Kelly-Ann La Sirena
I am a mermaid gypsea yogini. I love to travel, swim, surf and SUP. I teach athletic alignment based Hatha flow yoga and Yin yoga classes on land; and Stand Up Paddleboard yoga classes on the water. I was first introduced to SUP in 2010 while working as a sea kayak guide for Pender Island Kayak Adventures. I was instantly hooked on SUP and the rest is… well… HISTORY! My yoga journey began in 2012 when I was going through a rather stressful break-up. Physical movement seemed to be the only remedy to move those painful emotions out of my body. I had always been active- trained for triathlons and open water swimming- but these were very solitary activities. Yoga provided a connection: breath to body; body to movement and furthermore a community connection to others; synchronistic movement as a group; a collective breath; a shared space where each of us individually on our mats experience an energetic flow as one. Yoga helped me navigate the emotional stress of the breakup and inspired me to want to learn more and to help others. This lead to my “Mermaid Voyage” (aka mid-life crisis) where I quit my job, packed my surf boards, my dog and my VW van and drove to Baja Mexico for my yoga teacher training... well... I made it! There and back! And since then my voyage continues... and so does my love affair with MEXICO!
My Yoga Training and experience so far:
-200Hr YTT Yandara Yoga Institute
-30Hr SUP YTT Paddle Into Fitness with Gillian Gibree
-Aquamat Liquid Fit & Yoga Instructor Training with Kristy Wright Schell
-60Hr Yin YTT with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts
-10 day Vipassana (silent meditation) Damma Kunja
-Advanced Thai Yoga Massage training with Navina Thai Yoga Therapy
-Yogahour teacher training with Moksana Yoga
-Aguahara water dance and movement therapy
-YogaDetour teachers immersion with Cecily Milne
-Surf Beach Lifeguard training with Salvavidas Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca Mexico
My passion is in hosting retreats; connecting with others through conscious conversation and collective movement. I want to share with you what I love and what makes me feel good and inspire you to discover the mermaid within.
"Let the beauty of what we love be what we do" ~Rumi
Pender Island, British Columbia
Picture Perfect Pender Island BC - is actually two islands- North and South; And is part of the Canadian Southern Gulf Islands in the Straight of Georgia; Situated between Vancouver on the mainland and Victoria on Vancouver Island. Easily accessed by BC Ferries from Tsawwassen on the mainland or Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Also connected by daily float plane service by Sea Air Seaplanes to Richmond South Terminal at YVR.
I Am Mermaid Paddle Yoga floating yoga studio launches its SUP lessons and classes from any sheltered bay on the Penders such as Medicine Beach, Thieves Bay Marina, Hope Bay, Gowland Point on South Pender and even Magic Lake. The weekend Retreats are hosted at Mermaid's Rest Guesthouse on North Pender Island and the land based yoga classes are held at Mermaid's Rest Home Studio and outdoors in the summer at the Magic Lake Swimming Hole park.
Some of my favorite businesses on the Penders are listed here:
(At the Weekend Retreats you'll get to sample most of these!)
Pender Island Farmer's Market
Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
Twin Island Cidery
Eclectic Island Girls Boutique
Nu to Yu community thrift store
The Woods- Coffee + Kitchen
Gather Teahouse and Stage
Southridge Country Store
Slow Coast Cafe
Poet's Cove Resort
Port Browning Marina and Pub