Mind & Body – Instructors

Rebecca Wong Him Yung

Bio

Nine years ago, what started off as moral support for a friend lead to regular yoga practice. Armed with a degree in architectural science, Rebecca knew the importance of structural integrity, but her impatience and competitive nature drove her to strive for a posture that simply looked good in a mirror. By using her natural flexibility as a crutch, not only did she compromise her practice, but she invited and provoked injury. When the injuries did occur, and there were many, she was unable to be content with a modified practice and self-prescribed more yoga. An eight year power struggle finally came to a head when she commenced her 200hr YA yoga teacher training journey at Karma Teachers.
Learning the scientific beauty behind the form and function of the asana and that practicing compassion to others can only be achieved if you are truly kind to yourself first, Karma Teachers stripped away years of armour revealing a goofy and creative vulnerability – taking yourself so seriously all the time was no fun at all.
Her classes are a tell tale sign of her love for the performing arts, part improv comedy, classical ballet, circus antics and slam-dunk competition.  She focuses her physical practice on establishing a foundation and letting her movements be dictated by breath. Reflecting on the fact that even in stillness your breath moves your body, why not allow your breath to flow through all of your movements; seduce your body, don’t force it.

Qualifications

CYA-RYT 200 – Karma Teachers College, Vancouver, BC
18hr Pre & Post-Natal Yoga Teacher Training – Lori Lucas, Vancouver, BC
Mentorship with Shannon Cluff (completion February 2016)
Bachelor of Architectural Science (B.Arch.Sc) w/ Project Management Major – Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Program(s) Taught

Vinyasa Yoga – Tue (12:00 – 12:55) – SRC Dojo

Hanne Vieira

Bio

Hanne has been teaching yoga for over 10 years in Vancouver. Her philosophy is to create an environment that helps the individual replace temporary and superficial trends for more permanent and sustainable practices. Spirituality, awareness, self-acceptance, integrity are some of the values that she cherishes most.

She brings a special versatility, dedication and challenging exploration of yoga/pilates to every class. You can expect Hanne’s class to be professional, dynamic and presented in a heartfelt, fun and supportive environment. Her focus is on alignment and therapeutics delivered in a thoughtful and thorough manner. In addition, she likes to use alternative compliments such as music, creative movement, capoeira and mindful practices to further enhance the practice. She values an interactive student-centered environment and strives to create an inspiring and uplifting practice that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.

Qualifications

Experienced and Certified in Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, Physical Mind Pilates methods, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (CSNN) and ongoing study of therapeutics and Tensegrity

Program(s) Taught

50/50 Yoga Pilates – Wed (12:00 – 12:55) – SRC Dojo
Pilates – Thu (12:00 – 12:55) – SRC Dojo
Pilates – Thu (16:00 – 16:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio
Flow Yoga – Thu (18:00 – 18:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio

Fiona Summers

Bio

Fiona Summers (BFA, RYT) is thrilled to be returning to teaching Hatha and Yin Yoga at UBC REC. Fiona is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher who completed her 250 hour certificate in Classical Hatha Yoga at Langara College. She has been practicing yoga for more than a decade and teaching for nearly five years. 

Fiona teaches a holistic Hatha class model with a focus on alignment and breath, with each class culminating in a short meditation (or mindful breathing) practice. In 2016, Fiona updated her training to include Yin Yoga. She is very excited to share her love of yoga and its many healing benefits, and hopes to further her training in a 500 hour teacher training course in the near future.

Qualifications

250 HR Yoga Teacher Training, Langara College
30 HR Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Langara College
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Yoga Alliance

Program(s) Taught

Hatha Yoga – Mon (12:00 – 12:55) – SRC Dojo

Loretta Siu

Bio

Loretta tried yoga for the first time during her second year of UBC many, many years ago. She can still distinctly remember how weird it felt moving in ways that were completely new to her. But she kept going back and the more she practiced, the more she felt both the physical and mental benefits – her back pain went away and she became a nicer person!

After practicing yoga for over ten years, she finally took the leap and completed her teacher training. What was initially just meant to be a step in her own personal growth and development progressed into so much more. She realised that sharing yoga with other people brought her immense joy and she had to keep doing it.

Her classes are uplifting – she strives to create a warm, welcoming space and encourages introspection and exploration. She also brings a genuine intention of making yoga accessible and fun. Whether it’s a slow, relaxing class or a fiery, powerful class, her hope is always that you will leave the class feeling better than when you came in.

Qualifications

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Semperviva Yoga
500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Program(s) Taught

Flow Yoga – Tue (19:00 – 19:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio