Yoga is my passion - teaching, learning and practicing. I am grateful for the opportunity to share Yoga with you.
I believe that I was always meant to teach Yoga, it just took me a while to find my way here. I was a dancer in my teens and was quite flexible, but I was very shy and not at all self-confident, so I was shocked when my Grade 10 phys ed teacher asked me if I would teach aerobics to the school. I refused, but I remember thinking that it would be great if I had the confidence to lead a class. I ended up pursuing a career in Medical Laboratory Technology, which took me to Riyadh for four years. While in Riyadh, I found myself wishing that I taught Yoga so I could teach classes on the compound - and I could actually picture it. This is all rather odd because I had never even set foot on a Yoga mat. Fast forward to 2001, married with one daughter, living in Bullhead City Arizona and the purchase of my first Yoga mat. I began a home Yoga practice, which continued off and on over the years as we moved back to Edmonton and had two more daughters. By 2011, in addition to my home practice, I had been attending regular Yoga-Chi and Fusion (a Yoga-based blend) classes at my local YMCA for a few years and had just begun taking Yoga classes at a local studio.
In the Spring of 2011, the Fusion instructor at the YMCA was in desperate need of a sub for the next day, and asked me to do it. I had never taught a class in my life and just thinking about it terrified me, but I heard myself saying "yes". I gathered up my courage, went in and taught the class the next day, and to my surprise it went well. Not long afer, I became a certified YMCA Instructor and took over the Fusion class. I earned my AFLCA certification in the Mind/Body designation in 2012, followed by my 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification in 2013. In the fall of 2015, I reached 1000 hours of teaching, thus earning the designation E-RYT200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours). In September, 2016, I received my 300 hour certification with the Yoga Association of Alberta and the following year, in August of 2017, I completed my 500 hour certification through Yoga For Today. I now hold E-RYT500 designation with Yoga Alliance and am also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). In 2021, I became an Intermediate Teacher with the Yoga Association of Alberta and have now taught over 4000 classes.
I will always be a student of Yoga as well as a teacher and I have continued to learn and to go deeper into my own practice. I have been fortunate enough to study with many amazing teachers over the years. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from the late Friedel Khattab - the first Yoga teacher in the Edmonton area - as well as Gerda Krebs, who graduated from Friedel's training program in 1971. The Yoga Association of Alberta was founded by Friedel Khattab in 1976 and I have immense respect for the organization, so becoming YAA certified was very important to me and I am very proud to have achieved this goal. I am now employed by the YAA as an Administrative Assistant. I am an avid collector of Yoga books, my favourites being original print Hatha books from the 60's and 70's. All of my Hatha Yoga books are valuable to me, but my prized possession is an original 1939 copy of Peter Kelder's The Eye of Revelation. In 2019, I became an author, publishing my own book, The Original Five Tibetans, an exploration of Peter Kelder's book. I teach workshops based on my book and hope to teach as many people as possible how to practice the Tibetans the way Peter Kelder originally intended eighty years ago. I teach Yoga and the Tibetans from my knowledge base, my experience and my heart.