About Us

Heal Yoga introduces yoga to new students and offers challenging classes to long-time practitioners with the belief that ‘yoga is for every body’.  We offer instruction in various yoga styles (including hatha yoga), with a focus on joints and ligaments, toning muscles and developing the core for a healthy spine. When you practice yoga with us, you can feel confident that we are guided by the following values:

  • Heal Yoga is a welcoming and inclusive community. We welcome everyone who is interested in learning, sharing, and growing in their yoga practice in an inclusive and respectful environment.
  • Heal Yoga is authentic, empathetic, and present.  We believe in clear, honest communication that creates healthy boundaries, a safe space, and a place for healing and growth. We give room for people to be vulnerable and that means practicing presence and not perfection.
  • Heal Yoga is professional and operates with integrity.  We want to be there for you wherever you are on your yogic journey. You can count on us to offer a consistent schedule with classes that meet you where you are.
  • Heal Yoga is committed to helping you meet your goals.  We meet our students where they are and inspire them towards healing, evolution, and personal growth.  We see all of our students as individuals and have a genuine desire to help you meet your goals – whether they are physical, mental, or spiritual in nature.
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About Dr. Russell

For more than two decades, Virginia Russell has been a regular practitioner of yoga.  She began Heal Yoga in South Africa after completing 200 hours of hatha yoga training at Jivananda Yoga Shala in Durban, South Africa and becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher. 

Dr. Virginia Russell is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner (Level 1) and a trained volunteer group facilitator with the Canadian Mental Health Association and Hospice Society.  In 2020, Dr. Russell returned to Canada and brought Heal Yoga with her to Terrace, British Columbia.

More About Dr. Virginia Russell: Dr. Virginia Russell holds a BSc in Psychology with a thesis in psychophysiology; MSc in Community Health; PhD in Health Sciences; and Post Doctorate in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. She is an international medical health researcher specializing in community-based interventions with a focus on mental health and wellness. She spent several years working with the South African Medical Research Council as a Specialist Scientist with young women focused in HIV prevention and early treatment.  Now that she has returned to Canada, her goal is to combine her vast and varied experience to design an inclusive space that promotes physical, mental, and spiritual health and healing.

About The Studio

Heal Yoga is a beautiful new studio located in Terrace, BC.  Newly renovated in 2020, it is the first location in the city to offer infrared heated yoga classes.

Heal Yoga is dedicated to reaching those that need yoga the most with grant-driven community programs and a volunteer karma exchange program.  We believe in yoga as a means to achieve physical harmony, health, mental balance, and peace.

Our instructors are trained in hatha yoga but teach more than just asanas and physical movement.  Our classes are fully integrated and use movement, breath, and mindfulness together as a pathway to healing.

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See Inside The Studio!

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About Darci

Darci began her yoga journey more than 10 years ago – but it was a trip to India for yoga teacher training that really strengthened her connection with this practice.

Today, Darci draws on her own experience to help students see how yoga can help balance both the mind and the body. Using a traditional hatha yoga approach with a focus on asana alignment, she is able to help others reconnect with their bodies and approach themselves with compassion and self-acceptance.

Darci is a Registered Yoga Teacher at Heal Yoga.

About Jennifer

Jennifer started her first series of yoga classes 14 years ago – and has been a regular practitioner ever since.  Her background as a massage therapist allows her to augment her yoga instruction with a deep understanding of anatomy, postural issues, and muscle imbalances. 

Jennifer’s yoga instruction is focused on helping students build muscle strength, improve endurance, reduce recovery time, and decompress from day-to-day stressors.  After completing several sessions, students should come away feeling relaxed, happy, and empowered to be involved in their own rehabilitation and healthcare.

Jennifer is a student yoga teacher at Heal Yoga.

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About Natasha

Natasha received her Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2012. She maintains current knowledge in her field while also acting as a Clinical Instructor for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

When working with Natasha, you can expect an active, evidence-informed approach to optimizing your physical function and overall well-being. Her clinical focus is injury prevention, sports injuries and performance, and chronic pain management. As an experienced yoga teacher, she loves adapting yoga for every body and creating personalized physio-yoga programs to assist individuals on their journey to recovery and whole health.

 

Teaching Opportunities

If you are interested in teaching yoga with us, please email Dr. Virginia Russell with a resume and cover letter outlining what yoga means to you.  All instructors must be registered with Yoga Alliance and have at least 1 year / 500 hours of teaching experience.  Candidates with a health sciences background or medical training will be preferred.  Successful applicants will be interviewed by Dr. Virginia Russell and include teaching a sample class to the Heal Yoga Student Committee.

Virginia imbues her classes with a sense of warmth and safety while tailoring the levels to everyone's needs. She challenges us to advance without pushing, but it is very evidently backed by a wealth of knowledge. I definitely look forward to advancing my practice at Heal Yoga in the future!

Dagny O.