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 is the Den’s Studio Director. She began her Yoga practice 14 years ago while completing her Social Justice degree. 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, and received her RYT 500 in 2016. Rachel has a strong background working for 10 years with populations facing multiple barriers, specifically homelessness and domestic violence in Victoria’s non-profit sector and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Clinical Counselling.
Rachel teaches Restorative, Yin, Yoga for Healing, Trauma Sensitive Yoga & Private Restorative Yoga sessions. Rachel enjoys training new yoga teachers in these practices as a lead trainer in the studios YTT program.
Kevin is our studio’s Program Director. He practices and guides yoga, dance, and wellness arts in ways that hone intuition and promote empowerment from a place of integrity.
Through a 10-year career as a ballet/modern dancer and an endless love of yoga, he has come to an intimate knowledge of the body. His passion for empowerment through the body is based on traditions ranging from Tantric Shaivism to Hatha, musical theater to classical Indian music, ballet to martial arts.
With luck and discipline, he has had the opportunity to study and share regularly in San Francisco, New York, Germany, France, India, and Bali. All of these cultures cast their own imprint on Kevin’s offerings.
His practice weaves modern viewpoints with the timeless wisdom of yoga, dance, and holistic medicine which support us all to develop an infinite curiosity about our connection inward to our core, outward to a full, filling life, and all the wonder in between.
He is currently based in Victoria, BC and Bali, and continues to share his offerings internationally. To learn more, visit www.kevinyeechan.com
In addition to managing the studio, Kevin Teaches regular classes, advanced series and is a lead trainer in our YTT program. Kevin is currently studying Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College and offers “Acupuncture for a cause” through our studio’s health Clinic- Maya Health
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.
Andrea has been teaching at the Den as long as we can remember – Find her Tuesday nights for Vinyasa at 5:15 & Yin at 7pm
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 has been with us since day one and we couldn’t be happier to have her teach Vinyasa to our students.
Carrie is a Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Teacher and Educator. She holds a full-time faculty position at Pacific Rim College in the areas of Nutrition, Chinese Medicine and Anatomy. Carrie is interested in the ongoing relationship of anatomy, movement and psychology. Her yoga anatomy teaching explores the connection between sensation and experience while offering precise mobility work to develop flexibility, strength and greater movement possibilities. She is passionate about offering information that translates into practical and personal development.
Carrie teaches Hatha on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:15 & our Foundations of Yoga course.
Creative and introspective, Meg is a dreamer. The practice of yoga in its many forms has nurtured profound shifts in Meg‘s life and continues to support her growth and expansion. Meg initially began practicing yoga as a means to strengthen and rehabilitate her body following a head on collision in 2012, and the practice offered her so much more than she expected to find. Yoga offered Meg space to look inward and connect with self and spirit, gifting her new appreciation for her life.
Meg is passionate about supporting others to explore an inward gaze and she is immensely grateful to share her offerings with the community at the Yoga Den. An avid student and teacher of Vinyasa Yoga, Meg’s classes are thoughtfully sequenced and delivered with accessibility in mind and a focus on breath and presence.
Meg Teaches 6:45am Vinyasa on Wednesdays and 5pm Vinyasa on Fridays
Tracey’s classes are dedicated to Fluidity, Freedom and Fun. Her infectious smile warmly welcomes students of all ages and levels to embody a flow that rides the current of breath.
She is known for her positive energy and sense of humour which adds to her philosophy that yoga is full of joy and playfulness. Quoted as saying “I feel lucky to love what I do!” she shares a part of herself in every class. Her yoga comes from her heart, her personal practice, and life as she lives it.
Tracey’s passion for music promises a journey from start to finish. She encourages you to ride the waves of movement and stillness, creating magical moments to stand in awareness and a love for all that lies inside ourselves.
Graduating from McMaster University with a Physical Education Degree, she has dedicated her career to the health and wellness industry. She became a certified yoga instructor under the inspiration of Shiva Rea in 2006, and is Yoga Alliance certified as E-RYT 200hr.
Find Tracey teaching Mon/Fri Noon Vinyasa classes and Thursday 5:15 Vinyasa. Tracey is a lead instructor in our Teacher Training program.
“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.
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!”
Jenafor teaches Restorative Yoga 9:15 Wednesdays
Kali has been deeply devoted to practicing, studying and teaching yoga since earning her certification in Rishikesh, India in 2013. She skillfully creates classes that are designed to activate, inspire and anchor students into their bodies. Each offering is intentionally crafted to integrate the body, psyche and spirit to a place of wholeness. Kali creates bhav (mood/tone) to quietly observe the quality of breath and connect to the inner landscape. She implements the tools of proper biomechanics, pranayama (breath), mantra and mudra to direct the currents of energy towards healing and transformation. While Kali respects the roots of traditional yoga, her passion is to provide a panacea for the afflictions we face in our modern world. To her, yoga moves beyond a physical practice; it is a way to harmonize our personal, cultural, sexual, ecological and social lives. As a passionate, articulate and dedicated practitioner, Kali is incredibly grateful to walk the path of yoga.
Kali teaches Teaches Yin 7pm Mondays and Tuesday Noon Vinyasa. Kali offers cranio-sacral therapy and Thai massage at the den’s clinic space, Maya Health.
The Om Work Project® visionary Nicole is a vibrant being who believes in the benefit of a physical yoga practice for all bodies; her training is in traditional hatha and yin. Nicole believes that everyday is a beautiful day to have a beautiful day, and you might hear just her singing those words one morning. Nicole is passionate about discovering and supporting the best attributes in each person she meets and her offerings empower individuals to blossom. When Nicole is not teaching high school, running her non-profit or doing yoga she will most likely be found at the ocean or in the mountains.
Nicole is a community creator and connector, and she is grateful to be a part of the beauty at the Fernwood Yoga Den.
Nicole Teaches Yin Sunday mornings & Thursday evenings
I marry anatomical geekery and therapeutics seamlessly with meditative, metronomic flow. What makes my style of vinyasa stand out is its purposeful sequencing, creative transitions, and cleansing pranayama. Come to class and experience finely detailed instruction with time and space to find comfort in the sonorous sound of the ujjayi breath. I’ve been teaching since 2006, and although Kula Style is my first love, heavily laden with mid-flow inversions, strong bandha work, and sweating one’s heart out, I also trained in teaching therapeutics on an Iyengar-style rope wall as well as yoga for backcare and scoliosis in my 500-hour training with Alison West in New York. My approach was further re-shaped by physiotherapists when I earned a certificate from three Physigyoga Method. As a result, I’ve had extensive experience working one-on-one with students rehabbing from injuries or seeking relief from a wide range of medical conditions. This is what has led me to enroll in the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at Pacific Rim College.
Right now you can find Marisa subbing all over the schedule and she will be teaching Saturday Hatha 10:30-11:15 this fall.
Yoga first came into Nicole’s life when she was working towards a career as a nurse. The practice showed Nicole how we can heal the body through movement, breath and stillness. Yoga allowed her to feel more inspired and excited to support people with preventative methods of health promotion. Nicole is now studying holistic nutrition and shares a yoga practice that treats the body in its whole and complete form.
Nicole teaches 6:45 Sattva Tues/Thurs Mornings
Flo graduated from the Fernwood Yoga Den Teacher Training in Fall 2016, and has been teaching since then in Victoria. She teaches Kids Yoga (Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified Instructor), subs at the Den and leads two regular weekly adults classes with Quadra Village Community Centre. She is motivated to bring the magic of yoga to all. Her classes are simple and accessible, and through encouraging gentle listening and body awareness, she focuses on releasing tension and cultivating compassion and mindfulness.
Flo’s Kids Yoga classes combine dance, song, breathing, relaxing, creativity and GAMES to provide a humble introduction to yoga, mindfulness and tools for self regulation, that are not only fun but also such wonderful gifts for the rest of our lives!
Kids Yoga drop in (ages 4-8) is every Thursday 3:30-4:30 & Pro D day camps, Spring, Summer and Winter break camps.
My interest lies in sharing the potency of traditional teachings in a way that is relevant and accessible, for the sake of enhancing our human experience.
I was instantly drawn, nearly a decade ago, to the Sattva Yoga practice – the merging of Hatha and Raja yoga – the intelligent unravelling of the holding patterns in the body and mind. I’ve followed this thread deeper through dedicated personal practice, passionate inquiry, quiet contemplation and a complete surrender to the flow of life. It is with great joy and deep gratitude, that I share these teachings.
Hailey Teaches Vinyasa Mon/Wed/Fri 6:45am & Mondays 5:15
In the most challenging time of my life, I found the practice of yoga and my life was changed in a profound way. Connecting to my physical body and relishing in its strength shifted my perception of myself and the way I engaged in the world. The yoga mat was a safe place to come and move and feel into my body and experience my emotions. I learned to be mindful and less judgemental of myself and that thoughts and emotions are normal.
Yoga absolutely brought me to my first stages of Eating Disorder recovery and created a positive connection to myself and my body. I gained so much healing from the teachers I practiced with and my doing my Teacher Training peeled back many new layers of self-acceptance, bravery and confidence that I didn’t know were there. I found my voice. Upon completion of my YTT I knew I wanted to give back and offer the healing I had received from yoga.
I truly believe in the magic of yoga and the connection and acceptance it can bring to yourself. Although I have a deep belief in the transformational aspects of yoga, I enjoy the lightness and fun of simply making shapes with our bodies and connecting breath with movement. Simply listening to our bodies and taking what feels good in that very moment.
I teach all sorts of classes at the Den but you can find me regularly Wednesday & Thursday for Noon Vinyasa and Sundays 9am Vinyasa.
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.