Sandy Overman, Owner

After a twenty year career working in the forestry industry and raising my family, I decided to take my life in a completely new direction. I wanted an environment where I could feel passionate and excited about what I was doing. One that would help me fulfill a more compassionate life. Bikram Yoga with it’s mind, body and spiritual connection was the obvious choice.

Being a teacher and now owner of The Studio Comox Valley (formerly known as Bikram Yoga Comox Valley,) has exceeded my expectations. I am surrounded by amazing teachers and students, and a fun, loving, kind and positive yoga community. I learn something new every day and I love watching my students bloom in to who they are meant to be.

– Namaste.

Sandy completed her Bikram Yoga teacher training in fall 2009, HIIT teacher training in spring 2017 and Yin Yoga Training in winter 2019.

Natasha Milanovich

Instructor for Bikram Yoga, HIIT

Natasha graduated Laine Theatre Arts, one of the top performing arts colleges in England, in 1995 with a diploma in Theatre Arts. She then went on to work in theatre, film, and television as a professional Dancer/Model, for close to a decade her credits include the world famous “Lido de Paris”, Paris, France.

In 2001 after meeting her now husband David, she moved to Canada and through a friend was introduced to Bikram Yoga. After studying yoga for just a year and a half she was so inspired by the physical and mental benefits of the practice, she decided to become an instructor.

After successfully completing her teacher training in 2004 she went on to teach and practice at several Bikram Yoga Studios in Vancouver. After gaining the required amount of hours and experience she applied to open her own studio. She was officially approved by Bikram in 2005. Natasha also placed 2nd in the Western Canada Yoga Asana championships in 2005, and went on to represent Canada in the World Yoga Championships in Los Angeles, CA. After much hard work, and with the help of her husband Dr David Milanovich, family, and friends in 2006 the Bikram Yoga Comox Valley studio was born.

After almost a decade owning and operating the studio, in 2015 choosing to dedicate more of her time to her growing family, she passed the torch onto Iain and Sandy, entrusting them to care for the studio and the Bikram Yoga Comox Valley (now known as The Studio Comox Valley) community.

” As the busy mum of two little boys my perspective on Bikram Yoga has evolved. Initially I found it to be a great way to keep fit, detox, etc…now it has become so much more! The demands of being a mum can be so overwhelming that we often fail to take care of our own needs. Spending 90 minutes in the hot room just me and my mat is such a welcome treat. Not only does it still keep me physically fit and healthy but it allows me a mental break from my some what chaotic life. When we take care of our own needs we are better able to take care of our families…what a gift!!! “

One word to describe my yoga practice: Focused

One word to describe teaching Bikram Yoga: Eye opening

If you were a cartoon character, which would you be?: Bambi

Having completed her HIIT teacher training in June 2017, Natasha is also one of our resident HIIT teachers.

Lauryn Jones

I have resided on the West Coast for the majority of this life and have been actively involved in the world of yoga for over 20 years. Throughout this time, I have built a genuine appreciation for the practice of movement therapy in all it’s forms. My goal as a student and teacher is to hold space, inspire and learn from each practice; arriving in Savasana feeling refreshed and a little bit more balanced.

My yoga guiding style is playful, alignment-based and grounding. Some of my favourite classes have been taught abroad in South East Asia, New Zealand and the USA – outside of my comfort zone. I am certified in Bikram Yoga, RYT300, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Therapeutic Yoga. I consider myself to be a life-long learner and am also a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). I was drawn to the practice of massage therapy out of a passion for expanding my knowledge about the human body and an innate desire to help others.

Outside of teaching I’m often found exploring mountains and beaches with my dog and enjoying a great cup of coffee. See you in practice soon!