My introduction to yoga was in 2002, in the form of a Prenatal Yoga VHS tape. Three years later I found my way into a group class and I was hooked. I felt taller, calmer, and more capable. I eventually began teacher training with the intention of deepening my own practice, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My Yoga philosophy has been assembled from ideas gleaned from trainings, readings and personal practice over the years. Firstly, Yoga is for Everyone, and the important thing is to consider mind, body and spirit and figure out just what your own “yoga” is. Secondly, Less is More. Embrace the idea of balance in breath and movement, of “effortless effort” to ensure that each practice is right for you. Finally, be Open to Grace – recognize the benefits of your practice in whatever form they might appear.
My current interest and ongoing focus is on Sustainable practice – using the four pillars of Frequency, Variety/Diversity, Boundaries, and Restore/Support to create a unique yoga practice that will nourish me and my students for many years to come.
Growing up I started dancing when I was 3 years old and danced far into my late teens, at dance we had a teacher that would sometimes take time away from whatever we might be doing in dance and practice Yoga. When I finally quit dance and moved out to Alberta with my partner, I started seeking for community and connection and remembered the wonder of those few Yoga classes I had practiced as a child. Once I started a journey with a steady Yoga practice I found myself running full speed ahead and wanting to learn more and understand what this all was, so I took my Yoga teacher training with Yoga Santosha this last year and now all I want to do is share the beauty and change I’ve found with my Yoga practice!
I was first introduced to yoga after having found myself lost, confused, and ungrounded upon returning home from a semester abroad in 2012. I was warned that this travel would be a life changing experience, but I wasn’t prepared for the rocky reality of that experience. Through the practice of yoga I was able to grow through my pain, appreciate my experiences, and find a home in myself. 5 years later I was heading out into the world again, this time for an extended 9-month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. Again, navigating through the difficulties of life and travel I found refuge in my yoga practice. A few months into the trip I decided that my next step needed to be to complete my 200-hour teaching training - I wanted to be able to share the beautifully healing practice that yoga is. I spent my last 3 months in India, obtaining my certification and interning with Trimurti Yoga. This has been the best decision I've ever made. Yoga is first and foremost a spiritual experience for me - a place to come back to myself, to explore depth and connection, to find understanding and compassion. I love anatomy, and specifically focuses on bio-individuality in my teaching and help students find the yoga that works for them. I am continuously working to weave the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga together to share with my students
Growing up a competitive dancer and basketball player, I always had a drive for intense physicality. Humbled by a severe knee injury in 2012, unable to resume my usual activities, I began going to the yoga classes at the gym where I had physiotherapy. Long story short, I eased myself into a daily yoga practice, where my curiosity into the subtle practices, philosophy, and science of yoga intensified. In 2016, I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Santosha. My interest in meditation piqued, and in 2017 I went on to complete a 50 hour Meditation Teacher Training at Define Yoga. In 2018, I completed the Adjuster’s Training at Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre, focusing on hands on, verbal, and energetic adjustments, working to help others deepen their practice. Yoga continues to transform my perspective on life, and is the practice that keeps me centered, creative, and playful. It’s my goal to hold space for students to cultivate awareness and be curious about their bodies, minds, and true selves, all while not taking it all too seriously!
Other than yoga, you can usually find me rock climbing, painting, writing, enjoying a strong cup of coffee, dancing, at live music shows, puzzling, relaxing in nature , gardening, and just hanging out with my friends and fur-babies!
I was first introduced to yoga in 2010 when I was simply exploring different options in the fitness world. However, as my practice grew, I began to realize that yoga has powerful healing benefits. Taking breaks from time to time, I would always come back to yoga to heal physical and mental discomfort. Consistently struggling with low back pain, anxiety, and an unhealthy relationship with my body, yoga has become a way to find a connection with myself through mind, body, and spirit. In 2020 I took my 200-hour yoga teacher training through The South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA). Yoga has profoundly changed my life and I am passionate about sharing what I have learned with those around me. In addition to yoga, I love to travel, explore the mountains, and hang out with my fur-babies.
From the first moment I stepped onto my yoga mat, I knew I had found what I was looking for. I
began practicing yoga to aid in my journey of recovery but found so much more. Yoga is a place
of refuge for me. It helps me maintain both my physical and mental health. Since my first
teacher training in 2015, my goal has always been to share this powerful practice with others.
In 2017 I was inspired by a friend first to return to practicing yoga and secondly to take a Yoga Teacher Training course. I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Calgary in June of 2018. I began teaching flow classes that summer and have since broadened my teaching scope to include restorative and yin classes. My favorite activities include running, yoga (of course!), coaching basketball, water skiing, being outside in summer and spending as much time as possible with my family.
I have always loved yoga, but Yoga really found me after the birth of my son. I developed postpartum depression and anxiety. I needed something for me, something to help me move through my emotions and connect me to my breath. Yoga was just the beginning to a journey of self realization, and a deep soul awakening. The past nine years I’ve had a nudge to teach, but deep self limiting beliefs kept me stuck. I had to heal so much societal and self conditioning to get here today. I also love helping expecting and new moms, so during those years I also became a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Reiki Master, Meditation Teacher, and Mindfulness Practitioner. This past year I have also added pre/postnatal yoga to my teachings. I am excited and honoured to guide you all on your mats.
I was already a fitness instructor at the employee gym and private gyms for several years when a Fitness Coordinator approached me to teach a stretch class.
This piqued my interest which led to attending several mind-body and yoga workshops, then eventually acquiring a registered Yoga teacher certification.
My approach to fitness includes yoga as it remains a focus to find a balance between strength and flexibility, exertion, and release.
I am always learning and trying new things, which lead me to work towards my 500hrs certification. I have taught in many settings including in the Caribbean which encouraged me to be comfortable in different settings. My classes mainly focus on Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, and Yin but I can also lead you through Restorative and Meditation.
You can expect to move, sweat, stretch, relax and breathe with me.