Posted by: Editor | May 16, 2010

These are the People in Your Neighbourhood – Part 2 continues a  featured series entitled “These are the People in Your Neighbourhood“. In this edition, Esquimalt Residents Association Co-Chair Beth Burton-Krahn profiles the owner of one of Esquimalt’s newest local businesses, Westside Yoga Studio. You can read the previous entry in this series by clicking here. If you would like to contribute a community profile about an individual, group, organization, or business in Esquimalt, please send your ideas to

Flexibility, Serenity, & Good Karma Helps Esquimalt Super-Mom to Succeed

– By Beth Burton-Krahn, Esquimalt Residents Association (ERA)

I recently had a chance to catch up with busy working-Mom and local businesswoman, Megan Tomlinson. Megan is the proprietor of the Westside Yoga Studio, located at #103-1249 Esquimalt Road.

Super-Mom Megan Tomlinson of Westside Yoga Studio

If you have not had the chance to check-out the studio, I highly encourage you to do so.  Megan is a skilled, compassionate teacher and offers the teaching of yoga as a way for us to connect mind and body and spirit. 

Megan started yoga in the late 1990’s as a way to reduce stress.  She was working for Levi Strauss in Calgary doing marketing, and Levi Strauss offered classes to their employees to help them deal with stress.  She was hooked.  Her career at Levi Strauss finished and she pursued Yoga teacher training when her and her husband moved back to Victoria.  She completed her training in 2005 and began teaching throughout the city.

Megan was teaching classes out of the Esquimalt Rec Centre and during that time, her and her husband were looking to settle down and they chose our great community to lay down roots.  We talked about the misperceptions “out there” that plague our little community and she said that she finds Esquimalt to be the exact opposite of anything she has ever heard.  She delights in the sense of community found here, the abundance of green space and parks and the friendliness of the residents. 

In October of 2009, Megan decided to open West Side Yoga Studio and has watched as it has grown steadily.  New faces show up daily for the abundant choices of classes offered at the studio.  Megan wants to be part of the exciting positive changes happening in our community and she is delighted that the Studio has a loyal and growing following.  She is offering more and more classes each month:  Fertitily Yoga,  Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Flow Yoga, Teen and Kids classes, and, starting at the end of May, the studio will offer a Plus-Size yoga class.

In the summer, West Side Yoga will offer two, one-week intensive workshops aimed at kids and teens.  She would love to grow a strong yoga community among the teens of Esquimalt.  The kids classes that currently run are already full!  There are Karma Yoga days offered by donation, on Sundays from 9:30-10:45am.  These classes give newly trained teachers the opportunity to hone their teaching skills.  The money donated goes to the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House.

It’s clear by now that there are too many details to list in this article so I’ll encourage you to check out all the details and class offerings at the West Side website, and try a class for yourself!  You’ll be happy you did!

Esquimalt Review contributor Beth Burton-Krahn is a founding member of the Esquimalt Residents Association who works as a cognitive therapist and counselor, helping people with a variety of life issues.


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