One Yoga Teachers

  1. Daphne Patterson

    Yoga inspires me to embrace, love, and celebrate all that life has to offer. It encourages me to continue growing, while offering calming tools for my mind during challenging times. Since attending my first yoga teacher training in 2010, I have been fortunate enough to learn from some incredible teachers and mentors who’ve inspired me in a multitude of ways and who have helped shape my style of teaching. Throughout my teaching career I have taught in studios and living rooms across Canada and Peru, with deep appreciation for the beautiful humans I’ve connected with along the way.

    Having gone through chronic pain due to past injuries, I have come to appreciate the
    benefits of proper alignment and the importance of modifications. There is always a way for the student to practice. I do my best to give students all the tools they need to feel like the
    practice is totally accessible to them. That way, they can truly connect with their body, and feel
    more present in their lives. You don’t have to be anyone but yourself, and I promise, you don’t
    need to be flexible to begin. In my classes you will find focus, attention to breath, and detailed alignment instruction.

    Outside of the studio, my main focuses in life are my family and helping individuals bloom into the truest version of themselves with life coaching sessions and private yoga classes through my company Dream Driven Life which I’ve been operating gleefully since 2015.

  2. David Testo

    David is an avid yogi who has been dedicated to his practice since 2002. Originally a way for him to handle the pressures of being a professional soccer player, yoga has now become one of his greatest passions.

    David’s foundations are rooted in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, which he began teaching in 2010. Teaching yoga sparked a journey of exploration that has included a number of different mind/body philosophies. In 2014, David also became a massage therapist to help deepen his understanding of the body and healing modalities.

    David now calls Victoria home. He also travels throughout North America, hosting yoga sequencing intensives with his partner in crime, Dina Tsouluhas. David’s classes are strong yet gentle. He links breath cues to movements that create patterns within the body and throughout the practice.

  3. Em Schnurr

    Emily teaches with strength, passion, and fire. She inspires the practitioners in her classes to dig deep using breath to find the balance between exploring new edges, having no expectations, and staying present. Her intention behind every class is that people show up and do the work on the mat so that they can live a more authentic life off the mat.

    Emily sees herself as a student first, and finds her own courage and strength by the challenges and teachings from her personal practice.

  4. Guy Friswell

    I teach yoga from the perspective that everyone is unique – no two bodies, minds or hearts are exactly the same. I believe that yoga practice is about discovering, embracing and acting from your deepest, most authentic self. When you come to one of my classes, expect to be grounded, centered, challenged, and reinvigorated – all delivered with a dose of fun and humour … and a decent soundtrack! My own yoga history, training and certification are extensive, varied and ongoing. This variety is reflected in my classes as a fusion of seated and moving meditation, flowing vinyasa, powerfully held hatha postures, contemplative yin, pranayama, and guided relaxation including yoga nidra. I also bring my training and experience in yoga therapy to all of my classes, making sure that all students are safe and able to work within their individual capabilities.

  5. Jay Burrows

    I left a corporate job and lifestyle years ago and, through yoga, have created a life of personal joy and growth. As a result of my studies with Ryan C. Leier, my goal is to offer the same clarity and mental health to other yogis that my practice brings to me, with a strong focus on breath, love and building an internal fire in my class. Living yoga both inside and outside the studio.

  6. Kailie Woods

    Kailie graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree from Camosun College in 2005, where she discovered her passion for holistic healing and health care. Venturing further she enrolled at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, receiving her diploma in Acupuncture in the spring of 2008. Kailie is licensed and Registered with the CTCMA to provide acupuncture, tui na, moxibustion, cupping, herbal patents and more. She takes pride in catering her treatments to client’s individual needs, working one on one to provide choices and plans aimed at achieving overall optimal health and happiness.

    Kailie is also a 500+ level trained and certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor, trained in a variety of different styles including: Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin/Yang, Pre and Post Natal and Mat Pilates. Combining both ancient modalities and a her diverse mind/body trainings has given her great awareness and diverse knowledge of the human body and created a uniqueness which is blended into her classroom. Kailie has a playful, humble & challenging teaching approach, she loves to learn and explore alongside of her students".

  7. Kate Landreth

    Yoga has inspired me to show up fully both on and off my mat. My practice is continually evolving and changing, however one element that remains consistent is its ability to anchor me to the present moment. Yoga has become interconnected in all parts of my life, grounding and connecting me to what is truly important.

    I love the practice of Vinyasa yoga due to its dynamic flow and the opportunity to rinse and cleanse your body, mind and spirit during each practice. I encourage students to show up big on their mat, regardless of their ability or experience. When you come to a class with me you will be met wherever you are in your practice and inspired to move through a flowing yoga sequence that is playful, yet challenging.

  8. Katie Thacker

    Yoga inspires me to continually improve myself. It guides me to find appreciation for every single person/moment/interaction/breath. Yoga gives me the space to express myself and helps me find clarity in my thoughts and actions. It allows me to feel and see the connection that we have to each other and all living things on this earth. I share with an open heart, nothing held back. I want to encourage my students to feel stronger in their own bodies on mental, emotional and physical levels.

    Through my vinyasa yoga teachings I strive to provide a balance of breath, fluid movement and alignment. I teach a strong style of vinyasa filled with creative sequencing, and unique transitions. As a yin teacher I focus on providing a place for stillness, letting go and self love.

    Follow on Instagram: @katiethackeryoga

  9. Lisa Ricci

    Always on the move, Lisa embodies a creative balance between left and right brain. She is so grateful to have found yoga and meditation as a means of balancing the her Type-A curiosities. Lisa’s teaching primarily emphasizes the principles of Yin and Sattva Yoga fused with the breath and fluidity of vinyasa. She encourages practitioners to pursue curiosity in their practice by offering a safe space a safe space for exploration accompanied by gentle guidance and a grounding presence.

  10. Maria Filippone

    Maria Filippone’s multi-disciplinary training and teaching spans twenty years and has taken her around the globe, shaping her gifts into a synergistic blend of Vinyasa yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, and Sanskrit chant. Her classes have been described as a journey where time slows down, where music and breath carry the mind and body into an experience of deep alignment. Maria’s appreciation and love for her teachers, students, and her beautiful daughters, expands her heart and grounds her as a teacher.

  11. Marlene Weller

    I have a strong and devoted daily Ashtanga Vinyasa practice and background. I have completed my 200hr Certified Yoga Alliance training with highly regarded teacher trainers, Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga, HI and 200hr Certified Yoga Alliance training with Pam Rader of Shift Power Yoga in Kelowna, BC. I have done many hours of workshops with a variety of teachers such as Mary & Richard Freeman, David Robson, Ryan C. Leier, Chuck Miller, Dustin Fruson, Desiree Rumbaugh and John & Debbie McDougall.

    Yoga found me 13 years ago. It makes sense to everything I feel in my body; in my mind and heart! I believe my integral approach to optimal alignment and safety keeps my style of teaching appropriate for all levels. My intention is to educate students! To show them that yoga is for every body and anyone that wants to know themselves. Optimal alignment for optimal health! My students have shared with me that my teachings are sincere, kind, compassionate, and encouraging. "For me, teaching yoga is about connection and community. "

  12. Meg Cooke

    Meg is a dreamer. Creative and introspective, the practice of yoga in its many forms has nurtured profound shifts in her life. Meg initially began practicing yoga as a means to strengthen and rehabilitate her body following a head on collision in 2012, and the practice offered her so much more than she expected to find. With lived experience of mental health as well as a background in the field of mental health and addiction, Meg values the space that yoga offers to look inward and connect with oneself. Meg is passionate about supporting others to explore this gaze, and is humbled to do so as a part of the community at One Yoga.

  13. Natalie Wright

    I began my yoga journey through dance at a young age. After finishing that chapter of life, I floundered for many years in trying to find something that made me feel the same way. Yoga, although I did not become serious with it right away, was that thing. After a couple years of playing and exploring I decided to jump in and took the Moksha Yoga teacher training. Absolute love. It became apparent that my life was heading a new direction and I embraced it. After becoming more confident in my teaching, I was blessed to be able to take prenatal training while pregnant with my son and then the One Yoga training a year and a half later. After experiencing Ryan Leier, his philosophy, and the One Yoga community, I found a practice and space that embodied the path I am on and a teacher I could continuously learn from.

    I am so very excited to be bringing One Yoga to the community here. I try to infuse each class with breath, joy, a sense of presence, and hopefully the ability to surprise yourself. As a student foremost, I bow to all my teachers, and work to always have a beginners mind by learning both on and off the mat.

  14. Sarah Caspick

    Sarah was recently inspired to leave her career in a fast-paced industry to pursue her love for all things health and wellness. She completed her formal Vinyasa training with Ryan Leier of One Yoga, and is back in school working towards a new profession as a Yoga Therapist. Having practiced yoga for many years, she is no stranger to its innumerable physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. In fact, when life took a surprise turn and led her down an unexpected path, it was through her connection to yoga that she was able to find healing, strength, and regain the lost pieces of herself. Since that time, she has committed herself to a path of love, authenticity, and fearlessness in all aspects of her life. She firmly attributes the wonderful life she has today to her experience with the practice of yoga, and is delighted to share her teachings in hopes that it might inspire others to flow through life with hope and courage. 

  15. Tana Cole

    Yoga has been my ally and grounding force for the past 11 years. When I stepped off my mat at the end of my first class I knew I had found a true love. Yoga has seen me through the birth of both of my daughters, and has helped me to stay more grounded and present through my journey as a mother. My girls were the inspiration for pursuing my 200 hour flow teacher training, knowing that I wanted to weave the threads of practice into the fabric of their lives. I am thrilled to be part of the One Yoga mentorship program, feeling blessed to be able to both learn and teach the practice that I love.

  16. Tara Heal

    Tara Heal has recently landed in beautiful Victoria straight from NYC and couldn't be happier! To date, she has amassed over 800 hours of teacher training and will certainly be a student for life. Formal training began in 2008 with Rod Stryker's Para Yoga Vinyasa Certification (Mary Bruce and Johnna Smith), and has continued with workshops and immersions with The Iyengar Institute, Laughing Lotus NYC, Kula Yoga NYC, and Sivananda. Tara also earned her Modo Yoga Hatha certification in Montreal under Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson and Dina Tshouluhas, and was sponsored to complete Modo's Vinyasa Flow Training module as a senior teacher and mentor for Modo Yoga NYC and Brooklyn.
    Tara has guided practice for groups from all walks of life, from NHL teams and Olympic Athletes, to office groups and teen workshops. Her classes are powerful, soulful, and dynamic, incorporating innovative and intelligent sequencing. She aims to encourage body awareness, agility, and strength, while illuminating the peace and power that comes from mindfulness. Outside of the yoga studio, her work as a performer has taken her to stages all over the globe, and she feels endlessly grateful to be living her dreams and expressing herself through music and movement. Tara is ecstatic to share the practice that has brought so much courage, joy, and freedom into her own life, and intends to bring light and authenticity to all she does!
    Instagram: @tarahealybird

  17. Tracey Noseworthy

    Tracey's infectious smile warmly welcomes students of all ages and levels to embody a flow that rides on the currents of breath.

    She is known for her positive energy and sense of humour which adds to her philosophy that yoga is full of joy and playfulness. Tracey is continually inspired by music, and believes that the body responds to rhythms held within the environment. This has further led her to teach with a foundation that the internal and external rhythms are linked ~ in fact inseparable. She encourages her students to move within that rhythm and open themselves up to 'feeding their soul' on all levels.

    She leads classes and workshops motivating her students to listen to their breath, honour the teacher that lies within, and sink deeply into the journey of yoga and how this is reflected within the practice of life.

    Graduating from McMaster University, with a Physical Education Degree, she has continued to further her career in many areas of fitness, always growing with the evolution of the industry. She became a certified yoga instructor under the inspiration of Shiva Rea, and now lives her Yoga on and off the mat.


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