I started practicing yoga in the 90’s as a way to work with my own stress and anxiety. When I moved back to the GTA in 2003 I decided to do a yoga teacher training with Esther Myers. I didn’t plan on teaching, but thought that yoga would be a useful tool in my career as an occupational therapist. But then I discovered that I loved teaching. I believed that I was making more of a difference as a yoga teacher than I ever could working inside the medical system. Eventually, I retired from OT (in 2016) and since then have made my living as a full-time yoga teacher and freelance writer.
As an education junkie I’ve continued to take courses every year and have discovered, to my delight, that I’ve barely scratched the surface of what yoga has to offer. For thirteen years I had the privilege of mentoring with and assisting my guiding teacher, Michael Stone, until his tragic death in July 2017. My hope is that his work, his wonderful sense of humour, his creativity, and his exceptional kindness will live on in all of his many friends and students. I aspire to embody his unique blending of traditional yoga and buddhist teachings, with Western psychology, philosophy, and social/environmental activism.
I count myself lucky to study and work with many other talented, inspiring people and I include many of my students among them. My approach to yoga is eclectic, drawing from several lineages (Scaravelli, Ashtanga, rehabilitation medicine and movement science) and I teach meditation based on the Vipassana tradition. I am Bonefit® certified (osteoporosis) and recently completed my Level One Yoga Tune Up ® certification. I belong to a fabulous sangha called Gravity which meets in Toronto every Tuesday night and which is open to anyone who is interested in supported meditation practice.
Yoga is a process of self-exploration and brings the mind and body together in novel and challenging ways. It is about embracing life in spite of all the challenges and pain it can entail. And it’s about friendship, laughter and “travelling the path with care.”
Looking forward to learning about you,
If I was asked to describe myself in one word, that word would be seeker. I am a restless soul with the need to keep learning, exploring and meeting new people.
I am also a paradox as I’m content to spend a Saturday night cocooned at home with my husband, who, to quote Jane Austen is, “the best of men”. I love being around my two daughters who are joyous, spontaneous, and if you catch us on a good day, not driving me crazy.
And I love working with Elaine.
I will be the person sending emails or making phone calls. I will be answering your questions and providing direction. You can meet me at a one of the wonderful workshops we hold.
Our feline staff members: Thomas (top) and people-greeter Pangur Ban (bottom).
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves…
from “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver