Who i am and my training
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just after I finished college in the year 2000 at the age of 23. This started a sequence of events that led me to yoga. It took quite a long time, but in 2013 I got serious about my personal yoga practice after visiting a retreat center and spending some much-needed time all by myself – well, not quite alone, I took my dog with me. Once there, I figured out that I didn’t have to push so hard to protect myself from an uncertain future at the expense of enjoying the present moment. As my yoga practice and training developed, my ability to live and share my life to the fullest grew too!
I found people with more serious health issues were coming my way, perhaps because they knew I had personal experience with a chronic illness and was successfully managing it with yoga. The initial 200hr yoga teacher training was not enough to meet all their needs so I decided to become a Yoga Therapist.
Has anyone ever told you “Yoga would be good for you?” I used to hear that too – it turns out they were right. The most important thing is getting started and often the most difficult part is getting on your mat. Once there, it just gets better and better.
Why Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy does not cure diseases, but may greatly help with symptom and pain management and even help you change your relationship to the illness/pain so that your overall condition improves.
Yoga Therapy is a long term, whole body approach to living with a chronic condition.
My Yoga Therapy training is based on the Koshic model which teaches us to create balance in different layers of the body from the outer physical layer to the inner spiritual layer – depending on the needs of the client.
Where I Was Trained
In 2014 I completed Yoga Teacher Training at Living Yoga & Health in Guelph under Jayelle Lindsay, Lisa Silverstein & Jacqueline Gilbey. Jayelle, Director of the studio, was also a physiotherapist so our training naturally had a more therapeutic focus compared to many teacher training programs.
In 2018, I completed a Yoga Therapy Foundations program through Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, under Brandt Passalaqua and continue to work & study with Brandt to complete my C-IAYT program.
My Home Practice
I continue to develop my personal practice through yoga asana, pranayama and meditation with a special focus on yoga nidra and other therapeutic applications to continue to improve my condition at all levels of my being.
Currently, I am teaching group and private classes from my home as well as seeing individuals for private instruction and Yoga Therapy.
I am excited to announce that I will soon be moving out of my very cozy home studio to a bigger space in Palmerston to serve my clients better.