Studio Owner, RYT-500, E-RYT200, YACEP
Kaila is a knowledgeable and well practised teacher who presents a calm and centred approach to instructing movement. In 2013 shortly before opening Bambu Hot Yoga, Kaila completed her YHot 200-Hour Teacher Training with one of BC first hot yoga innovators Kristin Campbell and Coco Finaldi of The YYoga Teachers College. A transformative journey involving the study of physical, mental and spiritual alignment. Kaila continued to study under Kristin Campbell to complete her 70hr Power Vinyasa Training and more recently completed a 20hr Redefining Mobility training with Matt Phippen.
Since 2017 Kaila has been studying The Maze Method under Noah Maze & Rocky Heron and has achieved her 500 hour Teacher Training Certificate ( graduate school for yogis— whoop whoop!) in Los Angeles, Calif. Kaila loves teaching alignment based Hot Hatha Yoga because of the accessibility it has to so many and the ability the practice has to transform and heal the practitioner. Kaila enjoys teaching to the meditative quality that aids in strengthening the mind. Her Vinyasa and core classes involve strength, cardio, balancing and conditioning to up beat worldly music. She loves sequencing fun new drills of dynamic movement & mobility in all planes to help get you out of your monkey mind and into the present moment aligning with your life force. Kaila invites you to come to your mat exactly as you are.
Susan is an intuitive yoga teacher who brings creative transitions, breathwork, and meditation into her classes. She took her 200 hr training with Bambu Hot Yoga in 2018 and has been teaching and continuing to study ever since. Susan’s background in art therapy and trauma-informed yoga infuses her classes with sensitivity, choice, and focus on regulating the nervous system. She is intentional with her cues to create modifications, alignment, and safety so students will leave the mat feeling strong, balanced and renewed. She is trained to teach hot yoga, vinyasa flow, yin, and restorative classes and she is driven to teach by her desire to share this powerful practice and bring transformation and healing to her community.
Justine’s interest in a holistic lifestyle and seeing the body as a living, changing organism led her to be inspired and moved by the practice of yoga. Justine fell in love with the organic movement, connecting breath and self awareness in the yoga practice. These fundamental aspects of yoga continue to bring her to the mat to seek connection with the self. Justine completed her 70 hour Tapasya Hot Training with Kristin Campbell at Bambu Hot Yoga in 2015. Justine then deepened her practice by traveling to the Baja in Mexico to complete her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Christopher Perkins and Nicolina Sandstedt at Yandara Yoga Institute. Justine teaches students to connect with themselves and discover what rests within.
Amanda Hindley R.Ac RYT
Amanda discovered her passion for human movement at a very young age through the art of dance and a devoted personal yoga and meditation practice. She had the opportunity to dance professionally as she pursued her studies in kinesiology. Upon completing her formal studies she chose to complete her first 500 hr yoga teacher training to complement her Personal Training career. She continued to follow her passion of therapeutic movement and mindfulness through teaching yoga and meditation. She followed that thread and continued to pursue a few more Yoga Teacher Trainings in various styles.
As a life long student she knew it was only a matter of time before she was pursuing studies again. This took her to Massage Therapy school and eventually brought her to Nelson, BC to study Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
She is a graduate from the 3-year Acupuncture program at the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (formerly ACOS). Her approach weaves together the intelligence of human kinetics, the wisdom of yogic traditions and the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine to optimize her patient’s innate capacity to heal. With kindness and compassion she is dedicated to her patients and students in supporting them attain and achieve their optimal quality of life.
When she is not at the clinic or teaching yoga at the studio, she can be found exploring the vast beauty that is the Kootenays. Hiking, camping, and spending days on the beach are among her favourites all alongside her loved ones.
Hannah first found yoga in 2011 when she was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis in her spine. After going through a spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15, she followed the path of yoga for physical, mental and emotional healing. The self love, patience and compassion she began to develop in her own practice was beautifully overwhelming, this then led her to take her 200 hour YTT certification in Vancouver BC in 2015 with Christina Raskin. She is trained specifically in Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Mat Pilates, Shaking Medicine Yoga and both the Chakra System and Ayurvedic Yoga. Hannah's true passion lies in witnessing people slow down and move their body organically. She continues to fall in love with teaching yoga because she gets to witness her students blossom into a state of deep presence, open-hearted curiosity and playfulness on the mat. Her teaching style supports and encourages these aspects of movement. Hannah is in continuous awe of the way the breath can impact and guide us gracefully yet powerfully into surrender, release and the parasympathetic nervous system; rest and digest. Her classes will centre you, challenge you, slow you down, and gift you with a feeling of 'landing home' into your body.
LA's Yoga journey began with traditional Hatha, branching off into Bikram and Ashtanga with mentorship from Sharath Jois. LA is also a long time Vipassana student and brings a meditation component into her classes. LA takes a biopsychosocial approach to teaching, connecting the physical and spiritual through linking pranayama with asana. Her classes will leave you feeling happy and refreshed!
Natasha began her practice eleven years ago. Within her daily yoga practice she developed a deep sense of self awareness, clarity, focus and an outlet to release stagnant energy, emotions, or thoughts that did not serve her. Throughout this time, she recognized her purpose to connect with people through yoga and mindfulness and share the practice and teaching methods with as many people as possible and to pass the torch to those who are ready to embody the practice of yoga, reap its benefits and share it with others on and off the mat.
Her belief is based on her own experience with yoga's transformative abilities that lead her to expand her knowledge through Absolute Yoga School of Yoga Thailand where she received her RYT 200hr in 2013. Since then she received further training with Noah Maze in Los Angeles and Jonah Kest in Nelson BC and is currently on her path to completion of her 500hr training. Natasha has completed a Vipassana sitting in Java, Indonesia and incorporates what she learnt into her classes as well as into her own practice.
Natasha teaches Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative, Power Yoga, Reformer Pilates, and is a Yoga Alliance certified as E-RYT.
Sophie completed her 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher Training at Bambu Hot Yoga this August, focusing on their Hot Hatha series, Vinyasa, and Core Mobility for functional movement. Sophie loves the holistic philosophy of yoga for embodiment, health, wellness, and mindfulness, and how much happiness and balance it brings into her daily life. Sophie celebrates yoga for every body and is passionate about creating an inclusive, and welcoming space for the community, while honouring yoga’s roots. Yoga has been an integral part of Sophie’s life for 7+ years and she is so excited to be deepening her practice and sharing her new knowledge with you! Outside of the studio you can find Sophie cycling, hiking, skiing & snowboarding, and enjoying everything our beautiful Kootenay’s have to offer!
RYT-200, Front Desk
Chance’s yoga journey began about five years ago when she was introduced to the practice by her mother and mentor, LA Narayan.
Chance finds yoga and meditation to be immensely grounding and gratifying.
This past July (2021) chance completed her 200 hour hot yoga teacher training at BAMBU HOT YOGA, under the guidance of Kaila Kaufmann and Natasha Kaur. Chance’s teaching approach includes, self discovery, and focus on breath work, through intuitive moving meditation and introspection.