Your Instructors

 

Megan

Megan is the Owner and Founder of Akasa Yoga Studio, wife, and mother of 3. She has lived in the valley for the majority of her life and has a deep calling to offer this space and these practices to the community that she so deeply loves. Her yoga journey started in 2010 and has blossomed from there, she completed her 200 hour YTT through SOYA and the knowledge of Mugs McConnell and the Shivananda lineage, trained under Natasha Scott and Kamala Wilkie. She has since studied with Josh Summers (Yin), Jillian Pransky (Restorative), Elena Brower, Janet Stone, Sadie Nardini, and has acquired her 50 hr Rainbow Kids Yoga Instructor Certification and Barre Certification.

Megan has a passion for helping and supporting all people, but has deepened her knowledge and love for prenatal and postpartum health acquiring her Core Confidence Specialist Certification, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist as well as her Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Certifications.

Whether you attend one of her Hatha, Yin, or Postpartum classes, Megan always makes sure you are comfortable, taken care of, and that each practice is accessible and modified for all students.

Dani B.

Mama, yogini, wife, hobby-farmer, Woods Woman, lover of the moon and stars and an excavator of truth. Dani spends most of her days deep in the heart of the British Columbia interior, mixing up ancient ayurvedic potions, coaching kick-ass women, guiding sacred movement and unravelling the mysteries of the stars. To add to that, she is also a massive dog-lover, obsessive book fanatic and has an unresolved case of wanderlust. Additionally, she is an RYT 200 Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Level 1 Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator and Ayurvedic Practitioner and Professional Vedic Astrologer. She has also studied with Rod Stryker, Joni Patry, Dr. Marc Halpern, Liz Arch, Amy Ippoliti, Yogi Amrit Desai, Ryan Strong, Jay Fields, Bronwen Kettleson, as well as Harshad and Uchita Thomlinson.

Chelsey

Chelsey has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 10 years. Her yoga teacher training was completed under the guidance of Michelle Rubin in Victoria, BC. She completed her training with 750 hours of instruction. Through this training Chelsey was able to learn ways to support and guide students through postures and movement respecting where they are in the present moment while mindfully challenging them to lean into limiting beliefs making way for a deeper awareness with the body and mind. In classes with Chelsey expect to be welcomed into an open and nurturing environment where individuals are accepted and honoured.

Chloe

As an Indigenous woman born and raised on Nlaka’pamux and Syilx territories, Chloe has remained deeply routed to these lands and the people from it. She is now a mother, wife, and a learner, and just as her connection to the Nicola Valley, Chloe has kept a constant with her yoga practice as it has continued to bring balance to her life. Chloe practiced yoga for over a decade before she completed her 200hr YTT in 2016 through Yogapod Yoga Alliance taught by Todd Inouye. Chloe’s teachings stem from Hatha, Anusara and Iyengar forms of yoga, where she has grown a passion for helping students build their practice as they too find a love for their mat, and themselves on it.

Vicki

Vicki moved to Nicola Lake 2 years ago and fell in love with the Valley. An Oasis that brings balance in all ways to her life ~ in nature, people, and spirit. Her yoga practice brings her the same sense of peace and hopefully she can bring that to yours.

Her favorite modality of teaching yoga is Therapeutic. Healing in mind, body, and spirit. She has trained with Dharm Kaur (Kundalini yoga), Karen Claffey (Therapeutic yoga), Jano Chapman and Tati Prinster (Yoga for people with cancer), Neil Pearson (Yoga for pain relief), Judith Lasater (Restorative), Sharon Abbondanza (Back Mitra) and others she bows to and hopes that she honors all that they have taught.

Let the balance and healing begin!

Dani H.

Dani completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training under Candace Soderberg in Fall 2019. For her, yoga is a life-long journey of self exploration. Her mat is a safe place where she can begin to explore different aspects of her body, mind, and authentic self. It is a place where she can find forgiveness, where she can learn to listen to what her body needs, and where she can begin to find balance.

Dani’s yoga classes focus on alignment within the body, encouraging students to create a strong foundation for their practice. Each class is planned with intentional sequencing, meaning every pose, every transition, has a purpose. Sometimes her classes are playful, focusing on inversions and balancing poses. Other times they are slow and strong, focusing on moving intentionally and moving with our breath. She encourages people to show up as they are, hoping that in the chaos of our daily lives, she can create a place where students are able to find stillness and room to breath. She hopes to create a space where one can begin to build a deeper relationship with self, strengthen the connection between movement and breath, create balance within body and mind, and build a strong foundation from which they can continue to grow.

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.”

– B.K.S Iyengar

Nyana

Dog mom, outdoors enthusiast, forest technologist and potato chip lover, Nyana grew up in this sweet little valley we call home. Whether it be a team sport, skiing, the gym, or yoga, Nyana has always found herself drawn to movement. It was at Akasa that she took her first barre class and was enthused with this new style of movement; a little bit of strength training, a little bit of Pilates, a little bit of stretching, some dancing and a whole lot of pulsing, at whatever level your body is ready for. Nyana took her barre certification last spring and hasn’t looked back. You can expect something new in each of her classes and she hopes to help you work towards and connect with your fitness goals. Nyana looks forward to moving through this journey with you, whether it’s a new one or a continuing one, she’s honoured to join you, at the barre.