Christine Morita Clancy is a dedicated yogi who honours her calling by empowering other people to live their best lives through the practice of vijnana yoga and the Embodied Biotensegrity movement.
She is a teacher of teachers who facilitates inward exploration in order to cultivate stillness, peace and to uncover the truths of wisdom within. Her teachings integrate philosophy, meditation, pranayama and asana, serving students who are looking for more than a typical yoga class or training program. Chris serves students who are ready to live yoga through profound experiences based in authenticity and embodiment.
Shedding the typical teacher-student hierarchy, Chris’ collaborative, community-focused approach encourages students to explore, share wisdom and build on their experiences. Together, the community generates new knowledge while uncovering and deepening their truths.
Engel is the founder of Pranayama Sadhana, co-owner of Yoga Grace yoga studio in Qualicum Beach, BC. Canada and a longtime student of yoga. Having dedicating his life to its classical roots, sharing satsang and promoting the transformative benefits of pranayama with the world for over a decade, his teachings represent a re-emergence of the Rishi tradition.
His unique curiosity for life transmits through his teachings in a way that captivates people’s hearts, making personal liberation feel accessible, fun, and exciting. From spending quality time with his wife and son to maintaining personalized relationships with each of his students, Engel’s presence is always found to be embracing, assuring, and contagious.
Having dropped out of school at a young age, Engel sought to follow and better understand a faint calling within his mind to help and serve the world. Being a source of inspiration and support for many people over the years, Engel has modeled that in this life-cycle, whatever is gained, whether hardship or success, results from one’s own self-effort. And that by refining how we breathe, experience, comprehend, and act, we can demonstrate to ourselves that personal success, personal empowerment, and personal liberation depends on the choice of how we use our mind.
Today, Engel leads pranayama teacher trainings around the globe, while still working one-on-one with students. His teachings capture the essence of the ancient Rishi’s, making the ultimate reality of the mind, the person complex, and the world-appearance known, so that the true course of living can begin!
Kevin shares yoga with people of all ages; firmly believing this ancient practice can be for everyone in our modern world. In addition to offering workshops and retreats for adults, he has taught inner city youth, mentally challenged children and high school students, introducing the next generation to yoga.
Kevin combines ancient yogic and shamanic traditions in a non-dogmatic way to be accessible to all. Teaching hatha, yin, ashtanga and vinyasa flow classes, Kevin weaves Vedic philosophy, Patanjali’s Sutras, concentration and a withdrawal of the senses with breathwork, bandhas and asana, creating a brilliant tapestry of the practice rooted in tradition. Kevin guides his students through yoga nidra at the end of each practice for the ultimate meditative and relaxing experience.
Lucy St. John
Lucy was introduced to yoga in India while hanging out with the sadhu-babas and yogis in 1996. She had no idea it would eventually lead her to the study of FASCIA, acroyoga and biotensgrity. She started by learning about Vedic knowledge and she continues to see herself as a student and teacher. She loves music, story and discovery through play. Yoga is the place she goes to connect with herself and every day is different. Whether it’s mindfulness, a physical workout, or an experience of devotion and surrender, it’s a place for her to play, grow and be herself. She tries to live by the concept of Sthiram and Sukham (steadiness and ease). Sailing on the edge of these seemingly opposite concepts is where we find the still point.
She currently teaches and plays in Vancouver and often travel across North America teaching her workshops in Acro, Ayurveda, Mula Bandha and Vedanta.
Risto Duggan is a "physical" power yoga teacher with a positive vibe. His yoga practice has helped him recover from a lot of damage and broken bones. A former multi-sport athlete and hip hop teacher, Risto keeps it funky, flowing and strong! He credits his training to Eoin Finn, Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Natalie Rousseau, Christine Price-Clarke, Jolene Bayda and Danny Paradise. He believes that adjustments done properly will change your practice, and is getting quite a reputation for this belief.
"Practice and breathe with balance and grace.... less struggle, more surrender... less ego, more compassion."
STEVE FAZZARI (SHANKARA DEVA OM)
Steve's practices of yoga started much before he knew anything about or had seen any examples of yoga poses. As a young teen, he was interested in gaining knowledge and clarity of mind, searching for teachings and insight in a way that he could understand. He began studying Eastern philosophy at a young age (13 or 14) in the form of Buddhist texts and teachings. Something deep about the truth he saw beyond the text spoke to him, but it wouldn’t be for a number of years where that would resurface for him and take on a new form. When the teachings of yoga started to come into his life, he was drawn back to his early years reading Buddhist scriptures. He saw the same essence in the teachings of yoga as he did in the Buddhist teachings, but this time they were presented in a way that made more sense to him. He continued his journey into yoga, but everything changed when he met his teacher, Dharma Mittra. To read more about Steve's journey, visit www.stevefazzari.com.
Troy Turi has taught yoga for over 12 years. He works internationally offering retreats and workshops and teaching classes all around the world. He worked for seven years within prisons throughout North America as a Gestalt Therapist and as an Interventionist, helping families work through addiction and treatment, incorporating yoga and breathing as the cornerstone for people finding their way into healing themselves both emotionally and physically. He also spent seven years working with the largest Indian band in Canada, The Squamish Nation.
Students of Troy can expect a no holds barred authenticity that will lure you from your mind’s limitations and away from its criticisms and judgements; nudging you into the spaciousness of your light heart and spirit.
Nicola is a yoga teacher and naturopathic doctor living and thriving in East Vancouver’s artistically rich Commercial Drive neighbourhood. She was introduced to yoga by her gymnastics coach at age 16, where she instantly fell in love with the practice and knew that she would eventually become a teacher. Her interest in the human body and its movement brought her to UBC where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. Nicola went on to earn her 200h YTT in Hatha with Open Door Yoga in 2011. She began teaching shortly afterwards and has been at Unity Yoga ever since.
Although Nicola had always wanted to be a doctor, she realized along the way that the conventional medical system was not for her. Yoga was the key that unlocked the door to a whole new world of Eastern philosophy and healing traditions, and she soon realized there were more paths to good health than those offered by western medicine. She decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she became a naturopathic doctor. Her studies have enriched her yoga teachings and her classes often focus heavily on anatomy and physiology. She is particularly interested in the nervous system and how one can use breath and mindfulness to calm the autonomic nervous system and come into a state of rest and digest. It is in this state where the body’s innate ability to heal itself, or the Vis medicatrix naturae, is active. Nicola has extensive training in anatomy and physiology from both her undergraduate and doctorate degrees, additional training in SmartYoga with Jesse Enright, and has done 2 week-long intensive cadaver dissections, where she contributed to 16 full human dissections.
Daniel has been practicing an teaching forms of hatha yoga since the mid - 1990’s. My original training was in the Ashtanga Vinyasa form and from there he developed an interest in more therapeutic forms of alignment-based yoga, including Iyengar and Anusara Yoga.
Daniel has been teaching 200hr and 300hr yoga teacher trainings since 2006 in China, Japan and Canada, leading over 90 trainings and graduating over 1,000 teachers. His focus now is to encourage critical thinking and the teaching of safe and effective postural yoga within his own trainings. Manual therapy including Thai Yoga Massage techniques provide a sound basis for addressing injuries and physical complaints.
Yoga to Daniel is inquiry. Yoga is the engagement of reason, compassion and physicality toward knowledge of what it means to be conscious, and to be happy.
For 24 years I have immersed myself in yoga, meditation and psychotherapy modalities all around the world. I've lived in the Himalayas of Nepal with Tibetan Monks and Sherpas studying Buddhism and Meditation, I've sat with Swami's and Sanyasi Ascetics on the foot of the Ganga River in India, meditating on suffering and impermanence after losing my mother. I lived in alternative communities in the jungles and islands of Thailand and India for almost a decade; I am a seeker and lover of sacred ceremony, ritual and embodied psycho-spiritual practices. My studies include Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, Shadow Work, Gestalt Therapy, Contact Dance, Meditation, Breath Work. Reiki, Somatic Awareness, Vipassana Meditation, Bihar Yoga Nidra, Tantra Yoga Vinyasa, Jivamukti Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Mysore, Yin/Yang Yoga, Hatha Yoga and The Hidden Message Behind Asana, Vikasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Kundalini, Tantric Tibetan Buddhism and Vedanta.
As an international educator, I have led women's circles, yoga teacher training, workshops, master classes, festivals and retreats in India, Nepal, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Malaysia, and Canada collaborating with Tantric Buddhist Monks, Swamis, Spiritual Teachers, and Masters of the Yogic and Buddhist Traditions.