I am a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500).
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. I’m a registered member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists and The Yoga Alliance. Additional yoga therapy trainings include: Yoga for Trauma and Addictions, Yoga for Cancer, Yin Yoga, Thai Massage and Ayurveda.
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.
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, my own and others, and to embark on a path of self-healing. Yoga has been a powerful tool of self-transformation in my own personal recovery, and I am a passionate student, practitioner and teacher of Yoga for Addiction Recovery.
I offer gratitude to my teachers: Nikki Manzie (Yogatherapy, Tantra, Thai Massage, Ayurveda), Zoe Eakle (Counselling Skills, Somatic & Transpersonal Psychology), Carrie Watkins (Eastern & Western Anatomy, Patho-physiology, Movement Rehabilitation and Myofascial Yoga), Nicole Marcia (Yoga for Trauma and Addictions), Tracy Chetna Boyd (Yoga for Cancer), Misha Butoh (Restorative Yoga), Trevor Yelich (Anusara Yoga).
In addition to the path of yoga therapy, I also hold a media arts degree from Emily Carr University. I’m an artist, designer, writer and singer. I live in the woods, on Gabriola Island, with my husband, Brad Shipley.