Alicia Mees, Bed, BKin, RYT200, NCCP

​Currently on leave.

Alicia recently relocated to the West Coast from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Alicia has completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology, as well as a Bachelor of Elementary Education at Acadia University. In addition, she has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training and specialized training on children's yoga. Alicia is also a certified professional figure skating coach! Alicia has spent the last eight years as an elementary classroom teacher in addition to teaching yoga, zumba, and figure skating to both children and adults. She has maintained her love of figure skating as an adult and in 2014 she travelled to Germany to compete with her
Adult Synchronized Skating Team at an international competition. Alicia has a passion for health and physical activity and wishes to instill a desire for a healthy active lifestyle in children at a young age. 

Nicole Bidewell, RECE, CCYT
Nicole is an Early Childhood Educator who runs her own Licensed Daycare and has successfully completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga: Yoga for Kids and Families Teacher Training Course.  She loves to have fun practicing yoga with her daycare kids and on her own.  Nicole believes everyone should do yoga as it helps mentally and physically.  When she is not with her daycare kids and doing yoga, Nicole loves to spend time with her husband and 2 children.  Nicole is very excited to be part of Yoga It Up and to share her fun learnings and experience.

Molly McDowell, BA, ECE, CCYT

Molly has over 20 years experience with kids of all ages and abilities. She was born and raised on Saltspring Island and studied Recreation Leadership at Camosun College in Victoria. She completed her BA in Therapeutic Recreation at Concordia University in Montreal. She worked for six years with Parks and Rec. in Edmonton, Saltspring, Saanich and Delta as a Youth Leader and Supervisor. She spent three incredible years as a Counselor/Programmer at Lion’s Society Easter Seals summer camps for kids with special needs. She also worked in Infant Development at REACH Child and Youth Care society and currently works at the Global West Montessori Preschool, while spending her other professional hours assisting families and their wee ones as a birth and postpartum Doula...and of course, teaching yoga to kids! 

Susan  Le, BBA, RYT250, R.H.N., Yoga for the Special Child®

Susan's journey with yoga has been one about discovering acceptance, peace, and kindness within herself. She began practicing yoga 5 years ago after experiencing chronic pain and not being able to move freely in her own body. Yoga has allowed her to connect to her breath, stay present, and move with ease on and off her mat. Formally, Susan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), has completed her 250-hour yoga teacher training with Langara College, and her training in Yoga for the Special Child®. Susan is excited to be sharing yoga with kids as she is continuously inspired by them to live in the present moment, with lots of love and laughter. Susan hopes to inspire and empower people to move with an open heart, lightness and joy on and off their mats. Off her mat, you’ll find Susan strolling along farmer’s markets, getting lost in a good book, and hanging out with my friends and family.

Carolyn Caldwell, RYT200, CCYT

First introduced to yoga in her early teens, it wasn’t until University that Carolyn truly appreciated and embraced yoga as an integral part of her self-discovery and life journey. This physical, mental, emotional and spiritual practice opened her eyes and heart to the infinite potential that lies within each of us. In addition to Yoga, Carolyn has completed a number of mindfulness-based programs that further deepened her own understanding and personal meditation practice. Awakening a deeper sense of inner peace, compassion and gratitude, Carolyn is dedicated to sharing her passion for healing and well-being with children of all ages and abilities. She is committed to helping children discover how their own inner resources can be tools to support their own emotional, mental, and physical well-being. She understands the importance of having a safe and supportive environment as a foundation for exploring the connection between the body, mind and heart, while also encouraging a playful and fun atmosphere.

Leslie Cook, RYT200, CCYT, Yoga for the Special Child®

As a Children's Yoga Teacher and graduate of both Karma Teachers YTT and Yoga for the Special Child®, Leslie brings joy, energy and love to her yoga classes. She is passionate about bringing yoga to children to support their development and well being and create happier, healthier and more resilient children. To ensure her students get individual attention and guidance she is focussed on small group and private training classes. She believes that yoga is a practice that is accessible to everyone because of the incredible health benefits but more importantly, the enrichment it brings to its practitioners, and she's not afraid of some good yoga dance jams just to shake things up! Leslie has an extensive corporate background in management, training and development but it is her love for children and passion for yoga that is the driving force behind her role as an instructor at Yoga It Up!

Claire Baker, RYT200, CCYT, Yoga for the Special Child®
Claire has been practising yoga for more than 15 years and in 2005 completed her 200 hour Hatha yoga training, alongside becoming a Shiatsu practitioner. After working as a yoga teacher and running her own Shiatsu practice in Ireland, she immigrated to Canada, became a mother, and completed a 95 hour children’s yoga training giving her the precious opportunity to work at Yoga It Up. Working with adults suffering mental and physical health illnesses in her Shiatsu practice, dealing with her own anxiety and emotional trauma, and teaching integration English to traumatized adolescent and adult refugees, made Claire realise the significance of connecting with children to act as their guide through yoga and mindfulness. Through coordinating the school and community programming Claire wishes to give children and teens those important tools that can aid them in becoming happy, healthy individuals with emotional, physical and social health, along with developing compassion and a positive connection to themselves and others.

Facilitating life skills for emotional & mental well-being to children and youth 3 - 18 years & their schools 

Shauna Elton, RYT200, R.H.N.

Shauna has been teaching for 25 years. She had a full career as a professional dancer and now teaches contemporary dance at SFU among other training programs in Vancouver. She received her yoga certification from Centred Yoga Thailand, and furthered her studies in India. She is also a certified nutritional practitioner and has a strong meditation practice based on a traditional Vippasana lineage. She is a mother of two brilliant girls and is currently studying interpersonal neurobiology to continue her quest for knowledge on mind body integration.