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Kamala Nitya

Kamala Nitya

has been teaching yoga full time since 2001 and practicing daily since 2000. Her classes are inspired by Martin Kirk, Erich Schiffmann and Chris Chavez and she has also studied with Pattabhi Jois, Tim Miller, David Swenson and John Friend. Kamala graduated from SOYA’s 500hr program and Shioki Yoga Therapy mentorship program in 2002 and completed teacher trainings with Tim Miller (Ashtanga) Chris Chavez (Anusara) and Erich Schiffmann (Freedom style) and in depth studies with Martin Kirk (Anusara). She is currently studying Yoga for Chronic Pain with yoga and pain specialist, Neil Pearson. She teaches alignment based yoga and is a lead trainer for SOYA’s 200 and 300hr hour Immersion and Extended yoga teacher training programs. Kamala is proud to be an Anusara-Inspired™ teacher.http://www.yogawarehouse.ca/2013/07/yogi-of-the-month-kamala-wilkie-august-2013/
Kassandra Morrison

Kassandra Morrison

began her yoga practice in 1996 with Iyengar yoga and has since studied Okido, Kundalini, Flow, Ashtanga, Kriya, and Yin yoga. She is a certified Shioki Yoga therapist and has been teaching yoga since 2002. Her teachings are a fusion of the various styles and systems of yoga she has studied. Her classes combine dynamic exercises for joint health and immunity with static poses for strength and flexibility. In addition to yoga, Kassandra spends a lot of time in meditation and has been fortunate enough to participate in three separate long term meditation retreats. She was initiated as Swami Kripananda in the Bhairava lineage of Rishikesh.
Cynthia Helm

Cynthia Helm

completed her SOYA 200hr extended yoga teacher training program right here at Purple Lotus Yoga in Penticton. As a graduate of the University of Victoria, with a Psychology degree and studies in Kinesiology, Cynthia has continuously explored the mind, heart, body connection throughout her life. She enjoys being a student of life, learning on and off the mat, and has expanded her knowledge base through attending various retreats and human potential experiences. Through her own yoga practice she has come to realize the countless benefits of yoga and enjoys sharing them with her students. Cynthia is also a certified Level 1 Mat Pilates instructor through Balanced Body Pilates and has completed Tony Robbins' Mastery University Program.
Courtney Mollins-Bidlake

Courtney Mollins-Bidlake

Completed her 200hr teacher training in 2013 and has since had the pleasure of completing a 50hr Yin certification under Bernie Clark and Dianna Batts, mentoring under Dale Mclean in Shioki Yoga Therapy as well as studies in Pre/Postnatal which connects her work as a doula with her love of yoga. She currently teaches specialized yoga classes for the Brain injury Society, MS and Muscular Dystrophy as well as classes for those in their golden years. Whether you are looking for a physical challenge or wanting to deepen your understanding of all things yoga, Courtney’s playful classes will allow you to explore your edges as well as the ethereal side of yoga.
Lorna McGill

Lorna McGill

Lorna completed Shioki Yoga Teacher training in 2003, followed by SOYA 500 in 2007 specialising in Yoga for Runners & Athletes. She has attended many workshops and trainings with yoga masters such Erich Schiffman, David Swenson, Rod Stryker, Dharma Mittra, Mark and Joanne Darby, Nikki Doane & Pam Radar. She is also a certified Stand Up Paddleboard yoga instructor with SUP Vancouver (2014). Lorna welcomes and embraces all level of students in her classes as they explore their own individual yogic journey!
Shauna Sprules

Shauna Sprules

 shares Prenatal Yoga and Mom & Baby Yoga at Purple Lotus. She discovered yoga as a young teen though her own mother and has continued to embrace yoga and learn from a variety of amazing teachers over the past 25 years. Her path to teaching began in 2002 after completing 200hr certification under the teachings of Baba Hari Dass at the Saltspring Centre of Yoga. Upon moving to the Okanagan, Shauna was fortunate to complete 500hr training with SOYA in 2004. She has specialized certifications in prenatal, postnatal and restorative yoga and is trained as a birth doula. Shauna is always inspired by the power of pregnancy, birth and new motherhood and though yoga hopes to help bring strength, confidence and calm to both expecting and postpartum women.
Sanaz Busink

Sanaz Busink

completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC. Her teaching style focuses on the mental, emotional and spiritual side of yoga rather than just the physical side. She has studied with Seane Corn, Sianna Sherman, Eoin Finn, Mara Branscomb, Madhuri Phillips, Baba Ram Dev as well as Sama Fabian, Cameron Gilley, Sara Manwing Jones, Christina Selda, Kristin Campbell, Josee Fontaine. Her classes consist of guided meditation, breathing exercises, and gentle yoga movements with longer holds all while sharing eastern philosophy, Indian mythology, poetry and stories from around the world.