Designations: E-RYT/ YACEP
I began practicing yoga over sixteen years ago, though over the past 7 years, I have developed a strong self-led practice of asana and meditation. Yoga has been a great source of strength in my life and has given me the tools to rise above injury, illness, and emotional trials. Yoga has taught me what spirituality is and to accept myself and others.
I learned to teach yoga in 2013-14 and have certainly not looked back since then. Teaching yoga has helped me connect more deeply to my own practice and inspired me to continue to learn as much as I can. I love to share my evolving knowledge and passion with students.
I have had the opportunity to learn from some amazing teachers and I do my best to pass on their wisdom in my teaching. In 2013 I attended a 200 hour Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Training with Sherry Zak at Halifax Yoga. In 2015 I did a second teacher training with Manju Pattabhi Jois in traditional Mysore Ashtanga practice. In 2016 I completed levels 1-3 of Critical Alignment Therapy teacher training with Gert van Leeuwen.
My practice and my teaching is constantly evolving. The more people I have the pleasure of sharing this practice with, the more I learn, which keeps fostering greater growth and understanding of teaching and practicing yoga.
With the power yoga and Ashtanga background, you might have guessed that I enjoy the physical challenge of yoga. I appreciate the strong mind-body connection that a difficult practice offers, I find it brings me deeply into the present moment. That being said, after teaching a few years I found that I also yearned for a more therapeutic practice style, both for myself and fellow students. It was for this reason that I trained with Gert VanLeeuwen in Critical Alignment. Both the Ashtanga and CAT trainings gave me a deeper understanding of each pose as a therapeutic element.
All poses are meant to have a physical and energetic benefit, the benefits are greater when the poses are performed properly and in an appropriate sequence.
I love teaching for all skill and experience levels of students, I strive to deliver classes that offer a balance between accessibility and challenge. As I guide practices, I am also more mindful that poses are meant to have a physical and energetic benefit, the benefits are greater when the poses are performed properly and in an appropriate sequence.
Beyond teaching yoga Asana (physical poses) I guide and share some of the other aspects of the practice with students, including meditation, breathing exercises, and philosophy.
When I am not practicing yoga or teaching yoga you can find me wandering aimlessly in nature with my little one or climbing up rocks and other rock-like surfaces.
I look forward to sharing some time and space with you!