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 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
Roger is a certified yoga instructor, and a health counselor. He trained in the Kripalu yoga tradition, a practice that is strongly focused toward therapeutic principles. He teaches NewBack yoga classes, and conducts private consultations at the studio. Prior to yoga, 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
" I am a Certified Yoga Teacher in the Kripalu tradition and a Yoga Lifestyle Counselor. I am also a Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator. I have taught Meditation and worked in the wellness field since 1996 when I received my certification as a Reiki Master. My current offers include Yoga and Meditation Instruction, Therapeutic Yoga Nidra, Reiki and Reflexology. I help others to connect with their inner wisdom, using Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation principles. 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.
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 20 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
Shannon - Certified Yoga Teacher
Shannon Robinson has been teaching yoga full time since 2014 and practicing yoga since 2003. She is married and has two sons. 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 moved to the Okanagan 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
Jenelle - Certified Yoga Teacher
Jenelle is a certified yoga by teacher, trained in the Kripalu Yoga Tradition by Elara and Roger, here in Vernon B.C. at the Inner Light Yoga Teacher Training. Jenelle discovered yoga as a child, when cartoons were over, a yoga class would air. She began practicing yoga then as a child and continued to practice on her own until she discovered that yoga is a practice of community. Throughout her life, she has turned to yoga to improve her health, get grounded and build strength. Some injuries forced Jenelle to slow down and evaluate her life, she decided to move from a corporate career to health and wellness. Yoga has improved her ability to manage chronic pain and increase her mobility since her injury. Jenelle teaches gentle, beginner and chair yoga, recognizing that some students need a slow, compassionate class, holding space for her students to follow at their own pace. Website: kiyoga.ca
Stella - Certified Yoga Teacher & Tai Chi Instructor
Stella is an accomplished teacher with over 15 years of experience. She is a lifelong learner and meditator who enjoys sharing with others on the wellness path. She holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of Metaphysical Sciences in Arcata, Ca, and has certifications as a Tai Chi Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Crystal Bowl Sound Healing, and Wellness Coach. Her teaching style is down to earth, fun, and focused on student empowerment. The cornerstone of Stella’s background and teaching philosophy ties back to her six-year traditional apprenticeship under Grand Master Cheng Lu, of the Chung Shing Kung Fu Institute, in Salt Lake City, UT. She became a certified Tai Chi instructor in 2003 and has been sharing this graceful moving meditation with students ever since. The Taoist philosophy of Being in the mystery, and dancing with movement and change is a key factor in her teaching style. Website: www.stellarwellness.info