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The owner of Essential Yoga Studio, Francesca teaches a unique style of yoga that reflects her 25 years of learning and practicing. Francesca studied at Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore with Pattabhi Jois, Shiva Rea and is constantly innovating and progressing her skills. Francesca is an E-RYT 200 and E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, has Senior Teacher status through Yoga BC, and has her Aerial Training certification with Unnata as well as her Critical Alignment Certification with Gert Van Leeuwen.  In addition, Francesca has also studied Buddhism and has a certificate in life coaching.

I am a scorpio
I am a good friend
I am a friend,wife and mother
I am an animal lover
I am loyal
I need to get outside as much as possible
I drink a lot of coffee and sometimes tequila
I use my breathe to meditate
I love teaching yoga, even after 25 years of doing so
I use Dr. Bronner's on my skin
I love Fernie, this community is healing and provides a connected experience every day.
I don't care if you know the difference between your chakras and your doshas
I don't care if you can’t do yoga “good”
Show me your fears and your stories
Show me how kind to yourself you are.
Things you may not know about me: I swear a lot. I have an alter ego named Svetlana. I like to dress up in costumes. I eat everything-I'm not vegan or sugar-free. I don't let labels determine who I am. 
This studio is my community, my happy place.
Meditation is my religion
Transformation through yoga is magic.
That's who I am, that's what I do.
I am Francesca.