I AM COMMITTED TO SHARING YOGA AS A CONTEMPLATIVE & TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE
Mama Bear. Inner yoga guide. Mala maker. Counsellor & Coach. Relearning the language of prayer. Nature reveller. Freedom seeker. Solace climbing rocks. A voice for the voiceless. Circle-caster. Lover of the Space Between. Aspiring poet. Curious human being. Mama Quilla - queen of the night time sky. Social activist. Philosophy nerd. Life-long learner. Humble space-holder. Ritual & Ceremony, Mantra & Mudra. I am waking up. Pachamama worshipper. Be with. Beauty beholder. Your witness.
Jessica first dove into the mystery of the Medicine Wheel in 2014, and the transformative nature of this deep work has kept her coming back ever since. Now a faculty member, she is grateful to serve as an assistant in trainings and be given the opportunity to lead Medicine Wheels for children. Jessica is also the owner and artistic director at Act Alive, and passionately shares yoga, dance, acting and music with anyone who willing to learn.
My first introduction to yoga came early in my adolescence. I remember being instantly compelled by the practice of the Hatha yoga asana’s. Although I was young and inconsistent with all things, I returned to my mat time and again. For me, yoga is and always has been, powerful medicine. Yoga is the most direct path I know, back home to my body and back home to soul.
In 2014 I completed my first yoga teacher’s training while spending time in Nicaragua. In 2017 I travelled to Kerala, India to study and receive certification as an Ayurvedic Therapist. In 2018 I completed 300 hours of yoga teacher training with the Shamanic Yoga Institute, and became a Mesa carrier within the Peruvian Q’ero Lineage. Most recently, in 2019, I underwent rigorous training and expanded my offerings to also include serving an ancient Amazonian-shamanic medicine known as Kambo.
My understanding of spirituality and spiritual healing is informed by and through the many traditions within which I have had the honour to learn from. From this place, my beliefs and practices remain an ever unfolding inquiry. I am deeply humbled by the courage and brilliance I witness in those who choose to embrace the challenging journey toward their own awakening. I find my highest joy through lending my support service and love to this work.
I have been studying the relationship between teacher and student as long as I can remember. My adventures in academia lead me to complete a double Bachelor's in Arts and Education, and my personal love of the artistry of yoga guided me to travel and study with teachers from all walks of life. I have reverence for all of my teachers, but I am especially grateful to Christine Selda for her continued guidance on the Shamanic path. She inspires me to follow the tenets of service and devotion, and I find stewardship to the Earth and ceremony true practices of intimacy. I am honoured to assist again alongside her and be part of the ever-growing ayllu.
Currently, I teach yoga at the Yoga Studio in Squamish, where my offerings orbit around self-inquiry and developing personal relationships with devotion. I am grateful for the accountability. Teaching requires a currency of my study and a deepening of my own practices. Yoga guides me to the present, where I can witness and challenge my conditionings and the boundaries I create. I am in awe of its timeless methods to remove the veils that conceal the auspicious one, who resides in the heart of all hearts.
In daily life, I work as a production assistant, baker for a daycare, and writer, but it is the service of motherhood that humbles me most. My children teach me about forgiveness, and loving without conditions. I am constantly offered new lessons about patience, generosity and gentleness. Ultimately, all of my work and passions help me navigate the waters of relationship to Self, Spirit, the Earth, and one another––threads of connection woven into the tapestry of the cosmos.
Rochelle will be leading 2020's Shamanic Yoga Teacher training in Squamish, BC. Find her at Shala Yoga and the Yoga studio.
I am a Mama, Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Mentor for yoga teachers.
What I teach is informed and inspired by 14+ years of teaching yoga full-time, 9-years of studio owning, 8+ years of leading teacher trainings around the globe.
Ultimately, my work is about supporting yoga-practitioners and yoga-teachers in living and practicing purposefully in accordance with their highest truth and vision.
In addition to yoga, I source inspiration and influence from my continued studies in; Mountain Shamanism (as taught by the Q’ero Medicine People of Peru), Meditation, and Ayurveda.
Natalie is a passionate student of Yoga, Ayurveda, Eastern Philosophy, and Meditation. She currently lives in Pemberton BC and leads inspirational Teacher Trainings, Workshops & Retreats in British Columbia and beyond. You can expect her classes to be skilfully structured and infused with the teachings that inspire her most, namely the power of practice, the wisdom of nature, and the wonder of living an ordinary life lit up through mindful presence.
Kirtan is the ancient practice of call and response chanting, combining mantra and music to open one's heart. The chanting is transformational with multiple benefits including a peaceful state of mind. The primary instruments we use are traditional – Harmonium, Mridanga (drum), and Kartal (hand cymbals). No previous experience is required to derive the benefits of this spiritual practice, also known as Bhakti Yoga.
Sing with Kirtan Vancouver
Hello my name is Lydia Williams. I come from the Squamish and Tsimshian First Nations. I grew up in Squamish with my parents Ray & Darlene Lebel on the Yekwaupsum reserve.
My maternal grandparents are the late Laura Williams nee: Collinson from the Tsimshian Nation and Chief David Williams of the Squamish Nation.
Growing up in Squamish was such a gift as I have had the privilege to learn from different aunts/uncles as well as respected community members how to take care of the plants/ animals and how to help preserve them for use of future generations.
I was taught things such as beadwork, cedar weaving, simple sewing, crocheting and other arts&crafts.
I would like to add special thanks to the Shamanic yoga institute & North yoga. Where I have completed 500 hours Registered yoga teacher training combined through both schools.
Thank you for honouring me and continuing to ask me to be a part of this community of learners!
Life is short, experience something new today!
Donna Billy also known as Si-so-lia is from the Squamish Nation. She is a mother of two sons who have been her inspiration. From a very early age Donna was trained in her traditional ways by the Elders. Donna takes pride in her heritage and Culture. She truly lives up to her Ancestral name Si-so-lia which means “hard working woman”. Whatever she is working on-she works hard! Taking care of the people has always been at the heart of the work that Donna does. She believes in healthy, strong families and supporting and guiding them. Most of her jobs have been working with children & mothers in the community. She is currently working with the Howe Sound Women’s Centre Transition house in Squamish.