Our TeachersOur Teachers
At OmTown our amazing teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and trainings to offer our students a wide range of classes in our community studio.
Stephanie Green, owner
Stephanie instantly fell in love with the discipline of practice and is amazed at the continual opportunities yoga provides for physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. She is extremely grateful for all of her teachers and students, past and present, and has faith that with yoga and a whole lot of raucous laughter the world will become a peaceful, happier place.Certifications and Trainings:
- Yin Yoga & Anatomy with Paul & Suzee Grilley 100 hrs
- Yin Yoga Chakra Theory and Meditation with Paul & Suzee Grilley 100hrs
- Moksha 500 hr level teacher
- Yin Yoga 40 hr Teacher Training with Bernie Clark
- Shiva Rea 100 hr Teacher Training
- Certified AcroYoga teacher
- Restorative Yoga with Cyndi Lee
Madison first came to yoga in 2009. The open-minded attentiveness of the practice gave her a sense of empowerment. Since then, the yogic teachings have become a strong force in her life. She has completed a 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Works, a 50 hour yin training through OmTown Yoga and has studied energy work as well as holistic nutrition. Madison wishes to create an environment that fosters curiosity, awareness, kindness and a common sense of humanity. In her classes she imparts her passion of self-exploration, teaching others how to tune in and attend with warmth and devotion. She believes that each person holds a power within them to support, nourish and ultimately heal themselves, and that yoga is one of the many ways to guide one toward this inner wisdom.
Greetings and gratitude! My name is Sarah and my adventure of yoga began in 2009. I was a dedicated rhythmic gymnast for many years which taught me the importance of strength, flexibility and body awareness. It was not until having discovered yoga that I realized the deep importance and correlation of the spiritual/emotional/physical aspects of the human being.
With the guidance from my wonderful teachers, I soon realized that the practice of yoga was going to be a life long teacher in and of itself. Life's challenges became more enjoyable on and off the mat and life choices began to reflect what felt good for my entire being.
The sense of loving support from the yoga community drew me into wanting to contribute and integrate my energies in a deeper way. I did my first teacher training in Hot Hatha Yoga, followed by Kriya Yoga in Saskatoon, SK, and Yin Yoga through OmTown.
As a teacher, it is my intent to remain open to new possibilities within the practice and to share with all of you what I have been shown up until now. Each day is new and an opportunity to release and experience joy. It is my intent to be a vessel that will assist you in the exploration of your own unique journey through your yoga practice. I look forward to meeting you!
Katherine early on developed a curiosity to explore the human body's potential. When she found yoga she immediately fell in love with endless possibilities that the practice could offer mentally, physically, and spiritually. She encourages students to be playful and real with themselves, while providing a safe environment for developing self awareness, learning, and intuitive expression. She believes in offering everyone the experience of challenging and healing ourselves through an integrative approach of yoga, movement and breath. She believes music can be an incredible tool in facilitating the movement of energy, and you can expect to listen to a variety of styles in her classes from old school hip hop to classical piano. Katherine is studio manager at OmTown.
I love to run! Specifically running outdoors on trails, but I'm also flexible...I'll run on roads and paved walkways - if there is a view - even if it is a view of trees and moss. I love to run with others; it is way more fun that way. We laugh, tell stories, discuss running, life, kids, pets, whatever comes up. I also like history and natural history, plus current events. Ah heck, I'll pretty much talk about anything! I can run fast or slow and I'm usually training for some race (5k, 8k, 12k, half marathon). I run in the rain, snow or sunshine - I am not a wimp! I love an adventure - running in parks, up mountains, on beaches, through cities, admiring all the sites - pretty much anything goes, although, running alongside highways is not my favourite! I've coached running clinics at the Running Room in Nanaimo and have lead Boot Camps. And in terms of fitness qualifications, I'm a BCRPA certified Group Fitness Coach. I'm also working on becoming a certified Personal Trainer. That qualification would come so much faster if I wasn't always running and having so much fun. Along with running, almost as an antidote, I also love yoga. I practice regularly either at OmTown Yoga or on my own. The stretching, the releasing, the bending, the balancing, the meditation (and best of all the savasana!) all contribute to keeping my body tuned in.
Jen Gatenby was introduced to yoga five years ago and she immediately fell in love. She was amazed at how much it began changing her life not only on a physical and emotional level, but also on a spiritual level. Wanting to share this love with others, in March 2014, Jen did her 200hr teacher training at the Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Jen loves shifting her view of the world, playing around with arm balances and inversions. Being upside down is where she finds the most peace and quiet. Jen is super excited and extremely grateful she is able to share her love of yoga with the beautiful people at OmTown Yoga.
Meg began her lifelong love affair with yoga eight years ago. The evolutionary and compassionate nature of yoga drew her in and she's never looked back. Meg completed a 500 hour Moksha yoga training in 2012 in Montreal, and went on to complete Yin yoga training with Bernie Clark, and a 200 hour Hatha/ Vinyasa training with Steph Green and April Kuramoto. With a background in social work, Meg's approach to yoga comes from a philosophy of empowerment and self awareness, and believes yoga gives people the opportunity to discover their most authentic, brilliant selves. She takes to heart yoga's roots in non competition, non violence, kindness, and connection. She is constantly inspired by the depth of personal awareness that yoga facilitates, and by the amazing community of teachers and students that surround her. When not in the studio, you will find Meg exploring the incredible variety of activities available on Vancouver Island, whether it's slack lining at the park, hiking in the woods, or taking in the tranquility of Piper's lagoon. With a love of physical activity, Meg takes the sweetness of movement and stretch off of the mat and into her life, always on the lookout for the next adventure!
Long before I practised the physical aspect of yoga I was in a longingly profound search for something more in my experience. Having grown up in a small hamlet in Alberta this wasn't exactly 'normal' or welcome among my peers and family. I stayed persistent in knocking at the door of my soul, and listening to what I was being guided to hear. Yoga has been an incredible journey to the inside of my deepest being. Learning that I am only here to learn and grow, to peal away the layers and expose a new universe laying beneath the surface of every illusion. I am so grateful to have been trained in the Yoga Works 200hr foundational teacher training with Catherine Munro in 2009. When your body is open your mind too will follow. I'm so blessed to be on this journey as I continue to unfold, learn and grow.
Jules is excited to return to teaching at OmTown and being part of this fun community. She loves teaching many styles of yoga, having completed about 900 hours of Yoga trainings since 2009: Moksha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. Always being a student and learning is central to Julie's life on and off the mat.
After a long career in Nursing, her goal became finding a way to combine her nursing knowledge with yoga, helping to bring greater health and well-being, along with more ease and peace of body and mind. The path to this goal has included studying Yoga Therapy, which is a rapidly expanding field being recognized as a complimentary healing art by Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Physicians.
Experiencing injury and chronic pain herself, Jules has developed a style of teaching that accommodates all body types, injuries and conditions. Yoga truly is for everyone.
A natural born yogi, from philosophy to physical activity, Laura is always striving for balance in her life and empowering the same in others. After 5 years of personal practice she took her first training in Moksha Yoga, followed by PreNatal with Janice Clarfield, and Yin with Bernie Clark. One strong source of inspiration woven through has been the influence of Michael Stone, a Psychotherapist, Yoga and Buddhist Teacher, author and activist.
She's currently finding more peace through stillness in Meditation, Relaxation and Restorative Yoga. When not on her mat Laura takes all she learns while being mom to two beautiful boys and creating more love in life.
April began yoga practice after studying meditation, energy healing and reading with Lightwork Spiritual Development. Upon completion of her 200 hour certification to teach Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, she learned that the light of another can illuminate truth within, and support one's unique healing journey. This has become her deepest passion in teaching.
April has completed additional certifications with Yoga Kids, Prenatal Yoga with Urban Yoga, Yin Yoga with Mark Laham, Yoga Trance Dance, and an additional 300 hour certification with Shiva Rea in Prana Flow. Combining all that she has learned, she facilitates Chakra Balancing Massage and attended births as a doula CD(DONA).
April is deeply honoured to have co-taught 200-RYT intensives, offer a part time 200-RYT program, and certify Goddess Prenatal Yoga Instructors.
Chris's yoga practice started in the early 90's alongside her mom sporting neon spandex and sweat bands. Although always willing to jump back there, her dedication has deepened to be based on grounding, compassion, and creativity. Her asana practice is inspired by the ever-expanding depths of meditation, the inner reflective rhythms of kirtan, the playfulness and challenge of acroyoga and the service and gratitude of Thai massage. Dedicated to Nanaimo, Chris is passionate about building community, fostering trust and communicating honesty.
Lesleys' love for yoga began a long time ago, and it never occurred to her that she'd become a teacher one day. Just basking in the classes and relishing the strength she felt in her body, mind, and soul, seemed good enough for a while. At a crossroads in a previous career, Lesley decided to make a change, and her teacher training began in 2009 - it continues to this day. Lesley thanks all her yogi friends for teaching her so much about community, connection, and balance. See ya in the studio!
Angelina initially studied Sivananda Yoga in India and has since travelled to Argentina on various occasions to study Indra Devi Yoga. She has taught Yoga and Pilates mat classes for many years and has organized and participated in numerous Yoga workshops. Her passion for travel and love of arts and culture has lead her to study Thai Yoga Massage, visit Yoga centres worldwide, and to complete a Master's degree in Teaching Arts. She is familiar with many different styles of Yoga and loves to share her knowledge with others on the path. In her spare time, Angelina enjoys music, cycling, and gardening.
A tragic accident became a blessing in disguise, inspiring me toward the path of fitness and wellness. In 2004, I did a 3 months (340h) YTT in Thailand with Chakra yoga school. Since that life transforming experience I have been exploring body movement and wellness from organic farming to circus art. Completed 3 Vipassana retreat, did 3 months volunteer at Kalani holistic center retreat in Hawaii, spent a couple month at Bellyacres, circus school & ecovillage in Hawaii. Certified Group Fitness instructor, personal trainer and Medical exercise Specialist. When I am not teaching classes I spent time with my 2 little boys at Pacific Garden cohousing.
Cathy discovered yoga after many years in the fitness industry. She loved the ability to connect with her body in a softer way. She believes that yoga has the power to transform how she walks through life. Therefor her physical asana practice is a direct reflection of how she shows up everyday for those around her. She believes everyday on the mat reveals a lesson to be learned. She loves practicing to music, so expect to hear some Florence and the Machine on her playlists! Her class is athletic and challenging but she will always offer many stages into a pose so no one is left out. Some yoga experience is recommended but know that she will welcome anyone into her class who is willing to play and laugh.
Carly discovered yoga roughly 10 years ago, seeking relief from chronic pain after other treatment modalities had failed. Amazed at how the practice not only alleviated pain but also the stress of a corporate job, Carly began to explore all that the world of yoga has to offer. She completed her 200hr teacher training in 2014 and a 50hr Yin training in 2015, both here at OmTown Yoga.
A deep love of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin helps Carly bring the elements of these different styles together to join breath and movement as one, inspiring students to move with ease and grace. Her classes are athletic and challenging with a strong emphasis on alignment, and are accessible to all levels through the use of modifications and props. Carly's passion to teach shines through in her classes as she guides students to find joy and freedom in their lives.
Tash Vincze C.Ht.
Tash is dedicated to helping people achieve their goals whether they're physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. As a yoga instructor and hypnotherapist, she has exciting opportunities to explore these aspects of self, with her students and clients.Her training includes:
- Moksha Yoga Teacher training in 2009
- Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark in 2011
- Mindfulness Training (meditation) with Re. Frank Boccio in 2012
- Hypnotherapy training through Island Hypnosis in 2007
There's too much stress and chaos in this world and Tash wants to do her part in alleviating some of the burden. She has an opportunity to share her knowledge of how to find peace within, and is active in sharing that knowledge. She possesses unique skills to aid in the healing process, and believes it would be a waste of this expertise if not acted upon.For more info check out her website here!
Meg Fyfe Watkins
"Breathe, move, love. This is yoga." Meg has been practicing yoga since 2002, and completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher training in 2012 under the guidance of the wise Grace Dubery. She then continued her education with a pre- & postnatal teacher training (PNYT) through The Yoga Sanctuary, and has taken workshops in Restorative Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Nutrition. Meg says of her teaching style, "I feel strongly that your practice is *your* practice, and I encourage you to tune into your breath and the needs of your body as you practice, and to start from wherever you are in that moment... if you need to ignore what I'm demonstrating at the front of the room so you can do this, go for it!" In her classes, Meg links movements to the breath, and loves to flow. She strives to make her classes accessible to all levels of practitioner by offering lots of modifications and adjustments to poses and flows. If you're looking for a strengthening, slow-flow class where you can deepen your awareness of your breath and the inner strength of your body, check out her Rise & Shine class, 930-1045am on Tuesdays.