The first yoga class I attended was about nine years ago. To be honest, as I have always been naturally flexible, I assumed (incorrectly) that yoga would be an "easy" thing for me to get into. Through practice, I've learned that is not exactly the case. Something as easy as sitting can be made difficult by trying to enjoy the moment, and to be present. Something as difficult, and inaccessible, as a handstand, can be made easy by accepting that it doesn't need to be "perfect". There is such an incredible depth to yoga that I have just begun to discover.
I will now say, yoga, has been both the easiest and hardest thing I've done, and I hope to help anyone discover that amazingly imperfect balance for themselves.
My journey into yoga started even before practicing yoga per se. I used to be a ballet and contemporary dance student and teaching assistant in Bucharest, Romania, before moving to Calgary in 2015. After having my son, I felt the call to get back into wellness and body awareness practices, thus I followed my gut and jumped right into yoga. It just felt so right.
First practicing, then teaching, yoga has become a way of life, a clear focus of what my purpose is: to serve and offer the energy and space people need in their lives to be able to come back to their natural selves.
If I ever feel I need more clarity, I get onto the mat and speak my personal mantra:
May I speak the truth they need to hear.
May I show up as my most authentic self.
May I channel healing energy.
May I serve them well.
And all becomes well again :)
I truly stumbled unto the path that is yoga. I was invited to a class by a close friend of mine and fell in love with the practice shortly after. It was my first time in a yoga studio and being your somewhat stereotypical young man with a healthy competitive appetite. I pushed myself to keep up with the class. I left that class feeling exhausted yet relaxed, glowing with energy and craving more but with the utmost respect and admiration for the practice of yoga. I had never experienced something so physically and mentally demanding yet so peaceful and relaxing.
As I continued to grow on the path that is yoga, I was inspired by several of the yogic texts that gave me a perspective on life I had never seen before. I continue to grow letting yoga seep into every aspect of my life as I explore new ideas and meet new and amazing people along the way. Let us grow and learn together as we continue our journey down life's many paths. And most of all, love your practice! Namaste!
I am always both a student and a teacher of Yoga. I will challenge you to push past your self limiting beliefs to find out what you are TRULY capable of. I will bring my best to the studio each time I step into it. I will both encourage and care for my students to get the most of their practice EVERY time we meet on the mat. I will bring a killer playlist and some light-hearted humour. Together we will work hard, we will be mindful, and we will have fun! My goal is that my students leave the studio feeling "that was exactly what I needed today!".
Outside of the studio I am a mother to 3 humans, 1 dog and 1 cat. I am a partner to 1 handsome man (who also has 3 gorgeous children), a daughter to 2 amazing parents and a loyal friend to many beautiful souls. I am a lover of good coffee, great food, travel adventures and obviously: YOGA! I'm honoured to be part of the Unity community and I look forward to seeing you in class!
Who am I??
I’m definitely not who I used to be. I have made changes to my body and mind. I was sleepwalking through life. Trying to “Fit in”. Identifying with other peoples expectations of me. It was a rough road. YOGA just called to me!!
After starting my yoga practice I instantly felt the benefits. I completed my Yoga Alliance Certificate in 2011. I have received certificates of training in Yoga Nidra, Thrive, Yoga for Kids,Therapy Ball and Barre Training.
My personal Yoga practice is over 24 years. Yoga has helped me through life being more present and positive. Accepting people for who they are, listening to their stories and being non judgment. It’s made me a better person. Next to yoga I love to garden, cook, down hill ski, hike. I LOVE spending time with my family.
As most yoga journeys begin, the desire for change towards a positive direction is needed.Throughout my youth, I had worked hard to acquire my flexibility and strength through 16 years of rhythmic gymnastics and other physical fitness activities. At first, my yoga practice was explored exclusively for its physical and healing benefits. I needed an activity that would not only maintain and challenge my flexibility further, but restore past injuries. Naturally, after a couple years of practicing yoga while I was in college in Red Deer, I was presented with the opportunity to expand my knowledge in yoga through teacher training. My second weekend of teacher training I was asked "Who am I?” the answer was supposed to be simple. The more I thought about the question I noticed I became anxious by not having an answer. I realized, somewhere along the way I lost touch. I stopped living my life wholeheartedly and disconnected from my most authentic self. Upon reflection, I felt it was due to the fear judgement and rejection. This was the defining moment in my life where I knew major changes in the way I was living were going to happen, whether I was ready for them or not.
My life outside of yoga, for the majority of the time is spent being pulled in multiple directions. I am usually between volunteering for Elevate Aviation, a non-for-profit organization inspiring and educating women in the world of Aviation, a Flight Instructor at the Calgary Flying Club, a Holistic Nutritional Consultant, and being a gymnast representing Team Canada for the World Gymnaestrada in Dorbin, Austria this summer 2019. Not to mention, I will always squeeze social time to adhere to my extroversion. Yet, yoga helps me balance my busy schedule, mentally and physically, by teaching me to have patience with myself and providing me with tools to practice mindfulness, and maintain peace of mind during the more uncontrollable moments in my life.
The most important lesson yoga has taught me is how valuable having self-awareness is. This was the key for me to build stronger relationships and remain true to myself. What I love most about being a yoga instructor is the ability to engage in my creativity by guiding yogis through their practice with playful and challenging sequences, because they too are experiencing positive change for themselves.
The ease and flow of Asana (yoga in the physical sense) came easy to me. Growing up a dancer, movement was an innate way of expression. What kept my attention and discipline to the mat was how yoga left my over active mind feeling refreshed and energized. In 2016, the studio where I held a dedicated yoga practice announced they were offering a Yoga Teacher Training. A convenient coincidence that was, as it came to me during a moment in time where I intuitively knew I was in search for more connection - in need of a deeper spiritual shift. Yoga has been a powerful tool for my self study. This journey of yoga exposes parts of us that we have worked hard to repress and bury. Yoga allows us feel not only the good, happy and joyful feelings but helps us work through the dark and sticky turmoil that we all carry. Yoga has given me strength and courage, it has taught me how to become present, quiet the chatter of my mind and live with intention and purpose. Most importantly, yoga shined light on the path to connecting with my true authentic self.
Aside from being an eternal student of yoga. I am passionate about mental health and addiction rehabilitation, outdoor adventures light me up in a big way, I love my family and dog the most and I would consider myself a rule breaker in all the best ways possible.
To be in a position to share a valuable teaching, such as yoga, is truly an honour. Looking forward to connecting on the mat. Love & light!
I was dragged to my first yoga class back in 2005 by my best friend. The only thing I really remember about those first few classes is how hard I had to work at not giggling through savasana! I've never really been an athletic or active person, but something about the yoga classes kept me coming back. I have tried many fitness classes over the years but the only thing I continually returned to was yoga. After consistently practicing for a while, I fell off the 'yoga wagon' and then truly noticed the changes yoga had made in me, both physically and emotionally. Without yoga I became stagnant. I began to feel stuck, both in my thoughts and in my body. I felt stale, weak, and uninspired. After one more time back on my mat I realized yoga is what makes me a better version of myself and inspires me to keep moving and growing in every area of my life. It lifts me up and gives me the light to see through any dark feelings I may have, and the fire to keep burning and changing. I enjoy lighthearted teaching with some jokes and laughs thrown in along the way and hope all my students leave class with a smile!
My practice began about 6 years ago. I remember the exact night of my first yoga practice; a simple, small physical alignment cue had allowed me to engage with my body in such an astounding way. Today, there is nothing more blissful to me than to help facilitate a connection between a student's mind, movement, and breath. Helping them to find their ‘aha’ moment mentally like from an emotional release from Nidra meditation, physically holding a posture they never have before, and spiritually igniting passion, creating presence and balance on and off the mat.