Courage to explore. Wisdom to know the way.

Yoga offers a wonderful guide for exploring the self: the vast landscape that is the body, the infinite realms that make up the mind. Yoga offers pathways to physical and mental healing, to self-awareness, to focus, to fun, to contentment. So whether you’re a seasoned voyager or just taking your first few steps, this site offers maps and procedures to make your journey meaningful to you.

Summer 2020: For those local to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, I’ll be starting up Yoga in the Park on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm (weather permitting).



Welcome to the yoga page for Nancy Chenier, Phoenix-Hearted yoga instructor with a background in hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, kundalini, aerial, and restorative forms as well as training in physical fitness.

The strength and agility of the body and mind are gifts that we carry off the mat and into the world, enabling us to face life’s challenges–be they great or mundane–with steadiness and ease. My hope is to nurture those gifts on the mat with mindfulness as well as a sense of joy. Having studied with some incredible teachers in Canada and abroad, I’m honored to be able to share the practice with others.


Beginner’s mind.

Seasoned yogis may have come across the encouragement to embrace the “beginner’s mind” even though you think you know what you’re doing. By coming to the mat with the mindset (re: humility) of a novice, we are more open to learn something we may have missed along the way.

I stumbled into yoga in my twenties, thinking I’d use it as a cool down from “real exercise”. The humility that I should have brought with me to the mat hit me hard in my first vinyasa class. I labored to keep up with the instructor–not at all honoring my limits. Once the sting to the ego subsided (along with the pain in my muscles), I went back. With its intensity and creativity, vinyasa yoga hit my personal 20-something sweet spot. Once I’d embarked on that journey, you couldn’t drag me away from it. Through the different types of yoga and various workshops, I’ve found many chances to be a beginner on the mat and discovered many sweet spots.

This page is my mat. After over twenty years of practice and eight years of teaching, it’s here that I extend my reach in ways I never thought possible.

My mission statement as a yoga instructor has been to spread the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible. Yoga is for everyone: all body types and abilities, all predispositions and ages. It will improve your quality of life, be it on a physical or mental level.  I hope I can help you find your personal sweet spot. Namaste.

2020 & the Tyranny of Should

Here, in the thick of resolution season, the “shoulds” and “should nots” arise to constrict habits and behavior. By the end of the month many of those resolutions fail. We adhere to the “should”, maybe even more strongly than our original standard, then we feel like we “should” stay there or “do better”. Then, if we fail to meet the increasingly unsustainable standards, we punish ourselves with guilt. A build up of guilt often flips to defiance and we abandon the resolution completely.

So how do we navigate this?


This is a contact page with some basic contact information and a contact form.