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DAPHNE PATTERSON

Yoga inspires me to embrace, love, and celebrate all that life has to offer. It encourages me to continue growing, while offering calming tools for my mind during challenging times. Since attending my first yoga teacher training in 2010, I have been fortunate enough to learn from some incredible teachers and mentors who’ve inspired me in a multitude of ways and who have helped shape my style of teaching.

Having gone through chronic pain due to past injuries, I have come to appreciate the benefits of proper alignment and the importance of modifications. There is always a way for the student to practice. I do my best to give students all the tools they need to feel like the practice is totally accessible to them. That way, they can truly connect with their body, and feel more present in their lives. You don’t have to be anyone but yourself, and I promise, you don’t need to be flexible to begin. In my classes you will find focus, attention to breath, and detailed alignment instruction.

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DAVID TESTO

David is an avid yogi who has been dedicated to his practice since 2002. Originally a way for him to handle the pressures of being a professional soccer player, yoga has now become one of his greatest passions.

David’s foundations are rooted in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, which he began teaching in 2010. Teaching yoga sparked a journey of exploration that has included a number of different mind/body philosophies. In 2014, David also became a massage therapist to help deepen his understanding of the body and healing modalities.

David now calls Victoria home. He also travels throughout North America, hosting yoga sequencing intensives with his partner in crime, Dina Tsouluhas. David’s classes are strong yet gentle. He links breath cues to movements that create patterns within the body and throughout the practice.

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EM SCHNURR

Emily teaches with strength, passion, and fire. She inspires the practitioners in her classes to dig deep using breath to find the balance between exploring new edges, having no expectations, and staying present. Her intention behind every class is that people show up and do the work on the mat so that they can live a more authentic life off the mat.

Emily sees herself as a student first, and finds her own courage and strength by the challenges and teachings from her personal practice.

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GUY FRISWELL

I teach yoga from the perspective that everyone is unique – no two bodies, minds or hearts are exactly the same. I believe that yoga practice is about discovering, embracing and acting from your deepest, most authentic self. When you come to one of my classes, expect to be grounded, centered, challenged, and reinvigorated – all delivered with a dose of fun and humour … and a decent soundtrack! My own yoga history, training and certification are extensive, varied and ongoing. This variety is reflected in my classes as a fusion of seated and moving meditation, flowing vinyasa, powerfully held hatha postures, contemplative yin, pranayama, and guided relaxation including yoga nidra. I also bring my training and experience in yoga therapy to all of my classes, making sure that all students are safe and able to work within their individual capabilities.

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JAY BURROWS

I left a corporate job and lifestyle years ago and, through yoga, have created a life of personal joy and growth. As a result of my studies with Ryan C. Leier, my goal is to offer the same clarity and mental health to other yogis that my practice brings to me, with a strong focus on breath, love and building an internal fire in my class. Living yoga both inside and outside the studio.

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KAILIE WOODS

Kailie is also a 500+ level trained and certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor, trained in a variety of different styles including: Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin/Yang, Pre and Post Natal and Mat Pilates. Combining both ancient modalities and a her diverse mind/body trainings has given her great awareness and diverse knowledge of the human body and created a uniqueness which is blended into her classroom. Kailie has a playful, humble & challenging teaching approach, she loves to learn and explore alongside of her students.

Kailie received her diploma in Acupuncture in the spring of 2008 and is licensed and registered to provide acupuncture, tui na, moxibustion, cupping, herbal patents and more.

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KATE LANDRETH

Yoga has inspired me to show up fully both on and off my mat. My practice is continually evolving and changing, however one element that remains consistent is its ability to anchor me to the present moment. Yoga has become interconnected in all parts of my life, grounding and connecting me to what is truly important.

I love the practice of Vinyasa yoga due to its dynamic flow and the opportunity to rinse and cleanse your body, mind and spirit during each practice. I encourage students to show up big on their mat, regardless of their ability or experience. When you come to a class with me you will be met wherever you are in your practice and inspired to move through a flowing yoga sequence that is playful, yet challenging.

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KATIE THACKER

Yoga inspires me to continually improve myself. It guides me to find appreciation for every single person/moment/interaction/breath. Yoga gives me the space to express myself and helps me find clarity in my thoughts and actions. It allows me to feel and see the connection that we have to each other and all living things on this earth. I share with an open heart, nothing held back. I want to encourage my students to feel stronger in their own bodies on mental, emotional and physical levels.

Through my vinyasa yoga teachings I strive to provide a balance of breath, fluid movement and alignment. I teach a strong style of vinyasa filled with creative sequencing, and unique transitions. As a yin teacher I focus on providing a place for stillness, letting go and self love.

Follow on Instagram: @katiethackeryoga

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MARIA FILIPPONE

Born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. Maria’s love and appreciation of the outdoors and a reverence for nature was instilled at an early age. Even then, she was most motivated by music and movement. Her teaching path began when she was 15 years old, assisting mentor Maureen Wilson, flipping records and offering hands on adjustments in packed high-impact aerobics classes.

Now, many years (and several trainings and immersions later) she is certified as a Yoga instructor, Pilates Teacher and Yoga Thai Massage Therapist.

Today, Maria’s group classes and private lessons are a blend of these three powerful and transformational offerings. She enjoys creating playlists from a wide variety of music, often including mantras and chants to deepen and enhance the experience. Based in Victoria, B.C. Maria shares her passions with the local community and also travels the world with workshops and unique offerings. She bows deeply to her many gifted teachers who continue to inspire her life, personal practice and teaching. Her mentors include Janet Stone, Eckart Tolle and Dr. Joe Dispenza.

A note from Maria: I welcome you to step onto your mat wherever you are, however you feel, and embark on the magical journey to your soul. I believe British DJ and composer George Evelyn (Nightmares on Wax) summarizes this best: “Embrace the moment, you’ve really got to know that something’s you, no need to hide, take a ride to your soul.”

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MARLENE WELLER

I have a strong and devoted daily Ashtanga Vinyasa practice and background. I have completed my 200hr Certified Yoga Alliance training with highly regarded teacher trainers, Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga, HI and 200hr Certified Yoga Alliance training with Pam Rader of Shift Power Yoga in Kelowna, BC. I have done many hours of workshops with a variety of teachers such as Mary & Richard Freeman, David Robson, Ryan C. Leier, Chuck Miller, Dustin Fruson, Desiree Rumbaugh and John & Debbie McDougall.

Yoga found me 13 years ago. It makes sense to everything I feel in my body; in my mind and heart! I believe my integral approach to optimal alignment and safety keeps my style of teaching appropriate for all levels and to show them that yoga is for every body and anyone that wants to know themselves. My students have shared with me that my teachings are sincere, kind, compassionate, and encouraging. For me, teaching yoga is about connection and community.

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MEG COOKE

Meg is a dreamer. Creative and introspective, the practice of yoga in its many forms has nurtured profound shifts in her life. 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. With lived experience of mental health as well as a background in the field of mental health and addiction, Meg values the space that yoga offers to look inward and connect with oneself. Meg is passionate about supporting others to explore this gaze, and is humbled to do so as a part of the community at One Yoga.

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NATALIE WRIGHT

I began my yoga journey just playing and exploring the practice then I decided to jump in and took the Moksha Yoga teacher training. Absolute love. It became apparent that my life was heading a new direction and I embraced it. After becoming more confident in my teaching, I was blessed to be able to take prenatal training while pregnant with my son and then the One Yoga training a year and a half later. After experiencing Ryan Leier, his philosophy, and the One Yoga community, I found a practice and space that embodied the path I am on and a teacher I could continuously learn from.

I am so very excited to be bringing One Yoga to the community here. I try to infuse each class with breath, joy, a sense of presence, and hopefully the ability to surprise yourself. As a student foremost, I bow to all my teachers, and work to always have a beginners mind by learning both on and off the mat.

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SARAH CASPICK

Sarah was recently inspired to leave her career in a fast-paced industry to pursue her love for all things health and wellness. She completed her formal Vinyasa training with Ryan Leier of One Yoga, and is back in school working towards a new profession as a Yoga Therapist. Having practiced yoga for many years, she is no stranger to its innumerable physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. In fact, when life took a surprise turn and led her down an unexpected path, it was through her connection to yoga that she was able to find healing, strength, and regain the lost pieces of herself. Since that time, she has committed herself to a path of love, authenticity, and fearlessness in all aspects of her life. She firmly attributes the wonderful life she has today to her experience with the practice of yoga, and is delighted to share her teachings in hopes that it might inspire others to flow through life with hope and courage.

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TANA COLE

Yoga has been my ally and grounding force for the past 11 years. When I stepped off my mat at the end of my first class I knew I had found a true love. Yoga has seen me through the birth of both of my daughters, and has helped me to stay more grounded and present through my journey as a mother. My girls were the inspiration for pursuing my 200 hour flow teacher training, knowing that I wanted to weave the threads of practice into the fabric of their lives. I am thrilled to be part of the One Yoga mentorship program, feeling blessed to be able to both learn and teach the practice that I love.

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TARA HEAL

Tara Heal landed in beautiful Victoria in 2017 from a 12 year stint living in NYC, and couldn’t be happier! Her teaching offers classes that are powerful, soulful, and dynamic, while incorporating innovative, intelligent sequencing and functional alignment. She aims to encourage body awareness, agility, and strength, while illuminating the peace and power that comes from mindfulness.

Tara fell in love with this practice in 2001. By 2008 she began formal training with Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga Vinyasa Certification and has continued with countless trainings, immersions and inspiration from: The Iyengar Institute, Laughing Lotus NYC, Kula Yoga NYC, Moksha/ Modo Yoga, Sivananda, Janet Stone, Carly Forest (Yin), Christine Price Clark, Ryan Leier, Dina Tshouluhas, Witold Fitz-Simmons, Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson and will be a student for life!

Tara is passionate about mentoring new teachers and is honoured to share the practice that has brought so much courage, joy, and freedom into her own life, and intends to bring light and authenticity to all she does.

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TRACEY NOSEWORTHY

Tracey's infectious smile warmly welcomes students of all ages and levels to embody a flow that rides on the currents 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. Tracey is continually inspired by music, and believes that the body responds to rhythms held within the environment. This has further led her to teach with a foundation that the internal and external rhythms are linked ~ in fact inseparable. She encourages her students to move within that rhythm and open themselves up to 'feeding their soul’ on all levels.

Graduating from McMaster University, with a Physical Education Degree, she has continued to further her career in many areas of fitness, always growing with the evolution of the industry. She became a certified yoga instructor under the inspiration of Shiva Rea, and now lives her Yoga on and off the mat.

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