Nearly 20 years ago, I learned the words to an ancient Tibetan Buddhist prayer called the Four Immeasureables. The teaching of these "sublime attitudes" -- loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity -- planted a seed and when I began to study Yoga in 2010, I saw the connection to Sutra 1.33 from Patañjali.

 

As a lifelong student, I honour all wisdom traditions and give thanks to my teachers. I'm deeply inspired by the Celtic spiritual practices of my Welsh and Irish ancestors. 

As a facilitator, I draw together a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, including tools from Yoga as an ancient spiritual practice and modern techniques based on neuroscience. I'm a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Arts (MA) in International Development. My offerings are informed by 15+ years of social policy work and community development experience.

My approach to wellness is trauma-informed and anti-oppressive, meaning that:

  • I understand the impacts of trauma and share practical tools to build somatic and nervous system capacity. 

  • I actively work to uncolonize my body-mind and address systemic inequalities to support collective liberation.

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A note of gratitude to my root teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar, for sharing yoga with the world. Desikachar’s father and teacher T. Krishnamacharya is commonly referred to as ‘the father of modern yoga’. Desikachar’s therapeutic yoga program, called Vinyoga, focuses on adapting for the individual. His method encouraged individuals to attune inward with childlike curiosity. In 1966, when yoga was not a serious profession, things began to change when Desikachar started to teach Jiddu Krishnamurti, a famous philosopher whose health improved significantly under the guidance of Desikachar.