Mak ( M. Aslam Khan )
As a Martial Arts teacher, I started practicing yoga in India 1982 under “Bihar School of Yoga” where I did courses in Hatha Yoga, Advanced Pranayama and Chakra Sadhana. At the “Art of Living”, I have done the Beginners and Advanced courses. Then I practiced Sivananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga for a while. As I moved on with my quest, I did my Teachers Training courses under Shiva Rea in Boston, Masachusettes at the Kripalu Yoga Centre. Later, I completed 500 hours of Teachers Training registered with Yoga Alliance: 200 hours Hatha Yoga in Vancouver at Open Source Yoga. 300 hours Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. For the past 2 years, I have been doing courses at the Isha Yoga Foundation in India: Intense Hatha Yoga course, Inner Engineering, Advanced Meditation course (Shuniya) and Suriya Kriya. I continue to seek the yogic path.
I also hold a 3rd degree Black Belt in Canadian Shotokan Karate. Since the year 2004, I have stopped teaching Karate and remain fully devoted to the yoga practice.
In my teaching I love to keep Yoga traditional in its roots. My teaching method is based on power vinyasa flow but I also bring a lot of variety from all that I have learnt. My teaching can be intense, moderate or gentle depending on the students. My intention is to bring out the very best in every student and to see them feel light, refreshed and energized by the end of each class. My goal is to cultivate a balanced healthy life style in every individual student recognizing the spiritual qualities such as compassion, love for life and for all human beings, encouraging everyone to explore their inner strength and vitality, thus igniting the fire of yoga within.
Since the 80’s I’ve been practicing a yogic system of highly energizing postures and exercises that originated in the Himalayas called The 5 Tibetans which kept me energized, motivated and helped me deal with the stress and dramas of everyday life. My personal practice later evolved to include 4 years of Shotokan Karate and 3 years of Bikram Yoga. After this exploration, I decided to dedicate myself to a daily home practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. In 2009 I met my teacher Shiva Rea who inspired me to teach yoga with devotion and compassion.
About my trainings:
- 140 Hours – Evolutionary Journey Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea
- Anusara Immersion 1 – Beauty with Kenny Graham
- 200 Hours – Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Daniel Clement
- 50 Hours – Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark
- 20 Hours – Radiant Child Yoga Program, Level 1 & Level 2 with Shakta Kaur Khalsa
- 60 Hours – Yoga Philosophy, Eastern Anatomy and Traditional Practices with Mak (M. Aslam Khan)
- Going Deep Intensive Study for Teachers with Suzanne Slocum-Gori
- Yoga & Ayurveda, Teacher’s Exploratorium with Maria Garre
- Mentorship program with Galie Jean-Louis
- Megayoga: Yoga for Curvy Bodies with Megan Garcia
- Prenatal Yoga with Nancy Wile
- Restorative Yoga inspired by Gail Grossman & Melissa Krieger
- My personal studies continue on yoga for injuries and rejuvenation
- Teaching yoga full time since 2009 & loving it!!!
I am passionate about honouring the body, mind, and spirit connection in all people. I began my journey of Meditation & Solitude at the age of 12 when I was studying in an Irish boarding school in India. This practice filtered into my life and till today I see each person as divine and full of potential. I invite you to join me on this evolutionary journey: Together we will breathe, feel and discover!
My classess will encourage you to embrace the flow and allow the prana to guide you.
Prana: “life-force of creation” Flow: the state of unified consciousness
I invite you to experience yoga as the unfolding from your heart, from the fullness of your inner feeling, explore self inquiry, playfulness, movement and balance.
I started practicing yoga in 2004 and it has been part of my lifestyle since then. Through regular practice of asana, pranayama and meditation I’ve observed many positive changes and with continued practice I’ve been able to cultivate a calm energy and have developed a new perspective on life. As I continue to experience life I find yoga gives me strength to deal with day to day challenges, enhances my relationships and keeps me light hearted.
I started my teacher training journey in 2009 with Shiva Rea Prana Flow® Yoga, who ignited my inner fire and inspired me to spread the rhythm of yoga. I later met Kenny Graham with whom I experienced and completed Anusara Immersion 1. I furthered my studies in Alignment Yoga with Daniel Clement who enriched my ability to guide practioners through safe alignment and to honour beauty and grace in all expressions of hatha yoga postures. I completed Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa who introduced me to Kundalini Yoga and it’s dynamic movement and flow of energy. I am dedicated to updating myself and keeping the practice of yoga fresh and alive. Many thanks to Mak & Ayesha who are the Sun & Moon in my life. They are my parents, Karate and Yoga Teachers. They have been my guide from the beginning and may the divine continue to shine light upon them!
I believe practicing yoga is a scared journey where one discovers a whole new universe within. It’s never too early or too late to start, there is no competition as we discover and embrace yoga at our own pace. As we stay connected with the breath we improve on all levels, one step at a time.
Yoga helps me flow through life and stay on purpose. I’d love to share this spontaneous flow where you will experience boundless benefits and unlock your inner potential.
Kenzie has been practicing and studying yoga since 1998. She completed her 200 hour YTT at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2002 and her 500 hour YTT through Semperviva Yoga College in 2015. Though her advanced training has been primarily focused on Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin, she is most inspired by teaching complete beginners. She loves simplifying the practice and postures so as to be completely accessible to everyone regardless of their age, ability, or background. Her greatest intention when she teaches is to hold space for a student’s own meaningful practice intuitively and peacefully.
Anndee Raney Yoga informs everything in my life. From that perspective life is colored with the wide brush of yoga and buddhism. In yoga there is no separation between body mind and spirit. The three exist as a union -what happens to the mind happens to the body and spirit. The gift of being able to teach yoga is a very precious gift I do not take lightly.
The First lesson-ahimsa (non harming)-from here we can relate to our yoga experience without judgement letting go of habitual resistance and tension.
From this point yoga can expand for us, within and without. I always encourage adding meditation to the daily practice. This encourages a deepening and brings a wisdom which creates spaciousness and stillness not known in our world of technology.
No longer do we need to cling to material for security. That is seeking outside of us for that which lays within waiting for discovery. Coming home.
A beautiful quote of The Buddha from the Dhammapada
“all conditioned things are impermanent”. – when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.
Max first met the world of wellbeing and consciousness when he traveled to New Zealand, leaving behind his comfort zone where he grew up in Argentina.
In this magical land, he was first introduced into meditation and then into yoga which led him to question his life’s direction and intention.
He then kept traveling all over the world in search of new adventures, new lessons. He spent time in Australia, India, Peru, Mexico, in the US, in the Andean mountains of Argentina and in several other places where he studied and collected a vast variety of healing modalities and spiritual practices that led him where he is today.
Max is a certified Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Meditation teacher as well as a Sound and Crystal Healing Practitioner. During a healing session with Max, you will experience a deep sense of relaxation and depth while listening to the sounds created by his instruments, which will allow the energy of the crystals work on your own body’s energy. Max believes that while healing ourselves we release all layers of tension that prevent us from seeing reality as it truly is, which leads to a heart-centered life full of Joy and happiness.
Bio coming soon….
Daniel is a Kundalini Yoga teacher. He welcomes you to explore his classes with an open heart. He is excited to share the various kriyas that are offered to strengthen and balance the chakras.
To me, yoga is about love, acceptance, and awareness. Gaining awareness of the body through meditative movement, and paying attention to the sensations that arise in the body during our practice. Strengthening the love for and acceptance of one’s own body just as it is, focusing on it’s capabilities, and exploring one’s physical threshold while respecting the body’s natural limits. Focusing attentiveness towards the breath and noticing how the breath affects our energy, vitality, and mood. Awareness of the mind, acknowledging intrusive thoughts that may pop up, accepting the thoughts without judgement, and dismissing them to come into the present moment. Yoga has helped me find peace within myself, and has aided me through the long journey of learning to love my own body. I aim to assist in others finding their own peace.
For over 10 years Jennifer has practiced yoga to realize its life-enhancing benefits of reduced stress while increasing personal flexibility, strength, and spirit. Yoga inspires her to live each moment mindfully. She has completed the 200 Hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India, (the yoga capital of the world), and taught yoga in Cambodia. In Jennifer’s classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. Jennifer seeks to help people of all ages and abilities to thrive in their lives by nurturing their body, mind, and soul with yoga. Her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Donna is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, musician and practitioner of Vedic Astrology. She has taught classes and workshops for 20 years, bringing Kundalini yoga to the North Shore in 2000. She was co-owner of Sat Nam Yoga from 2006 – 2011 and currently teaches at Rasa Flow as well as performing with her band, Shuniya, at yoga studios throughout Vancouver.
Heather is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. She loves to meditate and offer 40 Day Meditations. She has a warm heart and loves to share the experience of yoga to all!
The strength and agility of the body and mind are gifts that we carry off the mat and into the world, enabling us to face life’s challenges–be they great or mundane–with steadiness and ease. My hope is to nurture those gifts on the mat with mindfulness as well as a sense of joy. Having studied with some incredible teachers in Canada and abroad, I’m honored to be able to share the practice with others.
I was first introduced to yoga in the ’70’s when my mother started doing it. What she was doing looked interesting, so I gave it a try and liked it very much. But I didn’t stay at it very long and the subject completely left my head for decades.
Fast forward to 2001. Time Magazine ran a cover story about yoga. Instantly, my mind went back to those earlier times and I decided to give it another try. This time, it took. There has scarcely been a day since when I have not practiced, no matter where I was or what I was doing. That includes in such places as Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Spain, India and others.
When I first began going to studios, I thought it would be easier if I knew what to expect, so I I chose Bikram. Since then, I have evolved to the point where I now consider myself better off not knowing. For that reason, the wide variety in the classes at Rasa Flow has been ideal, both as a practitioner and especially now as a teacher. Teaching classes has all the benefits of taking classes, with the added advantages of being more rewarding and challenging. The teacher training course I just completed at Rasa Flow Yoga School was very thorough and has prepared me very nicely to meet these challenges.
Marna’s interest in yoga began almost 8 years ago and very quickly became a full blown life passion! Marna explores the practice of yoga as a moving meditation and infuses her classes with creative sequencing, empowerment, playfulness, and live music. She was initially introduced to yoga through singing, in hopes to expand breath control, but soon found a deep connection through music therapy and moving meditation.
An educator since 2015, Marna has completed 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and certification in Kundalini at Semperviva Yoga College, as well as completing a Music Diploma at Capilano University.
“Forget all that,” says Chris Ridout, Rasa Flow’s oldest and newest instructor. “I just want to keep what I have for as long as possible. Regular Yoga practice gives me the opportunity to age with strength, flexibility and grace.”
Chris has been practising Yoga on and off for over 30 years. What started in a romantic pursuit (unsuccessful) has turned into a lifelong practice. He started teaching in early 2002, leading Yoga classes for his international business students. This lead to a trip to India for formal training in Rishikesh, the ancestral home of Yoga and where the Beatles went to study meditation.
A Zoomer Yoga class is very much a traditional vinyasa-flow class but with lots of changes every week. Many options are given to get into and out of the poses so that regardless of your experience, physical limitations or age you can engage fully in the class. There is a regularity to the class where, although always changing in small ways, students can count on a sun salutation, a warrior asana and a longer warm-up and cool-down period in every class. This helps gauge your progress in your personal practice (if you choose).
“All Yoga asks is that you try.” Namaste!
Annette has completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Rasa Flow Yoga School. She is excited to share her knowledge and practice.
My intention in my yoga practice is to continually nurture a graceful quality within my innermost self, through mindful breathing, centering, grounding and embodying asana fully, integrating the body with the mind through breath. With a background in Modern Dance and ballet, my yoga journey began in the early 2000’s with nearly five years of regular practice in Bikram Yoga. In 2009/10, I completed the eleven month Moksha Yoga Teacher Certification Program. Since then, I have received further teacher trainings in: Y-Hot from Y-Yoga….Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga from Semperviva….and trauma sensitive yoga through Yoga Outreach in Vancouver.
From the start, my yoga practice has paralleled my meditation practice. Education in traditional Buddhist teachings at the Tilopa Centre in Vancouver led me in time, to the Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre.
In 2015, I completed Level 4 of the Shambhala Warrior training. The regular practice of yoga and the positive, gentle teachings of Shambhala help me to take yoga off my mat, into the world, with an open heart and the confidence and the courage to engage with the challenges of my everyday life. It is my wish to imbue my teaching with that same energy.
Apart from yoga, I am an avid gardener. The gardener is the humble warrior who is steadily moving towards humility and oneness with the earth. In 2014, I helped to create the Meditation Garden on the grounds of the Port Moody Station Museum, next to Rocky Point.