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.
John Alvarez de Lorenzana
John (Nav Teja Singh) is a Spanish-Canadian, Dharma Protector at the 11th stage of insight. His introduction to yoga came by way of his yogic God Mother, who tricked him into his first Garudasana as a child in the early 80's. John completed his certification in Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan at the Guru Ram Das Ashram, home of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, in 2017 and participates in ongoing training through the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI).
John's Mindfulness Meditation training and practice began in 2002 at Dhamma Sikhara, McLeodganj India, where he completed his first 10-day Vipassana retreat as taught by S.N. Goenka. Since that time, John has participated in dozens of short and long retreats in the Theravada tradition as well as other Buddha Dharma lineages. His root teachers are S.N. Goenka and Steve Armstrong (Senior IMS teacher & managing editor of "Manual of Insight" by Mahasi Sayadaw).
After finishing his Bachelor and Master of Arts in Psychology at UBC, John received his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University. John went into medicine to be of greater service to humanity and came out of medical training burned out and traumatized. He had no choice but to heal himself and, in the process, transform his pain into purpose by working with Healthcare Professionals and other healers struggling with addiction, burnout, compassion fatigue and spiritual crisis. He currently offers Registered Clinical Counselling, Mindfulness Meditation and Health Professional Peer Support & Accountability Groups at Garuda Centre in Nanaimo.
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!
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.
Step into class with Sara, a yogi of over 10 years and passionate instructor, as she guides you through a practice that brings yoga from the mat into everyday life. Teaching all levels, Sara has taken various certified trainings in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Forrest Yoga. She inspires health, wellness, and reuniting the connection between body and mind, for a practice that feeds the soul. Sara's goal in each class is to guide students to feel in their bodies. Alongside teaching yoga, she also studies herbal medicine at Pacific Rim College.
Nura has been teaching yoga for over a decade on multiple continents. She is an avid traveler, a yogi, a mother and therapeutic massage therapist. But aside from these labels, like many others, she is on a quest to connect to the core; to her truth. She believes that how we practice yoga, and what we come up against on the mat is our very own practice ground for real life. Yoga keeps her humble, and hungry for more knowledge. She teaches because she loves to share her own discoveries on her journey through this wonderful and messy life.
Nura has trained (200 hours) and mentored with Sanjeev Bhanot, Founder of Yogalife Foundation, and has completed the 200 hour yoga training at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. She is trained, certified and experienced in prenatal yoga and has done further studies in Core Strength Vinyasa, Anusara and Thai yoga massage. She is also a Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist in New York and in the USA with over 1000 hours of training. Nura brings a unique set of skills to her yoga teaching from her background as a therapeutic massage therapist. She enjoys the interplay between yoga and massage work and draws from all her studies in her classes. Her yoga teaching is always infused with a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology. She has been trained, over the past decade and a half, to see the movement and the freedom, as well as the tension and the blocks, in bodies.
Nura's classes are playful and joyful, sometimes tough, sometimes sweet. She draws from hatha and vinyasa styles and utilizes hands on assists and knowledge of alignment and the physical body to guide students through their practice.
"May we and all beings be happy. May we and all beings have ease of well-being in body & mind. May we and all beings hold ourselves with kindness & care."
My work was created from a desire for a wholistic and balanced practice, to merge the needs of my community with my education in manual therapy, integrated yoga, and Embodied Movement Arts. Over the past decade, I have had the unique experience to learn from lifelong teachers and practitioners in Zen Buddhism, human physiology, and rehabilitation sciences.
On and off for years, my body carried pain due to old injuries from sports and dance, as well as mental and physical trauma. Unconsciously, my body created new strategies of movement that allowed me to move through the world in a pain-free way. Over time as my education in mental health, movement therapeutics, and zen mindfulness deepened, my strategies began to evolve into what is now called Subtle Shifts: an embodied resilience practice.
Brenda's yoga experience began several years ago when she was looking for a way to help reduce the stress in her life and connect deeper with her body. She practiced breath work and basic asana poses for a few years then running became her passion which led her back to yoga a second time, but this time it became a permanent practice in her life. As an avid ultra-marathon runner, Brenda identified it was time to slow her pace down both in running and in life, and yoga became her desire. She was especially drawn to the benefits that regular meditation provided and was eager to learn more.
In 2017 she moved to Nanaimo from Lethbridge Alberta and started practicing yoga at OmTown Yoga studio and signed up for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at OmTown, in September of 2017 and immersed herself in both the theory and practical side of yoga.
Upon completing her training in October, Brenda started a studio in her home and began teaching yoga to her friends and has since been teaching in her home and at other studios on a regular basis. She enjoys teaching yoga to beginners as well as fast paced vinyasa flow classes to strengthen the entire body.
Stacy began practicing yoga in the early 2000s, primarily as a physical practice. As she dove deep into her body she was magnetically drawn to the inner exploration that naturally accompanies the outer expression of asana and was gifted with a remembrance of her Highest Self. This new, expanded awareness of Self propelled her to complete over 500 hours of training, primarily through Gaiatri Yoga. Inspired by the human condition, as examined through the lens of mindfulness and Self observation, she lives what she practices and seeks to inspire others from what she discovers. Sustained by a heartfelt desire to be of service and share the grace and splendor of a transformational practice that exists both on and off the mat, she trusts she will meet you soon.
Katie has completed her RDYT 200hr through Red Door Yoga, and is on her way to achieving her 500hr Certification. Fifteen years (and counting) of personal yoga practice and four years of teaching yoga in diverse settings and environments, has allowed her to see the beauty that yoga is accessible to all, and an avenue to discover and explore one's own inner wisdom and truth. "If you can breathe you can do yoga" is her mantra for inclusivity, as she invites all human beings to discover the transformative power of connecting to your breath, to the present, to this practice.
Her classes are full of heart, as she invites students to show up as you are, and through practice, to discover and connect to your inner wisdom and strength. Much of her teaching is inspired from her personal learning and discoveries. Katie believes that the physical asanas provide us with an opportunity to delve into awareness of our unique qualities and virtues, and she will often weave virtues throughout her classes to assist her students to practically apply these spiritual strengths on and off their mats. Her classes are a mixture of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow styles of yoga, with opportunities / modifications available for all to practice. She is also certified in and loves to teach Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Kids Yoga; inspiration and elements from these styles of yoga can be found in her Rise and Shine, and flow classes as well.
Varenka was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed a BA in Psychology. She moved to Canada in 2005 and shortly after this move she found yoga. In 2009, she studied a teacher training in Hatha and Classical Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by Baba Hari Dass. Her love for children brought her to find Rainbow Kids Yoga, a marvelous training for teaching yoga to children, families and community at large. Along the way, she also fell jn love with acroyoga, which has become part of her regular practice. Varenka is grateful that yoga crossed her path in life and that she has had so many amazing teachers throughout her yoga journey. She loves to share the joy and peace yoga brings to her life.
Laura's love for yoga started at an early age. Her devotion to practice is fueled by the constant evolution of the body-mind's connection. Laura's goal is to safely teach people so that they can experience the joy and countless benefits of the yoga journey. What she hopes to bring to each class is an open mind and an open heart.
When Laura is not rocking-out on her mat, she can be found outside hiking, kayaking, and exploring the endless beauty of Vancouver Island. She can also be found working as a freelance Graphic Designer where she combines her creative passion with positive action in hopes of making a better world.
Her training includes:
- OmTown Yoga Teacher 200 hours - 2014
- OmTown Yin Yoga Teacher 50 hours - 2016
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. 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. 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, and by encouraging you to listen to your body and modify as needed to get the most benefit out of your own personal practice.