Our Team

Kelly Craig

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’s time to focus again on my dream of creating a hOMe studio in Lake Country, to follow through with my 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!

You will find Kelly on the Lake Country schedule as well as the Kelowna schedule.

Tara Nakashima

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, and most recently, in Ireland for mediation retreats 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 and their impacts on all aspects of everyday life.

Off her mat, Tara enjoys spending time in her garden and orchard where she and her partner, Christian, hope to run a farm to table restaurant someday.

Tara offers a compassionate and personal approach in her teaching and attitude, and looks forward to sharing her passion for yoga with as many people as possible at Invati.

Elise Dunn

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. 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.

“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal

You will find Elise on the Lake Country schedule as well as the Kelowna schedule.  She also teaches Barre at both locations.

Shalanne Wilkison

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.

You will find Shalanne on our Lake Country schedule.

Sarah Nitti

Sarah is a mum of two wild girls, an animal lover, a yoga lover, and a serial self help book reader. She loves being outside walking, hiking, or just laying on the beach. She took her first yoga class with Invati in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the practice – falling into her life when she needed it most. Having two small kids at home, a yoga practice was exactly what she needed. Not only did it bring in the amazing physical benefits but the mental ones as well. “Call in awareness and mindfulness, it’s truly life changing.”

You will find Sarah on our Lake Country schedule as well as our Kelowna schedule.

Ashley Craig
When someone has such a beautiful practice, you see devotion, time discipline and mindfulness. This is Ashley!
Ashley was introduced to yoga at a young age and has been incorporating it into her daily life ever since. She has travelled the world for different inspirations and experiences. Finding herself teaching in various corners of the world with different teachers, her classes range from extensive vinyasa krama to Iyengar. She teaches all levels and you can find her on the schedule teaching hatha and vinyasa!
Lance Osberg
With life’s challenges of a scattered mind and emotions, Lance’s yoga journey began in 2005. Finding safety on the mat,  he discovered yoga truly is the medicine. Lance’s willingness is his super power.
Embracing Baptiste Yoga methodology, Lance faced his fear of connection and became a leader in his own life.  He has stepped up and out, leaving behind limitations and moved into possibilities. Bringing his creativity and magic gives him the courage to share this passion. He loves to engage with people whether in conversation, a smile, or in practice. Lance is doing the work from breaking it down to breaking through.
Lance completed 200 hr yoga teacher training at Shift Power Yoga Institute in 2019.
Kelsey Bjur
Kelsey is a 500 CYA Yoga Instructor, Mentor, Mindset Coach & Shamanic Practitioner. Having trained in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies; Studied with Masters in Ancient Shaminc, Yogic & Buddhist traditions her guidance helps you accelerate your personal growth to live in alignment with your highest self!
Also known as Matrika, she believes in the power of weaving wisdom teachings into each practice because it is scientifically proven that one can accelerate the changes they desire to make in their lives by re-wiring them into the brain while doing physical movement. Create the life you dream of through intention and as an act of power & love in these high vibe yoga classes! It’s the universal law of resonance! Let’s Rise & Shine!
You will find Kelsey on our Lake Country schedule as well as our Kelowna schedule.
Megan Gerace

Megan is excited to teach 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 25 years as an RMT, CranioSacral Therapist, Light Worker and Freer of Fascia and Qi Flow, Megan now steps into her role of teaching 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.

If you’re interested in experiencing a session with Megan please contact her at [email protected] or through her website www.qiforallwellness.ca.

Megan Owens
A school teacher and mother of three, Megan has seen first-hand the profound impact that the various practices of yoga has on people of all ages. She began yoga several years ago as a way to practice moving meditation in order to calm anxiety. Since then, she has grown and studied here at Invati before completing her teacher training with Yoga on the Inside’s Eddie Modestini and Kristin Bosteels, as well as a Yoga for Youth training with Ryan Leier.
You will find Megan on our Lake Country schedule as well as our Kelowna schedule.
Natalie Bishop

B.A. B.Sc. MSc.OT E-RYT-500 Yoga Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Medical Yoga Therapist

Natalie was first introduced to yoga during her training as a dancer.  Several years later in 2004, after being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition she fell in love with it.  She trusts in the healing potential of this practice as it has been vital in both re-creating her own health and her work as an occupational therapist.  Natalie feels passionately that we are here for each other and her reverence for human biology (and its magic!) guides her to work and practice with kindness in order to restore strength and integrity to the body, mind and spirit.

Natalie completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2010 following a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane in Maui, U.S.A.  She went on to further her training, studying the Professional Yoga Therapy Method (PYT – 1000hr) founded by Ginger Garner PhD. which focuses on the use of yoga as a therapeutic modality by health care professionals. Natalie has also studied with Srivatsa Ramaswami – Vinyasa Krama, Stephanie Nelson – Ashtanga (Waiheke, New Zealand), and has taken specialized training in Prenatal Yoga, and Yoga for Children/The Special Child. Natalie has been honoured to offer yoga education and Yoga Teacher Trainings with Susie Newson/Mocean Yoga since 2015 . After completing over 12,000 hours of training and a decade observing yoga’s great potential to heal in therapeutic practice, Natalie is dedicated to sharing the magic of this practice through compassion and kindness.

Klara Kroupa

For Klara, as a lifelong athlete, movement is her mantra.

Teaching yoga is a natural extension of her decades long background first as a rhythmic gymnast, and later as a national-level certified coach and choreographer. Along with a Bachelor of Physical Education, she has a precise understanding of the body and movement.

Klara completed her foundational (200 hour) training at Shambhava Yoga Konalani in Hawaii and her advanced training (300 hour) at Vancouver School of Yoga. She has taken additional training in Yin Yoga, Yoga for Trauma Sensitive Students, Mio-fascial Release, Pelvic Floor Health, and Functional Anatomy for Yoga. She is on faculty at CHANGEpain – the only accredited pain, integrated health clinic in BC.

Klara believes that anyone can make a yoga practice their very own “super power”. Her classes are both practical and accessible for ALL; facilitating not only mobility, strength, and flexibility – but also awareness of breath – to parts of the body often underserved by other (large muscle group) activities. By offering TLC to small muscles & joints we can better enjoy all the other activities/sports we love, prevent injury, and literally age more gracefully. And… maybe by creating a little more space in the body, perhaps we can create a little more space in the mind!

Klara spends the summers in Lake Country. She loves the community at Invati and can’t wait to see you “on the mat”!

Rachelle Taylor

Rachelle Taylor holds a keen curiosity for the intricacies of the human experience, specifically how we heal and how we expand. In her work as a breath-centered movement & meditation guide (300hr EYT), educator and spiritual coach, she’s held space for thousands of curious humans to experience ah-ha moments, shifts of all sizes, and awesome awakenings. She was the co-founder of Prairie Love Festival & The Prairie Collective in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has hosted transformative wellness retreats and workshops across Canada and internationally. Living upon her belief that life should be lived like one grand adventure, she’s recently moved to the Okanagan with her miracle daughter, rescue pup, and forever-fiancée. She’s also a big-dream chaser, avid stand-up paddle boarder, and fluent in French & Spanish.

You will find Rachelle on our Kelowna schedule.

Stephanie Rottacker
Stephanie is a mother of two, former high school Chemistry and Biology teacher, who currently runs a local Bed and Breakfast Agritourism property in Lake Country.  You will find her doing something outside and active on the water – skiing or surfing, at home surrounded by family and animals (horses, dogs, bunnies and a cat), playing some kind of competitive sport (baseball, soccer), up on the mountain in the winter snowboarding, or at the yoga studio.
Stephanie has been practicing yoga for over a decade, but didn’t become truly serious about yoga until coming to Invati in Lake Country. Stephanie has recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Eddie Modestini and Kristin Bosteels.  She also completed another 100 hour foundations teacher training course through Maya Yoga Studio with Nicki Doane in October 2021.  She brings her science knowledge of the body and love for yoga together into all her classes.
“80% of the work is just getting to the studio! The other 20% just happens when you’re here.”
You will find Stephanie on our Lake Country schedule.
Ananda Cait

Ananda Cait is the founder of Ananda Soul Retreats, hosting international soul yoga retreats in Aruba and Montezuma. These spaces are chosen specifically to connect to Mother Earth in ways unique to each environment.

Ananda was guided to serve others through the tradition of yoga 10 years ago through her training in Iyengar Yoga and Ayurvedic Medicine where she learned to heal the energetic and physical body through the power of plant medicine. She has trained with Gabrielle Bernstein (New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s top 12 Spiritual leaders) and has graduated from Bernstein’s Master Class Spiritual Guidance Level 1: Fully equipped to share and guide other’s through their individual spiritual life journey.

Ananda Cait is certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin Yoga & Reiki Restorative. She is also specialized in critical alignment therapy (CAT), meditation through the illuminated mind, she is also a Certified Reiki Master and holds sacred reiki circles/ Reiki trainings across North America.

Ananda has a deep passion for holding space for hearts to expand the boundaries of inner awareness and guide her students towards a life guided & lived within the heart.

You will find Ananda on our Lake Country schedule as well as our Kelowna schedule.  She will also be guiding our Sound Bowl Meditations at both locations.

Nicole Whiddington

Nicole found yoga at age 17, at the time she was living in a small town in Alberta where yoga classes weren’t very common. Her first introduction to yoga was Gaiam videos with Rodney Yee + Sean Corne, shortly after she attended college and found noon hour yoga classes in the gym. It wasn’t until she moved to Vancouver a few years later that she found yoga was much more accessible and the beautiful community that came with it.
At the age of twenty-one, Nicole discovered her inner teacher’s voice and a passion toward guidance others through movement. This inner voice was a calling for her to take a new direction into the path of health and wellness, which started off with a wonderful opportunity as Ambassador for Lululemon
in 2007. Throughout her teaching career of nearly 20 years, Nicole has taught many different types of classes, from aqua fit, TRX, Spin, Barre, kick boxing, SUP, Bootcamp, group fitness, mat pilates and yoga. In 2014, she traveled and studied yoga in India and received her 200RYS certificate in Ashtanga,
Vinyasa Flow + Yin Yoga. The solo trip to India was a pivotal life changing experience.
As a Mom of two now, Nicole has woven yoga into many aspects of her life and has since been
certified to teach pre/post natal yoga as well kids yoga! In the summer of 2021, Nicole started kids and family yoga classes and discovered a new level of magic within this sharing the gift of yoga to young ones and families.
Nicole has a natural gift for being of service + believes in continuous learning. Recently Nicole has studied reiki, aromatherapy, meditation & plans to study nutrition and holistic health.

You will find Nicole on our Lake Country schedule as well as our Kelowna schedule.  She will also be guiding all our Mom + Baby classes and Prenatal classes at both locations.

Alyssa Miller

Alyssa has spent the last six years living in Lake Country with her Husband and sweet beagle Tobey. She has worked with youth on the autism spectrum in our school systems and private facilities for the last ten years. Alyssa started her yoga journey in hopes of mastering a calm mind and to bring some stillness into her life. Her daily practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and helped her feel more grounded, both on and off the mat. Her yoga journey started with a daily practice with  no intention to work towards teacher training but eventually that caught up to her as she became hooked and felt drawn to share her experiences and connect with others. She completed her children’s yoga teacher training with Rhoni Peace in 2016. With this she has spent her time connecting with little yogi’s to create a space for them to explore, grow and understand their bodies as a whole. In 2019 she began the journey to expand her yoga training even further and completed her 100-hr teacher training with Ali Gray at Vibrant One Yoga, she has continued to build on this and is currently working on her next 100hr in hopes of going even deeper into her teaching. Alyssa is eager to connect with others and to continue to grow and expand in her yoga world.

You will find Alyssa on our Lake Country schedule as well as our Kelowna schedule guiding all of our children classes.

Lois Hansen

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 www.hansenonline.ca to book directly with her for a session at Invati.

Chris Russell

Growing up exploring the outdoors in Northern B.C. helped Chris gain an appreciation for the connection we all have to the natural world which was deepened by studying Chemistry at the University of Victoria and graduating with a Bachelors of Science in 2011. As life experience grew, and the realities of living with addiction and mental health challenges within his family came to a point, Chris turned his pain into a superpower to help others grow and understand themselves and live outside of limiting beliefs and trauma. Appreciating the power of the mind-body connection when discovering the practice of Hypnotherapy shortly after graduating from University led Chris to further study a Diploma of Acupuncture at Pacific Rim College and become a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) in British Columbia. Maintaining a private patient-centered practice in beautiful Lake Country B.C. Chris focuses on treating pain, injury and internal disorders as well as supporting families with maternity and fertility acupuncture throughout the greater Okanagan.

Book with Chris here: http://cjracupuncture.janeapp.com **

Dr. DJ Wombold

Dr. DJ grew up in the Okanagan, and is excited to return with his family and experience everything this beautiful region has to offer. While not in the clinic Dr. DJ can be found enjoying almost every sport including; hockey, volleyball, and baseball. You may also see him around town commuting, either running trails or racing cars on his road bike. He has accomplished local events such as the across the lake swim, the rattlesnake island swim, and peach sprint triathlon. On weekends he enjoys coaching his 2 boys, and spending time with his beautiful wife.

In 2017, Dr. DJ graduated from the University of Western States achieving Summa Cum Laude honors in the Chiropractic program, while additionally earning a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine. He supplemented his studies with certifications in Active Release Technique (ART-full spine), Rock Tape, Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI) Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).

With a scholastic background in evidence based therapy, Dr. DJ believes that staying active is the key to longevity. His main focus is to treat conservatively through integration of movement therapies and exercise modifications to help each patient through their unique journey. Dr. DJ’s extensive treatment style ensures that not only are the patient’s physical needs met, but their mental and emotional needs as well. His passion for patient education and positive attitude is evident through each visit. Helping you reach your goals, while his goal remains to teach patients about their body and remain as autonomous as possible.

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