I’m a registered yoga teacher and Continuing Education Provider (RYT500, E-RYT200, YCEAP) and a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner who brings a calm, supportive manner into my yoga classes and Reiki treatments to help students and clients feel comfortable with me, with themselves, and with their practice, healing, and emotional release.
But I didn’t start that way. I began my career after 10 years of post-secondary education in ecology as a field ornithologist, studying birds across Ontario, and in Alberta, Manitoba, and California. As a scientist, I published two scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and wrote numerous reports for the government.
I somehow ended up working in a high-stress provincial government office for several years, where I was a planning biologist, habitat biologist, project coordinator, and policy analyst. I know the physical challenges associated with stress and prolonged sitting well and now use my strong scientific skills to support the development of yoga sessions and workshops tailored to addressing those challenges. I also have a certificate in Creative Writing, have one short story published in a Canadian literary magazine, and have edited four books.
I’ve taken over 600 hours of yoga teacher training, including Hatha (500h) and Vinyasa (100h) through Moksha Yoga International, Trauma-Sensitive (15h), and Love Your Brain (18h), and have taught almost 2,000 classes and workshops since 2013. I love teaching. In addition to yoga, I’ve taught extensively across a range of disciplines for 20 years, including as a university-level teaching assistant and lecturer, teaching English as a second language in Japan for two years, and teaching community-level bird watching courses.
Yoga and Reiki have both helped me physically and emotionally, and I am excited to be able to help others in this way.