After many years of athletics and various ongoing injuries, yoga found me one day when I witnessed a woman practicing poolside. Her strong, agile body and flowing movement set my eventual union with yoga in motion. I love that yoga helps bring me into balance. It’s the food that fuels my soul and gives my mind and body a connection to something more than my physical form. It is my breath.
It was 1982 when I first discovered Iyengar yoga. My knees were shot from jogging, my back ached constantly. I knew I needed a dramatic change. Somewhat skeptically, I enrolled in an Iyengar class. Soon, my once a week practice become three, then four, and finally a daily part of my life. What had begun as simply a desire to feel healthier and more flexible became a lifelong commitment. Teaching was my next, natural step.
After a two-year apprenticeship under Wende Davis in Vancouver, I travelled to India to study directly under Gita Iyengar. It was the most intensive, challenging month of my life and reaffirmed my desire to teach others. In 1993, I opened the North Shore’s first yoga studio while continuing my own personal studies both throughout North America and on a return visit to India.
More than any other form of yoga, Iyengar yoga incorporates a diverse range of props — including belts, blocks, even chairs — allowing students at all levels to more easily perform the yogic postures correctly. As their strength and flexibility increase, this use of props is constantly modified to respect individual limits while encouraging each student to continually push beyond personal limits.
When I began Iynegar yoga, learning opportunities were limited. Today I am delighted to be teaching here at Om Prem, helping students of all ages and abilities to experience the joy and freedom this ancient art brings.
With her clear and insightful teaching, Sarah hopes to ignite the passion for yoga in others so they too may experience its transformative qualities. Ever a student, she has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1983 and is continually reminded of its depth and richness. Sarah has taught yoga for over 20 years.
You will not be bored in Sandra’s hatha and flow classes. Her extreme passion for inspiring students will challenge you to explore your physical and inner boundaries in a safe, warm and friendly environment. Through clear instruction, Sandra focuses on a solid foundation for each posture, body alignment and core strength. Sandra believes that life is an exploration in balance – strength and ease, energy and relaxation and hard work and play. Sandra invites you to practice yoga and find pleasure in your pursuit of balance.
Deviki Jennifer Henderson
continues to retreat and study with her beloved teachers to deepen her knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a human being and experience Divinity.Her work is guiding others to find their space of freedom. As a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor she utilizes a combination of yoga and riding therapies to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional limitations and as a Meditation Facilitator she offers guidance to families at Ronald McDonald House who seek comfort and peace during difficult times.
Atta’s yoga journey started over 20 years ago as part of a preparation course for a meditation retreat and he’s been a student of yoga since. His passion for leadership development and the better understanding of the human potential led him on a self-developmental journey that resulted in studying coaching through the Integral Coaching Canada® where he received his Master Coaching Certificate. With a deep desire to serve the community he lives in, and with the support of yogis and yoginis within the community, he co-founded Om Prem Yoga Studio in the Spring of 2012.
Atta offers Restorative, Gentle Hatha, Purna and classical Hatha (alignment base) classes. He also offers one-on-one and group coaching to clients across the world. If you need support in expediting your personal/professional development feel free to reach out to him.
From the first yoga class Janice attended at a YWCA in Winnipeg in 1974, she immediately became aware of how much stress she held in her body and the need to breathe more deeply. The release provided by the breath work along with the asanas was the hook that put her on the yoga journey. When she moved to Vancouver in 1979 she studied regularly with local and international Iyengar yoga teachers while working full-time for IBM. After retiring, she continued to study with Sarah Godfrey and Brad Waites and began teacher training. In 2015 she completed her 500-hour teacher training with Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri at the College of Purna Yoga (Iyengar lineage, alignment-based yoga) in Bellevue, Washington.
Although her initial interest in taking this training was to deepen her own practice, she has been enjoying teaching since 2013 and is finding that the students are wonderful teachers. The result of this journey to date is that her physical strength, flexibility, and mental health are better going into her 70’s than they were in her 20’s! In her alignment-based teaching, Janice wants to inspire active seniors to have fun with yoga while retaining their strength, flexibility, balance, and posture in order to age gracefully and live independently as long as possible.
I began practicing yoga in 2001. I was attracted to it because of both the physical and psychological benefits you can gain from developing a personal practice. Yoga has helped me to improve both my performance in several sporting pursuits and my overall wellness.
I am trained in vinyasa (flow), Hatha, yin, restorative and advanced therapeutic yoga practices. I also have 20 years of experience in the coaching profession. During that time I have developed a unique and proven teaching methodology that has helped many people achieve their athletic goals at every level. I have now applied that methodology to what and how I teach people while on the yoga mat.
Iyengar yoga is a systematic method of Hatha Yoga named after BKS Iyengar of Pune, India, (Dec. 14, 1918 – Aug. 20, 2014). The hallmark of the Iyengar approach is the ability to adapt the poses to the needs and challenges of the individual student. This method of yoga works on the principle of “meditation in action”. The asanas (poses) bring the body/mind into balance by developing flexibility, strength and alignment as well as breath awareness. Classes are deeply energizing and promote physical, mental and spiritual well being.