In my former life, I was an overachieving PhD candidate with an abundance of stress. Then, at 32 with a toddler and an infant, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and almost died. Despite nearly 15 years of yoga practice, I had become "too busy" for yoga.
It was time to reconsider how I was living my life.
I survived due to the incredible generosity of an anonymous bone marrow donor, and I discovered the benefits of private yoga therapy during my cancer treatment. These sessions eased my anxiety, helped me sleep properly, and made me feel whole again. Soon after, I abandoned my stressful academic career and immersed myself in yoga. After years of study and practice, I have completed my 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification (RYT500) in therapeutically oriented yoga. I am now pursuing my full certification as a yoga therapist according to the guidelines of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, of which I am member.
My yoga work focuses on trauma, chronic pain, anxiety/depression, and brain injury. I have also recently returned to complete my PhD, looking at the effects of trauma on post-conflict reintegration. I offer private therapeutic yoga and was formerly the yoga director for the Real You wellness program at the Ottawa Police Service. I am also a teacher with the upcoming LoveYourBrain program at PranaShanti Yoga Centre in Ottawa. I am very passionate about bringing the therapeutic benefits of yoga to people who may not normally practice yoga or who can't access studios or gyms. My training includes internships at the Burnaby Mental Health & Addictions Centre and the Maplesoft Centre for Cancer Survivors.
With a yoga background ranging from Bikram and power yoga in my twenties, to Krishnamacharya, Iyengar and Ashtanga in my thirties, I am especially passionate about the overall physical, spiritual and psychological benefits of yoga, using my own cancer recovery, and experience as a yoga therapy patient, to help others. As a competitive triathlete who understands the agony of suddenly being sedentary, I also use yoga to help athletes recover from setbacks and cope with the mental frustration of being injured.
My goal is to help you build more a resilient mind and body through yoga, leading to a more resilient life.