Millissa has been loving, living and thriving in the AcroYoga world where she has finally found a place that feels like home. She got hooked like many, through the grace, beauty and ease of flying. Yet, over the years has developed a deeper and fuller love of Acro and now bases and flys with parallel strength and excitement. Millissa has completed both AcroYoga.org and AcroYoga Montreal teacher trainings, as well as Acroversity 2015 and 2016. Her love of Acro is rooted in the self expression and creativity it fosters in all AcroYogis, from beginner to advanced. For Millissa, the cherry on top is the strength and delicacy required to release the ever elusive, and ultimately fulfilling personal creative expression.
Kristin’s love affair with yoga dates back to 2000. For her, stepping on to the mat felt like coming home. The myriad of styles and traditions in the yoga world appealed because of her own interdisciplinary background. Kristin has been influenced by teachers from the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions and has completed teacher training in Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She also holds a certificate from the Duke Centre for Integrative Medicine in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.
At Stretch, a class with Kristin means that first and foremost, you will be welcomed – her classes are accessible to a diversity of ages and experiences. She teaches yoga from a perspective rooted in tradition but backed by evidence-based research and established principles of anatomy and physiology. Kristin also emphasizes empowerment, both through knowledge of the body’s structure and movement, and through re-establishing trust in the body’s intelligence. As a practitioner, you will be invited to challenge yourself in a safe and thoughtful manner and you will be guided to relax deeply.
Classically trained in Yoga and practicing since the age of 16, Eric has been teaching overseas for the past 6 years and recently moved back home to Canada. From India to Thailand, Japan and Indonesia Eric has experienced firsthand the power yoga has to transcend barriers. His fascination with the function of the human body led him to study physical and occupational therapy and he has diverse knowledge of anatomy, physiology and movement principles.
He continues to explore his lifelong passion for freedom of expression through multiple disciplines. He emphasizes safety and alignment in his classes and brings strong dynamic energy to his teaching style.
Asha Gayle Dieleman
Asha Gayle Dieleman was mentored as a teacher trainer at the world renowned Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. As a director of Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu she had the privilege of certifying hundreds of teachers and since 2003 has led teacher training in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver and in Mexico though her own school, Nirvana Yoga.
Asha developed Deep Yoga based on her 25 years of teaching experience as a Stage 2/3 Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Kripalu Yoga is rooted in the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga and distills this wisdom into a remarkable psycho-spiritual Hatha Yoga methodology that appeals to our modern sensibilities. Asha calls this method Deep Yoga and shares it as a means to re-introduce the deeper potential of yoga practice as a means to fundamentally transform the self through access to the wisdom of prana.
Risto Duggan is a “physical” power yoga teacher with a positive vibe. His yoga practice has helped him recover from a lot of damage and broken bones. A former multi-sport athlete and Hip Hop teacher. Risto keeps it funky, flowing, and strong! He credits his training to Eoin Finn, Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Natalie Rousseau, Christine Price-Clarke, Jolene Bayda, and Danny Paradise. He believes that adjustments done properly, will change your practice and is getting quite a reputation for his!
Risto teaches “The Rocket” ( An Ashtanga based power class with optional inversions and arm balances created by Larry Shultz ), Power, Flow, and Yin.
“Practice and Breathe with Balance and Grace…. Less struggle, more surrender… Less ego, more compassion”
Leiah Luz Engel
Passionate about exploring the human body’s potential, Leiah has over a decade of experience in the development of physical arts. Focusing primarily in the disciplines of pole acrobatics, dance, circus arts and capoeira, she came to Pilates to rehabilitate from an old injury and instantly fell in love with the practice upon realizing how beneficial it was for injury prevention and sustaining a healthy and stable body.
She strives to create a supportive and empowering environment for her students to discover a deeper sense of well being through connecting to their breath and moving their bodies.
Lisa is a yogini, zen monk, changemaker, mama, partner and friend. She is lit up by the feel of dew filled grass under her bare feet, the mesmerizing power of fires, the infectious belly laughs of daughter and son, and the practice of this ordinary life. For her, yoga is the practice of showing up fully present to reality as it is with grace, humility, love and humour. Lisa began practicing yoga in 1997 and has been teaching since 2001.
Her classes are a playful blend of breath, flow and alignment, spiced with the inspiration of the poets and simple stillness. She draws on her extensive study in the Ashtanga lineage, as well Vijnana and many other traditions. Most of all, she aims to honour the uniqueness of each student, and to draw on our inner wisdom to guide the dance.
Bless is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 200 instructor and brings a wealth of practical knowledge to her teaching. Bless’ teaching focuses on intelligent, creative sequencing, postural alignment, good tunes and the breath. She includes the use of props, modifications, verbal adjustments and demonstrations to create an accessible class where new students feel empowered and returning students feel challenged.
Bless invites you to step into the present, to connect deeply, to explore and to play!
Off the mat Bless is inspired by words, flavours and creativity and loves to create herself. Being in nature, gardening, thrift store hunting, traveling and exploring other places and cultures keeps her excited to be alive! www.blessleone.com
Jennifer has been a student of yoga for sixteen years and a teacher for eleven. She trained at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga under devotees of Babba Hari Dass, learning the eight limbs of classical Ashtanga Yoga. Since completing her 200 hour teacher’s training, she has furthered her education by becoming certified as a yin, prenatal and yoga nidra instructor as well as a thai and deep tissue massage practitioner.
She is also a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer. Jennifer’s passion as a dancer, dedication to the philosophy of yoga, and joy of intuitive touch have led her to weave total body integration into the art of deep relaxation.
Erin Moon ERYT-500, YACEP. Erin has been mixin it up as a teacher/learner in yoga land for over a dozen years now. She is a somewhat new and utterly thrilled Vancouverite via Calgary then a wee 13yr stint in New York City. Erin is a teacher of teachers in Intro and Advanced Anatomy for Yoga and more in multiple programs in the USA, Canada and Paris.
She is Co-creator of the international NGO World Spine Care’s Yoga Project; a training program for interested WSC clinic patients to be teachers of Yoga for active self-care and pain management for back and musculoskeletal disorders.
Her first training and love of Yoga started with Vinyasa and as all good love does it has growen to now include Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Thai massage and Reiki. Erin believes, through her own personal healing from trauma and the slings and arrows of life, that Yoga is a journey toward the freedom of good health, happiness, longevity and the bliss of now. She has seen that EVERY body, mind and soul can benefit from it’s tried and tested wisdom, hoping in all she offers to help people discover that that wisdom lies within us all!
Sina is a Vancouver based teacher, having spent much of his time travelling the globe, sharing teachings and taking inspiration from many internationally renowned yogis from various traditions. He offers a graceful, yet challenging practice which encourages students to go deeper and experience it in a meditative and spiritual way. Through a devotional practice that combines the rhythm of music, body & breath, he emphasizes on developing good health, a clear mind and a kind heart.
With a belief that the yoga practice needs to be tailored for the individual, Sina’s approach is in a way to make it accessible to as many students as possible. Expect many variations & modifications in all his classes.
Krystina began practicing yoga at age 13 after seeking refuge from the competitive world of ballet, hoping to discover a style of movement and connection to the body without the pressure of performance and perfection. Her innate curiosity and free-spirited nature framed her interest in self-practice and further study of philosophy, meditation, and social activism.
In 2010, Krystina was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which has remained the foundation to her personal practice and influence in teaching. Students can expect to find an accessible & intelligent yet creative approach to āsana practice with detailed instruction and emphasis placed on sustainable practice, mindfulness and cultivating a relationship to oneself, the body and the breath.
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Yogi, Nerd. Boyd came to yoga to improve his flexibility as an athlete and decades later, is constantly impressed with yoga’s ability to help him find inspiration and to manage every-day life stresses. He feels that yoga has made him a better cyclist, and a better person. Now, alongside his partner, Emmanuelle, he runs STRETCH. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, skipping, the circus, and reading in a sunbeam with his family.
As a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Shivani has been in private practice since 2008 working with clients with stress, anxiety, trauma and depression. She helps her clients gain greater awareness of their embodied experience in order to process unresolved emotions and trauma, reduce stress and anxiety, and live more authentic and meaningful lives.
Shivani is a course director with the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school, and is on faculty with the Vancouver School of Yoga and YYoga teacher training programs. As a researcher, she is currently investigating the effects of yoga on brain injury with the UBC Psychiatry department.
Jacqui is passionate about cultivating authenticity, meaning and beauty in her life. Her life’s purpose is dedicated to helping others unfold what inspires them to live life to their healthiest and fullest potential. She is a graduate of the 200hr Open Door Yoga teacher training, as well as Shannon Cluff’s teachers’ integration program. She found yoga through her path as a professional dancer. She is a mother of two children, who are her most dedicated teachers, a student of meditation at the Tilopa Buddist Center, and practitioner of The Way of the Heart Energy Integrations.
Robert’s yoga journey began with brief dalliances in the 1980s & 1990s at Montreal’s Sivananda Centre, however he became committed to a regular practice in 2003 while studying the ashtanga vinyasa method. Robert dove-in, changing his lifestyle, diet and career. He completed numerous workshops and retreats in India, Thailand, England, the USA and Mexico in the Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Vijnana and Yin traditions as well as anatomy and philosophy.
More recently, he completed a 240-hour enriched teacher training at the Vancouver School of Yoga, a 50-hour yin teacher training at Semperviva, a mentorship at YYOGA and a mentorship with Yoga4StiffGuys.
Now a father, a partner, a runner and a monkey bar enthusiast, Robert believes that yoga takes many forms, ethical and physical, and is ultimately an individual experience for every practitioner. He teaches various styles to all levels, hoping to share with students the focus on the breath, the movement of the body and stilling of the mind.
Kristine Owen Wood
Kristine Owen Wood is a Hatha and Vinyasa Flow/Power instructor in Vancouver, Canada. A former professional ballet dancer, she has been exploring the expressive potential of movement from a young age. Her dance career instilled in her a lifelong interest in self-care and injury-prevention through a balanced regimen of maintaining flexibility and building core strength.
Kristine discovered yoga upon moving to Vancouver several years ago and has been fully immersed in the art and science of practice and teaching ever since. For her, yoga provides an elegant method of focusing and integrating the elements of body, mind and spirit, all the while offering glimpses of a connection to something larger.
She seeks to provide a class experience which is empowering and intelligently-aligned while also joyful, innovative, and conducive to a sense of well-being. She draws from diverse influences including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Sattva Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Movement Culture, Music, Philosophy, and the wisdom and creativity of her teachers.
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