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Sandy Wu

Studio

Classes

What can students expect from your class?

A welcoming and inclusive space to come as you are.

About Me

I enrolled in my first Hatha yoga teacher training in 2009, under Ph.D Yogrishi Vishvketu through ashram residency in Rishikesh, India. In 2012, I completed a 300-hour teacher training with a focus in Vinyasa and Restorative yoga under Rachel Hull in Bali, Indonesia. For the next four years I taught yoga and continued my studies throughout Asia (India, Indonesia, China, Thailand) and the Americas (Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico) before finally returning to Vancouver, BC in 2015 to complete my education as a registered acupuncturist. I am inspired by the intelligence of nature and the traditions of our ancestors, and coming together to practice our highest intentions. I love to share with students the profound effect that a daily yoga practice can bring – from focus, to strength, to inner peace.

What can students expect from your class?

A welcoming and inclusive space to come as you are.

About Me

I enrolled in my first Hatha yoga teacher training in 2009, under Ph.D Yogrishi Vishvketu through ashram residency in Rishikesh, India. In 2012, I completed a 300-hour teacher training with a focus in Vinyasa and Restorative yoga under Rachel Hull in Bali, Indonesia. For the next four years I taught yoga and continued my studies throughout Asia (India, Indonesia, China, Thailand) and the Americas (Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico) before finally returning to Vancouver, BC in 2015 to complete my education as a registered acupuncturist. I am inspired by the intelligence of nature and the traditions of our ancestors, and coming together to practice our highest intentions. I love to share with students the profound effect that a daily yoga practice can bring – from focus, to strength, to inner peace.

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Sara Allen

Studio

Classes

What should students expect from your class?

My classes are contemporary Pilates set to a music driven tempo. I love using music to set the tone and intention of class, which helps drive focus and energy. Expect to work the entire body, lots of core, standing work and a solid burn to leave you feeling energized.

About Me

My background in fitness started a long time ago as a competitive synchronized swimmer. I have always loved fitness and sport, so it seemed like a natural progression to move into becoming a Pilates Instructor. My journey into teaching fitness started in 2018 with a Barre certification, which then progressed into many more Barre trainings and eventually moving into Pilates (officially) in 2022. In 2023, I completed my certification with Stott Pilates in Reformer and Mat.

What should students expect from your class?

My classes are contemporary Pilates set to a music driven tempo. I love using music to set the tone and intention of class, which helps drive focus and energy. Expect to work the entire body, lots of core, standing work and a solid burn to leave you feeling energized.

About Me

My background in fitness started a long time ago as a competitive synchronized swimmer. I have always loved fitness and sport, so it seemed like a natural progression to move into becoming a Pilates Instructor. My journey into teaching fitness started in 2018 with a Barre certification, which then progressed into many more Barre trainings and eventually moving into Pilates (officially) in 2022. In 2023, I completed my certification with Stott Pilates in Reformer and Mat.

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Vanessa Bourget

Studio

Classes

About Me

My yoga journey started in 2005 with Bikram’s 26&2 hot yoga. I knew right away the practice had deep impacts on the body, mind, and soul.

I have trained and gained certifications in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Hot, and Ashtanga yoga, as well as getting certified as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor. I also studied holistic nutrition and herbal medicine. I took advanced training most recently with the Ghosh Yoga organization in the traditional Bishnu C. Ghosh lineage.

I teach mostly powerful flows, designed to bring each practitioner to their own edge, not too much, not too little. I include functional range and mobility movements in my classes. You will also catch me teach yin, hot and other styles from time to time. Students can expect both their body and their mind to be brought into focus.

My main goal is to share tools and techniques in the yoga tradition, and to guide students towards their own inner potential to heal and be at peace.

About Me

My yoga journey started in 2005 with Bikram’s 26&2 hot yoga. I knew right away the practice had deep impacts on the body, mind, and soul.

I have trained and gained certifications in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Hot, and Ashtanga yoga, as well as getting certified as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor. I also studied holistic nutrition and herbal medicine. I took advanced training most recently with the Ghosh Yoga organization in the traditional Bishnu C. Ghosh lineage.

I teach mostly powerful flows, designed to bring each practitioner to their own edge, not too much, not too little. I include functional range and mobility movements in my classes. You will also catch me teach yin, hot and other styles from time to time. Students can expect both their body and their mind to be brought into focus.

My main goal is to share tools and techniques in the yoga tradition, and to guide students towards their own inner potential to heal and be at peace.

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Tia Desrochers

Studio

Classes

About Me

Tiagra is a personal trainer and yoga teacher who is focused on functionality, balance, and embodying the entire self. In her classes you can expect a blend of action and acceptance, which challenges you to dig a big deeper, whether it’s mentally or physically.

About Me

Tiagra is a personal trainer and yoga teacher who is focused on functionality, balance, and embodying the entire self. In her classes you can expect a blend of action and acceptance, which challenges you to dig a big deeper, whether it’s mentally or physically.

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Avital Belkin

Studio

Classes

What can students expect from your classes?

In my classes, students can expect a blend of physical practice, breathing and moving meditation that will make them feeling happier and healthier when the leave the class.

About Me

I first discovered yoga in 2001, amidst my career as an RN, and it was love at first practice. This passion later blossomed into my true calling as I became certified as a yoga and Pilates teacher. To enhance my yoga practice, I further qualified as a Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and specialist in Behaviour Change and Metabolic Health.

At YYOGA, I teach a variety of classes, including Pilates Fusion, Hatha, Flow, Power, YHot, and YSculpt. I blend my extensive knowledge of the human body with my expertise in health and fitness. This unique combination helps me create holistic, transformative experiences for my students, aiming to empower them physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

In my free time, I’m dedicated to bodybuilding, a discipline that challenges me and complements my yoga practice. I also cherish my role as a wife and a grandmother, enjoying every moment I spend with my two grandchildren. For me, fitness isn’t just about the physical aspect; it’s a lifestyle that encompasses all aspects of well-being, and I’m excited to share this journey with you.

What can students expect from your classes?

In my classes, students can expect a blend of physical practice, breathing and moving meditation that will make them feeling happier and healthier when the leave the class.

About Me

I first discovered yoga in 2001, amidst my career as an RN, and it was love at first practice. This passion later blossomed into my true calling as I became certified as a yoga and Pilates teacher. To enhance my yoga practice, I further qualified as a Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and specialist in Behaviour Change and Metabolic Health.

At YYOGA, I teach a variety of classes, including Pilates Fusion, Hatha, Flow, Power, YHot, and YSculpt. I blend my extensive knowledge of the human body with my expertise in health and fitness. This unique combination helps me create holistic, transformative experiences for my students, aiming to empower them physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

In my free time, I’m dedicated to bodybuilding, a discipline that challenges me and complements my yoga practice. I also cherish my role as a wife and a grandmother, enjoying every moment I spend with my two grandchildren. For me, fitness isn’t just about the physical aspect; it’s a lifestyle that encompasses all aspects of well-being, and I’m excited to share this journey with you.

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 Amy Cunningham

Studio

Classes

What should students expect from your class?:

In my classes you can expect a choice-based, gentle practice with an emphasis in self-inquiry and self-resourcing. 

About Me

I am a non-binary, creative, queer-identifying human, trained in instructing trauma-sensitive Yin, Hatha, and Vinyasa Yoga. I aim to practice cultural appreciation and humbly acknowledge the roots of Yoga date back thousands of years to the Indus Valley and are traditional to cultures other than my own. The intention in my teaching is to share the life-enhancing practices of Yoga (beyond Asana) with diverse populations and offer ways to feel safe and spirited in body and mind. With a special interest in inclusive, accessible practices, my classes are for all levels of ability and experience. My teaching style emphasizes choice, self-inquiry, and exploration to foster emotional resilience, self-sovereignty, and create space for individual expansion. Everyone is welcome to come as they are and bravely meet that self with compassion and curiosity. 

What should students expect from your class?:

In my classes you can expect a choice-based, gentle practice with an emphasis in self-inquiry and self-resourcing. 

About Me

I am a non-binary, creative, queer-identifying human, trained in instructing trauma-sensitive Yin, Hatha, and Vinyasa Yoga. I aim to practice cultural appreciation and humbly acknowledge the roots of Yoga date back thousands of years to the Indus Valley and are traditional to cultures other than my own. The intention in my teaching is to share the life-enhancing practices of Yoga (beyond Asana) with diverse populations and offer ways to feel safe and spirited in body and mind. With a special interest in inclusive, accessible practices, my classes are for all levels of ability and experience. My teaching style emphasizes choice, self-inquiry, and exploration to foster emotional resilience, self-sovereignty, and create space for individual expansion. Everyone is welcome to come as they are and bravely meet that self with compassion and curiosity. 

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Zena Brouard

Studio

Classes

What should students expect from your class?

Slow and considerate sequences with an inquisitive and playful approach.

About Me

I am an artist and have studied nature, art and yoga as healing modalities. My real yoga journey began when I became part of the incredible YYOGA community, which inspired me to complete my Hatha and Yin training with Lucy St John and Niki Inglis. I enjoy sharing an authentic practice full of heart, including anatomical knowledge with skeletal variation awareness. Both certifications were trauma informed and explored cultural sensitivity, which I believe is integral to support true inclusion within the yoga community. My fascination with exploring a slower practice grows every day, learning how a quieter process can nourish our mind, body and nervous system, to help us move through life with more ease and grace. I am deeply passionate about helping my students find emotional and physical nurturance, by offering choice, modifications, and encouragement for self-expression.

What should students expect from your class?

Slow and considerate sequences with an inquisitive and playful approach.

About Me

I am an artist and have studied nature, art and yoga as healing modalities. My real yoga journey began when I became part of the incredible YYOGA community, which inspired me to complete my Hatha and Yin training with Lucy St John and Niki Inglis. I enjoy sharing an authentic practice full of heart, including anatomical knowledge with skeletal variation awareness. Both certifications were trauma informed and explored cultural sensitivity, which I believe is integral to support true inclusion within the yoga community. My fascination with exploring a slower practice grows every day, learning how a quieter process can nourish our mind, body and nervous system, to help us move through life with more ease and grace. I am deeply passionate about helping my students find emotional and physical nurturance, by offering choice, modifications, and encouragement for self-expression.

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Reith Charlesworth

Studio

Classes

What should students expect from your class?

A well-rounded physical sequence that targets all the major areas of the body, with lots of options and a wee bit of yoga philosophy mixed in.

About Me

Hi! My name is Reith and I’m a trauma-informed yoga teacher in what is colonially known as Vancouver. Yoga has been a part of my life since I was a youth, and the practice has been my steadiest companion throughout periods of depression, celebration, and everything in between. In 2023, I completed a 200hr teacher training with the amazing trainers at YYOGA, and a trauma-informed training through Yoga Outreach. My goal as a teacher is to create a welcoming, non-judgemental environment where everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners can experience moments of a calm mind through focus on breath, sensation, and eye gaze. The power of yoga to regulate our nervous systems and make friends with our bodies is such an incredible tool and it is my deepest honour and privilege to share this ancient South Asian practice with others.

What should students expect from your class?

A well-rounded physical sequence that targets all the major areas of the body, with lots of options and a wee bit of yoga philosophy mixed in.

About Me

Hi! My name is Reith and I’m a trauma-informed yoga teacher in what is colonially known as Vancouver. Yoga has been a part of my life since I was a youth, and the practice has been my steadiest companion throughout periods of depression, celebration, and everything in between. In 2023, I completed a 200hr teacher training with the amazing trainers at YYOGA, and a trauma-informed training through Yoga Outreach. My goal as a teacher is to create a welcoming, non-judgemental environment where everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners can experience moments of a calm mind through focus on breath, sensation, and eye gaze. The power of yoga to regulate our nervous systems and make friends with our bodies is such an incredible tool and it is my deepest honour and privilege to share this ancient South Asian practice with others.

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Doaa Magdy

Studio

Classes

What should students expect in your classes?

A soothing practice for the body and mind, leaving you feeling lighter and with a regulated nervous system.

About Me

Doaa Magdy (She/They) is a multidisciplinary artist, decolonial educator and yoga instructor. Her yoga classes are rooted in radical self compassion, community building and healing through joy.

She views the yoga mat as a portal for collective resting and healing by using accessible techniques to soothe the nervous system. Their contagious energy is guaranteed to brighten up your day and invite tenderness in your life.

Instagram: @doaaliciousart

What should students expect in your classes?

A soothing practice for the body and mind, leaving you feeling lighter and with a regulated nervous system.

About Me

Doaa Magdy (She/They) is a multidisciplinary artist, decolonial educator and yoga instructor. Her yoga classes are rooted in radical self compassion, community building and healing through joy.

She views the yoga mat as a portal for collective resting and healing by using accessible techniques to soothe the nervous system. Their contagious energy is guaranteed to brighten up your day and invite tenderness in your life.

Instagram: @doaaliciousart

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Beth Shelton

Studio

Classes

What to expect from your classes?

An opportunity to slow down, pause and connect to yourself. I will guide students through a class with different asanas, mindful breath and space for self-enquiry. 

About Me

My passion for movement led me to become a student of yoga in 2015. After practicing yoga for several years and first teaching Les Mills Body Balance, I trained to become a teacher of Power yoga in 2020, a style of vinyasa inspired by Baron Baptiste. As well as a dynamic Asana practice, I routinely benefit from the restorative experiences of yin and yoga nidra, and completed training to be able to share these practices with students too. Movement and creating energetic shifts has been a true form of medicine for me and I’m excited to welcome students onto their mats and support them in tuning into their own needs to truly feel the best version of themselves. Beyond the Asana practice, I feel the practice of yoga gives us an opportunity to grow and evolve, to create more conscious connection to ourselves and others, and live life more mindfully.

What to expect from your classes?

An opportunity to slow down, pause and connect to yourself. I will guide students through a class with different asanas, mindful breath and space for self-enquiry. 

About Me

My passion for movement led me to become a student of yoga in 2015. After practicing yoga for several years and first teaching Les Mills Body Balance, I trained to become a teacher of Power yoga in 2020, a style of vinyasa inspired by Baron Baptiste. As well as a dynamic Asana practice, I routinely benefit from the restorative experiences of yin and yoga nidra, and completed training to be able to share these practices with students too. Movement and creating energetic shifts has been a true form of medicine for me and I’m excited to welcome students onto their mats and support them in tuning into their own needs to truly feel the best version of themselves. Beyond the Asana practice, I feel the practice of yoga gives us an opportunity to grow and evolve, to create more conscious connection to ourselves and others, and live life more mindfully.

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Harrison Shrimpton

Studio

Classes

What should students expect from your class?:

An easeful and kinesthetic practice supporting self-study.

About Me

I completed my 200-Hour YTT and 50-Hour Yin YTT in 2023 with YYOGA, and am joyful to be able to share Yoga with all. In the 2010’s while completing my Kinesiology degree, I started practicing Yoga daily and quickly experienced the physical benefits which helped balance my body. The Yin practice opened a connection to my inner self and helped me understand the value of rest and stillness. I love my days living and working in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, and am grateful for the people in my life. If I am not around the studio, I am likely on my way out to enjoy Beautiful BC. See you on the mat!

What should students expect from your class?:

An easeful and kinesthetic practice supporting self-study.

About Me

I completed my 200-Hour YTT and 50-Hour Yin YTT in 2023 with YYOGA, and am joyful to be able to share Yoga with all. In the 2010’s while completing my Kinesiology degree, I started practicing Yoga daily and quickly experienced the physical benefits which helped balance my body. The Yin practice opened a connection to my inner self and helped me understand the value of rest and stillness. I love my days living and working in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, and am grateful for the people in my life. If I am not around the studio, I am likely on my way out to enjoy Beautiful BC. See you on the mat!

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Amanda Brooks

Studio

Classes

What should students expect from your class?

Long holds, deep stretches, and the opportunity to dive inwards, connecting to their true authentic selves.

About Me

I believe in living life with curiosity, enthusiasm, deep gratitude and tenacity.  These qualities have led me down this path of growth, transformation and self discovery.  It has been through my own journey of yoga and meditation that has brought me to this chapter of alignment and fulfilling my soul’s calling of teaching, allowing others to experience this profound shift within themselves.  Sharing the gift of cultivating a strong yoga and meditation practice fills me with joy, vitality and passion.


Working in a high stress corporate environment and engaging in physically demanding workouts at the gym, I gravitated towards the Yin practice of yoga, both in my personal practice as well as teaching.  Understanding the importance of allowing ourselves to slow down and be still,  both mentally and physically.

Instagram

@amgbro

What should students expect from your class?

Long holds, deep stretches, and the opportunity to dive inwards, connecting to their true authentic selves.

About Me

I believe in living life with curiosity, enthusiasm, deep gratitude and tenacity.  These qualities have led me down this path of growth, transformation and self discovery.  It has been through my own journey of yoga and meditation that has brought me to this chapter of alignment and fulfilling my soul’s calling of teaching, allowing others to experience this profound shift within themselves.  Sharing the gift of cultivating a strong yoga and meditation practice fills me with joy, vitality and passion.


Working in a high stress corporate environment and engaging in physically demanding workouts at the gym, I gravitated towards the Yin practice of yoga, both in my personal practice as well as teaching.  Understanding the importance of allowing ourselves to slow down and be still,  both mentally and physically.

Instagram

@amgbro