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OUR YOGA TEACHERS

Alexandria Waycott
E-RYT, YACEP, MA

 

Alexandria is an experienced yoga instructor from the Fraser Valley, with a special interest in Vinyasa yoga. Alex is dedicated to the lifelong study and embodiment of the yogic arts and will always be a student first and foremost. Alex's wish is to empower others to take the yogic tools and teachings off of their mats and into their lives, and know that yoga can be lived and practiced anywhere at any time. 

Anna Rodriguez

My name is Anna Rodriguez and I am a certified Yoga and Fitness teacher. I am a strong believer in connection and creating a space free of judgement and defeat. I believe that we are all doing the best we can and that the best way to meet life is with compassion and understanding. My hope is to help individuals start within. Beginning with the connection of breath into movement that brings appreciation to each body. My classes are always a safe place where each person meets themselves exactly where they are each day. I will always be your cheerleader! 

Meaghan Donnelly

Meaghan grew up in a fear-based home but she also grew up knowing that she was loved and that unity and service to humanity were the most important characteristics to develop. In January 2015, those beliefs and many years of trying to make sense of it all brought her to yoga and to her first 200-hour teacher training. She has also completed her 200 RYT (June 2020), Meditation Teacher Training (2019), Chakra Teacher Training (2018), Yoga Outreach core training (trauma-informed yoga training 2017). 

Meaghan has five children, 2 grand children, and has always enjoyed working with the community. She has worked with adults with disabilities, children with extreme behavioral difficulties, and families who face addictions, mental health issues, and poverty. Meaghan’s passion is to give love and to empower and guide people into recognizing their own great worth and personal power. She often says that her people are the underdogs; the ones who think that when we talk about being loved, self-love, happiness, peace, community, serenity, courage, strength, and success, they don't think we are talking about them. 

 

Meaghan has struggled herself with many of these things. She has found a way to move through her fears and limiting beliefs. We all have found ourselves struggling along our path at some time in our lives. Yoga and meditation were lifeboats that were gifted to Meaghan and it is her most blessed dharma to share these gifts with others. She wants you to know that YOU possess everything you need to flourish AND you are not alone. There is a community waiting for you. 

Natalie Bedard

Natalie  (She/Her) is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Chakra Yoga Teacher, Jikiden Reiki Practitioner, Joga instructor, Yoga Therapist 875 hr student, and Aromatherapy Practitioner. She is always looking at new aromatherapy, yoga therapy or anatomy research to deepen her knowledge in order to better serve her clients. Her desire to become a Yoga Therapist was born from her own personal healing journey from a life long autoimmune disease and working through layers of emotional and physical trauma, truly learning first hand the effects of trauma in the body and how to bring herself into balance using yoga techniques such as breath, postures and meditation/mindfulness. Natalie uses clear and easy to understand terminology, with a keen desire to create a safe and inclusive environment in her classes and one on one sessions. Her motto is Yoga is for every BODY.

When she isn’t working with clients, Natalie can usually be found in the mountains trail running or skiing in the winters. She loves all animals and will stop and talk with any dog she meets! She and her husband, Norm, have four children together and a permaculture farm which includes three dogs, two Pygmy goats and she’s lost count of how many chickens!

Mari Newell

Mari is a semi-retired nurse who specialized in neuro/ rehab and community health in Home Health for many years. Mari offers gentle yoga classes for seniors and students with disabilities who wish to maintain their strength and range of motion. Mari includes calming breath at the beginning of class and progressive relaxation at the end of every class. Careful movement with the breath is offered to strengthen the whole body and to improve flexibility and balance. Seated yoga classes also offer standing poses as an option. 

Mari received her yoga 200-hour certification in 2012 with Dan Clement at the Vancouver School of Body work and Massage with a focus on alignment-based movement. She also has done specialty courses in Trauma sensitive yoga and chair yoga. She has a background in ballet and still takes class weekly and teaches Tap. 

Mari is honoured to be joining the holistic collective at Wellington Holistic Health and looks forward to offering specialty classes for seniors there.

Jolene Sharpe

Jolene Sharpe has been doing Pilates for over 10 years. She received her certification in 2009 from the Physical Mind Institute in Vancouver for Mat and Standing Pilates. Her training is from The Method Pilates, the original classical exercises from Joseph Pilates. The classes Jolene teaches in Chilliwack cater to many different age groups and abilities of clients. 

 Jolene lives in Chilliwack and enjoys running, competitive soccer, gardening, and pretty much any outdoor sport. She sees the benefits Pilates has given her to be able to perform better in these activities and life in general.

 From group classes to one on one, kids, teens, elderly, pre and postnatal clients, Jolene thoroughly loves teaching and enjoys sharing the many benefits of Pilates. “It’s about engaging all your core muscles properly, aligning your spine and strengthening the body using your own body weight. I believe there is a class and level for everyone and my hope is to help make people strong and confident in their own body, from inside out.

Candice Baldwin

Candice first discovered yoga as teenager in the 90’s, when she read an article in Sassy magazine on how yoga could calm the mind. Practicing in her tiny bedroom she revelled in the feeling of equanimity it brought her body, mind and spirit. She has been practicing around the world ever since.

 

Since 2016 Candice Baldwin has offered therapeutic yoga to individuals and group classes to persons with injuries/physical impairment, visual impairment, chronic, pain, seniors and trauma survivors. 

 

She is grateful for her teaching practice, which began with her 200-hour training in 2016.  Her training continued in Chikmagalur, India where she completed her 300-hour Himalayan Yoga Immersion Training in 2017. In 2018 she studied yoga of the feminine as well as completing a teacher training in Swing Yoga, in Bali. She returned to India in 2019, completing her 200-hour Himalayan Kriya teacher training. Candice is a 500 RYT and continues to explore her passion to make yoga accessible to everyone while completing her practicum for her 800-hour Yoga Therapy diploma through Ajna Yoga College in Victoria, B.C. Canada. 

 

 

Through gentle guidance and compassion (plus, a bit of mirth) she meets clients where they’re at to empower them on their path in the self-realization of their own healing through awareness of body, breath and mind.

Kylie Hodge

Kylie’s journey with yoga began in her early twenties as a way to cope with a mental illness and eating disorder that she had been struggling with since childhood. This method of coping steadily weaved its way into all aspects of her life and became a driving force, propelling her towards her dharma. Four years into a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology + Literature with the intention of becoming a teacher, her plans were put on hold when she became a mother to her first child. It was through motherhood, a love of teaching, and self-immersion in yoga that she discovered her calling and pursued teacher training.

A lifelong learner, Kylie is currently pursuing Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and Postpartum Doula training with the intention to cultivate a loving and welcoming space for mothers in their pregnancy and postpartum journeys. Her classes are gentle, restorative, and focus on creating space for all bodies and abilities.  

Born + raised in the Fraser Valley region, Kylie currently lives in Chilliwack with her husband and their two children. When she’s not on her mat she can be found reading books, tarot cards, learning a language, road-tripping, or planning her next trip to the beach. 

Vanessa Hart

After practicing yoga at a local studio on her lunch breaks to seek fitness, she noticed the benefits, like many others before her, becoming so much more than simply fitness. She decided to start her journey to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). Within the past year, she's been leading Flow classes and sharing the light that this movement of yoga shines; bringing participants back to the importance and strength of our life-giving breath. Vanessa looks forward to welcoming you to move and connect with your body just the way you are.

 

Outside of the studio, you can find Vanessa outdoors (rain or shine) with her daughter and pup. Or cozied at home diving deeper into the education of yoga and herself.

Olivia Elliott

Olivia started practicing in 2015 after moving back to BC from AB. It immediately became a passion of hers and a daily practice. 

It truly brought a sense of peace and belonging to her life, as it was one of the first things she did for herself that she felt passionate about. She became an instructor in 2019, completing her YTT in Mexico through Yandara Institute. 

She is so happy to be sharing this beautiful practice with others, and very excited to be a part of Wellington Natural Health.

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