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.
Olivia is a Yoga, Barre, and Pilates instructor. Olivia’s journey into movement started at a young age with dance. She loves to fuse Dance, Yoga, Barre Fitness, Pilates, Relaxation, and Mindfulness together to create a perfect flow in which one can grow, sweat, strengthen, stretch, and release. She believes that exercise is great for both the mind and the body, and that it should be inclusive to any set of abilities or fitness level.
When not on the mat, Olivia works as a youth worker and is working towards becoming a Special Education Teacher. In her role as a youth worker and a fitness teacher she focuses on building healthy and empathetic relationships to fully support her clients.
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.
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.
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.
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