For me, yoga is absolutely for everyone and every body type. If you can breathe, you can do yoga: “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down,” Jigar Gor. I design yoga classes to meet people where they are at. By offering options, accommodations, and modifications, I strive to provide safe, welcoming classes that embrace individual needs and preferences. Yoga offers a vehicle for self-discovery that begins with a physical journey and leads to the rich and wonderful exploration of the inner landscape where life-affirming treasures await. My goal, for each class, rests on providing a heartfelt, compassion-centred, non-judgemental, and playful environment where participants can feel empowered physically, mentally, and spiritually, and explore their interconnectedness to nature, represented here by the adorable goats at Laughing Goat Yoga Studio!
I am a certified (RYT200 through Deva Tree School of Yoga) and registered (Yoga Alliance) yoga instructor who founded and teaches yoga for, Expedition Inner Wisdom Inc. I’ve reached audiences in a variety of settings including high schools, campgrounds, Airstream Club caravans and organizations like The Social Beehive. I draw on my experiences in public education where I taught English, Drama, and Special Education for twenty years and served as an administrator for over ten. Over those same thirty plus years, I completed my Masters in Education, all the core courses of the Co-Active Life Coaching Training Program from the Coaches Training Institute in California, the training to become a licenced facilitator for Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care training sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Threat Risk Assessment Training through Lethbridge College and the RCMP, and additional yoga certification courses including The Subtle Energy Body Intensive at Deva Tree School of Yoga. Serving as a high school teacher, administrator, life coach, Covey facilitator, palliative care volunteer, and a responder for the school board’s Traumatic Events Response Team has enhanced my growth and work as a yoga instructor. Retired from public education now, my complete focus has fallen joyfully and directly onto the teaching of yoga where I can bring all these life experiences together to help people to deepen their appreciation and awareness of the body, mind, and spirit connection, its interconnectedness to nature, and its power to transform lives for the greater good of the individual and beyond. I believe that when a person grows his/her ability to authentically love and honour his/her own magnificence, not only does that person’s sense of well-being, peace and joy expand, but the wellness of others and the plant blossoms also.