I have been teaching yoga on the south shore of Nova Scotia since 2007. I studied at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax for my 200-hr and 500-hr certifications. I have also studied with Destiny Goldsberry for Forrest yoga, Biff Mithoefer for yin yoga, and Barrie Risman for alignment-based, heart-centred hatha yoga.
I found yoga at a particularly difficult time in my life, and I don’t believe that was a coincidence. Years later, my yoga practice (which happens both on and off the mat) continues to help me reduce anxiety and stress in my life. Not to mention that I am physically stronger and more flexible than I’ve ever been.
To me, yoga means rest and work at the same time. It is a time for me to get away from the busy-ness of my life and focus on myself for awhile, which allows my mind to slow down and settle. Asana, the physical practice of yoga, also works my body in a way that it doesn’t get much of on a regular basis. The work is in the stretching and strengthening of the muscles, and in the focus and attention that I give to each pose. The more attention that I give to my body as I do yoga, the more I find that I get out of the practice. And at the end, I always feel more peace within myself than I did before I started.
If you are reading this and you haven’t tried yoga yet, I encourage you to try it, whether with me or another teacher. You just may find something that you didn’t even realize was missing from your life.