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Our Teachers

The dedicated staff at KaliYoga  are a big part of why we have become such a well-recognized Yoga Studio. Their commitment, drive and passion are at the forefront of all that they do. Meet some of our team members below.


Carol Clausen

Yoga Instructor

Carol is originally from Saskatoon. She began dancing at age five, teaching dance when she was fifteen and earned her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Ballet certificate at age eighteen.

She taught elementary school in Saskatchewan for thirty years and relocated to Vancouver Island when she retired.

Carol’s yoga practice began in 1998. Initially she trained in the Ashtanga style, then expanded her knowledge to include restorative, hatha and yin. In 2018 she took her yoga teacher training locally and began teaching at Kali Yoga Studio. Carol strives to teach a class that is safe, focusing on modifications necessary for

building strength, flexibility, alignment and balance.


Nicola Cusi

Founder & Owner of

KaliYoga Studio

Born in Austria, Nicola has lived  in Austria, Sweden,  France and Canada.

After a one year travel through North and Central America she settled on beautiful Vancouver Island where she continued teaching Yoga and practicing  herbal medicine.

In September 2009 she founded “KaliYoga Studio” in the heart of Shawnigan Lake, BC.
In addition, Nicola  offers her services in the community to local schools, nursing homes, and health centres.

Her Yoga background comes from over 30 years of practicing, studying,  and teaching of Hatha Yoga, Flow Yoga, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga, AcroYoga, Yin Yoga, Biomechanics, Pilates and Barre. 


Richard Hudspith

Somatics   Instructor

Richard brings a positive and inquisitive approach to class, encouraging students to explore their range of comfort and move mindfully within it. He inspires students to be present while they practice; to be aware of how they are breathing and moving and to sense how they feel before and after each practice. This helps students develop a greater degree of sensory motor awareness in their body.

Richard believes that when students learn and understand how their muscles function, they are able to bring ease to their nervous system, experience comfort and re-condition a new normal. With this knowledge, they can become self-sustaining in their own body, learn to walk with SWAG and put some FUNC back in their life!

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