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Hi, I'm Kendra! (she/her)

What I do:
I am a sādhaka (one who is on the path of self-actualization), yoga grandmaster (in layman's terms I am a yoga teacher's teacher and I am certified to train yoga teachers up to the 500-hour level), 1-on-1 mindfulness coach, and multi-disciplinary artist. I live and work on unceded Coast Salish territory, most often the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaɬ, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Stó:lō people, and teach globally, online.

My work occurs at the intersection of self-liberatory practices and collective well-being.

As a mentor to individual practitioners and yoga teachers: I support the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being and growth of my students through individualized practices and teachings.
As a community organizer who works with organizations of all sizes: I am always striving to create safer spaces for folks who experience marginalization and systemic violence to practice self-liberation.

I strive to combat white supremacy, and the colonization, gentrification, and misappropriation of yoga by keeping it accessible to all and honouring the practices as taught to me by those who have come before. 

What informs my practice:
I am of mixed Afro-Caribbean (Barbadian) and Romani-Hungarian (Magyarországi Romák) heritage, and move through the world as a visibly Black person.  I exist within the margins of queerness and neurodivergence (ADHD) which informs how I both experience the world and navigate it. As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, I bring a particularly compassionate, trauma-informed, and intersectional framework to my practice. With an additional 14 years of experience as a documentary photographer, I have learned to work closely with people in a professional, intimate setting, and use storytelling as a tool for both teaching and expressing what it means to be human.

How am I qualified to do this work?

I began my journey studying and practicing yoga in 2010. In 2017, I travelled to India, to study under Swami Vidyanand, where I was officially initiated into the yogic tradition and received my name Durgaputri.

  • 2017 - 500HR Yoga Teacher Training - Sri Ma School of Transformational Yoga

  • 2019 - 25HR Core Training for Trauma-Informed Yoga - Yoga Outreach

  • 2020 - Yoga Grandmaster Certification - Sri Ma School of Transformational Yoga

  • 2023 - Non-Violent Communication Foundations 1, 2, and 3

Certified and registered with World Yoga Federation & Yoga Alliance of India

I teach a free, adaptable yoga class three days a week for the City of Vancouver at The Gathering Place and have been there since 2019. 

I have created programming which centers on the well-being of survivors of sexual violence for: the University of British Columbia and Capilano University.

I have created educational materials for accessibility in yoga in partnership with Halfmoon, B Yoga, CMMN GRND, Tentree, and Genuine Health.

Board of Directors for ArtSpeak Gallery since 2021, supporting equity, accessibility and policy development.

2023 nominee for YWCA Community Champion Award


Dark Before the Dawn Retreat (Director and Board Chair)

New Seneca Village (returning Healer & Teacher)
Sisters Leading Sisters (returning Healer & Teacher)

BC Teacher's Federation, Boston University, University of British Columbia, Ending Violence BC, The Black Space Symposium, Stonewall Symposium, Rarica Now, Otessa, Groundswell School.

The Narwhal: ‘Purpose and power’: meet 10 BIPOC adventurers challenging ideals of who belongs in the outdoors"


Unbound Community Care: Hope Lauterbach

Daily Hive: Vancouver Neighbours

GUTS Magazine: When I am Weak

Bonolo Podcast: Scarcity Mentality Meets Intentionality

Liberating Yoga Podcast: Kendra Coupland

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Here's what people are saying

Working with Kendra has undeniably changed so many aspects of my yoga practice and my life. She once told me that she finds that students discover her when they need her the most, and while I did not know it at the time, that was absolutely true for me. I thought what I was looking for was a way of doing yoga without the hierarchies of the Iyengar practice and a style of yoga that made space for my spirituality and my traumatized body. What I actually found was therapy for my soul.

On a spiritual level, working with Kendra has truly been therapy for my soul. She offers a level of support for recovering from spiritual abuse and toxicity that I never knew how much I needed until I broke down crying in class at the beauty of it. To be invited to see divinity everywhere, from the rocks to the animals and plants, to even myself - has changed how I view myself, how I show up for those around me - human and otherwise.

This is not to say that working with her is easy - she holds me accountable to my practice - challenging me to show up even when not in class. I can’t bypass the work, I actually have to show up for myself, and that has been therapy too.

I cannot overstate how much working with Kendra has, and continues to, mean to me. If you feel even the slightest echo within yourself while reading or hearing about her work - take the chance to work with her if you can - it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. All of this to say, thank you Kendra. Working with you has been and continues to be a privilege.


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