Our Staff

Alison Heard — Desk Manager

I came across Hemma 8 years ago, by accident, when I was living near and attending Camosun College. One cold, fall night I was driving through Fairfield when I noticed a warm orange glow radiating from the upcoming intersection. “What is that place?” I wondered. As I sat at the stop sign peering over at Hemma I realized it was a yoga studio and community acupuncture clinic. I pulled over and decided to see what it was all about. Immediately when I walked through the doors I was struck with a sense of warmth and belonging, like I was “home”. I came back for class the following week and have been hooked ever since.

I remember always feeling so welcomed by the friendly desk staff and remember thinking “That must be a really great job” …Now, here I am…one of those friendly desk staff and I have to say it is a really great job and I love it.  It is truly rewarding to be a part of hemma and to hold space for your practice, whether that be for yoga or for acupuncture. I am continually inspired by all of you!


Coralie Charland — Desk Staff

When I moved to Victoria in 2012, I was seeking a place to pursue my yoga practice,
a community to feel less far from home, and work to inspire me and remind me to be present… I thought I was asking for too much, but serendipitously, through Hemma, I found all three!

It is a true honour to be holding space for everyone who comes through our door, and I look forward to sharing smiles, conversations, and sighs of post-acupuncture bliss with all of you!


Kate Slade — Desk Staff


The first time I walked through hemma’s door was at a time of deep transition in my life. I took my shoes off, was offered a cup of tea, and was welcomed as if I was a friend in their home. I continued to practice at hemma because of the friendly staff, caring teachers, and the intentional practice I found that I had been craving.

Now, as a front desk staff, it is my pleasure to offer this experience to others and support a vision to make yoga and acupuncture more accessible in our community. It is an honour to hold space for others in my community and support their practice and healing in this way. Almost every day, I have an “I love hemma moment.” I’d love to hear what yours are!


Kelly Yaskiw – Yoga Manager

It is my pleasure to offer support to others in their day and along their path. Working with people and in customer service has been familiar to me for nearly 20 years. Yoga and meditation have been pillars in my life for 15 of those year and these practices guide me again and again to feeling balance. For the past eight years, Hemma has been my second home, my sanctuary, my haven for healing. I am so grateful for all that is offered, enjoyed, and shared within these orange and yellow walls. I look forward to welcoming you into this home we call hemma!




Michael Hall – Owner/Director

For more than twenty years, as both a student and a teacher, I have been immersed in the fields of Acupuncture, Massage, and Yoga.   This focus culminated into hemma in 2007.  Since then my mission has been to foster a neighbourhood business that; provides essential and meaningful health-care, provides meaningful work and employment for staff and providers, and enhances and strengthens the spirit of community and cooperation among all.