Perfect Balance Yoga & Fitness

Meet Our Yoga Teachers & Wellness Practitioners

Yoga- Meditation- Workshops-Special Events- Private Healing Sessions

Andrea Bertoia

Yoga Instructor & Wellness Practitioner

Andrea is a Canadian TCK who grew up in the Middle East, where her love for traveling was embeded early.

She has spent the last 6 years traveling and teaching in Vietnam and Thailand, offering Yoga, Mindfulness and Reiki Healing sessions.

She has a background in the field of Psychology, supporting children and youth with Autism. Integrating a therapeutic understanding of sensory needs and play with her calming nature. 

She has had the opportunity to hold space at Festivals, Siam Reiki Gatherings, retreats, studios, wellness centres and private events across Vietnam and Thailand and the Okanagan. She also created and facilitated Yoga and Mindfulness programs for school readiness and test anxiety at high schools in Vietnam, getting the opportunity to support over 600 children.

She is a certified Yoga and Mindfulness teacher, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga teacher. She is also a Siam Reiki Master Healer, and a certified Crystal Healer. Expect breath cues and internal body cues to connect you back to the present moment, and to the sensations in your body. Expect a light-hearted, open atmosphere to try new things, laugh and smile! 

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Crystal Bruce

Yoga & Fitness Instructor

 Yoga has been a part of Crystal's life since 2010 when I found Yin. It was a lifesaver for her. She really enjoys getting down to what's going on at a physiological level as you will find out. She also teaches a sweet Vinyasa that often lends itself to the power spectrum but fear not! 

She can teach a pretty chill Vinyasa too depending on the energy in the room. All levels are accommodated. She has been into fitness and weight training since she was 18. She has competed and placed top 3 in multiple bodybuilding shows. 

Crystal's background in fitness as a PT is with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and she uses the Integrated training Model in workout design. This is a concept that combines all forms of exercise in to one system, inclusive of Flexibility, cardiorespiratory, core, balance, Plyometric, speed agility and quickness and resistance training and the clients choice. This all inclusive approach to exercise leads to improvements in overall health and wellness as well as athletic performance. 

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Julia Millar

Wellness Practitioner

I was an addict and alcoholic for 15 years. By the grace of my higher power, guidance, love and

support I am now 4 years recovered.

Throughout my journey I found myself struggling to stay clean and sober until I found Holistic

Healing Modalities. This opened a door, which allowed me to heal internally and externally

through a variety of different cultures and techniques.

My higher power wasn’t always present in my life, this was something that took time, to learn my

own understanding, and who/what spirituality meant to me.

My internal healing started with loving and caring for my body, this involved self care, nutrition &

supplement’s, love, gratitude, patience, acceptance, coaching, and letting go of all the things that no longer served me. #Daily

Reiki, along with other spiritual healing modalities gave me a sense of belonging, I met others at

events who were also in recovery, seeing huge improvements and for the first time I felt at home

when I walked into a room.

Holistic Recovery Coaching was created for the addict who wanted out but hasn’t been able to

find a way. It involves guidance, love, support, compassion, trust, and a sense of belonging. All

the piece that were missing for me to succeed with my own recovery. Alone we are strong,

Together we are warriors!

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Rebecca Pulford

Yoga & Fitness Instructor

Growing up Rebecca was very involved in sports and loved to move from a young age! This led to her getting my Degree in Kinesiology at UBC Okanagan, where she was simultaneously saving for her yoga teacher training. She has been teaching yoga for three years now. Rebecca considers yoga as her moving meditation. Every day she is grateful to wake up and share her passion for movement.

Her intention is to provide a grounding practice for others, and to inspire a joyful & empowered life.

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Alaina Vollmershausen

Meditation  Instructor & Group Facilitator

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Hayley Paynter

Yoga Instructor

I have had the pleasure of teaching for the last 13 years. My passion is people, and body movement and breath. The magic happens when you move that body freely, without apprehension, and breathe along the way."

"Yoga came to me back in 2006. I was young and working in mental health and really needed some time for myself to connect to the inside and have some stillness in my mind.

I immediately thought everyone in the yoga studio was crazy for doing such an intense hot practice.

It was so challenging and grueling, I didn’t think I would even make it out of the room…but I did, and I learned that I could do anything!

Fast forward to two years later and I was boarding a plane to go to Acapulco for three months to learn how to instruct.

I have had the pleasure of teaching for the last 13 years. My passion is people, and body movement and breath. The magic happens when you move that body freely, without apprehension and breathe along the way."

Yoga Instructor West Kelowna

Leona Planko Finlayson

Yoga & Dance Instructor

Born and raised in Vancouver, Leona’s journey in becoming the Teacher, Dancer, Yogi and Motivational Speaker she is today was one of evolving self-discovery. Her dance journey began at a very young age with Slovenian folkloric dance, before leading into cheer-leading, hip hop and finally Belly Dance.

In combining her talents, experiences, knowledge and passions, Leona has founded AWE (Arts, Wellness and Education) which aims to create connections, foster communities, encourage collaboration, advocate empowerment and promote healing and positivity through virtual and in-person classes, workshops and events.

What she offers isn’t just a class, workshop, or a show—she offers an opportunity to learn, grow, heal and create positive change within.

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Sarah Mayes

Yoga & Fitness Instructor

Sarah is a born Okanaganite. Her youth was filled with all things musical: ballet, jazz dance, piano and acting lessons. In 2005, she began her journey to becoming a certified Group Fitness Instructor through CFES & BCRPA and started teaching salsa dance classes. She fell head over heels for teaching classes and learnt to teach everything from aerobics to step, barre to kickboxing, Pump to TRX. Sarah was elated to accomplish Yoga Teacher Training 200hr in 2019 & Aerial Yoga certification in 2021.

Her classes are described as creative & well-balanced with a host of options to appeal to the beginner, injured and advanced attendees alike. Her other great loves are tarot card reading, mountain biking, traveling, and her doggies-Peanut & Forest.

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Carly Thomas

Yoga Instructor & Wellness Practitioner

Carly, spent most of her life here in the Okanagan, raising her family in Penticton. Her first Yoga Experience was at The Juicy Carrot in Penticton back in the early 1990’s which peaked her curiosity of the yoga practice. Carly then began her personal yoga journey 17 years ago after being in the fitness industry and competing in body building for many years. She began with her practice in Power yoga, and took her first yoga teacher training at Maui Hot Yoga & Kickboxing in 2011, Realizing the need for balance in her life she discovered the Yin Yoga Practice and took her Yin Yoga Teacher training in Maple Ridge at Free Spirit Yoga in 2014. After teaching Power Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga up in Fort McMurray at Higher Health Yoga, her yoga teacher journey took her back to Hawaii to continue her yoga teacher training in the studies of Ayurveda with Sacred Seed Yoga in 2015.

Carly opened a little yoga Studio in Medicine Hat, OHM YOGA and continued to share her passion and love for the yoga practice in body, mind, and spirit for your optimal health & wellness.

Carly, also a Certified Wellness Coach, and Nutritional Supplement Advisor, blends her love for fitness, meditation, whole body wellness, and healing of the soul in her classes here in West Kelowna and Peachland.

She also brings her Essential Oil Yoga Sprays to compliment your practice and yoga journey 

West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Josee Kreese

Yoga Instructor

Josee began her yoga journey about 8 years ago when she was a dancer, and only knew yoga for the physical practice (the asanas).

In 2015 she was in a car accident and was not longer able to dance liked she used to, and had to be gentle with herself and the movements she would make. That is when she discovered her personal yoga practice - the gentleness of the practice and the focus on herself and her breath allowed her body to do exactly what it needed in her healing journey.

In 2018 she began my Yoga Teacher Training in Kelowna BC. The history, philosophy, and principles of practice she learned throughout my training aided her in deepening her own practice and made her realize that she wanted to share her passion with others. In 2020 she began her 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in order to deepen her personal knowledge and bring more of the history and philosophy of yoga into her teaching.

She has a background in psychology, and is a current Masters of Social Work Student, and an advocate for mental health. With an in depth understanding of the connection between mind, body, and soul, she offers a relevant and realistic approach in her teaching, guiding and giving her students all the tools they need in order to deepen their own practice. 

Yoga West Kelowna

Megan Grandel

Yoga Instructor

Megan's personal practice began after years of competitive dance, bodybuilding, and powerlifting left her craving something deeper than these physical practices. Yoga has helped her create a connection between her physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Her personal experience of the benefits of yoga led her to pursue teaching as a way to share this practice with others. She completed her 200 hour YTT through Elevate Yoga Okanagan in 2020. She truly believes that there is something in this practice for everyone and her intention is to provide support and guidance in finding it. Each class offering she shares is created with overall wellness in mind. She is passionate about sharing this practice with others and supporting students in their wellness journeys both on and off the mat.  

See you on the mat!