Students usually seek private yoga sessions because they are trying to find a solution to some sort of problem. Either they are too shy to attend public classes, they are injured or they feel they are just not ‘good enough’. Your first session will be completely different than follow up sessions. Consider scheduling some […]
You are good at advanced poses You know everything about anatomy and physiology You have a thin body You are very spiritual You always speak the truth You are vegetarian or vegan, never eat fast food and only eat organic You go to India to study You are very flexible and can put your foot […]
Imagine a light or a crystal in your heart and let it grow, radiate. Visualize it radiating from you heart and beyond…and then back. Begin by lying on your back or sitting up and place your hands on your heart. Tune into your own heartbeat. and remember a time when you felt love-of yourself, of […]
San – Idea of the heart/union Kapla – a rule that you will follow/possibility What is it? A sankalpa is a short sentence, resolve, declaration, intent or phrase about something that is of great importance to you that you would like to achieve in your life. It should come from your core beliefs about who […]
THERE’S A crazy downpour when you’re about to leave and you just can’t get out the door. And then your mom calls on Skype. A village ceremony closes the road and there’s traffic gridlock. It’s just one of those days. You’re late for class and you know that rushing to yoga is counterproductive. So you […]
From Retreats and Teacher Trainings I have hosted: This retreat has been a fabulous journey into mind, body and spirit. It is so very important to connect with ourselves and with each other & each part of our experience helped us to do this. Thank you so much Janet for creating such a sacred & […]
PREPARATION Please begin by removing watches, glasses, pony tails or restrictive jewellery. Ensure that your clothes are comfortable and loose. Lie on your back with your legs slightly apart so that the thighs don’t touch. Allow the feet to splay outwards. Place your arms along the side of your body, about 10 cm away, palms […]
“In yoga nidra, the consciousness is in a state between waking and sleep, but is subject to neither.” Swami Satyananda Saraswati History Contemporary Yoga […]
TIPS for guiding students from pose to pose For many new teachers, instructing students to get from pose to pose can be the most challenging part of leading a class. The words we choose to describe the movements of the body are very important and require practice, patience and time. Here are some tips to […]
‘Slow down, you move too fast.” Simon and Garfunkel’s 59thStreet Bridge Song The concept of slow as a movement began in 1986 when Carlos Petrini brought together like-minded Italians to block a McDonalds fast food restaurant that threatened to open near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Two years later, representatives from14 nations gathered in Paris to sign […]
Yoga has the ability to change and deepen our lives through the practice of conscious breathing, awareness of our bodies and thoughts and seeing the potential of who we can be. I have experienced this in my own life, and have seen it in the students I have taught and guided over the years. This ancient tradition offers much wisdom and insight that is relevant and applicable to our contemporary busy lives.
I started my yoga journey almost 30 years ago at the Kripalu Ashram in Massachusetts. Since then, I have studied a variety of styles and techniques in Canada and Bali such as Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Restorative, and Pranala. I have led over 20 retreats in Bali (oneworldretreats.com) and was on the facility of the 200 hr and 300 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Intuitive Flow (intuitiveflow.com) from 2011-2017.
I have recently relocated to Ottawa where I will be offering smaller groups of students more personalized instruction to help them reach their yoga and wellness goals.
I feel my primary role as a yoga instructor is to assist others to learn the importance of balancing both rest (through Restorative Postures and Yoga Nidra) and activation of energy and prana (through Vinyasa Krama and mobility movements). My classes are unique as I draw on a number of traditions and you may find yourself on the wall with some props, in partners, lying quiety in a simple posture, practicing pranayama or turning upside down, maybe giggling and perhaps safely falling down!
As a member of Yoga Alliance, I have completed 800 hours of training within their framework, and many more before they existed.