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.
Risto started his yoga journey in 2007 on his 40th birthday, and has never looked back.
Years of competitive sports had been hard on his body, but he was able to stay very active thanks to his yoga practice. He credits his training to Eoin Finn, Dustin Fruson, Ryan Leier, Geoff Mackenzie, Slava Goloubov, Natalie Rousseau, Christine Price-Clarke, and Jolene Bayda. Risto teaches Rocket Yoga, Power, and Yin.
Risto hosts RAD Yoga Surf Retreats and sells specialized shorts for arm balancing and handcrafted yoga bags through his RAD Yoga Gear label.
Kiana is an E-RYT 200 hour international yoga teacher. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2015 and has been coaching gymnastics for 10+ years.
Her 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 is very passionate about helping her students' practices grow, both on and off the mat, which is one of her intentions behind creating her signature style flow class, Body To Soul Flow. Along with that, Kiana offers 1:1 yoga and handstand training, retreats, as well as live and pre-recorded classes, workshops, and programs that can be found on her online studio www.bodytosoulmovement.com.
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."
Mikaela has always been drawn to movement. Growing up she was a gymnast, cheerleader, dancer and choreographer.
She discovered yoga in university and became a part of a community. She learned how to slow down, how to meditate. She slowly started to understand what it was like to drop her ego and get real with herself.
She was inspired to keep learning and to share yoga with others. She quit her job to complete her YTT in Costa Rica and continues to host her EVOLVE retreats there. She teaches online and at several Vancouver, BC studios.
Her intention is to inspire others to find a deep connection within movement, breath and stillness.
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 took his first yoga class in 2007 and he has not looked back ever since. There was an instant connection that he made with himself the second his feet touched the mat for the very first time. Prior to this class, Marcus had been searching in the external world for answers, but yoga had shown him to look internally. He found that when you are able to silence the distractions surrounding you and focus in on your self then you can truly experience your natural state of truth.
Marcus truly believes that yoga is a gateway to living a more peaceful life. He believes the value of practicing yoga is seen when you can fully embrace vulnerability and open your mind to the possibility of transformation, even when it may get challenging and uncomfortable. In his classes you can expect an alignment-based practice that is dynamic and empowering. Marcus provides a safe and welcoming space to explore deeper into your inner-self in order to unlock your limitless potential.
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.”
After practicing gymnastics for 9 years and being a circus teacher for 4 years, Roxy wanted to start a new discipline that would have a better impact on her day-to-day life. She also wanted a hobby that she was easy to take along on her travels.
She found a new passion: Yoga. It brought her much more than she ever expected. It changed her way of seeing life, of thinking, it helped her to feel more relaxed and helped her better control her emotions.
After 3 years of daily practice, I became a certified vinyasa teacher as my desire to share my passion with others kept increasing every single day. I did the 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Bali.
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.
My journey in exploring a love for movement started in Riga Choreography School (Latvia), after graduating I worked with the Latvian National Ballet company where I had chance to dance classical and contemporary repertoire.
My interest in yoga started through a search for the tools to calm the inner turbulence of my mind that sometimes expressed itself as anxiety.
In my early twenties I was diagnosed with serious lung inflammation, and I had to struggle through a long treatment and recovery, several years later I still experience burning pain in my lungs. Yogic breathing exercises and meditation helped restore my physical and mental health, unburdening me of the external and internal afflictions that impact most people on a day to day basis hindering them from their true potential. This is why I teach yoga, to help others realise their latent ability to help themselves, so they may thrive and be happy.
My journey to where I am today started when I was younger. I was always a very active kid (thanks to my dad) and at home we ate relatively healthy. 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.
Fast forward 6 years later, 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 give up my dietitian license and pursue my career as a nutritionist and health coach and personal trainer.
This brings me to where I am today, on a mission to empower and support people to 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.