WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised in the small village of Cameron, 2.5 hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario Canada.
TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR PERSONAL PRACTICE
I found yoga in 2006 by happenstance at Equinox in Santa Monica. In 2010 when a back injury had me re-evaluate my life, activities, workouts, relationships and with my yoga (you know; because I was the core power sculpt class yogi, I mean junkie), it was through my healing that I found different styles of yoga, like restorative, iyengar and yin, the slow more therapeutic really get into your body and feel into each posture and shape yoga. I was hooked and as I healed my own body without the surgery and medications that “were my only options” I knew I wanted to share this yoga with others.
TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I began teaching others in 2015, received my 200hr certification in June of 2017 and my Prenatal certification in October of 2017. I am extremely blessed to work with amazingly exceptional yoga mentors and master teachers like Pixie Kastrup, Jay Fields, Brenda Lear, Juliette Kurth, Patricia Starr, Emily Herokovich, Hala Kouri and Julian Walker. These greats have challenged me and helped me diversify my own yoga practice, this along with my private practice of somatic healing has shaped my style of teaching healing yoga.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?
My favorite posture is Savasana. It’s called corpse pose because it asks you to surrender completely. Surrender your physical body to complete relaxation, the mental body to silence, emotional body to your heart and spiritual body to connection with your essence, chi, life force, source energy. This is a challenge for everyone and something we are all always working on.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA/SPIRITUALITY/SELF HELP BOOK?
Gosh there are so many; White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte & Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown are fantastic reads for women, they are both empowering stories of a woman finding and owning her power and all the ups and downs that go with that.
ANY ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS?
Just Listen. Listen to the teacher, listen to your body, listen to your breath, listen to you heart beating. Go within and just listen. Yoga as a practice teaches us the opposite of what most of us have grown up learning. Yoga teaches us to go within for the answers, we are taught to look externally for the answers. You already know, just listen.
WHAT DOES “COMMUNITY” MEAN TO YOU?
Community feels familiar, warm, comfortable, loving, welcoming, available, inviting, embracing and empowering.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT VENTURA?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
The Young & Brave Foundation