“When I give myself over to the experience of savoring, wisdom emerges. Savoring calls for a kind of surrender. We have all kinds of stories in our minds about why we perhaps shouldn’t give ourselves over to enjoyment, whether out of guilt or shame or a sense of fear out of what might happen. Yet we are called to yield to the goodness of life, to bask in it.
Savoring calls me to slowness: I can’t savor quickly.
Savoring calls me to spaciousness: I can’t savor everything at once.
Savoring calls me to mindfulness: I can’t savor without being fully present.
It also calls for a fierce and wise discernment about how I spend my time and energy. Now that I know deep in my bones the limits of my life breaths, how do I choose to spend those dazzling hours?
When I savor I pay attention to all the moments of that experience without trying to change it.
And finally, there is a tremendous sweetness to this open-hearted way of being in the world. Everything becomes grace because I recognize it could all be different, it could all be gone. Rather than grasp at how I think this moment should be, I savor the way things are.”
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My current teaching schedule has slowed down as I am working full-time in the field of mental health & recovery. You can find updates through my e-newsletter (sign up with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my Facebook page. Please contact me at any time.
Practice in a mindful and grounded way – connected to your inner light. Yin yoga is a practice of long-held postures (3-10 minutes) that safely nourishes the joints and connective tissues, settles you into meditative stillness, and enriches overall health and well-being. This practice supports deep inner awareness by encouraging us to listen to our own wisdom, use props, and adapt the practice to meet our own conditions and abilities. Suitable for most students.
Come home to yourself. Nourish your body, mind, and heart. Settle into comfort and rest – an essential part of our daily rhythms. A lovely blend of yin & restorative postures, breath practices, and guided meditations to slow you down and ease you into a rest. This practice supports deep healing and relaxation, soothes the nervous system, and helps us to cultivates an attitude of self-compassion and gentle curiosity towards the self. Suitable for most students.
Slow Glow Yin
A slow & mindful gentle flow with moments of deep stillness and stretch. We explore yoga forms and sensation, I read poetry and offer guided meditations, we breathe together, we keep it soft and gentle, and then we rest.
Yoga for Anxiety: Ease Your Worried Mind
This four-week series provides an engaging introduction to mindfulness & basic yoga forms as complementary practices to existing strategies for managing anxiety. Each session will consist of guided relaxation, breath practices, yoga forms / movements, group discussion (no participation required), and self-reflection. No yoga or mindfulness meditation experience required. Suitable for most levels of mobility (chair options will be offered).
Yin for Well-Being & Self-Care
This five week series is a gentle and steady practice of simple yoga forms, breath practices, and guided relaxation to support overall wellness and self-care. Yin is a nourishing type of yoga, that can also be somewhat challenging, as we are invited to slow down, explore sensation with curiosity, and cultivate stillness. In this floor-based practice, yoga props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks help us to release, lengthen and extend into ease and a sense of spaciousness. Variations are encouraged to adapt the practice to meet our own conditions. Suitable for most students.
Slumber Series: Monthly Yin & Yoga Nidra
Join me for deep rest & relaxation. We will spend time in Yin shapes to soothe, strengthen and support our nervous system and end with a Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) practice to uplift and align us with our heartfelt intentions and natural state of joy & resilience.
I think you have a wonderful gift for lulling people into a meditative state with your voice and it’s very soothing.
I appreciate your calm and quiet manner, your sense of joy and humour and your encouragement while we are on the mat. I really appreciate your attention to alternatives for old folks like me, it makes your classes… very valuable for me.
I love coming to your classes and feel very nurtured by you, your kindness and your loving style of teaching. I appreciate the individual attention you give to each of us and your spiritual readings as well as your beautiful presence. Thanks for sharing yourself so generously. You work resonates with my chosen path. Love is ALL, Love is ALL.
I especially loved how you would weave poetry/inspiration into classes – making it not only a yoga class, but also a truly inspiring experience every time.
I have enjoyed your classes very much. I have studied yoga for 10 years in a more aggressive therapeutic style and still remain very tight all over my body. Your style has allowed me to concentrate back to the fundamentals of stretching, strength and balance. Thank you so much.
Some of my education, training, and professional development
* Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions Post-Degree Diploma: Camosun College
* Yoga, Mental Health & Trauma Immersion: Ajna Yoga Centre (2015) / Nourish (2017)
* Restorative Yoga Teacher Training: The Path, Vancouver (2014)
* Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Bernie Clark & Diana Batts (2014)
* Certified Yoga Teacher for Kids and Families: Rainbow Kids Yoga (2013)
* Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher (300 hour program): Ajna Yoga Centre (2012)
* Yoga Nidra Immersion : Ajna Yoga Centre (2012)
* Street Yoga Teacher Training: Street Yoga (2012)
* Bachelor of Arts degree / Anthropology and Diploma in Intercultural Education and Training: University of Victoria (2009)
* Fully insured and registered Yoga Teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance
* Professional development: adult education, art therapy, self-directed arts/crafts studies, body-based art-making, grief and loss, suicide prevention, trauma-sensitive yoga.