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. 





















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

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.

Yoga Instructor

AJ Cooper

Yoga Instructor & Wellness Practitioner


AJ's yoga journey initially began in 2009 as a casual practice with like minded individuals. By 2016, her passion for yoga grew exponentially. She has set sail towards the Bahamas to fully delve into her practice at the Sivananda Yoga Vidanta Centre. This sacred community became a second home and a place of deep healing. 


Through yoga, AJ began to ascend above her mental, emotional and physical inner battles. Most importantly, it taught her how to live in solace, alongside the internal and external obstacles of each day. Today, this starry-eyed soul continues to grow, sharing her love, knowledge and healing energy throughout her teachings. So, whether you catch her in an upbeat class or connect through yoga, you'll be sure to absorb her uplifting vibe!
















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. 


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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.  



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 

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Julie McCormick

Yoga Instructor


FFor more than a decade, Julie has been a Registered Nurse and continuous yoga student. Her mission in both professions is to elevate people to feel good in their body and mind and inspire joy while focusing on injury prevention.

Julie first fell in love with yoga as a challenging workout. As her energetic passion for yoga grew, it beautifully transformed her life by grounding her. Her passion for yoga motivated her to complete her first 200h Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in 2018 in Thailand to improve her own personal practice and to better understand the purpose behind the poses and her body movement and alignment.

She was so inspired by her initial YTT completion that when she returned home to the Okanagan, she started working on her next yoga journey of completing the 300h YTT with North American School of Yoga. She completed another 200h YTT in 2020 which was not only practice changing, it was life changing by finding deep connection with all beings but also with herself.

Passionate, motivating and ever-inspiring, Julie always wants to make sure people let go of high expectations of yoga poses and focus on what feels good for each individual practice.


 

Yoga Instructor West Kelowna

Michele Greco

Yoga Instructor & Wellness Practitioner


For over thirty years Michele’s passion has been in the healing arts, and where her love of yoga began.  She started her career as a Registered Massage Therapist specializing in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release. The years since have been full of learning and growth, with sixteen years of study in Ayurvedic Medicine and completion of her practicum in Pune, India.

Ayurveda and Yoga are intrinsically related through the ancient Vedic system of healing, and after a severe car accident left her immobile, yoga has been an essential aspect to regaining her health.

She received her 200 YYT certification in 2018 which deepened her love of this beautiful path, and allowed her to continue to teach what she loves.

Through her guidance she hopes to hold a safe space for each students self inquiry.

She invites them to listen to their intuition and the subtle qualities that are revealed in every breath.


West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Aleena McKinnon

Yoga Instructor


Aleena has been a yoga enthusiast for ten years, teacher for eight. A dancer her whole life, it wasn’t until a bad car accident that she was introduced to yoga through her physiotherapist.


It is my ongoing intention to assist others in re-awakening to the magnificence of one’s own mind and body. I believe that through a conscious exploration of the layers that comprise our being, each of us can learn to think and move in harmony with the intelligence that manifests as us. It is this re-discovery of our own strength, wisdom and grace that inspired me to continue on this journey of practicing and sharing yoga.. Namaste.




West Kelowna Yoga Instructor

Stanley Prescott

Yoga & Fitness Instructor


"Howdy! My name is Stanley (he/him/his) and I am so stoked to share some movement with y'all and of course, get sweaty in the heat! I'm a recent graduate from UBCV with a B.Sc. specializing in Cell and Developmental Biology and the Naked Truth Yoga School; I love to blend my knowledge of physiology with my passion for informed and accessible movement! I have a background in competitive Highland Dance and found yoga and yoga fusion following my retirement from dance and have been in love ever since.

As a lightning round about me: I am obsessed with Trader Joe's, Nathan's Stange Planet is my favourite webcomic, I eat a kiwi like an apple (I hope we can still be friends), I'm also a coffee connoisseur and oat milk enthusiast!"



See you on the mat!