to integrating formal practice and modern life to teaching and practicing in a way that reduces reactivity and softens gripping in the mind and body to nourishing a way of being in this world that is more compassionate, patient, creative and joyful to making our space accessible to anyone interested in the many benefits of a steady, sweet practice to nurturing a community of yoga lovers of all shapes, ages and abilities.
Heather Jolma Fray Creator/Teacher
Creating a yoga space for myself, my friends and the community I have yet to meet were the reasons for gathering the pieces of what has today become The Breathing Room. A life long lover of movement, I found yoga over a decade ago in a gym, getting a workout where my husband worked as a trainer and my son Max resisted being in the child care space. Moving on with my new found interest, I discovered then, Yvonne Edes, now Sundari SitaRam, at The Shanti Yoga Center. It is still unraveling, but yoga, as I have come to know it in my world, is a source of connection to what is good, natural; an easy way back to myself, my heart. It has become a way I have deepened my understanding of the impact my thoughts have on my health and well-being, therefore the health and well-being of my family, community, and planet. I have been teaching yoga for over 15 years now, and have finally, formally obtained my 200 hour RYT. In my classes, I aim to welcome curiosity into movements traditional and nontraditional. I appreciate cues that invoke a sense of well being and embodiment. I believe good alignment supports the body waking up, but more importantly, feeling the body without worrying about right or wrong should come first. I believe bodies can change, adapt, build strength and flexibility. I believe the body and breath are tools to break open the mind and heart. And I'm so glad you're here!
Julie McCoy-Cox Co-Creator/Teacher
I fell in love with the practice of yoga when I was in college. Today, 24 years later, yoga is still a huge part of my life. My practice has evolved and changed over the years, but it has continually supported my body with strength and flexibility and it has consistently invited me to change and expand my mind and open my heart to be more compassionate and loving. As a teacher, it is an honor to be able to share a practice that has been such a powerful force in my life. To be able to share something you love with others is a great joy. I hope you will join us here at The Breathing Room so we can share this beautiful practice with you.
"Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." ~Rumi
Deb Veach White Co-Creator/Teacher Bio coming soon!
Gepina Caterina Ashtanga Teacher
Gepina's love for yoga began over a decade ago when she first began to train as a massage therapist and Ashtanga Yogi. She has studied with many wonderful and happy teachers of the Ashtanga tradition: Kathy Cooper, Noah William and Casey Palmer. Gepina has a private massage therapy and wellness practice, Cohesive Therapy, just up Broadway here in downtown Vancouver. We are thrilled to have her as part of our teaching team. Gepina believes the Ashtanga practice is "magic", and enthusiastically greets each student right where they are to help bring the gift of yoga into their life.
Saha Devi’s personal healing experience with the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga inspired her commitment to her yoga practice and her teaching. Over the years Saha had the good fortune to study with many exceptional and renowned yoga teachers, including Yogi Bhajan, the Master Yogi, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West and promised Kundalini Yoga’s quick powerful results. Saha Devi recalls her early opportunities to serve and study yoga in India as pivotal and deeply informed her life choices. Saha has been a teacher for over forty years with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from UCLA and is a certified IKYA Kundalini Yoga teacher.
Saha Devi’s classes are appropriate for beginners and beyond. She ends each class with the relaxing Gong Sound Bath, a long dip into the cosmic harmonics of the Gong that clear the subconscious and balance the chakras. The busy mind quiets and cannot resist the sound of the Gong to promote deep relaxation and healing.
Saha loves teaching this powerful technology that supports our physical, mental and spiritual well-being to keep up and fulfill our highest joyful potential.
I love being a spiritual being and from my very first yoga class over 10 years ago I felt a sense of home....my body and spirit felt like they could finally work together. I enjoy sharing what I have learned over the years as I have explored a spiritual life through yoga. I am gifted in holding space for others to explore whatever it is they need to to expand who they are as a spiritual being and this is one way that I show fiercely in my life.
I love restorative yoga and long deep guided meditations. It is an honor for me to bring these two things together each week and share my heart. I believe that we must show up in our own lives fiercely .....so in all that you do be fiercely you...the world needs you!