EPIC Teachers

Terry

Terry is the owner of Epic. Terry started practicing yoga in 2009 after playing with Wii Fit. Out of shape with an aching back, Terry summed up the courage to go to a yoga class, where he discovered that there was more to yoga than simply getting a good stretch. There, he learned and experienced the positive impact that yoga can have on people's lives. As a result, Terry became more present in his life and was able to better connect with his family. Terry completed his teacher training with Red Door Yoga in January 2015,

Kim

Kim teaches Hatha Flow, Yoga Basics and Restorative Yoga. Kim’s classical teaching style relies on the foundations of breath, fluidity, curiosity and mindfulness. Kim studied yoga with the founder of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch. Prior to Epic, Kim was involved in the founding of what is now Yoga BC, teaching Power Yoga for over 12 years around Vancouver. In 2012 Kim started her company Primordial Vibe, which sells yoga apparel at Epic’s studio and online at www.ompirewear.com. Kim is also a skilled belly dancer, working as a performer, choreographer and instructor around BC. In 2007, Kim wrote, narrated, choreographed and led the popular 27-episode how-to belly dance TV program, SHIMMY.

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is a RYT-200 and is currently completing her RYT-500 with expertise in breath work, physical assists, pre + post natal, children and teens.  She emphasizes the importance of mental health and how yoga creates a gateway for healing.  Cheyenne brings huge emphasis on deep breathing and accessing the relaxation response in the body and mind. Her students will experience less anxiety, better sleep and more mindfulness after leaving class.  Cheyenne lives in a spacious 180sqft tiny home, alongside a creek and surrounded by trees.  She lives an intentional life to use less water, accumulate less waste, recycle and compost obsessively, and spend more time giving back rather than accumulating 'things'. Visit her website for updates, her playlists and more. www.cheyennemerlo.com"

Amy

Amy Reedman is Certified in Hatha, Yin, and Restorative Yoga, Reiki, and Healing Touch. As a Registered Aromatherapist, she often infuses her love of essential oils in to her practice, offering a unique blend of classes, private sessions, workshops and speaking engagements.  In 2016, Amy developed a Self-Care Series to support others with anxiety and depression. Her commitment to support and provide tools to entrepreneurs led her to also develop her Success with Integrity Program. Today, Amy’s work incorporates essential oils, energy work, gentle yoga, mindfulness practices, Success Coaching, EFT Tapping, and TRE (Trauma Release Exercises). In October 2017, her dream of 15 years came true, when she opened the doors to The Blending Bar's first brick and mortar space, in the heart of downtown Maple Ridge. www.TheBlendingBar.ca

Carrie

A mom, business owner and fitness professional, Carrie has worked and lived in Maple Ridge for more than 15 years and is passionate about living and promoting a healthy, balanced life. Carrie started her career teaching group fitness, and since has expanded her knowledge and experience into personal training, bootcamp, spin, Tabata, running, TRX and sports conditioning. Carrie brings a positive and enthusiastic approach to her classes. She is motivated by her student’s success as well as her own personal commitment to training and health.

Debbie

Debbie’s love for fitness and helping others achieve their goals of living a healthy life came after an injury. After participating in spin classes, Debbie decided to teach. She went on to receive her BCRPA certification, Third Age, as well as First Aid. Debbie received training from Krista Popowych (Keiser), Helen Vanderburg (Cycle Program) and Greg Bradshaw (Reebok cycle program). Debbie is sensitive and respectful in her classes, encouraging and inspiring her students to work hard and reach their fullest potential.

Adrianna

Thanks to her mother, Adrianna began her yoga journey in the womb. Fast-forward to post-high school when her mother dragged her to another yoga class. That was the beginning of her lifelong desire to teach yoga, now fulfilled with her completion of the RDY200 Hour Teacher Training. Adrianna teaches a mix of Hatha and Flow yoga with some power moves thrown in for good measure. She is looking forward to starting the next leg of her journey as a teacher and sharing her positivity, her knowledge of yoga and her zest for life, inspiring students on their paths to enlightenment.

Tawni

Tawni initially started her yoga journey in high school and quickly fell in love after starting to practice at Epic Yoga and Fitness the summer following her graduation. It was the first time in her life that she felt a sense of home within herself.  After healing so much through the practice Tawni went on to get certified at 19 years old so she could offer this gift back to the world. She completed her 500 hours in the Anusara  lineage, which is alignment based. Although that is a major focus, her goal is to offer a fun class and allow freedom to move your body in ways that feel most organic to you.  This practice has become her lifestyle and she continues to dive into the spiritual aspect which excites her the most. Tawni is beyond grateful to be teaching in the very studio in which her passion was ignited.

Leila

Leila’s journey into yoga was both a blessing and a gift from a lower back injury in her mid 30s. She realized that her hectic lifestyle was unsustainable, unhealthy and out of balance. The holistic benefits of yoga over the years have been transformational. Her yoga practice keeps her present and connected to the ebb and flow of life. In 2015, she pursued the 200hr Teacher Training with Red Door Yoga - the best thing for personal growth. Leila loves Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa and meditation. She is grateful to all her teachers who have been instrumental in this lifelong journey. In Leila's spare time, she gardens and enjoys being close to nature. She also loves cooking, doing creative projects, and belly dancing to shake things up!

Elena

Always passionate about health, fitness, and spirituality, Elena discovered yoga at a young age. It wasn’t until she dug deeper into her practice that she realized the importance of the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga. Wanting to share this feeling of inner peace and self-discovery, Elena completed her RDY200 teacher training. Elena teaches classes varying from hatha flow to power, incorporating the healing powers of yoga while also maintaining a strong physical component. Union of the mind, body and spirit while exploring our own consciousness and connection to Earth is a major theme and intention Elena sets with each practice.

Rebecca 

Rebecca has lived in the Maple Ridge area for over 30 years has continually been involved in all aspects of fitness training and active sports.  This passion and love of fitness led to her to become an instructor and is certified as a BCRPA fitness instructor with a specialty module in Group Fitness.  After years of TRX training and encouragement from Karen, she became certified in both TRX Functional training and TRX Group training with a Level II ranking, and was privileged to have trained under top ranking TRX instructors Gerard Recio and Douglas Li.  Rebecca also holds a First Dan Black Belt ranking under the WTF Taekwondo Federation.  She strongly believes in creating challenging and technical classes that will engage her students so they are leaving the class both exhilarated and wanting more.  "Get fit and have fun!"

Rishan

Although her desire to teach has only just surfaced, Rishan has been practicing yoga for over 13 years. She recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with world-renowned yogi, Eoin Finn. Rishan enjoys incorporating her love of music and her own unique fun style with that of many teachers she has been lucky enough to experience, including an instrumental influence from Karen Waite. Along with continuing her training, she is planning yoga retreats to combine her love of yoga and travel!

Anahita
Anahita discovered the transformative power of yoga in 2004 while she was attending graduate school in Applied Mathematics and working as an application developer. She has been practicing yoga for many years on a daily basis and eventually adapting as a way of life. Anahita completed her 200 Hour RYT certification in 2018 under guidance of Karen Waite. She extends her gratitude and joy for the abundant benefits yoga brings her by sharing this practice with others.
Sammi

My name is Sammi Wang, a certified yoga teacher, and a professional Eco fashion designer, who lives in minimalist life style, and dreams to inspire millions of people to enjoy yoga and Eco fashion.

Growing up and under the influence of my grandfather who is eastern holistic medicine doctor and a tai chi master, I have devoted myself to an ongoing learning of a variety of ancient healing methods for promoting internal and external balance, including: Traditional Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese meridians, GuaSha scraping and Moxibustion. I believes that true balance in life comes from within the heart. I aim to bring a unique sense of empowerment to each of my students through intention, pranayama, asana and meditation with a natural, loving attitude. I also aim to guide and encourages students to explore the qualities of external growth and internal stillness, and to explore the union of the body, mind and spirit with a practice that is both physically active and internally / energetically calm.

Languages offered: English and Mandarin-Chinese.

Registered Yoga Alliance RYT-200, BCRPA YFL Yoga Teacher

Antje

Antje opened Epic Yoga & Fitness in 2007. In 2014, she sold Epic in order to pursue her study of Ayurvedic Medicine with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Mark Halpern and Sivananda Ashram. Antje still teaches many classes at Epic and continues to be involved in the Epic community of holistic yoga and fitness. Antje’s classes combine many yogic styles and techniques that lead her students through an enlightening process of mental and physical self-discovery. She enjoys teaching all styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation, Teens and Kids, Restorative, as well as specialized workshops.

Alyra

 

After discovering yoga through a local studio, Alyra fell in love with the creative movement yoga can offer. She knew teaching was something she was drawn too, so she made the decision to take a step back from her daily life and acquire her 200HR RYT certification while traveling in Bali. Most recently she was able to complete her 500HR RYT, Life Coach certificate and Reiki Lvl 1 in Baja Mexico at Yandara Yoga Institute. Alyra offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where students can drop their expectations at the door; All while including dynamic flows and plenty of opportunities to move through slow juicy Yin and Restorative styles of practice. Join Alyra for your next practice and be ready to melt into a space of awareness, strength, and acceptance. 

 

“The intention of my teachings is to create space where students can let go of their own ego and expectations. A place to move freely; Where they can feel comfortable within their own body and soul. Learning there’s no right or wrong in yoga — it’s about finding what feels good for YOU.”

 

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