Island Yoga Vista

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Hatha Yoga is a method of preparing the system for spiritual awakening, but is is also a very important Science of Health. Since ancient times it has been used by yogis and rishis for the releif and elimination of all kinds of diseases and defects.

-Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Anouk Seaside Guest Suite

Stay in our cozy suite, on the main floor of a vintage house with a spectacular ocean view & private entrance. Relax in this peaceful environment or take a short walk to downtown along the seawall for great shops, restaurants and theatre. 


Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training (200 Hours)

We are introducing a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training starting in October of 2016, in Nanaimo, BC. The curriculum and manual are from Integrative Yoga Therapy. This will be available for serious students of yoga with no prior teacher training. Local and International students are welcome.

This course is a pre-requisite for our PAYTA teacher training program, and is designed to give students a strong foundation for continuing Yoga Therapy education.

The IYT Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program gives students in-depth skills to teach Yoga as a vehicle for total wellness. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, IYT graduates teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and health care settings.

IYT teachers also develop special focus programs, such as Yoga for back care, depression, seniors, stress management, and many other health conditions. This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200). - Integrative Yoga Therapy


Anouk Seaside Guest Cottage

This 400 sq. ft. cabin is adjacent to Anouk Seaside Guest House in Nanaimo just one block from the ocean. It is newly renovated, private and complete with everything you need for a comfortable and cozy stay.  

Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship (300 Hrs)

This advanced level program equips you with three distinct skills:

  1. To teach intermediate level yoga classes for the general population with a strong focus on Ayurveda
  2. To work with individuals in private sessions
  3. To develop wellness programs that can be applied to a wide variety of settings.

You will complete this year long Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Certification in  a series of Modules spread out to offer time for digestion and assimilation. the program is taught in an experiential ashram like model. We make our meals together and learn skills as part of the daily schedule.

This Level 2 - 300hr Apprenticeship meets five times over twelve months in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Mala Making Workshops

THE MAKING OF A TRADITIONAL MALA for use in JAPA YOGA is a beautiful process that you may learn and share with others.
The English equivalent for the word MALA is Rosary. Every spiritual tradition uses some sort of MALA, a garland of 108 prayer beads, for the repetition of MANTRAS.
In the Yoga tradition the type of stone, seed or wood used is chosen for the vibrational quality that it emits which will bring the practitioner to a peaceful and positive state of mind. We will supply a selection of materials for the student to choose from in making their unique MALA. All materials are included in the cost of the 3 hour workshop.

Island Yoga Vista Also Offers...

Individual Sessions

Individual, one on one sessions can help to establish a home practice and allow time for specific health issues.

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Weekly Classes

Weekly classes at Island Yoga Vista attract people of all ages who are looking for peace and knowledge as well as health.  Each class is limited to 8 participants.

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Vastu Shastra Consultations

When the spirit of a home is honoured and enlivened using the methods of Vastu, it affects the energy of all who enter.

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Teacher Training

Island Yoga Vista has an extensive Ayurveda Yoga Therapy training program, called the Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship (PAYTA).  This program is a multi-level teacher training program developed and offered on Vancouver Island and in Jaipur, India. 

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About Island Yoga Vista

Island Yoga Vista was established in Nanaimo in 1997, the first Yoga Studio in the area. It was started with strong roots in Integrative Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda. IYV continues to grow and evolve with connections to The Bihar School of Yoga and to Vedanta. The studio becomes more simplified and refined as its purpose becomes more specific and clear.

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