Deviki Jennifer Henderson
Deviki is a student of yoga with an established sadhana practice that has evolved over her 10 years of devotion to her teachers, lineage and community. Her practice is rooted in traditional studies, following the guidance of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras encompassing all eight limbs of practice.Her journeys have taken her throughout India and especially to the Himalayas where she
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.
Gwynneth Powell Sobejko
My Background After taking the minimum of three years to complete my Iyengar teacher training in Victoria, under the guidance of Shirley Daventry French and Lauren Cox, I then passed certification in 2003. In 2004 I attended the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India for nine weeks and studied six days a week with Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar as well as others in the Iyengar circle, including a young Abhijata, Iyengar’s granddaughter. During the 30 hours a week I spent in the practice hall I was often graced to witness the practice and teaching of Mr.B.K.S. Iyengar himself.
I am inspired by the accessibility of the Iyengar Yoga practice, no matter what stage of life or condition the body or mind, if one sticks with it, changes will come.
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.
I first rolled out a yoga mat 16 years ago as a way to build up strength
and balance lost to injury. What I didn’t know then, was that yoga was
going to open the door to a new passion in life. I took yoga teacher
training to understand more elements of yoga for myself. The more I
learned the more I wanted to share to others the benefits of yoga.
My classes are grounded with a blend of thoughtful sequences, clear
instruction, knowledgeable alignment and many variations for everyone.
The importance during class is to be in the present with full breath,
movement and stillness and of course a smile.
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.
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.
(500hr Yoga Diploma, Reiki Master, Mediation Coach)
Healing begins at the heart and, through Tim’s subtle, yet expansive, approaches of connecting this “heart energy” and the beautiful art of slow Restorative Yoga, he utilizes the connections of energy, restoration and meditation to bring balance to mind-body-spirit. Trained in Reiki healing, mediation, reflexology, Ho’omanaloa (Hawaiian energy healing), restorative / yin / classic hatha / laughter / kids / prenatal (and ever growing) styles of yoga therapy… Tim’s connection to healing allows and invites a deeper relationship of one’s personal growth and wholeness in the practice of “living life”.
Living with allergies, arthritis, injuries and past deafness Tim understands some of the complexities human life can encompass. His approach of “less is more” is intertwined within the gentle forms of yoga he shares — listening and allowing the body and mind to soften, conscious healing can begin. Opening up a more integrative connection between the physical and energetic pathways through honoring the body and life-style we actively choose to live in.
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.
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.
I’ve explored many forms since I began to practice, and I primarily teach an alignment based Flow style practice with main influences of Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara and Dharma Yoga. I also enjoy teaching Hatha yoga and finding accessible ways for all people to find a practice suitable to their current conditions and the journey they are on. With many great teachers and far too many to mention, I have strong roots of practice with Tina James, Reno Muenz, Jai Sugrim, Ryan Leir and Dustin Fruson. Many other teachers of yoga asana, meditation, mantra and philosophy have influenced my practice and teachings and I am grateful for them all. Life itself, my family and students continue to feed my evolution as a teacher, student, and soul seeker. I am grateful for my Om Prem family , and to my friends Atta and Neda for giving me the opportunity to teach yoga and share with our community at Om Prem Yoga.