Our Teachers

We have an amazing family of  wonderful teachers to help support you on your journey.

Amber Young / Nidhan Dayal Kaur

Amber YoungAmber first stepped foot on a yoga mat in 1997, and in that moment truly felt her first breath. In April of 2018 Amber transitioned into ownership at Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness (previously operating under Rising Sun Yoga).  Amber counts her blessings every day for carrying the torch forward for this amazing studio and it’s beautiful community, committing even deeper to her yogic path and to being of service.

Yoga in all of its incredible forms, has changed her life. She has been an avid student of many different types of yoga and meditation (yin, kripalu,restorative, hatha, kundalini, vipassana, and mindfulness techniques) . In 2001, she was first introduced to Kundalini yoga in Vancouver at Yoga West and was deeply moved by the experience. In the spring of 2016, Amber became fully certified as a K.R.I. international level 1 Kundalini teacher, and has since completed her training in restorative yoga and various other continuing education courses.

Yoga is not just a practice on her mat, but rather a way of life; reminding her every day (especially as a mom of two beautiful boys) the importance of self care and living with compassion, a message she brings to her teaching.

Amber has a strong anatomical background as she has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2004, with a special emphasis on women’s health and the mind body connection. Amber has also been teaching women’s breast health workshops since 2007 working to empower women in their bodies. She hopes to make yoga more accessible in our community.

She feels in this human experience we should all have the space to safely discover ourselves in mind, body and spirit, and she looks forward to supporting you on your journey within.

Amber teaches our Restorative Tuesday class, our early rise and stretch classes, and our Saturday morning Kundalini class. She is also part of our Friday bliss rotation teaching team. Amber teaches workshops on mindfulness, breast health, as well she co facilitates Relaxation and Renewal workshops with Margie, where they combine a beautiful yin and restorative practice.

Mary Biggs

Mary BiggsMary has enjoyed a successful career as an international educator with extensive teaching experience at primary and secondary levels as well as in the corporate world. An avid traveler, she has sailed around the world on a tall ship and has managed complex educational projects in many regions of the world. Most recently, Mary has held the position of Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

Mary is a fully certified K.R.I. International Level 2 Instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She has completed yin training with Paul Grilley’s master teacher, Joe Barnett.

Her teaching includes corporate yoga and wellness seminars. Mary is a passionate advocate of the power of Kundalini Yoga to promote personal transformation, physical healing, spiritual growth and inner peace and contentment.

Mary teaches our Monday night Kundalini yoga.

Jennifer Gough Irvine

Jennifer Gough Irvine, yoga instructorAfter graduating and working as a registered nurse for 5 years, Jenny was blessed with the birth of her first son and being introduced to yoga.

After practicing yoga for ten years, of various styles, Bikrham, Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga, Jenny felt it was time to take the next step in her spiritual journey. Jenny was led to do her yoga teacher training with Swami Vishnu Yoga Center taught by Nitya Sadhana Kudir.

With the teachings in Sivanada yoga, Jenny has found that her regular yoga practice has brought her to a place of peace and harmony within. Jenny looks forward to guiding her class to a place of exploring themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Namaste.

Jenny teaches our Tuesday and Thursday morning Hatha classes.

Margie Hill

Margie came to yoga many years ago as a way of finding inner peace in a busy life. She has always believed that we evolve and grow as we age, becoming more deeply ourselves, more radiant and vibrant as we move through the seasons of our lives. Yoga is a perfect vehicle to carry us through our days, seasons and years.

She received her teacher training in Kundalini Yoga 5 years ago and later her Yin Yoga teacher training. These practices have been integral in her personal journey to wholeness. Her teaching is an expression of her ever deepening personal practice and she finds great joy in guiding people to that beautiful place of stillness within where all their wisdom lies.

Margie co-teaches (with Amelia) our Thursday afternoon gentle yoga class, as well as our Thursday night Yin class.

Margie also co-facilitates Relax and Renew workshops with Amber, where they combine a beautiful yin and restorative practice.

Amelia Ah You

Amelia Ah YouAmelia’s practice is guided by an inner quiet and visualization of a balanced and healthy body; the mind is calmed by the breath; transformation within is cultivated by meditation in stillness and through gentle movements.

On and off the yoga mat, she adheres to the principals of non-harming and through mindful awareness of the whole self.

She is a lover of physical fitness and of the outdoors and a student of Tai Chi and Qigong. Yoga is a natural and perfect complement in her practice as a visual artist and house design consultant.

Amelia co-teaches (with Margie) our Thursday afternoon gentle yoga class, as well as our Thursday night Yin class.

Lynne Jenkins

Lynne JenkinsLynne has been in the fitness industry since mid 1980s. Teaching everything from aerobics to Pilates and everything in between. When she finds something she is passionate about she gets the education needed to teach it and spread the passion around. Lynne took her first Kundalini Yoga class in January of 2014 and hasn’t looked back, she was instantly hooked.

Lynne has volunteered for the last 10 years with Coast to Coast Against Cancer participating in cycling events to raise funds and awareness for kids cancer. She is now a fully certified cancer coach.

Lynne is married with four children and one grandchild. She also has a beautiful German Shepherd named Clifford. Life is Good! Sat Nam

Lynne teaches our Monday noon hour pilates class, our Wednesday noon hour kundalini class, as well she is part of our Friday morning bliss rotation teaching team. Lynne is also a personal trainer at the Almonte Fitness Centre.

Kat Fournier

Kat FournierKat was fortunate to find yoga when she was quite young; she was 12 when her mother brought her to a “mother and daughter” yoga class at her gym. Kat was immediately intoxicated by it, and continued to find a home in her yoga practice. Yoga has helped her carve a path inward and is an endlessly inspiring journey.

Kat loves many forms of yoga including Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar. She teaches a Hatha-inspired practice that includes plenty of flowing vinyasa, power yoga, and breathing techniques. For Kat, becoming a yoga teacher is about about sharing the magic of the practice with others who are seeking it out to heal, soothe, and strengthen their minds and bodies.

Kat recently became the mom of a beautiful little boy, her journey of motherhood has opened up a deeper perspective and wisdom which she brings to her teaching and ability to support her students. Kat continues to hone her personal practice and teaching practice, with one eye on anatomy, form and the other on meditation. She loves to practice balancing on her hands, and especially loves the Wheel. She is excited to guide you in your practice at whatever stage you’re at, offering modifications and support!

Kat is on a temporary leave from teaching, we look so forward to her return.  We’ll keep you posted.

Lindsey Lambden

Lindsey LambdenLindsey is no stranger to the classroom. With her love of traveling and gaining new experiences, she officially began her teaching journey in South Korea as an ESL teacher. During her time in South Korea, she began doing yoga on a regular basis. Recognizing the profoundly positive effects it had on her and its ability to alleviate stress, she knew she’d found a new love!

One decade later, she decided to immerse herself into Yoga Teacher Training under the guise of Louise Cameron. Over the past many years, she has continued to integrate her love for physical activity, drama and dance into her teaching practices. She particularly loves creating a fun, safe and energetic atmosphere in which her students feel comfortable and are able to deeply explore their own amazing strengths, abilities and limits.

In the winter of 2016, while 8 months pregnant, Lindsey graduated from the YTT as a Hatha instructor. She is thrilled to continue her yoga journey, as a teacher, and always, a student. Namaste

Lindsey teaches our Tuesday night Hatha Mixer class, as well as our special family yoga classes (with Amber)

Ashley Killeen

Ashley KilleenAshley brings to her teaching an incredibly calm presence. She knows when she rolls out her own mat and settles into a class it immediately calms and centers her, she strives to bring that to all the classes she teaches.

Ashley tries not to take things to seriously but also to give the practice the reverence and respect it deserves, It’s all about balance. You get from yoga what you need, not what you think you need, Ashley gives her students a calm, comfortable space to allow you to experience your yoga – whatever that looks like for YOU.

Ashley is incredibly compassionate and really cares about connection and supporting community. She makes it one of her missions to build, value and nourish her own community which is a thread you will feel in her classes.

Ashley teaches our Sunday morning Slow Flow class.

Simonne LaRonde

Simonne La RondeSimonne first experienced Kundalini yoga in 2011 at an open house held at Rising Sun (now Surya Daya), she fell in love and immediately signed up for more. Each class brought her deeper within herself and she developed a strong desire to learn more about yoga, the Kundalini teachings and yogic philosophy.

In 2016, she completed her International KRI Level 1 Teacher Training and became a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

In addition to her teaching, Simonne leads meditations in a corporate setting. Since 2017 she has been assisting with the Level 1 Teacher Training program at PranaShanti in Ottawa, sharing her knowledge and personal experience with current and future teachers.

Simonne is part of our Friday morning kundalini bliss class rotation.  She also offers different series, and workshops with us.

Vichardeep Kaur

Vichardeep Kaur, yoga instructorVichardeep Kaur came to yoga to find deeper meaning in life and a deeper connection to herself. She knew from her first yoga class that she had found exactly what she was looking for and that she was meant to be a teacher of yoga.

Since 2013, she has studied many different styles of yoga such as Hatha and Yin and it was when she came to Kundalini Yoga that she felt the awakening of her heart.  In 2016, Vichardeep followed her interest in gaining a deeper understanding of pregnancy and birth and started her Doula training.

She combines her heart wisdom with her extensive training to support individuals through some of the most transformational stages of life through yoga. Her teaching style matches the energy of the room. She senses the room while also bringing humour, lightness and encouragement of being present in the practice. She is always learning more about yoga and in turn learning more about herself. Experience her classes and you will feel her passion and love for this practice through her teachings.

Vichardeep teaches our 7:30 pm Monday night Yin class.  She is also part of our Friday morning Kundalini Yoga bliss teacher rotation.

Gillian White

Gillian White, yoga instructorGillian first started practicing yoga over ten years ago to help with ongoing back pain, but as the back pain lessened she discovered other benefits as well – everything from dealing with small injuries, all the way to working through the challenges like anxiety and depression.

Like so many of us, Gillian balances a busy home life and career, and yoga helps her find the calm inside the storm.

Gillian designs her yoga classes to help her students do the same.

You will occasionally find Gillian subbing some of our regular classes, she is an amazing support. We look forward to have her join our weekly schedule!