SPIN + STRENGTH COACH (CURRENTLY ON MAT LEAVE - CONGRATS KIMMY!)
Athleticism is not something Kim has always embraced. In school, she hated gym class with a passion. She and her friends would constantly cheat on school runs, she’d “forget” her PE strip at home (she's sure her teachers saw through her mysterious illnesses that always coincided with gym). She even joined a soccer team in grade five, only to quit on the same day because there was too much running involved!
Kim counts herself lucky for the friendships and mentorships that have taught her that there's no one way to enjoy moving. You don’t have to go to the gym, you don’t have to join organized sports, and you certainly don’t have to run if you don’t want to! Regular physical activity has become an indispensable tool not only for her physical and mental health but also for self-discovery.
Now, after a short but successful career as a doula, Kim is honoured to share her passion for and knowledge of movement with others at Zen Revolution, offering spin classes as a certified Spinning® instructor and strength classes as a BCRPA-certified personal trainer.
200-HR YOGA INSTRUCTOR, SPECIALIZING IN YIN YOGA
Erin is an osteopathic practitioner, having written her thesis on General Anxiety Disorder and Manual Osteopathic Treatment. She completed her education with the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2021. She had attended the Psychosomatic Therapy College in Australia in 2008 before being drawn to Massage Therapy at the Massage Therapy School in Queensland, Australia in 2011 and worked as a Registered Massage Therapist in Banff, Alberta for 9 years. During her time in Banff, Erin took her yoga teacher training in 2014 with Erin Evans Bija Yoga and her yin training level 1 and 2 with Carly Forest in 2015.
With a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology, Erin assists bodies in re-establishing equilibrium. She brings an intuitive and heart-felt approach in her classes combined with her mechanical understanding of how the body functions. Erin's deep understanding of the body and its process allows her to teach you to discover new facets of your being. She creates a space for you to explore and feel deeper aspects of your body, mind and spirit.
BARRE + SPIN COACH + 500-HR YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Carolyn completed her first yoga teacher training at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram in India in 2014 and has been teaching yoga full time since then. In 2016 she returned to the same ashram and stayed there for almost one year to work, study, and teach. During that time, she lived a completely yogic lifestyle and deepened her knowledge about yoga philosophy, meditation, and Ayurveda. She also completed the advanced 500-hour teacher training course. Additionally, she has done a yin yoga teacher training course, an Ayurveda therapist course, and a Barre instructor course.
Carolyn can teach many different styles of yoga and likes making her classes accessible for all levels. She has taught yoga all around the world, including in Angola, Zambia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and more. She is excited to have now settled in Nanaimo and is looking forward to sharing her passion and diverse experience of yoga with the community here.
Aside from yoga, Carolyn enjoys many types of dancing, outdoor sports, travelling, quilting, reading, and cooking.
YOGA THERAPIST + YOGA NIDRA GUIDE
Julie is inspired to support others to find more balance, joy and peace through her teachings. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over 30 years as a registered nurse, and 12 years as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Over the past 6 years, exploring mindfulness through stillness and gentle movement has led Julie to develop a Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra practice.
Yoga Nidra is an amazingly restful, healing practice. A guided meditation exploring layers of the body (Koshas) leads to a state similar to deep sleep. A 30-minute practice is said to be equivalent to 3 hours of deep sleep. Yoga Nidra can improve the quality of sleep, providing a much needed tool for many of us. Restorative Yoga is the perfect avenue for developing a mindfulness practice and preparing the body for yoga Nidra through breath, body and thought awareness. Yoga Nidra following a Restorative practice is like the icing on a cake, offering a truly deep rest before heading back into the daily routine.
We would like to welcome Julie to our community, and thank her for sharing her knowledge with our community. Julie runs her own yoga studio - Six Persimmons - if you don't catch her for a Yoga Nidra at ZEN, her doors are open to our community, there, too!
Yoga Nidra the last Friday of each month from September - May, and
the last Thursday of the month during the summer months June, July, August
from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SPIN + BARRE COACH + STUDIO OPERATOR
Sarah Lane is a Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certified, BARREabove certified and is working towards her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. Sarah grew up with two PE teachers for parents who kept life very active. She has always found a happy place running through the trees, or along the ocean. She figure skated and danced, ran cross country, played field hockey, badminton, volleyball, trained in kickboxing and always made good use of her gym membership.
Sarah’s love for spin started in 2001 when she started attending SPINNING classes at World Gym in Taichung. She fell in love with this great, high-cardio, low-impact way to workout immediately and created a connection to a group of like-minded spinthusiasts who would invited her to join them on some epic road biking journeys all over Taiwan. Sarah has used spin to maintain a healthy mindset for 20 years and is happy to have prioritized how she feels over how she looks (you will often see her without make up, hair everywhere BUT with a big smile!).
Born in Port Alberni, growing up in Fernwood in Victoria, Sarah carries the Vancouver Island culture in her heart, but having lived abroad for many years and travelling extensively, she carries a global awareness. She is a creative, warm individual with high energy levels, strong organizational flare – and a meticulous eye for detail. With a background in business, Sarah ran a conference planning business for a decade, planning and executing conferences and events across Canada, and hosting here in Nanaimo, eventually achieving her Certified Meeting Professional certification. Upon receiving and responding to 300 emails in one day, she re-evaluated her career choice as she started to raise her family, as priorities had inevitably changed.
Always wanting to ensure there was enough time to maintain access to spin classes - she launched the spin side of ZEN REVOLUTION YOGA + SPIN . The original concept was to provide an environment that would give our community (with access for moms at the time) a place to workout and have kids loved while they accessed cardio, stretching and core work. The evolution of the REVOLUTION continues through the pandemic and into the future!
In her down time, she enjoys creating, reading/researching, growing food, playing music and singing with her husband, three kids and dog, Jazzy, in their garden in the Old City Quarter. She likes to find quiet space when possible and likes to keep her feet planted on the earth, looking out at the water. She values supporting and being involved in Nanaimo’s artistic community through service on the Board of Directors for the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
Follow what you love to love what you do. Let's roll!