YOGA WHISTLER

TEACHERS

 Tina Maria Pashumati James  (Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher)

Tina is the owner director of Loka Yoga  here in Whistler, and is  an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and is known for her chanting, choreographic sequencing, and knowledge of the subtle body. Widely considered to be a "teacher's teacher," she transmits the Jivamukti lineage as a mentor at the Jivamukti teacher training and running many of her own teacher trainings over the last 10 years.

 

Tina’s class’s are infused with humor, a vigorous practice, as well as major rehab for serious injuries, and a different approach to assisting for total self-transformation.

 

Incorporating vigorous flow sequences, along with an integration of yogic philosophy, chanting, and strong emphasis on activism and ethical vegetarianism, Tina’s classes create a shift in perception where magic rises. Each of her dynamic and vigorous classes inspires students to honor and connect to body and spirit. Students regularly note the playful element of her classes and her deep sense of humor. She is known for her impassioned, unique teachings & dynamic classes, with attention to detail, precise alignment and a strong sense of empowerment.

 

Tina has a clear vision of a community where knowledge and spiritual activism could create a space of healing, whilst working with indigenous cultures side by side to re-create ancient rituals and ceremonies.

 

Tina works on whistler ski patrol and is a keen alpine mountaineer, all her inspiration comes from the mountains and the wild and all the beings that inhabit this beautiful blue planet.

 

Tina humbly offers reverence and gratitude to her Gurus Sharon Gannon-ji and David-ji, for their attention to detail, courage, political activism and radical natures, wisdom, guidance and pure love.

 

To her parents who words cannot suffice; her sons for their true love and support always; Tina’s life practices are integrated with ancient healing, yoga, adventure, animal activism,  Veganism, planetary awareness and political action.

 

To her first teacher Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and his son Manju Jois, and direct lineage from Jivamukti to Shri Brahmanada Sarasvati, Shri Swami Nirmalananda and Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.

 

To all her yoga students of the past and present who come to their mat and show up unapologetically. This method of yoga brings out all that is perfect in both teachers and students, so that we may see this perfection in others.

 

And most of all knowing that: “The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on earth”. –Sharon Gannon.

Frederique Levesque (Jvamukti Yoga Teacher)

Freddy's passion and love of Yoga and ancient teaching's has been growing since she became engrossed in the Ashtanga Practice in Whistler BC, in  early 2000.

She has studio Hatha Yoga  with her mentor and teacher Tina James to become a 200 hour yoga alliance Shantiseva teacher in 2010.

With a strong desire to be a servant of peace for all beings,

Following her teachers linage Freddy finally became a 300 hour Jivamukti teacher 2012.

 

 Freddy is a truly an inspirational teacher following her spiritual path and love of Nature, she gives Thanks to Sharon-Ji    David-ji  founders of the Jivamukti method and Tina james her friend and teacher who is honoured to have shared the teachings with such a  powerful holy being.

 

 Victoria Lopez (Jivamukti Yoga Teacher)

Victoria is grateful and blessed to be learning and teaching alongside her beloved teachers, Tina James and Sarah Cutfield,  whom she completed her 200 hour Shantiseva Teacher Training with. She has learned that the study of yoga is a sacred movement that strengthens the beautiful connection with the divine. Like the teachers before her, she is devoted to sharing her love and passion for this practice of strengthening and exploring the mind-body-soul connection to those around her, both on and off the mat.

Victoria is now a certified  300 hour Jivamukti teacher 2013.

 Laurisa Ledger

Laurisa feels deeply blessed to share and practice this gift of yoga. Breath by breath and moment to moment, listening and learning being and breathing, to connect with ourselves so that we may embrace deeper connections in all aspects of our lives. Laughing, creating ,sunshine and snowstorms, bike rides, snowboarding and a deep love of the quiet calm of nature all inspire her to unite with that ever elusive inner stillness

that resides within us all. Join her on the mat as you embrace your inner stillness through attention to breath and access your playful side through creative sequencing and perhaps a laugh or two! Namaste

 

Adam Tittley (Jivamukti Yoga Teacher)

I first came to yoga as a form of sport injury rehab, however once introduced, I began down a path from which I could never stray. With years of on going personal practice, I completed my 300+ hour Jivamukti teacher training in 2013. Yoga keeps me honest, open, and nurtures my spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Practice can be hard, but there is beauty and liberation through the struggle. It prepares me for and guides me through life, and is a constant reminder of our Oneness. It strengthens my connection to nature, and so an energetic connection to all beings. And it's a great compliments snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and all my other activities.

like to bring an adventurous and playful to side to class. With music, mantra work, chanting and meditation, I strive to create a safe and encouraging space to laugh, try, fall, break and grow. After all, we are all one, so why not do it together? Besides, yoga is fun. And I like fun stuff. So come play.

Nicole Pead

To my teachers past present and future....I will honour and share our divine yogic lineage.

Nicole's first experiences with yoga were in the womb, as her mother, was practicing yoga to connect with the growing child inside of her and to connect to the earth and its surrounding elements upon which her child would laugh, cry and grow... It has been 17 years that she first found her footing in an asana class in Toronto, Ont. When she left that studio she now describes that auspicious moment as her first glimpse of global interconnectedness. Whereas her heart was open to the world and like a door that would never close she witnessed the world with all its love smiling back. Feeling the earth beneath her feet she opened her eyes to the animate and inanimate teachers who so generously contributed to the path of sacred teachings and so thus so far her trainings.... 2010 Shantiseva teachers training RYT 200 hrs; with teachers- Tina james, Tanya DiValentino and Rya Letham. 2011 Pregnancy Yoga 1&2 20 hrs; with teacher, Kashi Richardson. 2011 Chakra Intensive 10 hrs; with teacher, Tina James. 2012 Reiki level 1; with Reiki master, Cindy Kendall Tesselaar. 2013 Reiki level 2; with Reiki master, Jules Gillian. 2013 YogaKids foundations 33 hrs; with teacher, Lou Lynn. "I will offer up my practice both asana and my daily life in all its happiness and sadness to the divine and Mother Earth... I will practice in humility and gratitude... May I humbly be the passenger and just witness this moment." Nicole Pead. ....Until the moment we get to share a bright smile, Namaste.

 Hannah Dyson

Connecting to nature’s rhythms and cycles, my aim is to find freedom through living and the courage for honest daily expression.   Yoga is a beautiful unfolding process that I feel honoured to share. I am continually humbled by its daily teachings, forever grateful for the teachers before me and for those I have been lucky to meet on my path, including Tina Pashumati James for igniting the wild in all of us, standing strong in the phrase “say what you mean and do what you say”. Some of us are lucky in this lifetime to find teachers, other than our parents, that we can trust to open us up to who we really are. I hope to ignite the same passion and share the sweet mysteries of life I have discovered thus far by means of breathing, movement, meditation and sound and allow our hearts to melt together as one.

 Kosta Man (Kostas Lymbertos, Performing Artist)

Kostaman has performed solo acts, highly energized acts with his Good Vibrations Band and Dub acts with his Dub Squad Band for the past 7 years. His unique music is a creative mix of Rock, Experimental, World-Beat, Blues and Reggae genres. Kostaman was Established in June 2004 and has performed over 1500 shows within the last 7 years that have included performances on both local and international stages. He has performed at many 2010 Olympic and Paralympic events, The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival in 2005 and 2006 alongside internationally acclaimed artists such as; Toots and the Maytals, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, etc. Kostaman has also performed as an opener for International acclaimed artists that include; K'naan, Long Beach Short Bus including members from Sublime and Dub All Stars, Fishbone, Jah Cutta and more... Kostaman has performed at many Western Canadian Festivals including: Live at Squamish 2010/Mainstage, The Koots Roots Culture Festival, The New Music West Festival, The Wild At Arts Festival, The SERF Festival, The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, The Pemberton Festival and more... Kostaman was recently featured on The Global Morning News for his second live performance & interview. He constantly collaborates & promotes other artists and strongly believes in keeping Unity amongst Musicians! Kostaman and Jana Marie started a non profit charitable society in October 2005 called 'Bands Against Hunger' that became an official Society on April 11, 2006 thanks to the help of Local Whistler Lawyer, Nick Davies. Their goal is to grow a musical family that glues together musically and helps to create awareness & funds for humanitarian issues in both their community and other communities globally. 'It's much more powerful to work as a team.' (www.myspace.com/bandsagainsthunger) Kostaman released his first EP ,'Setting Roots' Demo, in December 2005! He is currently working diligently on the next (professional) recording project. He has also teamed up with DJ Phroh to work on a great dance album! Kostaman has been on five Western Canadian tours with his Good Vibrations Band and went on a 4 month Canadian Tour with his Dub Squad Band (AKA the band named, 'The Release') in 2009. You may find Kostaman performing live with his Band in Vancouver twice a month @ The Libra Room on Commercial Drive and other venues along the 'Sea To Sky Corridor'! Please link up with him on facebook to chat with him and/or to get his updated listings. (Kostaman Whistler) Thank you all for your amazing Love and Support :) - 

See more at: http://www.whistlerartscouncil.com/arts-in-whistler/local-artists/kosta-man-artist-profile#sthash.xq6yYv5l.dpuf

 

 Aude Ray (Performing Artist)

Aude Ray has been singing with Jivamukti School of Yoga (Loka Yoga) in Whistler, BC, a weekly practice of live music for yoga since December 2013. She has been studying the voice and music for more than fifteen years. She sings in Sanskrit, English and French, with a very soothing and healing silky voice. 


Aude Ray is also freelance artist (theatre, painting, jewellery, visual art, dance). She enjoys topics that focuses on humanity, nature, travel, abstract, freedom of emotions, love, ecological consciousness and spirituality. She uses in her art a visual language that explores the spontaneity of ideas through movement and intuition, experimentation, feelings and colours. 

Aude Ray lives in Whistler, BC, where she compose and write songs, teaches at Whistler Waldorf School, The Point Artist Run Centre in the summers, and apply all kinds of expressive arts. She was inspired by the Canadian West Coast since 2002, and her love for the mountains, ocean, and life style is reflected in her art. She is originally from Sorel-Tracy, near Montreal, Quebec. Aude Ray shows originality in her soulful works and is always in a creative process, inspired by beauty, love and freedom.

 

 Arisa Nishida (Jivamukti Yoga Teacher)

Arisa started practicing Yoga 2010 at Loka Yoga. She was very fortunate to have direct hands-on teachings from wonderful Jivamukti teachers, Tina Pashmati James-ji and Sarah Cutfield from the right beginning of her yoga journey. Arisa took Jivamukti 300H TT Costa Rica in 2012, to find out: what makes Jivamukti teachers so special and effective "teachers" not just a yoga "instructor". She has literary grown up as a yogi at Loka with guidance of all the teachers. Now it is her turn to serve and support students to thrive as a yogi by sharing her experience, like all the teachers did it for her in the past. Arisa is ever grateful for her teachers, and heart warming community that they built, fellow yogis who share their practice with. 

Certified 300-hour Jivamukti teacher 2012 

Certified Yin Yoga teacher 50-hour by Bernie Clark 2014

 

 Christy Long

Bio coming soon...

 Alix Pierce

Bio coming soon...

 Natalie Rousseau

I practice because yoga has helped me to fall in love with life. I stumbled into my first yoga class almost by accident and came away with a daily practice that continues to bring clarity, depth, and strength to my everyday experience. My personal journey on the path of yoga began in 1999, and like any intimate relationship it continues to deepen and reveal ever more subtle layers of beauty and wonder with each passing year. I practice because the rhythm of this daily ritual grounds me in truth, opens me to possibility, and challenges me to live each day more fully. My commitment to my practice has taught me how to have faith in myself, and in my ability to change.