Welcome to Bend Over Backwards!

We are located in the Old City Quarter of Nanaimo at Wesley Square
#106-335 Wesley St.

Bend Over Backwards is a yoga studio located in the Old City area of Nanaimo. We offer yoga classes & workshops to all ages and abilities. 

Through this website you can learn about Iyengar Yoga, meet our instructors, find some of Kelly's mindful living articles and also listen to the archive of Kelly's radio shows from CHLY. 

Contact us to find out more about getting your foot in the door. 

home-bullets-1.jpgYoga in the Iyengar tradition. 
For all levels including those with physical limitations.

home-bullets-2.jpgHighly skilled teachers. 
Iyengar Yoga teachers train for over 1000 hours before certification.

home-bullets-3.jpgNanaimo's longest-running Yoga studio. 
Rooted in the ancient yogic teachings.

home-bullets-4.jpgDriven by social justice. 
From monthly by-donation Peace Practices to 150+ free yoga podcasts, we're taking yoga off the mat.

Latest News & classes

Upcoming Schedule Feb 27 to Apr 23, 2023

Registration opens February 19


Openings for Physical and Mental Well Being
Join Teresa Teresa Stanley, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, as we explore the physical, mental and emotional benefits of Hip and Heart opening poses.

Hip and Heart openers are vital for any yoga practice. Physically, they are beneficial for improving flexibility in the spine, rib cage, and hips, promoting better posture, energy, mobility, breathing and overall wellness.

Mental health can improve as both hip and heart openers allow our bodies to release negative emotions and free ourselves from their grip, thus becoming more open to positive feelings for ourselves and others.

Begins Friday, March 3, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 pm
7 week series - $98
(No class April 7)


Introduction to Iyengar Yoga - LEVEL 1 CLASS
Saturday 9 – 10 am

This class is for you if you are a beginner to Yoga or coming back after a long period of absence from yoga, or perhaps you are new to Iyengar Yoga.

with Annette Whiteley begins Feb 25
4-week series $56
with Deanne Orrell begins March 25
5-week series $70

(no class April 8)

Deepen Your Practice - LEVEL 2,3 CLASS
Saturday 2 to 4 pm

with Deanne Orrell
Returns April 1, 2023
4 week series - $72
(no class April 8)
This class is designed for a deeper experience through a longer practice session. Explore ways to further develop postures including inversions and backbends. For students with previous yoga experience required.