Fernwood Yoga Den | Teachers
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Our workshops are designed to provide something for everyone. Curated to focus on individual or combined techniques, each course is unique and thoughtfully taught by one of our experienced teachers or guest teachers.


Rachel began her Yoga practice 13 years ago, here in Victoria. Within her practice she found, a closer connection to her own truth and a greater ability to meet others in theirs. Her belief in Yoga’s transformative abilities led her to expand her knowledge through the Yandara Institute in Baja where she received her RYT 200 in 2006. Since then she has received further training in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Nidra, Pre/Post Natal, Trauma and Mental Health, and Kids and Family Yoga. Rachel has a strong background working with populations facing multiple barriers, in Victoria’s non-profit sector. This departure from Social Services to owning a Yoga studio is a big transition, but Rachel is thrilled with the opportunity to combine these passions through the Yoga Den’s Vision Programming. Rachel will continue her work offering yoga to individuals living in supported housing facilities in addition to her classes at the studio. A resident of Fernwood, Rachel feels deeply connected to her community and is excited to offer a space committed to accessibility and honouring each individual’s journey of well-being. Rachel teaches Restorative and Yin at the Den and co-facilitates the Teacher Training Program.


Katyanna is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the yogic science. She began her teaching journey studying Hatha yoga while living in Hawaii in 2006. After several years of teaching, she expanded her studies by travelling to India and earning her 200 hour certification in traditional Ashtanga, traditional Hatha, Pranayama and meditation techniques. Feeling compelled to stay in India, Katyanna spent months travelling and studying various traditional techniques throughout India. While in India she accepted a position as Senior Yoga Teacher at a yoga community in Nicaragua. For a year, Katyanna enjoyed meeting students from all over the world while planning and hosting various retreats. When Katyanna was offered the position of Senior Yoga Teacher of a 200 hour yoga teacher training school in India, she was thrilled to return to a land that means so much to her. She moved back to India where she assisted aspiring teachers and shared in the gift of yoga. Katyanna’s classes have a strong focus on connecting breath and movement, while allowing students the opportunity to observe the physical body. She believes in teaching with compassion by guiding the students to find the expression of the posture that is perfect for them. Katyanna teaches Flow classes and is the Senior Instructor (E-RYT 200 HR) for the Yoga Den’s 200-HR Teacher Training Program.


I am wildly in love with life. I have always had an unyielding fascination for exploring the world around me and am forever seeking the next adventure. When I discovered yoga years ago, I realized its ability to make every aspect of my life become a bit brighter. My journey with yoga has been all about surrendering, letting go and becoming completely present with the experience. Each day, each practice, each breath, I am continually growing, learning, transforming and falling in love with yoga all over again. I completed my first teacher training in 2010 with the Rameen Peyrow of the Sattva School of Yoga and over the last few years, have deepened my studies with him as well as teachers in Maui and India. I’m honoured to get to share my passion and help others along their own unique yoga journey. I believe that if we can cultivate this balance, happiness and freedom first on the mat, it will inevitably trickle into our lives and out into the world. Hailey teaches Flow on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Fernwood Yoga Den.


Melissa appreciates the discipline of study and observation, while enthusiastically encouraging a joyful freedom of expression. This informs her playful flow class which calls attention to alignment and personal exploration. For her, there is a precious moment in yoga where all the un-serving, un-necessary worries and negative thoughts are stripped away, reducing a person to their core essence; pure, true, and beautiful. In a complimentary instant, the spirit is reinforced, swelling the heart and resting the mind. Yoga creates the space for healthy patterns to develop, for happiness, for acceptance, for peace. Yoga is the great unifying practice. Melissa practices yoga to reconnect with self, to open her mind and body, and to be reminded of our inner and ever present guiding light. Melissa Teaches Vinyasa at the Den, she is currently on Mat leave enjoying sweet little Eva.


“I was introduced to yoga over ten years ago and even still in each class I move deeper within my journey of self-discovery. As I explored the many avenues of yoga, I realized how powerful the practice is as a holistic therapy. It carried me to pursue meditation and find a sense of calmness in whatever was passing through my life. This practice has offered me empowerment, more than I could have ever known. It doesn’t matter the type of class I am practicing – the gift that I receive every time is that special time being with my Self. It is here that I found passion – not only for my practice on the mat, but for my practice in every moment of my life. Truthfully, no matter how I arrive at the mat, I leave class feeling eternally grateful for this gifts that I receive as a teacher. The teachings move through all of us and each of us have the opportunity to discover and explore these ancient Universal teachings together.” Jacquie teaches Yin Yoga.


I began teaching to share my insights and experiences of yoga through my self inquisition, and the information taught to me through my teachers and instructors. I believe in the traditions and teachings of those who come before me, but my classes aren’t necessarily traditional. I try to instil lightness and joy into the classes, to explore, to experiment, to create a space that’s accessible but challenging. Light but strong. Meditative, occasionally esoteric, but always with the intent to share in a deeper level of consciousness. Besides my passion for teaching and meditation, I’m a composer and a music producer by day. I firmly believe in the energetic power of music and use this energy to intentionally enhance the experiences of class. My classes have music as diverse, as fun, as serious and as intentional as the moment calls for. Joel teaches energetic Vinyasa classes at the Den, evenings and weekends.


Why do I teach yoga?
In our increasingly busy lives, it seems that we spend a disproportionate amount of time as “human doings” rather than as “human beings.” I believe yoga is one of the most powerful antidotes to this modern dilemma. Yoga invites us to focus on our inner landscape, and encourages us to heighten our awareness of our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. Yoga teaches us to move mindfully -with humility, with strength, with compassion, with intention, with grace – not only on our mats, but through our lives.

I teach yoga because I aspire to inspire. I believe that we are capable of igniting a revolution from within our own selves. On our yoga mats, we practice not just the physical asanas. We practice loving ourselves unconditionally; we practice honouring our own limitations but also our unlimited potential; we practice consciously creating peace within ourselves. When we emerge from our yoga practice as renewed human beings, we radiate peace. We are ready to create an upward spiral that unites us all.

What can you expect from my classes?
In a class with me, you can expect a creative flowing practice that remains rooted in postural alignment. Each week I invite you to explore a theme that may resonate to your experience on and off the mat. I encourage you to (en)lighten up and play, and to be respectful of how your body responds in the moment. I challenge you to find strength that you perhaps didn’t know you had, and I challenge you to surrender when it feels right. Above all, I urge you to celebrate and be amazed by the wonder that is YOU.


Why do you teach Yoga? I believe whole-heartedly in the transformative power of yoga, and that is why I teach. Yoga has had a profoundly positive impact in my life. Through my personal practice I found a deeper connection to myself and other beings, a greater sense of compassion and ease, and a profound enthusiasm for this curious thing we call life! It is my joy and great privilege to share this beautiful path with you.


What can students expect from your classes? My role is to hold the space for you to uncover, discover, and practice presence by engaging with your physical, mental, and emotional experience from moment to moment. In life we are too often taught to live by the adage “no pain, no gain”. In Yoga we learn to live by the principle, “no pain, no pain”. Therefore, I always encourage you to start where you are and to listen intently to your inner teacher. I offer clear instruction, alignment principles, encouragement, and joy. I look forward to meeting you on the mat!


Crista loves yoga! She loves the peace and happiness that it brings her, and loves helping others to similarly discover the healing and empowering effects of yoga. She has found that yoga addresses all aspects of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, and that acceptance and confidence on the mat reflect into daily life.


Crista holds a B.A. in Psychology, and has taken additional training in Counseling and Social Work. She has been teaching yoga for over a decade, and has completed numerous Teacher Trainings: 5 Elements Vinyasa with Janet Stone, Vinyasa with Clara Roberts-Oss, Prenatal with Teresa Campbell, Foundation and Advanced Hatha Teacher Training with Sivananda, Silent Meditation, and Advanced Pranayama. She was a member of the Teacher Training faculty at Semperviva in Vancouver BC, and holds the highest designation of certification with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500.


She loves to see students learn, sweat, and have fun! She encourages students to be playful and open. Her classes are always creative, working toward peak poses, and include core work and energetic themes. She feels that yoga should be a balance between challenging oneself to grow and learn, and respecting one’s daily limits. She believes that every person has the ability to discover the wisdom and compassion of their own inner teacher. Come and play!

Savanna Marie

My love affair with yoga began in India when, after about a week of practice, I woke up for the first time with a lightness and freedom in my heart I had not experienced since childhood. After years of crippling anxiety and self-doubt, this was all I needed to become hooked. From then on, yoga became a central aspect of my way of being. While this originally only included an asana practice, it has since then continued to weave through every aspect of my life. Continually enriching and inspiring.


My educational background is in nursing and pain management, with a focus on how the body responds to trauma and persistent pain. I love to find parallels between biomedical and holistic healing and am continually amazed by how well they can complement each other. I enjoy teaching sequences that work first with building the physical foundation in order to create postures that are safe and optimally beneficial for each person within their own unique experience.


I love finding ways to allow yoga to guide me into better and more fulfilling ways to interact with the world. As a teacher, I feel my main role is to facilitate this exploration and experience for others. I believe strongly that each person is their own greatest teacher and often all we need is space and permission in order to begin to delve into beauty. I so look forward to sharing space with you.


Ande graduated from Our teacher training program and teaches from a supportive and grounded place -knowing that each individual has the opportunity to empower themselves through their yoga practice.

“Through my own experience I know yoga is a practice which gives space for an individual to curiously and compassionately explore within so they may see all that is there. Being able to embrace all aspects of oneself truly allows us to find empowerment and to show up for life with passion, purpose and love”.


Ande teaches both Vinyasa and Yin at the studio. In her Vinyasa classes you will be encouraged to witness both your strength and tenderness, usually with the back drop of an eccentric playlist. In her yin classes you will be encouraged to find nourishment, grace and deep opening through every posture.


Fernwood Yoga Den is inclusive of everyone and we encourage you to join us for a class, whether it’s your first time or you’ve been practicing for years. Our community of students, practitioners and teachers is warm and welcoming and we invite you to share our space. First class just $5 bucks.