Hive Yoga Teachers
I picked up Yoga about a decade ago upon moving to Vancouver. Almost immediately I noticed that Yoga was improving my awareness and accuracy in other parts of my life like Music, board sports, and climbing. Improved balance, range of motion and strength in my body were the beginnings of my love for yoga.
Learning from Meditation from Shibendu Lahiri (Kriya Yoga) and Hatha Yoga from Ana Forrest (Forrest Yoga) has set me up on a healing road. The practice of discipline, self-study, deep breathing, and understanding how to practice yoga in a therapeutic way have enabled me to use yoga as medicine for myself.
"I love the feeling of moving out stickiness, stiffness, and lethargy, and replacing it with warmth, spaciousness and aliveness..."
Daily, Yoga is a way for me to refresh myself. I love the feeling of moving out stickiness, stiffness, and lethargy, and replacing it with warmth, spaciousness and aliveness. My yoga practice is what I teach. It's called Forrest Yoga, after my teacher. It's challenging and allows for years of progression and growth. I hold poses a little longer than others, and take time in each to feel for what's working, what's releasing and how each part of the practice is helping you.
I'm a "Level 3, Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor". I travel each year to help my teacher Ana Forrest lead teacher training and workshops throughout North America, and also run small trainings and workshops of my own. I operate a yoga studio in Squamish (Chief Yoga and Wellness) this is where I lead the majority of my classes. I love teaching yoga. I love teaching new students, and yoga teachers, and I love rock climbing.
My interest in rock climbing and bouldering are infused in my yoga practice and my teaching. I climb 4-5 days a week, and am very interested in training for climbing. My focus is on long term improvement, and enjoying each day of climbing to it's fullest. I've spent years melding the two together, and realizing the potential in a focused, clear practice of yoga. One that helps mental acuity, focus, and decision making. One that helps you leverage the power of your Spirit, to embark on new and exciting projects, and one that truly harnesses the long term therapeutic benefits of postural integrity.
I'm so excited to be leading the Hive Yoga team, and to be a part of this new, awesome community!
Slava was always curious about movement and complexity of expression, and after finishing a 10 day silent Vipassana course, he embarked on the journey of self exploration. For the past 3 1/2 years he has been sharing Yoga full time in Vancouver, holding space for weekly classes, assisting teacher trainings, hosting workshops and international retreats. His approach to Yoga is multilayered, but at it's core simple: PRACTICE. Join Slava's class to create flexibility and strength through both body and mind, find out how multifaceted the practice of Yoga truly is.
Hatha Yoga - AcroYoga - Yin Yoga -Thai Massage
My practice started in 2009 when I did my first Hatha class. I enjoyed it so much that I practiced everyday, moved into some Vinyasa and Ashtanga and became hyper focused on the physical aspects of yoga. I practiced and practiced, developing a relationship driven by self gratification and need. I really enjoyed this at the time as I had a need to feel gratification from others.
As my physical practice became more advanced, I received much external gratification from teachers and students alike. After 2 years, I was noticing that my joints were unhappy, and I had joint pain in my shoulders and knees. I had healthy joints before yoga, so I felt like I should hide my discomfort, and felt there was a kind of shame placed over students that "pushed too far". I was aware that I needed a break, but could not even fathom what I would do without the physical practice. I took a 500 hour teacher training at Prana Yoga College, before which I had seen nothing outside of a physical power yoga practice.
Informed by my experience, I now enjoy teaching classes that are focused on slow controlled movements with an emphasis on breath and awareness of the body as it moves through space.
Siovhan is a lover of handstands, tea and trees. Her interest in movement in its many forms began with training in competitive gymnastics, and has grown to include circus arts, yoga and acro yoga, climbing and slacklining. The processes of teaching and learning have always been passions for her, and she is continually amazed and intrigued by the seemingly endless creativity and variety in learning styles of the people she works with. Daily, she is a gymnastics coach, acro yogi and circus artist who strives to keep learning, and teaching in order to learn.
"In my classes, expect to learn to trust yourself to create a practise that is truly your own, while testing your boundaries. I believe my role as a teacher is as a guide to exploration."
Play. Listen. Experience.
These are just some of the themes that guide Jasmina's practice and teaching. She encourages a balance of play, discipline and studied wisdom; supporting students to tap into their curious nature and explore their true potential. Jasmina offers a challenging class to students at all levels – building up the tapas –through core strengthening, flowing vinyasa, and the breath – to free the body of toxins and dysfunctional patterns and cultivate personal freedom (and maybe even a handstand or two….). You can expect to move and be moved in Jasmina's classes. You will be invited to sweat, laugh, and perhaps shake a little to fully celebrate all of your strength in a strong, physical power yoga practice.
For 15 years, Todd Inouye has studied and built community in love with the positive transforming benefits of yoga. He was owner and director of Yogapod in North Vancouver and continues to lead public classes, empowering workshops and teacher trainings in Greater Vancouver and Internationally. He's stoked to call the Hive his new home!
Todd is the current director of Sri-Life a conscious lifestyle company dedicated to teaching yoga + dharma to generate positively incredible things. He has accrued over 2000 hrs of certified study in several traditions including Anusara, Hot, Vinyasa, Yin, Mindful Meditation.
His alignment based vinyasa classes pulse. Mindful deep detailed focus and intelligent sequencing lead students into flowing postures making asana more accessible. Buddhist & Northern Indian Tantric principles are woven with a whimsical sense of humour making his classes accessible, challenging, light and incredibly heart-inspiring.
I found yoga on a dare. A friend dared me to attend a class. The idea was foreign to me, as I had grown up thinking fitness and health were only found on the soccer field or by lifting weights. Boy was I wrong! Yoga energizes the body in a way no other exercise can. Once stuck energies (in the form of unwanted tension/tightness, injuries old and new, and under/unresolved emotions) are unstuck; they can be resolved with mindfulness, breathwork, and meditation. Yoga is also amazing for maintaining an optimal level of mental and physical performance. By activating the relaxation response with breathing exercises, we use deep and challenging movements to find equipoise in our thoughts and actions.
Matt Believes that Yoga contains both discipline and softness. It is a journey toward self-realization; uncovering one's true Self and honoring the greatness within. Being a patient and humble teacher, who is attentive to the progress of each individual, he believes that each pose creates an opportunity to engage in internal stillness and tranquility. Matt holds space for every student so they may feel supported and safe throughout their practice; during movements that offer physical challenges; and experiences that range from playful to powerful and emotional.
After practicing Power Yoga for a number of years, Jason discovered Ashtanga at the Ashtanga Yoga Center of Toronto (AYCT) in 2011. He has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Under his teacher David Robson, Jason has completed three immersions at AYCT, including the Primary and Intermediate series. He is currently learning Third series.
Jason continues to find inspiration by practicing under senior teachers, however his biggest inspiration is seeing achievement through humility in his students and also through his own practice.
When Jason isn't practicing or teaching, he's climbing.
Megan approaches yoga in a way that is accessible for all bodies. She comes from a varied background, having studied and been certified in many styles of yoga, she brings elements of breath awareness, biomechanical alignment and compassion to each practice.
She strongly believes that loving someone just as they are is the best way to help them realize their potential.
Her classes embrace focus, depth and facilitate strength and relaxation, engaging experienced and beginner practitioners alike.
She is a certified E-RYT-500 hour teacher by the yoga alliance and has upcoming teacher trainings in Vancouver, North Vancouver and abroad.
Melissa Donohoe is greatly inspired by nature and movement. Her studies in Shamanism and love of philosophy weave into her teachings. She believes in the interconnection between all, we are all one, and when we connect deeply to our own rhythm there is a knowing it syncs up to the Mother Earth. Melissa is a full mesa carrier (studying with Christine) holds a Bachelor of Education, and is a registered yoga teacher.