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, 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.

Melanie Beech

Melanie #1

Melanie is a certified Forrest Yoga Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT200) as well as a certified Wellness Coach.

She is a promoter of radical self-love and believes that your body is the greatest gift you’ve ever been given. In a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment, Melanie invites her students to play, to move, to groove, to surrender, to breathe, to smile and to see where their incredible bodies take them. She is deeply grateful to her Teacher, Anna Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga.

What Melanie loves most about teaching yoga: Observing her students, witnessing them rise to the challenge and grow stronger.

Why she became a yoga teacher: To encourage students to make their relationships with their bodies and with themselves the greatest love affair of their life.

Her very first yoga experience made her feel: Like she was being reunited with a dear friend she hadn’t seen in a very long time.

Her favourite pose and why: Virabhadrasana Series (Warrior Series).  Thanks to these poses she has learned to love and appreciate her strong legs.

Something most people don’t know about her: She loves keeping up with the Kardashians!

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.

Seton Bailey

Seton is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) registered with Yoga Alliance. She received her training from The Blooming Lotus Yoga School and is endlessly grateful for her incredible teachers and the life changing experience.  Her original decision to complete a teacher training was to deepen her own practice and it was not until the end of the experience that she realized that it was her calling to share the absolute gift of yoga with others.

Seton’s passion for yoga is diving into the depths of the breath, body and mind through a gentle, accessible and restorative practice.  She believes yoga is for everyone and meeting each person where they are in their practice is essential for a sacred space.

What Seton loves most about teaching yoga: The notable shift in people as a gentle wave of peace washes over them at the end of a practice.

Why she became a yoga teacher: After experiencing years of bliss and taking the opportunity to deepen her own practice, it felt very natural to extend her experience and share the love for a practice that provided such profound healing.

Her favorite pose and why: Child’s pose- this pose emanates surrender. There is such a sense of gentleness, a softened inward gaze, and tapping in to the parasympathetic nervous system– total restfulness.

Something most people don’t know about her: She is happiest lost in the landscapes of mountains.

Lisa Cecconi

Lisa completed her 200hr teacher training at Open Heart yoga studio in Richmond, BC.  Her love for yoga started in the early 90’s, and brings her a sense of awareness, inner strength and peace.

Teaching yoga and being able to share such an all encompassing tradition with the people around her has brought so much gratitude into her life!  Lisa believes it is so much more than us showing up to our mats ( although this is great place to start) — it is showing up to our lives.

We connect through breath and are able to come into our presence which brings awareness to our thoughts and emotions. This gives us pause and room to be with ourselves not only on the mat, but out into the world around us.

What Lisa Loves most about teaching yoga:

The end of Savasana when everyone is getting up and they all have this blissful look to them.

Why she became a yoga teacher: She found yoga to be so fulfilling, bringing mind into body and then connecting us to ourselves. This is something she really wants to share with other people.

Her very first yoga experience made her feel: absolutely grounded

Favorite pose and why: Eagle – the mixture of balance and strength and it gets into all her tight spots!

Something that people don’t know about her: She’s been a hairdresser for over 20 years

 

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.

Jenn Dextras Tyler

Jenn is a certified Yoga teacher in the Kripalu tradition, registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT200). She has been exploring yoga for 20 years; beginning as a student of Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga in Vancouver where she grew up. She spent 10 years on the East Coast where she discovered Kripalu and Restorative Yoga and completed the Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training Program. Jenn is also a school teacher and a proud parent of two little yogis.

As Kripalu is known as “meditation in motion,” her classes focus on gentle fluid movement that honors the body, combined with moments of stillness to deepen the meditative practice of yoga. In Restorative Yoga she loves working with props to personalize poses, and believes every pose has the potential to become what we need in that moment.

Jenn has also taught Pre-Natal Yoga, Mother-Baby Yoga and Kids yoga. Seeing yoga come so naturally to babies and children has taught her that yoga is possible for everyone, at any age or stage of life, if we learn to quiet our minds and listen to what our bodies intuitively know.

What Jenn loves most about teaching yoga: watching someone surrender into a pose, being a witness in that moment.

Why she became a yoga teacher: teaching and learning have always been a part of her life; it felt very natural to move from teaching in the classroom to teaching on the mat.

Her very first yoga experience made her feel: total release

Her favorite pose and why: Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose). So calming and restorative.

Something most people don’t know about her: she is constantly repressing her urge to dance

Sybil Western

Sybil has been teaching yoga classes and workshops over the past 6 years. She specializes in one on one therapeutic yoga sessions and is currently completing her practicum hours for her 800hr Yoga Therapist Degree with Ajna Yoga College. Sybil is a passionate anatomy geek, lover of natural movement, biomechanics.

Injury management and prevention (Prehab) has been a special interest of Sybil’s since she started her yoga journey.  She has become even more passionate about movement as she has gone deeper into the practice by partnering biomechanics with yoga therefore increasing her knowledge of how the body works and moves.  Yoga has helped Sybil overcome a traumatic back injury, and is an integral part of her own mental wellness management. She enjoys sharing yoga as tool for people to take charge of their own mental and physical wellness. She is deeply grateful for the community and teachers at Ajna Yoga College who have all been pivotal in her yoga journey.

What Sybil loves the most about teaching yoga: Watching students have “aha” moments

Why Sybil became a yoga teacher: During a difficult time Sybil  signed up for a YTT to try and facilitate healing within herself and discovered a passion for teaching, facilitating and for sharing the joys of movement and healing with others.

Her favourite pose and why: Dancer pose – This pose is just so beautiful and is never not challenging, even when she gets it, there is always more to discover.

Something most people done know about her: She is a competitive pole dancer and performing aerial artist. She absolutely loves performing and telling stories through dance! She has never won a competition but always comes away with having achieved her goals and having learned more about herself.

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!