Our Teachers & Practitioners


Crystal McMillan, MA, RNCP, CFMP, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Crystal2Crystal began her study of Iyengar Yoga in 1989. For the past 29 years she has practiced and studied with many senior teachers from Canada and around the world including Abhijata Iyengar, the granddaughter of B.K.S. Iyengar.  The majority of her teaching experience has taken place in the communities of Ucluelet and Tofino where she lived until 2008 before opening Bare Roots Natural Health and Yoga Centre in Parksville in 2013. In 1999, Crystal completed a 3-year diploma program from the South Okanagan Yoga Association (SOYA) which deepened her understanding of the ancient philosophical underpinnings of Yoga. 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 Registered Nutritional Consultant (IONC) and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (FMU).  Iyengar Yoga Certification: Introductory 11. Click Here To View Crystal’s Class Schedule. Read Crystal’s testimonials here.

Teresa Stanley, Iyengar Yoga Teacher Trainee

Teresa has been a keen Iyengar Yoga practitioner since 2014 and is currently in the teacher training program endorsed by Sri B.K.S. Iyengar at the Victoria Iyengar Centre. Teresa receives guidance and mentor-ship from 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.

Tracey Pike, RYT 500 BCRPA, BCST
unnamedTracey 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
unnamedLeanne 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.


Suzanne Gagnon, CR   

Suzanne is a recent arrival to the Oceanside area after having spent 20 years in Dawson City, in the Yukon. Suzanne moved to the Island to be closer to family and to enjoy the Island life. Suzanne completed her training and certification of ‘Foot and Hand Reflexology’  through the Reflexology Association of Canada in 2009.

Reflexology is a natural healing art that is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and even ears that correspond to every part of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, opens the flow in blocked nerves and helps promote the natural functioning and healing of the body. Reflexology does not diagnose or prescribe. The whole body is treated rather than a specific condition.Reflexology is safe for everyone although pressure and length of session may vary depending on the circumstances.  The sessions are 60-75 minutes in duration. Call to book your first appointment anytime: 250.954.2273!!

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