Our certified wellness and movement teachers

Amy Veale

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years, and my practice has helped me grow more healthy, happy and whole. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
I completed my 220 hour Aquarian Teacher training in 2005, with Yoga West in Vancouver BC. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.
In my classes, I love to combine mindful movement, meditation and breath work to help you broaden your experience. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul.


Angela Oster

As a regular practicing yogi, Angela was inspired to take her YTT 200 training through Karuna and Paul Erickson.  She has been teaching since 2016.  Angela’s classes encourage the state of being here, now.  There is focus on getting the most out of our dedicated moments on our mats and translating those practices into everyday life.  Quotes integrated from literate writers or everyday people are woven into her classes.  She uses inspiration from her own life and others to develop sequences guided toward healing and meeting ourselves.  In Angela’s classes you are invited to reflect on the natural state of many things.  You many even hear some music to open your heart and soothe your soul.


Photo1Chevay Roddick

I discovered yoga around the age of 18 and have been in love with the asanas and the philosophy ever since. I finally aligned my passion and love for yoga with my life and completed my 200 hour teacher training at the Heart Yoga school in Nelson in May of 2015. My certification is Hatha based but I have played with all different styles of yoga over the years and like to integrate a little of everything into my practice.  I am humble to deliver with an open heart what I know and hope to inspire and learn from my students as we share in the joy of yoga together.


12984049_787581401341689_435945227289977351_oDrea Phoenix

Drea has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Byron Yoga Centre in Australia in 2006 and has been teaching both individual and group classes ever since. Drea’s classes can be described as dynamic and challenging, yet joyful and nurturing. A vinyasa flow which incorporates breath, sequencing and asana. She is passionate about yoga and sharing her knowledge and believes everyone can do yoga. She encourages students to take a joyful approach to yoga (and to life). She brings a light heartedness to her classes. She is currently taking her Senior (500) Yoga Teacher Training at Mount Madonna Centre in California. Drea is registered with Yoga Alliance.



Ellissa Crête

Yoga Teacher, Bodyworker & R.TCM.P.

 Ellissa first explored the vast subject of Yoga through asana practice in Hatha and Ashtanga classes. While traveling in India from 2005-2008, she was introduced to the Iyengar Yoga method, which focuses on therapeutic postural alignment and use of props, such as yoga ropes. In parallel to the asana practice, her personal reflective journey has been colored by sitting Vipassana meditation retreats. In 2010, Ellissa completed an Iyengar-inspired yoga teacher training under the supervision of Hart Lazer in her home town of Montreal.Ellissa has been teaching weekly Yoga classes in Nelson since 2010. Her Iyengar-inspired classes dynamically weave together an exploration of postural alignment and yoga ropes.

Ellissa is both a Certified Bodyworker and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. She has been offering massage services since 2004. Ellissa has always had a keen interest in Zen Shiatsu and Thai-Yoga Massage; she has been the assistant teacher to classes in these meridian-based modalities. In 2014, Ellissa graduated from the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson.To further support women in their health transitions, she is continuing studies in gynecology. Ellissa‘s treatment plans integrate Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Massage and/or Yoga exercises. Her hands, her needles, and her words create a compassionate healing space which touches both physical and emotional body.


Shannon Dikkema

Shannon Dikkema has a passion for exploration.  Her exploring used to be primarily external, traveling with skis  Then, ten years ago, she fell ill and received the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the explorations went internal.  Through learning about healing and integrating all that learning, Shannon studied to be a yoga teacher 9 years ago, and has been teaching since, broadening her knowledge base with a certificate with the Integral Yoga Institute of Yoga Therapy.  She specializes in restorative and gentle yoga with an emphasis on self awareness and self healing.  Shannon has also studied Art of Balance (balance board exercises),counseling, Neurosomatic Massage Therapy, Bio-dynamic Cranial Sacral therapy and Reiki.


 Tahni Fornes

“As a human being movement, breath, exploration and delight have always been a part of my life!
As a yoga teacher, I invite us to slow down and be with the wonder of this human experience!
In my classes you will have the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, as well as strength and flexibility.

What I am most interested in is making space for the essence of who we are to become more fully embodied.  We practice heart-centered mindfulness while fully inhabiting our bodies.  We unwind and release holding and tension in our bodymind.  We emerge renewed, refreshed, joyful, and energized!”

Tahni Fornes was introduced to yoga at age 12 in Ojai, California, where she would go to class with her Dad and stepmom and impress the adults with her natural skill at downward dog!
She began practicing yoga regularly in the mid-90’s, when she was a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she completed a BA in Environmental Studies in 1998.  In 2006 she became a yoga teacher after studying at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja Mexico.  In 2008 she studied massage therapy at The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork.  Tahni’s interests in healing and embodied spirituality have led her to pursue a career in somatic psychotherapy.

In addition to teaching yoga, Tahni Fornes is a bodyworker at Mountain Waters Spa.


Tess Hotchkis

Tess has a courageous spirit and open heart. Both are tamed by her yoga practice. Her past high-intensity work as an avalanche and forestry professional specializing in helicopter fire fighting and remote first aid is now balanced by her desire to teach yoga and become an inspiring force towards spiritual activism.

Tess believes designing a new class requires the same dedication of creating a piece of art and becomes completely absorbed in the task. Teaching yoga is a privilege and honour she does not take for granted. In her classes you’ll find intelligent and artful sequences with a focus on alignment.

Over the years Tess has practiced many styles of body awareness including gymnastics, big mountain ski Guiding and yoga. Tess has been trained in vinyasa and hatha yoga by Ally Bogard of Gaiatri, tapasya hot yoga by Kristin Campbell and received 200-hour Heart yoga teacher with Karuna Erickson.

From the expansive skies of Southern Alberta to the rugged mountains of Southern B.C. Tess continues to push her personal boundaries by dreaming, moving and creating. Off the mat she can be found sipping from a cup of Golden Milk, sharing laughs over Mexican or Vietnamese food with friends and family or adventuring into the wilderness with her partner Bradley and Mexican mut Azul.


Trisha Wilson

A yoga teacher since 2005, Trisha creates a safe space in which to learn, play, heal and grow. Her classes combine technique and alignment with celebration of heart and spirit. Her practice is a balance of strength and softness; discipline and delight; contemplation and creative expression.

Trisha has a background in dance.  Her yoga studies have focused primarily in the methods of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara yoga.  Currently she is immersed in studies of yoga therapy and mountain shamanism (as taught by the Q’ero Medicine People of Peru).

Trisha teaches classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings in Nelson and beyond.  She is the coordinator of the Kootenay Spirit Festival and recently launched a teacher mentorship program.

Committed to the yogic path as sacred activism, she infuses her classes with inspiration for inner peace and a harmonious world.

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