Yoga Chapel Staff

 
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Rev. Bethel Lee
Founder of Yoga Chapel
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Born in beloved Seoul, Korea, Bethel has pilgrimaged across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, but has always had a heart-connection with the West Coast. She lives in Vancouver with her soulmate David, their son Moses and his furry sibling Chance.


Bethel Lee earned her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, an advocate for neurodiverse families, and an actor.

After attaining her 200-Hour Hatha Teacher Certification through Open Source Yoga in Vancouver, BC, Bethel has continued advanced training for her 500-Hour Certification through Semperviva Yoga College, specializing in Yin, Vinyasa, Prenatal and Kundalini yoga. She loves designing classes that are creative, incorporating various styles and approaches, while remaining sensitive to anatomy because she believes that participants should be both challenged and empowered.

Bethel is deeply grateful to the United Church of Canada's New Ministries Foundation, the Davey Family Endowment Fund, the Leadership Endowment Fund and the Kingscourt United Church Endowment Fund, which empowered the dream of Yoga Chapel to become a living, breathing reality.

Bethel is on sabbatical, starting July 2021. 

 
Rev. Lauren Hodgson
Yoga and Spirituality Lead
Toronto, ON (Canada)

Lauren was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and although she’s now lived away from the West Coast for more than a decade, her heart will always have a special place beside the ocean. After travelling and living in India, Eastern Africa, and Europe, Lauren’s studies took her to Toronto, ON, where she planted roots after graduation from seminary and ordination. She now lives near Toronto’s Beaches with her wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Ruby.


Lauren Hodgson earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies and Art History from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and her Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. She is an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada currently serving St. Matthew’s United Church in Toronto, as well as the United Church of Canada’s Edge Network as a New Ministry Animator.

Lauren began practicing yoga regularly as a teenager and immediately fell in love with yoga’s unity of breath, movement, and meditation. In 2008, she travelled to India where she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training through the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Kerala. Lauren has a passion for creating sacred spaces, and she brings this deep love to each and every yoga class she leads–crafting room for the Spirit’s play and creativity.

 
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Alexandra Belaskie
Lead Developer
Toronto, ON (Canada)

Alexandra was born and raised in Texas and England, before arriving in Canada in 2007 and deciding to stay. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Anthropology, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies. During and after grad school, three big things happened that shifted Alexandra’s life around- she decided to focus her research on mental well-being as it relates to our environments, she returned to the church after having been away for a decade, and she went to work in Malawi, where the heart of life was in community and faith. Together, these experiences set her on a new path focused on connection, building community, and living a more authentic, holistic life with each other and the world. After returning from Malawi in 2016, she started working for EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development with The United Church of Canada in business and ministry support.

Alexandra has always felt a strong connection between faith, her physical self, and her environments. At the beginning of the pandemic, she redefined her intention by started a daily yoga and meditation practice, that then led to exploring how she could support others in their spiritual journey. Bringing together her experience in ministry development and her personal practice, Alexandra looks forward to supporting the Yoga Chapel community.