Studio Instructors- To combine to create
Martina Forster, Occupation Therapist, RYT
Martina discovered yoga 15 years ago and has been teaching since 2015 specializing in therapeutic yoga. Through yoga teacher training she experienced a deeply healing and grounding experience that she hopes to share with others. She continues to expand her knowledge and experience as a teacher each day, learning from her students and teachers.
As an occupational therapist, Martina works primarily with Neurological rehabilitation. She has a special interest in teaching gentle and therapeutic yoga for injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as one-on-one yoga for those new to the practice or wanting some specialized guidance specific to injury or illness.
Martina’s classes focus on the importance of breath-focused movement and grounding to help meet the daily challenges of our lives. She uses her training as an OT in conjunction with training as a yoga therapist and fitness instructor to work with clients to improvement their movement, decrease their pain, and release stress from the body and mind.
Carolyn Pigott, RMT, RYT
Carolyn has worked closely with experienced Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists, in gym, clinic and spa settings. She has over 17 years experience and has learned many valuable perspectives on how to encourage healing and functionality to return where it has gone out of balance.
Since graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver in 2001, Carolyn has taken post graduate courses in Systemic Deep Tissue Massage, Muscle Balance and Function, Muscle Energy, Joint Mobilization, Visceral Manipulation, Somatics, Yoga for Massage Therapists, Myofascial Techniques and continues to learn and grow as a Somatic Yoga Instructor by witnessing students find more comfort and mobility in her classes.
Tamara Tutt, RYT
Tamara has been teaching yoga since 2013. She started with practicing and teaching hot yoga and quickly found herself experiencing more than her practice could support or explain. She was feeling all the feels and seeking more. This lead her to dear teacher Teresa Campbell (La Lupa Via) from whom she learned to teach prenatal yoga (and so much more). This training was an awakening. Soon after, she travelled to India to take a Kundalini Yoga teacher training with Gurmukh and her husband Guru Shabd. There she immersed herself in over 400 hours of yogic training (Aquarian Teacher Training as taught by Yogi Bhajan).
Tamara believes in the innate power that lives in each one of us. Everything we need is already inside of us and we each possess specific and vital knowledge that needs to be shared. Ancient wisdom teachings like yoga, numerology, astrology, meditation and self study help us to stop wasting time on judgment and love and accept ourselves more fully.
Mary Tuares, RYT
Born in the Phillipines, Mary moved to Canada in 2015. She was first introduced to Sivananda Yoga in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the practice. Over many years, her work in holistic environments in the Phillipines has given her the opportunity to experience various approaches to yoga, explore their variants, and styles. In 2010 she discovered the Ashtanga Vinyasa Tradition and has studied its history, philosophies and benefits.
Mary is passionate about this lineage and is excited to bring this passion, knowledge and belief to each class.
Alicia Boreheim, RYT 500
Alicia was 20, backpacking through Australia- eager and open to experiencing the fullness of life & discovering a newfound confidence within herself, that’s when yoga found her. Since then she has practiced & completed schooling in different systems of yoga under the guidance of many gifted teachers. The lineage Alicia is most grateful for is that of Baba Hari Das who said “If you work on yoga, yoga will work on you”.
This work has transitioned her focus on experience into the dedication to Svadhyaya (self-study), understanding and the path of Bhakti yoga.
Alicia is passionate about teaching from a creative, heartfelt place & sharing the therapeutic gifts of yoga: Balancing slow mindful movement & supported stillness, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda, Mudras, Chanting and Meditation.
Sarah Gregg Granger, RYT 200
Sarah has been practicing a variety of yoga styles for over 20 years. She trained to become a yoga teacher at the Nada Yoga School in Rishikesh, India. Being a singer/songwriter and music lover, she has naturally been drawn towards the practices of Nada Yoga, the Yoga of Sound. She is currently working towards her Sound Yoga certification. By sharing her gift and following her heart, she hopes to spread harmony through sound practice.
Mitchell Gelz, RYT 200
Having grown-up on the west coast Mitch has always held a great appreciation for the beauty of his natural surroundings. Movement whether in athletics, being in the outdoors, or through the practice of yoga have always been Mitch methods for finding peace of mind.
After 10 years of practice Mitch felt the call to embark on yoga teacher training. He brings an accessible, dynamic, and thoughtful approach to his instruction of yoga and seeks to create a comfortable atmosphere for all students.