We are truly blessed to have some of the most talented, kind and inspirational individuals in the wellness industry part of the Supported Soul team.
Yeva brings her diverse background into her offerings as a yoga teacher: being raised in the wilderness, dancing professionally in NYC, intensive studies into many modalities of yoga, and, now, being a mother of two. Yeva has taught yoga for 8 years, teaching adults, teens, & children, in studios & schools, as well as leading local and international yoga workshops and retreats. Trained in NYC and Vancouver, Yeva is a RYT-500 certified Vinyasa, Yin, Pre-natal and Kids’ yoga instructor.
Gloria is an experienced international Yoga Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist CNP and a Raw-Vegan Chef. She leads Yoga & Holistic retreats around the world with Free the Soul Retreats. Gloria first started practicing yoga in 2013 and has completed now 3 YTTs. In India: Abhinam Yoga 200 hrs Ashtanga Iyengar, in Colombia: Inbound Yoga 200 hrs Hata and Thailand: advanced yoga training multiple styles at Vikasa and she is now certified 500 hrs advanced yoga teacher.
She left Italy at 25 to travel and teach yoga in Australia, Europe and Canada where she is now based. During that time, she also worked as a raw vegan chef and studied at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition Vancouver, graduating in 2020. You can feel Gloria’s Italian passion in all she does, especially in her dedication to educating people about holistic, healthy habits involving food, movement and self love.
Elle is a passionate yogini and holistic wellness enthusiast based out of Squamish BC. She started her journey back in 2012 when she inadvertently tried her first class in Tulum Mexico.
As she continued to travel, her mat became her faithful companion. She started delving into diverse yoga styles, attended public classes, and immersed myself in the philosophy, history, and anatomy of this ancient practice. What began as a physical pursuit evolved into a profound exploration of holistic harmony.
The interplay of movement and breath became a conduit for energy, enhancing vitality as well as balance. She connected with herself in a whole new way and, consequently, with the world. The desire to share the transformative power of yoga intensified, and in 2018 she completed a 500-hour YTT at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts.
Lina first started practicing yoga in early 2013, following a stressful exam period in University. She signed up for an unlimited pass at a studio and noticed that the hours I spent in the studio were the only hours where my mind wasn’t on overdrive.
After several years of practice, she decided to leave her office job to pursue what really called to her: yoga and therapy. I am now a 200RYT with the Vancouver School of Healing Arts, trained in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga using methodologies of Anusara yoga to focus on strong sequencing and healthy alignment.
I want students to find the joy of movement and coming into one’s own body. To facilitate a stronger connection between mindfulness and our physical health. Finally, I want to help others find a sense of play in yoga and our everyday lives.
Kelsey believes that wellness is more than just exercise. It's how you show up for yourself every single day and the choices you make that bring you closer to your most authentic self.
Since 2011, Kelsey has helped over 500 people improve their quality of life through both physical exercise, nutrition and practicing self-compassion and self-care. Seeing her clients shed tears of joy when they have completed one of her health programs is by far the most rewarding part of her career and she strives to continually make their experiences better and exceed their expectations.
Amanda is a yoga instructor based in Kamloops, BC who teaches people how to love themselves through yoga.
She specializes in pre/postnatal and kids yoga, helping expectant moms to feel strong + empowered in their changing bodies and teaching kids how to regulate their emotions through postures and breath work.
"I still remember the first time I truly felt the healing powers of yoga take over me. I used to roll up my mat and sneak out the second the instructor began to guide us down to our backs . The idea of having to spend any amount of time in silence alone with my own thoughts was scary. I stayed this time, and I never skipped savasana again.
It was in those few quiet moments I realized the savasana is what yoga was all about. It was more than just making shapes, it was a feeling. It's finding moments of stillness and quiet where our minds are usually busy and chaotic. That's where the magic happens."
Movement has always been my outlet. My way of diving deeper, getting to know myself better, healing, rediscovering peace, and reclaiming my power.
I completed my teacher training in Costa Rica. I graduated with 250hrs of training. I have an extra 100hrs in Yin Yoga and Myofascial release, and I am currently registered to complete my 500hrs in the next year! I am a full time teacher in Vancouver, BC (Yyoga, Jaybird, and Lagree West). I also lead many corporate yoga/mindfulness sessions. I co-host women empowerment events (@DivineFeminineExpression), and I am the founder of EVOLVE Retreats in Costa Rica.
I teach because I want to share this with others. I feel called to hold the space for others to explore those deeper layers, and through power of self discovery as well as support through practicing as a community, big shifts happen. I believe everyone is capable of achieving their dreams. I try my best to weave this into my classes so that students feel supported and seen.
LaToya Cooper is a yoga, meditation + mindfulness teacher from North Carolina. She specializes in Hatha, Restorative, and Yin yoga.
Although LaToya had occasionally practiced yoga for years, she discovered it’s healing power after beginning a spiritual journey to find true inner peace. After allowing herself to step on her mat with an open heart + intention, she began to experience yoga beyond the stretch.
LaToya's goal is to help you become centered, grounded, and feel good in your body. All of her classes are beginner and plus size friendly, because yoga is for EVERY body!
When Ashley is not busy trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing, you’ll catch her teaching yoga, recording her podcast KILTER&MINT or sipping vino (sometimes all at the same time, no shame).
In addition to being an instructor at CMMNGRND studio in Vancouver, she also teaches yoga to women in prison and in fact this was the real reason why she became an instructor in the first place.
Trained in vinyasa and meditation, her passion lies in Feelosophy and making yoga and supportive touch accessible to all.
Collaboration over competition. She is where she is today because of other yoga instructors/fitness professionals earnestly sharing their wisdom, business knowledge and mistakes for her to learn from.
Alia discovered yoga at the age of 18. and after 5 years of practice she went to live in an ashram in India where she met her teacher, practiced and studied daily. She's been practicing for 14 years and teaching for 7.
Alia holds a Masters of Social Work and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Nutrition Counsellor (CNP). She's trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapies, Narrative Therapy, Integrative Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Motivational Interviewing and a number of other modalities.
Her practice is trauma informed, strengths-based and client centred, I work towards creating a trusting and respectful space for clients to become empowered to create meaningful changes in their lives and feel safe exploring what has been holding them back.
Marcus’ yoga journey began back in 2007 when he experienced his first hot yoga class. After that class there was an instant connection to movement and his physical body that he wanted to continue to develop. Just after his first year of practice he became certified as a hot yoga instructor and since then continued to expand his practice and teachings with trainings into vinyasa yoga (power/flow).Marcusis now a full-time 500hrs certified yoga instructor based in Vancouver, BC but has also spent time teaching in Asia. He teaches an all-level class with deep emphasis on alignment, and the connection between your body, mind, and breath. Students can expect a safe space for them to grow and further develop themselves and their practice.
Jane’s mantra is to live a healthy, balanced, and consistent lifestyle. She’s driven to inspire others to reach their goals and most importantly have a great time doing it! Having tried nearly every group fitness class or trend, she’s formulated her workouts to first focus on movement and mobility before launching into body conditioning.
Knowing the importance that all clients understand the fundamental movements, breathing patterns, and form to ensure effective (and safe) training, Jane allocates time in each of her classes to ensure all circuits are clearly explained, and suggests alternate movements based on any fitness levels. She believes the beauty of life is all about the journey and not at a single destination, so let Jane help you find your momentum and motivate you along the way!
I am a yoga teacher and mentor, a women's coach and the Co-Founder of KENZA YOGA, on Gili Air Island in Bali.
I'm a BC girl at heart but after spending years traveling in Nicaragua, Peru, and Turkey, I just was not feeling the pull to go back to Canada. I ended up going to Bali to teach yoga and decided to make it her new home.
I took my first yoga class at the age of 21 and was in pretty rough shape on this particular day. This class challenged me to the max, on all levels. It took everything out of me not to walk out.
It eventually became easier. I became stronger and more graceful in my movement and in how I carried myself. I saw positive qualities in myself I had never seen before. I was blown away that I could sustain class and hold challenges postures with ease. This brought me a sense of joy, connection, and feeling of belonging.
Gisella is a model and yoga teacher born in Colombia, and now based in Mexico City.
“My taste for yoga started a couple of years ago, my practice as a hobby, little by little I fell in love with this beautiful discipline, I realized how incredible it is and the many benefits it has, that was when I decided to prepare for to teach.
What motivates her to teach is that people realize that yoga changes our lives, and that it goes beyond the physical. Yoga allows us to face the vicissitudes of life in an equanimous way and with happiness, you balance the body and the mind to lead us to a spiritual world and connect with our true self.”
Roxane is the passionate and dedicated owner of Yoga in the Wind, based in Australia, NSW. Roxane's journey with yoga began as a way to manage stress and find inner peace in a busy and demanding world. She quickly fell in love with the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the practice and decided to take her passion to the next level by becoming a certified yoga teacher.
With her extensive knowledge and experience, Roxane founded Yoga in the Wind with the goal of creating a supportive and inclusive community where people could come together to practice yoga, find balance, and connect with others. She has created a space where students can deepen their practice, challenge themselves, and find joy in movement.
Beyond the physical practice, Roxane encourages her students to embrace the philosophy and principles of yoga, promoting self-awareness, compassion, and connection with others.
Chelsie uses yoga and outdoor recreation as a holistic tool for positive social change in First Nation communities and dedicates her time with Indigneous Life Sport Academy, Indigenous Women Outdoors, as well as providing yoga and healing processes within her home community of Witset.
“As a Wet’suwet’en woman, mentor, outdoor leader, ambassador, a friend, daughter, sister, wife and mother I wear many different hats and roles.One important role I find myself advocating for is a leader and ally in the practice of right relationship to the land and the natural world around us. To share the knowledge, stories and sacred space for healing for all Peoples.
As an Indigenous woman, I know, at this time. I have a great responsibility to continue to hold a space for the healing of Indigenous Peoples and communities. To occupy this space and continue to be a face for other inspiring Indigenous outdoor enthusiasts. To represent that anything is possible and that we belong here.”
Diana was born and raised in California but found her true self here in BC. On her path of self discovery, her journey into teaching yoga began and she can't imagine life any other way. Diana wouldn't be standing here today without the love and support of those who truly believed this was where she was meant to be.
My journey into yoga started when I was 18. I was fleeing from a very abusive relationship and with the help and support of my family I made my way from Toronto to Vancouver. My father helped me to get counselling and encouraged me to try yoga.
At first I didn’t have it in me to go alone but eventually that changed and I’ll never forget the day I really embraced my own practice, the ability to spend quality time with myself. Yoga was truly a saving grace for me, it was therapeutic.
Over the past 10 years I have done and continue to do so much growing and there are so many beautiful life lines that I've been so fortunate to have had the sense or the guidance to grab onto them while I was finding my feet.
And now, here I am, healthy and happy and proud to be able to share this beautiful, vulnerable, ‘break you wide open and put you back together’ practice.
Ajoke was born and raised in Nigeria, where she still resides and is the only yoga instructor in her state. She is also a fashion designer and loves making clothes!
“I was introduced to yoga back when I was 17… I had a car accident, I wasn't extensively injured but the pain was so much, it felt like my back was on fire. The physical health scene in Nigeria leaves so much to be desired unfortunately and I didn't get the best care for my pain. Then a nurse suggested yoga to me and could then sit up without my back against something. I've never looked back, and share this practice so that the benefits and the lessons can reach everyone!”
I love the response Ajoke gave us when asked what the best advice she had been given, “Defy your parents intentionally, and disappoint them so they know you are an individual or you'll be 40 and living for them (parental control is big here lol)!”
My journey to where I am today started when I was younger. I was always a very active kid and ate relatively healthy at home with my family. At a young age, I realized that people around me did not eat as healthy and that there was a clear gap in some knowledge around healthy living.
I have always had a deep passion for food and I knew I wanted a career where I could talk about and/or eat food everyday. This took me to pursuing my dietetics degree at UBC, throughout all this exercising has kept me sane through the tough times. I graduated and became a registered dietitian. After a few months working at a hospital, I wasn't feeling fulfilled. I wanted to be coaching and supporting people on a 1:1 level and guide them along their health journey. I decided to pursue my career as a nutritionist and health coach and personal trainer.
My passion for dance also inspired me to create dance fitness classes which I do weekly with my community! This brings me to where I am today, on a mission to empower and support boss babes to increase their energy, properly fuel their bodies and feel good every single day!
I came to yoga for the first time in the hopes to lose some weight and get toned for summer. What happened was so much more. It brought me back to me.
For so long I ignored my inner voice. I chained and tamed my soul and numbed myself out from all the shame. I craved to be loved but didn’t love myself. I was exhausted and tired. The hot yoga room became a friend that held me just as I was. I began to see the truth.
The continuous flow and breath and movement, sweat, tears and laughter opened me to presence. I started to really hear, and was able to listen. I began to heal. I started to love the person that was inside.
From there I went to yoga teacher training and gained tools and insight that completely transformed my experience. My life shifted from doing yoga to living yoga.
My yoga practice became a daily exploration not only on the mat but off the mat through all aspects of my life.
Clare Newman is a dream weaver, mother to three vivacious children and founder of Mamata Yoga - a global Perinatal Yoga Academy. A student of yoga for over 22 years, Clare discovered the need for yoga asana while rehabilitating a fracture in her spine. During her lengthy recovery and discovering the benefits of a mindfulness practice she enrolled in a yoga teacher training in 2005. Clare has been teaching yoga professionally for 17 years - Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Yin and Meditation but soon found her Dharma in teaching Prenatal + Postnatal Yoga.
Clare launched Embodied Soul in 2022, an Online 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Training along with the 85 hr Prenatal Yoga Alliance Teacher Training - she’s devoted her time to creating online programs that are deeply enriched with anatomical education, self-awareness and empowerment.
I am a wife, mother, doula, yoga teacher and lover of all things sweet!
I am passionate about making connections…uniting the mind, the body and the breath. Yoga stole my heart and we are now beyond ‘the point of no return’. Yoga is therapy, it is gratitude, love, family, and connection.
I’ve been practicing yoga for over a decade and, after the birth of my daughter, decided to pursue my passion for teaching it. I received my 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training certification in September 2012 and completed my 80 hours Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training while pregnant with my son in 2013. Most recently, I received my Rainbow Kids Yoga Training certificate in hopes of bringing yoga to the kiddos in my life in a fun and interactive way.
I greatly enjoy getting to know my students and look forward to meeting you one day soon.
Chloe is a yogi, a foodie and a mom from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She began practicing yoga in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since! In 2018 she travelled to Bali and immersed herself in the wondrous world of yoga and completed her 200hr vinyasa yoga teacher training.
There she learned that yoga is not just a physical practice, but a way of living. Chloe teaches vinyasa styles classes with strong emphases on breath, strength and meditation. After becoming a new mom in 2020 and taking a step back from the studio, Chloe can’t wait to get back into the swing of teaching and reconnecting with other yogis!
“Yoga is a unique gift of healing and self discovery and I cannot wait to share it with you all.”
Nicole is a meditation teacher, Registered Nurse, and is certified in reiki.
Nicole fell in love with meditation during her first journey through infertility. It helped to ground her and ease her anxiety when the plans she had for her life fell out of her control. After spending years practicing, she did a 200-hr meditation teacher training program so she could share her love of meditation with others.
Nicole practices yoga regularly and is a strong believer that yoga is for all bodies. Yoga helped her to discover herself again and find joy in movement after a lengthy journey to self-love from disordered eating. She is a body acceptance advocate and acts as a voice in the infertility and pregnancy loss community. Follow Nicole's journey on Instagram where she shares about body acceptance, mental health, intimacy, and fertility.
Kiana is an E-RYT 200 hour international yoga teacher, handstand coach, and pole dance instructor. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2015 and has been coaching gymnastics for 10+ years as well. Her yoga teachings emphasize handstands and inversions, creative and challenging sequencing suitable for all levels, and a mix of strength-building and flexibility-based postures to prepare you for more advanced asanas. Kiana’s very passionate about helping her students' practices grow in every element whether it's through yoga, handstand training, or pole dancing. Along with that, Kiana offers 1:1 yoga, pole, and handstand training, as well as live and pre-recorded classes, workshops, and programs that can be found on her online studio, K Movement.
Krystal has a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure Studies from Southern University A&M College.
Krystal strives to be an illuminating light to others by teaching the benefits of yoga and wellness.
She is a public health educator and yoga instructor for the City of Houston and also runs her own business, Krystalight Yoga, through which she teaches yoga in her community.
Mathilde is a vinyasa, movement and flexibility teacher as well as a physio student. She started yoga at the age of 19, led by her curiosity and passion, she decided to leave France to get her YTT certification in Nepal with David.
Passionate about anatomy, biomechanics, all her flows are based on a deep will to create movements that feel good for the body, increase the body's functionality and help you to reconnect, to build confidence and progress on and off the mat. She loves to play with her movements to find sweet transitions.
David is a Movement, Animal Flow and Yoga teacher. After his marketing career, he decided to quit everything and follow his passion for body movement and anatomy. He started yoga at the age of 26 and went to Begnas lake, Nepal to get his YTT certification with Mathilde.
His flows are inspired from animal locomotion and mobility. His creativity leads to some crazy transitions! He likes to push himself to explore his body's maximum potential.
Felicia is an Indigenous Mexican certified yoga teacher and student who currently lives in Bellingham, WA with her family.
She is a thinker, seeker, and creative who feels privileged to live, learn, and adventure in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on Coast Salish ancestral land. She received her 200hr yoga certification in 2021 and is currently studying psychology at Western Washington University.
She aims to help others feel good in their bodies by creating a space where students can tune in to their unique intuition about them with curiosity, empathy, and self-compassion.
The intersection of embodied movement and somatic psychology inspires her class design, sequenced with accessibility in mind through a trauma-aware lens. As a result, her classes are breath-focused, grounding, playful, and powerful, with ample room to move according to your unique body wisdom
Lucy is an inclusive yoga teacher and movement specialist from the UK who has been teaching yoga since 2015. She loves working with students of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities.
Her aim is to help her students feel empowered in a fun and inclusive space open to all. Being a teacher in a larger body she has experienced first hand just how intimidating and exclusive yoga spaces can be which is why she aims to create a friendly and warm environment with a focus on how the postures feel, rather than trying to all look the same.
Lucy strongly believes all bodies can move in a way that makes them feel good. Lucy’s classes are a mixture of Vinyasa Flow and Pranayama. Her classes focus on connecting breath to movement with creative flows and modifications for a range of abilities and body sizes so everyone can have fun flowing together!
Danielle (she/her) is the founder and environmental educator of Ever Being, a movement towards an interconnected, more sustainable future through eco-embodiment.
Currently based in Vancouver, BC, Danielle develops and facilitates holistic environmental workshops and programs that are inclusive of the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self and the more-than-human world, promoting stewardship and advocacy for the Earth.
She is a certified RYT who holds a master’s in Environmental Education and Communication and is committed to providing individuals with the tools they need to navigate the current climate crisis.
Rakhi is a self-taught yogini from India determined to promote yoga and Indian culture around the world. She loves sharing her journey to inspire others and spread positivity.
"Do not let difficulties overcome your true purpose; overcome difficulties with your true purpose. Show difficulties what you can do with your life and do something with your life to difficulties. Awake! Arise! Dare to realize who you truly are and what you can truly do! You can do it! Awake and do something.”
Jessie teaches dance and fitness instructor based in Vancouver. Jessie's movement journey began at the wee age of three studying ballet in Hong Kong. Her love of dance motivated her to further her training in tap, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop when she moved to CanadaJessie has her Fitness Instructor Specialist certification from Canfitpro, certifications in TRX Suspension Training and Barre Fitness and is also the Head Coach for the Special Olympics British Columbia Coquitlam Rhythmic Gymnastics program. Jessie believes that movement should feel good, and strives to create a class environment that is inclusive, fun and light.
Jessie also has a digital studio, the Flex Room, sign up for a 7 day free trial on her website!
Tanesha has loved fitness for as long as she can remember. As a busy mom to an almost adult (!) daughter she's always enjoyed working out at home, running and just being fit and strong. Her healthy lifestyle has always been a priority for her.
She fell in love with yoga then years ago and has not looked back since! Her practice has transformed her life in so many beautiful ways!
She is also grateful that yoga has brought her into an incredibly supportive community online and IRL.
She loves to share her practice to inspire others to start their own journey, or get back to it. And she wants to remind everyone that it’s never too late to start!