In 2003, at the tender age of 20, I learned the words to a traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayer called the Four Immeasurables, also known as the brahmavihārās:

loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity

Maitri – Karuna – Mudita – Upeksanam – Sukha – Dukha –

Punya – Apunya – Visayanam – Bhavanatah – Chitta – Prasadanam

 

When I began to study Yoga in 2010, I saw the connection with Yoga Sutra 1.33 from Patajali. The Four Immeasureables practice began with pre-Buddha sages and the Sutras highlight how to cultivate these four heart-centered qualities in daily life.

I honour Yoga as an ancient tradition and offer great gratitude to all of my teachers. 

I practice trauma stewardship and believe that Yoga on and off the mat is a pathway to personal transformation and collective liberation

As an educator, my approach is trauma-informed to meet diverse needs with care.

I am a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500).

Since 2000, I have worked in the field of settlement and integration

- first with recently arrived resettled refugees to Canada, then coordinating a Connecting Cultures group for immigrants from around the world, and ultimately writing public policy for the federal government on Community Connections.

I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Arts (MA) in International Development and I work to build welcoming and inclusive spaces.

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