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

Begin your day focusing on movement with breath. Create space in the body which permits increased energy flow. Feel the calm sense of clarity that practising yoga gives you. Gently push yourself to the edge of your practice wherever that might be and most of all, enjoy!

Carol strives to teach a class that is safe, focusing on modifications necessary for building strength, flexibility, alignment, and balance.

She has taught school for 30 years, dance for 10 years and yoga for 4 years.


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, Somatics, Biomechanics, Pilates and Barre. 


Claire Curtis


Richard Hudspith

Personal Fitness Trainer

Claire is owner and operator of TLC. She is a qualified Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist & Behaviour Change Coach with a PhD in Sport & Exercise Science. She loves to empower individuals to live healthy lifestyles through good nutrition, moving often (and well) and feeling good about themselves. 

​She is passionate about working with clients who want to develop strength, mobility and balance to enhance their ability to function in daily life and improve their posture; use physical activity to help manage an existing health condition such as back pain, arthritis, diabetes, depression & anxiety; and improve the way they feel about themselves and flourish in life.

Somatic Educator

Richard has taught for over 20 years in a variety of educational, coaching and counselling environments. He also spent 4 years living and traveling through Asia studying theatre, meditation, and various forms of dance and movement.

He was introduced to Applied Somatics by Andrew Teufel, who has been a guiding force in his Somatic journey.  Richard has studied with Andrew since 2001 and completed his Applied Somatic Education Training., as well as a variety of Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Richard brings a positive and inquisitive approach to class, encouraging students to explore their range of comfort and move mindfully within it