Our certified wellness and movement teachers

Carly Lauder

Carly is dedicated to living in alignment with her inner guidance. As a young teenager, struggles with anxiety led her to the yoga mat for the first time and it was there that she found a choice never before considered. To let the inner turmoil destroy her or to grab on to the hope that something far greater was possible.
She met herself for the first time with kindness and curiosity, a softness that birthed inner wisdom and personal power, transforming her life from the inside, out. Certified since 2010, her love for teaching Yoga expanded into the study and practice of other healing modalities such as Thai Massage, Ayurveda, Reiki/Energy work, and most recently 5 rhythms dance and the expressive arts.

Carly has relocated from Victoria where she had a thriving business for five years, teaching small group therapeutic classes, providing mentorship, and working one-on-one with women specializing in stress, anxiety, and mental health. Her teaching focuses on accessing the body’s intelligence as a gateway to greater awareness and full self expression with an emphasis on the subtle, emotional body, intention setting, and unlocking the creative, intuitive self. You will be acknowledged with an open heart, accepted as you are, and inspired to move beyond what you thought was possible.


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.

Gabriel Keczan

Gabriel Keczan is a professional art therapist and counsellor who lives with his family in the Kootenays.  He brings to his yoga practice a presence that invites both integration of the self as well as an embodied exploration of the unity of body, mind and spirit.


Liat Pakes

Liat believes in the power of yoga to inspire and create. It has changed her life and she is committed to share her experience and knowledge with her students.
She loves to apply different styles of yoga when she teaches and has the sensibility and open heart to make yoga approachable to almost anyone.
She believes the practice of yoga should be working for you and not you working for the practice.
Ashtanga yoga is her chosen path and she continues to be inspired by many methods and teachers she meets along the way.
Liat has more than 500 hours of teacher training from around the world and recently moved to Nelson from Israel looking for a more peaceful and greener way of life.


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.

Shannon Stasyk

Shannon moved to Nelson from Toronto a few years back and has had no trouble settling in. Her heart is here in the mountains. In Toronto she taught full time in group classes and with private clients. She has a passion for connecting with her students both on and off the mat. Shannon offers clear instructions and variations in her teachings so that all levels are welcome to come and practice.


Tasha Kirby

In her early twenties Tasha fell in love with the way yoga made her feel. After a decade of practicing different methods around the world, she decided to make one of the best decisions of her life and completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow YTT in Bali, Indonesia, in 2014. With today’s fast-paced world, being able to slow things down on the mat by bringing a connection to mind, body, and breath, is a gift she is honoured to share with her community.

Creating fun flowing sequences, with a focus on alignment and core, is something she is passionate about. Knowing that a teacher must never stop learning, she is often found taking classes with other yogis, or searching the web for new alignment cues and yogic philosophy to assist her students.


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 yoga director at Mountain Waters Wellness Studio, 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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