I started a Bikram yoga practice in 2005 and was 'hooked' after my first class. After having a consistent practice for two and half years I took a leave from my job as a social worker and went to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2007 where I completed the Bikram's (500) hour teacher training. In November 2009 I completed the YogaKids (32) hour Foundations training. In October 1-30th, 2010 I attended and completed the wonderful, intense Moksha Yoga teacher training in Montreal. November 2013 I refreshed my hot training in Mexico with Tony Sanchez. Moving from hot training to the not hot - yin - in 2010 I completed a 50 hour yin training with Bernie Clark and in 2011 further yin training with Paul & Suzee Grilley. Moving from hottest most movement to less heat and more stillness in May 2014 I participated in a Yoga Nidra training through Semper Viva in Vancouver.
I love yoga and believe yoga is for everybody - the young and the old and in between.
“Whether you are sick or weak, young, old or even very old, you can succeed in yoga if you practice diligently” (Hatha Yoga Pradipika). Yoga is a 'practice' not a ‘perfect’ – so every day in the room is a different day. I invite you to come and practice with us – mindfully, joyfully, diligently and without judgment. All are welcome at Kamloops Hot Yoga. Namaste.
Studio Owner & General Manager
I went to my first Hot Yoga class in 2003 at the advice of one of the personal trainers of Gold's Gym where I had been a member of for the past (15) years. I had several chronic sports injuries that would not heal. I had separated my shoulder from diving incorrectly from the high-dive platform at the Canada Games Pool. I had also hurt my other shoulder from lifting heavy weights at the gym. I reluctantly went to my first Bikram Hot Yoga class and suffered through several classes as my shoulders slowly begin to heal. After (30) classes or so the pain was gone and after (6) months of regular practice my full range of motion was restored.
It was about one year later that I started taking the Hot Yoga classes seriously and started to come more often which resulted in many sick-free and injury-free years. I completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the Fall of 2007 with the goal of someday opening a Hot Yoga Studio. I refreshed my Hot Training again in November 2013 with Tony Sanchez in Mexico
I look forward to seeing you come visit us at Kamloops Hot Yoga and hopefully you will find a home with us as you discover your own reasons for doing Hot Yoga
Certifications: 200 Hour Absolute Hot Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga: Yoga for Kids and Families
The fine folks who created the "Absolute" traditional hot style that I teach call our series "Bikram with a twist!" So, in that regard, you can expect my traditional hot classes to offer consistency and discipline for students of all levels and abilities, which allows for opportunities to recognize areas of growth/improvement. In addition to a disciplined regimen--and perhaps in contrast with such--students can expect me to shimmy in some energetic and light-hearted enthusiasm and perhaps a few attempts at humour, which hopefully help to relax a little and maybe even have some fun!
In my kids yoga classes I emphasize the importance of letting go, being yourself, being open minded, being connected, being creative, being silly, and just being a kid! Partner/group yoga, acro, games, yoga art projects, meditation, breathing, and relaxation& visualization are all part of our kids yoga adventure! We might go on an African safari or a magic carpet ride or partake in a yoga obstacle course or scavenger hunt..but one thing's for sure: we'll have fun while we learn about yoga, the world, each other, and ourselves! And of course, the kids are given a chance to take a break from our sometimes overtly stimulating daily lives and given time to just relax.
I could go on and on about all the great things that yoga has provided me with and how it's changed my life for the better, because it has. Yoga is AMAZING. Yet, rather than ramble on about how yoga is everything that's right and good in the world, I encourage all to give it an honest try (regularly and consistently with an open mind/heart for at least a few weeks) and then ask yourself: why NOT yoga? I'm sure you'll see that that is a much more difficult question to answer.
500 RYT Hatha Yoga Yoga Nidra; Chair Yoga; Restorative Yoga Levels 1 and 2; Pain Care Yoga; Yin Yoga;
I first discovered meditation as a stressed out university student in 1972, back when the Beatles grew their hair long, Maharishi and Ravi Shankar were hip, and "Peace and Love" were mantras of the decade. Yoga found me around the same time, however I committed to it as a more regular practice in 2000 after numerous knee surgeries and a diagnosis of osteoarthritis resulted in declining mobility and range of motion.
Upon retiring from a highly stressful career as a Probation Officer in 2013 and wanting to re-introduce yoga and meditation back into my life, I attended my 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Konalani Ashram in Kona HI in 2013. My goal was initially to deepen my understanding about the mechanics of yoga and living a yogic lifestyle. Hooked on learning and deepening not only my knowledge but also the connections to others who share the same beliefs, I completed my 500 hours of yoga teacher training in 2016 at the Semperviva School of Teacher Training in Vancouver, B.C
A Total Knee Replacement in December 2016 deepened my commitment to yoga practice and teaching even more. I continue my commitment to live my life more fully to reflect my long-held beliefs and values as I hope to model to others that you can age gracefully in a body that sometimes has its own definition of what that is going to look like. I am passionate about teaching Restorative Yoga classes and am truly a “propaholic” when it comes to my teaching style. You can never have enough props (i.e. support) whether it is in yoga, friendships, or life in general.
Certifications: 200 Hatha/Raja Yoga certification 2000, 80 hour Y Hot yoga certification 2012, 50 hour Yin Yoga certification 2013
I bring into the room 25 years of dedication to the practice and study of yoga and 14 years of teaching yoga. My worldly travels and meditations have shown me the value of silence and space in yoga practice. I try to hold that space to allow for everyone to explore their practice to their fullest potential. Everyone coming into my class has traveled down their own personal road to the get to today’s yoga class. I celebrate the variation in the room and try to support everyone’s journey. I always endeavour inspire students to be the best yogi they can be in class today. Keeping in mind, the mantra that today’s class is platform for tomorrow’s class. My hope is that everyone will learn something about yoga and/or themselves in every class I teach and their life will be enriched by this process.
Yoga has been such a part of my life for so long, I can’t imagine a day without practice, breath or yogic philosophy as a basis for my daily decisions. My journey to understand the underlying yogic philosophy has lead me to sit in silence for 10 days, twice. Wear our “Yoga with Yogi Hari” cassette tapes. It has taken me to Nepal and India. It had given me the tools to birth my children in my home, then mindfully raise them. It has allowed me turn a passion into profession in Ontario and here in Kamloops. Throughout the years, I have had the honour to be in the presence of some of today’s modern masters of yoga. The way they move through life is almost surreal and has inspired my journey on this path to see the glimmers of light and love that they see.
Certifications:Bikram 2013, YHot 70hrs in 2016
Yoga is a journey, it is all about the process and not about the result, the result will come automatically". That's the beauty of yoga practice, and I am here with you to lead you through your journey safely with tons of fun. I started my yoga journey with Bikram's hot yoga in 2009, and I have not stop practice yoga since, and will never stop until my very last breath. Hence my pursued with Bikram's teacher training in 2013, I have continue to seek to expend my knowledge and experience with all sorts of yoga practices, so I went on to study the Yyoga series in order to bring more to the students and in my own practice. In my class, you will get the same sequence with creative elements and variations, on top of that, hopefully you can laugh freely at my "Engrish" at least once awhile. I will make sure you understand very clear to what I say with some potential mistakes made, because just like everyone's yoga practice, including my own, it's not about the perfection, it's all about the experience, and from your very own experience, you see your own truth! I bring my true passion with yoga to the room each time I walk in, either to lead the class or to practice. It is important to me that when you leave my class, you think: ah~ that was so good! Let's do it again!
Certifications: 200 HR RYT YYoga YHot (2013), Certified NRG2GO Yoga Instructor (2014), XenStrength Yoga Sculpt (2015)
It can be tough to describe your own teaching style! I can tell you what my yogi friends, fellow teachers and KHY clients have told me. My teaching style is a balance of light-hearted fun, relaxation and strengthening techniques. I am a very energetic person and love to play with the asanas as well as abdominal strengthening work. In Yoga sculpt, which is an upbeat style of practice, we listen to music and flow through more challenging poses. All the classes I teach are open to any level of yoga experience. I enjoy challenging experienced students, as well as opening the door for new and curious students. A consistent theme in my classes is mindfulness and respect to one's self. My goal is to encourage students to honor and accept themselves. If I can help students feel comfortable to be authentic in my class, then the rest is a bonus!
My relationship with yoga has been developing since I started playing competitive soccer as a teenager. Growing up in Kamloops, I was always athletic but not flexible. My practice started as a physical remedy to sore muscles and grew into a spiritual and mindful lifestyle. The yoga community is extremely supportive. I am grateful for my KHY family. Over the years, I have been able to teach in different countries and evolve my yoga interests from SUP to acrobatic and partner yoga. Although the road to true mindfulness is sometimes rocky, it's through my yoga practice that I can find myself and re-connect. I hope yoga and meditation inspires you to grow and be open to the possibilities of your life! Namaste friends!!
Certifications: RHYT-200 and Restorative
What can students expect from your class: Students can expect an escape, I want them to see their mat as a private oasis where they are encouraged to let go of life's heaviness - become lighter. My intention is for students to soften through breath but also find that physical intensity that taps into discipline and confidence. I truly love every class that I can serve my students, by guiding them through inspiring, uplifting and regenerative classes.
Over the last 16 years my practice has been, and remains, a place I can depend on to find clarity, peace and centering. I love how my body and mind feel after class and whatever I am going through in life seems more manageable. After many years of working in business, my desire for a more balanced lifestyle led me to becoming a yoga teacher. It is rewarding in so many ways and I continue to love my yoga journey.
Certifications: 200 Hour Power Vinyasa Flow , Yin Yoga, Yoga Silks, 200 Hour Hatha
Playful, entertaining, fun, exciting, thrilling, exhilarating, action-packed, stirring, rousing, stimulating, intoxicating, electrifying, invigorating; gripping, compelling, powerful, dramatic … this is how practice feels like these days and I wish nothing less for my students to experience that same exhilaration. I want them to walk away feeling lighter, stronger, a person who is better then they were when they come into class.
Yoga moves me in ways no other exercise does. It connects me to my thoughts and feelings, and awakens my spirit. It lets me be a child again and the same time helps me grow as a person. I believe in challenging myself in every practice to learn something new about who I am. That process of engaging the body, mind, emotions and spirit is healing and empowering and is the essence of what I seek to share in every class. For me, yoga is not about using my body to learn poses. It's about using poses to learn about my body. Through that process I learn about my mind and how that connects me to my Spirit and the Spirit World.
Certifications: 200 hour Yoga Passage, 80 hour Yhot yyoga, 500 hour Akhanda yoga Yogi Vishvketu
In my classes I emphasize connection to breath, to self, to sensation and to the present moment. My traditional hot classes follow a set sequence to help you deepen your postures through repetition and discipline. My flow classes are playful and fun, with a different sequence and focus each week. My restorative classes provide deep relaxation and comfort in a warm and supportive environment.
I began yoga as a drama student and found it tremendously helpful in a stressful time. Over the next few years my practice was irregular and I started to recognize a pattern. Times when I didn’t find much time for practice my back hurt, I worried a lot, I became crankier and more self-conscious but less self-aware. When I practiced several times a week I was pain free, more relaxed, more confident, happier and approached life optimistically with an open mind and heart. I believe that yoga brings us closer to our true selves, the joyful, open, confident, and most importantly deeply connected self that is at the core of each of us.
Certifications: 300 hour Hatha-Vinyasa
"I am primarily a hatha-vinyasa instructor, with a love for all things yoga. I completed my first 200 hour teacher training in Vinyasa Flow in 2014, followed by additional trainings in hands on assists and yoga for athletes. I fell in love with teaching and was inspired to complete my 300 hour teacher training in Hatha-Vinyasa. Yoga is not just fitness, it is the practice of living. I aspire to share yoga with the world by encouraging others to take what they learn on their mats into their everyday lives.
Certifications: RYT-500, E-RYT-200, B.Sc., BCAK Kinesiologist, ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist, Master Teacher Training, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and Yoga for Youth
A kinesiological and therapeutic approach to yoga, assisting students based on their individual needs – finding the optimal posture or modification for their individual body, while providing education, guidance and love. Yoga is a means to explore the body, to truly get to know it, though awareness, acceptance, appreciation and so much more.
When I began practicing yoga 15+ years ago while studying Human Kinetics in university, yoga was a means for relaxation and mental focus. I then started a Kinesiology practice focused in sports conditioning, but was drawn more to helping those with injury and disease – shifting my focus to cardiac rehab, mental health and chronic pain. With a deep love for yoga, anatomy and physiology, I continued to study and explore, combining my Kinesiology background with yoga therapeutics. My last venture to India pulled me deeper into Ashtanga Vinyasa and opened my eyes wider to Ayurveda and the therapeutics of yoga in healing the body. Upon my return I studied Yin, to offer both Yin and Yang - a balance for students. Diving deeper into study, completing a Master Teacher Training program has once again brought me back to being a student of yoga, forever learning and growing.. Endless gratitude and appreciation for my many amazingly talented and inspiring teachers: Bernie Clarke, Diana Batts, Priya Jhawar & Darshan Sahal, Baron Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Kino MacGregor, Noah Maze, Ryan Leier and Suzanne Slocum-Gori. Om Shanti, Natalie Saari
My style of teaching is gentle and loving with a focus on alignment and flow. I teach classes of all ages and all levels and love to incorporate meditation and pranayama. I believe that each class should have moments to build strength and find relaxation..
I came to yoga as a way to love and feel ok in myself. I felt disconnected from my body and desperately needed a way to find security and strength within myself. Living a life of Yoga is giving me this, and more. On this journey I have developed a deep rooted passion for discussions surrounding body image, self love and healing the whole self through yoga. "Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built up against it." – Rumi" As a yoga instructor I have been teaching for several years and completed a direct 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified mentorship with Katrina Ariel. Additionally, I have taken various workshops with highly skilled instructors and studied several hours under YogaFit training systems. Bridging my passion for youth and yoga, I have completed a training in yoga for at-risk youth with teacher Ryan Leier. Most importantly I am and always will be a dedicated student of yoga and life. I am very excited to share my enthusiasm and loving teachings with my students .
Certifications: 350/hrs Vinyasa Flow RYT. Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga, 50hrs.
Jenny stumbled into her first yoga class at the ripe age of 20. Though the experience itself was deeply uncomfortable, the alive-ness she felt after class was like nothing she had ever had before. This feeling was the spark of a life passion for yoga and mindfulness practices that have only burned more brightly in time. She looks forward to meeting you on your mat, on your meditation cushion or on the road of life! Jenny’s classes pull on many different yogic traditions but are always grounded in a mindfulness-based approach. A focus on mental health is also a corner stone in Jenny’s life and teaching, having come from a high-stress education and work environment. Helping others open up to look at and work with their mental health challenges is work that is near and dear to Jenny’s heart. The main focus in all of Jenny's classes is breath. Focusing on breath, moving through various asana’s with a main focus on core.
Certifications: 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark, 70 Hour Traditional Hot Training with Kristen Campbell, YHot Yoga
I welcome students to their mat offering a consistency in their Traditional Hot Practice - to empower them to grow and challenge themselves in their postures focusing on alignment and breath. I wish for every participant all the benefits I receive from my practice whether it is in a Hatha, Yin or Traditional Hot class - confidence, energy, being present, gratitude, a connection with their mind body and spirit, a balance of strength and flexibility, and absolutely more joy and contentment.
Having suffered a bothersome hip misalignment for many years, I realized that a consistent yoga practice was the answer for my optimum health. My journey in Yoga has so many rewards - I see myself as more open , less stressed, more focused and grounded. On my mat I get to be exactly where I need to be on any given day - off my mat I feel closer to my true inner self. Yoga is my greatest gift to myself - that is a gift I love to share!
There is a certain feeling after doing a yoga class that I just can’t find anywhere else. It’s a natural high. Yoga has made me realize that being in the present moment is beautiful, at the same time it has pushed me to be a more determined, passionate person. Yoga teaches you how to live mindfully which helps you in everyday life off the mat. It has changed my life for the better and I will never live without it!
My goals are to always keep learning and growing as a person. You never know what life may bring so keeping an open mind to what will come and keeping opportunities open for myself. As a yoga teacher, my goals are to continue my study in yoga and other healing aspects. Becoming a registered massage therapist is something I may be interested in the future which will help my yoga teaching, knowing the anatomy of the body is so important in this field! My goals are always going to be changing and growing but I love where I am.
I previously struggled with stress/anxiety and digestive disorders but thanks to my yoga practice I don’t suffer from any of it anymore! I consider yoga to be my therapy and best medicine. It has changed my life in so many ways.
Outside of Kamloops Hot Yoga I am also a Holistic Doula. One of my goals is to combine my two passions, yoga and birth work, and teach prenatal and postnatal yoga! (Goal acheived in 2016!)
This question is hard for me to answer because I could literally write a book. Yoga has done so much for me both physically and mentally, it rid me of my anxiety, helped me build confidence, aided in weight loss and the list could go on forever. Basically yoga makes me whole, it makes me healthy and most of all it made me realize I am in control of my own happiness.
My future goals include finishing my business degree, completing a 200 hour teacher training and sharing my love of yoga with others while continuing to learn and grow as a student of yoga. Last year I spent 10 days in silence at a Vipassana Meditation course and I hope to do that again soon and once every year. I’m not 100% sure where my path will lead but for now I am happy working at KHY and getting to be a part of this amazing yoga community.
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