Susie was called to yoga in 2002. The injurious life of a professional ballet dancer led her to yoga as a way to heal her body while continuing to express herself through movement. Yoga became more than a healing system and form of expression. For Susie, yoga was a life support system that offered the tools to cultivate a more intimate relationship with herself. Yoga continues to support her in navigating this wild journey we call life with more peace, grace and ease.
Susie began her yoga studies with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini (Maya Yoga) in 2008. She studied extensively with Nicki and Eddie and completed four Maya Yoga Teacher Training courses, including Maya Yoga’s 500hr YTT. In 2010 Susie organized and coordinated Maya Yoga’s first Canadian Yoga Teacher Training in Kelowna, BC. In 2011/2012 Susie accepted the invitation to live on Maui with Nicki and Eddie. There, she devoted herself to her yoga studies while managing Maya Yoga. Her passion led her to coordinate and sell out Maya Yoga’s first 500hr Yoga Teacher Training course. In 2013 Susie completed her 500hr Moksha Yoga teacher training and was an integral part of the Moksha Yoga Kelowna sangha for over four years. Most recently, Susie completed 100hrs of Advanced Vinyasa Krama teacher training with Srivatsa Ramaswami. These various yoga studies have credited her over 2000hrs of teacher training, which have, in turn, inspired a devotion to sharing her studies for the past decade.
In 2012 Susie founded Mocean Yoga. Her intention and passion behind the vision of Mocean Yoga were to leverage her own light to help you stand in your light and embody your fullest expression. Susie has a profound love for creating yoga retreats and teacher training experiences in Canada, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and around the world that offer the tools to put your Manifestations in Mocean and live out your most magnificent existence. In 2016 Susie was drawn back to her roots on Vancouver Island. Here she answered the call to build and open the doors to Mocean Yoga Studio; a space in which others are encouraged to explore, experience and live their fullest expression through yoga.
Shealeen began her yoga journey in high school long before she’d realized it was yoga – with the practice of conscious breath. After experiencing her first yoga classes she continued to cultivate the benefits of pranayama as she lived amongst the bustle of city life in Calgary.
As she carried her practice with her, off the mat she found herself road tripping frequently throughout Canada and the US. Always she returned home to the Island to rediscover herself and yoga.
Keen to deepen her learning and practice, she sought a studio and instructor that spoke authentically to her, to the practice and to the teachings… and so, at the end of 2017, she was called to Mocean Yoga.
After becoming an avid practitioner at the studio she dove into a 200hr intensive training with the intention to develop a deeper understanding of Yoga and inspire an effective home practice. Shealeen is an inspired teacher who delights in giving to her students and her community. After teaching a 4 week series donating all proceeds to Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue, and fundraising at Mocean through teaching by donation, Shea is looking forward to continuing to grow her circle of care and compassion through teaching.
Let all that you do, be done in love.
Richelle aka Roco is Mocean Yoga’s digital marketing goddess and content creator. Passionate about yoga, music, arts, and festival culture, she loves bringing her energy and personality to retreats and yoga teacher trainings.
Her skills have been utilized by events and companies such as, Rip Curl Canada, Hitcase, Fest300, Billboard and Motion Notion Music Festival. Her professional charisma is best exemplified as a the co-founder of the music festival blog Betty and Kora where she’s had the opportunity to cover international events such as Envision Music and Yoga Festival and Wanderlust.
With her finger on the pulse for modern branding and strategic partnerships Richelle truly enjoys creating digital marketing strategies and living the life of the wandering yogi.
Natalie Bishop began her post secondary education at Grant McEwan’s Contemporary Dance College and went on to complete a B.A. in English and a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010, she completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.
Natalie received her formal 500hr. Registered Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 from Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane (Maui, U.S.A.) who teach a fusion of Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages called Maya Yoga. She is currently completing her training in the Professional Yoga Therapy Method, (PYT) founded by Ginger Garner, MPT, PYT, ATC, in 2001. PYT is a standardized approach to Medical Therapeutic Yoga taught by licensed healthcare professionals with a focus on safe, holistic rehabilitation through yoga and thus far the only post-graduate training of its kind in North America. She has also taken specialized training in Prenatal Yoga, and Yoga for Kids.
As an occupational therapist Natalie believes that quality of life is created through meaningful engagement in the activities that make up our days. She feels that the current health care system has some amazing strengths and that it can only be strengthened by the use of complementary practices – such as yoga – that have existed for thousands of years.
Natalie was first introduced to yoga during her training as a dancer. Several years later in 2004, after being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition she fell in love with it. She trusts in the healing potential of this practice as it has been vital in both re-creating her own health and her work as an occupational therapist.
Natalie feels passionately that we are here for each other and her reverence for human biology (and its magic!) guides her to work and practice with kindness in order to restore strength and integrity to the body, mind and spirit. She believes there are therapeutic secrets hidden in all aspects Yoga.
Completing over 12,000 hours of post-graduate training, Natalie is dedicated to the practice of holistic, safe and therapeutic yoga. She feels that begins with creating strong, educated, and mindful teachers. She is passionate that the practice of yoga continues to be practiced and taught in the way it was designed – as a path to wellness.
It is with loving gratitude that she is able to share and learn in this space.
Sydney discovered yoga at the tender age of 16 but it was a type 1 diabetic seizure in her 20’s that really allowed her to “find” yoga. It was then that she discovered this modality’s truly transformative, supportive and healing effects. Since that time she’s been fascinated with the body: how it functions, how it moves and how it integrates with the mind and the heart.
Sydney has completed over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training through Octopus Garden Yoga Centre under the tutelage of Scott Davis, Pat Harada-Linfoot, Jesse Enright, Lisa Messina, Morgan Cowie, Nicky Poole and Jennifer Helland. Here she completed both her 200-hr and 300-hr trainings as well as a 50-hr restorative and pre & post natal trainings.
Informed by her personal experience, education, and practical knowledge she aims to empower students through the intricate nature of the body and the human experience. With humor, curiosity and a deep passion for yoga she provides an open and easy-going space for people to learn about themselves and others.
Alli is always on the quest for new ways to bring adventure, creativity, and aliveness to her life and the lives of others. Her yoga journey began 15 years ago, in the sweaty jungles of Thailand where she immersed in her first classical Hatha teacher training. She was immediately captivated by the magic of this ancient practice and has been teaching numerous styles and offerings ever since.
In addition to her Hatha training, she has also trained in Vinyasa, Yin and prenatal yoga. Most recently completing her prenatal teacher training with the wild and wonderful Theresa Campbell at Semperviva.
The style of yoga that is perhaps most revered to her and holds a special place in her heart, is the path of Kundalini. Alli completed her kundalini 200-hour teacher training through Yoga West, and is constantly inspired by the power of breath, movement and chanting that this form offers.
Alli is excited to be part of the sparkling crew at Mocean Yoga, and looks forward to practicing with you!
Yoga has allowed me to unwind conditioning and patterning and allowed me to connect to my truest self. The comfort and peace that is possible when you tap into your own potential is something I have passionately dedicated my life to revealing within myself and others. It is with love and gratitude that I share the tools of yoga with a blossoming global community of yogis.
Inspired by how the practice of Yoga creates awareness, I am also drawn to other practices that generate the pure joy that awareness brings, such as travel, surfing, snowboarding, music festivals, cooking, and long walks in the forest. It is my intention as a Yoga Teacher, to use the practice of yoga to direct you towards what it is that lights you up, so that you can live inspired by who you are and why you are here.
I look forward to seeing you in class, a workshop, or in a tropical paradise sometime soon!
Hans completed his Mocean Yoga teacher training in 2018. He is an advocate for the healing powers that yoga offers both the body and mind.
Hans (honey bear) was afforded his nickname because he’s sweet like honey yet strong like a bear! His classes embody the same qualities 🙂
Diana -Lynn Newson….A dreamer, creator, lover, adventurer and most commonly known as the Culinary Goddess on the Mocean Yoga team.
Her yogic journey began similar to the rest of the Mocean Yogi’s, deep in the jungle of Maui with Nikki Doane And Eddie Modestini at Maya Yoga. Diana was lucky to spend a few months studying there and learning the ways of what she believes to be the basics of Mocean Yoga. Do yoga, play hard, swim often, eat fruit, frolic and Manifest all of your wildest dreams! Shortly after this time on maui, she headed south to Nicaragua were she dropped deep into a 200 hour
intensive teacher training with the saucy and brilliant Miss Julia Mccabe. Diana began her voyage as a teacher in Revelstoke, where she was able to combine her passion for snow sports and yoga. In the spring of 2013 she went to explore a new modality of yoga with her
sister Susie. Together they dove into the hot yoga practice of Moksha ~ 500 hours and allot of sweat later she gained her Moksha Yoga Certification.
In 2015 Diana followed the whispers of her heart to the shores of Bali on an adventure around South East Asia, the time spent away prompted the purchase of what is now known as the Mocean Yoga Head Quarters. The studio now serves as a platform to share the gift of yoga to the people she loves. Most recently Diana completed a skill in action advanced teacher training with Natalie Rousseau, this was an opportunity to find new inspiration for opening the doors of the Mocean Yoga studio in January 2017.
Diana believes that yoga is a masterful dance that allows you to create a stronger connection of mind body and breathe. Moving through the ebbs and flows towards a greater state of consciousness. She aspires to create a supportive warm and welcoming experience for anyone who cares to roll out there mat and join her.