Lesley “Japa” Morgan

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance

Lesley’s life changed in 2016 when she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga By The Sea. She began by teaching karma classes at the studio, then coordinating the program to allow teachers-in-training the opportunity to practice their new craft. Through this service (Seva), she found her heart opening and her mind quietening, deepening her own practice.

In 2019 she continued her journey through the completion of her 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Hasu, and expanding her teaching to Wake Up Yoga and then Restorative Yoga at Yoga By The Sea, as well as other classes in her community.

Lesley’s Testimonial

My life has had such a profound shift that I wish everyone can feel the benefits of yoga.

I love how yoga can bring in a sense of community during a class. Where strangers can become friends and neighbors become family.

In my classes I honor my students by meeting them where they are. My students are held with love, respect and compassion.

I never know what I will bring to the mat in any given class. I like to be just as surprised as my students as to where the class goes. I like to think I teach from the heart connecting to my students through meditation, mindful movement, or even dancing.

Life can be so serious I like to remind my students to laugh and have fun.

I’m looking forward to bringing what I learn into my classes. I’m also attempting to learn how to play the ukulele. For me it’s a challenge as I don’t have a musical bone in my body. And maybe just maybe I will bring that into my classes as well.

Light and Love,

April “Darshana” Qureshi

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance

Darshana happened upon a yoga class in 1990 in Vancouver, Canada and found breath (prana) as the connection between body, mind and spirit.

Darshana is a yoga and meditation teacher RYT500, I AM Yoga Nidra™ certified advanced facilitator, peak performance coach (ICF-PCC), writer, speaker, 3rd black-blet aikido and award-winning entrepreneur. She facilitates classes, private lessons, retreats and workshops for courageous yogis, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Judith Anandi Grieve

Judith “Anandi” Grieve

Current Class Leading-
Chair Yoga, for over 55s
Assisting as adjustor – Restorative Yoga
Sub-Yin Yoga
Seva Yogi in the studio and during courses

Among many others, Bhakti Hasu, Prabhat & Lyne Lantaigne have been my esteemed Yoga teachers, via participation in TT1 and TT2, and through taking their divine classes at Yoga By The Sea.

A personal goal of mine is to become an old lady with an excellent posture and a happy outlook.


Roxanne Sammartino

Roxanne “Moksha” Sammartino

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance

Roxanne feels that her life is always evolving and yoga has been a solid foundation which has helped her cultivate peace, clarity, and gratitude.

Roxanne began practicing yoga in 2002 with Sharon Tron (OmSweetOm, Sunshine Coast).  After completing her first teacher training (Kids Yoga) at Semperviva in 2014 she has continued to deepen her Yoga practice and expand the scope of her trainings.  Roxanne completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga By The Sea, 2014), Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Semperviva, 2015), Yoga Outreach Training (2015), Yoga Nidra Training (Yoga By The Sea, 2017), and her 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga By The Sea).

Roxanne’s goal is to help her students find and maintain a peaceful mind and body.  She emphasizes breathing and the power of being present to create connection with self and each moment.  Yoga is more than poses; her wish is that with practice and intention her students will unfold not just on their mats but into their everyday lives.

“Life is a Divine Leela (play); Let’s embrace our differences, support each other through challenges, learn how to laugh at ourselves, and have gratitude for the gift of life around us.”

John McDougall | Yoga by the Sea

John “Hari Niranjan” McDougall-Goulet

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance

John was first exposed to yoga as a child in the late 1960s and dabbled with it sporadically over the next two decades. In the early 1990s he commenced a regular practice predominantly in the Mysore style of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, participating in workshops and training programs under such luminaries as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Eoin Finn, Sadie Nardini and Matt Giordano. Additionally, he spent many years under the tutelage of Andee Frizzell.

John is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with Yoga Alliance. He has completed one 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training under Amrit Institute Senior Teacher Hasu Marney Coulter, an initiate of the Kripalu Lineage, at Yoga by the Sea (an affiliate of the Amrit Method of Training). He is currently enrolled in a second 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training under Eoin Finn of The Blissology Yoga School. In addition, he is participating in a Meditation Teacher Training program under the guidance of Padma Shyam, a disciple of Swami Shyam.

His philosophy is that the microcosm of the mat is a reflection of the macrocosm of one’s life. “Our life experiences will manifest on the mat and what we cultivate on the mat will ultimately seep into our everyday life.”

He believes that yoga is a gift that provides each participant the opportunity to find harmonious balance in all aspects of life.

Jane Osborne, M.A., C.C.C. — Counsellor and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association - Yoga By The Sea

Jane Osborne

M.A., C.C.C. — Counsellor and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Jane Osborne has a small private practice, providing counselling to individual clients at Yoga By the Sea in the Moon Studio.

She has provided counselling to youth and adults for over 25 years, combining traditional psychotherapy approaches, with a Danish psychotherapy model integrating mind/emotion/body learning.

Jane’s focus is to help clients learn new skills to live satisfying and fulfilling lives, to build core strengths and inner resources to face life’s challenges. Her approach is strength and solution focused, increasing self awareness and expanding connection with self and others. Her approach is tailored to the individual client.

Her range of practice includes addressing issues of stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and building skills in the areas of assertiveness, communication, conflict resolution, relationship issues, and moving through life challenges and crises.

For more information and to book, Jane can be contacted on her website, via email or at 604-740-7862.

She offers one initial free visit.

Melissa “Atma Indrani Chandra Devi” Lyons

Melissa ‘Atma’ Lyons is a long-time Yogi who is passionate about supporting people as they explore the connections between their body, mind and life. She believes that embodiment practices and meditation are key to staying grounded and joyful during these chaotic times, and offers solutions for people looking for more peace through her yoga therapy sessions, 9-week group programs, and yoga asana classes.

She graduated from Yoga By The Sea’s first teacher training in 2012 and was completely drawn to the profound awarenesses that arose from yoga therapy practices. She became a certified yoga therapist in 2014 and a certified yoga therapy group facilitator in 2015.

Her presence and authentic way of be-ing and teaching have established her as a sought out practitioner, teacher and mentor. In addition to founding Body Mind Wisdom (2016), she teaches segments of 200hr yoga teacher trainings (YTT) locally, and is the Course Director of the Group Facilitation Program, at Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy in Massachusetts. A school that is the oldest of its kind in North America, and accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a modality that is holistic. It uses breath, movement and meditation practices to access one’s innate wisdom; facilitating healing and harmony in one’s life. Practitioners believe the body holds the answers to our questions if we just learn to listen to it. PRYT can be experienced in either a 1hr private session or through a 9-week theme-based group series. See for testimonials and more information.

Expect your time with Melissa to be life-changing.

Certifications: C-IAYT800, RYT500, SMART-Ed Facilitator, Creative Relaxation Yoga Therapy for people with special needs

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
Nicola Tiburzi | Yoga by the Sea

Nicola Tiburzi

As a teen, Nicola Tiburzi became a dedicated student of yoga. She has studied the Iyengar method since 2001. On two occasions Nicola has taken courses with the Iyengar family and resident teachers of RIMYI in India, and studied with Geeta Iyengar and Abhijata at four intensives in North America. She continues to develop her teaching skills with Louie Ettling, who apprenticed with Wendy Davis. Both were inspired by instruction with BKS Iyengar.

In 2014 she was a patient in medical classes at RIMYI for reproductive health, during which time she was the beneficiary of instruction from Stephanie Quark. From her personal experiences, Nicola is passionate about teachings that support women’s health issues and she integrates them in general classes. In 2015, through the grace of yoga she birthed a son, who came into the world peacefully, at home, unmedicated. She has taken training on the subjects of supporting healthy pregnant students and yoga for scoliosis.

Lyne Lantaigne

B.Ed., BFA, Registered Yoga Therapist, CYA-E-RYT 550, C-IYAT

I’m an experienced Yoga Therapist specializing in the therapeutic application of Yoga for people of all walks of life.

I have been teaching Yoga and meditation classes and offering private yoga therapy sessions for over 20 years.

Through my programs I have helped hundreds of people. I understand how to work with your body to alleviate pain and I endeavour to teach you the tools to understand how to do that for yourself.

Your life is written in your body. I help guide you in uncovering and honouring your body’s messages. The process moves from the physical to the subtler level of your mind and emotions. From your first session you will experience the benefits:  you will move with more ease, feel more emotionally and mentally calm and balanced, and enjoy a growing sense of self-mastery.

Other movement practices and areas of study that inform my teaching are Somatics, Feldenkrais, Tensegrity Repair, Qi Gong, Functional Anatomy (Anatomy Tains) applied to Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness practices, Meditation, Reiki (Certified Level 3 Practitioner), Energy and Sound Healing.