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). Our focus is 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 live by the following values:
- Heal Yoga is a welcoming and inclusive community. We welcome everyone interested in learning, sharing, and growing in their yoga practice. Further, we’re committed to building an inclusive and respectful studio environment.
- Heal Yoga is authentic, empathetic, and present. We believe in clear, honest communication. This creates healthy boundaries, a safe space, and a place for healing and growth. We give room for people to be vulnerable, too. 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. Then, we inspire them towards healing, evolution, and personal growth. We see all our students as individuals and have a genuine desire to help you meet your goals.
About Dr. Russell
For more than two decades, Virginia Russell has been a regular practitioner of yoga. While in South Africa, she completed 200 hours of hatha yoga training at Jivananda Yoga Shala. Afterwards, she became a Registered Yoga Teacher and launched Heal Yoga.
Recently, Dr. Russell returned to Canada and brought Heal Yoga with her to Terrace, BC. She also brings the following skills:
- Certified Reiki Practitioner (Level 1)
- Facilitator with the Canadian Mental Health Association
- Trained group facilitator with the Hospice Society
More About Dr. Virginia Russell: Dr. Virginia Russell holds a BSc in Psychology with a thesis in psychophysiology; a MSc in Community Health and PhD in Health Sciences; and a Post Doctorate is in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. She is an international medical health researcher. Her specialization is in community-based interventions focusing on mental health and wellness. She spent several years working with the South African Medical Research Council. As a specialist scientist, she focused on HIV prevention and early treatment in young women. Now that she has returned to Canada, Virginia has one over-arching goal. She wants 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. That’s because we believe in yoga as a means to achieve physical harmony, health, mental balance, and peace. As a result, we offer grant-driven community programs and a volunteer karma exchange program.
Our instructors are trained in hatha yoga but teach more than just asanas and physical movement. Our classes are fully integrated. They blend movement, breath, and mindfulness together as a pathway to healing.
See Inside The Studio!
Darci began her yoga journey more than 10 years ago. However, her trip to India for yoga teacher training truly 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. She uses a traditional hatha yoga approach with a focus on asana alignment. This allows her to help others reconnect with their bodies. It also helps her students approach themselves with compassion and self-acceptance.
Darci is a Registered Yoga Teacher at Heal Yoga.
Jennifer started her first series of yoga classes 14 years ago – and has been a regular practitioner ever since. She augments her yoga instruction with a deep understanding of anatomy, postural issues, and muscle imbalances.
Jennifer’s yoga instruction focuses on helping students build muscle strength. With her guidance, they can also improve endurance and decompress from ongoing stressors. After completing several sessions, students will come away feeling relaxed, happy, and empowered. For that reason, it’s good to take part in your own rehabilitation and healthcare.
Jennifer is a student yoga teacher at Heal Yoga.
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. With her help, you’ll start optimizing your physical function and overall well-being. Her clinical focus is injury prevention. In fact, her experience with sports injuries and pain management is invaluable. As an experienced yoga teacher, she loves adapting yoga for every body. Natasha excels at creating personalized programs for individuals on their journey to recovery.
Dom began exploring yoga and working with children while travelling around South East Asia in 2013. His love for both practices led him back home to northern Canada where he completed his Early Childhood Education Diploma at Coast Mountain College along with his Level 1 Kids Yoga Teacher Training through Rainbow Kids Yoga.
Recently, Dom has also been connecting remotely with Cacao Ceremony Leader, Audrey Warren, to deepen his understanding of working with plant medicine. His intention is to co-create and hold ceremonial space while focusing on healing of the heart and inviting in a greater sense of inner peace.
If you want to teach yoga with us, please email Dr. Virginia Russell. Include 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. Dr. Virginia Russell will interview successful applicants. She may also ask them to teach a sample class to the Heal Yoga student committee.