Angie Ackerman, Director of Education and Standards



Angie Ackerman, E-RYT500, is a senior yoga teacher with 20 years of ongoing practice, study, and training in various styles of Hatha and Raja yoga. She has been teaching yoga full-time for 13 years and training yoga instructors for 10. Her vision is that teaching yoga will become a respected profession, not a pastime. Angie believes yoga should be safe and accessible for everyone, and that the responsibility of instructors is to provide a safe place for people to find themselves. To that end, standards that promote and ensure high-quality teachers (who offer a safe and effective practice) will be her top priority.

Angie fully believes in YogaBC’s Vision and Mission:

“I would like to use my vast knowledge and experience with tried and true methods to establish a supportive, inclusive community with colleagues and students alike. I am excited about the opportunity to support my colleagues, community, and most importantly, yoga for the people!”


Atta Emami, President


Atta’s yoga journey started over 20 years ago as part of a preparation course for a meditation retreat. He’s been a student of yoga ever since. His passion for leadership development and better understanding of the human potential led him on a self-developmental journey that resulted in studying coaching through Integral Coaching Canada® where he received his master coaching certificate. With a deep desire to serve the community he lives in, and with the support of yogis and yoginis within the community, he co-founded Om Prem Yoga Studio in West Vancouver in the spring of 2012. Atta teaches Restorative, Gentle Hatha, Purna and classical Hatha (alignment-based) classes. He also offers one-on-one and group leadership, and life coaching to clients around the world. 

Meet your Board!

Thank you for making the 2015 YogaBC AGM a success! We have learned a lot over the last year, and the Board of Directors is looking forward to collaborating with you in 2016, and beyond. Each one is experienced, passionate, and ready to push the envelope! In the meantime, please take a moment to become acquainted with them.