Yoga became a big part of my life as a way to heal from a debilitating illness. Off work and trying to slowly increase daily movement, I found a 50+ therapeutic class... and I was only 35! The gentle approach and breath awareness nourished every cell of my body, and eventually I was able to do much more.
I'd tried yoga off and on for well over a decade before this, and I'd always had a keen interest in health and fitness. I loved going all-out on weightlifting, aerobics and running.
This new approach of going slow, easing into a posture or staying in one spot and deepening the pose using breath, was totally new! And it was exactly the approach I needed mentally and physically, because in my go-all-out days I'd injured my back and eventually had to have emergency back surgery. So I was more than a little shy about putting my body through any kind of " all-out" physical challenge..
After two years of the 50+ class, (Yoga with Elke) plus Western and complementary medicine, I was beginning to feel like myself again. So I tried a yoga intensive... and it was hard! I wasn't really ready and my body hurt. But by the end of four long weekends I was moving easier, felt more energetic and more like the real me! I loved feeling freer in my body, clearer mentally and less chaotic generally!
When I started Yoga Teacher Training it was completely about going deeper in my own practice and continuing to focus on healing. I didn't intend to teach but in the back of my mind I thought that it would be amazing to share this potential for healing with others.
Yoga truly is a whole-being wellness tradition that facilitates personal growth through the yogic principles. My goal is to share what I've learned, to keep learning (from my students and other teachers, and to encourage students to listen to their own inner teacher, because our gut wisdom is so often right and we all need practice listening to it.
Forearm Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)
The ancient wisdom of yogic practice has been passed down through thousands of years of student-teacher relationships in India. I am deeply humbled to have learned a small amount of this vast practice through teachers connected to the Krishnamacharya lineage who brought yoga to the west.
Krishnamacharya's student Sirvasta Ramaswami is the closest teacher I've had to this lineage. Some of my teachers followed the Ashtanga methods of Pattabi Jois while others learned by way of Desikachar's student's.
My direct teachers include Ida Winter of Moksana Yoga Centre, Michelle Schroeder and Jules Payne of Ajna Yoga and many of the fantastic teachers at both studios. I've also attended workshops and trainings with Whit Hornsberger, Jenn Piercy, Melissa Krieger, Peter Sterois, Darren Rhodes, Sama Fabian, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Swami Maheshandanda and others.
I acknowledge that I teach a tradition that is not my own, and I am privileged to be able to practice and share it on the Indigenous lands of the Llək̓ʷəŋən Coast Salish peoples.
Photo credit: Darin Steinkey
Advanced Teacher of Yoga Therapy
(YT-500 Ajna Yoga Centre, Victoria B.C ~ 2018)
Advanced Vinyasa Krama Teacher Training
(Srivatsa Ramaswami - 100 hours, 2018)
Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher
(YT-250 Moksana Yoga Center, Victoria B.C. ~ 2012)
Over 1,000 hours of training, including many workshops, are not listed here.