my yoga teacher training to immerse myself in the practice of yoga in order to see how this practice could really change my approach to life.  I began with my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Shakti Mhi at Prana Yoga College, and continued to expand my knowledge of the yoga world to include Restorative Yoga training with Wendy Eyton, and Swan at The Path Yoga Centre. It was during my Restorative yoga training that I discovered a place where I felt understood and deeply supported.  I studied the way my teachers taught, acted and spoke in an effort to be able to take what they had integrated over many years of teaching and training, and integrate their knowledge into my own classes.  It was through this training that I started to more deeply understand trauma, stress and how this practice of Restorative yoga can and does relieve the layers of tension we hold from our past and present way of living and being.  I believe the principles of Restorative yoga can be applied to any other style of yoga and I have found this to be true whilst applying these principles to my Hatha yoga classes. My goal in each class is to create an honest and welcoming environment where each student feels safe and supported.  I allow the time you need to get into and out of each pose with clear instructions and with safety as my first priority.  I invite you to join me and others who have discovered the value of these principles to slow down, reflect, renew and restore by listening to your body and being present with the sensations you feel, whether blissful or not so blissful as we move from pose to pose in an effort to understand ourselves better and find peace within. Shanti and Namaste.

Alex Hunter

I was introduced to yoga at a time in my life when I was battling the effects of a stressful work life and an unfulfilled home life.  I began with a Yin practice and soon discovered Restorative yoga.  I worked firstly with these two practices to help relieve stress and before I knew it I was happily incorporating many other styles of yoga into my practice.

My Restorative yoga practice resonated with me so profoundly that I felt a more deep understanding of the practice was in order.  I decided to take my yoga teacher training to immerse myself in the practice of yoga in order to see how this practice could really change my approach to life.  I began with my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Shakti Mhi at Prana Yoga College, and continued to expand my knowledge of the yoga world to include Restorative Yoga training with Wendy Eyton, and Swan at The Path Yoga Centre.

It was during my Restorative yoga training that I discovered a place where I felt understood and deeply supported.  I studied the way my teachers taught, acted and spoke in an effort to be able to take what they had integrated over many years of teaching and training, and integrate their knowledge into my own classes.  It was through this training that I started to more deeply understand trauma, stress and how this practice of Restorative yoga can and does relieve the layers of tension we hold from our past and present way of living and being.  I believe the principles of Restorative yoga can be applied to any other style of yoga and I have found this to be true whilst applying these principles to my Hatha yoga classes.

My goal in each class is to create an honest and welcoming environment where each student feels safe and supported.  I allow the time you need to get into and out of each pose with clear instructions and with safety as my first priority.  I invite you to join me and others who have discovered the value of these principles to slow down, reflect, renew and restore by listening to your body and being present with the sensations you feel, whether blissful or not so blissful as we move from pose to pose in an effort to understand ourselves better and find peace within.

Shanti and Namaste.

Heidi Joffe 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. Throughout these years, I have 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. 

Heidi Joffe

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.

Throughout these years, I have 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. 

 
Tara Manky While stretching to create more flexibility in the physical body, Tara encourages students to lengthen and deepen their breath and create space within to find balance between body and mind; between action and relaxation. Students are challenged to let go of their daily lives and take time to connect to the inner silence and peace inside. With a supportive focus to her teaching, she provides guidance in breath and alignment-based movements while encouraging her students to find their optimal form within each pose. She stays true to the core principles of yoga while creating a safe place to explore your practice. Forever a student, Tara is grateful to regularly embark on the path of learning and teaching and to be able to share her love for yoga with others. Her humour, stories and philosophical musings leave students with lasting thoughts to ponder. Students can expect to walk away feeling not only more flexible but also more relaxed, centred and grounded.

Tara Manky

While stretching to create more flexibility in the physical body, Tara encourages students to lengthen and deepen their breath and create space within to find balance between body and mind; between action and relaxation. Students are challenged to let go of their daily lives and take time to connect to the inner silence and peace inside.

With a supportive focus to her teaching, she provides guidance in breath and alignment-based movements while encouraging her students to find their optimal form within each pose. She stays true to the core principles of yoga while creating a safe place to explore your practice.

Forever a student, Tara is grateful to regularly embark on the path of learning and teaching and to be able to share her love for yoga with others. Her humour, stories and philosophical musings leave students with lasting thoughts to ponder. Students can expect to walk away feeling not only more flexible but also more relaxed, centred and grounded.

Jeff Grace I discovered yoga in my early twenties. After spending the majority of my life immersed in high level competitive sport, both as an athlete and a coach, I knew how yoga could benefit my athletic performance. This is what initially intrigued me about the practice, but there was something more that I could not put my finger on. At the age of 26 I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder and realized what that something more was. Yoga offered me a way to bring balance not only to my body, but to my life.  Over the years my yoga practice has helped guide me through many physical and psychological challenges. My practice has helped me recover from spinal surgery and develop greater emotional intelligence and stability. After having a successful coaching career that spanned over a period of 20 years I decided to combine my love for teaching with my passion for yoga. I am currently a 500-Hour RYT with advanced therapeutic training.  I am honoured to help others discover, develop and strengthen their own practice.

Jeff Grace

I discovered yoga in my early twenties. After spending the majority of my life immersed in high level competitive sport, both as an athlete and a coach, I knew how yoga could benefit my athletic performance. This is what initially intrigued me about the practice, but there was something more that I could not put my finger on.

At the age of 26 I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder and realized what that something more was. Yoga offered me a way to bring balance not only to my body, but to my life. 

Over the years my yoga practice has helped guide me through many physical and psychological challenges. My practice has helped me recover from spinal surgery and develop greater emotional intelligence and stability.

After having a successful coaching career that spanned over a period of 20 years I decided to combine my love for teaching with my passion for yoga. I am currently a 500-Hour RYT with advanced therapeutic training. 

I am honoured to help others discover, develop and strengthen their own practice.

Tahira Tejpar I teach with the belief that our yoga practices are dynamic. Each time we step onto the mat, our experiences shift and change. In my own practice, allowing myself to be attentive to these little changes in my daily routine have ultimately deepened my connection to my own sense of happiness, freedom and healing. I like to create the opportunity to explore the transformative power of yoga over mind and body with openness to the individuality of our practices. My classes incorporate a strong focus on connection with the breath, along with some of the beautiful yoga philosophy and some spontaneity woven in too. After earning my RYT-200 certification in Victoria, B.C, I moved back home to North Vancouver to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience. My favourite styles of yoga are Yin and Vinyasa, but I can also be found exploring traditional Hatha. My yoga teacher training provided training in yoga for trauma survivors, and I have great interest in the power of yoga to heal from mental illness and traumatic brain injury. I enjoy the integration of my academic background in my teaching to guide students of all levels through a vibrant practice.

Tahira Tejpar

I teach with the belief that our yoga practices are dynamic. Each time we step onto the mat, our experiences shift and change. In my own practice, allowing myself to be attentive to these little changes in my daily routine have ultimately deepened my connection to my own sense of happiness, freedom and healing. I like to create the opportunity to explore the transformative power of yoga over mind and body with openness to the individuality of our practices. My classes incorporate a strong focus on connection with the breath, along with some of the beautiful yoga philosophy and some spontaneity woven in too.

After earning my RYT-200 certification in Victoria, B.C, I moved back home to North Vancouver to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience. My favourite styles of yoga are Yin and Vinyasa, but I can also be found exploring traditional Hatha. My yoga teacher training provided training in yoga for trauma survivors, and I have great interest in the power of yoga to heal from mental illness and traumatic brain injury. I enjoy the integration of my academic background in my teaching to guide students of all levels through a vibrant practice.