I love yoga. Yoga has opened entire new worlds to me – or perhaps I should say, re-introduced me to the world within me. When I started yoga, I felt like I found my way back to a sacred space inside myself that was familiar and comfortable, yet exciting and new all at the same time. My body became my own again and my heart and mind began to open in ways I scarcely recall them doing even in the glory days of my childhood in Canada.
I am passionate about helping others to experience this same INventure – an adventure into their inner world with yoga as a key tool on the journey. I provide guidance and encouragement to students as they grow appreciation of their bodies, themselves and the world.
MY “PAST LIFE”
I got my Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. At the time of my graduation, I didn’t feel equipped to go into counselling at the tender age of 21 and certainly couldn’t face the prospect of life in a research lab. From my limited vantage point at the time, I thought those were my only options. Either those or further education…
Having had enough of dissecting things, I changed my focus and got my graduate diploma in Information Technology from ITI. I was well placed in the pre-Y2K hysteria to launch a lucrative career in IT. For nearly a decade I worked on legacy systems, website development and customizing enterprise relationship management software in Canada, the US and New Zealand. At the pinnacle of my time in the IT world, I managed a team of computer programmers for Ernst &Young in New Zealand.
And I was miserable.
Having been a figure skater and a tap, jazz and ballet dancer as a child, being confined to an office for 80 hours per week was unsatisfying. My lifelong passion for wellness and nutrition kept beckoning me and there came a day when I could no longer ignore it.
THE BEGINNING OF MY YOGA JOURNEY
I left the IT world and took a year to figure out what I wanted to do. I honestly had no idea and I was too burnt out to even begin rationally considering my options. Toward the end of that year, I was staying with a friend in a community that had no gym. Having been a committed gym bunny who had body image issues for years, the prospect of no exercise was horrifying to me. And so I agreed to do yoga with my friend, even though I was skeptical as to whether yoga would be an acceptable alternative to the gym for me.
Boy, was I wrong. After the very first session of the “Conditioning for Life” DVD (by Rodney Yee), I realised yoga not only met my physical fitness requirements but it also touched on something deeper. For the entire time I was struggling to keep up with the “silly yoga DVD”, my mind was totally focused on that and only that. Everything else faded into the background and when I resurfaced in the real world, things seemed more manageable.
From that day, yoga became my new passion. Every single day I got in front of that DVD and my friend began to teach me things she had learned in classes. My appetite quickly became ravenous and I went to find experienced teachers with whom to work. Less than a year after the inaugural DVD session, I had completed my first 350 hour teacher training.
THE ERA OF STUDIO OWNERSHIP
Since then I have had plenty more “a-ha” moments. Fairly soon after beginning to teach Shiva Rea blew my doors off. Less than six months later, I opened Yoga Unlimited in Wellington, New Zealand with my good friend and NZ yoga legend Lynda Miers-Henneveld.
I continue to study with various teachers. I love any thing that offers intelligent alignment to keep my body healthy and tantric philosophy that makes my soul sing!
So far, my yoga training includes Nicky Knoff’s Foundation Certificate (2005), Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa Immersion Program (2006-8) and ongoing study with various teachers including Simon Borg-Olivier, Desiree Rumbaugh, Shiva Rea, Twee Merrigan, BJ Galvan, Noah Maze and Tara Judelle. I am certified by the Yoga Alliance and I am an Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher.
In January 2012, I opened my solo venture Urban Yoga, in the heart of Wellington’s CBD.
My son was born in March 2014 inviting a massive shifting of priorities in my life. As of January 2015, I have handed over the studio to one of my long time students, Sarah Morris. I continue to teach because it is one of my great loves.