Yoga is my soft place to land, and my strictest teacher. Living my yoga is the point for me. The great teachings of yoga speak to me in a strength that has made me vulnerable and courageous enough to sing. I currently find my practice and teaching immersed in bhakti yoga and the study of kirtan and scriptures with my beloved harmonium.
I have been teaching yoga since 1998. I was blessed to study very early in my yogic teaching vocation in India for a year with B.K.S. Iyengar and Dr. Karandikar in Pune. This experience I am still unpacking and sourcing from in my teaching today. My formal certification came at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India.
In addition to studying in these lineages from India, I have immersed myself in the Shamanism of the Q’ero of Peru. This led me to the study of the healing work of Shamans worldwide. I am deeply inspired by how shamanism and yoga are similar in exploring the human quest for connection with the self, others and the Source. Through this connection, we are reminded to walk with open hearts, in service to all walks of life. This informs all aspects of my life.
I hold a Masters of Arts and Psychology degree and I am currently a Phd candidate in Expressive Arts therapy, education and social change. I have had a private practice in clinical counselling and the healing arts since 2004. I am founder of the Shamanic Yoga Institute. It is here I have been able to weave together Shamanism, Yoga and the Expressive Arts, offering a profound, personal transformation in a strong, safe, vibrant setting. We offer Yoga Teacher Trainings, Medicine Wheel trainings, run a non- profit ‘Friends of Stawamus Society’ and two karma yoga programs. I am currently a visiting tutor at Quest University Canada teaching in the social sciences. Most of all I am mother to River, Jasper and Cedar, my beautiful teachers that are my children.
In my classes, you can expect a strong, safe space to be held for you. It is my intention to foster growth for all who come to my classes. The growth may occur in the body, breath, in affairs of the world, family matters, the relationship of the self to the Self, or to the Divine. The action of this yoga is gentle, penetrating and pervasive. We will chant, set intentions, practice pranayama and asana in all classes. Each class will touch on the philosophies that yoga is built on as an offering to the students to deepen their connection to the roots of the yoga practice.
I see myself as someone who has achieved “success through diversity” in Business and in Spirit. I have walked many paths since I began working in 1994; facilitating the young lives of children. Early on in my life I have set the intention to become clearer in the art of business and co-creating it with spiritual knowledge.
My ancestry is Chipewyan Dene; situated near the Athabasca River along the North land and lakes of Alberta. My clear visions have been brewing since the early days of my youth; one vision guides me to learn and to be in a relationship directly with spiritual knowledge of Indigenous Spirit; one shared by the ancestors. The other is to source the authentic teachings from relations across Turtle Island and beyond, and in all the worlds. Doing this work has developed a way for myself to be in reciprocity with all of our People. My ideals are to learn the traditional medicines shared by the Elders from the land and to listen intently of the oral traditions that they share. I lovingly continue on this path where I find a better way of life in this world of discernment and ceremony.
I am a lover of life and intend it to be full of health, heart and happiness. I spend my days doing ancient dance with my Earth body practicing Shamanic Yoga; this creates a strong body, mind and soul connection in the art of Shamanism. As I venture down this Red road, I look to expand my Self by living in the unique aspects of Spiritual Business, First Nations Circles, and to connect with the Elders who hold an ancient language of creation. A Deep gratitude to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people, I recognize and honour that we live in the un-ceded Territory of the Squamish Nation.
Anita is a certified Yoga teacher since 2012 and has been an apprentice for Mastery in Shamanism since 2014 with the Shamanic Yoga Institute. She is teaching Medicine Wheel in Nelson and Ucluelet, BC and she carries the Black Stone Mesa and White stone Global Mesa through Mastery courses at the Institute.
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.