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
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 into a solid Recession. Little work could be found. I'd been on a path toward Teacher’s College - a plan I hatched back in 6th grade - so of course, I applied to teacher colleges. It didn't pan out. I tried to trust the Universe had something else planned for me. I had no idea what that plan looked like as I'd always believed I'd become a school teacher. For the next decade, I journeyed through many jobs, many more relocations and did a whole lot of soul searching. It took something completely random to happen 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. It intrigued me and I am a very curious and inquisitive person.
Of course I checked out that class! I found myself in a candle lit room in 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 mere shadows but the warmth, the unified group pulse of breath and energy made the room feel charged with life. It was exhilarating. The experience resonated deeply. This was Autumn 1996. It was the beginning of my path into the healing arts of yoga and Thai Massage. Five years later, I took an inaugural 350 hr yoga teacher training with this same teacher - the one with the melodious voice. And 20 years later, I'm blessed to say I’ve worked this whole time as a full time yoga teacher, wellness consultant, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner & Teacher. I've accumulated well over 10,000 yoga teaching hours, thousands of Thai Massage teaching hours and shared many 1000's of Thai Massages as a practitioner.
Now based in both Toronto, ON & Durham Region. 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.