Dynamic and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings his unique energy to every class he teaches. Whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world, his expression of this ancient, yet vital tradition consistently touches people's hearts.
Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage and continues to study under Father Joe Pereira, by whom he was authorized to teach. Ryan trains with Baron Baptiste, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane (Maya), Danny Paradise, Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama). He also received instruction from Ashtanga Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Through her awakenings inside the realms of yoga, Alli uncovered a deep love for movement, alignment and breath. After one of her first initiations into the circles of study, clarity captured her heart through the callings of Anusara yoga - a calling that would eventually lead her to One Yoga studio owner Suzanne Slocum-Gori and Sianna Sherman, 2 of Alli's most influential teachers. Alli served as Sianna's lead apprentice from 2014-2016, travelling worldwide in study & service.
Most deeply, Alli embraces the practices of yoga as one big prayer inside the wheel of life. Prayers of heart, of power, of embodied offering and of deep devotion, wonder & love. Her classes are rhythmic, rich and accessible to all.
Movement has always been sacred to me. I have danced my whole life, whether it’s been grooving to a good song, taking dance classes or flowing through a vinyasa, my body can’t get enough. Through movement, I feel as though I’m communing with the Divine. I took my first vinyasa class in 2000 at Jivamukti Yoga Center. I had a feeling of arriving home. We moved through postures seamlessly with an emphasis of breath-body connection. The class gave me what the dance world didn’t, an emphasis on the internal journey. I met Shiva Rea shortly thereafter and again felt as though I had come home. Shiva had created a language for the kind of movement I’ve been doing my whole life. She, too, understood the idea of fluidity. I’ve completed my 300 hour Prana Flow Certfication with Shiva.
I thank all my teachers for sharing their passion of this practice with me: David Life for opening my heart, Stacey Brass for her minute cues that have changed me life, Uma for opening my voice, Dana Flynn for throwing out all the rules and inspiring me to do the same, Constantine Darling for showing me another way, and Paul Ortega for reminding me we are ALL the cosmic dancer. I invite you to be playful in your practice, remembering that lightness is found in spirit!
CAROLYN ANNE BUDGELL
Carolyn Anne Budgell (BA, ERYT 200, Kula 75) teaches vinyasa yoga and meditation from a realistic, down-to-earth and lighthearted perspective in Vancouver, BC. Carolyn discovered yoga in 1999 as a ski bum in Whistler and now leads international Yoga Teacher Trainings and workshops with Wanderlust Festival and Lila Vinyasa School of Yoga, founded Calm Rebel Meditation Community and offers free online yoga classes as an Ambassador for lululemon. In Carolyn's class you will find an emphasis on purifying breath and kriyas, intelligent/unique sequencing and a very focused intention to feed the soul. You can expect a delicious warm up, a peak pose (or two!), plenty of hands-on assists and variations for all levels of yogis. Many thanks to the wisdom from her fierce teachers Schuyler Grant, Ana Forrest and Clara Roberts-Oss.
She passionately encourages others to discover that it’s never too late to breathe deeply, to grow and to change.
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Geoff has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1998 and following the Ashtanga Vinyasa method exclusively since 2004.
Breath/mind/body awareness, effective vinyasa methodology and hands-on assistance in key postures are foundational components of his classes.
Geoff is a firm believer in the highly adaptable and therapeutic nature of yoga practice. As such, he always places the needs of each individual student first and foremost.
He began his annual travels to study with Pattabhi Jois and family in Mysore, India in 2006. In 2010 and 2012 respectively, he was Authorized to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga by his teacher there, R.Sharath Jois
Geoff has worked with multiple “Mysore-style” programs in BC and worldwide since 2007. In 2015, he founded Mysore BC in East Vancouver, where he teaches the method to a wonderfully diverse group of dedicated students, early every weekday morning.
12 years teaching. 7000 hours experience and training.
Versed in the science and art of Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Meditation, and Thai Massage.
Yearly International retreats, workshops, and intensives.
I teach 60 hour Yin certification and 200 hour Hatha Certification under the umbrella of Savoir Yoga Teacher Training.
But none of this matters if I can’t lead you into the here and now of your YOUniverse.
Join me on the mat, investigate and excavate, yoga will reveal Self.
I’ll take you on a journey through the physical and subtle bodies. Utilizing a creative flow of Yang and Yin postures, like poetry in motion.
We’ll embody breath as a tool to release the body’s daily reaction to stress and tension.
Breathe to free the mind. What else is there?
— IT’S ALL YOGA !
My practice began about 16 years ago. Years of competitive sports had me wound so tight that it took nearly a year to touch my toes. There was an immediate shift in my hamstrings, but the far more profound shift in my whole being was what hooked me. Yoga is magic.
I credit the depth of my practice and love of yoga to the many esteemed teachers I have studied with over the years. I am currently most inspired by the intelligence of Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW, the mindful creativity of Schuyler Grant's Kula Flow and the philosophy of Katonah Yoga I've learned through Abbie Galvin.
I look forward to many more years of falling deeply in love with this magical practice. I am honoured to share my biggest passion by leading international retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and public classes across Canada. After a few wonderful years in the Toronto community, I now call Vancouver home.
Malina began practicing yoga out of books as a teen at 17. Finding the practice fresh out of high school and into the “real” world served her well through her healing journey. Fascinated by the philosophy of internal alignment, sublimation and healing more than anything, her and yoga became fast friends. She’s studied with Hatha teachers of the Hindu culture in the prairies, to vinyasa studios on the bc coast and eventually tantric teachings in Thailand and India over the years. Her current studies are taking her in to the Yin yoga and Krishnamacharya lineages.
Being a drum and song carrier of the Cree Métis nation and a writer with an honest and unique way with words to speak to the full spectrum of the human experience, she provides relatable ground for others to touch down on. She uses the many paths and gifts given her to help others walk through life in the gentlest, strongest, kindest and most loving way possible.
Mara was awakened to the potency of Hatha Yoga in India twenty years ago. Teaching yoga and meditation now for over a decade, Mara’s ability to hold healing space for the hearts and minds of others offers a vast landscape for transformation within. In her classes you can expect to be challenged and awakened through unique sequencing, articulate asana, grounding meditation, and enlivening pranayama practice. In her yoga teachings, Mara weaves together her background as a dance artist, her practice in the shamanic tradition, and her twenty years of experience on her mat – naturally what arises is a fluid, earthy, full bodied practice. Currently, Mara hosts international yoga retreats, fuses yoga and corporate leadership to executive teams, teaches professional athletes and artists, mentors yoga teachers, and teaches classes/workshops in Vancouver. Mara is a regular contributor to My Yoga on Gaiam TV and her yoga classes can be viewed online.
I believe that growth comes from the willingness to challenge ourselves and experience things that take us outside our comfort zone. Transformation occurs when we are open to the unknown and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. I want to be brave enough to always try even if I fail and fall and to have the courage to rise again. My yoga practice provides a safe space where I can play in the unknown- where I can connect with what is real- here and now, and delve into that deeper part of myself that is true and ever steady.
I am humbled and inspired everyday I get to teach, everyday I get to share space and watch courageous yogis go deep into themselves and realize their own amazing limitless potential.
I teach an alignment-based practice of movement and breath that is both accessible and challenging- a flow that is dynamic, strong and fluid with lots of opportunity to get rooted through the hands and play upside down.
Deepest gratitude to all the amazing people who have inspired me along the way. Special thanks to my teachers Ryan Leier, Dustin Fruson, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Mike Nichol, Suzanne Slocum-Gori, Kelly Colleen, Jasmina Egeler and Esak Garcia.
Millissa has been loving, living and thriving in the AcroYoga world where she has finally found a place that feels like home. She got hooked like many, through the grace, beauty and ease of flying. Yet, over the years has developed a deeper and fuller love of Acro and now bases and flys with parallel strength and excitement. Her love of Acro is rooted in the self-expression and creativity it fosters in all AcroYogis, from beginner to advanced. For Millissa, the cherry on top is the strength and delicacy required to release the ever elusive, and ultimately fulfilling personal creative expression.
PAUL M. GELINAS
One of my goals in the acro community is to communicate the powerful metaphor of acro yoga to all participants. A playful practice can often surprise us and destroy preconceived ideas of what we tell ourselves is possible. Amongst other things, I use acro as an access point to empowerment and connection. I use playfulness and humor to help participants develop the confidence and skills needed to progress safely and creatively.
I am a co-founder of Vancouver Acro Festival, an active member of the community, and I lead regular acro classes in Vancouver. I have completed a 100 hour AcroYoga Teacher Training, 500 hour yoga teacher training, a 300 hour Yoga Therapeutics training, and have been certified as a personal trainer for nearly 10 years.
I am a Yogi – practitioner, student and teacher - and I have a deep passion for this wonderful practice and lifestyle. From my first experiences with asana, pranayama and meditation I knew that Yoga would be my path. My main goal in life is to share that passion and this practice that has transformed me profoundly with as many people as I can. I teach from personal experience and from my Heart. I believe in a practice led by breath and the innate wisdom of the body. I take students through sequences and into asanas with precision while encouraging them to turn inwards and observe the profound effects of the practice in the moment. I teach humbly and as a channel for this amazing tradition forever grateful to my teachers and those who have guided me.
Risto has been with us since day one, and has been teaching since 2007.
A former multi-sport athlete, actor, and dancer. He started his yoga journey on his 40th birthday, and has never looked back.
The years of competetive sports had taken quite a toll on his body, but his yoga practice has kept him very active.
He credits his training to Eoin Finn, Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Geoff Mackenzie, Slava Goloubov, Natalie Rousseau, Christine Price-Clarke, and Jolene Bayda.
Risto teaches Rocket Yoga, Power, and Yin. His brand RAD Yoga Gear produces specialized shorts for arm balancing and handcrafted yoga bags.
He also hosts local and international RAD Yoga Surf Retreats.
His Rocket classes are quite an experience! Funky music, challenging, extremely supportive, and fun.
Facebook: Risto Duggan
Follow on Twitter: @ristodugganyoga
Sjanie has been blessed with yoga from all sides: still+moving, hot+cool, reverent+unattached. From her first Ashtanga Vinyasa practice at Downward Dog in Toronto, through the process of Anusara Yoga Certification, and now her home-work with Iyengar's 300-week Light On Yoga program, she knows many faces of this bright and complex process.
She began teaching in Vancouver in 2004 and was a part of the YYoga Teachers College Faculty from 2009-2011. She currently instructs public classes at many Vancouver studios as well as offering private instruction and mentorship to her fellow teachers. She raises her twins Hannah and Robert in downtown Vancouver with her partner Morgan, an artist and musician.
SARA JADE GOODING
I’m just practicing. Just like everyone else. Practicing to be a better person, to be a kind and conscious person in my everyday life. Humbled by the heart opening aspects of my practice – I’m gracious to share the abilities the teachings give to shed light on the authentic Self. I feel blessed to have found yoga. My journey to align more fully with my truth through Asana has allowed me to discover freedom, through letting go. It is our true nature to be love, fully free, to remember that we are all connected and supported by the beautiful Earth. Honoring roots, I draw from tradition but am inspired by the creative flow that exists in each breath. In my classes I encourage people to move with intention, to love, to go inward, to feel, to be expressive with the beauty of the body and delight in this sacred scientific art. Often I use music as an influence to move and be, allowing for breath to inform movement gracefully and aligned with purpose. I truly believe in the transformative power of the practice for the practitioner and for the planet.
Sarah has been sharing yoga for 18 years and presently resides in Squamish, BC with her family, her community and the forest.
She weaves together the wisdom of dynamic movement play with the subtle energetic conversations going on beneath the visible surface of form. In recent years, Sarah has been curiously studying the nervous system as an organ we can learn to listen to as a resource for healing, creativity & presence. With a reverence for yogic-lore and the timeless wisdom of practice, Sarah is passionate about the ways we can engage with yoga as a way of holding space for the inevitable paradoxes of truth which unfold in all of our lives.
Sarah’s main influences include her dear friend & yoga mentor Gioia Irwin, Orit Sen Gupta, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Roshi Joan Halifax, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen & Mary Oliver. As a teacher, she is inspired to create a collective coherence, where individuals can have a visceral experience of ease, power & space both on and off the mat.
Shelley began practicing yoga in 1997 and started teaching in 2001. She holds an E-RYT 500 certificate and is Anusara trained but also has studied Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga as well as Yoga therapeutics for many years. Shelley's classes build discipline and strength to enhance the integrity and the delight of practice. She shares her captivation by the teachings and stories within the yoga tradition through a fearless and curious investigation of the world, as much as the asanas, and helps students uncover their own process of transformation on the path and in everyday life. It is her great honor to have studied with teachers who inspired her to relentlessly practice self-observation, intentional vulnerability and on-going studentship.
TARANEH ERFAN KING
Taraneh’s journey to yoga began during a time of deep healing 15 years ago. Through compassionate practice, pranayama and meditation, she found her way back to her Self on her mat. Over the years while moving through injury recoveries, pregnancies and postpartum changes Taraneh’s practice and teachings have evolved to be more mindful, alignment-focused, and gentle, with intentional time for meditation and integration on the level of the subtle body. For her yoga has always been about more than the practice of asana alone, and in her classes you are sure to find yourself supported as much by spiritual teachings as by the flow of movements, walking away with curiosities of how you can allow more of your truth to shine through. In and out of the studio, Taraneh’s work as a teacher, writer and counsellor is informed by her deep passion for supporting individuals in reconnecting to themselves in a deep and meaningful way, beyond ego. Taraneh is also mom to two magic humans, and is currently writing a book on the topic of healing and spirituality.
Zander’s classes are designed to leave you feeling grounded and empowered - expect to sweat, and be challenged all within a traditional meditative framework. Drawing from his intimate relationship with the the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and the teachings of Shri Krishnamacharya, Zander also enriches his classes with pranayama, Yogic meditation and stories from the history and philosophy of the practice.
Zander is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance registered teacher with over 1000 hours of teaching experience and over 500 hours in training. He is also certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and holds an MA in Philosophy. You can read more about him at ZanderYoga.com.