Dharma is not what you do, what you should do, not even what you want to do, but what you were born to do. ~Aadil Palkhivala , class quote
My Story ...
I love what I do. There is no doubt about it. As one of my most current teachers - a teacher of teachers - says, your dharma is what you were born to do. In this moment, I feel I am doing what I was born to do. But ... it took many years figuring it out before this path lit up before me. I tried all different kinds of work on for size and have had so many completely different jobs over the years.
I graduated from university and plans didn't go as expected. It's effects changed the course of my life. For the next decade, I journeyed through an eclectic variety of jobs, many address changes and did a whole lot of soul searching. It took something completely random for things to shift. I received a voicemail intended for someone else. This melodious voice on the phone informed me a new series of yoga classes was to begin and call back for more information. This message, for a stranger from a stranger, changed my path. At this point, yoga was not a household word. I didn't know anyone going to yoga classes at the time. This message seemed like a sign. So ... Yes, I checked out that class!
A few weeks later, I found myself - literally and metaphorically - in a candle lit room inside a century old church participating in my first official yoga class. The anonymity of the darkened room encouraged turning the attention inward, the focus easily moved to the breath and body moving. The other people were literally shadows but the warmth, the unified group pulse of breath and energy made the room feel charged with life. It was exhilarating. Affirming. The experience resonated deeply. That was Autumn 1996 - the beginning of my path into the healing arts of yoga and Thai Massage. Almost five years later, I took an inaugural 350 hr yoga teacher training with this same teacher - the one with the melodious voice - and on it's heels, certified as a Thai Massage practitioner. And 20+ years later, I'm blessed to say I’ve worked this whole time as a full time Yoga Teacher & Trainer + Thai Massage Practitioner & Teacher. I've accumulated well over 12,000 yoga teaching hours, thousands of Thai Massage teaching hours and shared many 1000's of Thai Massages as a practitioner.
Now based in Durham Region east of Toronto, I am committed to holding space for people as they move attention inward and discover their body’s natural ability to move, rest and heal. Drawing from a rich background in movement and mindfulness, I ultimately seek to guide people toward living a healthy, vibrant life. Having honed my skills and developed areas of specialty in Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Chair Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage, it’s fair to say I support people as they navigate change during significant and uncontrollable life shifts using key tools of my trade – accessible movement, breath, mindfulness, yoga, deep conscious rest and compassionate touch.
Courses & Trainings - an abridged version ...
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology w/ Physical Education minor | McMaster University
Bachelor of Arts | Dramatic Arts & Theatre | McMaster University
Inaugural 350 Hr Yoga Teacher Training | Vinyasa Flow & Astanga based | Yoga Space, TO
Thai Massage Certification | Kam Thye Chow | Lotus Palm School | Montreal, PQ
Thai Massage Teacher Training | Kam Thye Chow (unofficial - Kam Thye called it 'Asian style'- as in over 2 years observing, assisting then teaching)
Wide Variety of Continuing Education trainings in Yoga with Darby, Hart Lazer, Ron Reid, Mark Whitwell, Seane Corne, Anodea Judith, Mark Finch, Ray Long, John Friend, Todd Norian, 100+hrs with Aadil Palkivala + more.
Thai Massage Training | Thai Foot Reflexology | Old Medicine Hospital | Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thai Massage Training & Chi Nei Tsang | Sunshine House School | Chiang Mai, Thailand
Table Thai | Thai Foot Reflexology | Lomi Lomi | Sukha Wong | Lotus Palm School | Montreal, PQ
Tok Sen | Sasighan Prasertsri (Sassy) | New York City, New York