In 2011, I moved to England, became a hot yoga teacher and started teaching in Sheffield. In 2012, I assisted at the Hot Yoga Doctor’s teacher training program and led the meditation component. My teaching centers around the values of alignment, acceptance and appreciation and I love to share theories and strategies for happy and healthy living from yoga, meditation, coaching and of course, science.
Over the years I’ve struggled – I’ve been angry, sad, frustrated, lonely, negative, and generally unhappy. And each time, I’ve found that yoga is the best tool to change my state and feel connected, tranquil and alive – now I’m here to help you find true peace and joy within yourself. I believe that yoga has the power to transform your life because it works on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – changing your body, your thoughts, your emotions and your actions so that you can create the life you want.
Certification & Education…
PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of Waterloo – 2006
Reconnective Healing Level 1 & 2 Training with Doug Devito – 2010
Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Gabrielle Raiz and Robert Scanlon – 2011 (200 hrs)
Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Gabrielle Raiz – 2012 (500 hrs)
Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1 Training with Frances Goodall – 2013
Certificate in Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy – 2013
Introductory Workshop in Rosen Method with Ingrid-Maria Nordgren and Annabelle Apsion - 2015
HEALING ARTS EDUCATION
SHIATSU INTRO CERTIFICATE - Shiatsu School of Canada 2012 (30hrs)
THAI REFLEXOLOGY INTENSIVE CERTIFICATION - Chiang Mai Thailand 2008 (10hrs)
METAMORPHIC TECHNIQUE CERTIFICATE (Acupressure) - Toronto, Canada 2002 (10hrs)
AXIATONAL ALIGNMENT THERAPY CERTIFICATION (Acupressure) - Toronto, Canada 2000
VIPASSANA MEDITATION - an ongoing personal practice as well as regular 10 day silent meditation retreats
FAVOURITE YOGA POSE:
My favourite yoga pose is Sivasana. The moment when everything pauses and stillness takes over. The silence between the notes makes the music oh so beautiful.
My deepest aspiration is to develop the patience and skill to align my breath consciously with clarity in my heart, mind and body regardless of how simple or physically challenging a pose may appear to be. All this while fine tuning into the activated energy currents of each asana, that is my truest goal.
a couple of my favs...
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
"This will also change" - Buddhist sentiment
"In my defencelessness my safety lies" - A Course In Miracles
“Around every corner is always something lovely” - my aunt Les
WHY I TEACH YOGA:
Yoga has brought such joy, peace, healing, calm and strength into my life; it feels a great gift to share it with others.
WHY I LOVE HOT YOGA:
Because it feels so good to be warm! It's like getting a nice warm hug from a friend.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME:
Two things: I simply adore snails! They're such peaceful, patient and powerful little creatures; And, before becoming a yoga instructor I had a 13yr career as an internationally touring hip hop dancer specialising in Liquid and Breaking.
Room Temp: Warm
Class size: 14 max
Pre-book: 10 online
Best for: newbies, beginners and regulars who want a refresher
Refine your practice with fewer poses and more instruction. You'll learn one of the key principles of yoga and how to apply them to a simple sequence of postures. If you've never done yoga before, then this is the class for you.
Specifically in this class, you'll become more aware of how you breath and learn the calm steady breath used in yoga. You'll practice pairing movement with the breath and begin to allow the breath to guide your yoga practice.