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Faculty and Staff

The Vancouver School of Healing Arts (formerly the Vancouver School of Yoga) boasts a faculty of experienced and professional instructors who bring diverse skills, abilities and knowledge to the art and science of teaching yoga. Our instructors are highly respected in their fields of expertise, providing excellence in education and training.

They actively practice the work they teach, creating a learning environment that is current and practice-oriented. Our faculty has combined experience on every level in the yoga industry – not only as practitioners and teachers, but also in management, marketing, administration and training.

In sharing their knowledge, wisdom, enthusiasm and compassion, the staff and faculty of VSOHA endeavour to create an experience that is enriching, both professionally and personally. We are pleased to introduce our qualified staff and faculty to you.

Rebekka Walker Yoga Program DirectorRebekka has been working in groups and one on one as a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer and meditation guide for over 16 years. She holds a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certification, and was formerly accredited as a CYT 1000 with The International Association of Yoga Therapists, utilizing a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative, Anusara Yoga, & over 2500 hours of teacher training in these methods.

Touring to teach everywhere from Canada’s north and west coast, to Europe and Asia, Rebekka can attest firsthand to the life changing alchemy of yoga and meditation. She has developed and worked up programs for the everyday yogi; elite national team and world cup athletes; NHL teams; cancer survivors; physically challenged persons; and those working with addiction, severe trauma, anxiety and depression.

As the Program Director of VSOHA’s 200/240 hour & 300 hour advanced Yoga Teacher Training programs; and internationally through her unique trainings; Rebekka has developed a reputation as a teacher of teachers for over a decade. Her lifelong study and exploration of tantric and buddhist philosophy, Ayurveda, holistic healing and therapeutic bio mechanics, informs all aspects of her life and her teaching. With a focus on alignment and inspiration, the alchemy of Rebekka’s programs is relevant and revelatory.

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Amanda is a 500-hour RYT, a yoga business coach, the host of the Mastering the Business of Yoga (M.B.Om) podcast, and a world traveler. She blends her background in business with her love of yoga and is passionate about helping yoga teachers create careers that they are passionate about and that are sustainable.

Amanda is also the co-host of The World Wanderers, a podcast on travel. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga, you can find Amanda traveling the world with her husband, Ryan, hiking mountains, or curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

You can learn more about Amanda at www.amandakingsmith.com or at www.mbomyoga.com.

Chantal Russell Yoga TeacherPrinciples of Practice and Prenatal Yoga

Chantal is passionate about sharing the teachings of yoga, as a daily practice which invites us to embrace life as a sacred gift. Having studied yoga for over a decade, she graduated from the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching since 2005. She has since studied with some of the world’s most senior and influential yoga teachers and has completed 600 hours of teacher training, including extensive studies in prenatal yoga, therapeutics and tantric philosophy. Her classes invite you to move your body in a nourishing way, and infuse loving awareness into every moment. As a mama, wife, yogini, nutritionist and cancer survivor, Chantal knows on a very intimate level how beneficial the teachings of yoga are to skillfully show up for the many challenges and opportunities that life presents.

When not teaching in Vancouver, she can be found playing with her son Ben, gardening, exploring the many trails of Bowen Island where she resides, reading by the fire, sharing her love of healing foods, writing or taking surf trips with her family in search of good waves.

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Emma is also a member of VSOHA’s Yoga Therapy faculty. To read her bio, please visit here.

Julia McCabe Yoga Teacher TrainerJulia has been teaching full-time since 2003. Much of her learning occurred between 2005-2008 when she was recruited to teach in Hong Kong at Pure Yoga International.
Since 2008 she has held over twenty international trainings and retreats globally and graduated over three hundred students from her 200 and 300hr programs. Julia has also guest taught at Wanderlust and the Whistler Yoga Conference.
Her time studying has included time at McGill graduating with B.Ed in Kinesiology. As well as her years studying under the wings of Patrick Creelman, Paul Dallaghan, Ana Forrest and many other inspiring teachers.
You can find her locally in between travels between Squamish, Whistler and Vancouver.

Nicole Marcia Yoga Therapy Faculty

In 2009, Nicole was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in Yoga Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008 – 2017 she served as the Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed and delivered a comprehensive Yoga Therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. From 2007 – 2018 she delivered therapeutic Yoga programming at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side.

In 2017, Nicole completed 300 hours of training to become a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA. She is also certified to teach Yoga in military communities through Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD.

Today, Nicole is the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth as well as a training facilitator and mentor with Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer Yoga teachers to marginalized populations.

She is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, Yoga Therapy International and the Vancouver School of Healing Arts and an instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies.

She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.

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Sjanie McInnis Yoga FacultySjanie has been blessed with yoga from all sides: still+moving, hot+cool, reverent+unattached. From her first Ashtanga Vinyasa practice at Downward Dog in Toronto, through the process of Anusara Yoga Certification, and now her home-work with Iyengar’s 300-week Light On Yoga program, she knows many faces of this bright and complex process.

Sjanie began teaching in Vancouver in 2004 and was a part of the YYoga Teachers College Faculty from 2009-2011. She currently instructs public classes at many Vancouver studios as well as offering private instruction and mentorship to her fellow teachers. In addition to her RYT-500 designation, she is a CrossFit Level One trainer and is passionate about finding healing and vigour in all types of movement, from dance to martial arts, to keep the body healthy and the heart open.

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Trisha Wilson Yoga TeacherPrinciples of Practice and Subtle Body & the Chakras

Trisha first sought yoga in 2000 to create balance and deeper meaning in her life. She continues to find this in her practice today. Having immersed herself in many methods, she has studied most deeply in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Anusara Yoga. Trisha has been teaching yoga since 2005.

In her practice and her teaching, she combines skillful physical alignment and creative sequencing with exploration of the subtle body. She infuses her classes with philosophy, mythology, energy medicine and inspiration for a harmonious world.

Trisha is also a full mesa carrier in the Mountain Shamanism tradition (as taught by the Q’ero Medicine people of Peru). She leads earth wisdom rituals and activates community in celebration of heart and spirit. She is dedicated to the yogic path as a form of sacred activism.

Trisha lives in beautiful Nelson, BC, with her husband and daughter and plays in nature as much as possible.