Yoga

Why do I practice yoga?

I was introduced to yoga in 2007 through the University of Victoria Yoga Club, when I was a frazzled undergraduate student. Practicing yoga changed me life in so many ways that I have never looked back! Above all else yoga has helped me manage and balance all aspects of my health while also nurturing my spiritual self. I am very grateful that I had an established regular yoga practice prior to and through both of my pregnancies. Yoga not only helped me stay sane but has and continues to improve my quality of life. As my own practice deepens I continue to seek yoga educators to mentor with and am forever the student.

Why do I teach yoga?

My experience working with diverse populations has exposed me to issues of accessibility and wider physical and mental health issues faced by many people. I want my classes to educate and inspire people to get to know their bodies, challenge themselves, gain mobility and to feel stronger and more empowered in their own capacity. I enjoy educating my students on the “why” behind the posture, breath or sequence, as well as weaving in humour and life.  In my classes you can expect to be educated, offered modifications but I expect you to take responsibility to your own practice and to communicate with me so I can teach you safely and offer appropriate support. Most of all I teach because I love working with people while building our collective connection to our larger community.

Who influences my teaching?

I undertook my first yoga teacher training with Nicky Manzies in 2010 over ten months while I was was working and pregnant with my son Ezra. After his birth in 2011 I began mentoring with Ann Kathryn Martins at Mothering Touch and started teaching Mum and babe, toddler and family yoga. The following year I completed my prenatal teacher training at Moksana with instructor and Registered Nurse Chrystal Star in 2012 while pregnant with my daughter Arya. As my children are now in school and my own practice has changed I recently took a 40 hour advanced teaching skills intensive and 35 hour vinyassa intensive with Natalie Ruseau.

What do I teach?

Since this time I have been teaching a wide variety of classes that are catered to new and expectant families: family yoga, toddler yoga, mum and babe, postnatal, prenatal, partners yoga for labour and birth as well as vinyassa and a fun fusion class that merges Pilates and yoga in a slow focused strength and relaxation class.

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