YEW TREE

TEACHING ALUMNI

 
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Agi

Agi is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT 500). Her training includes 250-hour teacher training through MokSana Yoga Centre, 800-hour Yoga Therapy certification through Ajna Yoga Centre, and additional training in Yoga for Healthy Aging and Yoga for Osteoporosis. Agi has been practicing regularly since 2003 and teaching since 2014. She brings a compassionate and gentle approach to teaching, meeting students where they are at and nurturing gentle transformation through supported practice, breathwork and meditation. Inspired by the subtle changes yoga continues to bring to her own practice, Agi approaches teaching with a sense of openness and curiosity as she continues to learn both with and from her students. She has been teaching Yin Yoga at Yew Tree since 2015. 

Nyk 

In Nyk's classes, you can expect inclusivity, accessibility, gratitude, and sprinkle of humor. Her classes are a community-focused, nurturing space to recharge and heal. Nyk believes Yoga has the power to transform lives and change the world. That if you can breathe you can do Yoga. She believes Yoga makes life better. Her mission to make Yoga accessible to people who don't think they are 'yoga people'. Nyk is an expert in teaching those who aren’t human pretzels. As a Yoga Therapist, her
specialty is helping those who have Back Pain. Her personal practice and her Yoga classes are rooted in Buddhism, Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nyk has been practicing Yoga since 1998. In 2003 she decided to deepen her study and took her first Yoga teacher training and has been teaching Yoga since 2004.

In addition to numerous Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga intensives, she holds the following teacher training certificates, 300 hour Yoga teacher training - The Yoga College Of Canada, 500 hour advanced Yin Yoga Teaching certificate - Paul Grilley, and 1000 hour Yoga Therapy Certification - Ajna Yoga College
 

Anika

Born in Vancouver,  as a teenager Anika was interested in yoga for its physical health benefits, now along the yoga journey she is inspired by the application of the yogic philosophy in life’s moments on and off the mat. Growing up in a Thai Bhuddist community, she has studied Vipassna Meditation, received her 200 YTT Certificate at Karma Teachers Vancouver and is on a personal exploration of the use of herbal remedies. Expect a metta (love and kindness) infused practise aimed to cultivate awareness and curiosity within the self; through asana(poses), pranayama(breath) and meditation.

Yanna

Yanna has practiced yoga for nearly twenty years. While her passion for dance first led her to explore the physical benefits of yoga, she has since learned that the benefits of yoga reach far beyond the mat. Yanna has worked as a group fitness professional in Canada, Germany and Switzerland and has been a presenter at many international fitness conferences. Her desire to make yoga accessible to all people and her passion for spiritual exploration (affirmations, meditation and the occasional chant) make her classes truly unique.

 

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Kevin

Kevin was first drawn to Yoga as an aid for recovery from a brain injury sustained in 2011. While initially he used Yoga to find mobility in areas that were damaged in this accident, Kevin soon found the benefits rippled into other aspects of his life. The tools of meditation and conscious breathing became staples in his life and have helped him process a variety of life's hurdles.

 

During a trip through India and Nepal Kevin completed his 200hr YTT in Kalimpong, India, and has attended various workshops and meditation retreats elsewhere. Currently he is working on a degree in Astrophysics from UVic and teaches a Yoga for Meditation practice held weekly at the UVic Multifaith Center. His practices create a space for people to feel comfortable amongst community in a welcoming non-judgmental atmosphere. Kevin is an adventurous soul that loves to travel and experience different cultures. In his spare time, he enjoys running, biking, or skiing on mountains and sharing a good meal with friends.

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Tanis

Tanis is our special guest teacher for autumn 2020. As an exercise physiologist and instructor of Mobility and Movement Sciences at Camosun's Centre for Sport and Exercise Education, Tanis's passion for health and wellness is incomparable. A former varsity swimmer and national level triathlete, she teaches yoga for all levels: beginners to elite athletes. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Yew Tree Yoga family. 

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Sabina

Sabina began dancing at the age of four and has danced ever since. She developed a dance program in her high school, Brentwood College and went to university for dance at Concordia and studied at the prestigious Les Atliers De Danse Moderne a Montreal. She toured Canada for it's 125 birthday and danced for the Queen of England. She has danced for Akimbo Dance in Kamploops, BC, trained at the Toronto Dance Theater, with Jennifer Mascall and Margie Gillies. Since moving to Victoria, Sabina has been Training in Ballet and modern danec. This training is highlighted by performances with Lynda Raino Dance, local choreographers and master classes with Alvin Ailey Dance and the Plastic Orchid Factory, Sabina has enjoyed the dance community in Victoria and is excited to bring some of the skill and fun to Yew Tree Yoga. Students can expect to become stronger and more flexible, while improving their knowledge of body mechanics and posture. For beginner ballet barre, zero experience is required, all abilities, skill and fitness levels welcome. Ballet is for everyone and it feels good!

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Tommi

Tommi's yoga journey began in the 70's, and has evolved over several decades. In 2008, her practice was revived with her introduction to Zen Buddhism. With this, the realization that the practice of asanas (postures) would facilitate a solid physical foundation for zazen (meditation). Her yoga asana practice was augmented by becoming a certified yoga teacher in 2010. Tommi’s fascination of the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga led her to complete Ajna Yoga’s Advanced Therapeutic Yoga certification program in 2013. She has elevated her practice through extensive teaching in the local community. Tommi believes that in class, as in life we are supported by each other, by the silence, by the form, the function and by the tradition.

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Shery

Originally from suburban Ontario, Shery has called Victoria her home for just over a decade. She’s got a traveling heart and an adventurous soul. In the summer you can find her rock climbing and the winter, snowboarding at Mt. Washington. Yoga found her in early 2018 as it stilled and quieted her every busy mind. Shery took her teacher training with Ma Yoga in downtown Victoria. She is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hr RYT. With a passion for healthy living, she often finds herself trying to help others through movement and nutrition. Her classes will transport you from stressed and over-thinking to laid back and feeling your true self. Shery will guide you through a heart-opening vinyasa that will leave you feeling confident and energized. Her Saturday morning class is designated as a Karma class, so it's free with a donation. This fall, all donations to our Karma class will go towards BC SPCA's Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC)