Work with me and you will know first-hand the benefits that yoga can offer. I’ll bring it back to basics with a focus on alignment, breath-work and how the pose feels in your specific body. Yoga is purely your own practice, one that changes each time you step on the mat. You will find what keeps you coming back – be it working towards a physical goal, dis-connecting for an hour or the feeling that you are leaving softer than when you arrived. Whatever your goal is, come move and breathe with me – this is yoga for REAL life!
I first dabbled in yoga in NYC in 2008. I was working a stressful job in commercial real estate and running and spinning religiously. The class was a gentle hatha yoga and while it wasn’t physically demanding, I enjoyed the overall calm I felt after class. I continued to go on a weekly basis, never giving much thought to how else yoga could help me.
Fast forward to 2011 – after leaving the hustle of New York and an intense career and moving to Vancouver with a new marriage and a blank canvas in front of me. I found myself back on a yoga mat, only this time if was very different.
I soon realized that yoga was not only calming for my mind, but whoa, it can be a workout! I didn’t need any fancy workout equipment or even a fancy yoga outfit (true, they are nice but not necessary!). I needed to show up, breathe and stay humble as I tried to move my body into new and unfamiliar shapes. Despite the frustration, my determination to learn more and prove to myself that I could “get this” kept me returning.
But I needed more. I was craving more of an understanding than I was able to get in a group class format, and I was still staring at that blank canvas in front of me wondering what my next step was. So in 2013, with the support of my husband and my family, I enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program.
Teacher training kicked my a#%! It was physically demanding, it was an emotional roller coaster, I learned more than I thought my brain could handle and it was FABULOUS! There were times when I wanted to quit and never go back (thank you Kristin and Dan for talking me out of that!). And at the end of it all, I know that yoga would be with me forever.
I don’t physically practice every day, but when I stay away too long, something starts to crumble and I inevitably make my way back to my mat. I continue to enjoy and appreciate red wine, meat (I know, ahimsa…), and swearing. My life is real and so is my yoga. Yoga helps me stay calm when I want to scream, allows me the freedom to scream when I need to and to enjoy each day just a bit more then I ever thought I could.
It was a YYoga in Vancouver where my yoga practice became much for of a regular, habitual part of my life, so it made the most sense for me to continue my journey with them. I have completed both my 200-hour teacher training and my 70-hour YHot training with YYoga. Since moving to Toronto in 2014, I am grateful to be growing with such a great yoga community – you can find me teaching public studio classes at YYoga, Union Yoga and Studio Blue.
I have learned from some amazing souls along my yoga journey including Kristin Campbell, Rachel Scott, Catherine LaVallee and YuMee Chung. The women have influenced both my teaching an my practice and they continue to inspire me off the mat as well. A special thanks as you have each played your unique role and I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
Restorative Training Level 1 with Kim McBean
Yin Teacher Training with Cathy Keenan
Mentorship with YuMee Chung
Indoor Cycling Certification with Schwinn
70-Hour YHot Teacher Training with Kristin Campbell, YYoga
Mentorship Program with Rachel Scott
200 Hour YYoga Teacher Training with Kristin Campbell, YYoga
Emergency First Aid CPR/AED Level C with Red Cross
Certificate of Massage Therapy – 750 Hours from Utah College of Massage Therapy
There is a need to educate people about common yoga poses and why we do them. The fancy poses can come in time, if you choose to work on them, but the postures shared in this book are ones that are instructed most frequently. It’s for these reasons I wrote an e-book to cover a back-to-basics approach to yoga poses. Equipped with images + instructions, you’ll be able to get a great understanding about how to properly align the body and gain the benefits of each of the 22 poses outlined.