Meet Your Teachers

Meet Your Teachers

We recently asked our members: What do you love about our studio?

  • “The community/options/inclusiveness/positivity”
  • “Nice instructors, love the Sunday morning class”
  • “The instructors are the energy!”
  • “Instructors are great – lots of variety”
  • “There is always love & light here – always.”
  • “The teachers and the people who attend. Feels like a family.”

Our Teachers
Tracy Simpson

Tracy Simpson

Tracy Simpson

Tracy Simpson

Why Did you start teaching? To share the freedom yoga offers physically, mentally and emotionally. What has changed in your life since teaching? I feel more open to possibility. I also feel more connected to people, community and making a difference. This feeds my soul. What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Two things. First is making sure everyone is safe in class. I don't necessarily find this hard, but I place a strong emphasis on it. The second thing is always feeling like I have to be perfect. That is my own daily battle - we all have one :)! What is the best advice you can give a student? Be patient. Observe where you are and absorb what you are learning. Don't feel the need to push and force. The yoga journey is not a purely physical one. When you allow yourself to surrender, open up and relax all the gifts of the practice will present themselves to you. There are many gifts. What can students expect in your class? My students can expect a very balanced well rounded class. Physically challenging with enough options offered to modify anything when needed. My class will focus attention on going within, grounding and exploring while anchored in breath. My class will be inspiring, energetic at times threaded with just enough yogic philosophy and spirituality to keep you wanting to learn more.

Charlene Forbes

Charlene Forbes

Charlene Forbes

Charlene Forbes

Why Did you start teaching? I wanted to share the inner stillness that the practice of yoga brings. What has changed in your life since teaching? I feel inspired to grow and change without fear, something I've always struggled with.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? That is a tough question.... I think it's finding balance! I'm a yogi, daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother of twins and teacher fiercely dedicated to my students. I always want to teach more yoga!! To find balance, I try to breathe into each moment and to be my best self in all areas of life. I share the journey with my students so we grow together with honesty and gratitude. What is the best advice you can give a student? To be courageous enough to get quiet inside so you can trust your body to do amazing things and allow yourself a true rest. What can students expect in your class? A kind, healing and refreshing practice that will help you rise above all the constants of thinking so you can replenish, renew and restore yourself.

Katarina Stofikova

Katarina Stofikova

Katarina Stofikova

Katarina Stofikova

Why Did you start teaching? I have practiced for over 14 years now and 3 years ago I felt I had enough experience to share with others. Best decision I have ever made! What has changed in your life since teaching? Hm... I found true home, purpose, comfort, happiness. I have met the most interesting and amazing people and I learned how not to take anything I have for granted and accept that things can change and will change every day.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Probably like anyone else - to keep good balance. Yoga is my life, I practice yoga all day long, seven days a week in many shapes and forms. So I am trying really hard to have a good judgment when enough is enough and when I need to say "no". It is certainly work in progress. What is the best advice you can give a student? That you don't have to flexible to do yoga. To understand that yoga practice is not about stretching but about letting your body open. It is about finding spaces within our being, learning how to breath into them and then bringing them to life.To be willing to try different yoga classes and finding one that works for you. To look inside when in class and not to look around and try to do what others do and to love yourself and always meet yourself wherever you are with acceptance in your heart. What can students expect in your class? To learn how trust their bodies. To learn intelligence and wisdom of our bodies have and practice from that place.

Kerri Neild

Kerri Neild

Kerri Neild

Kerri Neild

Why Did you start teaching? Yoga changed my life. I had struggled with anxiety and depression for years, which took me away from my life, yoga keeps me fully engaged in life, eyes wide open. I wanted to share that with others. There's this incredible physical practice that helps us live more skillfully in our lives. What has changed in your life since teaching? My practice has deepened both on & off the mat.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Finding balance, staying present even when there's lots to do, not being too hard on myself. Good thing there's a practice for all of that! :) What is the best advice you can give a student? Get to your mat. Show up for yourself. Practice. What can students expect in your class? an emphasis on alignment, a passion for the practice, a sense of humor, with an ongoing intention for living our yoga off our mats❤️

Sue MacHenry

Sue MacHenry

Sue MacHenry

Sue MacHenry

Why Did you start teaching? I started teaching because I fell so madly in love with the whole Yoga journey. The community, the experience of healing amongst so many bright men and women. But mostly because I had fallen madly in love with the journey. What has changed in your life since teaching? The realization of what a truly blessed life I have. The ability to teach and do what others only dream of.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Not fully being present for my students/teachers. Letting the community down. What is the best advice you can give a student? Practice daily, have a pranayama practice daily. Meditate daily. And enjoy the ride every day without comparing yourself to another. What can students expect in your class? Authenticity Teachings from my heart. A unique and challenging journey that will leave you wanting more. ❤️

Amanita Cummings

Amanita Cummings

Amanita Cummings

Amanita Cummings

Why Did you start teaching? I started teaching because I was fascinated by the science of Yoga ever since I was in high school. I wanted to experience it as a lifestyle, all encompassing in everything I do. This led me to the Sivananda Ashrams where I studied, fell in love with Yoga and then decided to become a teacher to introduce others to this ancient technology. I consider myself a student first - always learning, and second, of a facilitator of Asana practices. If I can introduce and help guide someone onto the path of yoga and self inquiry, I feel I have done my job. Everyone has their own unique journey. What has changed in your life since teaching? I have been teaching yoga for 12 years. I began teaching shortly before I became pregnant with my son in 2004. I then became certfied in pre-natal yoga in Vancouver before returning to my home in the Cayman Islands to teach and share with a group of other expectant mothers, many of whom I'm still friends with today. It is an ever changing journey, yet a steadfast practice. Yoga is my rock. My "go to" for what ever life throws at me from the drama to the mundane.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher?I really don't feel there is anything 'hard" in being a teacher. It is my pleasure, my passion and a gift to be able to share.I see the positive impact yoga has on my students lives and well being and I am grateful to be a part of it. What is the best advice you can give a student? Relax and enjoy. Life is too short to get stuck in the details. What can students expect in your class? Students can expect a straightforward approach of guidance and direction through an asana sequence that allows for space and freedom to explore one's own organic range of movement as well as the limits. I place an emphasis on breathing and finding ease amidst difficulty.

Tarryl Plain

Tarryl Plain

Tarryl Plain

Tarryl Plain

Why Did you start teaching? Fitness resumes of all types to stay active and make sure I made time. Yoga started to balance out all my intense trainings and try and eliminate all the monies being spent on injuries. What has changed in your life since teaching? significantly more mindful, less to reacting to life's stuff that it throws at us.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher?It takes a very seasoned teacher to learn to not take things personal, and everyone will grow and learn as they are willing, and NOT a second sooner. What is the best advice you can give a student? Be honest with your own edge and be kind to yourself in practice. We are all "A work in progress" What can students expect in your class? Strength, space, honestly....and they will find their edge :)

Lynn Higgins

Lynn Higgins

Lynn Higgins

Lynn Higgins

Why Did you start teaching? I started teaching yoga so that I could share something which truly transformed my own life with others. What has changed in your life since teaching? Since I began teaching I have found I have become more mindful and thoughtful with myself and others. I have found beauty in the ‘pause’.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Letting go of perfection. We are all our own worst critics – I am no exception. It is an ongoing challenge in my life but in particular when I teach. I need to remember to practice the same self-kindness I teach my students. What is the best advice you can give a student? See answer to the previous question – practice self-kindness and have as much patience if not more with yourself as you do with others. Yoga is not about doing the postures perfectly – it is about how your practice can transform your life. What can students expect in your class? My intention is to have students leave feeling like they’ve created space. They can expect a class that will leave them feeling grounded & connected.

Desirée Dawson

Desirée Dawson

Desirée Dawson

Desirée Dawson

Why Did you start teaching? Originally I took teacher training to improve my own health and wellness and fell in love with the benefits of yoga so much that It became a passion to spread it around to everyone! What has changed in your life since teaching? Teaching is a constant reminder to stay on my own game. To keep my breathe flowing always, to always have a compassionate heart and to really tap in to my intuition. It’s so much easier to take care of your well being when you are always talking about it. Teaching keeps me learning and evolving constantly. I often feel I am more of a student when at the front of the class, then a teacher!What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? I wouldn't say teaching ever feels hard necessarily. However, I can be pretty hard on myself to have all the answers. Being a teacher and assisting people through their unique journey of well being is a big responsibility and I definitely can get overwhelmed with how much new information is out there and how much I want to fill myself up with that knowledge, but I can't do it at the speed that I would like :). It’s so important to breathe, take it slow, and reminding myself that I am ENOUGH in this moment! What is the best advice you can give a student? Cultivate deep compassion for yourself. On the mat (and off), all kinds of feelings and emotions can appear and its so important to just acknowledge what comes up but keep moving forward. Embrace how unique you are. Truly! Yoga isn't about everyone looking exactly the same or bending exactly the same. Be YOU so sweetly and boldly and listen to what you need at all times. Honour what your whole being has been through and give it what it needs. Don't get too caught up in the mind, get real caught up in the heart :). What can students expect in your class? You can expect a space where we will challenge ourselves in a loving and compassionate way. I myself am on a healing journey physically and emotionally, so my classes always end up being centred around releasing, healing and exploring into the depths of our being. I believe that the heaviness in the world is caused by a huge disconnect within ourselves leaving us unable to deeply connect with each other. My classes are about coming together, dropping labels and masks and bringing your authentic self to the world. Music is similar to yoga in the sense that it connects, activates and allows energy to flow through the body. For that reason I absolutely love bringing live music into every class. My voice, my baritone ukulele and the occasional appearance of other world instruments are featured in my classes!

Heather Cull

Heather Cull

Heather Cull

Heather Cull

Why Did you start teaching? I started teaching yoga after working as a personal trainer. I was always saddened by the way my clients beat themselves up striving to attain unrealistic goals and the unhealthy relationship so many of us have with our bodies. I wanted to teach mindful movement that wasn't attached to a negative or positive reaction. A movement that could allow us to connect to our bodies in a way to make peace with our bodies. What has changed in your life since teaching? I've learned to look at situations and ask the question "is this life enhancing or life diminishing?" I ask this question daily, from every class I plan to how I schedule my day to how I deal with difficult situations or relationships. Asking this brings balance into my life, sometimes it's more life enhancing to let go and enjoy that piece of cake with your bestie and sometimes it's more life enhancing to ignore the messy house and get to a yoga class.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Making time for my own daily practice. It can be hard to find time to practice, between teaching and raising my two boys, it can feel that there are not enough hours in a day. I'm still learning to let go of the expectation of having the same decadent two hour practice I had before having children. Some days my practice is five minutes of mindful breathing in the car between activities and other days, I do get a long physical asana practice in. At the end of the day I again have to ask "is this life enhancing or life diminishing." Skirting my responsibilities as a parent to practice isn't going to be beneficial to anyone, nor is ignoring my own practice, it's all about balance What is the best advice you can give a student? Inquire! Always inquire. Get info from the teacher, but listen to your body and notice how your body responds to the pose or practice. Notice when you're forcing yourself into a shape, notice how your body fights the pose, how your breath becomes restrictive and how your mind reacts negatively, soften, modify, use props. Be kind to yourself, easing up on a pose can actually help you go deeper. At the same time, notice when you can go deeper, when you can tap into that inner strength and challenge yourself, when you can push away mental barriers to soar. Yoga like life is sometimes easy, sometimes challenging, it's all how we respond. What can students expect in your class? I love movement and I love feeling strong and challenged. I want my students to feel the same joy in movement that I do. My intention in class is for students to leave feeling empowered and grounded, to feel a deep connection and respect for their bodies.

Laurie Sterling

Laurie Sterling

Laurie Sterling

Laurie Sterling

Why Did you start teaching? Before becoming a yoga teacher I was a fitness instructor and personal trainer. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching but felt there was something missing for me. Having had a fairly regular yoga practice and a love for yoga, I knew that was the missing piece: I wanted to share my love of yoga. What has changed in your life since teaching? Haha what hasn't changed is the real question. I have a sense of being who I truly am. I feel very much at peace and content. Constantly learning is something I very much enjoy and I have an even greater sense of appreciation and gratitude for the practice.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Hmmm... I would probably say putting together a class that everyone will enjoy. I know that I can't please everyone but that is one of my true obstacles in life is to try to make everyone happy. What is the best advice you can give a student? I will quote one of my dearest friends on this. "Be where you are". Every day is different and some days are tougher than others.  Be kind to yourself and realize that you are not the only one. Whatever the day brings, be where you are and be ok with that. That advice can be taken on and off the mat. What can students expect in your class? I'm a huge fan of music so I try to bring that into my classes. My classes are a well balanced combination of strength, balancing and stretching. While there may be fire at times, I offer many alternatives to suit every level.

Bronwyn Muirhead

Bronwyn Muirhead

Bronwyn Muirhead

Bronwyn Muirhead

Why Did you start teaching? I began my Yoga journey in 2012 after two serious injuries in my life as a competitive tennis player, competing at national and international levels. Injuries to my left knee and right elbow sidelined me for many months. During these months of rehab, I met a yoga instructor (now a lifetime friend), who guided me through recovery via yoga. Experiencing yoga’s ability to heal far beyond the physical body, and experiencing the passion and joy that was shared with me through yoga, I too found myself wanting to share the knowledge. My studies have allowed me to learn and teach the lineage of Krishnamacharya - the natural progression was for me to teach. What has changed in your life since teaching? One word-EVERYTHING. My breath has changed. I am a healer by nature, and every day this aspect of my life is now brought to my awareness. My movement through life has changed. Yoga complements all aspects of my life.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Being heard by yogi’s that their yoga practice is exactly that- challenging. Their yoga practice, to know their limitations, knowing when to ask the instructor for the adaptations their body needs. What is the best advice you can give a student? Honoring one’s self. Don’t give up, the practice of yoga is a lifetime journey. Some days feel awkward, some days feel amazing, everyday is breath. What can students expect in your class? With over 20 years experience as a Massage Therapist, I bring to my class the foundation of alignment of the body in asanas. I teach with passion and humor (I often like to laugh at myself), while guiding you to explore the journey into the self through the sequences and embodiment of yoga. I am deeply inspired to see people connect with the wisdom of their own body, mind and spirit. I am committed to holding a space for this exploration of self. ENJOY!

Shae Savage

Shae Savage

Shae Savage

Shae Savage

Who am I? I am a Kinesiologist, Movement goddess. Medicine woman. Healer. Ceremonialist. Wild. Untamed. Unashamed. Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Creative Movement Therapist. Educator. Passionist. Feminine. Soulful. Teacher. Student. Explorer. Adventurer. Mother. Maiden. Crone. What do I do? I take you through a journey through your body and emotions. Pulling from various trainings in yoga (Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative), rewilding principles, dancing, mantra, mudra, community, connection, pranayama, posture recalibration, rehabilitative movements and education, personal application and experience. What are my specialties? I am formally trained in Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, Pre-Natal Yoga, Therapeutics and Pranayama. The majority of my teachings come from my personal applications and deep integrations of these practices as well as working closely with my students.

Lauren Roegele

Lauren Roegele

Lauren Roegele

Lauren Roegele

Lauren has been passionately involved in Yoga since 2001 and teaching fulltime since 2005. She has owned and operated a yoga studio, lead yoga teacher trainings both as program director and faculty member for the Vancouver school of yoga (2008 – 2016), and is currently co-founder of Yogo.tv, an online yoga website. Lauren wears her heart on her sleeve and teaches from a sincere and authentic place. She’s committed to walk the talk by getting to her yoga practice everyday and recognizes that the choices she makes on the mat, make a difference off the mat. So with an open heart and a playful spirit, Lauren will lead you through a dynamic yet thought provoking class that is sure to leave you feeling deeply connected to your community, your body and your Self. 

Lisa Greene

Lisa Greene

Lisa Greene

Lisa Greene

Why Did you start teaching? My education in Chinese Medicine is a perfect complement to yoga. I have so many patients in pain and making small changes in their life would have enormous health benefits for them. Incorporating a yoga practice is one of those changes. I think some people get intimidated when they think of beginning a yoga practice, but just learning something like pranayama breath can help with depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. I want to help people on their journey to better health! What has changed in your life since teaching? When you lead a class you can see peoples’ physical and emotional struggles, right in front of you. Teaching reminds me that we are all one, going through this life with what we have been given and what we still need to create. It also has given me the joy to pause. Yoga is a gentle reminder that life is step-by-step.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Teaching is a humbling experience. Each of us has our own story, and it’s important to treat individuals with respect and dignity to allow growth at their own pace. For example, I may have intended to lead a practice that may be slightly more challenging, but if the students had a very difficult day and it took all their effort just to show up, I must have the insight to change what is required so the students feel empowered instead of defeated. What is the best advice you can give a student? Not to take life so seriously—its only life after all! To laugh at yourself, when your mind wants to be in a new pose but your body says no. To accept that anything over time will always improve, and to allow yourself the time to do it. What can students expect in your class? I want to offer classes that students feel satisfied with what they have accomplished. To leave expectations at the door, and realize each session is a step towards personal and physical growth. We are all so hard on ourselves, and it can be challenging to find acceptance in who we are and what we have to offer in this life. My goals are to provide my students a practice that can both challenge them physically within their means, but also inspire them.

Linda Shore

Linda Shore

Linda Shore

Linda Shore

Why Did you start teaching? I really enjoy sharing the practice of yoga, and witnessing firsthand the benefits that others experience from it. What has changed in your life since teaching? I am fitter, I have more energy, I have become much more knowledgeable about the practice of yoga, and I have met many lovely people and established some very rich friendships.What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Trying to ensure that my classes have something for everyone, and that all of my students feel that my class speaks to them. What is the best advice you can give a student? Allow yourself to gracefully let go of the things not meant for you. What can students expect in your class? A warm-hearted and spirited atmosphere, with clear cuing supported by strong technique, delivered with options for all levels of capability in a safe manner.

Leena Joshi

Leena Joshi

Leena Joshi

Leena Joshi

Why Did you start teaching? To bring more balance into my life. There is an intricate dance between being a wife and mother, especially while living in a different country than my immediate family. I lost myself and yoga gave me a chance to learn how stop and be in the moment. It has made me take time to quiet my mind and carry over what I learn on my mat into practice in my day to day life. What has changed in your life since teaching? I have connected to a deeper feeling of being true to myself and giving from that place. Living life in the present moment, knowing that’s the only thing that really exists, and that I be fully connected while still be able to detach. What is the hardest thing you face as a teacher? Not being enough. This has been my greatest challenge. Also having injuries and relearning how to be in my body again. What is the best advice you can give a student? Show up and have no expectations. Learn to listen to your intuition, knowing that your body really knows when to stop and when to take it a little further. And truly be okay with it all. Not allowing your ego or any judgment to get the better of you. What can students expect in your class? I want my students to leave my classes feeling better than when than came in, be it changes in the physical body or the emotional. I want my students to have a greater sense of well- being - mind, body and spirit.