I am a lifelong student and graduate of Shiva Rea's renowned Prana Flow teacher training program. I have been studying directly with her since 2006 and am honoured to assist her on international retreats and teacher trainings. The roots of all my teachings flow along the veins of this lineage. In 2019 I completed the Yoga Studies Program at SOAS, University of London with leading researchers on from the Hatha Yoga Project, including Dr James Mallinson, Dr Jason Birch, Dr Mark Singleton and other luminaries. My research paper outlined the connections of pre-modern practices of tapas, and the influence it had on the development of medieval Hatha Yoga. Each year, I travel to CVN Kalari, Thiravanantapuram, India to continue my traditional studies in Kalarippayat. Over the past two years I have been studying with Frey Faust and Fransesca Pedulla and the Axis Syllabus community in non-linear movement modalities and functional anatomy. Alongside this, I have completed thousands of hours of yoga teacher training in the practice of Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Therapeutics, Anatomy, Philosophy, Mantra and Chanting, Mahayana and Vajryana Meditation, Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Massage, Classical ballet. I have a passion for teaching pre and post natal yoga, and support my clients as a Birth Doula.
Aotearoa- Land of the Long White Cloud
I grew up in beautiful New Zealand, with a loving family. My mother took me to ballet classes, and my father took me to rugby games. I spent my summers running free on a farm at the beach. I went to University and completed post graduate studies in fluvial geomorphology ('flow'). In hindsight, this was an interesting choice, as I now study the ecosystems of the body, and am endlessly fascinated with finding states of flow through movement practice. I still return to New Zealand every year, to live on the land and unplug in the beautiful and remote Far North.
The Asia Diaries
By 21, after many years of reading old copies of National Geographic, I travelled to Nepal and India to spend time in the Himalaya. This trip 'evolved' somewhat, and I ended up calling this part of the world home for the greater part of my adult life - almost a decade.
My shameless attempts to learn several languages at once, and insatiable curiosity to understand all that I saw around me, landed me a job as a tour guide for an Australian company. Based in Saigon, Vietnam, I led adventure tours for small groups throughout South East Asia and China visiting sacred places, bustling cities, and areas of unspoilt natural beauty for three years. This was a dream job for a nomadic 23 year old with an incurable appetite for adventure. I had a daily ashtanga vinyasa yoga, and mahayana (tibetan) meditation practice as a university student in New Zealand. But my practice really deepened whilst travelling on the road. I travelled and stayed at holy pilgrimage sites, and temples throughout Asia, developing a broader living awareness of Eastern Philosophy and culture.
I completed my first teacher training in Bali in 2004 and opened my small studio Breathing Room Yoga, in Saigon, Vietnam. This was not due to any false notions of expertise in the field, but because no one else was around to teach. My small-scale yoga experiment served both the expatriate and Vietnamese population. It grew from a very small home based studio, into a thriving community with daily classes under frangipani trees on the banks of the Saigon River. I hosted yoga retreats at beautiful coastal locations, and international teachers to come and offer teacher trainings and workshops. With small classes, I cultivated deep relationships with every student. We all drank fresh coconuts in the sun after class. People who could afford to pay me, did so. Local University students gave me 30 cents per class. Breathing Room Yoga had a heavy focus on karma yoga and service initiatives in our local community. It was completely free from all the commercialism and hype that surrounds the western yoga industry today.
This was the beginning of a path that I will never truly master, or fully understand. And I think that this is a very good place to be. In a world saturated with quick fix solutions for everything, and pseudo-experts everywhere, it is wonderful to be at ease with being a curious and dedicated beginner in this ancient and sacred lineage of teachings.
The Great White North
In 2009, I moved with my husband and two kids to Toronto. I had never experienced North American yoga culture before, and it was eye opening to say the least. But I recognised the great benefits that would come from teaching in a city with endless opportunities to refine my practice of yoga.
I was welcomed into my new home base at 889 Yoga, and stepped into a busy managerial role whereby I oversaw the programming and operations of three beautiful studio locations, and managed a schedule with over 120 classes per week. In 2011 I designed and launched the Living Yoga Program, a 200 hour teachers certification program that I directed until 2017.
In 2018 I became a co-owner of Octopus Garden Yoga Studio in downtown Toronto. This is a thriving downtown Toronto community studio that offers yoga, meditation and a world renowned teacher training program. I co-direct the 200, 300 and Pre and Post Natal teacher training programs. I continue to guest teach on other teacher training programs in the city, including Downward Dog Yoga Studio, IAM yoga, Mula Yoga and Muse Movement.
I've been lucky enough to travel and immerse myself in deep periods of study with many of the worlds best teachers. Most of the teachers I love are not so well known, just quietly teaching and living the practice without drawing much attention to themselves. It's a blessing to be fortunate enough to share the teachings of yoga to people around the world, one that I do not take for granted. Love and light to each and every one of you on your unique path...