Shamanic Yoga Institute

Who We Are
Who We Are

The Shamanic Yoga Institute is a small grassroots business, female owned and run.

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We are a collective of teachers and mentors committed to training practitioners in the technologies of the soul through Shamanism, Yoga and Expressive Arts. We are currently aligning with post-lineage Yoga and a feminist perspective for collective liberation and working for social change. Our open learning mystery school is based out of the mountains, rivers and trees of Squamish, British Columbia. We practice nature informed Yoga and Shamanism.

Our founder, Christine Selda, was initiated as a Full Mesa Carrier in 2003 by Lois Ross and Jose Luis Herrera, her teachers in shamanism and energy healing. Since the inception of the school in 2005, we have annually trained apprentices in Mountain Shamanism sourcing from the medicine teachings of the Andes, Himalayas, and coastal mountains of the Pacific Northwest.


Our root teachers in Yoga come from the towering mystics: Shankaracharya, Laksmanjoo, Ksemaraja, and the many unnamed mystics from the Bhakti and Tantric traditions. We source from the sacred texts: Upanishads, Devi Mahatmyam, Prtyabijnahrdyam, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.

Vision Statement

Our Vision for the Shamanic Yoga Institute is to Evolve and Honour the ancient technologies of the Sacred in Service to the needs of this present time and space and the ReMembering of our Essential Nature.  We Commit to Being the Change-Makers, Pioneering New Methodologies of practice, and Being the Midwives of Awakening for ALL.  We Aim to establish a Mother-Ship – an open learning Experiential Mystery School – where we can support and Mentor New Leadership in the new world we are dreaming into being. SYI is structured as a collaborative teaching model, one that is designed to remove barriers, remain inclusive, and give back to the community and the Earth. We Vision to establish Collective Membership in the Land and hold ourselves and each other accountable to Right Relationship in all our work.  We Vision a world where a connection to the Earth, Sky, Fire, and Water leads us all together Beyond Duality. This is a Unitive Vision that encompasses and supports the complex Diversity of Spirit. May we all know the Sacred Joy that lies beyond suffering. This is our motivation and this is our collective essential birthright.


The work is to do no harm, to utilize the tools for participation in order to heal the personal and the collective.


What do we stand for?

We stand for love, liberation, and truth. The purpose of our school is to share methodology and practices that open individuals up to their own power and to engage people in their own healing. Through experiential learning, we believe we can cultivate a better understanding of what it means to be in right relationship with ourselves, each other and the earth and cosmos. Our aim has always been to dissolve the barriers so that this work continues. Our hope is to widen our community of risk-takers, change-makers, artists, and leaders who contribute to a just world for all.

What is “the work?”

To remember who we are without our personalities, family, deepest beliefs and values. The work is to do no harm, to utilize the tools for participation in order to heal the personal and the collective. It invites us to ask the hard questions and respond when change is necessary. How do you uplift and activate hope as technicians of the sacred? Can you participate in the world with a multiplicity of perspectives and hold the space with integrity? Can you call AND respond? Can we Listen without Judgement and collaborate instead of compete?