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.