I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience and adapt several ancient wellness practices from Indian and Chinese lineages into the wellness philosophy I use personally and share with students today.
My upbringing was influenced by Hatha yoga as taught by my mother, Mary Deslaurier and her teacher Margaret Seidel. Hatha yoga originated in India from writings by Patanjali called the yoga sutras, written in Sanskrit around 400 AD. Patanjali described yoga as an "eight-limbed path" that outlined a moral and purposeful life from the outside to the inside. Physical postures being only one of those limbs.
This upbringing led me to a 12 year career studying and teaching yoga. The first style of yoga I shared was vinyasa yoga as passed down by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya developed Vinyasa Krama as a way to revive Hatha yoga in the early 1900s in Mysore, India. In this style, the combination of pranayama (breathing) and asana (postures) became an integral part of meditation instead of just a step toward it.
My teachings soon developed to include mostly yin yoga poses and philosophy. Yin yoga was created by Paulie Zink and adapted by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. It originated from the ancient Taoist health practices, philosophy and spiritual traditions of China. Being in harmony with the rhythm and flow of nature is the essence of Taoist philosophy. This practice introduced me to the studies of mindfulness which I still use for stress-reduction today.
Finally, my exploration of mind-body health practices concluded with Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep. This practice is adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from the traditional tantric practice of nyasa. I followed teachings from the Bihar Yoga tradition to develop a personal practice as well as a tool to share with my community.
In addition to the study of these ancient practices my degree in Health & Physical Education from McGill University in 2011 has influenced my modern approach to yoga for recovery and physical health. Whatever subject I find myself teaching I will always call upon these wellness teachings for my own well-being as well as the well being of my colleagues and my students. Without foundational wellness there is no learning, there is no growth.
I am very grateful to live and share these practices on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Lekwungen-speaking people (Victoria BC).
Teachers, Mentors, Authors & Healers
Mary Deslaurier - Yoga with Mary
Elizabeth Hagan - Heart Song Yoga
Ryan Leier - One Yoga
Tina Pashumati James - Loka Yoga
Carly Forest - Carly Forest Yoga
Natalie Rousseau - Living Yoga
Padma - Padma Meditation
Laurie Piazza - Mindful Living
Rachel Sadava - Fernwood Yoga Den
Tracey Noseworthy - Tracey
Natalie Wright - One Yoga Victoria
Indra Devi - Yoga the Techniques of Health and Happiness
Sarah Powers - Insight Yoga
Elena Bower - Art of Attention
Erica Jago - Art of Attention
Julia Cameron - Artists Way
William J. Broad - The Science of Yoga
Mark Stephens - Yoga Sequencing
B.K.S. Iyengar - Light on Yoga, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Rod Stryker - The Four Desires
Srivatsa Ramaswami - The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga
T.K.V. Desikachar - The Heart of Yoga
Kaminoff Matthews - Yoga Anatomy
Swami Satyananda Saraswati - A Systematic Course in the Ancient Techniques of Yoga and Kriya
James Hayter - Sounds of Transformation
Swami Satyananda Saraswati - Yoga Nidra
Sony Baron - Baron Counselling
Dr. Aditi Jeannette Ruth Holden - Birdsong Naturopathic