Yoga Experts


Yoga is union. The International Yoga Festival brings together teachers & students and introduces attendees, new or experienced, to the beauty of yoga , to take their practice to a new level.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, we brought world renowned Yoga Masters ; Nirmala Raniga, founder of Chopra Addiction and Wellness Centre, Naseem Gulamhusein, Program Coordinator and Teacher Trainer of Langara YTT program, Yogacharini Maitreyi , Founder of Arkaya Yoga, a practical Mystic who teaches the authentic and deeper dimensions of yoga , an invited member of the advisory board of World Yoga Council in 2006 and Sri Venu, a Canadian-born Abonaki First Nation and French Ancestry . Sri Venu founded the Vancouver Sivananda Centre.

In 2018, we invited our Gurus mentioned below.


Yogacharini Maitreyi’s heart smiles to see both the beginners and the Arkaya teachers she trains blossom into a blessing. Arkaya means light , healing and inspiration and the system enables healing on many dimensions. Apart from facilitating teacher trainings and holistic healing & life coaching sessions for individuals, she has also trained over 40 corporations and CEOs in Self and stress management programs.

Maitreyi was given many titles such as Yogacharini (Guide), Yoga Chemmal (Expert) and Yoga Shiromani (gem) in India since 1997. She has shared her wisdom and kirtan in over 30 major conferences, teaching a wide spectrum of people and organisations in countries like Sweden, Dubai, Italy, Hong Kong, Srilanka and U.S.A. for over 20 years. Yet she is very approachable and down to earth, making organic choices.

She has over 100 published articles and poems on Yoga and Holistic living in various journals in India, Vancouver and Hong Kong Maitreyi also runs a foundation to empower children in India.

She is a visionary and as the program director for the International Yoga Festival, her joy lies in seeing to it, that the authentic yogic teachings and joy of living are passed on. When in Vancouver, she facilitates the Arkaya Teacher Training – a Self-awareness, Self-discovery, and Self-realisation program.


Founder of Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center, Nirmala Raniga has an extensive background in helping people from all walks of life and helping them deal with addiction, addictive behaviours, depression, anxiety and PTSD. Drawing on more than 28 years experience, skills and commitment, her approach is to treat everyone with respect, dignity, care and compassion. She is a Chopra Certified educator of Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga and Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle. She is passionate about sharing timeless wisdom tools for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing. Nirmala has made appearances for television, radio and live events internationally. She is the host of weekly show, Journey of Healing which airs on JoyTv. The show provides practical information and tools to help address depression, anxiety, and stress. To date, she has released two meditation albums, The Divine Healing Mantra, and Meditation: An Introduction.

Laura – Our Featured Budding Yoga Teachers for 2018

Laura is a holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher. She teaches for her private clients, a high school and for a couple of studios in the city like Ron Zalko. She is also a Doula and health and wellness coach. She facilitates 5 Day Detox programs preparing meals for individuals optimal health and wellness. She also organizes and facilitates events for Just Dance Vancouver and facilitates monthly women’s groups for healing womb wounds through ceremonial rituals and conscious breath work & cranio sacral therapy. She loves animals especially her dog and believes that God is Dog spelled backwards and admires the qualities of loyalty and devotion seen there.


Brianna is a 500hr certified yoga with a deep passion to inspire students to discover the love, light, truth and peace within each of us. She studied the more traditional yoga teachings in Rishikesh, India where she received her 300 hr certification as well a more western approach in Costa Rica where she did her 200 hr training. Yoga helped her to love and accept herself, while bringing much happiness and fulfilment in her life. A deep-rooted passion inspired her to share this connection and to help others find their own inner balance through the teachings of yoga. Brianna’s love for wellness and healing has led her to also become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner so she is able to offer her students and clients a very holistic approach to well being. She is the founder of Wellspace Co. a Canadian based health and wellness website focused on creating accessible and inspiring content on how to live and be well in all aspects of life.

Mahan Khalsa – Our Guest Teacher

I’m Mahan. I’m a down to earth, reach for the skies wildly spirited woman. I spent over a decade of my life travelling the world. The winds of change and the impulses of my heart were my guide. It’s amazing how expansive we feel in those exhilarating moments of our life. I was blessed to explore a myriad of cultures, traditions, healing modalities and really learn over time, the value of slowing down, tuning in and prioritizing myself and my deeper callings.

For almost 2 decades, I’ve turned my life into art, work, play & exploration. From creating whole food snacks and an organic restaurant, to facilitating over 3000 yoga classes, workshops and retreats, I’ve personally and professionally evolved over time to offer my gifts to the world in a way that feels meaningful and authentic. Currently I run a thriving holistic coaching business online and in Vancouver, BC where I live with my daughter close to the beach.

I teach private and corporate yoga classes in Vancouver, BC and surrounding areas.