I devoted myself to my yoga practice when I was recovering from multiple concussions and struggling with everyday life. Before hitting my head I lived a very fast-paced life with love for biking, hockey, snowboarding, theatre, having three jobs and full time school, all at once. I did not like to slow down, my preference then was hot yoga, usually traditional hot classes where I knew what was coming next at all times. Then I suffered a severe concussion that changed everything, I had very little control over my emotions, my body (pain and a host of other symptoms) It wasn’t easy but eventually I found peace on my mat and began the journey of self acceptance that has now become my journey of self love with the added benefit that with a regular practice I feel a lot better. I have always loved teaching and helping other people to find passion. Naturally, I wanted to teach yoga. One of the things I love about it is that yoga is for every body, no matter what your body or mind has been through. It is important to me that Sun Peaks Yoga is a space for everyone to feel accepted and loved.
Manager, Yoga Teacher - RYT 200
I am lucky to have lived in mountain towns for most of my life and have happily called Sun Peaks home since 2012. A lover of mountain biking and snowboarding, I live for good food, good people and good times.
After being diagnosed with Scoliosis in my early 20s I started practicing yoga regularly at the advice of my doctor. It’s transformed my life and has helped me heal physically, mentally and emotionally.
After my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter in 2018, a passion for the incredible machine that is the human body was ignited. I dove head first into studying for a new career and recently became a certified Personal Trainer, Pre & Postnatal Fitness Specialist and Yoga Teacher.
Everyone’s body is amazing and unique in it’s own way so I always encourage my students to listen to theirs and to never push it if something doesn’t feel right. I am honoured to be able to share my love of yoga in such an incredibly beautiful place and my hope is that students feel connected and at peace with themselves when they leave class.
Every day is a gift; find joy in the little things and happiness will come.
“Live the life you have imagined. This is not a rehearsal” -My buddy Phil
Manager, Yoga Teacher - RYT 200
My curiosity towards yoga began long before I ever stepped foot in a class. I was always curious, but not really sure where to start as this wonder began at a time and place where it was uncommon. Years later I found myself in a small class for the first time and began to explore. What started as a supplement to my fitness routine slowly turned into a passion and increasingly strong desire to explore this world of yoga. The gentle integration of spirituality into my physical practice started to show up and I now use this as a tool towards my own personal mental wellness.
I completed my YTT 200 hour certificate in the spring of 2018 and have been teaching part-time since. My teaching style is vinyasa inspired with an emphasis on breath and turning our awareness inward. I welcome all levels into my classes and provide a space where students feel supported and capable of finding their edge... not to mention, in an incredible location! Sun Peaks is a place where I have found a strong connection to the earth, my breath, and a feeling of expansion and freedom. These mountains have allowed me to find my flow on the slopes and I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to guide yoga students towards finding their flow on the mat.
It humbles me to have students join me on this journey and I am so grateful for the space we all hold for each other in this beautiful mountain community.
Yoga Teacher - RYT 500 Hour Shift Power Yoga
My name is Amy Atkinson. I am a 500 hour Shift Power Yoga Teacher, a certified Baptiste Power Yoga teacher, the owner of Shift Power Yoga Kamloops and an ACSM Exercise Physiologist. I am honoured and super stoked to be part of the Sun Peaks Yoga team! Possibility is my favourite word and I believe in standing for the greatness of others. I am so excited to be part of a community that is up to big things.
I have been a yoga student for 25+ years and during my first Baptiste Power Yoga class I experienced an awakening and vitality that I have never felt before. I went to yoga teacher training because I wanted to dive deeper into my personal yoga practice and learn more about Baptiste Yoga, I had no intention of teaching. But, I have discovered that all I have learned and experienced in my training is way more powerful when it is shared.
My intention as a Baptiste Power Yoga teacher is for my students to rediscover their own strength and vitality. The Journey into Power sequence is a strong, powerful flow that improves strength and flexibility, it is for anybody and can be modified for all levels and experience. When you step onto your mat from the energy of yes, this practice will lead you to discover that something new is always possible. I am committed to teaching from possibility not limitation. I am committed to sharing the tools of Baptiste Yoga with my students so they can experience power, vitality and freedom on their mats and in their lives.
Yoga Teacher - RYT 200
I found yoga in August of 2017 and, ever since my first class, my life has been completely transformed. Yoga cured my aches and pains not only throughout my body- but my mind as well. 6 months into my everyday practice, I was in Australia and landed a scholarship for my 200 hour teacher training! Since then, I have started virtual health coaching, teaching vinyasa yoga and have returned to Sun Peaks. My first season in Sun Peaks was the summer of 2016. Since that day the mountain has been my home. I am from Edmonton, Alberta originally, but I’m here to stay! I look forward to sharing my love for healthy living, meditation, fitness and good vibes with you all! Namaste!
Yoga Teacher - RYT 500
Sun Peaks and Yoga have been a part of my life for over 25 years, so teaching yoga on the mountain seems like a natural fit.
The physical practice of yoga came into my life in my early teens, when I was in search of relief for my back pain, while teaching snowboarding at Sun Peaks. Having a love for high impact sports, I was later diagnosed with severe disc degeneration and yoga was the only thing that helped my body recover.
Later on, I became interested in understanding how we hold energy in our bodies from physical and emotional trauma and how it can constrict us from being our best selves. In search of a deeper understanding of the layers of the body and mind, I came across a yoga teacher training that had a strong emphasis on teaching the other limbs of yoga, not just the physical practice.
I design a yoga practice that helps move your energy, so you can live a life with not only a more flexible body, but a more flexible mind.
Yoga Teacher - RYT 200
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Kat has a deep appreciation for nature and she is excited to be a part of the Sun Peaks community! She is passionate about teaching and has a background in yoga, pilates, dance and gymnastics. In 2009, after sustaining multiple sports injuries, she was encouraged to seek out low impact exercises. Over the past decade, yoga and pilates have both been imperative to correcting misalignments and to her healing.
Kat completed her Yoga Teacher Training in June of 2015 and believes that keeping active is the best way to stay grounded, help manage stress and live with optimal health. She loves being able to assist people with their mobility maintenance and with incorporating mindfulness into their daily lives. Teaching ignites her soul and she views each day as a fresh new opportunity to live fully and from the heart.
Yoga Teacher - RYT 200
I was about 2 years old the first time I was put on skis here at Sun Peaks. I grew up racing down headwalls, exploring the Gil’s and appreciating those ever so sacred powder days. For as long as I could remember, winter breaks would mean family trips up to the hill.
My interest for yoga quickly expanded after transitioning over from being a competitive dancer.
I was deeply fascinated by Indian philosophy and that which laid beyond the physical asana practice. My curiosity led me to India to deepen my knowledge and learn yoga from its source.
While travelling, I completed my 200hr teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa as well a training in Yin and Yoga Nidra. My time in India has broadened my perspective on yoga and conscious living as a whole.
I am passionate about sharing the ways we can incorporate yoga into our everyday lives both on and off our mats. I could not be more excited to be spreading my knowledge and experience within a community I connect so deeply to.