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.
Cara offers a gentle, healing approach to her classes while including the use of breath as a bridge between a calm, aligned body and mind. Cara completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, and also lived there for six months in the Yoga Study, Service and Immersion Program. Cara loves to inspire inner peace, strength and joy for every moment and every breath.
Yoga has been an integral part of Tara’s life since 2009. Tara has completed a four-year Traditional Yoga Apprenticeship with Cathy Valentine and is a certified Vijnana Yoga teacher by Orit Sen Gupta. Through years of yoga philosophy, mediation, pranayama and asana practice, Tara has deepened her understanding of Yoga. Tara has a strong love for the body and the spirit. She lives a life dedicated to seeking truth and living in the heart.
Mariel completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Karma Teachers in August 2015. She has been living at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga since June 2017 and enjoys practicing with residents of and visitors to the community. Every class she teaches is an invitation to recenter by becoming fully present in the body through the vehicles of movement and breath. Mariel has experience teaching Vinyasa, Hatha flow and Yin classes.
“From the very first time I stepped on to my mat, I felt as if I had come home to myself.” John brings this sense of gratitude to both his practice and his teaching. His classes are challenging and fun, giving each student a chance to explore pranayama, meditation and asana. Knowing that we are both teachers and students, John shares his understanding of the transformative nature of yoga, while at the same time encourages each student to be guided by their own inner wisdom.
Hanna discovered her dedication to yoga in 2009; practice became her center point amidst a busy life as the mother of 3 beautiful children. After the birth of her 3rd child, Hanna decided to delve deep into the study of yoga through a 3-year, 800 hour yoga apprenticeship with teacher Cathy Valentine. This was completed with a Vijnana Yoga International teacher’s certification with Orit Sen-Gupta in 2016.
Inspired by life and practice, Hanna brings playful inquiry to her classes, encouraging her students to practice from inside, while exploring the principals of quieting the mind, relaxing the body, breathing, rooting, connecting, expanding and intent. All of her classes include a short meditation and pranayama, with a different asana focus each week. Hanna has been teaching weekly classes at the Salt Spring Center since 2015.
Leigh Anne Milne
Leigh Anne Milne began her journey with Iyengar yoga in the early 1980’s and fell in love with this intelligent approach to body-mind awareness; as her practice deepened the spiritual benefits became increasingly important. As a registered massage therapist (RMT), a certified Iyengar method yoga instructor, Yoga Therapist and a recognized teacher of teachers with Yoga Alliance, Leigh Anne has found the combined knowledge of yoga, health care and anatomy of the body to be a rich foundation for her holistic practice. She has travelled to India many times since 2002 to study yoga directly from the Iyengar family. “I’m incredibly grateful for my direct experience with Mr. Iyengar.” She leads yoga retreats and professional trainings internationally www.sadhanayoga.ca
Longer holdings and study of the asana (poses) cultivate the structure for the breath and take the student deeper inward. The Iyengar method of yoga is known for detail, alignment and sequencing, which ultimately work on the consciousness, moving the student towards dharana, dhyana and samadhi, embracing all eight limbs of yoga.
Courtenay has been practicing yoga for over ten years, and completed her 200 hour teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa styles in March 2015. She later attended a life-changing Kundalini teacher immersion with Gloria Latham in Greece, which ultimately inspired her to leave her ‘conventional’ life behind, and follow the path of yoga full time. This path has led to teaching opportunities from Northern B.C. to Hawaii, down to Mexico, and now to beautiful Salt Spring Island. Courtenay’s classes focus on releasing stuck energy in the body, finding freedom in simple movements and in uncovering the incredible power of our own breath.
Jo’s classes are designed to leave you feeling grounded and centred. A student of Yoga for over 14 years, she has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of a regular practice. Her experience of Yoga Asana is varied, creating classes infused with each approaches wisdom, from Ashtanga Vinyasa to Iyengar to Classical Hatha. Drawing upon her understanding of anatomy and Ayurveda, her classes respond to the group’s needs while also guiding and empowering each individual in tailoring the practice to serve their unique needs. Jo enjoys enriching her classes with pranayama, meditation, massage, music and stories from the history and philosophy of Yoga.
Jo is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance registered teacher with over 100 hours of teaching experience and over 500 hours in training. She graduated from the Vancouver School of Healing Arts in 2017 where she studied Massage and Bodywork and holds an MA in Philosophy and Political Science. She is trained in many modalities including Thai Massage, Reiki and Ayurveda and has studied extensively both in Canada and abroad.