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Izabella Drogosiewicz

Izabella hails from the beautiful Eastern Coast of Canada. From Halifax, Nova Scotia to the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Izabella can usually be found frolicking by the ocean — her happy place. Izabella has a deep love for yoga and has been practicing on and off the mat for 15 years. What she loves most about the practice of yoga is its potential for healing, playfulness, and curiosity in one’s life. Certified 200h in Hatha yoga at our very own Yoga by the Sea, and 500h pranayama in Ubud, Bali, this is Izabella’s first time instructing for the public. She welcomes any feedback you’re willing to provide. With love and light. 

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Lauren Hemmes

Lauren Hemmes is a Certified Life Coach and Reiki Practitioner who offers Empowerment Guidance to those who have come to a crossroads in their life. As a guide and mentor, Lauren supports you in taking the steps you wish to take to better your life. As a Reiki channel, she is a conduit for healing energy, offering you an opportunity to heal yourself.

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Beata Barinbaum

Beata Barinbaum is a certified Practitioner and Educator of Meir Schneiderʼs School for Self- Healing method and has been blending this knowledge with an extensive range of other healing modalities since 1999.

She has trained in advanced Lymphatic Drainage therapy with Bruno Chikly, assisting the body in evacuating toxins from all body systems; has studied at the Canadian College of Osteopathy; has trained with Sam Berne and Joseph Shapiro in natural vision improvement; and is a graduate of Integrated Body Psychotherapy, Anthroposophical Psychology and Spacial Dynamics.

Beata is offering massage, bodywork, movement, self inquiry, and meditation. In her practice, Beata draws on exercises involving passive and active movement, coordination, breath and visualization. She helps clients experience their potential mobility, improved vision, balance, well being, and relief from pain. Her focus is to give people the tools to self sufficiently help their bodies create their own wellbeing.

Beata invites you to become present and connected within your body including the parts of self that could benefit from nourishment, rest, balance, compassion and vitality. After twenty years of working with patients with serious neuromuscular conditions, people in addiction recovery and rehabilitation, she is now supporting people in caretaking roles.

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Taegan Ackland-Gaetz

Taegan found yoga in 2017 while she was traveling the world and now finds herself studying and teaching yoga on the Sunshine Coast. She recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with YBTS and is continuing on to complete her 300 hour.

She is also an intuitive, a reiki practitioner, and has a deep passion for spiritual and self development as well as energetic healing that she wishes to pass on to other people. She finds yoga to be a place to come back to to find one’s center and it has been a blessing in terms of her own healing journey.

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Shel Neufeld

“Neufeld invites us to see the minutiae in the heavens and the magnificence in a leaf, to ponder the (in)significance of humankind.  Each shot asks “What is our place in this?”  He succeeds in taking us beyond the binary “Us or Nature” stance to some place more overarching-maybe it’s immersing”

  • Nancy Pincombe, Zoom Magazine.

In the last 23 years I have lovingly explored natural beauty all around BC, particularly the Coastal areas.  Immersing myself in wilderness has healed and transformed me in so many ways. 

I have been sharing these journeys through reflections in the form of photos and writing.  I have displayed my work across Canada in art shows, markets, calendars and magazines.  Cards, fine art photographs on canvas, and HD Aluminum prints are available through my website up to 40X60 and larger.

 Completing my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Hasu, Marney Coulter in Spring, 2023 has helped me answer the question of how to bring the presence and beauty I experience while in wilderness areas, back into my regular daily life.   I look forward to helping others connect with their own body, Spirit, and the landscape. I am grateful to the Skwxwú7mesh and shíshálh Nations whose lands I now live on, and photograph.

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Sarah Cormack

My inner quest led me to my spiritual teacher who introduced me to “A Course In Miracles” and to consciousness. This is where I took a 180-degree shift and the trajectory of my life began to miraculously change. Years later, I was accepted and certified through a coaching/mentoring program with Marianne Williamson and became the Miracle Minded Coach I am today. 

What I aim to reflect back to women is a trust that they are EXACTLY where they need to be. The universe is an abundant source of energy and always has your back, guiding you towards your ultimate growth.

I am very passionate to share my knowledge and tools to help guide you through midlife, so you can experience your most amazing life in your 50’s and beyond.

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Melissa Enyedy

I love to weave together the wisdom of yoga and mindfulness to curate an experience that nourishes both body and soul. Through gentle yet purposeful movement students will delve into the depths of their being, exploring the subtle energies that flow within. With each breath, I will guide students to release tension and surrender to the present moment, unveiling a profound state of relaxation that transcends the boundaries of the mat. 

What you can expect from my class: Expect a journey inward, a focus on breath and body awareness, and an energy of calm embodiment. My classes will invite you to deepen your connection to yourself through self-compassion, kindness, and curiosity.

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Jennifer Helland

Jennifer Helland – E-RYT® 500, YACEP®,Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Advanced Classical Pilates Teacher, Dancer, Forever Student, Good Friend, Proud Mom

Jennifer is grateful each and everyday for the teachings of Yoga and Pilates.  For her, both modalities are an opportunity to arrive in the body just as it is, bearing witness to its ever-changing tides and building a strong yet compassionate relationship with self to then turn outwards to bring courage and compassion to community.  Jennifer has been teaching movement for more than two decades and her style is described as creative, rhythmic, intelligent and full of spirit!  At the foundation of all her teachings is a desire to share movement that celebrates the body and encourages people to be more in kind-relationship with themselves.  Jennifer is humbled and honoured to be joining the YBTS community this Fall. She looks so forward to moving and breathing with you.

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Kassandra Sewell

My name is Kassandra Sewell – I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years. 

I first gained an interest in fitness when I was 12 years old. This interest quickly developed into a passion and a career where I found myself dedicated to understanding the body through movement.  

I have acquired both the skills and knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Fundamentals of Exercise
  • Anatomy/Physiology/Biomechanics
  • Fitness Assessments
  • Exercise Programing 
  • Injury Management and Prevention 
  • Strength/Endurance/Power Training
  • Coordination/Agility/Reaction Time/Balance/Speed Training

Through this and knowing each individual’s background – I have the ability to identify mobility strengths and weaknesses that help create a foundation where we can work on a mixture of exercises that make you feel strong, work towards your goals and do exercises that might be considered “annoying rehab moves”.

What do I value?  Quality over quantity. 

What do I hope for you? I want you to walk away from each session experiencing one of the following; thankful you moved your body, determined to keep working on your weaknesses, excited you learned something new, relaxed with knowing you modified something you weren’t ready for, surprised that you lifted something you never thought possible and confident that you are one step closer to whatever your goal may be. 

I am extremely comfortable and experienced with all ages and abilities. 

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Vanessa Ooms

Vanessa first found yoga and meditation in the rec centre of her hometown of Elkford, BC and found the combination of breathwork and visualization to be calming and grounding.

Vanessa’s passion is sharing holistic practices that are accessible to all, so that everyone can experience growth, freedom and peace. She is an Entrepreneur, Graphic & Web Designer, Author, Speaker, Reiki Master Teacher & Meditation Teacher. She facilitates group meditations and has built a tight-knit spiritual community around her social media platforms. She helps new and seasoned business owners brand their offerings in a way that feels aligned and helps them navigate the online word.