"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
I am passionate about sharing simple yet powerful self-healing practices that support us in cultivating balance on all dimensions of being. In an age of anxiety, exhaustion, depression + empathic distress are common challenges. Daily practice can help us build the resilience we need to deal with stressful situations gracefully + adapt well to change. I currently offer public classes, workshops + courses at PranaShanti Yoga Centre focused on building essential life skills.
My foundation for teaching is based on the practices of Hatha Yoga; Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT); and LifeForce Yoga (LFY). Exploring a wide spectrum of therapeutic techniques also led me to study sound as a healing modality with Jonathan Goldman and Barclay McMillan. My primary teacher is Brian James in the yogic lineage of TVK Desikachar and T Krishnamacharya.
Access new possibilities for healing the physical body, balancing the mind, and awakening spirit. This gentle practice weaves together a set of ancient Yogic tools:
Pranayama (breath techniques), Asana (postures), Mantra
(vocal tones) Mudra (hand gestures) and Yoga Nidra
(guided relaxation) with other forms of meditation.
Public Drop in Classes at PranaShanti:
Wednesday at 7:30 - 9 PM + Sunday at 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Toning Circles + Sound Baths
Create simple vowel sounds with a group of any size to support your overall well being. Toning with intention is a meaningful experience that enables us to feel clear and connected. To amplify the fundamental harmony within us,
I often incorporate a variety of vibrational healing tools, including: singing bowls, tuning forks and chimes.
Stay tuned for the next event in 2019.
Rituals for Resilience
Join us for a nourishing 4-week self-care series focused on the joy of inner cultivation! This is an opportunity to slow way down, tune in, and tend to your own well. Learn to offer yourself the medicine you need at any given time by
activating your personal power and developing a practical yet transformational skill set.
The next series begins on October 20, 2019 meeting Sunday afternoons from 2-5 PM. This offering consistently sells out so advance registration is required.
Learn more and enroll here.
Benefit from guidance to help you develop a daily meditation practice and cultivate more presence.
Some benefits include: improved concentration; healthy self-regulation; reduced anxiety, stress and reactivity; mental flexibility; and enhanced productivity. Sessions
can be arranged for individuals and groups.
2019 Off the Mat, Into the World – Online: Yoga for Self Regulation and Trauma;
TRAUMA & SOCIAL JUSTICE: PERSONAL, INTERPERSONAL, AND COLLECTIVE HEALING
2017 LoveYourBrain Foundation – Ottawa, Ontario: Love Your Brain Teacher Training
2017 Yoga Outreach – Vancouver, British Columbia: Trauma-Informed Yoga Course
2016 Hemma – Victoria, British Columbia: Meditate to Educate - Sharing Meditation with Kids and Teens
2014 Sounds Healers Association – Boulder, Colorado: Healing Sounds Intensive
2013 LifeForce Yoga Institute – Tucson, Arizona: LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level 1 Certification
2012 Kripalu – Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Integrative Yoga Therapy - Professional Yoga Therapist Program
2011 PranaShanti Yoga Centre – Ottawa, Ontario: Hatha Yoga Teacher Training
Note: I am a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). The Yoga Therapy components of my work are based on specific training, not derived from my status as a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance.
These offerings are suitable as a complement to various allopathic approaches overseen by a professional.
I strongly recommend consulting a physician prior to practicing Yoga and for ongoing health concerns.