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 14 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, and received her RYT 500 in 2016. 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-offering free classes to individuals who have experienced trauma and face financial barriers. Rachel teaches Restorative and Yin classes at the Den, Private Restorative Yoga sessions, and co-facilitates the studios Teacher Training Program. She also Teaches Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Healing Trauma in Yoga Mala’s 500 Hr Program in Saskatchewan.
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 has been with the studio since it was opened 6 years ago. She teaches Vinyasa classes and is the lead trainer for the studios 200 & 500 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 Is currently on Leave teaching in Scotland.
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.
Emily is easily excited, openly warm and has a way of making everyone in her presence feel a little more free. She has always been passionate about health and education and has been studying the human body and the art of teaching for over 10 years now. With a degree in Physical Health & Education and multiple yoga certifications she is continually expanding her understanding of holistic wellness. As a yoga teacher Emily strives to create a supportive environment for the body’s innate intelligence to balance physical, mental and emotional states so that you may experience the most vibrant version of yourself. She believes yoga is truly the best lifelong practice for sustainable wellness and has used the practice to restore her vitality as an athlete, a student and a teacher for over a decade now. Whether vinyasa, “slow flow”, yin or meditation, her teachings can be described as clear yet effortlessly relaxed with a sense of spaciousness, steadiness and ease. You will leave Emily‘s class feeling re-charged, re-centred and more connected to yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.