MEET THE BELIEVE YOGA INSTRUCTORS
I became curious about Yoga during a time when I was wanting to be open to explore what my next phase of life would offer. I became more passionate about Yoga when I realized that it was calming my mind, while at the same time offering me great physical benefits.
My background was in healthcare, but it always saddened me with the endless stream of people coming to the Emergency Room for stress related illnesses that were preventable. It was in the Royal Columbian Hospital Emergency Room when after seeing yet another patient that was just simply stressed, I thought to myself, “Take the time to encourage your wellness instead of treating your sickness”.
I enrolled in the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and during that time, I realized I needed to combine my love of Yoga and my desire to open a business. I also knew the tattoo I had done after some turmoil in my life that reads “Believe” would be the name of the studio. I took a giant leap of faith and Believe Yoga Studio became a reality on November 12th, 2012. I have also taken additional training in Restorative and Yin as my desire is for all to experience calmness through Meditative styles of Yoga.
As the owner, I surrounded myself with wonderful instructors who each bring their own unique personality and skills to the studio, and also want to contribute to bringing wellness and joy to other people. It is not only me who “Believes”…it is all of us here at Believe Yoga Studio who “Believe”.
Heather came to yoga to relieve her back and knee pain she was having from running. After experiencing the positive and powerful healing benefits of yoga, Heather was compelled to take the teacher training program at Kushala Yoga. Heather believes yoga is for everyone and finds great personal joy in helping students discover what is right for each person. Heather continues to deepen her practice through study and by teaching. She feels blessed to be surrounded by a beautiful community of teachers and practitioners who give so much, and are a constant source of knowledge, guidance and inspiration. Heather is also extremely grateful for the support she has received from her family and friends, and especially her two children, Ashtyn and Tate. When Heather is not practicing or studying yoga, she will be found outdoors participating in hiking, skiing, running, cycling, snowshoeing, or walking her dogs. Heather has a great love for all forms of physical activity.
Heather is registered with Yoga Alliance RYT 200, and has taken additional training in Restorative, Pre-Natal, Kids, and Yin. She is currently working on her 3rd age and Senior Yoga training. Heather is also a certified Pilate’s instructor in Standing, Mat and Pre-Natal exercise.
Nicole began practicing Yoga in 2008 to compliment her professional dancing, but she instantly fell in love with the philosophy of Yoga and the self-study that it inspired within her. She ventured out to Ottawa, Ontario in the summer of 2010 to take the 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at Rama Lotus Yoga Centre, combining her training with a family visit. It was a deeply enriching experience for her and she feels blessed to be able to share her knowledge and energy with others through teaching Yoga.
While teaching and practicing Yoga, Nicole was introduced to Pilates. She immediately experienced the value of the Pilates system to her body and her overall well-being. She completed her Mat Pilates teacher certification at the Physical Mind Institute in Vancouver in March of 2011.
Before teaching Yoga and Pilates, Nicole was a professional belly dancer, teaching and performing belly dance across Greater Vancouver and Ottawa (her former residence). She is enthralled with movement and healthy living. She is an enthusiastic chef and will often bring her homemade vegan goodies to class to share. Nicole is the dedicated mother of two young men; Kino and Kale and being their mother is, to her, the greatest privilege in the world. Nicole is also an avid traveler and has traveled extensively across the globe. She speaks three languages fluently and a smattering of several others.
The Stage Diving Yogi – an RYT 500 teacher who brings his enthusiasm for life to every class. His passion is in developing classes and programs that challenge students of all levels and provide a positive outlet for relief of stress. By focusing on the idea that Yoga is truly for every body, he is able to motivate people to achieve higher levels of personal development, both physically and mentally. He specializes in the Yin, Kundalini, Kids Yoga, Restorative, Punk Rock and Structural Yoga disciplines.
My journey on the path of yoga began in 2005. I had just completed a grueling round of breast cancer treatments and was physically and emotionally broken. I needed something to get my life back on track and to find a renewed sense of energy. I tried a Hatha Yoga class and I immediately found myself on the path to health and happiness. Yoga transformed my body and my mind, and I gained a sense of balance and ability to focus that I did not know was even possible for myself.
Six years passed and my yoga practice had become such a part of my life that it seemed natural to start sharing yoga with those around me. I completed the 200 hour teacher-training program and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and have not looked back since. I believe each person’s yoga journey is unique and I want to provide each person the support they deserve to achieve their own personal goals.
Bhavna initially started her teaching career with Bikram and then went on to study the Mastercore series with Tony Sanchez.
Recognizing Yoga as a lifelong journey of practice, learning and sharing she decided to further her knowledge. In 2015 she studied and trained with Karen Waite (200hour), Sean Corn (Vinyasa), Bernie Clarke (Yin) & Leslie Kaminoff (Principles of Anatomy) and has since completed additional trainings with Mark Stephens and Nicki Doane.
As a mother of three active children she also recognizes the importance of teaching the future generation the benefits of staying healthy, strong and balanced for life. She is also a certified Yoga kids teacher and owner of Namastekids where she teaches classes utilizing Dr. Howard Gardners theory of multiple intelligences.
Always embracing new learning opportunities she is looking forward to what the future has in store for her. She feels truly blessed and grateful to be able to do what she loves and invites you to come and discover a class that’s right for you. She is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and currently teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Restorative, Yin, Kids and Perinatal.
Carol has been a student of Yoga for the past 20 years, and a teacher of Yoga for the past 8 years. With inspirations stemming from Therapeutic Yoga, dance & human connection, she blends these elements into each class, inviting students to find healthier relationships within themselves and others, through a gentle style of sacred movement.
Lisa-Marie has a very dynamic & broad range of history in regards to spiritual health & wellness. Along with her passion to encourage LOVE daily, she is eager to nurture the well-being of her community. Lisa-Marie is grateful for her teachers and fellow humans that have helped expand her abilities.
Lisa-Marie is both a Certified Wellness Massage Provider and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Lisa’s energy is both calming, as well as vibrant with a strong desire to be connected to those she meets throughout her day.
To schedule an appointment, or if you should have any questions, please call Lisa-Marie @ 778-868-9428
Mira’s personality is fun, energetic and playful offering you a strong Yoga practice. Mira’s lightheartedness, encouragement and playfulness in her dynamic classes is contagious and will have you easily moving through your practice with enjoyment. Mira’s dynamic style will help you build strength in the stronger classes she leads, or if you have come to your mat for a more gentle experience, she will strive to have you connect with your mind, breath and physical movements to leave your mat feeling both calmer and rejuvenated. Mira also brings a strong focus to alignment in her classes, as well as introducing new poses for you to have fun in building your Yoga practice.
Peggy tried Yoga with a friend many years ago and for the first time in her life, felt like she could breathe – really breathe! This had a profound effect on her and she eventually found her way to Yoga teacher training. A few years ago, she discovered Yoga Nidra Meditation, and realized she had to investigate it further. Peggy is now working on becoming a fully certified iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation teacher. Her specialty is Gentle Yoga with Meditation sprinkled in. Peggy is grateful to share her practice with the community at Believe Yoga.
Asia is a passionate Yoga teacher, lifelong learner, certified Doula and Reiki practitioner. Through her teachings and healings, she strives to hold a compassionate space for her students to connect inward uniting mind, body and breath finding the healer within themselves. Asia found Yoga and its teachings from a very young age influenced by her parents. She soon learned later in life these tools of self-reflection, Mediation and Yoga were necessary parts of her emotional, mental, physical and spiritual healing. Asia teaches the importance of breath throughout her practice to demonstrate how the breath is the bridge between mind and body. She has a passion for self-care, holistic living and all things birth related. Asia has a special interest and certification in both Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Yoga to offer the specific & supportive practice of Yoga through this very special journey. Asia completed her 200-hr Yoga teaching training in 2015 and has begun her journey of the 500-hr Yoga teacher training through Red Door Yoga.
Cassandra is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and has taken specialized training in Flow, Prenatal, Postnatal and Kids Yoga. She has also completed training in Reiki (energy healing) to complement her Yoga practice and teachings. Cassandra’s yogic journey began in 2012 while seeking solace for her mind, body and spirit. It was during this time, that she discovered she wanted to share this joyful practice with others.
Alethea came to Yoga in August 2007 for a workout but she found a practice that fostered healing and a deeper connection to herself. It is her hope to create a safe space where her students are able to find what they need from their practice, and she encourages this connection during her classes.
Susanne began her Yoga journey after taking her first class in 1997 and falling in love with the practice.
She believes that through Yoga we begin to understand, feel true contentment, and consequently understanding and living in harmony inside ourselves and with others. Susanne describes her style of Yoga as combining compassion with awareness, ease and strength in equal measures. She focuses on an individual’s overall well-being placing an equal emphasis on their physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. When Susanne is teaching, she strives for her students to find balance on all of these levels providing them with the tools they can use in their daily lives off the mat.
Susanne completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in 2005, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga & Restorative Yoga. Her passion for Yoga continued to grow leading to the completion of the 800 hour Leila Stuart Yoga Therapy program, and Madhuri’s Ayurveda & Yoga course in 2016.
Susanne is available for private Therapeutic Yoga sessions, and through her in-depth knowledge will assist you through your healing journey.
To schedule an appointment, or should you have any questions, please call Susanne at 604-771-2720.