• Abbey Schamber
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    Abbey has been inspired by the yogic lifestyle for over a decade. Having practice various types of yoga throughout the years, it wasn’t until she tried an ashtanga class that she truly felt connected. Having a dedicated ashtanga practice helped Abbey stay strong and keep faith during a difficult transition period. She believes that finding time to be with yourself and your breath will allow you to find peace in all aspects of your life. In July 2018, her yoga journey brought her to Mysore, India where she completed 200 hour RYT in Ashtanga yoga. 

     

    A pharmacist by trade, Abbey enjoys helping people maintain optimum health. She’s a strong believer in treating the individual, not the condition. She recently moved to Bowen Island and works full-time at Cate’s Pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the island and going to Tunstall Beach with her wiener dog, Francois. 
  • Andrea (Amrita) Clark
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    ANDREA (AMRITA) CLARK, RYT-500 My life has been a true reflection of my intention. I know through first-hand experience that you build the life you desire, you are the master and creator of your destiny. Yoga has unfolded this understanding to me, yoga is my way of life, this is the yoga I share with others. I have had the privilege of studying the yogic path within many lineages and traditions around the globe. My teaching style is an infusion of mindful alignment and intentional breath. I want to share the understanding of space with my students. When we tap into the space that exists, all physical movement is accessible and all mental tension is dissolved. Yoga has taken me around the globe where I teach Exotic Retreats, Raw Detoxes, Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Mat Pilates, and am now opening Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen Island (link www.nectaryogabnb.ca) in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Yoga is a lifelong process of evolution, growing, and learning. I believe that we are all students and we are all teachers. I look forward to sharing my seeds of knowledge with you and equally learning from you.
  • Atma Karam (Bridget) Kaur
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    BRIDGET DUNNE Bridget was introduced to yoga through the Hatha tradition more than a decade ago. While living in Ghana, West Africa she attended a Kundalini yoga class and knew this was her path. She followed her intuition and enrolled in teacher training after attending this one class. Bridget is a trained instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She completed her 220 hour Level I teacher training in Ghana and is currently completing her 300 hour Level II teacher training in Vancouver. Bridget lives on Bowen Island with her husband and step-daughters. She has a passion for nature with both a Bachelor and Masters degrees in Environmental Science. When she’s not on the yoga mat, she’s in the outdoors rock climbing, cross country skiing or kayaking. Bridget believes in and has experienced the benefits of this union, yoga, as it reconnects us to our heart, our purpose and our true self. The world is moving at a faster pace than ever before which requires us to stay present and act from a place of true intention. Bridget is excited to be teaching a regular Kundalini class on Bowen Island and supporting the yoga community here. With a daily yoga practice, the possibilities are endless!
  • Brittany Franc
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    Britt Franc grew up on beautiful Bowen Island and now lives between France and BC with her husband and their three year old daughter. She has been teaching yoga for the past ten years, offering teachings from both the Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga lineage. 

  • Chantal O'Sullivan
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    CHANTAL O'SULLIVAN, E-RYT 500 Chantal O’Sullivan is a yoga teacher, writer and adventurer who believes every day is better once you’ve taken time to unroll your mat. She brings her enthusiasm and love of yoga to every class she teaches. “Yoga should be fun. And everyone can and should do yoga not just bendy people,” she says. "Show up and smile: You're on your way.” Her teaching style infuses a passion for life, travel and movement with a lifelong love of yoga. Expect to be challenged, inspired and to have fun.
  • Chantal Russell
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    CHANTAL RUSSELL, E-RYT 500, RHN Chantal Russell is Co-Founder and Studio Director at Bowen Island Yoga. She moved to the island in 2012 and is continually inspired by the nature, beauty and people of Bowen . Chantal has been practicing yoga for over a decade and has been teaching since 2005. In 2007, she graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto. Since then, she has facilitated nutrition workshops, cleanses, one-on-one consultations, and taught in some of Canada's top yoga studio's in Toronto and Vancouver. From 2010-12 she apprenticed with internationally celebrated yoga innovator Sianna Sherman, during which time she assisted numerous teacher training programs in San Francisco and Paris, completed in depth studies in pre-natal and yoga therapeutics, and studied with top yoga and meditation scholars including Sally Kempton, Paul Muller-Ortega, Christopher Wallis and Douglas Brooks. Chantal is a faculty member at The Vancouver School of Yoga, oversees the yoga & nutrition program at The Orchard Recovery Center, runs retreats around the world, and is a regular contributor to Rebelle Society. When not teaching or writing, she can be found gardening with her husband and son, reading by the fire, or traveling the world in search of good waves, healing foods and nourishing conversation. To learn more, visit her website here: https://www.chantalrussell.com
  • Emily McCullum
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    EMILY MCCULLUM, RYT-500 Emily McCullum was introduced to children’s yoga at eight years old by Kareen Zebroff of Channel 10 TV Yoga in Vancouver. She studied intermittently over the years until she took her first 500 hour yoga teacher training program with the South Okanagan Yoga Association a decade ago. Emily has also completed a three year, 800 hour advanced training program in Vijnana Yoga, has been a meditator since childhood, and has been studying yogic philosophy with a teacher in India for ten years. Along the way, she and her husband David founded an outsourced tech support company called Digitally Hip and raised their children Ben and Eliza, who are now young adults out in the world. Emily and David moved to Bowen in the fall of 1993 because they thought it would be a wonderful community in which to raise their children, who loved roaming the island’s lush woods and beaches as they grew. They weren’t the only ones. Accompanied by her dog, Emily takes time most days to wander through the woods, widening and deepening her awareness. To Emily, the life force which animates us also permeates the world, and practicing yoga helps us to open ourselves to what is, beyond the stories we tell ourselves. Learning to practice yoga from within is a lifetime journey. In her classes, Emily explains the physical cues that enable us to connect from fingertip to toe-tip to the top of the head. Whether we’re naturally stiff or over-flexible, learning to read these cues helps to protect us from injury and fosters a calm inner balance that carries forward into daily life.
  • Harmony Shire Davison
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    HARMONY SHIRE DAVISON, RMT Harmony is our resident, well-loved Yin Yoga teacher—her classes are ALWAYS full (so book early if you want to get a spot). In addition to being part of our teaching tribe at Bowen Island Yoga, Harmony works as registered massage therapist at the Wellness Centre on Bowen Island and has a small practice in Vancouver as well.
  • Jen Lafferty
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    JEN LAFFERTY, RYT-500 Yoga has been an integral part of Jen's life since her first class in 2003. She has maintained a steady practice ever since and strives to incorporate Yoga principles and philosophy into her daily actions on and off the mat. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta’s School of Business, Jen spent several years working at Edmonton’s top Marketing Agency, Incite. During that time she completed her 200 hour teacher training though World Conscious Yoga Family and in 2011 she was inspired to leave her executive position and journey to her teacher's ashram in India to complete the 500 Hour program. She has been fortunate to teach full time since. Jen feels honoured to be able to share the practice of Yoga and Meditation with students of all levels - "WE ARE ALL ONE!" In her classes, expect a balance of heart pumping and body flowing movements with nourishing relaxation and soul inquisition. Jen loves to honour the relationship between asana (postures), pranayama (breath work) and meditation. She invites your to go within, listen to the cues of your own body’s wisdom and create a meditation in motion on the mat. As a full time Mom to her daughter, Dalia, Jen spends much of her day exploring the beauty of her new home on Bowen Island - from a 2 year old’s perspective. While evenings are spent sipping tea and discussing the day with her husband, and soul mate, James. She loves travelling, reading a great book (or 4 at once!), chocolate and being with nature. Jen also connects with the world through 30minuteyogamom.com
  • Lucia Arreaga
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    LUCIA ARREAGA, RYT-200, PERSONAL TRAINER Yoga found Lucia a decade ago, at a time of great change and personal transformation. The mat offered a quiet space for reflection and the opportunity to challenge body and mind in a safe, playful way. Following a successful career in the corporate world, Lucia traded in her business suits for stretchy pants and established a personal training, group fitness and lifestyle wellness company, Sprout Athletics. In 2014, Lucia completed her 200hr yoga teacher training to share her passion and round out her offering. As a personal trainer, Lucia brings a passion for anatomy, love for alignment and the desire to share the joy of movement to her classes. She is drawn to the physical, but recognizes that yoga soothes the soul as much as it does the body. When Lucia isn't sweating or stretching, you'll likely find her adventuring with her husband, Paulo, and their two little girls. Whether exploring the jungles of Costa Rica, hiking the trails of North Vancouver, or reading a book in her own backyard, no adventure is too big or small. Lucia feels incredibly fortunate to do work she loves, and looks forward to sharing the gift of yoga with the Bowen community.
  • Natasha Vaz
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    Natasha Vaz completed her Yoga Teacher Training through Shamanic Yoga Institute in Squamish and is excited to share her practice on Bowen.  Having studied the traditional Yogic texts as well as First Nations teachings, she brings a blend of precision, story-telling and nature based intention to her classes.  She is also a Certified Nutritional Practitioner specializing in digestion, metabolism, food culture and whole well-being. She brings more than 14 years of experience in Yoga and the Health and Wellness Industry. Having also completed her   Ayruveda for Western Practitioners course, she wholly believes that healthy is an everyday practice. Her upbringing on the Mediterranean diet has given her a unique insight into health.
    She practices clinical nutrition at Equinox Integrative Wellness in Caulfield Village and also hosts seminars and talks at the Orchard and co-fascilitates retreats on Bowen Island.  After changing career paths from finance to wellness she discovered that food and it’s culture, effects, and knowledge has always been a creative outlet and a nourishing way of life.
  • Sara Bryant
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    SARA BRYANT, E-RYT 500

     

    Sara Bryant’s passion and practice of yoga led her to India to follow one of her dreams of becoming a yoga instructor. She lived at an ashram in Nasik and completed a 250 hour yoga teacher training program, where she received international certification as a yoga instructor. She returned to India a year and a half later in August 2008 to complete another 250 hour diploma in Yogic studies where she learned advanced yoga practices. Her love for children and play led her to Malaa of The Yoga Tree, to complete Yoga for Kids teacher training. following the birth of her son in 2009 Sara wanted to teach expecting mothers so she studied Prenatal Yoga at The Salts Spring Yoga Centre. After her move to the UK with her husband and two young children she decided to expand her knowledge once again and complete a 200 hour teacher training in another discipline Ashtanga Vinyasa and most recently 100 hour Yin Yoga with The Yoga People in London. Sara also previously qualified as a Weight Trainer and Pilates Fitness Instructor through the BCRPA (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association).

    Sara is dedicated to empowering people to use the body they are in. No matter what level of fitness or flexibility everyone needs to start somewhere. Join her to improve strength, relieve tension, have a better sense of well being and laugh! She offers regular classes on Bowen Island weekly and also offers private sessions.

     

     
  • Sarah Wilson
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    SARAH WILSON, RYT-200 I was drawn to yoga over 15 years ago for its many benefits. I received a BA from UBC in anthropology with a focus on East Indian religion and philosophy and in 2009 was certified 200 YTT. I continue to learn from yoga and have studied with many master teachers, Sean Corn, Kenny Grahm, Chris Chavez, Noah Maze and Michael Stone to name a few. I believe in the power of yoga to create positive change in body and mind through encouraging strength, focus, balance, flexibility and openness. Quite simply, yoga makes me feel good and it is a pleasure to share it with students who stand taller and feel better.
  • Saskia Tait
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    SASKIA TAIT, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, RCC, PH.D. (CANDIDATE) Saskia Tait is Co-Founder and Program Director at Bowen Island Yoga. She is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Ph.D. Candidate in Contemplative Education, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She runs a private practice focused on mindfulness based psychotherapy, details for which can be found at www.saskiatait.com. Saskia leads the development of community events and educational workshops and retreats, led by leading teachers in yoga philosophy, psychology and the postural practice it has become identified with in the West. Her hope is to develop and host programming that explores the questions that ignited these traditions in the first place—questions about the nature of the mind, the culturally conditioned self, human development, and the deeper dimensions of the self that lie beyond the mind and personality. Saskia's interest in the yoga traditions of India started during a family trip to the Himalayan states of northern India when she was 14-years old. Following an undeniable intuition that she had much to learn from India, she journeyed there many times to live, travel, study and volunteer. An always-deepening love and appreciation of India propelled her to focus her undergraduate and graduate studies on the region—its religious and cultural forms and history, its social and ecological development challenges, and especially its ancient wisdom traditions. Following an intensive period of study with a siddha from the Nath lineage, Saskia started a daily personal practice of yoga and has cherished her transformative relationship with the path ever since. One of the most important gifts Saskia has benefited from in her relationship with India is a deep fascination with integrated approaches to living and change. Inspired by the holistic view embedded in all traditions of yoga, Saskia has sought ways to bridge the gap between the felt need for healthy and sustainable transformation in larger social structures with pathways of deep personal integration. How can "coming home to yourself" shift the way that you choose to act, live, work and play in the world? Her Ph.D. and MA in Counselling Psychology, both underway, beg these questions in relation to the fields of self-psychology and transformative education. Saskia lives on Bowen Island with her husband, Shahar Rabi and daughter, Annika. She is a published author, applying integral models to a variety of topics including sustainable development, community development, consciousness studies and global issues. She is also a yoga philosophy teacher for World Conscious Yoga Family, which offers 200-hr and 500-hr certification programs in India, Canada, and Australia. She is also Director of the New Earth Institute, a non-profit integral education organization.
  • Susan Hogan
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    SUSAN HOGAN, RYT-200 As a fifteen year resident of Bowen Island, Susan is over the moon to be able to bring her passion for yoga, to the Studio! She has been studying yoga "informally" for decades, but recently decided to train professionally. She went to L.A. in 2013 and took Annie Carpenter's 100 hour "Smart Flow" training. Then, in Oct 2014, she completed her 200 hour Teacher Training Intensive at the Vancouver School of Yoga - which included the amazing teachings of our very own Chantal Russell! A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Susan continues to be a hard working actor in film, television and theatre. She also taught at Studio 58's Professional Theatre Training Program from 2001 to 2012. As a mother of 3, and a grandmother of 4, she is dedicated, and passionate, about bringing a healthy, accessible, and nurturing lifestyle to all her family, friends and students - past present, and future! See you on your mat!