Our Team

Our instructors are certified and registered with Yoga Alliance, the largest standards setting organization that promotes and supports the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.

Shelley D’Amico

Shelley is a certified Ashtanga based, Broga® Yoga and Gravity® Yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT, YACEP), a certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, a certified Breathing Coach and the Founder of Namaskar Yoga Studio.   She spent her career life as an Executive Liaison, until she resigned to serve others in a more meaningful way. An entrepreneur and free spirit at heart, Shelley is first and forever a seeker of knowledge and a student of life.

Shelley is passionate about the countless benefits of yoga and meditation, and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to practice regardless of their age or fitness level. Her vision is to make yoga and meditation accessible to every body.  She encourages her students to approach their practice (and life) with compassion, non-judgement, self awareness and an open heart. Shelley is deeply grateful to her Teacher, Deborah Carruthers for helping her to step out of her comfort zone and guiding her on her yogic path.

What Shelley loves most about teaching yoga: Witnessing students evolve – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Why she became a yoga teacher: To help others create space and connect to their Authentic Self.

Her very first yoga experience made her feel: Ridiculously bored!

Her favourite pose and why: Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose). It’s challenging yet graceful and in that moment, nothing else exists but the breath.

Something most people don’t know about her: She has zero sense of direction and could get lost with a Sherpa.

Wendy Balfour

Wendy #2

Wendy is a certified Hatha-based Yoga Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT200), with a strong foundation in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara Yoga. She began her yoga journey in South Africa in the 80’s, and very quickly it became an integral part of her life and her attitude towards life.

Wendy believes that Yoga isn’t just about creating lightness and joy, but also about finding the strength and courage to face fear and pain, using Yoga as a platform for transformation and healing. She is deeply grateful to her Teacher,  Bev Roberts  for teaching her that with humility comes gratitude and with lightness, we can release ourselves from needing to take life too seriously.

What Wendy loves most about teaching yoga: Connecting with others.  Sharing collective energy and having fun.

Why she became a yoga teacher:  To share the incredible feeling yoga practice  brings as well as the deeper aspects of the Yoga Path.

Her very first yoga experience made her feel: Like she had come home.

Her favourite pose and why:  Ardha Chandrasana  (Standing Half Moon).  It requires complete focus to be aware of almost every aspect of the physical body, and brings her into her breath in a way that no other pose does.

Something most people don’t know about her:  Public speaking scares her!

Annica Melanson

Annica is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) registered with Yoga Alliance. She received her training from the Saltspring Centre of Yoga and is forever grateful for her time spent there. Annica is passionate about yoga. The teachings of yoga have brought immense peace to her life and she  is honoured to share the gift of peace with others. Annica believes we all deserve to be happy and happiness starts with self love.

Through the unity of body, mind, spirit, breath, and movement, Annica encourages a chance for self transformation. She believes in creating a safe space, free of judgement, for her students to grow. Her classes will leave you feeling restored, energized, inspired, and open. Annica is truly grateful for the teachers at Saltspring Centre of Yoga and to all the teachers she has had the privilege of attending class.

What Annica loves most about teaching yoga: Helping her students connect to their inner light.

Why she became a yoga teacher: To share her passion for yoga and self love with the world.

Her very first yoga experience made her feel:Like it was the missing piece in her life.

Her favourite pose and why: Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) She can feel the lines of energy so clearly in this pose. She absolutely loves the synchronization of balancing, opening, and creating symmetry.

Something people don’t know about her: She loves to sing but can’t carry a note.

Wanda Dori

Wanda Dori is a Registered 200HR Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). She has taken numerous, Yoga Alliance Certified, continuing education courses in Yin Yoga and Chakra studies. Her intention as a Yoga Teacher is to provide for students, an enriching experience. Wanda leads her classes with intention; she aims to convey kindness, truth, compassionate support, and open minded guidance for those seeking a deeper understanding of self, body and mind, within Yoga.

What Wanda loves the most about teaching Yoga: The serendipities! When students tell her that a certain pose, or a particular phrase she spoke, was exactly what they needed that day. Arriving together, exactly when we are meant to. 

Why she became a Yoga Teacher: She became a teacher to grow; to see herself more clearly, connect with others more authentically, and to understand the mysterious knowledge that becomes accessible through Yoga practice. 

Her very first Yoga experience made her feel:  Cracked wide open! The first time she practiced Yoga, she was moved to tears. It felt like coming home.

Her favourite Yoga pose, and why: Uttanasana, standing forward bend. She loves gentle inversions, the flipping of perspective, the surrender, and holding her heart above her head. 

Something most people don’t know about her:  She avoids teaching and practicing Yoga, in typical Yoga leggings! She prefers loose, natural fibres.

Miranda Greening

Miranda is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) registered with Yoga Alliance. She received her training from the Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico and is deeply grateful for her wonderful teachers and the life altering experience.  Initially she sought out a teacher training to have the knowledge to utilize her own practice, but soon realized the joy that came with sharing her practice with others and the positive impact she could create in the world around her.

Miranda’s classes are a safe space to detach from the world around you, dive deep and discover. She believes in rejuvenation through rest and release.  She is inspired by the devotion and courage of students who continually return to the mat, as well as the lifestyle and community yoga promotes.

What Miranda loves most about teaching yoga: being able to offer moments of rest and relaxation in a world of hustle and bustle.

Why she became a yoga teacher: She believes if you have something good; it is made better when you share it.

Her first yoga experience made her feel: like she would probably never be able to hold downward dog.

Her favourite pose and why: Astavakrasana was the first hand balance pose she was guided into after a few years of her practice and it was the first time she had ever felt a strength in herself that she didn’t even know was possible.

Something most people don’t know about her: She’s a bit of a thrill seeker, and has bungee jumped over thirty times!

 

Jodi Webber

Jodi completed her yoga certification at Red Door Yoga in Lantzville, BC. She is registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT200).
She began practicing yoga 15 years ago primarily as a means to achieve physical fitness and compliment her love of marathon running.  She quickly learned that yoga was not just a means to physical fitness.  It provided her a much-needed reprieve from the busy world. She found that yoga provided emotional relief from years of anxiety and provided her with focus and clarity she never felt before.  A self-professed perfectionist, yoga taught Jodi how to slow down, have more compassion towards herself and others and how to deal more gracefully with life’s challenges.
What Jodi loves most about teaching yoga: hearing about how impactful yoga is on student’s mental health and how their growth on the mat has translated into growth off the mat (as it did for her)
Why she became a teacher: Originally Jodi completed her yoga teacher training to learn more about the philosophy, values and principles of living a yogi life both on and off the mat.  She learned quickly however, that yoga is a way for creative self-expression and a way to be of service to others, both things she wished to have more of in her life – it was meant to be!
Her first yoga experience made her feel: Hungry for more and like she might throw up (a strange combination for sure!)
Her favorite pose and why: all forward folds because although she has an intense love of vigorous physical fitness, forward folds remind her that not everything is intended to be fast and hard and that there is a balance in everything we do.  Not only are forward folds mentally calming for her but they provide relief in all the areas her body craves (releasing neck, shoulder and low back strain)
Something most people don’t know about her: she considers herself an introvert and craves solitude time (she could read for literally days on end by the wood fire).