Francesca, interested in philosophy and Eastern practices at an early age, entered university majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies. She found herself in her first Yoga class by the River Ganges, in India a few years later. In her twenties, her love and practice of Yoga asana led her to studying the anatomy, physiology and manual treatment of the body at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga philosophy at Semperviva Yoga College's first Yoga Teacher Training with Sandra Sammartino. She has been registered and in practice as a holistic massage therapist in BC since 2004.
As a Yoga teacher, she shares aspects of the path of Yoga to help individuals with pain and dysfunction in body, mind and spirit, and has also taught private and group classes of restorative and hatha yoga for many years. Although she mostly hosts private studio classes with her students, she also introduced an award-winning therapeutic yoga class at The Arbutus Club in 2004, and has taught at THNK Leadership, Actorium, SmartDesign, Sivananda Vancouver and in her beloved students’ homes.
Because of her own transformative experience with Ayurvedic practices, in 2016 Francesca decided to certify in Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Lifestyle Counselling with Durga Leela / Sivananda Vedanta and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She continues these studies. She is passionate about sharing the alchemy of Ayurvedic Wisdom & Yoga Philosophy for modern life.
Francesca attends many local and international workshops and retreats in Meditation, Mantra, Yoga and Ayurveda. In the last years, she has experienced the deep joy and inner fusion of Bhakti Yoga (Kirtan call and response chanting) with some of the great Bhaktas: Krishna Das, Snatnam Kaur, Deva Premal, Miten and Manose and Gaura Vani. But her heart is with the daily chants of Sivananda Vedanta. She is grateful to be part of an international tribe of like-minded friends and mentors and for her West Coast Canadian life, but most importantly for her loved ones.