email: alix • 604.318.4066 • 2645 East Hastings Street
Alix Rodrigues has been teaching yoga since 2000, and has studied many styles of Yoga with world class and very inspiring teachers.
She has a passion for anatomy and the form and function of the body, and it is deeply reflected in her teaching. Her focus is to educate her students, empowering them to stand with awareness and move with integrity, not just physically but mentally as well. She also believes that a good laugh and a great sense of humor while doing yoga are crucial to the practice. You can expect laughter, insight, flow and stillness all within your yoga class with her.
Alix started Green Room Yoga (GRY) in 2004 by teaching out of her home. In 2008 when pregnant with her child, and with a wonderful and loyal group of students in tow and commitments from what she felt were truly some of the best teachers in the city, she opened GRY on Hastings, it's been a part of that neighbourhood ever since. The growth of Green Room Yoga and her daughter have paralleled each other nicely, creating equal measures of joy, laughter, harmony and a healthy dose of chaos.
Alix has completed a number of trainings, and is a 250 hour RYT yoga teacher as well as an 800 hour Vijnana Yoga teacher having completed the training with her longtime teacher Gioia Irwin in 2013. This practice is the one that she resonates most deeply with, loving the quietness, the strength, and the stillness that is Vijnana Yoga.
Alix has also studied with the Restorative Exercise Institute/Nutritious Movement as she continues her lifelong study and passion of learning functional movement so we really can move through life with ease, grace and integrity.
And because she really like to keep things busy, she also has an online organic nut business which helps her to fuel her passion for nourishing food, with her wonderful business partner Elana Cossever. www.nuthut.ca
Chiara Martini has used movement and dance as a medium for expression since she was 3. Moving into yoga, Pilates and functional movement as an adult helped her to find more stability and strength in all her movement practices such as dancing, hiking and climbing. Her teaching has a physio approach. She encourages her students to find more connection to their bodies through new and varied movements, so that they can then bring a new found awareness to all their movement practices.
Along with her 200 hour yoga training in India in 2014, she has completed a restorative yoga training with Daniel Clement and a mentorship program in Vijnana Yoga with Chris Clancy. In 2016 Chiara started her Pilates training with Balanced Body facilitated by Heather Low of Meridian Pilates. Additionally she has trained with Shannon Cluff and Slava Golubov, who have greatly influenced her; She finds that integrating biomechanics and functional movement into her classes offers her students a well rounded and mindful approach to movement. Helping her students find new connections and awareness in their own bodies brings her a lot of joy.'
Christina Niven ERYT 500 initially came to yoga in 1997 as an athlete and was drawn to a stronger form – Ashtanga Yoga of Sri Pattabhi Jois – which she practiced until moving to Vancouver in 2007. At that point, her training and practice took a turn toward a gentler and more inward focused approach and has continued into the realm of yoga therapeutics ever since. She has been teaching since 2000 and her training includes a solid foundation in yoga therapy, Vijnana yoga, Tantric yoga, Ashtanga yoga, anatomy, bio-mechanics, energy healing and shamanism. Her most influential teachers include Judith Hanson Lasater, Leila Stuart, Gioia Irwin, Gael Carter, John Friend, Susi Hately, Ron Reid and Dharmanidhi Saraswati. She is an avid lifelong learner/student and will likely study much more in years to come!
Through her years of experience, Christina has developed the ability to see and sense what is going on for someone in his/her body and adapt accordingly. She is detailed in her instruction with an emphasis on safe movement and alignment, while also inviting personal exploration and self-authority. She works with people ranging in age from their twenties to seventies and is comfortable adapting her instruction to suit whomever is in front of her. She regularly works with individuals who have experienced (or are currently experiencing) injury or illness and works therapeutically using yoga to regain health and function in body, mind and spirit. http://www.mindful-movement.ca/
Christine Stoddard has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She received her classical ashtanga/hatha yoga certification from the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2012 and Level 2 certification in restorative yoga from The Path in 2013.
Working from principles of tensegrity, ease and the quiet mind, Christine's teaching builds balance between strength and stability and works to integrate the sensing mind with the feeling body. She brings an openness, gentle presence and deep calm to her practice and is honoured to share her joy in teaching with the dedicated students of Green Room Yoga. Christine continues to deepen her commitment to teaching through various trainings, workshops and mentorship. She is currently completing the 800hr Vijnana yoga teacher training with Flo Dedame on Gabriola Island
Delia Brett has practiced Hatha Yoga since 1998 and has been a certified yoga teacher since 2002. She is a professional contemporary dancer. She draws experience in martial arts and traditional dance to create a flow yoga class that is appropriate for all levels of practice, gentle yet challenging. Her classes emphasize core stability, structural integrity and the attuning the mind with breath.
As we practice yoga we create space, space within our bodies and within our minds. Cultivating grace requires less that we learn to wrap our legs over our heads, but more that we learn to recognize our essential wholeness and inhabit it.
Jennifer Clarke teaches a blend of detailed instruction of postures, both physical and energetic alignment, and a foundational focus on breath. She encourages and supports students to find a sense of calm so they can listen to the subtle wisdom of their body. Jennifer guides students to find a deep and embodied practise building inner warmth. ”My experience is that yoga when practised consistently can be a powerful tool in supporting us to move into our full potential, to do well and thrive, and to move from a heart of goodwill and compassion for others and the world we inhabit. My experience is that our body is our best teacher and when we listen, healing follows.”
Jennifer has completed a 100 hour Ashtanga Teaching Training Methodologies with Fiona Stang, a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yogaworks Teacher Training with Catherine Munro, audited a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yogaworks Teacher Training, and Anatomy and Physiology at Langara College.
She is a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner and is completing a Masters level in Medical Qigong. She has completed hundreds of workshops and trainings in dance technique, yoga, meditation, buddhism, energetic healing and qigong by teachers locally and abroad. As well, she has over 15 years of movement training in contemporary dance and other forms of movement study. You can learn more about her at www.reallifeqi.wordpress.com and www.jenniferclarkeprojects.com
Jools Andres practice and teaching are influenced by Erich Schiffmann's Freedom Yoga, Ashtanga and Sivananda-styles, as well as TKV Desikachar-based yoga therapy, Zen Buddhism, and free-form dance. Other important influences include Michael Stone, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Paramhansa Yogananda. Her practice has led her to explore widely, listen deeply to felt sense, and learn through experience – "I do not adhere to a specific lineage or follow a guru."
In addition to teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops, she teaches studio classes, small practicum groups, and private sessions for all levels.
Jools holds a Bachelor of Arts in depth psychology and creative writing with extensive coursework in world religions, creation and grail mythologies, epistemology, and creativity. Post-grad training and experience includes wholistic expressive / play therapy, hypnotherapy, and counselling. She has several years clinical experience as a psychotherapist in multi-disciplinary health and wellness settings. She is registered as E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.
For the last 30 years or so Jools has worked primarily as a writer, editor, and graphic designer, with a few side-trips along the way.
For more visit joolsandres.com