How did you find yoga?
I grew up training and performing various styles of dance, and competitively as a provincial gymnast. When I was 18 and found yoga, it was a perfect step from my childhood routine and passions into a new, fun and diverse form of exercise. It began predominantly as a physical practice, then slowly evolved into something much deeper. It was through attending very inspirational classes and practicing with dedicated teachers where the elements of prana, mindfulness, and meditation came with ease. It was a very natural progression from my practice being mostly movement, to the connection with mind, body and breath.
The one class that changed my entire practice was in 2014 at Ahimsa Yoga in Toronto with JP Tamblyn-Sabo. He encouraged us to practice the full 60 minutes with our eyes closed, bringing our focus and attention inside and not worrying about external factors. It was one of those "ah-ha!" moments; yoga is about what's happening inside, not how you or anyone else looks. JP’s teaching inspired me to take his 300 hour yoga teacher training in 2016. I was interested in digging deeper into the philosophies, history and anatomy of yoga to enhance my own practice. I had no intention of becoming a teacher until I taught my first class and felt like a wizard. Walking around the practice room, instructing people to move in a positive, healthy way, while connecting with themselves and breath. All intended for the result of improving the way you feel - I still can't get over people thanking me for a class when really I want to thank them for making ME feel so good.
Now I crave yoga - I crave teaching it, practicing it, meeting people who love it and use it as a tool to continuously grow in many different directions.
Tend to my garden (growing food and flowers), spending lots of time outside camping, canoeing, running, exploring and soaking up the sun ~
I have so many favourite plants but my ultimate favourite plant is an Iris, for two reasons: 1) its name comes from the Greek word for rainbow and 2) every May for as long as I can remember, my mother would wake me up early to watch the irises blossom in our front garden hoping the blossoms would explode on my birthday and / or (depending on the year) Mother's Day.
Sweet or savoury?
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As an OG GSer since day 1, what's your experience been like since the studio's infancy?
Feels like I have joined a family and have helped it grow! I get the pleasure of watching more and more people come to the studio for classes, sweet events, and powerful workshops, all while creating meaningful relationships. I have become friends with people who come to my class and love all the other teachers dearly. Being with Good Space from inception to now has been such a wonderful ride. I've gone from hoping one or two people will show up to my classes to knowing I will see new and familiar faces every class. It's been a treat watching Good Space transform and grow into the lovely community hub it has become.
Photos by Sincerely Image.