I fell in love with movement at a very young age, always pushing my body to the limits to see what it was capable of. I began Tap and Jazz lessons at the age of five, and slowly over the course of 13 years added more disciplines such as contemporary, ballet, lyrical, etc until I could have a taste of them all. I began my teaching journey at 15 years old, when I taught my first dance class, and continued to grow in dance both as a student, and as a teacher for 8 more years. At the age of 19 I moved to Toronto to further myself as an artist, and expand my skills in the areas, of dance, voice, and acting.
I took my first yoga class in 2008 at a Moksha studio in downtown Toronto, little did I know that as I laid there in that heated room, that I was laying the foundation for years to come, and what would become a very nourishing and important part of my life. Over the course of three years I was blessed with the opportunity to practice many styles of yoga all over the GTA, but it wasn’t until November of 2011 that everything started to fall into place. After being told that the injuries I sustained from a car accident would probably be this way for the rest of my life, I knew that NOW was the time for yoga. In November 2011 I signed up at my local studio for their 30 days for 30 dollars promotion to new members. Determined to nurse my injuries and body back to health, through awareness, strengthening, and relaxation, I once again turned to yoga. What I found was Anusara inspired Hatha Yoga, which changed my life. Everything started to make sense, and fall into place. The message of intrinsic goodness, the knowledge these teachers had, and the way they could speak alignment so clearly, playing to the subtleties of the human body, and moving it in a way that made sense, I knew that I had come home. After one month of practicing this style, my entire body started to shift, and change. All the strength I had always tried to instil in my body throughout all my years of dancing and those first few years of yoga finally surfaced and became clear to me, and I was able to tap into this pool of energy that I had always felt was there, that I had always felt capable of. In April of 2012, I entered into my Anusara Inspired Hatha yoga teacher training, where I studied everything from the poses to anatomy, the energetic body, and yoga philosophy which dates back over 5000 years, and practiced steadily for ten months as I completed my 200 hour teacher training Program. I graduated in December 2012, and wrote my final exam in February 2013 to complete my training. I love yoga, because it teaches me how to better understand myself, the world around me, and my place in it, to contemplate everything and to look for the deeper softer messages that are all around us. It helps me to slow down, stop, and listen to that inner voice with compassion, and to nurture it like I would a child I love so dearly. Yoga has taught me self-love, which in this world is so important to have. I’ve found steadiness in uncertainty, and calmness in the chaos. My goal is to educate people about the mind/body connection, and cultivate health and steadiness in the body, and mind so we can live a happier, healthier, and calmer life. The vehicle in which I’ve found to do this the best is through my Yoga practice, and offering what I’ve learned as best I can , and to do it in a way that is opening, loving, and nourishing, for the body, mind, and heart of everyone I teach.
Qualifications and certifications:2012-2013 Anusara-Inspired™ Hatha Yoga Certification under Yoga Alliance