Crystal McMillan, MA, RNCP, FMP
Crystal has been studying the Iyengar tradition for 25+ years. Most of her teaching experience has taken place in the communities of Ucluelet and Tofino. Becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher begins with a long term and dedicated practice to his/her own practice. After being accepted into a teacher training program endorsed by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Crystal’s rigorous teacher training process is still ongoing at the Victoria Iyengar Centre under the guidance of Senior Instructor Leslie Hogya and Shirley Daventry French. An assessment process, overseen by a national association, holds Iyengar students to international standards and was designed to uphold the quality of these traditions teachings. After passing two levels of assessment, teachers are able to display the Certification Mark demonstrating a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence, and high standards of Iyengar Yoga. In 1999, Crystal completed a 3-year diploma program from the South Okanagan Yoga Association which deepened her understanding of the ancient philosophical underpinnings of yoga and is a member of the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). In addition to Crystal’s experience and knowledge of yoga, she holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is a practicing Registered Nutritional Consultant and Functional Medicine Practitioner. Crystal is a member of the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants (IONC), an organization that supports the professional development of its members and advances the field by providing access to research and education through many Partners. Click Here To View Crystal’s Class Schedule. Read Crystal’s testimonials here.
Tracey Pike, RYT 500 BCRPA, BCST
Tracey Pike is a certified BC Recreation & Parks Hatha Yoga Instructor and has been teaching in the Qualicum, Parkville community since 2004. Her passion is to help others overcome pain from disease or injury, since she was a sufferer herself from chronic pain due to arthritis since she was a young adult. Since attending her first yoga practice in 1994, her life has changed in so many ways and she loves to share that opportunity with others. Patience, discipline and finding joy in what you do, is just a few of those attributes that she will share.Being an instructor, means always learning and sharing. Over the years Tracey has attending many workshops and courses that include, anatomy, postural assessment, corrective exercise, yoga for the elderly, yoga for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, yoga safety and philosophy. Most recently her interest is in the bodies energy system and how it affects our being. Now teaching the Chakra energy philosophy and meditative work that can help align the body to better healing. This compliments her healing touch work that helps assist the client to be more balanced, physically, mentally and emotionally in a one on one session. Tracey completed her level 3 healing touch certification in 2012 and most recently has become a certified Biodynamics Craniosacral therapist. She does one on one sessions at her home in her treatment room. Please visit Tracey’s website for more information. Click Here To View Tracey’s Class Schedule
Leanne Brown, BA
Leanne has been passionately contributing to the health, wellness and fitness field for over 25 years as a fitness, health and wellness instructor, trainer and leader. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leisure Studies from UVIC, which involved studies related to human performance, wellness, recreation and health education. Leanne is a certified Medical Qigong Therapist and studies with Wendy Lang from Empty Mountain Institute and the IIMQ (International Institute of Medical Qigong). She begins her studies towards her Masters in Medical Qigong in 2015. Medical Qigong is a 5000 year old form of Chinese Energetic Medicine, and these studies combined with Leanne’s certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist, allow her to take a unique approach to her healing classes, workshops and treatments. Click Here To View Leanne’s Class Schedule. Read Leanne’s testimonials here.
Teresa Stanley, Iyengar Yoga Teacher Trainee
Teresa has been a keen Iyengar Yoga practitioner since 2014 and has recently been accepted into the teacher training program endorsed by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar at the Victoria Iyengar Centre. Teresa will train under the guidance of Senior Iyengar Instructors Leslie Hogya & Shirley Daventry French. An assessment process, overseen by a national association, holds Iyengar teacher trainees to international standards and is designed to uphold the quality of these traditional teachings. After a 3-year training period and passing two levels of assessment, teachers are able to display the Certification Mark demonstrating a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence, and high standards of Iyengar Yoga. The discipline, technicality and focus on the alignment aspects of Iyengar yoga was reminiscent of Teresa’s early ballet training. Teresa’s designation as a Natural Nutrition – Clinical Practitioner (NNCP) from the Alive Academy adds to her overall passion of bringing health and wellness to her students. Click Here To View Teresa’s Class Schedule.
Shauna Prouten, RYT 500, RD, IFNP
Shauna is a wellness practitioner who has long observed the connection between, mind/body/environment and overall wellness. As a Registered Dietitian for over 26 years working in our traditional healthcare environment she has recognized these intricate connections and this moved her to incorporate Yoga as part of her own personal healing practices. Shauna has explored the roots of yoga through Hatha Practice (SOYA), Ayurveda, Meditation,Restorative Yoga (Helen Mikuska), Yoga for PTSD (Tiffany Rose), Yoga for osteoporosis/osteoarthritis (Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall) , and Yin Yoga (Bernie Clark) and has even taken Hot Yoga Teacher Training (Calgary Hot Yoga). Not only has yoga been a method used for thousands of years to promote healing and balance, there is current research evidence that it alters the expression of our DNA – leading to a decreased production of cytokines which decreases inflammation in the body. This has the power to shift our health. Click Here To View Shauna’s Class Schedule.
Stephanie Grozell, Certified Pilates Instructor
Stephanie’s teaching reflects her passion for mind-body connection, developing self-awareness, and providing safe and progressive exercises to build on strength and flexibility while preventing injury. “My clients leave class feeling connected to their body, mobile, and informed about how to build their strength at their own pace.” Her classes have a focus on building core strength progressively, incorporating all muscle groups for overall strength and toning, and appropriate stretching for flexibility. Pilates is a great fitness choice whether you are making a come back from an injury, beginning to focus on strength in your body, or looking to prevent injury during other activities or everyday tasks.
Stephanie is certified in Mat Pilates 1 & 2 as well as Reformer Pilates. In addition to her training, and three years of experience teaching, Stephanie has completed her Diploma in Acupuncture, Certification in Yoga Instruction, as well as continued education with a focus in Pre & Post Natal client needs. Click Here To See Stephanie’s Class Schedule.
I pursued a career in Chinese medicine following a lifetime of playing sports and receiving treatments from many different modalities. As a varsity athlete at the University of Victoria, where I received my undergrad in Bio-Psych, I developed the intricate and powerful connection between wellness and elite performance. Through Oriental medicine I learned how to help the body heal, by treating it as a whole and getting to the root cause of the physical symptoms. Through manual osteopathic techniques I have learned how to assess misalignment’s and malpositioning in the musculo-skeletal system. This allows me to diagnose and treat the body in it’s entirety. As an Acupuncturist and a manual therapist in downtown Vancouver for over 10 years I have treated many professional athletes including: the Canadian Women’s soccer team, the Vancouver Canucks, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the BC Lions. I also worked with the 2014 Grey Cup winning team, the Calgary Stampeders and with the band U2 when they come through town on their tours. In addition to soft tissue treatments, I am passionate in treating a wide variety of conditions including: allergies, stress, digestion, addiction, sleep disturbances, depression, gynecological/menopausal issues, anti-aging facial work, and hormonal imbalances.