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/
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
Kate Franklin has been a student of movement since she was four years old. She has been a professional contemporary dance artist for over a decade. She took her first yoga class in 2000 and has been hooked ever since. She became a yoga teacher through the Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training program at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica in 2008. She believes that the transformative power of yoga lies in the simple joy of linking movement and breath. In her classes, she strives to create a playful, nurturing environment, where students can discover their own potential.
Kate believes that no teacher is more important than the teacher inside each member of her class – in her classes, students have the freedom to go at their own pace. Kate believes that the physical practice of yoga is a valuable tool to balance the body, calm the mind, create awareness and focus, develop compassion for ourselves and for those around us, gain new perspectives on life, and to experience the freedom of being unattached to results.
Kate is driven by a curiosity about movement and the body. To this end, she keeps up her own education by continuously attending numerous workshops and classes focused on different movement systems. She loves to share her newfound knowledge with her students.