Your online ACYR 2021 Hosts, Presenters & Instructors

Hosts | Presenters

Adrienne Cousins

Adrienne has been a member of the SSCY Satsang since 2014, attending five retreats and assisting at registrations for the past four years. She is a dancer, yogi, singer, certified Reiki practitioner, Co-Active Life Coach (CPCC) and a much sought after dinner guest. 

Anuradha Hannah

Anuradha Hannah, Annual Retreat Coordinator

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.”

Mahavir (aka Raven) Hume

Mahāvīr … Hello friends! So happy to be ever deepening in the call to yoga, and that it has brought us together in this amazing tradition, family and practice. More than ever I see what a gift spiritual practice is, and I think it’s wonderful that we will be able to take some time with each other online this summer to support and remind. These days, my 16 year practice with the Satsang has me sharing with an accent on Gita Study, ceremony, and chant.

Debra Brown

As original choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Deb has been involved in 14 creations and has won several awards for her work, including an Emmy for Cirque’s Tribute to Special Effects at the 2001 Oscars. She has also worked in film (Van Helsing, Catwoman), major Operas, and has worked with musicians (Madonna, Aerosmith, and Bjork to name a few). When in creation, she likes to focus on that which is invisible to the eye, often surprising the artists themselves.

Sadhana 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.

Divakar Mark Raetzen

BA LLB LLM; YTT 500

Divakar has been practicing classical Ashtanga Yoga since 1976. He has served as President of Dharma Sara Satsang Society from the early 1980s thru to 2015 and is one of the founding members of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. Divakar is a long time teacher of pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy at the SSCY Yoga Retreats, annual Yoga Teacher Training, for SSCY staff and karma yogis and with the Vancouver satsang. He was an original member of the SSCY YTT 200 program and continues to serve on the Committee and Faculty.  Divakar has mediation skills and a sense of humour that he brings to his roles and duties. He has been a mentor for many students and karma yogis.


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Yoga Asana Instructors

Anila Lacroix

E-RYT 500, YACEP

Anila is an experienced yoga teacher and teacher trainer who has taught a wide variety of yoga styles for the last 15 years. She was a teacher trainer with YYoga for their 200 and 500 hour programs, and for the Salt Spring Center of Yoga for their 200 hour program. She is now a Legacy Lululemon Ambassador, having been an ambassador and partner in local community reach out and fundraisers for years. Traditional trauma-informed training came through personal experience gained after a couple of car collisions and years of Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. Anila’s approach and quiet, mischievous spirit creates safety for all who are around her, while her vast knowledge of the body and its systems, as well as her ability to spot and realign movement inspires healing and trust. She weaves meditation, breathing practices, practical life lessons and philosophy into her classes.

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

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.

Discover more about Chetna at: Dancing Lotus Yoga

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

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.

Discover more about Jyoti at: Nourish Ayurveda & Yoga


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