You must be wondering what the term “Accidental Yogi” refers to. Ok, here’s the story… Back in 1991 I was struck by a car while riding my bike. I separated my shoulder and rotated my pelvis and this is when I began taking yoga classes with hopes of improving my mobility and strength.
Well, I wasn’t finished yet…In 1992 I slipped on black ice and broke my ankle. After surgery on my ankle I was stuck in a wheelchair. I practiced Iyengar Yoga for my upper body during that time which started my journey into yoga for people with special needs.
My experiences with Iyengar Yoga were so positive it led me into a deeper exploration of Iyengar’s healing elements. My ankle healed so well the specialist was amazed. I achieved with yoga alone and no physiotherapy.
I began my apprenticeship in 1995 under Senior Teacher Marlene Mawhinney at the Yoga Center in Toronto. I apprenticed in Yoga for people with special needs or limitations. In 1996 I was accepted into Marlene’s three year teacher training program from which I graduated.
I went on to prepare for the National Certification which I obtained in 2001 and have now completed 4 levels of National Certification and I’m now a Junior Intermediate 2 teacher in the Iyengar system. I have completed over 2,500 developmental hours and 500 therapeutic hours of training.
Also, to maintain certification, I am required to do 50 developmental hours per year through the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. It was both a lot of work and a personal transformation for me and my life path. I studied in India at the Iyengar Institute in 2005, 2010, 2014 and several times with the Iyengars at North American conventions.
I completed a 6 part therapeutic course from 2008 – 2014: it was done with Stephanie Quirk who comes directly from Pune, India of the Iyengar Yoga Institute, using yoga as a therapy for common ailments, to work with teachers of only the highest levels of certification. I continue to upgrade my skills as a teacher and I am currently pursuing the next level of certification in Iyengar Yoga under tutelage of Senior Teacher Ingelise Nherlan. Also completed are parts 1 & 2 of Elise Miller’s yoga for scoliosis.
My aim is to transfer this dedication into my classes and instil this learning into my students. My ultimate goal is to obtain certification as a recognized therapeutic instructor within the Iyengar Yoga Association.
In 2011 I was involved in a Breast Cancer and Yoga research project at the Yoga Space, Vancouver http://theyogaspace.ca and currently I’m assisting Louie Ettling in training teachers for National Certification in the Iyengar system.
The classes I teach have a focus on the students coupled with a bit of humor now and then to lighten things up. The world can be challenging sometimes and yoga is meant to relieve stress, not create more of it.
I am also a holistic practitioner specializing in aromatherapy, reflexology and lymphatic drainage massage; having graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Holistic Studies in 2005.
The Big Moment!
It was a big moment when I opened my Yoga Studio in 2006. I thoroughly enjoy helping others experience the incredible healing benefits of Iyengar Yoga. The response from the community has filled me with gratitude and continues to bring me satisfaction each day I come to the studio to teach.
So, as you can see, a series of accidents led me into a life as a Yoga Instructor. I guess I really am the Accidental Yogi! Yet, as I’ve come to discover, there really are no accidents.
Iyengar Yoga changed my life, that’s for sure. Maybe it can help heal yours in a way that’s right for you. I have the skills to assist you in your own personal journey…