My life changed dramatically...
when I became a mother in 2008. It was like entering another universe. And yet, it has been an incredible process to integrate my mom self with my pre-mom self, merging them into who I am now. All of our life experiences are valuable, they shape who we are, and they inform our future experiences. I am grateful for all of the many places I have been, the things I have done, and the people with whom I have shared these times. And there is so much more to come!
In what sometimes seems like another life:
- I traveled alone to and lived in Zimbabwe and Zambia for 7 months at 18 years old. It was life-changing.
- I was a member of a thematic dance group during my teens that performed and held workshops about social issues in schools, community centres, Indigenous communities and large public events in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the NWT. It is among my favourite experiences growing up.
- I trained and worked as an American Sign Language-English Interpreter in schools, post-secondary institutions and freelance situations. Although I left this work, it was a dream fulfilled to have experienced it and to have gained the insights from it.
Yoga came into my life in 2002...
and has been a trusted companion ever since. I couldn't imagine my life without it, even as it evolves and expands on and off my mat.
Over the years, I have studied various styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Power, Hatha, Vinyasa and, most recently the Pranalife Method. Each style has fed into my current practice, along with study and exploration of joint mobility and stability, biomechanics, natural movement, alignment, boundaries and posture, and inspired by the work of Katy Bowman, Dr. Stu McGill, Julie Wiebe and Brea Johnson.
Through the eight years I spent as a stay-at-home mom,
deepening my home practice became an essential part of my broader yoga practice and overall wellness. To this day, it is always a profound experience for me to consciously make the transition from ordinary space to sacred space, to shift my attention to the deeper aspect of myself and be fully present and listen.
As we consciously choose how we move and understand why we're moving in this way, we also have the opportunity to look insightfully at how we think, act and live. This is how we start to integrate the full practice of yoga, to see all aspects of our lives clearly and move through our days with intention and freedom.
My strongest passion...
is in supporting and empowering women as they move through pregnancy, postpartum and menopause - the most powerful and transformative stages of our lives. I understand the desire to be confident in how your body looks and feels as you transition into motherhood. I was stunned at the resiliency of my body as it adapted to pregnancy and postpartum, and yet I struggled for a while with my new body, my mama body. A truth I have discovered is that although my body looks and feels different now, I know that I'm beautiful and stronger than ever before - on the outside and inside.
It is essential for us to tap into the deep inner well within us, to find real confidence and wisdom, to trust in our inner, authentic voice and let it guide us.