Teachers

Yoga Teacher Kristin Campbell

Kristin Campbell

kristincampbellyoga.com

My friends call me KC, Mama-K, Kristin-Campbell, Krispy… I am a woman with many pseudonyms, take your pick. When I’m not teaching you might find me being wowed by my zany daughter, bouncing on a trampoline, picking snap peas off the vine, bbqing with friends, going for a fabulous coffee, or ‘nature bathing’ in the beauty of my surroundings in Squamish, BC. In addition to all things yoga, I keep myself active with crossfit, biking, hiking, trail running, snowboarding, and occasional all night dance parties.

Living Ayurvedically is a passion of mine. Ayur = Life, Veda = Knowledge. Living according to the daily and seasonal rhythms is intuitive, accessible and simple. Ayurveda is considered kitchen medicine. Treat the body first with food. That said, I am obsessed with the power and healing potential of food! I love it all, from kitchari to oil pulling with coconut oil, from superfoods to roasted yams, from watermelon radishes to caribou medallions with black cherry compote, get in my belly!

Yoga Teacher Julia McCabe

Julia McCabe

I’d like to begin by thanking all of my teachers and friends who got me here in the first place. First and foremost: Patrick Creelman, Kristin Campbell, Paul Dallaghan and the teachers of Pure Yoga Hong Kong who I taught with (2005-2008) Ana Forrest and all my students since 2003. I’d also like to thank my inspiring professors during my time studying Kinesiology at McGill University. My degree actually came into good use! Growing up, I also learned the art of pedagogy by watching my schoolteacher parents and later my big sister. They’d come home slugging grocery baskets full of text books, eyes burning over late night report cards and sometimes heartbroken over kids who showed up with the same clothes and no lunch every day. My first teachers, my parents, they are my gurus.

To be straight up, yoga found me, I didn’t necessarily find it. I made fun of my first yoga teacher and through my teen years found most of what yoga professed…to be a load of bull. True story. I had NO clue what I was stepping into. Since 2000, after meeting my first true teacher, it has been a natural evolution, a slow simmer of a magnificent journey. The genuine positivity that vibrated off Patrick during my first class with him in 2000 seemed to affect everyone in the room. Whatever it was that he had, I knew I wanted to live the same way. What I learned was this level of energy wasn’t unique to just Patrick, it seemed that every teacher I encountered who was living in his/her passion lit up rooms and made everyone feel instantly at ease.

I have traveled the globe ever since, teaching trainings twice a year since 2010 in Nicaragua. It has been quite a journey between hard work. sweat, tears, doubt, acceleration and loving connections: from the Daintree Rainforest to the windy mountaintops of Spain. I know I’m a teacher because everything keeps aligning me back to this role even when I think I’ve failed. It is a “job” that arrived quietly at first – like an unexpected new love, I was nudged along, shy and steady to stand at the head of the class. I eventually came into my louder voice that turned out to be a true one for me. It is my wish for all those who study with me to feel the same: to feel whole and to feel heard.

Yoga Teacher Heather Obre

Heather Obre

My relationship with yoga began nearly 14 years ago, and it is a love affair that I will forever cherish. No matter what else has changed in my life over and beyond the last decade, yoga has been my trusted and constant companion. Every time I unroll my mat and take my first forward fold it is like coming home, and beginning a brand new journey of discovery all at once. Encapsulated within one practice is the symbolism and beauty of an entire life’s cycle, but with ever the potential of carrying the wisdom and experience you accrue into the next life, and the next practice. And so on…

I took my first 200 HR teacher training through what is now the Vancouver School of Yoga in 2009, with a strong focus on Hatha and Vinyasa. I followed up with an 80 HR certification in Hot Yoga from YYoga with the inimitable Kristin Campbell in 2011. In 2012, I added Pilates to my repertoire after finishing my certification in Classical Mat Level 1 with Laura Phelps in Victoria, BC. I then spent the next 3 years teaching Hot, Pilates, Flow and Power in North and West Vancouver, mainly for YYoga. In the summer of 2015 I attended a week-long Power Vinyasa Intensive with the amazing Clara Roberts-Oss and began incorporating the Prana Flow style made famous on the east coast into my classes on the North Shore.

My style and sequencing is challenging and invigorating. With a childhood background in dance, I love to weave postures together with musical accompaniment. My playlists are a large part of the experience, especially in Vinyasa. It is always my goal to leave you feeling better when you leave than when you arrive, but wrung out in the best possible way. It is my believe that in order to tap into the bodies’ full potential and in order to quiet the mind enough to do so we must fuel our inner fire, the tapas, and burn brightly from the inside out. This is how we become the physical and metaphysical manifestation of Namaste: the divine light dwelling within us greeting that of another in communion.

To me, inverting on the hands is the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground. It requires focus, agility, strength, grace and trust. When body and soul align, everything falls into place and you feel calm, weightless and free. In yoga, just as in life however, we must be willing to tumble and fall. We must remember what truly matters and develop our practice from our hearts and our individual truth. With a sense of humor we must intrepidly walk the path set before us. What I love about this practice is how it encourages each of us to build an awareness that evolves over time: months, years, a lifespan. This awareness can teach us not only how to fly on our hands, it can teach us about honesty, integrity and love.

When not on my mat I’d like to be found out in nature hiking a mountain or skiing, but these days being a mama to my baby boy keeps me pretty busy. I look forward to when he is old enough to join my husband and I on the trails and slopes, but in the meantime, motherhood is teaching me more than I ever could have imagined about life and myself. It is the most incredible, the most challenging and humbling experience. Thank goodness I have my practice to keep me grounded and sustain my sanity! I am so thrilled to be joining the team here at North and share my passion for Yoga with this vibrant community.

Yoga Teacher Steve Merkley

Steve Merkley

Steve started practicing yoga in 2000, and has been teaching since 2001. He has studied with John Friend, Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Bikram Choudhury, Paul Grilley and many other amazing teachers from all over the world. Steve has years of study and certification from several yoga schools, including the Bikram Yoga College of India, the Baptiste Institute, and the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga.

He has travelled the world teaching yoga, including 3 years in Hong Kong, 1 year in Australia, and 6 years as a studio owner/director in Vancouver, Canada. Nearly 2 decades of study in various practices of healing and schools of philosophy, have provided Steve with a deep understanding of the human condition. With his background as a Physical Therapist, and as a multi-sport athlete, he has gained extensive knowledge of the human body.

Steve’s wealth of experience, and easy-going nature, make his classes both playful and sweet, as well as mindful and deep.

Elizabeth Nerland

Yoga Teacher. Founder and Executive Director of the West Coast Yoga Foundation. Reiki Master. BN (bachelor of nursing). BKin (bachelor of kinesiology). Wife. Mother of 3 toddlers. Green Thumb. Chef. Baker. Environmentalist.

Elizabeth recognized her life’s calling the moment she set foot on a yoga mat for the first time seven years ago. She teaches Yoga as a tool for transformation – working with breath and intention to enhance physical wellbeing and daily living. She sees Yoga as medicine and infuses Eastern philosophy with Western science in order to teach you the “how” and “why” of different poses, sequences and breath techniques. In her classes you will laugh, sweat, breathe, cry, face challenges, rise up, rest deeply, and smash your illusions. Elizabeth is best known for the hands-on assists (massages) she performs during classes, and her passion for uniting community through the art of Yoga. In the words of Mother Teresa, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.” Elizabeth’s ultimate goal as a teacher is to guide the students to ​​wake up to their inherent connection to all of humanity, to the Earth, to the animals and to the Divine. From this place, true peace is born.

Elizabeth is grateful for her most influential teacher, Tina Pashumati James, as well as the many other teachers who have left their inspiring mark on her heart – Eoin Finn, Teresa Campbell, Victoria Grace, Max Strom and many others.

Sabine Hagen

Sabine Hagen

sabinehagen.com

I love all Yoga, I will practice what ever I can from as many teachers as I can. Yoga goes beyond the postures and the flexibility and continually teaches you compassion, patience, and kindness for yourself and those around you. I try to learn something new about myself in every class. It is mostly challenging and always rewarding.

At the moment the classes I offer are:

  • 26+2 the Bikram series
  • Yin Yoga
Yoga Teacher Kirsten Greene

Kirsten Greene

Kirsten was a headstand aficionado as a toddler and then a competitive gymnast as a kid. Pushing her body to it’s limits lead to surgery and a diagnosis of osteoarthritis as a teenager. Every sport she tried resulted in pain and swelling. She began to look at her knee as a disability until she discovered yoga in 2009. Through yoga her knee began to heal, and so did everything else.

Kirsten’s years of yoga have taught her an appreciation for form, the incredible therapy found in moving the body, and a respect for individual anatomy. Yoga has shown her how to live in the light- free from medication. That possibility of seeing a way through the good and bad times using the body as a medium, is what she wants to share with her students. Kirsten is trained primarily in Hatha yoga having studied the Bikram Method in Los Angeles. She has also studied prenatal yoga, and Ashtanga yoga. You can still find her upside down staying true to her roots.

Brittany Sharpe

www.brittanysharpeyoga.com

Brittany Sharpe is a talented and passionate Yoga Teacher who resides in Squamish, BC. She first found yoga while travelling to South East Asia, and instantly knew that this practice would be with her for a life time. In Brittany’s classes you can expect to feel nourished and rejuvenated. She is a strong Vinyasa teacher who can challenge her students with encouragement and ease. Brittany creates a space that is accessible for anyone whether you are just starting out or if you have been practicing for years. She naturally guides her students in and out of poses gracefully weaving them together like a natural melody. You can be prepared to go deep in her class and reflect inward on the intention behind your practice.

Brittany took her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Mike Nichols at the Shine Shack in Vancouver, BC. In this training she gained a solid foundation in vinyasa yoga, mantra and meditation. More recently, she completed a Yin teacher training with Jodi Dodds at North Yoga.

Her classes bring a sense of compassion with an emphasis on sound healing and movement for longevity. Brittany is also studying at “The Institute of Holistic Nutrition” in Vancouver. She loves to share her knowledge and wisdom on plants, herbal medicine and healing foods.