Jennifer is the owner of Sitka Yoga and Pilates. She is a Sidney born resident and descendant from Sidney’s pioneer family, the Brethour’s, who established the township of Sidney. Jennifer has always had a love for the outdoors and leading an active lifestyle with her family, from biking around the neighbourhood to hiking the West Coast Trail with her oldest son. Jennifer discovered her love for both Yoga and Pilates 12 years ago and she was hooked after attending her first class. Since then she went on to become certified to teach Pilates, Barre and then completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training here in Victoria. Jennifer can’t decide which practice she enjoys more, Yoga or Pilates. Often you will find her combining the two practices so that she can reap the benefits from both. Jennifer believes the two practices compliment each other well.
Arlene Curry has been a student of yoga for all of her adult life and did teacher training at the Yogananda Yoga Institute in Virginia in 2004. Gentle Somatic Yoga has become her passion and she finds great pleasure assisting others to realize their true self with this gentle but powerful practice.
Jeannie Stevens E-RYT500 has been teaching Yoga for over 40 years in Whitehorse, Yukon, Victoria and Sidney, BC. Jeannie’s balanced style of Yoga focuses on the whole person and incorporates breath work, yoga asana, relaxation, meditation into her classes. She also works therapeutically with individuals recovering from illness, injury or loss and those wishing to deepen their personal relationship with Yoga. In gratitude Jeannie honors her teachers, Swami Sivananda Radha and Gangaji. She is registered with Yoga Alliance (2001~2018) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (2004-2017).
Kirsten Roden has been a Yoga Instructor in Sidney since 2008. Kirsten has completed her 200 hr RYT with Yoga Alliance Intl. In addition she has studied senior yoga, yoga for PTSD, positive psychology of yoga & kids yoga. Kirsten started her career in Fitness & Nutrition in 2004. She brings a high energy level to all her classes, Her main focus is to teach safe and functional movements, while building strength and flexibility, and keeping range of motion as we age. Yoga is not about flexibility but about mobility.
Linda has her RYT 200-hour certification with Yoga Alliance and is a certified Yoga Fitness Instructor with BCRPA. She has certifications in Yin, Somatic, Restorative and Nidra yoga practices, and has her Older Adult population certification. Her Hatha classes provide a well-balanced combination of flowing poses meant to invigorate and strengthen, and these include balance and flexibility training. Her Yin classes offer gentle postures that stimulate the connective tissues to encourage flexibility of the joints and recharging of the body’s energetic system. Her Somatic, Restorative and Nidra classes inspire balance and renewal and stimulate a state of wellness. Linda brings a sense of fun and energy to her classes, and inspires curiosity within her students about what is possible.
Janet Budden’s journey to holistic health has been a gradual process. In 2012, she received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. She is also a trained Reflexologist and a retired Massage Therapist and plans to add YIN and Somatic training over the next few months. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, Janet’s class is tailored for you. Janet enjoys working closely with her students, encouraging them in their practice so they can endeavor to improve their mobility, alleviate chronic pain and enjoy life to the fullest.
A dear friend once commented … “a beautiful class … seamlessly gave lots of alternatives of expression so those of us who were challenged were empowered, and those of us that were tired could be exploratory”.
Angela Jane grew up in Aotearoa, ‘Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand and moved to Vancouver Island in 1998. She started her background in the fitness industry 9 years ago. Her curiosity about the world of yoga started soon after. She is a certified yoga instructor with many additional trainings in fitness conditioning and health certifications. Angela enjoys teaching classes with higher energy. She incorporates her knowledge gained in fitness and yoga to enhance the style of class that best suits her soul. She wants to share that passion in a balanced class style with a fun, intuitive, warm approach and a focus on fitness.
Anne Hainsworth’s yoga practise has been a constant thread in her life for more than 30 years. As a television producer and journalist, she has a natural curiosity and has explored many Hatha yoga disciplines including Kripalu, Yin, and Iyengar yoga.
In 2005, she did teacher training at the Pranayam Centre with Kirpalu teacher Brigitte Kortright. In 2008, she travelled to Goa, India where she received her 200-Hr Yoga Alliance certification from Yoga Arts director Louisa Sear. In 2009, she headed for Stockbridge, Massachusetts to attended teacher training with Yin Yoga instructor with Sara Powers.
Anne likes to share her enthusiasm for yoga with her students, and help them explore the postures in a meditative and safe manner. At Sitka, she’ll be teaching Yin yoga and Kripalu-inspired flow classes.