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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,

Karen 

Karen has taught at Epic since 2008 and owned it from 2014 to 2018. As a yoga teacher and personal trainer, Karen’s passion for helping others achieve their goals comes through in her commitment to engaging her students and fellow yoga teachers. Karen is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT 3000+)  and loves to teach Power Yoga based on Ashtanga 8 Limbs, Hatha, Yin, Rehabilitation, TRX, and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga and run Retreats. She is a dedicated student of her Teacher Seane Corn and takes her teachings into her life. In continual gratitude to her Guru Kavita Maharaj, Karen is teaching the Red Door Yoga 200 & 500 Hour Teacher Training Programs at the Epic Yoga & Fitness studio. She is a mother and student of two teenage yogis. She is also an Alumni Ambassador for Lululemon Coquitlam and was a presenter at Wanderlust Whistler Yoga Conference 2014.

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.

 
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.

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.

Bhavna

Bhavna first started her teaching career with Bikram and then went on to study the Mastercore series with Tony Sanchez. Recognizing yoga as a lifelong journey of practice, learning & sharing, Bhavna decided to further her knowledge by studying & training with Karen Waite, Sean Corn (Vinyasa), Bernie Clarke (Yin) & Leslie Kaminoff (Principles of anatomy). Bhavna is also a certified Yogakids teacher and owner of Namastekids. As a mother of three active children, Bhavna recognizes the importance of teaching the future generation the benefits of staying healthy, strong and balanced for life. Bhavna is a E-RYT500 Certified Teacher.

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.

Jillian

Jillian is a life-long learner. With a passion for yoga, her love of learning drew her to take the Red Door Yoga Teacher Training Program. Jillian likes to integrate all the elements she has learned to create classes that connect the body, mind, and spirit. As her style is meditative and spiritual, her teaching focuses on Restorative Yoga.  

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!"

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"

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

Katie

I am an RDYT200 certified yoga teacher and have been practicing yoga for 11+ years. I am truly grateful for how the practice has supported me and enriched my life. It is through the practice of yoga that I have been able to deepen my connection to self and in turn those around me. My goal in teaching is to bring people to that same place of depth and connection within themselves while playing and having fun on the mat. I have a love of music and feel the connection between sound and movement which I like to include in my classes. It is my hope that you step off your mat with a sense of inner balance feeling nourished, support and inspired. 

Peta

I began practicing yoga in an attempt to repair the body and slow down the mind whilst living the life as a full time skydiving instructor.

I moved to Canada, from Australia in 2015 and completed 200 teacher training in Nelson, BC in 2018.

Since then, completed another 200hr, and Yin training.

I believe that yoga is a way of life, and when we come to our mat we practice yoga, so that we can bring it to our every day life.

I believe that sound and movement are medicine, and we have the abilities to heal our own bodies by practicing movement and mindfulness, and connecting to our selves on a deeper level. I believe it is important as a yoga teacher to not only guide a yoga class, but also to teach our students to become their own yoga teachers.

You can join me in a variety of classes from including Yin, Restorative, Flow, Vinyasa, Power.

Nicolette 

Mention the word yoga around Nicolette and her eyes light up with a spark of passion.  You could say yoga is in Nicolette’s soul.  It is truly who she is and what she does.  The connection of asana (pose/posture), pranayama (breath), meditation, intention and spiritual aspects of yoga are so beautifully and organically woven into Nicolette’s teachings.   Many students describe an “out of body” experience while practicing yoga with Nicolette.  Her unique humor and playfulness allow participants to let down their guard into a sense of comfort, openness and creativity.   Nicolette truly believes that almost anyone can participate in yoga.  She offers countless variations for all levels. Alignment and safety are paramount to Nicolette when instructing.  

Nicolette has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 7 years.  Her favorite styles of yoga are vinyasa and yin.  She continually upgrades her practice by attending advanced workshops and additional teacher training.  In March of this year Nicolette attended a teacher training retreat in Bali.  She has also hosted four retreats in Costa Rica. Most recently in July this year.

When not teaching and travelling, Nicolette spends her time with her friends and family, hiking, biking and paddleboarding.  Nicolette is the proud mom of three beautiful grown sons.