C-IAYT, TCTSY-F, E-RYT, BMA
I’m a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) and Yoga Alliance – Continuing Education Provider (YA-CEP).
My teaching unites advanced training in the therapeutic, technical and spiritual applications of yoga, with an in-depth knowledge of Eastern & Western anatomy, patho-physiology, movement rehabilitation and somatic & transpersonal psychology.
I hold a diploma of yoga therapy, and an advanced yoga teacher training certificate from Pacific Rim College, and I’m a registered member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists and The Yoga Alliance.
As a yoga practitioner I teach and practice in the spirit of Tantra; yoga as an embodied art form, a holistic, ever-evolving practice for living, and a powerful, therapeutic tool for achieving greater alignment on all levels.
My initiation into the fires of yoga occurred during my six years as a residential youth care worker (Urban Native Youth Association) and street outreach worker (Carnegie Community Centre) in Vancouver’s downtown east-side community. This was a period of deep self-discovery where I began to comprehend the nature of addiction, and to embark on a path of self-healing. Yoga became a powerful tool of self-transformation in my personal recovery, and I became a passionate student, practitioner and teacher of Yoga for Addiction Recovery.
I hold additional training in: Ayurveda, Chair Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra, Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Tantra, Thai Massage, Vinyasa Krama, Warriors at Ease, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga For Parkinsons and the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12R).
I offer deep gratitude to my teachers: Misha Butoh, Tracy Chetna Boyd, Zoe Eakle, David Emerson, Carly Forest, Sat Dharam Kaur (ND), Sally Kempton, Dr. Vasant Lad, Nikki Manzie, Nicole Marcia, Dr. Gabor Mate, Nikki Myers, Sarah Powers, Carrie Watkins, Dr. Claudia Welch, John Westover, Trevor Yelich.
I currently work as a yoga therapist and teacher at The Haven, a personal and professional development centre on Gabriola Island, in BC, and I have participated in Haven programs since 2010.
I also hold an arts degree from Emily Carr University. When I’m not working with people, or practicing yoga, I love making art, writing, taking photographs, practicing guitar and singing harmonies with my husband.