I’m a Devotional Chant Artist and Yoga Teacher, CYA-RYT 200, in London, Ontario. My introduction to yoga began 20+ years ago. Over the years my once or twice a week yoga classes grew into an important daily practice. My ‘morning rituals’ have been a steadying force in my life during times of stress; a joyful, grounding way to start my day and a way to connect with the Divine.
Music has been a life-long passion starting with choirs when I was a young child and went through many forms before discovering Bhakti. Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotional chanting. Chanting the ancient Sanskrit mantras of Bhakti has brought so much love, light and transformation to my life. It led me to complete my Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.
My design partner, Susan Abramson, and I had a successful design company in Toronto, Ontario and in the span of ten years thoughtfully designed spaces for over 500 happy clients. Our practical approach to design helped clients to truly live well in their homes. My interest now lies in working with both the physical and energetic aspects of designing sacred spaces - spaces that reflect the inner world of those living there.
My life has undergone many significant changes over the last few years. Leaving a city I lived in for 25 years, leaving a job, a business, a marriage, friendships … clearing a path for a new life. The theme for this new life is surrender and trust. Surrender who I thought I was, all the things that I identified with … the good employee, the designer, the artist, the daughter, the business owner, the good girl, the reliable one, the productive one. I’ve surrendered the labels and am taking the time to learn who I am without them. Who am I really? What is it that I want to include in this new chapter. What have I learned through all of this? I have learned to say NO. And learned to say YES to the important things. What are the important things? Singing. Love. Yoga. Healthy Living. Spirit. Learning. Curiosity. Community.
When I asked how I would know what a good decision felt like, a beautiful spirit bear told me that I would know “because it would feel like LOVE.” And that, my friend, is how I am making decisions in this chapter of my life. It needs to feel like LOVE.
What feels like LOVE to me? Yoga, Music, Conscious Living. This is what has brought me home to myself, it’s what inspires me, what I’m most passionate about and motivates me to jump out of bed in the morning (most days with a song in my head!) And I trust this, I trust this knowing that feels like LOVE.
I’ve been the stressed out employee juggling what feels like a million projects, deadlines and responsibilities. I know what it is like to feel like I’m always running. I know what it’s like to feel like I didn’t have the time to slow down and I’ll tell you, that is precisely when I needed to slow down the most. It has taken a couple of years to change my ‘Toronto’ pace of doing, doing, doing. I am much happier for it, more balanced and at peace. I’m feeling clear about what’s a YES and what’s a definite NO in my life. I’m able to treat myself with more compassion, love and kindness. And in this way truly show up in the world.
Coming home to me means rediscovering that place of truth within, that place of surrender, of peace, of connection, the place of our own Divinity. This is important to me because it means I am better able to live my life in alignment with my own truth, with my heart’s deepest longings and with the flow of Life. When I am in that place of quiet strength, I am unshakeable. I stand in my power and take my place in the world. What I have witnessed with other women who unapologetically stand in their power, is a new vision of what it is like to embrace the feminine, stand up for causes and people we believe in, innovate, create and bring to life amazing works while nurturing and nourishing ourselves and others.
There are many paths to come home to yourself. You will know when you have found one that fits because it will feel like LOVE. I am honoured to be your guide on your journey home. xo
Training & Credentials:
500 hr Professional Level Yoga Teacher Training
200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Deva Tree School of Yoga
100 hr Integrative Anatomy
100 hr Whispered Wisdom: Yoga and Shamanism
50 hr Kirtan Academy: Bhakti Heart Fire
50 hr Restorative Yoga
50 hr Hands on Assists
Reiki Levels 1, 2 & 3, with Reiki Master Debbie Lear
Specialized Honours BA, Psychology
York University, Toronto