Meet Our Team
Val’s personal yoga style is a blend of Anusara and Vinyasa with an added focus on restorative. She aspires to embody the philosophy that yoga’s primary purpose is for the pure joy of it!
Valerie believes that yoga can be a pivotal process in the body’s natural ability to heal given the right environment. She was heavily involved in the competitive sport of triathlons and first came to yoga 15 years ago to help heal her injuries. She owes her wealth of knowledge and experience to an amazing list of internationally renowned teachers and mentors.
Valerie’s initial 200 hour preparatory Immersions are based in the Anusara lineage. She studied with Robin Golt of Montreal and John Friend in Vancouver, Canada. Valerie went on to study and certify as an Anusara Inspired 200 RYT with Turkey, based Yogi and Musician Chris Chavez in Vancouver at YYoga Vancouver.
Valerie’s Advanced Yoga Certificate 300 RYT is from the Lila Vinyasa School of Yoga. She went on to study and assist with Clara Roberts-Oss, a student of Shiva Rae, in Thailand.
During Val’s eight years in Vancouver she took every opportunity to study with many Master Teachers such as; Janet Stone, Shiva Rae, Rod Stryker, Sienna Sherman and Patrick Crewman. She attended regular workshops at festivals like Wanderlust, for regular workshop inspiration.
Valerie continues to seek opportunities to further her knowledge with recent studies with Master Teachers such as, Todd Norian in Restorative Yoga Techniques, as well as her own exploration into the teachings of yoga and the wisdom traditions.
Valerie strives to integrate the philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga wisdom along with the basic fundamentals of asana and anatomy. Her teachings are inquiry based with an emphasis on personal exploration and experiential learning, during which students are encouraged to find their own authentic voice. Her personal goal of bringing yoga to “All Ages and All levels of Fitness and Ability” is reflected in a curriculum designed to teach how to design a class suitable for a wide range of abilities and experience levels.
One of the most important things she wants her students to learn is how to infuse joy into their teachings along with the vital aspect of teaching from the heart.
Amy Creighton Power
Amy first began her teaching journey with a 200hr RYTT with Valerie and Michelle's Mothership School of Yoga! She is honoured to be joining Valerie with the Elemental School of Yoga. She knows she has big shoes to fill following the fabulous Michelle Shipley. Amy is excited to take this next step on her yoga journey and will put every effort into the training of London's next group of Yoga Teachers!
Amy has not stopped her own training since the journey with Mothership! She is certified in Restorative Yoga (Andrea Peloso), Trauma Informed Yoga (Yoga for Humankind), Pre/Post Natal Yoga (Mothership), Yin Yoga (Bernie Clarke & Mothership), Meditation (Tracee Stanley), an additional 200hr training with the Awakening Yoga Academy, a 300hr with Noah Maze and is currently completing a 500hr training with the AYA.
Amy's personal practice for many, many years was Ashtanga Yoga. Breaking away from the lineage she found her current passion in creative Vinyasa Flow. She also has a deep passion for Yin and Restorative Yoga. She embodies the elements of fire and water and employs them in her teaching,
Amy believes that having a strong foundation rooted in a personal practice is integral to becoming a skilled yoga teacher. Once we embody the yoga practice, it paves the way to a clearer understanding of what it is that we are sharing. This includes the study of philosophy, practice of meditation, pranayama and asana.
Amy encourages her students to deepen their own connection to what Yoga means to them, to become connected to the practice of Yoga both on and off of the mat and to remember that the practice of Yoga is multilayered and multifaceted, Once a student of Yoga, always a student of Yoga.
Amy wishes all students to find themselves on this beautiful journey in a joyful and curious way!
Anatomy + Physiology + Kinesiology
Karen Gilbert Tyssen
B.A Hon KIN, MPT, MClSc-MT, FCAMPT, Registered Physiotherapist
Karen is a Registered Physiotherapist who completed her Honours Kinesiology degree in 2005 at The University of Western Ontario, going on to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy from Western in 2007. After graduating Karen went on to complete her Masters of Clinical Science in Spinal Manipulation in 2015 and become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapist's (FCAMPT).
Karen has additional post graduate training in Orthopaedic, Sports Injuries, Male and Female Pelvic Health, Running Specific Injuries and Running Gait Assessment, Vestibular and Concussion, Acupuncture and dry needling, Selective Functional Movement Testing and Neurological Rehab.
Karen enjoys treating a variety of patients and types of injuries. She has built a strong reputation in the running and triathlon community and has a passion for getting runners of all levels back to sport after injury or during pregnancy and post-partum. Karen has been teaching anatomy for yoga pilates and pelvic health for the last 10 years. She also has been mentoring Western UniversityPhysiotherapy students since 2008.