“You have to become your own teacher and your own disciple.” Krishnamurti
When I entered my first yoga class, I was 39 years old and living in Toronto. My objective was to improve my fitness and I did become stronger. Although my fitness improved, so did my mood, concentration and ability to cope with life in general. So much so that after a few months I was hooked.
In yoga, I found a physical discipline that addressed the union between the body, mind and spirit. Through my practice, I came to learn that we cannot separate these three elements within ourselves; that they are inter-related and inter-dependent and by becoming aware of this, we can reach our astonishing potential in our lives.
The yoga I teach has been influenced by the many wonderful teachers I have studied with in the schools of Vinyasa Flow, Scaravelli-inspired, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. Ultimately, though, I teach from my own practice that has emerged from my working on my mat.
When I studied to become a yoga teacher, I developed a keen interest in the bio-mechanics of the body. This has been useful since many people entering my classes do so because of some physical challenge, be it a painful back, limited mobility or joint pain. I’ve been able to address these issues with care, attention and a basic trust in the individual’s own intelligence and their capacity to heal themselves.
My classes are structured to allow each practitioner to develop his/her own practice. I believe this is vitally important. There are no two people that will experience exactly the same quality when they practice. Therefore, each individual is allowed to develop at his/her own rate and style. I encourage practitioners to break away from my instructions if it suits them. If they would like to work harder on one side of their body than on the other, I encourage them to do so. If they would like to experience their balance while using the wall for support, that too is encouraged. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see one or two people carrying on with their own practice, apart from the rest of the class.