Instructor Biographies

Anjali Allie Bruni

E-RYT 700; YACEP; LOLË Ambassador

Anjali has been practicing yoga since the late 70s. She has studied, practiced and taught classical Ashtanga Yoga internationally to hundreds of students in teacher trainings, workshops, classes and events. Anjali took her YTT 200 at the SSCY and completed her YTT 300 at the Mount Madonna Centre. Anjali’s instruction is inspired by the authentic and traditional yoga teachings of Hatha yoga and weaves devotional intention, healthy alignment principles, Āyurveda and subtle body awareness into pranayama, meditation and asana. Anjali embraces the theory of “teaching to learn” and continues to study and deepen her understanding of yoga theory and philosophy with emphasis on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit and Sacred Sound. Anjali has completed the core training for Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy and looks forward to completing Ayurveda Yoga Therapist and Ayurveda Health Counselor certificates.

To discover more about Anjali visit: SpandaCollective.org

Anuradha Hannah

YTT 200

In the early 70’s, Anuradha did not renew her teaching contract, leaving Saskatchewan for the West Coast in search of a yoga teacher. Arriving in Vancouver, she saw a poster: “Yoga is More Than Standing on Your Head” about classical Ashtanga (Eight Limbed) Yoga. What especially caught her eye, was that Baba Hari Dass had trained AD, the person teaching these classes. Babaji was introduced to the West at that time in Ram Dass’ book, “Be Here Now”. Soon learning and sharing Babaji’s teachings, taking her YTT training at Mount Madonna Centre, then moving to Salt Spring Island as one of the team of founding members in ’81. She helped to manage the Centre and taught in the programs. She also taught several years at Langara College in the YTT Program, during which time she would also bring students to India for further practice and cultural tours. “We are beings of energy and light, Yoga and energy work support us from the inside out bringing wholeness and a deep connection with the peace of our true nature.”

Arpana Patricia Galaczy

YTT 200; MBSR

For over twenty years I’ve been working at the intersection of leadership development and mindfulness training. What that means is that I help leaders—at all levels—lead by developing healthy mind states. 

Patricia has two decades of mindfulness meditation experience, has sat over 40 long silent retreats, and is one of few Canadian Instructors of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) fully certified though the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Patricia completed the Salt Spring Center Yoga Teacher training in 2004. 

To discover more about Arpana visit: TheArtofDialogue.com

Cara Graci

YTT 200

Cara offers a gentle, healing approach to her yoga classes, while including the breath as a bridge between a calm, aligned body and mind. She teaches Restorative, “Restore and Renew” and “Gentle Hatha Repair” yoga classes, combining rejuvenating, deep breathing, and a genuine focus on mindfulness practice; to revitalize your mind and body with vibrant health.

Cara completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2014, and has been teaching weekly yoga classes at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga since 2015. She is enrolled in the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) program at Mount Madonna Institute to deepen her practice. Cara loves to inspire peace-of-mind, strength-of-spirit, and joy, for every moment and every breath.

Discover more about Cara at: Cara Yoga

Chandra Pamela Rose

YTT 500; YTT 200; M.Ed. (Adult, Community & Higher Ed.); PDP; B.A.

It is a delight to teach in the SSCY Yoga Getaway and Home Yoga Retreat programs. Baba Hari Dass, Master Yogi and beloved teacher, came to Vancouver in 1974 and, inspired by his example, many of us who became his students then and in the years to come are committed to learning and teaching Yoga. The inner path is a lifelong journey; YTT 200 certification (Mount Madonna Center 1982) and YTT 500 (MMC 2008) are joyful experiences along the way.  I’m happy to serve as senior educational administrator of the SSCY Yoga Teacher Training 200 program and to teach pranayama, meditation, and aspects of Yogic thought and practice in that and other contexts at the Centre.  I was an active member of the Dharma Sara Satsang Society Board of Directors for several years“.

Chandra holds a BA from Dalhousie University, a professional diploma (PDP) from SFU, and an M.Ed. in Adult, Community and Higher Education from University of Calgary (2006), with a focus on Spirituality in Higher Education.  In her professional career she held the position of Education Director and Instructor in a private college in the Okanagan and was a featured speaker on ‘Ethics’ and ‘Communication in the Classroom’ at national and international conferences for educators of health care professionals.

Chandra Prabha (CP) Lyndsay Savage

RYT 500; VYI 800; YTT 200

I have been teaching Yoga for over 15 years, and the only constant I have found is that if we move in diverse ways, and encompass more inclusions in the body, we feel more whole. We move more unified in the world. It is like a reclaiming of more layers and levels of ourselves. 

My experiences with Yoga began early in my life when I was in a summer yoga program in 1974. Here I had my first understanding that we are allowed to find the inner Guru, and our own personal wisdom, (Vijnanamya Kosha). 

So, my aim while teaching is to assist in my student’s reclaiming of their sense of proprioception and interoception in the body, and to work from the inside out with their personal wisdom.  What helps me as a teacher is curiosity. A curiosity for myself, my teaching and for my students. 

To discover more about Chandra Prabha visit: SavageLambYoga.ca

Chetna Tracy Boyd

E-RYT 500; C-IAYT, YTT 200 Program Director

Chetna has been studying and practicing yoga in its many aspects since 1999. She began teaching in 2003 and is a graduate of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, where she was certified in classical ashtanga and hatha yoga systems and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She has completed the 1000 hours Yoga Therapy training through Integrative Yoga Therapy and achieved certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Chetna joined the faculty of the SSCY Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2007 and in 2018 assumed the role of YTT Program Director. Chetna teaches private yoga therapy sessions for specific conditions and specializing in yoga for cancer. As well she teaches public and corporate classes in Victoria. Her compassionate approach to teaching promotes an environment that is relaxing and encouraging, empowering and fun.

To discover more about Chetna visit: DancingLotus.com

Dorothy Price

YTT 500

Dorothy has been a yoga practitioner for over 40 years and completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2002. Dorothy is a senior teacher at the Centre and is also a teacher for the Centre’s Yoga Teacher Training Program. She teaches many weekly “all levels” classes on the island, as well as weekend yoga retreats and annual retreats worldwide. Dorothy’s teaching style includes sustained as well as flowing postures, with the aim of cultivating mindfulness through alignment and breath. Core strengthening and core awareness are an integral part of her classes. Her compassion for her students and her deep love of yoga are apparent in her classes.

To discover more about Dorothy visit: Santosha-Yoga-Retreats.com

Gita Tanya Roberts

E-RYT 500; C-IAYT

Gita began practicing yoga in 2000 and is a graduate of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. She has been teaching since 2011. She has completed the 500 hour Teacher Training at Mount Madonna and the 800 hour Yoga Therapy Program at Ajna Yoga College. She is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Gita has been a faculty member of the 200 hour YTT program at SSCY since 2016.

Gita is passionate about creating a safe, compassionate, inclusive space that welcomes every body. Her gentle approach utilizes movement, breath, meditation, and philosophy to cultivate deep inner connection and overall well-being. She facilitates private sessions and public classes in Victoria and online.

To discover more about Gita visit: DivineSongYoga.com

Hamsa Sue Ann Fisher

800hr Vijnana International; RYT 200

Sue Ann has dedicated herself to yoga since 2012. Her passion is to help students feel stronger in their bodies and more connected to their hearts. Sue Ann’s classes mix  functional movement, philosophy and body | heart | mind alignment. With a deep understanding of movement, she is able to guide students more fully into their own bodies. Sue Ann is deeply grateful for her time studying and practicing at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. She is the owner and lead instructor at the West Asheville Yoga in North Carolina. 

To discover more about Sue Ann visit: WestAshvilleYoga.com

Jyoti Natasha Samson

CYA-RYT 200; Ay. HC;

Jyoti is a graduate of the SSCY Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr) and teaches public, corporate, and private classes in the lower mainland. She also teaches at the Centre’s Yoga Getaways and retreats and is on faculty for the annual SSCY Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr).

Jyoti furthered her studies and obtained her Ayurveda Health Counselor Diploma at the Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda under prominent Ayurveda physicians; Dr. Vassant Lad, Dr. John Doulliard, Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar among others. She completed her Ayurveda Massage Treatment Program under the guidance of Dr. Jaisri Lambert. Jyoti teaches Ayurveda at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and offers private Ayurveda Consultations and Body Treatments/Massage. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dharma Sara Satsang Society.

To discover more about Jyoti visit NourishyouFirst.ca

Kathryn Kusyszyn

YTT 200

Kathryn Kusyszyn completed her teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Flow yoga in 2001. Specializing in Yoga for Scoliosis, she regularly studies with Senior Instructor Elise Miller. Kathryn teaches with compassion and her classes emphasize the internal aspects of practice. She is currently enrolled in the YTT-500 program at Mount Madonna Center. Outside the studio, Kathryn enjoys writing, hiking and dancing. She is a practitioner member of The Victoria Community Health Cooperative and the author of Scoliosis Undone: Back Pain Relief with Yoga. Currently Kathryn teaches group classes and private sessions online of yoga and Holy Fire Reiki energy healing.

To discover more about Kathryn visit: Yogakat.ca

Kenzie Pattillo

E-RYT 500; RYT 500

Kenzie Pattillo is a householder yogi living in North Vancouver, with her beloved partner and two rapidly growing  tween/teen boys/men(!). She completed her 200 hour YTT at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2002, and her 500 hour YTT through Semperviva Yoga College in 2015. She currently teaches much less than she did pre-pandemic, and is most inspired by her ongoing work with Every Day Counts, a North Shore Hospice initiative. Through this (currently entirely on-line) program she has been given the opportunity to offer folks with life-limiting illnesses as well as their family, friends and caregivers, access to free Restorative and Therapeutic Hatha Yoga classes.

Mayana Williamson

BMus; Teacher Ed; RLMC

Mayana has been a student of Baba Hari Dass and classical ashtanga yoga since 1976. “I saw a small blue poster announcing a new yoga centre in Vancouver. As I read it, the world around me seemed to disappear and I knew that my life was about to change forever.” She is a founding member of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. 

Mayana is a lifelong teacher, guiding several generations of music students in her private studio and joyfully supporting the Centre’s annual musical production of the Children’s Ramayana. She now teaches meditation, classical yogic thought, and radical forgiveness in online programs for women healing from infidelity and divorce. 

Sharada Filkow

BFA; Teaching Certificate; YTT 500

Sharada has been a student of classical ashtanga yoga since 1975, and has certification for Yoga Teacher Training 200 and 500 from Mount Madonna Center. She is one of the founding members of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, where she has lived for many years. Sharada is a longtime teacher and having taught at the Salt Spring Centre School for many years, she now teaches yoga philosophy and history of yoga at YTT and other Centre programs. Her other passion is Nonviolent Communication, which she practices and teaches.