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 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 began training in reflexology, massage, and Reiki, sharing her newfound strengths in healing bodywork at Give Me A Break Day 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 learnt about the power of manifesting 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, growth and discipline. It was time to focus again on her dream of creating a hOMe studio in Lake Country, to follow through with her greatest manifestation.”
Kelly continues to study and learn from her teachers, Eddie Modestini, Kristin Bosteels, Nicki Doane and Ryan Leier.
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.
“Practice and all is coming” – Sri K Pattabi Jois
Charlee has been a student of Yoga since 2007 when she began taking a weekly class tailored towards athletes. In the spring of 2016 she traveled to India with her teacher Erin Evans to complete her first 200hr YTT. This past summer she had the privilege of studying under teacher Ryan Leier, and the One Yoga Saskatoon faculty, for a 100hr YTT.
Charlee pulls her inspiration for classes from the teachings passed down by Krishnamacharya to his students Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga), Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga) and Ramaswami (Krama Yoga). She also explores with the branches of Sattva Yoga and the Rocket Series.
Charlee has graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy school in Vernon this past July, and intends to bring her anatomical knowledge into every class.
Carly first became interested in yoga almost ten years ago, and like many people, she was drawn to the physical practice. Having been a high level athlete all of her life, she hoped that yoga would help to preserve her body so that she could continue being active. However, Carly quickly realized that yoga is so much more than just a physical practice. By connecting breath with movement, she discovered the ability to turn down the radio station of her noisy mind and experience a world that was free from self-talk and outside distraction. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoganand Michael Carroll at the Kripalu Centre in Boston, and continues to grow her teaching and personal practice daily. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University, which allows her to teach with a focus on integrity, alignment and safety of both body and mind.
Carly believes that each practice is a lesson, a shift and a transformation, and a mirror for life both on and off the mat. Yoga, as a practice and a lifestyle, is so central to who she is, and she feels privileged to be able to share the gift of yoga with others. She looks forward to greeting the invati community on their mats!
Alanna is a holistic nutritionist with a passion for educating and empowering individuals to take control of their health and create long-term, sustainable change. Her philosophy is centered in the belief that proper nutrition and lifestyle are essential in achieving true health and happiness. She works with clients to determine their health goals, interpret their symptoms, and design individualized diet, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations based on each person’s unique needs.
Her main interest is in supporting healthy digestion, as many of today’s health concerns are rooted in an imbalanced digestive system. She also focuses on helping people create healthy habits and cultivate mindful eating and self care practices.
Alanna received her diploma of holistic nutrition and graduated with honours from Pacific Rim College, the most comprehensive on-site holistic nutrition program in Canada. She studied for 3 years and completed 360 hours in the college clinic where she developed her love for educating and helping others. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP) and is certified as a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner (NNCP).
You can find Alanna in the juice bar a few times a week sharing her knowledge with us all.
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.
Elysha aka “HoopELuv” is a certified fitness instructor who is skilled in a variety of movement arts, the hula hoop being her speciality!
“The more I travel this path, the more I trust the process. The more I trust the process, the more life’s gifts and mysteries reveal themselves.”
Katie has been an energy worker for 25 years and a yoga student for 30 years. She started Hands on Healing training in 1993; a Lightworker completing 5 years of training in 2006; and is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master since 2006. She has also done training in Cranial Sacral Therapy. Katie is passionate about healing and loves to assist with the natural body meridians when energy becomes out of alignment or you just want a big relax. Katie is a nurse by profession and also believes strongly in the power of traditional healing methods including the importance of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. Invati Studio is a sacred space where Katie offers Reiki healing sessions. To book a session please email her at [email protected] or call 250-575-4770. There are also cards at the Studio.
Lois began her education at the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree. After teaching for a number of years, her passion for counselling brought her to a team of Life Skills Facilitators in the St. Albert School Protestant District where she supported teachers and students in the school district. Once moving to British Columbia, she obtained a Masters Degree in Counselling and continued her studies, obtaining special training in trauma counselling.
She holds a Masters of Educational Counselling degree from the University of Victoria and is a registered counsellor with Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Presently she works with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brain injury, anger management, as well as clients with numerous other challenges.
As a consultant as well as a counselor, she works directly with clients and/or with counselors, sharing effective trauma therapy interventions. She is passionate about helping clients overcome challenges of trauma as well as assisting counsellors in equipping them with the skills to deal with the highly traumatized clients. Consultations are done individually, through seminars, for counselors, teachers and even for clients, teaching vital and innovative interventions to release the effects of trauma.
In the community Lois works along local doctors providing vital services to trauma clients in small groups as well as one on one sessions. She is constantly looking for ways of meeting the needs of her clients. Charlie, her Golden Retriever trained as a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, often assists in the counselling sessions.
To take the first step, contact Lois Hansen at 250-487-0236 or at [email protected] Book directly with her for a session at Invati.
Kimberly Cameron has been a personal trainer and instructor for group fitness classes since 1986 certified through BCRPA in Vancouver working at the parks recreation facilities and Fitness World. She spent the early 90s training with muscle testing & tapping in 1996 and spent a full year training with Breanna Wills Reiki Master and teacher to obtain her reiki master/ teacher certificate. Since then she has added many more years of training such as massage /spa therapist. Kimberly was certified in 2002 then began working at Pan Pacific, Delta Suites and Vida Wellness Spa at the Fairmount Chateau Whistler, then the Delta Grand in Kelowna.
Her love of sharing knowledge in healing and hands on therapeutic massage techiques such as muscle realignment and sports massage; working with Ironman event as a volunteer has given her and many of her clients great joy!
Forever learning on her journey of healing is her greatest gift! Yesterday is history tomorrow is a mystery today is a gift that is why we call it the present!
To book Kimberly, find her on our schedule or phone her to book a day and time that suits you. (250)293-6428