Mind & Body – Instructors

Dana Chan

Bio

Dana grew up playing organised sports and always thought yoga would be easy, boring and just a fad… Until she actually tried it! She found it to be dynamic, very physically and mentally challenging. She was hooked. In 2014, she signed up for a 200 hour teacher training with Eoin Finn to deepen her practice. Once she started teaching, she fell in love with sharing what she knew to her students. To further her understanding of movement, she completed a 50 hour Mat Pilates teacher training.

Her classes create a safe space to explore and experiment with movement and shapes. But also opportunity to find stillness and slow down from the busyness of life. As a student of yoga and movement, she is constantly trying to broaden her knowledge. She also teaches circus arts such as silks, hoop, hammock and flexibility.

Qualifications

200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training (RYT 200) with Eoin Finn, Blissology

50 Hours Mat Pilates Teacher Training, Yogacara

27 Hours Kids and Family Yoga Teacher Training, Kids Rainbow Yoga

40 Hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Danielle Hoogenboom, Love Light Yoga

CPR Certified

Program(s) Taught

50/50 Yoga Pilates – Wed (12:00 – 12:55) – SRC Dojo

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

Mat Pilates – Thu (12:00 – 12:55) – SRC Dojo
Strength Core Yoga – Thu (18:00 – 18:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio

Kristiina Oinonen

Bio

Kristiina is committed to a life-long journey of yoga as a way of balancing modern living, work, wellness and community. Her goal is to provide a strong Hatha Flow class, where everybody– regardless of level or skill – is included, challenged and fulfilled. She aims to make yoga accessible, non-intimidating and above all, enjoyable. She celebrates every day with gratitude for the incredible opportunity to teach and study yoga.

Kristiina was inspired by her history of competitive Figure Skating to the take on this path. Movement has always been sacred to her. The feeling  of freedom, dance, flight and fluidity is what motivates her. As well as the wonder of how the body anatomy and physiology work with the divine to collectively rejuvenate and heal the body and mind.

Kristiina invites you to be playful in your practice, remembering that lightness is found in spirit!

Qualifications

200 hour Yoga Alliance,  MOSSA Group Centergy and  BCRPA YogaFitness Certification with over 10 years of teaching experience.
BCRPA Certified fitness Instructor and teaches cardio, step, and bootcamp fitness classes in Vancouver

Program(s) Taught

50/50 Yoga Pilates – Tue (17:15 – 18:10) – SRC Dojo

Emma O’Shea

Bio

Emma grew up in Dublin, Ireland and had a passion for dance from the age of 4. She practiced many different forms of dance mainly focusing on ballet, modern and Jazz. Emma then developed an interest in Pilates as similar to dance it requires and builds on core strength, balance and flexibility. Having an interest in how the body moves Emma went on to study Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin. Emma became STOTT Pilates certified on mat in January 2015.
Emma’s intent during the class is to teach body awareness and how to find proper alignment of the body in order to strengthen the core and feel length through the body.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy 2009
STOTT Pilates mat Certified January 2015

Program(s) Taught

Mat Pilates – Mon (16:00 – 16:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio

Fiona Summers

Bio

Fiona Summers (BFA, RYT) is very excited to be teaching Hatha 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 nearly a decade and teaches at several studios and companies in the Vancouver area, including Namaste Yoga, DIALOG Architecture, and HCOS (Heritage Christian Online School). 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. 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.

You can reach Fiona with any questions or queries about upcoming series and classes at omfionaom@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter @omfionaom.

Program(s) Taught

Hatha Yoga – Wed (7:30 – 8:25) – Ponderosa Commons Studio