EMILY MILLEN, RYT
Emily is a talented and inspiring teacher who was motivated in 2006 by her history of competitive figure skating & dance, to explore a new form of movement: yoga. Raw and authentic – what Emily learned at the Randolph Academy of the Arts in Toronto – informs her teaching as a journey to the self. She reminds her students that yoga lets you feel again, allowing for a deeper connection to this life. Emily has been teaching around Vancouver since 2009. She is a proud Tonic Lifestyle Apparel Ambassador and in her spare time she tends to her garden, feeds her music addiction, and can be found supporting expecting mothers as a prenatal yoga teacher and certified Doula.
DR. NICOLA BENNETT, N.D.
Nicola is a yoga teacher and naturopathic doctor living and thriving in East Vancouver’s artistically rich Commercial Drive neighbourhood. She was introduced to yoga by her gymnastics coach at age 16, where she instantly fell in love with the practice and knew that she would eventually become a teacher. Her interest in the human body and its movement brought her to UBC where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. Nicola went on to earn her 200h YTT in Hatha with Open Door Yoga in 2011. She began teaching shortly afterwards and has been at Unity Yoga ever since.
Although Nicola had always wanted to be a doctor, she realized along the way that the conventional medical system was not for her. Yoga was the key that unlocked the door to a whole new world of Eastern philosophy and healing traditions, and she soon realized there were more paths to good health than those offered by western medicine. She decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she became a naturopathic doctor. Her studies have enriched her yoga teachings and her classes often focus heavily on anatomy and physiology. She is particularly interested in the nervous system and how one can use breath and mindfulness to balance the nervous system. It is in this state where the body’s innate ability to heal itself, or the Vis medicatrix naturae, is active. With a gentile supportive voice, Dr. Bennett combines her knowledge as a naturopathic doctor with her experience as a yoga teacher and long-term practitioner to create a truly unique experience in her classes.
SUSAN HORNING, BBA
Susan is the creator of Unity Yoga, Unity Herbals, and Unity Yoga Tea House in Vancouver, BC. She leads a conscious community space founded on yogic principles, where she offers herbal tisanes and tinctures, astrology readings and consultations, as well as public classes. She’s completed over 500 hours of training in many traditions, originally in Ashtanga Vinyasa, many years of Anusara and Hatha, Qi Gong, Thai Massage, Partner and Acrobatic Yoga. With over a decade of full time teaching experience, Susan has found Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation at the heart of her practice, offering balance through the practice of stillness, self-inquiry and meditative awareness. As a trained Astrologer and classical Feng Shui Consultant, she also offers spiritual guidance through Bazi (Chinese Astrology), I-Ching and Tarot.