Dan has been practicing and teaching forms of hatha yoga since the mid-1990s. His original training was in the Ashtanga Vinyasa form and from there he developed an interest in more therapeutic forms of alignment-based yoga, including Iyengar and Anusara Yoga.
He has been teaching 200hr and 300hr yoga teacher trainings in China, Japan and Canada since 2006, leading over 70 trainings and graduating over 1,000 teachers. His focus now is to encourage critical thinking and the teaching of safe and effective postural yoga within his own trainings, and developing objective standards of competency for yoga teachers worldwide.
To Dan, yoga is inquiry; it is the engagement of reason, compassion and physicality toward knowledge of what it means to be conscious, and to be happy.
Leah began her yoga journey with eastern philosophy and martial arts. Thanks to a fortuitous injury, she transitioned from Tae Kwon Do to yoga, re-applying her understandings of philosophy, movement, perseverance, and integrity through a non-violent avenue. Leah has a bachelor of science specializing in biochemistry and a master of applied science in biomedical engineering, which she fuses with her yoga.
Leah believes herself to be an advocate for the benefits yoga can provide when practiced with knowledgeable guidance. She is passionate about providing a safe learning environment so that her students may better understand their bodies and themselves.
Carol has been practicing yoga for 16 years, and teaching yoga for over a decade. Over the years, she has trained in and taught many styles of yoga including Asthanga, Anusara and Sivananda. While studying in the Anusara style of yoga, Carol trained extensively in Therapeutic Yoga, as well as Restorative Yoga and Yoga of the Heart training from Nischala Joy Devi. Carol is grateful to have trained with many great teachers and continues to be a student of yoga.
Since 2008, Carol has been involved with training yoga teachers at the Vancouver School of Yoga and later with Shubui Yoga, Open Source Yoga, Lahari Yoga as well as running Restorative Yoga teacher trainings from her home studio. Carol teaches alignment based yoga and is known for her calm, grounding presence and her clarity of instruction.
Elissa began teaching in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 where she studied with some of today's most sought after and respected teachers. She studied Anusara yoga and was certified through that school. Elissa has taught several teacher trainings and workshops, specializing in alignment, observation skills and clear cuing. She has streamlined her approach to teaching over the years to facilitate students and teachers understanding and performance of alignment and form in the body.
Rhona comes to us from a varied background. She has been a logger, business manager, environmental activist, waitress, filmmaker, sales associate, chef, bartender, graphic designer, executive director, sign-maker, camp manager, furniture maker, fundraiser, writer and a yoga teacher trainee. Rhona assists the YAAC as our Secretary Treasurer.
Rhona can be found bending and stretching in yoga class and at home, and working on her new incarnation as a Travel Consultant.