I started my yoga journey when I was recovering from a serious hamstring injury. I was having trouble walking and had heard that yoga could help. I had always wanted to give yoga a try but I was intimidated by the popular yoga culture which I had perceived. I didn’t want to get judged for being 270 lbs. Eventually, I just started taking some beginner classes and I found that I really enjoyed it and there was no judgement. There were even some teachers who were super helpful in showing me ways to alter my poses to accommodate my injury.
I spent a few years just going to studios and practising on my own. I kept finding myself wanting to share what I was learning about yoga with my friends but I felt that I didn’t have the skills to teach. I spent some time working as a volunteer at one of the more popular yoga studios in Kelowna and during that time, I found that I really wanted to teach someday and maybe even own a studio of my own.
I kept my eye out for a yoga teacher course that would fit in with my work schedule and in 2015, I found one. I made some arrangements with my super supportive family to pay for the course and talked with my work to make sure I could get the time off to take it. Once a month for one day was easy to make happen. From the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2016, I worked hard to learn the poses, philosophy, and language of yoga. It was one of the best personal growth opportunities I have ever had.
In the summer of 2016, I started working with my friends to build up my teaching skills and from there I figured out that I love working one on one with people to help them grow their yoga. From there, I built a website and a Facebook page to help spread the word of my offering.
Today, I teach private classes in the comfort of a home environment and sub for teachers at Tandava Yoga Studio. It is my goal to give my students the foundation skills they need to safely grow their yoga, free of any injuries and help them recover from their own.