Though I was a young and fairly skeptical gym rat, I decided to try yoga as a way to heal from recurrent squash injuries. I fell in love with the physicality and discipline of the practice, but it was the mental and emotional impacts that really fed me. I completed 540+ hours of teacher training programs at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre and teach Hatha yoga, meditation, restorative yoga and related movement paradigms at various studios in Toronto. I continue to investigate a variety of meditative practices to reduce stress, chase enlightenment and get curious about the nature of consciousness. As a born striver, embracing what is - and being okay with it - is the foundation of my practice. My classes are marked by a commitment to joyful experimentation, accessibility and support. I really enjoy developing classes which are intelligently scaled to be safe without being predictable. I definitely embrace yoga as serious and sacred but encourage students to practice with a light heart and a sense of play. My practice and the classes I teach integrate creative movement that questions preconceived notions of what yoga can be, while practicing with integrity, intention, and energy. I aim to support students to build strength, mobility, and balance, and to get curious about how to practice in ways which speak to their own unique bodies and minds. I fundamentally believe that all classes I teach are "All Levels" yoga, meaning that whether a student is rolling out a mat for the first time, or an experienced yogi with a technically skilled practice, they can have a good sweat, learn something new and have space to find whatever it was that drew them to the mat in the first place. In addition to teaching yoga, I have been teaching high school since the late 90s. Beginning in 2014, I was able to combine the two and developed and started teaching “Yoga4Teens: Exploring Paths to Wellness”.
My approach to yoga is to create space to cultivate strength, empowerment, and empathy. I started practicing yoga seriously after a health issue temporarily limited my ability to engage in my usual physical activities. The safety and freedom I discovered on the mat led me to expand my diverse teaching practice to include yoga. My personal yoga practice is characterized by laughter at failure, joyful and sometimes ego-dominated attempts to stick a handstand, a deep respect for the art and intelligence of my teachers (including all of my students), and the beauty of learning in community with other yogis. One of my passions is teaching trauma-informed yoga for women and youth. An important lesson I have learned from my students is how much courage and compassion it takes to really tune into ourselves and engage with the world around us. I credit my yoga practice for keeping me grounded in my other work as a sexual violence prevention educator and gender studies professor. I completed yoga teacher training at Octopus Garden (200 YTT, 300 YTT, and Restorative YTT). I have also completed New Leaf Foundation’s Reaching In, Reaching Out: Yoga for Youth Training (focusing on making yoga accessible for underserviced and marginalized communities) and Yoga For All (focusing on accessibility for all bodies). My classes range from high-intensity, strength based practice that combines creative asana sequences with interdisciplinary movement, to restorative and therapeutic practice that require flexibility of body-mind-spirit.