Yoga for the rest of us (flexibility or youth not required!)

    I was a latecomer to yoga. Although I’d thought about doing yoga for years, I was in my late 40’s when I took up yoga as a desperate attempt to do more self-care. I was very stressed out during a two-year period when my mother was living with end-stage cancer. I did not feel comfortable going to a yoga studio – I felt too self-conscious, intimidated and didn’t have or want to wear the ‘right’ clothing. I started attending an early-morning class at a community centre. The instructor was an older woman and I was inspired by her playful and accepting attitude. The class was small, consisting mostly of older women and the room was a bit dark, all of which added to my comfort level. It became difficult for me to attend that class, so I started doing yoga at home to YouTube. At some point, yoga became an essential part of my routine. If I missed a day, I felt out of sorts; as if I got up on the wrong side of the bed. My mother died, and yoga helped me through the very difficult times and emotions that followed. When I couldn’t sleep, I’d do yoga. I could go to my mat and focus only on the present, which eased the agony of rehashing things from the past. Although I’d struggled to meditate for years, I realized that yoga is meditation and after doing the poses I was able to sit still and meditate. The ‘blissed out’ feeling that I achieved in yoga helped calm my overworked nervous system. I could practice compassion in this expansive state, which was critical to achieving forgiveness for myself and others.

    During this same period of time, like many women at mid-life, I was struggling with finding my true purpose. I felt drawn to become a yoga teacher so I could help others experience the benefits of yoga. I had been a social worker for 25 years and I saw the potential for yoga to transform my practice with groups. I realized that although talking through things has great benefit, many people (including myself!) needed to work through emotions that are felt and stored in the body. I took a leap and immersed myself in yoga teacher training for eight months. At the end of this time, I was bursting with ideas for yoga classes I wanted to offer. The first class I ran was “The Gifts of Imperfection through Yoga” based on the book by Brené Brown. Nine women signed up for this summer class and I was thrilled! I also knew I was onto something. I wasn’t the only one craving growth, more fulfilment and feeling o.k. about who I really am. I was intentional about marketing this class to women with little to no yoga experience and who might not feel comfortable attending a studio class. I received positive feedback from both new and experienced people in the class about the physical benefits they were seeing from their practice, as well as the pacing and gentle approach. Since I don’t feel comfortable competing with other yoga teachers for students, I decided to offer something completely different: Yoga for personal and relationship growth. My classes are trauma-sensitive and designed with the absolute beginner in mind. Each class includes foundational poses, breathing exercises and meditation with the goal of cultivating flexibility, strength and mindfulness. More experienced yogis will enjoy the pace and options for poses, allowing them to go deeper in their practice. My intention is for each student to experience a feeling of accomplishment and wonder. I choose themes for my classes so participants have the opportunity to address their unique needs and connect with like-minded individuals. 

    Please join me for yoga like you’ve never experienced before!                     Trauma-sensitive yoga for individuals, couples and groups


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    Feedback from past participants: yoga graduation

    “Wonderful first time yoga experience.”

    “Each class was very well choreographed and was exceptional.”

    “Great thorough instruction that was clear and easy to follow.”

    “I appreciated the recognition of our limited to no experience.”

    “The style, prep and delivery of the class exceeded my expectations.”

    “excellent instructions, well-paced.”






                                                                                          Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour (Janati Yoga School, 2018)

                                                                                          Master of Social Work (Carleton University, 2004)

                                                                                          Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) (Western University 1991)                                                             

                                                                                          Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Western University, 1991)


    Specialized Training 

    Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (2018)

    Yoga for Pelvic Health (2018) (Pelvic Health Professionals Founding Member)

    Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C (2018)

    Advanced Social Work Practice with Older Adults (2016)

    Level 1 Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Training (2015)

    Supportive Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (2009)




    A more peaceful world of individuals who have been made stronger by their losses, posses more love than fear and make healthy choices in their relationships.

    Contact me:

    Tel - (613) 777-5207



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