I am a passionate Mother, yoga instructor, holistic nutritionist, health coach and trained birth doula. I love to share my experience and support through grounding classes encouraging women to feel empowered through the sacred process of pregnancy and motherhood. I strive to provide an open and supportive environment for connecting and processing.
Amidst the challenging demands of motherhood, there is a great need for community and sharing to get support, normalize experiences, break taboos and embrace the potential for spiritual growth, making the irreverent, sacred. I feel a calling to support women through the challenges of pregnancy, birth and postpartum so each can blossom into the courageous Mother they are at their core.
I have been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2010. I find peace in the process of my own growth and by witnessing that in others, both through yoga and life. The thread of consistent practice continues to anchor me through the waves of life. I left a great desk job in 2012 to journey on a new path. I am a newly transplanted resident of the Cowichan Valley, a place I immediately felt connected with upon visiting. along with my young son and loving husband, we hope to contribute to this wonderful piece of the world and the people living here.
I am honoured to have been nominated for Best Yoga Teacher in Ottawa two years in a row (2016 & 2017) for the Ottawa Faces Magazine Awards.
Mindful Educators - Mindful Schools, currently enrolled (2019)
Mindfulness Fundamentals - Mindful Schools, currently enrolled (2019)
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training - Anne Wanda Yoga, Ottawa, 2019
Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children - Victoria Lynes, Ottawa, 2017
The New Wave of Yoga - Michael Stone, 2017
Fertility Yoga Teacher Training - Family Passages to Wellness, Vancouver, 2016
The Perinatal Pelvic Floor: A Workshop for Birth Professionals - Andrea Plitz, PT, Ottawa, 2015
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training - Blooma, Toronto, 2014
DONA Birth Doula training - DONA International, Montreal, 2014
Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) - Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Ottawa, 2011-2013
Holistic Health Coach - Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York, 2012-2013
Yoga Alliance Certified 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - Adishesha Yoga Zone, Ottawa, 2009
Ashtanga Primary Series Adjustment Training - Ashtanga Yoga Productions, Ottawa, 2008
Honours Anthropology/Archaeology Degree - Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, 1996-2000
I continue to study in my areas of interest which are: women's health, pregnancy and fertility, pranayama and chanting.