STUDIO OWNER, RYT 300, Personal Trainer
Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Mary was inspired to open a studio in this beautiful seaside town close to nature as it feels like the perfect setting for self care. Mary trained with Don and Amba Stapleton at the Nosara Yoga Institute completing the Interdisciplinary 200hr Certification in 2008 as well as the Advanced Yogi Educator 100hr Certification program in 2009. In 2012 she became a certified Personal Trainer through BCRPA. The following year she also became a certified Spin Cycle instructor also through BCRPA.
Mary is the owner and founder of MYoga, which opened in February of 2008. Before that Mary was a Chartered Insurance Professional holding a management position with The Co-operator's Insurance Agency, Gibsons office. She has been practicing yoga for 13 years, has run 4 half marathons and several 10km races, has competed with INBF in the fitness model division, has worked in film and as a fitness model, and ran the Warrior Dash. She has attended several self-development trainings such as Rapport International ~ Leadership Breakthrough 1 and The Haven ~ Come Alive. Her practice continues to evolve, but the core teachings of yoga remain her driving inspiration and her key to helping students unlock their own physical, mental and emotional blocks.
Ross McKeachie is a practitioner and teacher of Arkaya Yoga, Healing & Mindfulness which is rooted in classical Indian Yoga and traditional Tantra. He is also the Community Builder & Communications Director for Arkaya Awareness Centre. He has been given permission to work as a yoga facilitator, healer & coach by his teacher, Yogacharini Maitreyi, who is the founder of Arkaya. He is currently apprenticing with Maitreyi in training yoga teachers in both Vancouver and India. Ross has been practicing Yoga for 12 years and teaching for three and a half years. His classes are down to earth and fun, focused on cultivating awareness and harmony.
He also offers one on one and group sessions to those who wish to ease suffering, cultivate greater harmony, hone their vision and purpose and align with their highest potential.
B.Ed, BFA, CYA-E-RYT 550
For the past 18 years I have dedicated myself to the path of yoga and meditation. I approach teaching from a Yoga therapy perspective; a student-centered approach. With a background in education, I have taught languages and visual art. My love of learning and deep inquiry is what fuels my yoga teaching. My intention is to create a space of loving awareness to facilitate students connecting with themselves on subtler levels through their body. Being, moving, and breathing consciously allows us to feel our connection to the goodness within us and the Universe. I guide you in a practice that harmonizes and heals your body, and allows you to feel whole.
I look forward to sharing this sacred journey with you!
Roxanne feels that her life is always evolving and yoga has been a solid foundation which has helped her cultivate peace, clarity, and gratitude.
Roxanne began practicing yoga in 2002. After completing her first teacher training (Kids Yoga) at Semperviva in 2014 she has continued to deepen her Yoga practice and expand the scope of her trainings. Roxanne completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga By The Sea, 2014), Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Semperviva, 2015), Yoga Outreach Training (2015), and is presently enrolled in a 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga By The Sea).
Roxanne’s goal is to help her students find and maintain a peaceful mind and body. She emphasizes breathing and the power of being present to create connection with self and each moment. Yoga is more than poses; her wish is that with practice and intention her students will unfold not just on their mats but into their everyday lives.
“Life is a Divine Leela (play); Let’s embrace our differences, support each other through challenges, learn how to laugh at ourselves, and have gratitude for the gift of life around us.”
I used to live inside my head. I was a master list-maker, (imperfect) perfectionist, and I operated at all times to control every experience in my life. I was unhealthy: spiritually, emotionally, energetically, and mentally. Looking back at this time in my life, I realize now that I was completely unaware of my living state of dis-ease. For some reason, one day, I walked into a yoga studio. Call it divine intervention, or just dumb luck; whatever this guiding force was, my first day on my mat was a re-birth. A re-introduction to my body, my heart, and my spirit. Everything changed for me with that first 75 minute practice, and continues to change each and every time I am present on my mat. Now, as a teacher of yoga, I am doubly blessed. The people that come to share space with me, to move, to breathe, to open our hearts together.. well, it's magic. Sometimes the magic is subtle, barely detectable, and sometimes it is palpable; in laughter, in tears, in hugs.. regardless of how it shows up, the magic is always there. And this is why I teach. Let's come together and create a little more magic in the world.
B.A., M.Ed., Certified Professional Teacher, Diploma in Special Education for Health Practitioners. In 1970 I was given my Meditation Mantra from a Guru on Gabriola Island and have been meditating since. I spent a considerable portion of my life as an academic exercising my brain but not focusing on the heart. I took to yoga 15 years ago and have blended my love of inquiry with my devotion to the practice of yoga focusing on the Kripalu Lineage. I have completed a YTT 200 HR Program at Yoga by the Sea and am enrolled in the 300 hours under the guidance of Bhakti Yoga Master Hasu. When working with students I have an innate ability to observe the body and support growth and development. My classes focus on supporting students to work with asana (postures), breath (pranayama), and meditation (dharna) to allow prana (energy) to flow unbroken and freely in the body and sustaining optimum health. I am gentle and compassionate to the needs of my students, focusing on each individual's needs. This journey of yoga is full of wonder and magic and I am compelled to share this with my fellow humans.
Liat was born in Israel and has spent most of her life there. Over the past two years, she and her family wandered the world and recently they settled on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. She believes that any change is both thrilling and challenging; in her eyes, the challenge is learning how to grow while embracing change.
Ashtanga Yoga is Liat's chosen path and it has made all the difference in her life.
She has more than 500 hours of teacher training from around the world and she continues to be inspired by many methods and teachers she meets along the way.
She has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for fifteen years and has been teaching it for ten years. She loves being a step in the path taken by many of her students who become devoted to the practice and later become yoga teachers themselves.
Her mantra is "The practice of yoga should be working for you and not you working for the practice. Ashtanga yoga is like coming home, it’s familiar and there your mind can rest"
Today more than ever, Liat focuses on Body Positive Awareness. She believes we all should feel empowered no matter what shape we have or in which stage of life we are. Moreover, she believes it is important to nurture the relationship between the body and the food we eat as this is crucial to our mental and physical wellbeing.
My life changed over 2 years ago when I completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga By The Sea. Since then I have been cultivating my own practice by offering karma classes. Through my service (Seva) My heart keeps opening and my mind gets quieter. This is the deepening of my own practice.
My life had such a profound shift that I wish everyone can feel the benefits of yoga.
I love how yoga can bring in a sense of community during a class. Where strangers can become friends and neighbors become family.
In my classes I honor my students by meeting them where they are. My students are held with love, respect and compassion.
I never know what I will bring to the mat in any given class. I like to be just as surprised as my students as to where the class goes. I like to think I teach from the heart connecting to my students through meditation, mindful movement, asanas or even dancing.
Life can be so serious I like to remind my students to laugh and have fun.
I’m currently diving deeper into the yoga teaching in the 300hr Yoga Teacher Training. I’m looking forward to bringing what I learn into my classes. I’m also attempting to learn how to play the ukulele. For me it’s a challenge as I don’t have a musical bone in my body. And maybe just maybe I will bring that into my classes as well.
Movement has always been sacred to me. I have danced my whole life, whether it’s been grooving to a good song in my living room, taking dance classes or flowing through a vinyasa. Through dance I discovered how truly wonderful it feels to be so deeply connected with the body and breath moving together as one, it feels as though I am communing with the Divine.
I dabbled in yoga as a way to stay fit and flexible as a dancer. The true depth of yoga was revealed to me during my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga By the Sea on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, BC. I had a feeling of arriving home. We moved through postures seamlessly with an emphasis of body- breath connection. Which then led me to deepen my practice even more by taking my 300 hour advanced training as well as my Level 1 certification in Amrit Method Yoga Nidra.
Yoga has transformed my life in a variety of ways. It has allowed me to be more present in my daily life with a deep acceptance and inner knowing of my true self. Trusting my intuitions by living from my heart center and surrendering to the beautiful flow of energy that is life.
I teach from my own personal experience and from my Heart. I believe in a practice led by breath and the innate wisdom of the body. I teach Hatha based yoga classes with a focus on pranayama and energy releases. With a deep respect for safe alignment I encourage the student to turn inwards to observe the profound effects of the practice in the moment.
I truly believe in the transformative power of this beautiful practice and and look forward to many more years of falling deeply in love with the magic of yoga!