Tell us a bit about yourself.
How did you first fall in love with yoga and what keeps you coming back?
I first fell in love with yoga after moving to Toronto to do my Masters. I was an anxious and stressed out student trying to find an outlet to help me deal with everything that comes along with being a student. I remember going to my first class and instantly falling in love with the way it not only made me feel during the class but also for hours after. It’s a feeling I can’t even really put into words, a feeling of being so present it is almost euphoric. That same feeling has not diminished and keeps me coming back years later.
How do you use movement to understand your body on a deeper level?
Movement has always played a large role in my life. Growing up I played different sports that always kept me active but I never felt like I was truly connected to my body. In my experience when playing sports everything is determined by your level of performance both as an individual and as a team, which does not always allow you to pay attention and listen to your body. Now years later I am finally beginning to understand my body on a deeper level through yoga. Yoga has given me the opportunity to slow down and not focus so much on performance but the way each movement feels in my body on and off the mat. This is something that I really encourage in my class to do, not pay so much attention to how the pose looks but rather how it feels in the body.
Talk to us about the mindset someone adopts in order to enjoy the process of developing their practice.
Through the process of developing a yoga practice you have to be open, open to learn,open to explore and most importantly open to receive. There are so many different paths you can take once you start a yoga journey and the more open you are the more you will be able to get out of the practice itself. Yoga isn’t just a movement practice, it is so much more. Everything being offered is done with intention so pay close attention to those details because they will totally change the experience.
What made you want to share your practice with others?
There was a moment when I started practicing regularly that I knew that it was no longer just a practice and I had to share it with others. I felt so embodied, like I finally arrived home in my body and the space around me. Which is a feeling that I knew I needed to share with others, focusing on providing them a space where everyone is welcome and everyone is seen and where I can hopefully create a space where they can feel at home in their body.
“I felt so embodied, like I finally arrived home in my body and the space around me.”
Talk to us about your transition to veganism?
I was vegetarian for a really long time before I became vegan. Initially going vegan was an opportunity for me to learn more about nutrition and cooking while improving my diet through whole grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables but now it is so much more than that. Being vegan is a really big part of who I am now and not just based on the food I choose to eat but also based on the way I want to treat the world around me. I’ve learnt a lot in the past few years by not being so caught up in the label of being vegan but just doing what’s right for myself and my body.