I don't have pictures of me teaching these days, and since it's all online, I offer you the goofy faces I apparently make while on Zoom.
I first came to yoga by chance in 2003. The integration of a mind/body practice, through asana (poses), pranayama (breath) and meditation, was a revelation to me. I began in the Kundalini style, and have also practiced Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. I'm happy to be able to share my love of yoga, and am grateful to my many teachers along the way, including: Mary Paterson, Angela Jervis-Read, Alan Gensho Florence, Karusia Wroblewski, Carly Stong, Jane Clapp, Cecily Milne, and Petra Baethmann.
In my teaching, I want to help people learn to love themselves. We all have things we don't like about ourselves. Some of these things are that tight hip, or how balancing is difficult. When we're off of our mats, there are other things we don't like about ourselves. Through our yoga practice we can get to know and accept ourselves, and even learn to like what we find there through compassion and love. Because we've all been through stuff (ie: life) I've also trained to be a Trauma-Informed teacher, and have completed Levels 1 & 2 of Jane Clapp's Movement for Trauma. I have also trained in ELDOA (SPL3), and am excited to be integrating these exercises in my Yoga for Life classes, as well as teaching ELDOA classes.
In an effort to learn more about functional movement, I became aware of Buteyko Breathing (what I refer to as "functional breathing"). I became a Buteyko Educator, studying first with Steve Donald and then with Christine Bauman, and began teaching Buteyko breath retraining techniques to clients to help them with disordered breathing and the resulting conditions, as well as to improve their athletic performance. Buteyko can help you to breathe better to achieve optimal health so you can live the life you want. By retraining your breathing patterns you can find significant relief from many health conditions. You can find our more about this here, or on the BBEA website.
After teaching in Toronto for the past 7 years, I have moved to Moncton, New Brunswick. It's a beautiful place, close to family, with a slower pace of life. I am continuing to teach Buteyko and Webinars on the Science of Breath online, and will be looking into teaching classes in the Moncton area in the future.
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