How I got started
Why Yoga Therapy?
I come from a gene pool with very weak backs. The more I practiced yoga, the more I realized how beneficial this can be for a bad back. However, not all yoga is good for all backs. But how do you know? How could I prevent my own imagined future back pain? What do I do if I get into a class and the postures just don’t feel right for me?
Oh and I have Multiple Sclerosis too. So that kinda sucks. I had a feeling yoga had more healing potential to offer than I was getting out of my typical yoga class .
The more I learned about Yoga, the more I realized that conventional western yoga classes (and most online or dvd classes) were often barely scratching the surface of what Yoga has to offer. As my classes started to attract more people and some with significant health conditions and pain, I realized that my 200-hour yoga teacher training really didn’t cover everything I wanted to know to be able to help people (and me!) suffer less. I went back to the books again and enrolled in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy school.
I remember looking through a yoga book as a child and being fascinated by the postures.
I did my best to copy them as I tumbled around the living room!
Many years later, in order to address my own health concerns, I followed the advice of others who said “yoga would be good for you” and bought some DVD’s. Although I enjoyed the practice, I did not do it regularly and I did not notice any benefit to my health. Then I tried a class or two at the YMCA and found that they were much too crowded. All in all, I didn’t’ see what the fuss was about at this point.
As technology advanced, I decided to try again and registered for an online subscription service where I could stream videos to my home. This was fun … at first. Then I found I was logging on less and less frequently.
One winter, I decided to go on a holiday in the middle of February with only my dog for company. I went online and found a neat looking retreat centre that was “dog friendly” and had really cute little cabins. Sadie and I had been camping in the summer in previous years,but this was an adventure for both of us to travel to a new place in the winter on our own. Sugar Ridge Retreat centre changed my experience of yoga and I finally found what the fuss was about.I enjoyed 5 days of deep relaxation, near solitude and finally found a style of yoga that suited me and seemed to point me in a direction that would provide answer to the questions I didn’t even know I had. This experience changed everything. From connections made here, I was fortunate to find a local studio that offered yoga teacher training.
Where I was trained
Living Yoga & Health In Guelph became my home-away-from-home for the next two years. I studied and practiced hard to implement yoga practices into my daily routine on and off the mat. This training included what had been missing from my previous self-guided attempts – compassion, acceptance, loving kindness and a deep understanding of my own body, mind and spirit with the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor in a small class.
My home practice
I continue to develop my personal practice through yoga asana, pranayama and meditation with a special focus on restorative and therapeutic applications.
I have finished the Yoga Therapy Foundations program with Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and am now in the process of completing my training to be International Association of Yoga Therapist certified (C-IAYT). The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program prepares me to work with individuals within the yoga therapy model. I have the information and skills to work one-on-one with people for a wide range of conditions. The course teaches anatomy, philosophy, theory, and how to apply this information and tools in a therapeutic setting for many conditions.
Currently, I am teaching group and private classes from my home as well as seeing individuals for Yoga Therapy, but continue to look for the perfect studio space in Palmerston. You can see my current schedule here.