Our Instructors

Meet Our Instructors


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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.


 

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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.


 

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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.


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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.


 

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Wendy – Yoga Instructor

Wendy’s teaching is very much influenced by her studies of experiential anatomy and yoga therapy with Leila Stuart and she continues to explore the healing benefits of yoga and energy work. Wendy is a certified Ayurvedic educator. Ayurveda is the ‘Science of self Healing’ from India, and this natural extension of yoga has been a great resource to allow her students to learn about their own body’s rhythms and how to find balance in daily life. Wendy hopes that those who come to her classes find themselves a little closer to their wholeness in body, mind and spirit. The blessing of Wendy’s family & friends inspire Wendy every day and the lessons she receives from her students are a continual education in respect and humility.


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Jes – Yoga Instructor

“Yoga is my anti-depressant. Yoga is my stabilizer. Yoga is my retreat. If I can find a way to bring someone to the place of healing that I have experienced through yoga, my journey will have been worth all the tears, all the grief, and all the pain. Yoga heals from the inside out, and I’m living proof.
I appreciate the intricacies of alignment as a way to create a more balanced and harmonious body, mind, and spirit. I like to bring my personality to every class through knowledge, sincerity, and humor. Expect to roll up your mat feeling more present, and absolutely glistening with the light of your heart radiating from within!
Let’s shine together and connect our hearts through the love of yoga!”


 

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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


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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 practise, 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 practise.

Dal enjoys inviting students to connect to their own spirituality,  as she chants sacred mantras during Savasna.


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Anné – B-Workout Fitness Instructor

Anne is a certified (BCRPA) Personal Trainer and Rehab Trainer. She is committed to excellence and continues to take courses that will help improve her training to her clients.
Most notable of which are the Clinical Exercise Specialist course as well as exercise Rehabilitation for joint replacements courses.

Beginning in the Fitness Industry in 1985 by conducting classes in aerobics, circuit and spin she moved to gym operations and management while continuing to teach classes. Anne began taking on personal training clients in 1998 and over time achieved a full time personal training practice. Most of the clients served since 1998 are still clients, a testament to her professional, effective, and caring approach. Anne also created, manages and delivers the exercise program for South Delta Stroke Recovery Program in 1999. This specialty program is used by other Stroke Clubs as a model.


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Kaylen – Yoga Instructor

Through yoga Kaylen has come to know the power in stepping outside of your comfort zone and living whole-heartedly; there is a humble pride knowing you are in control of your life’s story. Each new circumstance will strip you of what you think you know, leaving opportunity to adapt and evolve. Everything is in a constant state of fluctuation and we are forever yearning to grow, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our practice creates opportunity to start anew, to release judgments and self-limiting behavioural patterns; we forgive and move forward with direction. As we meet ourselves again and again we are empowered by our abilities and the resilience within, finding a deep connection with and gratitude for our individuality.


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Alanna- Yoga Instructor

Searching for calmness amidst a hectic world, Alanna turned to yoga and found calmness and the ability to still the mind.  As she entered on this journey she found joy in the daily practice of yoga, and taking time out to just breathe and be.  It has allowed her to embrace some of life’s most difficult challenges and to find peace within.  Being kind to yourself and  allowing the body to sit with some discomfort, without judgement, is a key of her practice.  With caring and mindfulness her classes impart a sense of calm.

When not doing yoga, Alanna enjoys being in nature, long walks along the beach, and gardening.  She is very active in the not for profit world, providing fundraising expertise and strategic guidance.  She is on the Board of Directors for SVP Vancouver, and the Almoner committee for St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Hospitaller.


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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.


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Kim – Yoga Instructor

Kim’s classes create space for each of her students to experience the yoga practice that nourishes them on an individual level. She hopes to inspire students to find their own path to personal transformation and joy. Each class is designed with a core message or theme and movements are taught on a journey that makes sense, through a combination of both structure and freedom. Come explore using physical poses, meditation, and breath to strengthen the body so that your mind and heart can find space and freedom!