Born and raised in North Vancouver, Kelly first realized her passion when she had the opportunity to practice yoga on the beaches of Maui while on a family vacation. From that moment on, Kelly’s interest in yoga took root and began to grow.
Until she moved to Kelowna, Kelly only practiced yoga occasionally. That changed altogether when she took a great leap of faith, challenging herself to complete thirty consecutive days of Bikram yoga! She recalls being stunned by the changes she experienced by the end of the month, realizing the power of regular yoga practice, as it applies to all the facets of life.
When she moved to Lake Country, Kelly immediately began training in reflexology, massage, and Reiki energy, sharing her newfound strengths in healing bodywork at a local spa for five years.
In 2015, Kelly took her 500-hour teacher training with Moksha International. During this time, she learned extensively about the diverse elements involved in yoga practice: alignment, anatomy, philosophy, mindfulness, and so much more. This knowledge allowed her to reflect on her past experiences in yoga, weaving together all of her teachings during her journey of growth for her mind, body, and spirit. Following this training, Kelly continued her studies in Nicaragua at the first teacher training for Mocean Yoga in 2016, a 200-hour program. Here, she learned about the healing of self, embracing each experience, and soaking up everything that life has to offer. Kelly recalls her thoughts at the time as she left Nicaragua:
“Life is a journey, a practice, full of lessons and growth. It all starts with an open mind and a warm heart! Stop, pause and breathe.”
Her dream has always been to bring as much goodness to Lake Country as possible, sharing her many offerings with the community, for all ages, young and old. At invati she will strive every day to make this a reality!
Tara completed her 500-hour Moksha Yoga teaching training in 2011. Her studies continued in Nepal where she attended a Buddhism and meditation course at the Kopan Monastery in India, where she studied Sivananda Yoga. Most recently, Tara was in Ireland for a mediation retreat focusing on Sogyal Rinpoche’s teachings.
Coming from a background in dance, yoga was a natural transition physically. However mentally, the calmness and meditative aspects of yogic practices continue to be an incredible learning experience. Yoga has taught her the value of a balanced mind and body, as it has an impact on all aspects of everyday life.
Tara enjoys spending time in her garden and orchard where she and her partner, Christian, hope to make organic cider someday. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for yoga with as many people as possible at invati yoga, offering a compassionate and personal approach in her teaching and attitude at every session!
“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”
– Blaise Pascal
Having studied ballet from a young age, Elise understands the importance of a connected body. Each action must be deliberate and thoughtful, similar in nature to the practice of yoga. Born and raised in Lake Country, she was active in both Summer and Winter sports from a young age, and has continued to follow those passions today.
After completing her 400-hour teacher training, Elise was excited to move back to Lake Country to share her knowledge with the community of Lake Country. Her interest in yoga and meditation is driven by her own daily practices, which she has found to be a huge tool for self-awareness when life might not be at its best. She reminds herself regularly that you can do anything you want, you just can do everything! Taking every opportunity to spend time with her two amazing children, Elise is a proud mom who is eager to educate others as they master their motions and find their spirit through invati yoga.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Shalanne’s love for yoga was a slow burning fire. It started out light when she began exploring a yoga series at the local recreation centre, which smouldered for a few years, until a new spark at a local gym rekindled her curiosity to explore this new-found activity further and pursue the available local teacher training.
Leading her first class during training ignited her passion for working with people who are wanting to connect with themselves and better themselves in the process. Completing her Kripalu Teacher Training and Holistic Health Counseling at Trinity Yoga Center, Shalanne went on to first lead a weekly free class while she found her voice and deepened her exploration of yoga in her body.
Ultimately, being called to teach, Shalanne loves connecting with her students in her weekly classes. Her classes have been known to be stronger than first anticipated but this Yoga Wizard – as one client noted – encourages and allows clients to explore their bodies safely and perhaps to find themselves somewhere they wouldn’t have expected.
Join Shalanne to see if you can find yourself, in a familiar or unique space with a new appreciation. Be open to the experience and see what may come forward.
Carly Barron is a 500hr Certified Yoga Instructor residing in Kelowna, British Columbia. She began her journey with yoga 6 years ago as a University student, feeling quite lost, alone and in need of some outlet for her stresses as a student. At that time, she had no way of knowing just how much yoga would totally change her life and lead her to so many incredible people and magical opportunities.
With yoga in Carly’s life she found self-love, awareness and the power to live her life in a way that serves HER. It has given her the courage to step out of her comfort zone and let go of all self-limiting thoughts and beliefs. Carly learned to embrace her truth and that is: “I AM WORTHY. I am worthy of love. I am worthy of happiness.”
Carly believes that her purpose in teaching yoga is to provide you the space to realize that you are too. With Carly, you will learn to love yourself deeper, radiate bigger and courageously live the life that you want to lead.
Megan is excited to teach Yin yoga and provide healing work at invati yoga! Being so grateful for her early days growing up in Lake County, she is happy to live here and offer her skills to the community.
Celebrating 21 years as an RMT, CranioSacral Therapist, Light Worker and Freer of Fascia and Qi Flow, Megan now steps into her role of teaching Yin yoga as a way to continue to be of service to her clients. She believes in helping each of them to retrain their nervous system through conscious movement in order to find a fresh harmonious relationship with their body.
On the mat, her intention is to offer ways to compassionately communicate with all tissues and levels of your being, and to have a discourse of peace between the breath, body, mind, and spirit.
On the treatment table, she offers her grounded intention to bring ease to tissues in protective contractions whether freshly injured or chronically engaged. Massage, Fascial Release and Acupressure techniques assist you into a stress-free place in body and mind, allowing you to reset and shift into more freedom and alignment with life.
Megan also offers Medical Qigong Sessions for a deeper inquiry into the aspects of recurring symptoms of disease.
Following her passion for health and wellbeing, Tracey attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) specializing in whole foods and vegetarian/vegan cooking. After achieving her certification, Tracey relocated to Vernon where she owned and operated a live-music vegan restaurant called Pandora’s Bistro.
As she became more involved in the health-related aspects that had been the reason for her initial interest in cooking, Tracey decided to continue her education at the Canadian Institute of Natural Health and Healing (CINHH). Her certification from CINHH taught her to practice ten modalities of health and wellbeing: Aromatherapy, Shiatsu Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Restorative and Reparative Massage, Nag Champissage, Reiki, Reflexology, Iridology, and Lomi Lomi.
Since then, Tracey has been practicing her talents as a mobile massage therapist, bringing her signature full body massages to as many people as she can throughout the Okanagan Valley. Tracey believes wellness through the mind, body, and spirit connection can be achieved through daily practice of hot yoga, prayer, meditation, mindful foods, water, and practicing accountability, kindness, and compassion throughout one’s life.