Yoga is an individual practice to support the self in feeling better by learning to become aware of one’s own thoughts, feelings and movements. As we come together to practice in the same room with others who are also focusing on their own self, respect of others’ differences and non-judgment is essential and helps us to see how we are all interconnected.
My aim is to make a class comfortable for those who feel marginalized in other classes but still want to discover the yoga benefits. You are invited to join me in creating an atmosphere of alliedness by recognizing our privileges and creating space for others (queers, transfolks, sex-workers, b&pocs, differently abled, abundant bodied, low/no-income).
I was introduced to yoga as a teenager while warming up for practice at the Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Toronto. I quickly became hooked on this gentle healing practice. In 1997, I began to more fully explore what yoga could offer and started practicing Iyengar and Ashtanga. Over the decade that followed I tried a variety of different styles (Kundalini, Anusara, Acro-yoga, Chi-Yoga, Bikram and Restorative) in Toronto and Vancouver. As someone who holds a lot of tension in my body, I found that yoga could help me release it and feel better. And as someone who loves to teach I’d often give lessons to friends and family. So in 2008 I attended the Yandara Yoga Institute to become a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, a 200h teacher training which is internationally recognized. I’m currently enrolled in the Svastha Yoga Therapy advanced teacher training program in Berlin, and recently finished the first module which focuses on yoga poses that support the healing of injuries, pain, and illnesses in the lower back, hips, legs, knees and feet. As the Lab resident at English Yoga Berlin through February and March, I offered a series of workshops based on this training.