542 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 2J4, ca

(250) 218-5808

Holy Cow Yoga Studio

Our Philosophy


At Holy Cow Yoga we believe in living life mindfully, passionately, and with true vitality. We believe in living well, not just for ourselves, but for the greater global community. Everything we do is to help you attain a more joyful, peaceful, and vital life.

We live the teachings of yoga philosophy. Every aspect of our studio, policies, services, and community relationships are shaped by the yamas and niyamas of the yogic path. As a result, everything we are is built upon a foundation of conscious, compassionate, and skillful living, with fair and equal treatment for all.

We believe in the strength of community, working in alliance with the wider circle of local medical and health practitioners. Our integrated community approach allows rehabilitation students to receive the most comprehensive and effective support possible along the road to recovery.

The Yamas and Niyamas
The yamas (moral restraints) and niyamas (moral observances) are the ten ethical guidelines that directs all aspect of living on the yogic path. They are the foundation of skillful living.

The 5 Yamas are:
Ahimsa (nonviolence)
Satya (truthfulness)
Asteya (non-stealing)
Brahmacharya (moderation)
Aparigraha (non-hoarding)

The 5 Niyamas are:
Saucha (purity)
Santosha (contentment)
Tapas (self-discipline)
Svadhyaya (self-study)
Ishvara Pranidhana (self-surrender)

Our Tribe of teachers

Joyce Dawn Ryckman M.H., C.H.T.


Owner, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, & Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Joyce is a certified Yoga teacher with a love for Vinyasa and teaching around the world. She found Yoga and meditation after falling deeply in love with helping people find strength and self empowerment through the strength within their body. Additionally, Joyce has a strong background in personal training, martial arts and as a health and fitness coach. Her classes focus on building strength, flexibility and balance both on and off the mat. She has integrated yoga and meditation into her care beyond just the physical, by helping calm the mind and find peace for those amongst chaotic minds. Joyce has a warm, playful teaching style encouraging her students to heal their minds and bodies through the joy of movement and play.

Joyce graduated through the IMDHA (International Medical and Dental Association) as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. 



Tori has had an ongoing love affair with yoga since 2012. She is a 500hr RYT. Her love for the practice brought her to travel to India where she did her first 200hr training in Hatha in 2016. Since then she's traveled back every year to India to further her studies, practice and to teach. She has also completed a 300hr training in Vinyasa and has her level 1 in Kundalini. The transformation that yoga has brought in Tori's body both physically and mentally is something that has been life changing for her and that she feels called to share. Tori is honoured to teach yoga and spread its light with you.

Elyse Archer


Elyse is a grateful Yogi who is passionate about love and connection. She is a human who has devoted her life to healing and consciousness development through multiple avenues and modalities. She believes that once we are able to heal and come into our oneness individually, we extend that growth to the collective, the one interconnected consciousness. Her goal is to love all parts of herself and inspire others to graciously join her. She wants to illuminate all humanity with breath and unconditional acceptance through Yoga as a union, the way she interprets this life practice. She consciously moves her breath through her body, tethering it to movement and allowing it to ground and support her to this magical earth.

Jayleen A Turner


Hatha Flow Teacher

Beginning her yoga journey in 2012, Jayleen really found her passion for yoga while traveling Australia in 2013. A 30 day Moksha hot yoga challenge solidified a decision to certify as a yoga trainer herself. In the foothills of the Himalayas, Jayleen completed her first intensive 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth over a 6½ weeks. Training continued shortly after, and in July of 2015 she completed a Moksha 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Kelowna. In the last year, Jayleen has been drawn to Vinyasa flow, Yin and SUP yoga. To say Jayleen is dynamic in her ability and training is an understatement!

Kelsey Dawn


 Kelsey is a 500hr RYT Yoga Instructor, Shamanic Healing Practitioner, Ceremonialist and Life Coach. Her passion for yoga started in the 8th grade due to challenges with her spine and alignment. After trying many different clinical treatments yoga is what supported her to re-align her body, mind and spirit to allow for the healing to fully happen. This opened the gateway to other ways of healing. As she stepped more fully into this calling she was opened to the teachings and lineages of the great yogi’s of India and now the wisdom of the Q’ero Shamans of Peru. In her classes you can expect to be held in a loving, sacred, safe space. It is her intention to open up the doorway for your growth and healing through breath work, sound, mantra, postures and a connection with nature. As yoga is to weave, you will build a strong inner landscape through the connection of mind, body and spirit. From this weaving your innate power is illuminated and radiates outwards. Shine on Yogins, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti!

Ma Mansi



Ma Mansi is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki master, Life&Business Coach.
Mansi is has her First Level in Kundalini Yoga and currently pursuing Level 2 (500 hours). She has an education  in business administration, thus combining it with the knowledge of  yoga for life and business coaching. 

Mansi  has been on her conscious journey for over a decade. Kundalini Yoga has  become an essential part of her life bringing depth of inner  connection, joy, clarity and containment. She is a Gong player, which brings healing to the whole Nervous System.
She is also passionate about serving Women and their Femininity through various practices for women’s  empowerment.
Her classes are filled with love, gentleness and stability. Bringing the teachings of Yoga in an understandable way.

Mansi is constantly traveling the world, experiencing life and expanding her knowledge of yoga and meditation.

Sarah Meredith


My name is Sarah Meredith I have been passionate about health and exercise for most of my life. While playing varsity soccer I specialized in Sport, Heath and Physical education and then went on to becoming a certified teacher. Due to injuries I sustained, in soccer I began to explore and become passionate about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. This lead me to India, where I completed my 200 hour multi style yoga teacher training, with a focus on Hatha and Ashtanga. My interest is in flow yoga, guiding the body through a workout with a focus on technique, alignment and healing while calming the mind. I have a relaxed, calming teaching style and I like to create a fun and upbeat environment.

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"I am a mother, an artist, an outdoor enthusiast and a Blissology-inspired Yoga Instructor living in the Comox Valley. I enjoy climbing rocks, riding bikes, and hiking mountains. I love movement that makes me feel alive, especially movement in wild, inspiring places. I value opportunities that allow for growth. I find these opportunities in nature, on my yoga mat, and in life in general.  My yoga journey started more as a means to improve my rock climbing abilities; to infuse more strength and flexibility into my climbing. As yoga does, when you commit time towards the practice, many layers of positive health benefits for body & mind started to show up in my daily life and help with so much more than I had originally expected. I chilled out more easily. I felt clearer, and more mindful. My yoga practice offers up the opportunity to check in with myself; to learn and grow through challenge and simply be with whatever is that day. In the Spring of 2016 I travelled to Bali to study and train with Eoin Finn, and the Blissology Yoga crew. I completed my 200hr YTT with Blissology Yoga in 2016. In the summer of 2016 I completed an advanced training with Eoin Finn in Tofino called "Yogic By Nature". We dove deep into yoga philosophy, connection with the natural world and meditation techniques. I was invited back to Bali in the Spring of 2017 to complete my "Blissology YTT Assistant" certificate. This was an incredible experience, as I helped teach and assist the new Blissology students. In the summer of 2017 I had the pleasure of assisting Eoin at Wanderlust in Whistler.  Blissology Yoga stands rooted in the philosophies of love & connection, and striving to always deepen these connections we share with our communities and the earth. We practice a beautiful, alignment based class, while making time to also connect with each other.  I am so excited to be able to spread these teachings and amazing vibes throughout our community here in the Comox Valley. Classes will be open to all levels of experience. We keep it real, we connect, we learn and we grow.  Hope to see you in the studio!"



Samantha recently moved to the Valley from the East Coast, where she practices Reiki, Mindfulness and Yoga everyday with her family. Her four legged friends Aurora and Kratos enjoy the occasional down dog as well.
Samantha began her own physical yoga practice about eleven years ago, when she realized the positive impact it had on the way she was thinking, speaking , eating and moving through her day to day life, she knew she wanted to share this with others.
Samantha began her yoga teacher training with Breathing Space out of Halifax in 2014 and has since continued her learning and shared her teachings in schools and various studios on the East Coast and now in our space at Holy Cow, a space she describes as  Peaceful and At Home.

Christina Roersma


Christina Roersma has thru personal experience has seen and felt the benefits from a yoga practice. Due to this she decided to add it to her Wholistic practice as a teacher to continue to help others. She is a passionate soul full of knowledge. As she continues to Strengthen and Stetch herself come join in and support each other in this island life  

Leah Woodrow

Founder of the holy cow yoga studio

Founder of holy cow yoga studio