YEW TREE YOGA ALUMNI
Drawing from her training in Classical Ashtanga Yoga and from her personal practice, Glenda shares her knowledge of Yoga with the intention of helping others cultivate awareness and peace. Her teaching style emphasizes union of body, breath and mind, regardless of the level or intensity of the practice. She incorporates aspects of yoga philosophy into her classes, allowing for a wholesome experience that is
beneficial to the health of body, mind and spirit. Glenda is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Rolfer® Structural Integration Therapist. Her deep understanding of yoga philosophy, anatomy, physiology and kinesiology is evident in her teaching style. Glenda has been a part of the Yoga Teacher Training faculty both at Mount Madonna Institute and Salt
Spring Centre of Yoga since 2011. She continues to enrich her yoga knowledge through study, daily practice and teaching.
In 2010, Cathryn first took Stott Pilates classes to rehabilitate a knee injury. This empowering experience helped her regain her strength and mobility. Cathryn’s passion for pilates inspired her to pursue a teaching certificate in Stott Pilates in 2012. Since earning her certification in both Mat and Reformer, Cathryn has completed several professional development certifications including Cadillac, Melt Method, and dozens of small equipment workshops. In her classes, Cathryn aims to empower each client to learn to move their body with fluidity; to gain strength, stability, length, and flexibility; and to enjoy themselves.
Brogan took her first yoga class over 10 years ago through her running club in high school, but it didn't really stick with her until later in university as a way to find balance in her engineering degree. Yoga transitioned from something she did to help with her running to a central aspect of her life. Brogan completed her 200-hour teacher training with Meghan Currie in 2015. Since then she has been lucky enough to teach Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin across the province from the Okanagan to Haida Gwaii. She enjoys guiding her students through their yoga journey, focusing first on building the foundations for strength and awareness, and helping their practice grow.
Lynn is a Registered Physiotherapist (MPT) and Yoga Teacher (RYT-500). She first started practicing yoga a decade ago while obtaining her kinesiology degree. Coming from an athletic background, Lynn was first drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, primarily to increase her flexibility and rehab following a running injury. The more yoga classes she took, the more benefits of yoga she discovered on and off the mat. Her passion for yoga led her to complete her 500-hr yoga teacher certification in India in 2010, and she has been enjoying teaching yoga for the past 8 years.
As part of her ongoing education as a physiotherapist, Lynn has taken post-graduate training in neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, and chronic pain management. Lynn has also taken further therapeutic yoga training for chronic pain, brain injury, and Parkinson’s Disease. She loves integrating her knowledge of physical therapy and yoga to help her clients and students become more connected to their bodies and move with greater ease.
Lynn believes yoga should be accessible to anyone and continues to be inspired by the amazing and healing benefits that a yoga and meditation practice can offer. Outside of the studio and clinic, Lynn enjoys cycling, running, and staying active in the outdoors, exploring our beautiful Vancouver Island.
Christine's resume in health and wellness is extensive and she brings this healing energy into her yoga classes. An Addictions Counsellor, retired Registered Nurse, Therapeutic Touch/Reiki practitioner, Christine believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone. She currently teaches chair yoga for seniors and volunteers as a yoga teacher for the Parkinson's Wellness Project. Christine completed her initial yoga teacher training with the Brahmanda School of Yoga and is nearing completion of her advanced certificate.
"Yoga has opened up a space within myself that inspires my creativity and brings out deep introspection which i often put to pen and paper. It is time that I connect with my breath and leave the outside world behind for the sweet silence of the asanas. My intent is to share this beautiful art with others. As a teacher and with the understanding that we are always perpetual students, it is my firm belief that yoga transforms and brings people to a place of change and acceptance within themselves thru self-discovery, wonder, compassion and gratitude. My classes facilitate you to live in, and appreciate the present moment thru movement, mindfulness, meditation and the breath. Yoga is infinite learning. My hope is for you to also experience this wonderful gift. I invite you to join me on this incredible journey."
Teachings of yoga have been in my life since my early adolescence, although I often rejected them in those years. In my late teens I became more conscious of the way I chose to shape my life. Yoga has made a life changing impact in my journey of self-discovery. At first yoga was purely complimentary to the other physical practices I engage in. Gradually my practice has evolved as a way to find mental clarity in the present moment. Yoga allows me to shift to a place of acceptance, self-love, and compassion. I believe yoga is an essential tool to develop ones full potential as a human being. In my classes I strive to help people manifest their full potential, while getting in touch with their body. As a teacher I want to share my passion for yoga and continue to learn through teaching.
Alyssa started Yoga and Meditation in her adolescence but it wasn’t until after she had her first child that she found her dedication to the practice. She took her teacher training with Rameen Peyrow, founder of Sattva Yoga and has taught in a variety of settings from schools to rehabilitation centres. More recently, she teaches pre/postnatal yoga as well as the dynamic Sattva style of yoga in downtown Victoria. Born into a family of musicians, Alyssa began writing music for guitar and piano at the age of twelve and has been performing, recording and touring ever since. She is currently combining her love for music and yoga, writing songs and experimenting with healing music in her classes. Alyssa’s goal is to make yoga accessible for everyone and strives to ensure that her students feel safe and confident in their practice.
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!
Charu has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and North America. She started practising yoga around 15 years ago in Toronto with teachers from some of the oldest schools in the city like Downward Dog and Jivamukti. Coming from an Indian classical dance background and working as a policy analyst for the First Nations, Charu brings movement, respect, and a holistic approach to her class that one can take off the mat.