Susie was called to yoga in 2002. The injurious life of a professional ballet dancer lead her to yoga as a way to heal her body and continue to express herself through movement.
Susie began her yoga studies with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini (Maya Yoga) in 2008. She studied extensively with Nicki and Eddie and completed 4 Maya Yoga Teacher Training courses with them. In 2013 Susie completed her 500hr Moksha Yoga teacher training. Susie’s yoga studies have accredited her over 1500hr of teacher training.
Susie has been teaching yoga for 9 years. Her offering ranges from Ashtanga yoga to Vinyasa yoga to Restorative yoga. Susie has been an inspiration in her communities teaching regular yoga classes as well as retreats and Yoga teacher’s trainings in countries including Canada, U.S, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Through her own experiences, Susie has come to understand that Yoga is more than just a physical connection. Yoga is a life support system that enables us to cultivate balance and union of body, mind and heart which supports us in navigating our everyday existence with more peace and grace.
Mocean Yoga is Susie’s way of offering you the tools to put your Manifestations in Mocean ~ Leveraging her own light to help you stand in to your light and embody the fullest expression of yourself!
A life full of wild adventures and many injuries led Cher to the physical practice of Yoga in 2007. After many doctors and healers and therapists tried to “fix” her spine, knees, and shoulders… the practice of yoga quickly became a self-healing path which led her to an intimate connection with her body, allowing freedom from physical pain, and opened her mind to understand the interconnectedness of everything and the ever-present bliss inside.
After her first year of private one-to-one classes on Maui with Ted Surman, student of Desikichar, she was moved to dedicate her life to continuous study and sharing of this ancient tradition. Cher completed various yoga teacher trainings on a quest to understand the many different “styles” of yoga being offered. In 2012 she found her teachers, Eddie and Nikki of Maya Yoga and completed their 500-hr teacher training course on Maui, HI. Here she developed through practice and application, an ability to “see and understand bodies” and here she realized the healing power of vibration (chanting). Nikki and Eddie learned Yoga from the masters in India (Shri K Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar).
In 2014 Cher went to India herself to discover the birth place of her life’s work. A three month trip turned into 14 months deeply immersed in ashram life, studying and teaching with amazing Indian devotees. In this time, Cher also studied Ayurveda and developed a love for the Sister Science of Yoga. This trip started off her world travels; since she has been traveling around the globe, studying and teaching Yoga in India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Peru, Guatemala, Hawaii and Mexico.
Most recently Cher has been apprenticing with Mark Whitwell, student of Krishnamacharya. Mark has expanded her awareness of The Heart of Yoga: intimate connection with the magic of life itself: the breath. Cher believes that her Purpose in this life is to share the transmissions of Yoga as she continues to grow and deepen into this path which transforms her daily.
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.
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!
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.
Karen started practicing yoga in 2009 while she was attending university as a way to find balance and stress relief at this busy and overwhelming stage in her life. She very quickly noticed the positive shifts in her body and mind and always left class feeling more energized, yet calm and at peace all at once. After being a dedicated student for a few years it became clear that she wanted to share her passion of this incredible transformative practice with others and become a teacher.
In 2011, Karen completed a 200 Hour Teacher Training at The Byron Yoga Center in Australia. After completing her initial training she knew that she wanted to continue to deepen her knowledge and has since done certifications in Meditation as Therapy, Yoga as Therapy, Kids Yoga, Yin, Prenatal, and Mom and Baby Yoga.
Karen’s classes are fun, dynamic, challenging, intentional, and reflective giving her students the opportunity to look within themselves and become curious about the sensations and movements occurring in their own bodies. Expect to breathe deeply, move freely, play, laugh and dance to the rhythm of your heartbeat.
When Karen’s not on her yoga mat you can find her adventuring outside with her two dogs, hanging out on the beach in the summer and on the slopes in the winter, connecting with her friends, traveling, festivaling, dreaming and manifesting her next trip on this wild, crazy and fun journey we call life.
Karen is super excited to be joining the Mocean Yoga team and looks forward to meeting you!
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
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.
Kella-Lee Newson aka the Mocean Yoga Mamma Bear has been an integral part of the Mocean team since it’s inception. Her can-do attitude, giant heart, and sweet soul are only three of the many reasons everyone who is lucky enough to meet her instantly falls in love. Kella specializes in all the behind-the-scenes logistics, making every moment of your experience so much sweeter, memorable and enjoyable.
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!