I have taught thousands of yoga/meditation classes.
I am known for my voice, language, and the freedom/permission students feel to let go, rest and digest at deep levels.
I’ve consistently updated and deepened my learning and training each year while maintaining creative independent study.
I’ve also been a key contributor in major teacher training programs in Victoria BC, and have been a repeat assistant to senior teacher Donna Farhi.
I specialize in Restorative Yoga and in particular Yoga Nidra, and have created and led weekend Yoga Nidra immersions for teachers and health professionals for the past 6 years.
In addition to my extensive yoga training and teaching experience, I also earned a diploma at the top of my class in Professional Counseling from the Vancouver College of Counselor Training, and served as one of the many valuable volunteers with the Victoria Citizens Counseling Center, offering one-on-one sessions and yoga/meditation contributions to therapeutic groups.
All my main teachers from the past 15 years share a common thread of integrity, down-to-earth-ness and encouraging independence while honoring interdependence.
Misha Butot: For her willingness to be both friend and mentor, her exquisite and skilled mirroring, especially when I need it the most.
Erich Schiffman: for teaching me free-form movement and self-trust – and for his wild, radical, simple, profound real-ness and awesome gift in highlighting the wow-ness in life.
Donna Farhi: for educating me to explore outside the box, and to understand, inhabit, (and sometimes inhibit) movement/habit patterns in my body, her wonderfully high standards, eagle eyes, creative synthesis, curator genius, strength of embodiment, holistic depth and nuance, and fiercely unapologetic nature.
Dr. Richard Miller: for pioneering such an integrated approach to meditation/yoga nidra, for giving it both freedom and structure, and for taking it into places meditation has never been able to serve before. Also for his soft, approachable heart, thorough intellect, and poetic passion/instinct.
Dr Rubin Naiman: for his profound service in the world and for writing the masterful work of art, ‘Healing Night’, the best book about sleep I have ever come across, and for changing my life by validating my instincts and pointing to my innate gifts and talents with new insight.
Andrea J Lee: for her visionary intuition and masterful teaching skills, her blend of humor, tender and bite, mind-gasmic metaphors and analogies, ability to be personal/universal at once, and inspirational modeling of what she teaches.
John O’Donohue: For his soul-stirringly beautiful and penetrating ability to weave words and language, for teaching me about thresholds, ritual, inner wilderness/seasons – and for helping me plan my wedding ceremony from beyond the grave.
My cats, living and passed: for their constant embodiment and prioritizing of simple pleasures in life – especially rest and sleep. 🙂