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.
Sandy completed her Bikram Yoga teacher training in fall 2009, HIIT teacher training in spring 2017 and Yin Yoga Training in winter 2019.
Andrew hails from the great white north of Yellowknife, NWT. He spent a decade pursuing his passion of high performance freestyle snowboarding during which he competed internationally in Slopestyle and Big Air. It was….epic! And it was….hard on the body! To help him recover from injury and keep his body mobile, Andrew took to yoga early on in his career.
Over the years he enjoyed the practice of yoga more and more – so much so that after retiring from competing in 2015, he decided to travel to Mexico to take a 200 hour immersive yoga teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute. Since then, he has studied Yin Yoga under Carly Forest and Melissa Christensen. With influences of the physical aspects of the practice from Bernie Clark as well as the energetic and mindfulness aspects from Sarah Powers, Andrew weaves together a unique holistic blend in his Yin classes.
He is passionate about health and wellness and is excited to facilitate his community members as they learn to slow down for Yin Yoga or speed up for HIIT! He brings years of experience in dry-land training (as they call it in the snowboard world) to create fun and inspiring HIIT classes.
As a relatively new transplant to the Island, Andrew is continuously amazed at the amount of adventures, beautiful nature and the vibrant community of the Comox Valley.
When I first came to the studio (back then it was Bikram Yoga Comox Valley) in 2010, I had only ever taken a couple hatha yoga classes at the rec centre. After my first class, besides being completely exhausted and sweaty, I was hooked– I bought a one year membership the very next day.
As a mom of two, I was at a point in my life where I needed some time for me. I’ve also struggled with lower back issues for many years and I decided that yoga might help in my healing– and it certainly has!
Back then, I never would have guessed just how big a part of my life this studio would become. My girls have joined me in taking many classes and my youngest daughter, Avery, has grown up here. She started taking Bikram Yoga classes with me when she was 7 and is now a regular at Barre and HIIT classes. I’ve now been working at The Studio for more than 10 years!.
When Yin yoga classes started being offered here, I fell in love right away. What a great way to get deeper into my body, healing from the inside out. I love the slower pace and mindfulness of the practice. With a busy work and personal life, this practice is exactly what I needed to help me slow down. In the summer of 2019 I received my Yin teaching certification and as I get closer to being an empty nester, my future goal is to add more yoga training to my life!
I love the welcoming atmosphere that has been created here. The students, the teachers, all of the staff make this a great place to work and spend my “me” time.
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!