Focusing on wellness, authenticity and the traditions of yoga, enjoy the benefits of our beautiful and fully equipped Starfish Studio by the sea.
The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers an abundance of amenities including our beautiful yoga space, the Starfish Studio. The space is large and filled with natural light, a hard floor, fresh ocean breezes in the summer, candles and firelight in cooler weather. We offer mats, towels, eye pillows, hard and soft blocks, bolsters and specialized Pilates equipment for those who appreciate the luxury of arriving and departing a yoga class without the burden of gear. READ MORE
Hatha Yoga with Brenda or Josey: A graceful series of stretches and postures both invigorating and calming. Unify the body and mind in a practice of awareness. All levels are welcome to attend.
Sun Moon & Stars Yoga with George: An exploration of Sun and Moon Salutations to both strengthen and pacify the bodies energies. Each Salutation is followed by an extended Savasana (final relaxation) which takes us into the stellar practice of Yoga Nidra. Bliss from beginning to end.
Intuitive Yoga with Helen: Awake your body’s natural grace and freedom in this gently guided
meditative practice. What does your body need today? Find your rhythm, free your breath and
let your body guide you in this intuitive yoga practice. Leave feeling refreshed and inspired.
Beginners to advanced welcome.
Good Morning Yoga with Deb: Wake up those stiff and sleepy muscles with a variety of poses. Create flexibility, strength and improved balance. Feel energized all day.
Stillness to Movement with Leza: Simple movement patterns awaken awareness, juice up the joints and strengthen. We mindfully warm our bodies with a motif of postures for thoughtfully designed benefits. Practice culminates in a spirit soothing savasana guided by Leza’s reassuring voice.
Yoga for Strength with Josey: This morning practice will call upon your strength, balance and dedication. We warm up with the breath, flow into a sequence to bring on a yogic sweat and settle down with full-hearted presence permeating the body
Gentle Flow Yoga with Josey: Here we will take time to settle into and explore the breath, simple yoga asanas (postures) and integrate the two in ways that will leave you feeling well centered and refreshed. This session is suitable for all levels.
Gentle Yoga with Traci: Using props and suggested modifications of poses, this class is perfect for those who are new to yoga or those who prefer a slow, gentle approach.
Brighter Than Sunshine Yoga with Leza: An energetic class to open the pores as well as the mind! After a yogic workout, step into the spiritual side with a deeper than ever relaxation.
Stretch & Strength Fitness with Anna: Putting the POW in Power! This Pilates and YogaFit
inspired program builds upper body, lower body and core strength. A vigorous workout without
weights, we use body weight to systematically tone and vitalize. Anna refines the experience
with a fun and energizing warm up and a stretchy cool-down. Why not feel amazing?
Restorative Yoga with Traci, Deb, Heather or Brenda: This popular class uses a variety of props to allow the body and nervous system to relax and restore. Leave feeling younger and looking calm and refreshed.
Yoga Bliss with Cindy: Cindy shares an inwards, meditative style of yoga bringing about union
and harmony to the body, mind and spirit. Classes flow gracefully from initial relaxation
through breathing exercises, sun salutations, postures and return to a state of blissful
Sacred Yoga with Heather Hale: Honouring the mystical and physical aspects of yoga for all levels, this class incorporates meditation, visualization, intention and yoga sequences to create an inner journey towards self-acceptance, healing and empowerment.
Yoga and Meditation with Brenda: A meaningful and magical practice based on connectivity and mindfulness. Some sweat, some spirit, an ancient song; sweeten your consciousness with meditative breath and mantra.
Slow Flow with Johana Stark: Here we dive deep into the breath and connect it to movement as we flow from one asana to the next. We flow to let go and prepare the body for a soothing final relaxation. This session is moderately active and suitable for all levels.
Meet the Instructors
Brenda Blakely (Yoga Lead)
In all of life’s beautiful and awesome mess, we return to the classical yoga teachings and reconnect with what’s important and meaningful to ourselves. That’s what is precious about yoga. We use postures to grow within the form, the breath to soften the hardness of the thoughts and the mindfulness to experience the most amazing element, the self. Even in a group setting Brenda’s teachings are personal, integral and peaceful. Brenda is inspired by the beauty and mindfulness she experiences in her own practice. Her joy is in sharing that beauty with you.
Helen is a passionate yoga and dance enthusiast. She has been practising yoga for over thirteen years and is a certified Yoga Teacher. Her classes focus on ‘flow’, weaving breath and movement together to flow as one, and typically include sun salutations and a variety of postures that move and flow with the breath, as well as held postures that create moments of ‘pause.’ Helen introduces a meditation theme for each class and invites you to journey on this theme through the vehicle of your body – to awaken your body’s innate wisdom, freedom and joy.
Deb has been teaching yoga for the past 10 years and practicing for 15 years. Her unique blend of hatha, flow, and Vijnana Tensegrity practices emphasize body awareness and alignment. She brings detail into focus, breaking down the poses to experience a refined essence of ease and balance. Her calming voice will soothe you delightfully through a practice that leaves you strengthened, stretched and relaxed.
Josey is a Yoga Elder with 21 years and over 10,000 hours teaching experience. Way back, as an adolescent, she began her first Yoga classes with the Sivananda Yoga people in London. Her strongest influences have been them, Sandra Sammartino’s multi-dimensional energy yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Dona Holleman, Richard Miller and Yoga Nidra and most recently, the Yoga taught by Namgyal Rinpoche, and the teachings of the Sacred Trust in England. She has a background in midwifery, mind body acupressure and other healing modalities that go back 25 years. Her teaching style works deeply with breath and energy, posture and grounding towards growth, healing and integration. She encourages participants to learn and practice the fundamentals and to find their own inner authority for health and strength of body, mind and spirit.
Traci is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for over fifteen years. With a well trained eye Traci guides her students to access a joyful experience of yoga. She teaches her classes with clarity and precision, inviting students to awaken to the body’s intelligence. Traci’s compassionate and descriptive manner encourages participants to work deeply at a level suitable to their needs.
George started breathing at an early age and has had the good fortune to continue almost daily ever since. He is happy to be in the moment, teaching or practicing the pleasurable art of noticing life in all these bodies. A full time professional teacher since 1995, George is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an ERYT (500), is fully certified iniRest Yoga Nidra, has an honours degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern religions and a graduate diploma in Mental Health and Addictions. In spite of this, he has resisted taking responsibility for any particular school of belief or thought. Laughter, love, and surprise. George has had the immense pleasure of learning from and teaching with the inimitable Donna Farhi and has also been largely influenced by Dr. Richard Miller and his contemporary evolution of Yoga Nidra.
Anna has been in the fitness and health industry for 20yrs. She is a professional body builder, weight trainer, wellness coach, and group fitness leader. Her passion and compassion for people and there well being motivates her and her clients alike! Her certifications and memberships include BCRPA, CANFIT PRO, BCABBA, and NPAA. She’s always attending fitness conferences and studying nutrition to keep current. Most of all she loves staying active with her four kids!
Leza grew up absorbing yoga in a church basement while her mom practised with friends. At the time it seemed natural that yoga would grow and develop in a place of spirituality. Leza studied seriously and became a registered yoga instructor (RYT) then followed up her training with additional education in vinyasa and prenatal yoga. Leza has a broad capacity for energizing and inspiring her classes. Whether it’s a challenging flow of postures or a gentle restorative time, she emphasizes shedding stress; a valuable skill in our time! Leza is perpetually resourceful, offering participants alternatives to suit their unique moment in time. She is encouraging; she guides with nurturing words in a loving way. As Leza’s wish is for her students to leave feeling peaceful and whole, she protects a space for rejuvenation: “When participants relax, I see angels arriving at the decompression chamber”.
As a young woman travelling the world Cindy became inspired by yoga and completed her training at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala. She continued her yoga studies in Ashtanga Vinyasa at the Mysore Palace and Iyengar Yoga in Rishikesh. Inspired to instill peace and self-worth Cindy and her husband spent the next 10 years teaching yoga to those adversely affected by the aftermath of apartheid. Twenty years later Cindy and her family have moved to the Comox Valley where she brings her direct-from-India authentic teachings to her classes, imparting union and harmony for the body, mind and spirit.
Heather fell in love with yoga over twenty years ago and has been expanding her practice ever since. In 2004 she became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and began teaching. Her yearning for a deeper understanding of the human experience led her to study philosophy and spirituality completing a Master’s in Alternate Spiritual Traditions and a PhD in Metaphysics. Most recently she studied with Martha Beck becoming a Certified Life Coach. Heather’s yoga classes incorporate both the physical and mystical aspects of yoga to create a healing and empowering journey.
Johana is a passionate yogi who finds inspiration through nature and the mountainous ocean-forest beauty that surrounds us. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for four. Johana completed her 200YTT through the School Yoga Institute in Guatemala. Johana believes Mother Nature is the ultimate healer and draws her into every class through her shamanic roots. Oftentimes you will smell the soft scent of sage in the distance as you flow with the breath from one posture to the next. She encourages her students to trust their intuition and allow their own healer to emerge as we forgive, love and nurture our own bodies through the beautiful art of yogic practice.
Yoga Studio Rates
- 60 minute class $14*
- 90 minute class $20*
- 10 Class Punch Pass for 60 minute classes $120
Access: Yoga class in the Starfish Studio, and use of the outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, steam cave, sauna and change room facilities.
*For an additional $10. you are welcome to use the Fitness Studio.
Space is limited, reservations are recommended to guarantee your space.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Please call 250-338-1323 or 1-800-663-7929 to register
Resort Guests call 390
How to Prepare For A Starfish Studio Yoga Class
Register For Your Class
Always preregister for the Yoga class by calling the Spa directly at (250) 338-1323. Drop-in registrants are welcome, but are not guaranteed a place if the class is at full capacity (14 participants). Purchase either a single drop-in class or a 10 class punch card. Punch cards can be used amongst friends and family. A credit card number will be required to reserve the Yoga class.
Come Clean and Unscented
With all the deep breathing, your neighbors will appreciate if you skip the perfume and essential oils. Please refrain from using scents prior to the class.
We ask that you arrive to your Yoga class 15-20 minutes early and register yourself at the Spa front desk. The doors to the Yoga studio will be closed and locked when the class starts to ensure there are no disruptions. Please use the changing rooms and washrooms located in the Spa prior to class. The Starfish Yoga Studio does not have changing rooms or washrooms on site.
Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Even phones on ‘silent’ often make a loud bussing sound when they ring. We ask that you please turn off your cell phone or leave it in your car to avoid any disruptions.
Talk to the Instructor
If you have any physical conditions that require modification of postures, tell your instructor immediately before the class begins i.e: recent surgery, herniated discs, pregnancy, osteoporosis etc. If you prefer not to be adjusted by the teacher, let that be known as well.
If you borrowed a Yoga mat from the studio, please clean it with the mat cleaner provided and neatly return your props back to their appropriate place. Take your time as you get up and leave. Remain hydrated after class and throughout the day. Lemon water and tea are available in the studio, please help yourself after the class!
Starfish Studio guests have access to the pool facilities at the Spa 1 hour before or after the Yoga class. Beverages are not allowed on the pool deck and will be removed if on site.
The Starfish Studio has a 48 hour cancelation policy. Any class cancelations must be made 48 hours prior to the date and time of the registered class. Guests who cancel within the 48 hours will be charged full price. No refunds or credits will be given.
Enjoy your practice!