I took my first Yoga class when I was 20, on a rooftop in India by the sacred Ganges River. A wise person told me that I must have been practicing Yoga in other lifetimes because of this fact and I'd like to think that's true!
When I returned home from my travels, I found a yoga class advertised on a tree trunk. This became my first ongoing yoga class. It was the technical Iyengar yoga, and I am grateful for the thorough foundation of asana alignment I learned through this Yoga.
A few years into my yoga practice, I decided to take the in-depth 3 year Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and became registered with the BC College of Massage Therapists in 2004. In this program I learned a vast amount about how our miraculous bodies work and how to help heal dysfunction manually.
The next year, I graduated from a 200 hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher training with Sandra Sammartino and Semperviva Yoga. This training was a perfect mix of my interests - offering much of the philosophy and wisdom of the Yogic texts and also the practice of proper asana, pranayama and meditation. Sandra is not only a teacher, but also a healer, and taught me so much about the healing power of Yoga - body, mind and spirit.
For several years, I taught Hatha and Therapeutic Yoga in the club where I practiced massage therapy. My therapeutic class was a new idea back then, and it won an award for it's originality and popularity. At the same time, I began working with Yoga as an individual therapy with my RMT clients and Yoga students.
I have used aspects of the four paths of Yoga as a healing modality with busy professionals, post traumatic stress disorder, retired couples, post-partum mothers, happy couples, elderly in care homes, children, palliative care, anxiety and more.
Throughout my career, my love of ancient wisdom has led me to study Yoga's sister science, Ayurveda, literally, "know life". Ayurveda is the self-healing aspect while Yoga is the self-realization part of India's ancient wisdom.
In the Spring of 2016, I certified as an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counsellor with Sivananda Vedanta and Dr. David Frawley. I'm continuing my studies using this wealth of information for myself and my clients to help create a life of balance, ease and peace.
Love and light to you,