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 & 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.
From 2007 – 2018 I worked as a Yoga therapist at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side. I am trained to teach Yoga in military communities through Warriors at Ease have completed a 300-hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitation (TCTSY – F) at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA.
I currently serve as the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth Project as well as a training facilitator with Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing trauma informed Yoga programming to marginalized populations.
I’m an instructor at Ajna Yoga, Yoga Therapy International, the Vancouver School of Healing Arts, and Langara College Continuing Studies in addition to being a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). I’m a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.
These days I provide trauma informed yoga programming to the residents at Deborah’s Gate, a national, specialized program of care serving international and domestic women who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labor exploitation and Tupper Nova, a day treatment program which provides services to youth who have serious mental health concerns and are unable to attend their neighborhood school.
“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