health + happiness
Welcome to salt + light yoga, Nanaimo's Health At Every Size® (HAES®) recognized Yoga Studio!
We love to help both Yoga newbies and everyday Yogis explore the wonderful benefits of a regular practice as they gain confidence and release stress.
At salt + light yoga we offer a wide variety of classes; there's sure to be something that meets your needs!
Explore our site to learn more about the studio, our classes, schedule, and so much more!
body + mind
At salt + light yoga we strive to create a holistic, body-positive space where you can learn tools to create and nurture your personal well-being ~ spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
**Please note: Classes must be booked a minimum of 1 hour before start time.**
slow + gentle
Designed to slowly and gently move the student toward healthy posture, muscle flexibility and joint mobility. Helpful to those just starting their yoga journey, those with health issues, and students recovering from minor injuries. The class moves slowly with lots of instruction.
For all levels.
stretch + strength
Strength-based flow of yoga postures, designed to increase muscle strength as well as encourage flexibility, balance and alignment. Moves at a moderate pace with emphasis on alignment.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Please note that there may be some adjustments to the regularly scheduled classes. Please check our 'Book a Class' page for our most up-to-date schedule.
please + thank you
Please take a few moments to read through the following...
Classes must be booked online a minimum of an hour before class start time. If you need to cancel your booking, please do so a minimum of 2 hours before class start time. This gives waitlisted students a chance to sign up.
Please bring your favourite yoga mat!
(But, don't worry if you don't have one; mats can be rented for a toonie.)
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to set up and sign in.
Please note: for the safety and peace of mind of the students in the class, the studio door will be locked when class begins.
Please do not knock or ring the doorbell; late entry is not permitted.
Yoga is a time for you to be fully present ~ cellphones are not permitted within the practice space. We have a large closet area where you can safely store your belongings.
Please do not leave the studio during class. If you know that you won't be able to stay until the end of savasana, please choose a class that works better with your schedule.
questions + answers
Why a home-based yoga studio?
For lots of reasons! First, my goal as a yoga teacher is to give my students a safe and sacred space for growth and self-compassion. I think that sometimes a smaller group size and intimate environment is more conducive to those goals. Second, I believe that life is a journey of self-discovery best travelled with a supportive community. I'd love to help you find yours! Third, I'm a wife and mom; working from home just makes sense at this stage of my life. So, if you're looking for a way to connect with old or new friends in a relaxed, healthy way, come spend some time with us!
What if I've never done yoga before? Will I look silly?
Short answer? No. Long answer? There is no way to be 'bad' at yoga; and, there's no way to be 'good' at it, either. Yoga is simply a way to connect with your breath and a tool to find peace in the present moment. Yoga is a means of self-discovery. Learning to appreciate what your body CAN do, instead of belittling yourself for what you think you CAN'T do. It takes time to see yourself in a new light, but we will be with you every step of the way.
Do you give hands-on adjustments?
Not without your permission. At the studio we have 'Flip Chips'. You'll take some circular chips at the beginning of each class and place them next to the top of your mat. If you would like to be guided into proper alignment, you'll flip up the green 'Yes, please' side of the chip. And, it's only a very light touch. If you're uncomfortable with that idea, or you have an ache or pain and don't want to be touched, just flip the chip to the red, 'Not today, thanks' side. And, don't worry, I won't ask you why! It's your body, your choice. And, you can flip the chip back and forth throughout your practice if you change your mind.
What are 'Flip Chips'?
Flip Chips are my way to make sure that you have the very best experience at salt + light yoga.
Every time you arrive in class you'll take 2 coloured plastic chips from the basket. Here's what they mean:
1 double-sided Green/Red: Yes/No to gentle adjustment
1 of the following:
Purple – 'The Royal Treatment'
I'd love essential oil application to the back of my neck/shoulders/or across my brow!
Blue – 'The Semi-Royal Treatment'
I like essential oils, but please apply them to my hand so I can apply them to myself.
Orange – 'Smell Only' I'd like to smell the oils, but no application.
Yellow – 'Caution: Allergy/Aversion' Please skip me, I'm not interested in the oils.
The choice is yours!
What is 'Adaptive Yoga'?
A certification in 'Adaptive Yoga' means that I've spent time learning how to offer posture variations for a wide variety of body shapes, flexibility levels and illnesses. I always have chairs available at the studio, so if you have mobility challenges and can't get up and down throughout class, you're welcome to do as much as you like from a seated position. I firmly believe that Yoga is for EVERY BODY. Please know that the suggestions that I give in class are just that; suggestions. You are welcome to follow along with my directions or to take a resting posture at any point. This is YOUR class. The main thing is that you honour your own body.
What is Yoga for 12 Step and Recovery?
As a certified R-YF12S teacher, I have additional training in: the nature of addiction, the brain and neuroscience, the 12 Step path for all addictions (including, but not limited to: alcohol, narcotics, eating disorders), self-image, trauma, and how to hold space for those in recovery. It is my honour to hold space for those seeking tools to move toward health and peace.
What is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY)? And, how does it compare to Trauma-Sensitive YogaFaith (TSYF)?
As a registered R-TSY/TSYF trainer I offer specialized classes (group and one-on-one) for those affected by a variety of trauma (e.g., human trafficking, PTSD, C-PTSD, domestic violence, Complex Trauma, sexual trauma, Yoga for Military and First Responders).
Sessions focus on developing the Mind/Body connection through physical movement, breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation. These tools help to manage physiological responses to 'triggers'. The goal is to empower clients with some skills to help in the transition from 'Victim' to 'Survivor'.
TSYF adds a Christ-centred, spiritual approach to holistic healing and transformation.
(Please note: I am not trained in counselling; these sessions are body-based and talk-therapy is not incorporated into these sessions. I encourage those who are struggling with the effects of trauma to seek wise counsel from a trained mental health professional.)
Ok, I'll bite. Where does 'salt + light' come from?
I thought you'd never ask! 'salt + light' refers to a Bible passage found in Matthew 5:13-16. Ok, but what does it mean?? It means to behave in a gentle, loving, accepting, and kind manner. When we add salt to bland food, the food tastes better. When a room is dark, light helps us to see, which gives us peace and hope. My goal each day is the same; to make the world a little happier and to brighten the lives of those I meet. Wanna join me? Share Your Sparkle. Shine Your Light.