My first yoga class was when I was doing a theatre intensive with Calgary-based "One Yellow Rabbit". I had been dancing for about 15 years at that point so I was flexible; that aspect was easy. Because I was in a two-week intensive I had no choice but to return! I enjoyed the stillness, strength and demands that the Ashtanga classes put on my body. I have been generally blessed with some innate understanding of how to care for myself and had been doing Pilates for about 3 years so wasn't having to work through some of the physical imbalances which show up in a performing career. But what I did notice with yoga, over time, was the quality of focus it brought to my mind. This is what inspired me to continue practicing. I have practiced a number of different styles to varying degrees; Bikram, Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga and eventually did my Teacher training with Kate Potter (Vancouver) in 2004/05. I enjoy her Vinyasa style; she has a huge knowledge base. The fact that she lived in India for 7 years fascinated me. Aside from her I like the work of Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains) and Gioa Irwin is someone I would like to study more with. Choreographer Jennifer Mascall is another inspiration in terms of perspective and creating invitation to see the world with different points of view. My own studies continued with Vipasana meditation retreats and in 2010 I took a Krya Yoga course at Rikhia Peeth (Bihar, India). Studies continue daily as I observe how I interact with a world that is full of joy and madness. I offer a Vinyasa Flow class. In merging breath and movement I feel I am able to access and offer my physical understanding and wisdom. I feel flow is the way we want to move in the world. In practice, we will find aspects that are challenging and aspects that are easier. Just like life. From an experiential perspective, we rarely live in stillness. Yoga has given me a place to gather myself through stress and challenging times. Being physical has helped to keep processing emotions. We are meant to be physical beings and our bodies are built to work. Our physical systems flush toxins with movement and the pumping of muscles. Our culture has become increasingly sedentary and incidence of disease is outrageous. With a Conscious, Mindful Practice, moving our bodies into a wide range of shapes, connected with breath, we are ensuring strength and mobility stay optimal and our bodies flush the toxins out through digestion & elimination, sweat, lymphatic pumping, and exhalation.I currently work from my studio and retreat centre in Metchosin BC as well as leading retreats worldwide.
Interests:Yoga, massage, friends, music, performing, arts, hiking.