Dawn Slykhuis

Believing your passion is your purpose, Dawn became a yoga instructor in early 2019. With a background in social work and teaching, becoming a yoga instructor was a natural next step in working to support people in mental health. Dawn believes it is our vulnerability that connects us as humans, making her classes suitable for all levels, including anyone who has never done yoga before. Dawn’s classes are grounded in the principle of ahimsa (non violence) towards ourselves, and towards our outside world. Dawn completed a shamanic yoga teacher training, incorporating the lessons from plant medicines into her yoga teacher training and has been taking additional classes locally through Karma Teachers towards her 500 hour certification.

When not practicing yoga, as a world traveler, she is known to jump on a plane with little notice, or can be found practicing gratitude for where she lives while enjoying a vegan donut with her rescue dog near the mountains or the ocean.

Hazel Hunter

Born and raised in Toronto, ON, yoga has been a part of my life since birth. Both of my parents were born in India, and I was raised on the teachings of the Vedas. Yoga, for me, has always been about healing, and this happens through deepening our experience of relaxation in the body and mind, and ultimately letting go of pain and thoughts that no longer serve us. Yoga has allowed me to dive deeper into my soul and to grow spiritually. My practice of yoga is one of self-discovery through moments of love. It is overcoming challenges, and negative thoughts, with strength and resilience. Through yoga I have discovered awareness and courage to love myself when it is difficult to do so, because that is when it is needed the most. The motive behind every class I teach is pain management. I found such deep healing in my practice: both emotional and physical, that I want to share this knowledge with others.

 

I completed my first 200 hour Hatha and Ashtanga training with Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India, and I did a second 200 hour yoga teacher training with Karma Teachers in Vancouver, BC. I recently completed my 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training with Karma Teachers where I learned Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Mantra and Origin Stories, and Ayurveda for yoga teachers. The learning never ends! I will always be a student of the practice. Yogic and Vedic philosophy is very much integrated within Indian culture, and the more I learn, the deeper connected I feel to my ancestral roots. In my classes, I strive to be authentic and traditional to the teachings of the ancient tradition and practice. I love to combine mantra and storytelling, with body-intuitive sequencing, an engagement of playfulness and laughter, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice both on and off the mat.

Virginia Paquete

“My desire to heal and teach comes from my heart,

my intention is to lead you into yours”

Yoga and Reiki Energy Healing have brought me many benefits physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is the ultimate self care for me. My desire is to share these benefits with others by guiding them in connecting with themselves through the breath, yoga and healingTraining and Certificates:

Currently completing 200 HR Yoga Outreach Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training

200 RYT - in 2005

Usui Reiki Master Certificate - 2017

Pilates Mat Level 1 - 2003

Kaitie Bowen

Kaities classes offer a therapeutic approach intented to allow space for students to explore, understand, and connect to their bodies in safety. She believes through practicing movement, stillness, breath, and mindfulness in community and with support, you can start to cultivate ways to find balance for yourself within. You can learn to connect to yourself, others, and the earth to be in tune with your natural rhythms, and feel more harmony and healing. Yoga doesn't have to look any certain way, it's about how it feels, where you are now. Her hope is to provide a space to let go and allow, to recieve and create, it's your practice. To embody accessibility, her classes will have options and choice to make the practice work for you, as well as cues to find extra depth and introspection in your body. She values supporting others in finding stability, ease and resiliency in body, mind, and heart. Her teachings center around anatomy, philosophy and functional tools to empower students to bring yoga both on and off the mat. Her classes are trauma-informed, based on training in Yoga Therapy for Mental Health. She has her 540hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, is a Certified Yoga Therapist, and trained in Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga and Kids Yoga. Kaitie grew up dancing, with a love of movement, nature, poetry, and later feel in love with utilizing the body and earth for healing, for contentment, and joy. In her free time you can catch her in the garden, making herbal remedies, by the lake, or relaxing on the couch.

Alyra Hudson

After discovering yoga through a local studio, Alyra fell in love with the creative movement yoga can offer. She began to deepen her practice in all aspects - movement, breathe, and most importantly the aspect of slowing down. Alyra immediately knew teaching was something she was drawn too. She made the decision to take a step back from her daily life and acquire her 200HR RYT certification while traveling in Bali. Most recently she was able to complete her 500HR RYT, Life Coach certificate and Reiki Lvl 1 in Baja Mexico at Yandara Yoga Institute. Alyra offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where students can drop their expectations at the door; All while including dynamic flows and plenty of opportunities to move through slow juicy Yin and Restorative styles of practice. Join Alyra for your next practice and be ready to melt into a space of awareness, strength, and acceptance. 

 

“The intention of my teachings is to create space where students can let go of their own ego and expectations. A place to move freely; Where they can feel comfortable within their own body and soul. Learning there’s no right or wrong in yoga — it’s about finding what feels good for YOU.”

 

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Tayler Szlovicsak

I am so excited to be working with RVN Wellness on this new journey. Yoga is at the heart of everything I do and I truly believe that yoga is for everyone. I primarily teach Vinyasa yoga and have been for the past couple of years but it is so much more than a job to me! I love to use my practice to "come home" to my true self everyday, and to be able to encourage this for others is why I am passionate about teaching. I hope you will join me in this practice, show up as you are, and remember to have fun!


Marcela Barrenechea

Marcela loves to move and express herself creatively. Drawing from her background in live performance, she is extremely mindful of reading the energy in the room and leading her class accordingly. She teaches with a positive vibe and with a strong knowledge of human anatomy which empowers you to work through the poses in the way best suited to your body. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in April 2012 and since then she has been sharing her passion for the mind-body-spirit connection. Bring yourself as you are and join her on your mat!

Adesola Omojokun

Nourishing our mind, body and spirit is an essential component to living a fulfilling life in which we are able to show up as our authentic selves. I was introduced to yoga as a gift from my father one Christmas. As someone with an educational background in Medical Science and my experience as an athlete, I was only interested in the physical outcomes of the practice. However, I was gifted with something much more fulfilling and enduring. Yoga has strengthened not only my body, but also my mind and spirit, allowing me to experience modern life through fresh eyes and meet life's challenges with grace. These changes in my own life motivated me to complete my 240hr alignment-based hatha-vinyasa training at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. I offer challenging yet safe classes that incorporate meditation, pranayama, and yoga philosophy to give students a potent and transformative experience with the intention to deepen their connection to themselves and to others.

Azra Citak

Azra is both a Psychiatric Nurse as well as a Yoga Teacher, who believes in finding connection between your mind, body, and spirit. She offers dynamic cclasses, mostly Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative styles for all levels and flexibility ranges. Along with that, Azra loves to throw in meditative components throughout class so that when students leave, they feel truly connected to themselves. Head to www.opalomen.ca to learn more about Azra's practice

Chris Ridout

Hi - I'm Chris. I'm 65 and live in the foothills of Coquitlam, BC. I'm a certified Yoga Instructor. My training was in Rishikesh, India - the Yoga capital of the world and where the Beatles studied meditation. I trained under Sadvi Abha Saraswati at Parmarth Niketan. I've been teaching Yoga for almost 20 years, although practicing it off and on for over 35 years. As a Baby Boomer, I noticed that something was missing in my part of the world; a class dedicated to those of us in the 'prime of life'. A class that took into account age, weight, health conditions, previous injuries, and a different energy level from the young hardbodies! So I created Wiser Yoga based on these factors (my personal list includes osteoarthritis, arthritis, and various knee and foot issues). The main differences with a Wiser class are that there is a long warm up period, I use a lot of props, and I offer alternative ways to get into, hold and release from the asanas. In this way, more people can experience the benefits of Yoga without straight to muscles and joints. I also teach weekly Seniors Yoga Singalong classes via Zoom at various retirement homes in the Tri City area. 3 of my students are over 100 years old. Talk about perspective! I look forward to seeing you in class or over the airwaves soon! Stay well. Breathe deep. Namaste, Chris.

Please check out my website at www.wiseryoga.ca for more details about this unique, yet familiar style.



Ana-Maria Manoilă

Ana-Maria heard the sacred call of the feminine energy – Shakti - in 2016, when she traveled to Rishikesh, India, to complete her first 200 YTT in Traditional Kundalini Yoga. One year later, the masculine energy voice – Shiva – extended an invitation to continue her studies in the Himalayas, Nepal. There, she deepened the yogic practice, though a very challenging 40 days sadhana, in Classical Tantra Yoga. Her approach is unique and very transformational. Ana-Maria’s offerings are a blend of soulful eastern yoga wisdom, combined with shamanic insight, energy work, sound healing and sustained by a constellation of trauma informed techniques. Her motto has been inspired by Dr. Stephen Porges, who says: “If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer.” So, driven by this vision, she pursued Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga with Dr. Arielle Schwartz and Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Mate. In Ana-Maria’s own words: “There is life and fulfilment outside of the trauma’s imprisonment and my biggest intention is to guide people taking their power back, whatever that may mean: being grounded, having emotional stability, physical greatness, overcoming addiction, integrating scattered pieces of their soul that were floating below the conscious awareness and regaining their sense of self.” Currently she holds a 200 E-RYT and is undertaking a 300-hour program in Therapeutic Yoga at Vancouver School of Healing Arts. She practices her magic under the YogAscend brand – www.yogascend.com

Madison Desjarlais

Madison is a Certified Birth Doula, 215 RYT, and meditation faciliatator, divinely connected and here to hold space for all things pregnancy and miscarriage. An Ode to Birth reminds women of the instinctual cycles. Madison's focus is to help you discover the power of your sacred vessel - the womb!