I signed up for my first Hatha yoga class while I was at UBC studying Exercise Science. I noticed right away how yoga brought my body into a state of balance and the importance of bringing quiet into my busy world. It was when I moved to Pemberton that yoga became part of my routine with the introduction of teachers Leslie Young, Cathy High and later Kristin Campbell and Julia McCabe. For me, yoga is like “coming home”. What started out to be physical reasons for practicing yoga became more about connecting to an inner brightness the more I worked with breath and movement. My almost daily yoga practice has taught me so much about my body and the amazing realization that the body is fully capable of finding balance when you allow it to.
I finished my yoga teacher training in June of 2010 with Kristin Campbell of YYoga. It was here that I was introduced to Anusara yoga and went on to study with Chris Chavez in the Anusara line of yoga, completing Immersions I-III. I have taken Yoga therapy workshops with John Friend, Martin Kirk, Patrick Creelman and Jonas Westring all in the Anusara tradition.
I completed my degree in Physical Education specializing in Exercise Science at UBC before attending the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, graduating in 1996, as an RMT. I have always had a great interest in the human body which continues to be one of my favorite subjects. Taking a holistic approach in the care of my clients is my aim through my knowledge of health and wellness. I incorporate Myofascial release therapy into my treatments to aid the body in finding a sense of ease and balance. My love for the outdoors brought me to Pemberton and the small town mountain culture that I found here has allowed me to truly connect with my community. I enjoy yoga, skiing in the mountains, mountain biking, trail running and just plain old moving my body!
At the age of 22 years, after an adventure filled time of river raft guiding, tree planting and traveling, I decided it was time for a real career. I was accepted into the West Coast College of Massage Therapy program in Vancouver in 1991. I graduated in 1993, as an RMT, feeling very fortunate that I had chosen a career path that I had an affinity for and enjoyed very much.
Since then, I have worked with many great teachers in post-graduate courses, mostly focusing on fascial and craniosacral therapies.
I feel lucky that I still enjoy the various aspects of my work; the actual physiological changes that occur in a client’s body, the interactions with the client and the rewarding feeling of helping someone out of a painful, restricted state back into optimal health.
I hope to become ever more receptive and effective in my role as a health care practitioner.
Julie (RMT) graduated from Ontario’s Centennial College in 2003 and the AIT program from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007 when she moved to BC. She currently practices in Whistler and Pemberton. She integrates her training in myofascial, visceral, sports and Thai massage to help assist people to become more active and aware of their bodies and health. Prenatal and postnatal massage, labor support/Doula, and infant massage instruction have been a large focus in her career.
Observing the movement of life from a place of joy,
Rya sees the yoga she teaches as a practical application of Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Rya is certified at the 500 hour level. She trained in Rishikesh, India, with bliss-inspiring Yogi Vishvketu and The World Conscious Yoga Family. She also holds a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics, program Exercise Science, from U.B.C. and a Bachelors of Education. Her understanding of the body and love for learning shines through in her practice. With both a science background and experience in the subtle wisdoms of some yogic traditions, she is fascinated by the interconnection of it all. Presently she is studying the teachings from the MCEO – AL-Hum-Bhra Magistracy Councils to deepen her knowledge of this and to expand her meditation practice.
Rya inspired by the nature of infinity, infinite nature, my true nature, everyone in nature 😀