Dorothy has been a yoga practitioner for over 35 years and completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2002. Dorothy is a senior teacher at the Centre and is also a teacher for the Centre’s Yoga Teacher Training Program. She teaches many weekly all levels classes on the island, as well as weekend yoga retreats and annual retreats in Mexico and Italy. Dorothy’s teaching style includes sustained as well as flowing postures, with the aim of cultivating mindfulness through alignment and breath. Core strengthening and core awareness are an integral part of her classes. Her compassion for her students and her deep love of yoga are apparent in her classes.
Cathy (Arpana) Valentine
Cathy has dedicated her life to the practice of yoga, to teaching yoga, and to living with truth and presence in every moment. She has been teaching Vijnana yoga since 1999.
Curiosity is what brought Rebecca to her first yoga class. That curiosity marked the beginning of an ongoing journey for the practice of yoga and a strong desire to continually deepen that relationship. Exploring the movement of the body and the breath has been an essential in her life. Rebecca has apprenticed with Cathy Valentine for two years and has been awarded a 500-hr teacher training. She continues to study asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy.
Catherine has been practicing yoga since 1998 and has completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training with Cathy Valentine. She has found clarity, ease and joy through her yoga practice and hopes to share the same in her classes.
Blair has been practicing and studying yoga since 2010, yet his devotional spirit to music goes back decades. He completed his 200 hour YTT with Gaiatri Yoga in 2013 and began teaching shortly after. As a resident Karma Yogi at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, Blair continues to deepen his understanding and experience of the ancient yogic teachings through regular sadhana (daily practice), the study of the eight limbs of classical Ashtanga Yoga, and by being a devotee to the Bhakti path through Kirtan. Blair’s love for teaching weaves together mindfulness, alignment, strength and softness in a fun & focused flow-style practice with an accent on the subtle energy body and the devotional surrender of Bhakti.
Cara offers a gentle, healing approach to her classes while including the use of breath as a bridge between a calm, aligned body and mind. Cara completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, and also lived there for six months in the Yoga Study, Service and Immersion Program. Cara loves to inspire inner peace, strength and joy for every moment and every breath.
Motivated by a love of movement and a craving for peace, Marianne has been practicing Yoga regularly since 2009. Drawing on her experience of a rich variety of styles and teachers, she encourages her students to develop internal awareness as they move and breathe through carefully designed sequences. She lived at the Salt Spring Centre from June 2014 until December 2015, studying and teaching asana and pranayama, as well as exploring the practice of Karma Yoga through serving in Programs Management.
Marianne completed her 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and an advanced workshop in Sequencing with Joy Morrell, a Nelson-based teacher with a passion for anatomy and a wide open heart. More recently, she completed 300 hours of yoga training with Cathy Valentine on Salt Spring Island.
Johnis a newly transplanted yogi to Salt Spring Island, John believes in the transformative nature of a regular yoga practice. A long time teacher, he completed his 200h training in 2010 at Breathing Space Yoga in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each of his classes provides an opportunity to become aware of the ever present spirit within through focused pranayama and asana. He brings a playful quality to his classes, believing that each of us is our own guru.
Rupert has been a student of yoga for over 24 years, and has been teaching since 2003. He has studied various styles of yoga including Raja, Ashtanga, Yin, and Tao and has spent several years living in yoga communities including the Himalayan International Institute and the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga (SSCY). He formally started teaching in 2003 at Moksana Studio in Victoria after completing his 200RYT as well as at Forufera and Smiling Buddha studios in Vancouver. In 2005 Rupert moved to the SSCY where he taught classes including Restorative, and Level 1 Hatha. In 2008 he completed his 500RYT. The past several years has seen Rupert become more involved in serving humanity through his seed saving work in BC and across Canada. His focus now is shifting to simply growing food, medicine, and seeds, deepening his yoga and Qi Gong practises, and teaching.
Hanna has enjoyed the study of yoga for seven years, and has completed 500 hours as an apprentice to Cathy Valentine. Always a questioning mind, she enjoys how yoga connects so many layers of being. Her class explores foundations of hatha yoga in a gentle, playful atmosphere. This is her first year of teaching.