Meet Your Teachers

Angela discovered yoga in 2005, during her first year of university. What began as a quest for flexibility and physical fitness turned into a 10-year mind/body love affair with the practice. Angela credits yoga for fine-tuning her daily consciousness – a reminder to be grateful of both the people and world around her. “I always leave class feeling 100% better than when I came in. It’s a symbiotic relationship.”
At the Saint John Yoga Co-op, Angela helps students build energy through asana postures with the Vinyasa class.


Allison began practicing yoga during university. As a former competitive gymnast, yoga was a smooth transition that allowed her to continue working on flexibility and physical strength.  Today, yoga is her spiritual practice. It is where she finds balance, calm and a sense of inner-peace.
Lessons of gratitude, self-awareness and kindness reach far beyond the edges of the mat and these grounding principles are what keep Allison coming back.
“Yoga is such a beautiful practice because it is different each time we step on the mat. I love being able to guide people through their own unique process.” Allison teaches Hatha and Vinyasa.

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Jackie began practicing yoga 13 years ago and fell in love with it. Looking to try something new, she stumbled upon a beginners yoga class. She continues to practice today because it brings her to a place of “home”.
In 2013, Jackie graduated from the 200-hour teacher training program at Amana Institute with a certificate in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She enjoys teaching and loves sharing what she has learned with the hope that it helps others find their feeling of “home” on the mat.

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Jackie Phinney
Jackie is a native of Saint John who began practicing yoga in 2011 while living in Halifax. A busy graduate student at the time, she was interested in yoga as a way to go inward and escape the daily chaos of life. Now an academic health sciences librarian and mom to two small children, Jackie practices to quiet her mind and stay connected to her body. She received her 200-hour teaching certification in 2016 from Amana Yoga, and she loves helping students shift their energy during a yoga practice so that they can tap into their true self.
Jackie is trained in teaching Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga, but has also practiced hot, prenatal, and parent/child yoga. Jackie’s hobbies include catching up with friends and trying new plant-based recipes, and she is also a classically-trained singer.


Laura started practicing yoga in 2013 as a form of exercise, and it gave her so much more. She continued her practice because she loved the way yoga made her feel. She felt strong, both physically and mentally, and it gave her a sense of wellbeing and peace.
Laura loves seeing her students grow and evolve in their practice, whether they are new to yoga or have been practicing for years. Since yoga is truly an individual practice, she offers variations in her classes to accommodate all yogis. Her Hatha and Vinyasa classes provide a safe space for everyone to learn, and she’ll take you on a meditative journey that will leave you feeling relaxed yet powerful.

Megan is a dedicated yogini whose practice began over 10 years ago. A curiosity of movement and well-being brought her to her mat every day. She recently deepened her knowledge of yoga by completing a 200-hour Hatha teacher training at Shambhava Yoga, Konalani.
Thoughtful and compassionate, Megan offers a safe environment for courageous and creative exploration. Whether you want to challenge yourself or cultivate quietness, her classes will open your heart and leave you refreshed.


Melissa’s love for yoga began in University while studying health sciences. She originally began practicing for the physical benefits but later discovered the positive impact a regular yoga practice had on her mental health.
She strives to create a positive and inclusive environment for students so they can incorporate yoga into their daily life regardless of their individual and unique needs. The greatest reward from teaching is when students give feedback on how their yoga practice has translated to positive changes in their physical and emotional well-being.
Melissa obtained her 200-hour YTT from Amana Institute in Hatha and Vinyasa.

Pippa first tried yoga when she was in university but the class that really made an impact on her was an outdoor class, hosted by the Yoga Co-op! She loves all sorts of movement practices but yoga is special to her because there are no distractions. Yoga gives her a path to connect to her inner self.

The feeling she has after class keeps Pippa coming back to her mat time and time again. As a teacher, she hopes to give students the opportunity to feel as wonderful as she feels after a vinyasa flow.


Roger’s first experience with yoga was in the 1970’s growing up in Kitchener, ON with a Yogini Mom that would take him along to classes and festivals. With a martial arts background and later rediscovering yoga and tai chi he began to embrace mindfulness and awareness as keys to living a balanced life.
In 2011 after some health issues Roger became interested in the movement of healing energy through Reiki and subsequently went about the steps over the next 3 years of practice to becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher. His intention is to channel the life force energy that is all around us into his style of teaching and sharing.
In 2016 Roger graduated a 4 month, 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at the Indian Yoga and Meditation Centre under Guru Sarbjeet Kalia.
Roger is trained to teach different styles of Hatha yoga but his style and his Love of Yin shows when you settle in for one of his mindful, meditative, melting Yin classes.

Sarah began practicing Yoga while attending dance school in Toronto. Her body was so over worked and prone to injuries from dancing, she thought Yoga could help. Since then, doing Yoga has become a ritual. Sarah practices for maintenance on her body, but the ritual of getting on her mat, breathing, focusing and being still is what draws her.
She studied at Satyram in Toronto, receiving a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification. It was a self led program, dedicated to discovering an individualistic teaching style. Sarah loves teaching what she learns. The best way for her to embody something new is to teach it! “I love it when students realize or figure something out on their mat – it is so rewarding.”

As a dancer and one who works with injuries, she enjoys focusing on the anatomical approach to a practice. Intro to Yoga is her passion–meeting new students and seeing their joy after their first Yoga class!


Teri started practicing yoga five years ago after she injured her knee. It was the only exercise she was allowed to do, and once she started she was hooked. She felt stronger and more balanced, using yoga as a tool to let go of any negative feelings and stress.
Working as a paramedic, a regular practice has helped Teri avoid injuries on the job. And hitting the mat is a great way to decompress after a shift.
Teri hopes to help her students develop and grow within their own practice. She did her 200hr YTT in Saint John in Hatha and Vinyasa and is looking forward to expanding her practice through teaching and further education.


Valerie comes from the corporate world and truly realizes the need to connect and de-stress. As a yoga teacher, she strives to create a comfortable environment for students to develop a yoga practice that honours their individuality and time constraints. Valerie encourages her students to take the time to breath and find ease amid life’s challenges. Her goal is to help individuals experience wellness through yoga, moving towards mental and physical balance.

Valerie studied in Vancouver, BC and received her Yin Yoga Certification with Bernie Clark. As the Founder of “Yoga Now With Val” she currently teaches in many environments to individuals varying in age and ability.

Vanessa loves to laugh and have fun with yoga! Born with a dislocated hip and shorter leg, she had challenges with low back pain, sore knees and feet. A regular yoga practice made her body feel better and her sleep became deeper.
After receiving her yoga teaching certification in 2004 through Ruth Richman at Yoga Ink, Vanessa furthered her training in Arizona at Yahweh Yoga. She continues to deepen her knowledge of yoga through teaching, workshops and programs.