Our experienced teachers lead our programs of drop-in and pre-registered classes and workshops.
With a strong, well-informed team, Inner Light Yoga and Wellness is committed to providing instruction, information and services that support health, well-being and a conscious lifestyle.
Sandra - Belly Dance Instructor
"I began belly dancing in 2000 out of simple curiosity, and was immediately taken with it. In 2006 I began to teach Belly Dance, aided by knowledge gained from my time as a BCRPA certified fitness instructor and personal trainer. Over the years I have witnessed and experienced the powerful and positive effects this dance form has on women. The celebration of the feminine, along with the rich depth of history, culture and music are what keep me enthralled with this ancient art. Plus it is very fun and there is plenty of bling!"
Deb - Certified Yoga Teacher
Deb is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching Yoga since 2001. Before that she was a Fitness Instructor for 15 years. She also has personal experience with pain management.
She has studied with Erich Schiffmann, Susi Hately, Morgan McKenzie, Jay Field and Marion (Mugs) McConnell, to name a few. Her teaching has been influenced by Paul Grilley, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Bernie Clark, Swami Vishnu Devananda and many more.
Her passions are the Tibetan Rites and Yin Yoga. Both on and off the mat she loves to help others breathe their way through life.
Carrie - Certified Yoga Teacher
"I have been practicing yoga for approximately 20 years. I started yoga to find a way to control or ease the pain in my back, caused by scoliosis. I feel no back pain when I practice yoga, yet now it's the sense of being connected and grounded that takes me to my mat. When I attend a class or do my own private practice, I also feel relaxed and refreshed. I wanted to teach a class that would bring that feeling of calm and being centered to others. I finished my yoga training from SOYA ( South Okanagan Yoga training) in 2009. I'm a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and I love it!
I believe there is yoga, and a yoga teacher for everyone. If you don't find what your looking for in my class, keep looking. It is a real gift to have the opportunity to share what brings me so much fulfillment."
Roger - Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist
Roger is a certified yoga instructor, a professional yoga therapist and a health counselor. He trained in the Kripalu yoga tradition, a practice that is strongly focused toward therapeutic principles. He teaches yoga classes, NewBack Active Therapy classes and conducts yoga therapy consultations at the studio. Prior to yoga therapy, Roger was a medical scientist, completing his Doctorate in physiology and biochemistry and specialising in molecular genetics and pharmacology. He worked in medicine and extensively with patients with severe acute and chronic pain conditions. Roger has a lifetime involvement in sports and outdoor activities. He has been a representative rugby league and rugby union player and has extensive involvement in managing the performance and injury rehabilitation of players and teams. Roger incorporates his skills and life experience into the development of new health and wellness programs. Website: www.newbacktherapy.com
Elara - Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist
" I am a Certified Yoga Teacher in the Kripalu tradition, Yoga Therapist and a Yoga Lifestyle Counselor. I am also a Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator. I have taught Meditation and worked in the healing field since 1996 when I received my certification as a Reiki Master. My current offers include Yoga and Meditation Instruction, and Yoga as Therapy, Yoga Nidra, Reiki and Reflexology. I help others to connect with their inner wisdom, using Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation principles to create a unique form of therapy. These practices are incorporated into my yoga classes where I help to generate a special sacred space for each student. I love to facilitate Yoga Nidra using this unique practice as a special tool for deep relaxation, healing and well-being."
Inner Light Yoga and Wellness
2807 44th Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia (just off 27th Street)
Inner Light Yoga and Wellness
The classes at Inner Light Yoga and Wellness are infused with a spirit of exploration and discovery. Students are encouraged to practice at their own pace. The teachers challenge and support each student, taking into consideration her or his individual energy and physical abilities and limitations.
We are open to questions, comments and requests from students both during and after class. We strive to offer a supportive and safe atmosphere for the ongoing exploration of your practice.
Gwen - Certified Yoga Teacher
"I have been practicing Yoga for over fifteen years and have completed my Yoga Teacher ~ 500 hour training certification with the South Okanagan Yoga Academy. I have also studied Yoga philosophy at
the Yasodhara Ashram and attended workshops with the Venerable Lama Losang Samten, Dharma Mittra, Rod Stryker and Erich Schiffman. I am trained in Reiki healing, group facilitation and counseling. I have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. I believe Yoga is essentially a healing process on all levels. I have found that my yoga practice brings balance and peace into my everyday life. I introduce all dimensions of yoga into my classes and share the philosophy of the eight limbs of yoga with my students. Embracing the yoga path is an ongoing journey of deepening practice in every part of one’s being."
Rhona - Certified Yoga & Pilates Teacher and Personal Trainer
Rhona Parsons, CPT, E-RYT500, is an internationally recognized Yoga Instructor and has been helping others get the best out of life through Fitness, Health, and Wellness for over 17 years as a Personal Fitness Trainer, combining many modalities from her toolbox. She is also a highly accomplished Bender Ball Master Trainer and Pilates Instructor. Rhona specializes in Functional Training, Posture, Core and Balance, Pelvic Floor Fitness, Yoga Stretch Therapy and working with people with Parkinson Disease. Website: www.bodyworksbms.com
Colleen - Certified Yoga Teacher
Colleen has been a yoga practitioner since the late 1970's! Yoga has ebbed and flowed through her life with the changing times, career, family, but always a common denominator. Coming from a work history in financial administration, the aches and pains of working in an office environment rang a loud bell regarding posture, alignment, stiff shoulders and neck. Finally, chronic arm pain became so
severe, it seemed obvious that yoga needed to return center stage in her life. This inspired her to seriously assess her health and values. Colleen finished her Certified Yoga Instructor Training in Kelowna in June 2014, and is thrilled to have this opportunity to teach yoga at Inner Light Yoga and Wellness.
Karen - E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, owner of Bright Angel Yoga Studio
"I was introduced to yoga as a child. I continued to practice on and off throughout my teen years. Then, work and family life seemed to leave little time for practice or study. In 2001, I was re-introduced to yoga and decided to take the teacher training program. Yoga brought new energy to my body and peace and joy to my heart and soul. Teaching enabled me to share these benefits with others. I owned Inner Light Yoga Studio from 2005 to 2012. I continue to find practicing and teaching yoga transformational on all levels." Website: www.brightangelfarm.com
Trudi - Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher
"I participated in my first yoga class in 1970, and have continued to explore the yogic path in many forms since then. Management of the mind and stress has been of great interest to me, as well as how the body reflects those states. Thirty years of registered nursing practice have also brought a richness of information and skills. I received my 300 hour Certified Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, Certification in Amrit Method Yoga Nidra 2013, and Certification in Amrit Method Yoga Therapy in 2014. I have also been been practicing meditation for a long time, from secular, Buddhist and yogic perspectives. I believe that it is an essential skill to have, to pull back from the busy world, and find a place of stillness and peace."
Trinity - Certified Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer
"Yoga has shown me a new perspective on life and taught me how to truly relax and listen to my body. Becoming a yoga teacher allowed me to deepen my understanding about the link between mind and body, and how to guide others in their own practice. My passion for health and fitness has been with me. While personal training allowed me to help people transform their body, yoga and its teachings have given me a new tool in which to help people live healthier and more fulfilled lives. My goal is to help people achieve their fitness goals and aid them on their personal journey by giving them the guidance to develop greater mindfulness and mind body connection through the practice of yoga and resistance training."
Jodi - Certified Clinical Counselor, Somatic Psychotherapist & Yoga Teacher
Jodi Krahn holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Ambrose University/College in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in good standing with the British Columbia Counselling Association (#3748). Jodi Krahn has completed Life Coach training through the Martha Beck Institute as well as her Yoga Coach and Restorative Yoga Teacher training through Yoga Church with Meadow DeVor. Jodi had a private clinical practice in Vernon.
Regular Guest & Sub Teachers
Shannon - Certified Yoga Teacher
Shannon Robinson has been teaching yoga full time since 2014 and practicing yoga since 2003. She has been married for 18 years and has two sons who are 16 and 10 years old. Her family loves to spend time paddle boarding and going to the beach in the summer and snowboarding and snow shoeing in the winter.She recently moved from Surrey where she ran her own yoga studio and taught a wide variety of classes. Her favorite classes to teach are Gentle Yoga, Yin, Restorative Yoga, Beginner Yoga and Yoga Flow. You will find Shannon to be personable, welcoming and funny. She believes that yoga is for every body at every age and ability. Website: www.riverwiseyoga.com
Debbie - Certified Yoga Teacher
"My yoga journey began with a desire to increase my body’s strength and flexibility, but I really became hooked when I realized what yoga could do for my mental and emotional health. Although I took my 200 hour yoga teacher training to immerse myself in the yogic culture, I am drawn naturally to sharing my knowledge with others through teaching. While I still work full time as an elementary school teacher, and have a teenage son at home, I enjoy finding time to share yoga with others to be personally fulfilling.”
Adrienne - Certified Yoga Teacher
Adrienne is a newly certified 200 YRS yoga instructor, through Yoga Alliance. Her practice of 16 years has lead her down the path to become an instructor. The practice of quieting your mind and connecting with your body and spirit is truly a gift that we need to explore to heal our bodies. Adrienne has had her own journey to Wellness through the practice and looks forward to sharing that with you.
Yoga Teacher Training Instructor
Rebecca - Certified Yoga Teacher
Rebecca first started practising yoga when she was 8 years old, thanks to a Lotte Berk book and a rather large bedroom. In 2007 she found a teacher who introduced her to a wider, more encompassing practise, using meditation and pranayama as well as asana, focusing more on internal benefits rather than external aesthetics - greatly welcomed by someone with such tight hamstrings! In 2010 she moved to Vancouver and was surrounded by a great wealth of different yoga styles, studios and teachers. In 2013 she completed her 200hr teacher training and in 2016 gained her 500hr certification. She especially enjoys Yin yoga, Restorative yoga and meditation and their benefits for not only the body but also the mind.