Yoga has awoken me to the amazing wisdom of the body mind and the joy of living from the heart. I want to share that with you.
My passion for yoga began in 2002 when I walked into my first yoga class. I left feeling alive, awake and knowing I discovered a gem.
By 2007 my passion for yoga led me to complete a teacher training program that was influenced by Iyengar Yoga, alignment focused and a strong emphasis on anatomy and the therapeutic aspect of yoga.
I have since completed over 1000 hrs of formal yoga training and have traveled through India, Canada, Australia and the United States exploring various disciplines of yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, yoga nidra and Ayurveda. I am grateful for the opportunity to study under the guidance and instruction of internationally renowned teachers.
In 2008 I was in an accident and suffered a moderate concussion and PTSD, resulting in severe anxiety and depression. I struggled with this for over four years, traditional methods of western medicine and psychotherapy were not effective in resolving the trauma. I then discovered iRest® Yoga Nidra. iRest is a contemporary adaptation of the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, developed by Richard Miller, PHD and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute. The practice is research based, supported by neuroscience, and is trauma sensitive. iRest supported me in both the physical and psychological healing of trauma, and provided me with lifelong tools to support me in being with whatever life brings my way. I had discovered the “open secret” of inner peace. In 2013 I entered into the certification program and began my studies with Richard Miller and colleagues. Richard is a clinical psychologist, author and world renowned scholar who has recently been named one of the top 25 meditation teachers in the world. After four years of intensive study and integrated practice, I received certification as an IRI Certified iRest Teacher®. Through the practice of iRest I have come to realize and experience true health, healing and peace of mind. It brings me tremendous satisfaction and joy to be able to offer students of all ages the experience of this deeply transformative and healing practice.
My background in Early Childhood Education and years working in the field as both an educator, and consultant with the Ministry of Education, has inspired me to offer the experience of yoga and meditation to children and youth. I have adapted the salient aspects of iRest to make it accessible for children and youth. They enjoy the meditation practice, the feeling of Being and deep relaxation, experiencing the felt sense of inner safety and peace. I feel I have a gift for working with children, perhaps because I’m still so fond of play and such a kid myself. This has created the foundation for a yoga program benefiting children and youth of all ages. In addition to training in the fundamentals of teaching yoga to preschool children, I am a certified Yoga Ed Instructor, Grades K – 8.
I am also certified in 2nd Degree Reiki and have been practicing as an energy healer for over two decades.
All of my training, teaching and life experience has been woven into a yoga practice and teaching style that provides students with the opportunity to explore body, mind and spirit in a welcoming, supportive and playful environment.