Natasha Scott is the owner of Starlityoga Studio, an ERYT-500 (highest level) and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). Tash specializes in Yoga for Persistent Pain and has been training with Neil Pearson for many moons. She teaches Pain Care Yoga at her studio, along with Pain Care Education Group Sessions, and one on pain care coaching. Thru Yoga Alliance Natasha is certified in Prenatal Yoga (RYPT) and Children’s Yoga (RYCT ) along with being a certified Thai massage and Reiki practitioner where all of her studies of pain care come into play. Tash is a lead teacher for The South Okanagan Yoga Academy where she brings in persistent pain education for yoga teachers. She is also co-owner of The Wellness Garden Doula Collective where she practices as a Doula, and finds her pain care education a massive gift to share for both pre and postnatal clients.
Ray is a SOYA-trained, RYT 200 Yoga instructor who has been teaching throughout the community of Penticton for many years. Ray is a trained Hatha, Prenatal, Postnatal and Restorative Yoga instructor who’s teachings are driven by her heart-centred practice. Ray is deeply invested in the enrichment of the community around her, especially in the realms of women’s well being, babies and birth. Ray is a DONA trained Birth Doula, who has been supporting women to empower themselves through birth in her community for the past three years. Ray is a blessed Mother of three magical little souls, who’s intention, on and off her mat, is to be present and continually seek out new ways to open through body and mind.
Karen first found yoga in her teens as a way to combat the feelings of mistrust she had living in a body that was often fatigued and anxious. She struggled with self-esteem and had a disconnect between body and mind. She can still recall the first chair yoga video she took, and the feelings of empowerment and connection for perhaps the first time in her life. Yoga has been a steady companion for the past 12 years, she is an RYT-200hr trained yogi in the Kripalu tradition. Yoga has taught her how to breathe, open her heart, and be present for all of the sensations in her body. She has been teaching yoga since June 2015 and is grateful to be able to share compassionate and slow, yet strong, practices with her students. She believes that yoga is for every body, and aims to create a space for students to connect with Self.
Sanaz was born and raised in India and was introduced to yoga and spirituality at a very young age. Her unique teaching style consists of guided meditation, various breathing exercises, and gentle yoga movements as she shares Eastern philosophy, Indian mythology, poetry and stories from around the world. Her gentle and kind voice is soothing to the ear and her compassionate and loving energy allows the student to feel at peace and safe during practice. Sanaz is a RYT-200hr Hatha Yoga teacher and she interweaves the insights and practices of spirituality with yoga poses to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.
Dana aspires to have a servant’s heart. She began her professional career as an orthopedic physiotherapist. It was through her experience working with others in physical therapy, that she came to understand the intimate connection between body, mind and spirit. Her education and training include 200hr YTT, an Interfaith Certificate in Applied Spiritual Counselling, Trauma Informed Yoga Training and she is a Reiki Master.
Dana knows that we do not heal in isolation and that it takes relationships and community to heal our wounds and is therefore passionate about bringing together people in a way where our individual journeys harness and boost the collective journey.
Dana hopes her passion to be of service, her compassionate heart and her knowledge of the body, along with her experience as someone who has lived with chronic pain, survived cancer and her lifelong quest for the “holy grail” will offer a supportive, compassionate and joyful yoga experience.
Devie strives to empower and inspire everyone she meets with her compassion for herself and others. Devie is an elementary school teacher in School District 67. She has a strong fervor to teacher her students how to live a healthy lifestyle through the habits of yoga and Ayurveda. Devie recently completed a 40 hour Yoga for Youth Teacher Training in Vancouver BC led by yoga activist and master teacher Krishna Kaur Khalsa. Yoga and Ayurveda have been pivotal in Devie’s own healing journey and she is devoted to helping others heal in a holistic manner. In early 2018 Devie spent 1 month studying Ayurveda at Vaidyagrama Healing Center in Coimbatore, India. After her first hand experience in India she has changed her lifestyle to reflect the timeless habits of Ayurveda. By living in closer alignment with nature she has experienced deep physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Devie is also a dedicated runner and has completed 3 marathons and various triathlons. Likewise she knows the importance of stillness in today’s chaotic world. Her deep love for running and mindfulness has inspired her to create a program called Soul Sisters to help teen girls find their happy “pace” in life.
Rebecca began her yoga practice with Iyengar yoga in 2004 while she was a university student in Chicago. Since then, yoga has been a source of inner strength and stability through the ups and downs of life and three international moves across the United States, Germany, and finally here to the beautiful Okanagan, where she is grateful to have found such a wonderfully engaged and supportive yoga community. A SOYA-trained RYT-200 with additional training in Yoga & Mindfulness for Children from ChildLight Yoga, Rebecca teaches toddler, children’s, and family yoga, as well as alignment-based and restorative classes for adults. In both her children’s and adult classes, she seeks to quietly, yet playfully, engage our sense of wonder and curiosity about the workings of our minds, spirits, and bodies.
Savina has recently completed her SOYA RYT-200hr training and is looking forward to teaching. Savina is currently a Kinesiology student and an aspiring Physiotherapist who believes that movement is essential for the body and the mind. Yoga has allowed Savina to be able to connect with not only her body but also her mind. The practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation has allowed her to be more aware and compassionate towards herself. Savina would like to share these calming, and soulful techniques with her students. She hopes that these techniques allow her students to achieve inner peace and silence in this noisy world.
Francine Kelley, RYT500, is a warm, playful and compassionate yoga teacher, life coach, mom, and wife. Dedicated to life long learning, she approaches yoga as a living practice, on and off the mat. Francine loves holding space for others to explore themselves in new and deeper ways, gaining strength and creating ease in body and mind. Her intention is to provide an empowering and nourishing experience to her students meeting them where they are at. Francine’s passion to share yoga comes from her belief in the powerful and transformational benefits of practice that has helped her to cultivate greater awareness, resiliency, connection and peace. Creating space and ease in all aspects of being.
Francine’s love began with mediation as a student of buddhist teacher, Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe, where she experienced the calming benefits from stress and anxiety. She was later introduced to yoga while healing after a car accident which transformed her life. After a 10 day silent Vipassana retreat, Francine decided to take yoga teacher training at SaltSpring Centre of Yoga, teachings of Baba Hari Dass. Francine taught yoga classes in Camrose, AB. for many years and later continued her studies with Lisa Babiuk in a 300hr Yoga as Therapy training. Furthermore, she completed a 35hr Yin training with Joe Barnett and Restorative with Sarah Domes.
Francine feels very blessed to now live in Penticton with her family and be part of an amazing community. Francine brings presence, generosity and love. She invites you to come play!
Born and raised in India in a yogic family lifestyle, she is a full time Project Manager by career and Art of Living instructor by passion. She made a choice to devote her time in serving people by joining the NGO, named Art of Living organization. She teaches Happiness Programs in Alberta and British Columbia for the last 10 years, which has transformed the lives of many. The heart of The Happiness Program is a series of yogic breathing techniques, including the Sudarshan Kriya, which reduces stress and raises energy, bringing you back to a clear and positive state of mind. She also hosts guided meditations for people to experience peace and for rejuvenation. Parul has a trademark smile, humour that doesn’t fade and a glow that radiates joy.
~ May we remain connected to motherearth, universal love + one another ~
Yoga has woven in and out of my life for many years. When I find myself at my most vulnerable, yoga + meditation are the steady elements which allow me to remain grounded.
These practices remind my heart, spirit + soul what the true essence of life is.
I am drawn towards a slower-paced practice because it gives me the space to subtlety disconnect from external pressures. Seeking this quietude has led me towards teaching restorative. Being able to guide people into stillness, not only within our studio but inside their minds, is an amazing gift and privilege.
I truly look forward to sharing space with each and every one of you beautiful people.