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Below are the classes that Courtenay and Kerensa will be teaching.
Help us give them a warm welcome!

Thursday, November 19th at 9 -10 am with Courtenay

Monday, November 23rd at 6-7pm with Kerensa

Monday, December 7th 6-7 pm with Kerensa

Thursday December 10th 9-10 am with Courtenay

Prequisites: Everybody welcome with a minimum of 3 month experience of yoga in any tradition without back, neck, knee or shoulder injury. ​

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Meet Courtenay

I was born and raised in Nelson, B.C. but have called Vancouver my home for the past 22 years.

After trying different schools of yoga, in 2004 I found an Iyengar studio almost by accident. I immediately fell in love with the Iyengar method of teaching. The clear instructions regarding alignment and the use of props to make poses accessible made me feel like I finally understood what yoga was truly all about. 

Six years ago, we moved closer to the border and I found Yoga Northwest and have since been taking classes weekly (with my nexus firmly in hand)! I’m so excited to be able to apprentice under Ingela Abbott and in October, I completed a teacher training with her.

When I first started practicing yoga, my main focus was on the physical benefits of yoga, on improving my strength and flexibility. Over the years, my attitude towards my practice has changed. I am still very grateful for the physical benefits that my practice brings but it’s the moments of peace and calm that I can find in the asanas that brings me back to my mat each day. The more often I find these moments of peace on the mat, the more I am able to take that feeling with me off the mat and into the busy world. This opportunity to teach yoga is so exciting for me because I would love the opportunity to teach other people the skills that would allow them to find those moments of peace as well. 

I have worked at B.C. Children’s Hospital since 2000 as a pediatric ultrasound tech. Besides my yoga practice, my other true love is music. When I’m not practicing yoga, out running, playing the piano or singing, I’m usually spending time with my husband and two boys, Micah and Noah at the hockey rinks, being an enthusiastic fan.

Meet Kerensa

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
 –BKS Iyengar

As a dedicated student of yoga, I have discovered that yoga is a journey. It is a practice, not a perfection.

My yoga journey began in 2003 as a casual physical practice, while dabbling in various school of yoga in the Seattle area. By 2010, I was married, had two young sons, quit my career in the music business, and relocated to Bellingham. I came upon Yoga Northwest and knew nothing of the Iyengar method, but was immediately magnetized. It was yoga broken down to its basic levels, so you could build upon that knowledge, without risk to injury, and understand its purpose with how it relates to the human body and mind. The Iyengar method taught me I had the power to use my body … with alignment, with action, with breath, with awareness… to create freedom in my body, in my mind, and in my soul.

I’ve studied with Ingela at Yoga Northwest since 2010, started an apprenticeship under her guidance in Fall of 2019, and completed her teacher training in October 2020. Her wisdom is vast and I have gained a great awareness about anatomy, asanas (poses), pranayama (breath), and yoga sutras (threads of wisdom) from her and the other YNW instructors. I’ve attended multiple workshops at Yoga Northwest, as well as visited other studios locally, and while traveling, to absorb the teachings and wisdom from others. Just recently, I became a member of IYNAUS and was able to attend the Autumn Sangha with Abijata Iyengar (granddaughter).

Beyond yoga my interests include trail running and/or hiking all year round, snowboarding in the winter, paddleboarding in the summer, traveling wherever & whenever, the beach, cooking, crafting/sewing, reading and general hangtime with my family.

I am still learning and implore your patience as I dive into the unknown world of teaching but am grateful to share what I have observed and thank you for joining me on this journey.

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