Your June Home Yoga Retreat Instructors
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.”
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.
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.
Your July Home Yoga Retreat Instructors
Chandra Pamela Rose
YYT 500; YYT 200; M.Ed. (Adult, Community & Higher Education); 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.
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.
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.