Meet Our Instructors
Gerry Sylvester – Owner and Yoga Instructor
I started practicing yoga years ago to improve my flexibility and strength for other sports. I was surprised how much my overall strength and muscle definition increased. And how much my mental focus improved in sports, at home, and at the office.
As time passed, yoga went from being something I did to prepare for other sports, to being my sport. It also became something deeper, it became my community. When Michael and I discussed the possibility of me purchasing the studio in 2017, I leapt at the opportunity to become an even bigger part of a something I loved.
As an instructor, there is nothing more satisfying for me than watching people’s practice develop. Yoga is challenging, but accessible to everyone. You can take it as far as you want and you can take from it, whatever you need.
Michael Rudd – Yoga Instructor (Previous owner of Open Space)
Passionate about yoga for several years now, Michael has found it to be a path of the most profound personal exploration, he is devoted to sharing the spirit and joy of yoga and mindfulness meditation in his classes.
Michael teaches yoga in a fun, friendly, non-intimidating style making it accessible to all age groups and levels of ability.
Maureen – Yoga Instructor
From a long background of teaching and years of interest in movement both artistically and physiologically, Maureen believes that yoga found her. Initially, she followed a home practice of her own, soon realizing that she needed to learn and experience more. Her initial training was at Saltspring Yoga Centre and she continues to study with Goia Irwin and is greatly influenced by the body breath work of Donna Farhi, Deb Swan and Mark Finch. Her focus is on facilitating the freeing of habitual patterns of movement that encumber us physically and emotionally, to encourage the releasd energy, integrated with the breath, to bring us to a place of quiet and contentment both in our lives and in our yoga.
Lindsay – Yoga Instructor
Lindsay is currently both a dance and yoga instructor. She discovered yoga upon her return from Asia in 2001 and received her teacher training certificate in 2003. She began teaching yoga classes in Ladner shortly thereafter.
Lindsay feels yoga to be a natural extension of her dance. By incorporating the art of breathing, a sense of rhythm is created, connecting mind and body and thus deepening our individual understanding of physical movement, completing a dance of the self. Lindsay’s teaching combines her love of physical fitness and her interest in the anatomy and physiology of the body. She brings to the studio a sense humor, a love of dance, and the pure joy she finds in yoga.
Dal – Yoga Instructor
Dal found yoga 15 years ago in an effort to escape the stresses of daily life. Upon acknowledging the many benefits of her practice, she was inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. Dal leads her classes from a place of wanting to help students let go of “stuff” and create space within themselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She believes that this space will give students glimpses of, and eventually open up pathways towards their authentic self.
Her classes can be both vigorous and relaxing, but always emphasize ease and steadiness in the practice.
Dal enjoys inviting students to connect to their own spirituality, as she chants sacred mantras during Savasna.
Janet – Yoga Instructor
Long-time Ladner resident, Janet was first drawn to yoga after suffering a back injury at work. Experiencing the healing effects that yoga brings to the mind and body are what made Janet a firm believer in the practice and inspired her to become a yoga instructor.
Trained in Hatha, Classical Ashtanga, Restorative, Pre-Post Natal and Chair Yoga, Janet’s goal is to motivate and share her love of yoga with students of all levels, in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment.
When she is not at the studio, Janet can be found working in the garden, spending time with family and friends, and travelling the world.
Nic – Yoga Instructor
After a successful career as an internationally competitive swimmer and national swimming champion, Nic found himself exploring all avenues of life. Such as instructing swimming, coordinating and setting up international events, and even tapping into his Canadian roots as a Zamboni Driver.
After years of adventure and self discovery, Yoga made an appearance into Nic’s life. Creating a paradigm shift that sent him on a journey to uncover the truth behind how we can heal, and what ancient esoteric practices could make a reappearance in our daily lives. Contemplating his passion for understanding the Body, exercising our Mind, and contemplating our Soul, he signed up for his Yoga Teacher Training, and took one step closer to amalgamating those aspects and creating a harmonious balance between them all. He hopes that through his classes, anyone that passes through leaves with a refreshed outlook on life, and moves closer towards their own healing, consequently discovering their highest self.
He is also an attuned Usui Reiki Master, as well as an NLP Trained Practitioner and Life coach.
Lesley – Pilates Instructor
I love how Pilates makes me feel – in both my body and my mind. My education in classical Pilates started in the spring of 2005, after several years of attending classes. By July of 2010, I had successfully completed 450 hrs of comprehensive teacher training in Pilates, including Level 2 certification in Advanced Mat Pilates.
In addition to teaching, I continue to further my education in Fitness, completing both Yoga and Personal Training BCRPA courses.
Veema – Pilates Instructor
Tami – Yoga Instructor
Tami is a Blissology inspired Yoga Instructor & Holistic Aesthetician, deeply intrigued by the human experience. She trusts that we have everything we need to live happy and healthy lives already programmed within; sometimes we just need encouragement and space held to remind us of our truth.
To Tami, Yoga is her medicine. The practice has been in her life since her early teenage years. Her mat quickly became a centre for healing anxiety, physical and spiritual imbalances, always reminding her that we are bigger than our problems.
Tami’s life mission is to create these spaces for healing, to encourage growth, so we can all build a life of light and love, embodying peace in vulnerability.
Jilena – Yoga Instructor
Jilena has been practicing yoga since she was fifteen and as a teacher, enjoys nurturing a whole body approach to wellness. She believes when the mind and body are finding harmony, there is a natural connection to the essential self or “spirit”.
She is a motivated instructor with experience teaching in gyms, studios, preschools and creating specialized workshops. She certified with BCRPA and then completed her 200 hrs through Semperviva Studios. Although her classes aim to create a high level of energy and vitality, she emphasizes “listening” to the body as a core part of practice. When a relationship of trust is nurtured between mind and body, the poses evolve naturally with ease. Fostering awareness between mind, body and breath encourages well being beyond the physical benefits of yoga. Jilena strives to make her classes enjoyable to all fitness levels by offering options of poses and a compassionate approach to the practice. She love sharing the journey of yoga whether it’s introducing novices or challenging seasoned yogis.
Sue – Yoga Instructor
Beginnings like endings can be difficult or exciting. Starting something new implies change, a step towards an eventual goal. ‘Atha’ is the very first word in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and considered an auspicious way to begin.
And so we begin.
I am deeply grateful for my husband, children,parents, family and friends, the soma of nature and all of my teachers who continue to inspire and shape me.
To the community of yogi’s and yogin’s that I have the honor to play and practice with, may we continue to build authenticity in our lives both on and off our mats.
Gratitude has been present in my life always. It has unlocked many doorways into my life and I am forever thrilled for the ability to carve out even more in the theater of my yoga classes. Your ability to show up and continue to see things in me instills in me courage and virium.
Thank you to all for believing in me.
“There is no end to clarity.”- Danny Paradise
Anne – Yoga Instructor
Anne tries to juggle work in health care with raising three children. The yoga helps. Initially it was the physical benefits of yoga that had her hooked. As she continued to practice, she noticed that she felt more calm, patient and grounded. Now she wants to show everyone the life changing benefits of yoga. She is always in pursuit of more knowledge and loves to incorporate what she has learned into her classes. Expect a physically challenging class with creative sequencing, incorporating meditation, breath work, and maybe a massage ball or two! Students will leave class sweaty, refreshed, and ready to face the rest of their day.