In 2009, I was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008-2017 I served as the Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and Riverview Hospital where I developed and delivered a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues.
I also serve as the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth as well as a training facilitator and mentor with Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2010 I completed a training to teach yoga in military communities with Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD and in 2017, I completed a 300-hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) facilitation at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA.
In 2017, I completed the EMDRIA approved 50-hour Basic Training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I’m a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, Yoga Therapy International and the Vancouver School of Yoga and a project coordinator and instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies in addition to being a yoga therapist at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.
I’m a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) as well a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.
“Your authenticity is your power. Your passion is contagious. Your commitment and accessibility (emotional and spiritual) is inspiring. You facilitate with fact and insight. A wonderful experience.”
Participant, The Therapeutic Relationship, Ajna Yoga Victoria, BC, October 2014