What’s your sign?
When you were 6 what did you want to be when you grew up?
At 6, it was probably a toss up between witch (loved making cauldron mud puddle potions with my dog and talking to trees) or not growing up at all (I had a concerns about becoming too big to hide under tables or too old for bedtime stories).
Top five all time favourite things?
Swimming in a clear, cool lake. Camping. Multi-day hiking trips. Travelling. Dinner with friends.
Tell us something that would surprise us?
I think most people are surprised to learn that I can feel quite anxious and stressed. I tend to seem quite calm and relaxed, but someone once told me I'm like a duck - I look pretty chilled while swimming on the water, but under the surface my little legs are going a mile a minute! I tend to take on a lot and am ambitious in what I can get done. A goal of mine is to reach a point where I naturally leave spaces in my schedule for things like walks, teas, drawing and hammocks.
My mama (the most incredible person in my life) or my best friend (met when we were 12, she's been my soul sister ever since). I wish I could say I always reach out when I'm sad, but I often stay quiet and work through it on my own. I often find my sadness morphs into reflection and self-inquiry. This is usually when I'm most likely to journal or pull a rune and think about what I want to change in my life.
What was your favourite thing about your yoga training?
I've done a few trainings and each of them are so different. In my first one, I was immersed and away for a month. I loved that yoga was the way of life. I was in an ashram following a yoga schedule every day with karma yoga (volunteering), meditation, asana, study, pranayama (breath work) and kriya (yogic body cleansing). I loved the immersion and knowing at the end of the training what a body and mind feel like after living a 'yogic lifestyle' amongst a yoga community for that long. I felt calm, strong, serene and supported. In my second training, I did it as weekend intensives over several months. What I loved about my second training is that it was centred around becoming a better teacher. The weekend formats let me take in new info and then apply it in my teaching classes for a month, testing it out and then being able to come back and review, progress and adjust with my teachers and fellow classmates. The support and the growth were incredible. Relearning the basics (we spent months dissecting downward dog pose!!) of each foundational pose and then how to 'see' a room of students and create a sequence based on what you see in their bodies, was and continues to be incredible!
What’s your favourite thing about Yoga Village?
I love the community and the accessibility. I love that Yoga Village honours the ebb and flow of life, that at times we can be more generous and support the practice of others in our community and that when we need, we can draw on that support. I believe that yoga and access to therapeutic alliterative modalities and healthy food (I'm also a nutritionist) is a critical part of good health. In my perfect world these things would be paid for by our healthcare, but until that day, I love that everyone in the community is free to join our classes without financial barriers. I also think we have the prettiest studio in the whole city!!
How do you connect to self?
In lots of ways, but it's taken a lot of time to learn how. I think I spent a good part of my life in a dysfunctional relationship with my own body. I wasn't very nice to it and didn't treat it very well. Through both my yoga practice and my nutrition work, I've started to develop a better relationship with my own body and mind. Now, I check in on myself regularly and try to be honest about what I need.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Everything! I feel so much gratitude for my parents, my friends, my travels, my education, my experiences, my freedom and most of all the incredible experience of being alive. This planet is so amazing and so beautiful. From plants to moons to water to bacteria. That we're made of stardust and dirt. That energy connects us all. That galaxies exist and the universe expands. That there's trillions of bacteria making their home on little old me. That my mama and her mama and her mama stretch back to the first hydrogen explosions of super nova bursts. That I have a heart that beats and is a part of any of it.