Owner & Teacher
I found my yoga mat for the first time when I was 20 years old as a Junior at Vancouver Island University. As a competitive volleyball player from a very early age my body was trained to perform and strive for excellence. I really believe in the yoga teaching ‘ how you do one thing is how you do everything’ and striving and achieving became a very innate way of being as I moved through my life. To land on the yoga mat and feel the possibility of being versus doing was very foreign yet there was a deep knowing that this was a relationship I wanted to continue to explore to truly meet my potential as a soul in a human experience.
From the first day I landed in Moksha Yoga Nanaimo I knew my life was forever changed. I completed the Moksha Level 1 500 teacher training in the summer of 2008 and this sparked the beginning of a deep love in the seat of the student. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta I was fortunate enough to mentor under Angela Zawada, founder and head teacher of Metta Yoga Edmonton where I really experienced the value of dedicating to a yoga practice and a commitment to continued education. I continued to follow my passion for the practice of yoga and opened Moksha Yoga Kelowna in 2011 and then opened Modo Yoga Seattle in 2014.
I have had the great privilege to have studied with Jessica Robertson, Ted Grand, Dina Tsouluhas, Angela Zawada, Ryan Leier, Baron Baptiste, Bernie Clark, Nicki Doane, Eddie Modestini, Sianna Sherman and Greta Hill. While my original certification is in the Hatha practice of Modo Yoga I am also certified to teach; Modo Flow, Powerflow, Yin, Aerial yoga, Yang Yin, Prenatal and Restorative yoga.
I'm passionate about the fundamental elements on the mat that create a sustainable platform for continual evolution allowing the practice to be accessible to all levels of practitioner. My offering is a balance of Sthira and Sikha; the strength and the sweetness with an encouraging offering to support you in your expansion on your path.
When I'm not practicing, teaching or floating around the studio you can find me riding my bike, beaching it or hiking in the Okanagan Valley.
Teacher & Studio Manager
Teacher & Studio Manager
When I was 7 years old I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. I wore a back brace for 23 hours a day in my teens, I didn’t like being in my body. I was insecure, experiencing chronic pain at a young age. I knew that if I wanted to thrive, I had to make a lifetime commitment to self-discovery and healing. It was a gift because it led me to my practice.
To land on your mat is to make a conscious decision to disconnect from technology and all the stimulants of the outside world, so that you can get quiet and build a relationship with your body, breath and its wisdom. Through this practice, I’ve watched myself and others transform in the most incredible ways physically, emotionally and spiritually.
To me, yoga is a way of life, it is a bridge to mindfulness and cultivating peace. It is the way you listen to others, the way you walk on the earth, the gratitude you find in your breath, the connection to yourself, your community and all of creation. Self-care becomes collective care.
In 2018 I traveled to Nicaragua and immersed myself into 500-hour Modo teacher training so that I could be in service and share this form of healing. I fell in love with studentship again, soon after attending a 100-hour vinyasa training in Montreal.
My offering is to authentically hold space for you to land and explore the inner workings of your body and your needs, using movement, stillness, awareness and loving attention. I offer intentional and accessible guidance with a piece of my heart weaved through. I want to support you in exercising your ability to stay present and to feel empowered on your personal healing journey. My wish is that you leave feeling alive, connected and with tools you can take with you outside of the studio walls.
When I am not teaching, I love spending my time being as close to the earth as possible, growing food, connecting to others, dancing to music, curating intentional spaces, observing and creating art, learning new things. Grateful to be a living, breathing conduit of prana; life force energy and the expression of nature in the human form.
Teacher & Assistant Manager
Teacher & Assistant Manager
Growing up I raced BMX. After a decade of countless crashes, I was left experiencing pain and resentment towards my body. I could not accept that I was stuck with such limitations at a young age. I had exhausted many other forms of physical therapy with no relief. I resisted when anyone suggested yoga, but finally found my way to my mat.
As I became devoted to my practice, not only did my discomfort dissipate, I felt a peace in my mind that I had never known. I gained a newfound confidence along with more creative inspiration. My behaviour shifted. I was less triggered and more content with myself. The ritual of self care helped me build a new level of discernment that led to me offering myself grace in the process. This created space from which I was able to heal.
My enriched energy and eagerness to dive deeper led me to my first 300hr Mocean flow teacher training in 2018, with Susie Newson. She helped me to break down my barriers and I knew this was only the tip of the iceberg. I was inspired to learn and teach more. I quickly completed a 500hr Modo training in 2019.
As a teacher, I serve as a reminder that the discomfort we feel is an integral part of our growth. I believe that we are not bound by our limitations and that we are all capable of living free. My pain guided me to this practice and this community of epic humans. I wouldn’t change it for anything because it has led me to discover my passion; to contribute to a platform where people can show up and work toward their highest self while I work towards mine. I believe this practice ( and this life ) is sacred but it does not need to be taken so seriously. My ultimate intention is to have fun and enjoy the process of our own evolution. I offer enthusiasm and lighthearted lessons. Creating an atmosphere to nurture your strengths through fun-loving flows, linked with soulful playlists that inspire movement as medicine.
Outside of the studio, you can find me barefoot in nature. I love camping, dancing in costumes at music festivals, gardening and creating art of many forms. Creative expression and celebration is what brings me joy, keeps me inspired and thriving! I am motivated to make the world a more beautiful place.
Teacher & Director
Teacher & Director
I almost don't know life without yoga. When I reflect back on my life as a young person living in a healthy, happy and loving home - I was often uncomfortable in my body and under-stimulated in the world - looking for magic, craving more from life, disconnected and unhappy with how my body felt and looked. Taking up yoga in my early teens got me breathing and moving - finally engaging and connecting with my body in a positive way and feeling into my lifeforce energy. Pairing the physical practice with spiritual philosophy slowly led me to a place where I could begin to feel an easefullnes in my being, eventually discovering deeper power and beauty within myself.
As an adult my adventurous spirit has taken me exploring across the world, while on a slow but steady inward journey with various styles of yoga, meditation, chanting, breathwork, ceremony and dancing. Balancing a life of sacred scriptures and playful presence - I believe anything is possible. I now see magic within the mundane and open myself to be a channel for source energy to move though. I love to explore the unseen realms with subtle energetics, prayer, sound, shamonic and indigenous healing arts, visualizations, hypnosis, quantum physics and conscious conversation. Ultimately though, the natural world is my greatest teacher, I bow to the intelligence of the plants and the animals - I tune into the whispers on the wind and the reminders in the waves. As a keen student, I am committed to the practice of opening and to listening, as well as laughter and fun.
When we spend time together - my ultimate intention is to guide you, to you - inward towards your own experience and your ability to be in relationship with your own guidance system. I hope for you to remember how to embody all the qualities that feel authentic to you. To BE into your becoming, to listen, heal and feel so you can move in the world from your fearless heart. To remember your unique sacredness - your pure potential, and for you to build your own trusting relationship with all that is so that we can journey from a place of separateness back to oneness. Together I want us to remember the divine state of being in awe and gratitude, for this human experience and for our senses to be alive with the energy of love.
Owner & Teacher
Owner & Teacher
I grew up in a small community in Manitoba, Canada 1,500 people small… All I knew was hockey and golf. I was taught how to stay fit in the most basic way. It wasn’t until I turned 32 that I found yoga. By then I had given up on hockey until recently, started snowboarding and weightlifting, and still continue to golf. At this point I was bulky, very stiff and sore. It was the perfect time for yoga to come into my life.
The first yoga class I took was mind blowing… the heat, the intensity, and the focus on the breath. Having asthma have always struggled with breathing, but after a few classes it got deeper and smoother. I was hooked!
The more I went, the more I learned about the body and how to move with breath. To be able to take my yoga off the mat into my everyday life inspired me to take my teacher training. Sharing my ever-expanding knowledge with others inspires me to be a better person and to always grow.
To me yoga is what you want it to be. At first it will probably be a workout, or a place to sweat, but secretly it starts to weave its way into your body, your mind and your heart. It can be tough as you want it or as soft as you need it to be. The more you practice the more you realize that it is bigger than the poses and the breath, but you have to show up to see that.
Yoga invites me into unification with Self. It grants me access to the quiet wellspring of my spirit and reminds me of the wholeness that exists within me. Yoga allows me a safe space to become embodied, to feel expressed and alive, to see all aspects of myself, and come into a quiet acceptance of all the pieces of me. It’s through practice that I can gain access to my deepest intuitive faculties. It’s through practice that I collide with curiosity and self-discovery. It is where I find peace and a space of ultimate freedom.
I first found Yoga in 2009 during a time that felt clouded with confusion and emotional pain. I was seeking guidance and inner healing and after my first class I instantly felt the medicinal value of going inward. Hearing the call to dive deeper into my purpose, I was led to my teacher Megan Currie in 2014 where I took a deep dive into Vinyasa + Anusara yoga. It was in my first training where I found safety in my body and fell in love with the subtleties of our energetic bodies. It was there where I felt the power of movement, prayer, and an access point to the liberation of suffering. Since then, I’ve continued my path of exploration through a 300 hour YTT with Megan Currie, various other trainings through different lineages, mentorship, and workshops. I believe that life is cyclical in nature and the work is never done. This consistent curiosity feeds my devotion towards studentship, humility, and living with an open mind and heart.
My Sankalpa or sacred intention is “I lead through truth and love”. In my classes, I am to create a space where others can come feel supported and held, so that they may come into their most authentic, embodied selves. I do this by honoring what is present in the moment, sharing the truths of my heart, and holding space for others to access theirs. In my classes, you can expect depth, reverence, intelligent movement, and a great playlist!
Aside from my Yoga practice, I feel most vital when I am finding expression through dance or sharing music and celebration with friends! I also love nerding out on books and podcasts, exploring in nature, and cooking nourishing meals!
Yoga has helped me deal with the injuries of heart, body, mind and soul and helped me embrace the trials of human existence. I practice yoga regularly so that I can better feel and experience every aspect of my life, the good but also the perceived bad. I practice yoga regularly so that my body remains healthy and strong enough to play with my daughter and so my mind remains present and calm to navigate my family through the chaotic streams of modern life.
Deepening my yoga investigation has brought me through modo, modo flow, modo prenatal, modo level 2, yin, and sivananda certifications and even 8 years of leading lectures and workshops at yoga teacher trainings across the world.
My ultimate sankalpa or intention is Moksha, liberation but not liberation from life rather liberation IN life. Rather not a disconnection from everything but a deep integrated connection with everything. I try to connect my students with this by offering a fun, celebratory vigorous class that utilizes the harmony of the body and the breath.
When I’m not practicing or teaching yoga at Pranify I try to spend all my free time with my wife and daughter, they’re the double suns in the solar system acting as beacons of light on everything in their orbit. My yoga practice and teaching is fueled by them and all my interactions with them is inspired by my yoga practice and teaching.
Yoga, to me, is a design for living. It's my commitment to growth & staying engaged with the Joys & Challenges that come with being Human. Beyond the physical practice lays a foundation of social ethics & personal observances which has helped me become more intentional & curious, to be thoughtful & proactive in everything I do (specially when it comes to raising my daughter) continuously pulling myself back to presence & Love over & over again, like breathing.
In 2013 I took my first 500 hour ‘Yoga Teacher Training’ with Modo formally known as ‘Moksha’ meaning ‘liberation or freedom’ in Sanskrit. This training was life changing, ultimately opening up an endless invitation of self exploration. I’ve since sat & learned with several fairly epic teachers including; Flow training with Dina T , Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark & Nicki Doane’s Maya yoga training level 1 lineage of Ashtanga & Iyengar yoga which really gave me the importance of true foundation & individualized attention.
My Ultimate Intention (Sankalpa) is LOVE ~ more love always. My intention is to create a space for your inner gangster to come to the surface with the assistance of a carefully curated playlist linking breath to movement, honouring each day as a new day with new abilities. To show you where to look, not what to see, while holding all the space for you to have your individual experience. I encourage each & every body to meet yourself in today's body ~ as we arrive each day a little different then yesterday. I often will read poetry or scriptures from books on the yamas & niyamas to help provoke all your senses in hopes to restore the entire nervous system.
Aside from my physical practice ~ I feel the most lit up when I’m in nature with my daughter and her community of homeschoolers/unschoolers. Its really soul filling to be in the middle of it all watching the children be children ~ if you want the kids to stop jumping off the walls ~ remove the walls. I feel rich in community & soul family. I'm so blessed to walk this path alongside such incredible heart led humans. And finally Music is life for me. If you know me or have been to my classes ~ you will know.
See you there.
Being able to set aside time to breathe and heal has become a crucial part of my life. A moving meditation you could say, where we can combine all the greatest parts of who we are and who we aspire to be. Following ancient methods of healing has helped me with the physical and emotional pain that I had been carrying with me most of my life.
My practice started years ago while traveling to India, but it wasn't until 2018 where everything aligned just right and I was able to take my first teacher training. This intensive 500HR training in the jungle of Nicaragua changed my life by bringing some much needed confidence that I was searching for. Shortly after in 2019 I traveled to Montreal where I practiced the art of vinyasa flow which was an intensive 100HR training.
I am able to stay inspired through my students. I love being in service to the community and knowing that I have the ability to make even the smallest difference in this world brings me joy. Yoga has the ability to heal the mind and body naturally which is a beautiful thing and magical! Ultimately I would love for my students to find peace and balance throughout their day to day life. I believe the more we are able to help ourselves, the better the world ultimately becomes. I now live the life that I was dreaming of not that long ago… growing food, gathering in community, relaxing in the sunshine. All these things remind me of just how blessed I really am!
Sending love and light dear ones and excited to meet you on the mat.
My favorite definition of yoga came from my first Sanskrit teacher, Menorama. She said, “Yoga is the state of missing nothing.” I love the idea of yoga as bringing us back to a state of wholeness and enough-ness. To me, yoga is embracing the full spectrum of our human experience - even the parts we don’t like. It’s learning how to deal with the ups and downs from a place of acceptance. It’s about using the challenges of life to get to know myself better.
My yoga journey began when I was living in NYC. My husband suggested I try the yoga studio Jivamukti that was above his gym. From the first class, I was hooked. A few years later, in 2004, I took their 800 hour advanced certification and have not stopped learning since. I did another 200+ hours in Anusara training and explored yoga therapeutics. My path eventually led to Ayurveda and I’ve been an Ayurvedic lifestyle coach since 2014.
Growth is a core value and is reflected in my ongoing commitment to learning. I’m always reading several books at once and studying under the best teachers I can find which keeps me inspired.
One of the biggest gifts of the asana practice is that it helps you get out of your mind and into your body. In my class I give specific alignment instructions and ongoing reminders to stay in your embodied experience, to check in, and most importantly to honor yourself.
I’ve been living the Ayurvedic lifestyle for the last 10 years which has helped me take my yoga off the mat and into my daily routines. I’ve coached hundreds of women into this “art of living” since 2013 in my group health coaching program Align & Thrive.
I first discovered yoga in my 20’s when I found myself yearning for more creative movement within my life. Growing up with dance as a core part of my childhood, I found myself deeply missing movement mixed with expression within my body as an adult. Little did I realize that what started as a purely physical practice for me, would soon lead me down a path that initiated deep healing and transformation within myself, and ultimately my life. Allowing my body to move through different asanas has been potent medicine for me. The medicine of remembrance; a coming home to my body- through my breath.
Unknowingly seeking guidance on the path forward in my life, I was led by Spirit to Nicaragua in 2020 to deepen my relationship with yoga and complete my teacher training. What started as an outward exploration into the jungle, quickly shifted to one of introspection and self study. For me, teaching has been a humbling practice of getting out of my own way. I cherish the time I spend with students and am so grateful to be a part of this ever-evolving community.
It is my intention to be authentic and raw in my teachings. I hope that by showing up vulnerably in all of my humanness, that I can create a space where others feel safe to do the same. Being a student of yoga has truly been one of the greatest gifts I have been given in this lifetime. Being of service in my teaching sparks joy within every fiber of my being. Each time I land on my mat, I am reminded of our interconnectedness, our collective desire to feel whole, and to feel peace and ease within our bodies. The Universe is always guiding us towards our highest potential, and I believe that in essence yoga does just that.
Aside from being at the studio, I feel most vital when creating authentic connections with other souls, being in nature with my puppies, and taking a cold, lake dip during the winter months.
Excited to connect with you. Grow with you. Learn with you. And practice alongside you!
To me yoga is a practice, not a perfect. It’s a way to deepen my mind/body connection as I continue to explore and express the light and darkness within myself.
Yoga found me when I injured my back heavy lifting in my early 20’s, and was crippled with sciatic pain. For 15 years I used yoga as a way to manage my discomfort. In 2018 my life and commitment to yoga changed completely after taking a 5 day intensive training in Lake Country with Eddie Modestini and Kristin Bosteels doing a “yoga on the inside '' workshop. It was my first glimpse into how amazing a deep yogic practice can change every facet of your life. In 2019 I completed my 200 hour YTT with both Eddie and Kristin. In 2021 I finished an additional 100 hour YTT on yoga fundamentals with Nicki Doane through Maya Yoga Studio, and continue to study with both Nicki and Eddie.
I feel the most alive when I am connected to nature, community, movement, and the earth. You can find me on the mountain top, in or on the water, spending time with friends and family, running my agritourism property, taking care of my animals, and traveling the countryside!
“You are stronger than you think you are”
It is my intention to help students realize their highest potential, pushing and softening through all their preconceived limitations. Yoga is for every ‘body’. I want my students to feel safe, and aligned in their mind, body and spirit throughout the asana practice. See you on the mat.
I believe we are all here on this Earth to help each other, and I am committed to empowering others to stand in their highest light, embodying the fullest expression of themselves.
The real Yoga is on the inside, in the internal landscape of the human body. And by intentionally calming the body and quieting the mind, we are able to tap into areas of our BE-ing that can greatly support us through our lives and help us navigate the world with more ease, grace and love.
It is through conscious, mindful practices and full body awareness, that we are able to dive into opening new connections in our body.
I was called to yoga in 2010 after a car accident as a way to heal my body, and soon realized this practice was so much more. Yoga has changed my life, and this practice continues to help me dive into areas of myself, bringing me into deeper alignment with my body, mind and spirit.
I am here to guide you through movement practices that support a strong structural alignment, with emphasis on breath and the breath/body connection. I offer classes ranging from a Calming Yin and Restorative Yoga, to a more energetic Vinyasa Flow.
I also like to integrate chanting, breathwork and meditation and mindfulness practices into my classes.
When I'm not on the mat you'll find me exploring the outdoors, hiking, dancing and learning something new!
We are in these human bodies for a lifetime, and I believe in staying willing and curious to continually meet yourself in new ways.
I look forward to meeting you on the mat!
The first yoga class I took in 2007 brought me into an instant knowing that it was a path I was meant to spend my life exploring. Yoga took me by the hand those first years and walked with me through divorce, death, birth, moving provinces and navigating motherhood. Yoga has gifted me the tools to create the kind of life most aligned with my essence and navigate the shadow aspects that arise.
I began my teacher training journey in 2010 in Alberta, Canada in Baptiste Power Flow and later completed my 500 hr through Hali McQuillan and Rhoni Straub of Multi Style Yoga in Costa Rica covering Hatha, Yin and Restorative. In 2012 I dove into a year long intensive training for Pilates under Noam Gagnon and then continued to work full time as a physiotherapist assistant for 7 years bridging my experience from both yoga and pilates. During these years there were continuous workshops and training that I attended through physiotherapists, chiropractors, pilates and yoga teachers.
From 2015-2019 I assisted Multistyle Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and co-facilitated Pilates teacher training through Neumovement in Kelowna BC.
Recent training I’ve taken since 2020 have been Yoga Nidra through Jana Roemer, Embodied Yin and Reformer Flow through Satu Tuomela and Trauma Informed Teaching through SoulWork.
In 2020 I opened Studio Anahata, a fully equipped pilates home studio. I work with students one on one in a large range of offerings from physical rehab to cross training professional athletes as well as teacher mentoring.
The intention through my teaching is to hold a space and practice for discovery within our bodies that brings us back to our personal truth and expression. I weave challenges through functional movement to strengthen neural pathways and to practice how we can show up in the uncomfortable, how to regulate our nervous systems and how to deepen our love and gratitude for our existence and the web of life we collaborate with. My classes focus on alignment and isolated activations with creative sequencing and fluid transitions.
Aside from yoga and my movement practices, I love to be near trees and large bodies of water and feel the sun on my skin. I love to feel music in my body and be around people dear to me and all the animals. I could be called an extroverted introvert and thrive having a balance of alone time.
Jenn Pike is a Functional Medicine Diagnostic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Medical Exercise Specialist.
She specializes in women’s health and hormones and is the founder of the global and revolutionary women’s health programs The Hormone Project and Synced, and the host of The Simplicity Sessions podcast.
She has been teaching fitness, yoga, pilates, barre and fascial movement for more than 20 years.
Her style is eclectic and rooted in education and amazing playlists.
When you move with Jenn on the mat you will feel more than just your muscles and breath, you will learn so much about your own body and how powerfully connected you truly are
If you're craving a practice that helps you build strength, stability and synergy than her Fusion class is for you!
For me yoga is the light at the end of the tunnel, I was in a dark place, I was going through a divorce, experiencing depression and not knowing where to go and what to do with my life.
I was introduced to hot yoga back in 2006, due to some knee and hip injuries. My first yoga class was Bikram hot yoga, I almost died in that class, it was so hot and challenging, but deep down I knew this was for me, it was love at first sight.
As I continued practicing the asana (yoga postures) on a daily basis I started noticing the benefits of yoga healing physically and mentally.
My first teacher training was in 2011 I did my Rocket training base on Ashtanga (power flow), Then in 2015 I went to Modo yoga teacher training in Nicaragua, and Yin teacher training in 2019 Edmonton.
My ultimate intention is bringing awareness to breath throughout the asanas movement and finding peace and love within oneself.
Aside my yoga practice, I enjoy all outdoor activities hiking, paddle boarding, camping and road trips.
I would like to share one of my favourite quotes.
Drop the idea of becoming someone,
because you are already a masterpiece.
You cannot be improved. You have
only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.
My highest purpose is to empower those I meet to live their best, most inspired life. Blessed with abundance, I get to uplift, guide, and support communities on their yoga mats and their real estate endeavours. After being a full-time yoga teacher for over seven years, I shifted my trajectory into real Estate. I am a proud, happy, and thriving real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Kelowna. Real Estate is all-consuming; the stakes are high, and the pressure is on. I wholeheartedly believe that my yoga teaching and practice have been a catalyst in my success. I am excited to share my tools with you!
Originally from South Africa, I love travelling the world and spend most of my time in the sunshine. Mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and boating are a few of my favourite things. Interesting facts: My husband thinks I have too many plants in our house, my favourite animal is a lama, and we have an adorable chocolate lab called Maverick.
Thinking about joining me for a class? Expect an immersive experience. My extensive yoga teacher training consists of over 500-hours with world-renowned teachers, Baron Baptiste, Patrick Beach, Carling Harps, Chelsey Korus and many more. Playful yet structured and intentional. Familiar poses with unique variations and transitions. Functional movement that aids and improves core strength, joint mobility, and flexibility. My class will leave you feeling stronger, more grounded, and energized. I have a Panther personality, and I like a good playlist! Accessible to all levels yet spicy in the right ways. Come and move with me, you will love it.
Yoga has been a steady force in my life since I was 19 and playing basketball at university. I went to my first hot yoga class searching for a mental break from the workload of school and the physicalness of practices, games and training; Little did I know all those years of basketball practice would morph into a lifelong love of asana practice.
For me, yoga has become a way of being. The physical postures inspire my work as a personal trainer and life coach, the cultivated mindfulness anchors me in my family + relationships, and the spiritual connection sustains my zest for life. This community has supported me in the full range of life experiences off my mat too. Having a crew of like-minded and heart-centered people to lean into means the world to me!
Life outside the studio is centered around my little one, miss Aubrey + my hubby, Grant and our love for the Okanagan valley. We love to cook meals, shred Big White together (where we got engaged!), enjoy a glass of red wine and a square of dark chocolate, and of course, lake jumps at our favourite beach access. This is how we live vital.
Something you might not guess about me: I love a good ‘female spy in world war 2’-centered book.
In 2014 I completed my Level 1 Modo Training in Kelowna and in 2018 I completed my Modo Flow training with Dina T in LA. In 2019 I also completed my yin yoga training with Pam Radar at Shift Power Yoga. These trainings have been such an incredible foundation for sharing the practice with my community.
My intention as a teacher is the same as my intention in life: to make a positive impact on whoever I get the opportunity to share time and space with. Life is serious enough, I believe you can practice yoga and have a great time all at once. My hope is that when I share both a light-heartedness and offer challenging options on your mat, you’ll feel encouraged by how strong you really are and have a tonne of fun doing it!
Yoga to me which was once just an anatomical practice prescribed for physical therapy became strong medicine for my heart, mind, and spirit.
Yoga is a practice that brings me back to self. It is a platform for growth, comfort, connection to self, and connection to community. It is a platform where I have learned that my deepest struggle and grief can be felt then massaged and reformed into creativity, expression, and joy.
My practice is where I can come home to my most honest self and truly experience this gift of life.
I’m from Fernie BC, a small mountain town where the mountains were our playground and we pushed our bodies daily to the limit. I was prescribed yoga for balance to support my love for trail running. I quickly learned how important this practice was for far more than just its physical benefit and I wanted to share that with others. I took my teacher training under guidance of Francesca ter Poorten at Essential Yoga in Fernie BC. I have been a dedicated student and teacher over the past 8 years between studios in Fernie, Kelowna, and Calgary. I love that my journey in this practice still feels like it has only begun.
Ultimately, when I teach I want my students to feel that they have a safe space to move, breathe, feel, and create. Everyone who comes to their mat has such an individual and unique story, and therefore a unique practice. I want each student to feel that they can come exactly as they are and leave their mat feeling a positive shift. I also LOVE it when we can all share a laugh and inspire one another.
Aside from my practice in-studio, I feel most vital when I am trail running or mountain biking. Movement while surrounded by nature makes me feel full, strong, and that the experiences in our lifetime can be limitless when we choose joy.
Hi! My name is Jessica Bourelle and I am very passionate about learning, music, and yoga. I feel it is my life's calling to help and inspire other humans in these avenues. In my spare time I am writing music, practicing yoga, reading about psychology and neuroscience, and exploring self development. I have been a musician for about 15 years, so classes with me will have some kind of musical inspiration!
Story time! I came into the world of yoga because I had been climbing out of darkness. I had faced many challenges emotionally, physically, and mentally. I lost my spirit and forgot who I was and was in need of serious lifestyle changes. So, I ate healthy, engaged in counseling, I wrote songs that expressed my truths, I meditated, and I practiced yoga. Like a deep breath, I took it all in.
Months deep into my self development, I went to my yoga practice and uncovered a truth about myself. As I came out of a backbend and worked my way into savasana, tears uncontrollably flowed like a river and I felt my heart open energetically. I became more aware of the deep sea of grief and pain that I had been pushing away. I was surprised at the level of understanding and wisdom my body had with my emotions. Another few months went by , and as I healed my wounds and nurtured my growth, I was surprised again. While laying in final savasana I felt a release of joy coming from my heart and I couldn't help but giggle! I didn't realize until that moment that the wisdom of the mind body connection could also deepen my awareness of the good vibes within myself. These moments in time are gifts I cherish. It marks true healing and growth within myself and it is a gift I hope to give back to other humans in this world.
Along my life path I have come to find my spirit, heart, mind and body and I have grown into awareness of the various dimensions of being human. I hope to remind others of the value of going within, seeking their truths, and inspiring healing and growth.
I've been deeply changed by yoga since 2013, when I first met this practice while living in Coimbra, Portugal. Gradually, I began to study this ancient wisdom and deepen my involvement in Shaktism and Tantric studies, and they got me to do trainings and workshops in different parts of our planet. My personal change supported by this ancestral technology contributed to the decision to become an instructor as well.
I have been a tantra yoga instructor and meditation guide since 2017, having completed my first instructor training in Brazil with Dada Nihar Sakar, an Indian professor born in India and raised to be a yoga guru. I've also had the opportunity to study Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra in Laughing Lotus in San Francisco in 2019. I've also studied Shakti Tantra Yoga with the masters Claudio Fernandez (Argentina) and Ana Power (Brazil) during 2020. I've also been initiated in the Vipassana Meditation Course in Merritt (2019).
During my classes, you will find the invitation to surrender to the deep Yin force, the creative container of all memories from our infinite past and all the possibilities to be created.
I invite everyone to come back with me to the bones, to this life, to this Earth, and to our dimension through kindness, slow movements, and deep breaths.
Yoga saved my life. I know that might seem dramatic, but in the darkest and hardest times in my life, my practice has always been there for me. When the world feels heavy, unsure and out of control I have found profound comfort in yoga. It’s so magical that something as simple as breathing has helped change my life. I feel so centred and grateful when I practice. The asanas and the movement of yoga are always a powerful reminder of how lucky I am to be alive and have a healthy, beautiful, strong body. Yoking and connecting moments with breath has helped calm my mind and provides me with uplifting energy to get out of my own way.
As a practitioner I hope to share this deep gratitude for yoga with as many people as possible. Feeling good, and making time and space in people’s busy lives to come together to share ourselves in practice is a beautiful thing. I feel so fortunate to have such an enchanting and nurturing space at Pranify to teach and be taught.
My journey with yoga began while completing an undergrad in human kinetics. I was overwhelmed by stress and somehow (thankfully) yoga found its way into my life. It was in a hot yoga studio where I was first able to quiet my mind and begin to feel my own essence. Fortunately, yoga has been a consistent platform to rest in and grow from ever since.
In 2017, I completed a teacher training in Kripalu yoga. It was a style of yoga that incorporated aspects of our emotional selves that I would particularly notice during slower classes. My mat was a place where so much discomfort would arise. I can still recall the anger that I would feel during yin classes. I would think “I must be the only one who feels anger during yoga!” This experience was actually the start of a lifelong journey into self-inquiry through embodied experiences.
Yoga helps me practice Be-ing while playing with different speeds and styles of Do-ing.
It’s the embodiment of yoga that fascinates me most. Exploring the intricacies of our inner landscapes. The shadow parts… the personalities…the masks we wear. When we quiet our external world, we can often see much more arise from within. What happens when the external world slows down? What parts of yourself come forward? How do you navigate it?
My exploration of the inner world evolved when I discovered the powerful practice of Yoga Nidra. I was working as a paramedic at the time and was shocked by the therapeutic benefits I experienced from relatively short practices. Yoga Nidra helps to expand your consciousness while soothing the nervous system and healing trauma. The benefits of this practice are so potent and quite frankly magical.
It’s this inner landscape that I enjoy playing in and I am humbled to get to share in space, experiences, and conversations with you.