I have been so fortunate to have three incredible Calgary studios invest in my new beginning, supporting me as a new yoga teacher and welcoming me to their family. They have offered me many classes to teach to grow my experience and are shoulders to lean on when I have questions about this new adventure of teaching. Yoga Passage, HotShop and Karma Calgary Yoga are all incredible studios with their own special communities that I love getting to know. HotShop recently asked me to answer some reflective questions for a teacher bio on their website and I found myself really enjoying the process of answering them. It is important to take the time reflect on what is important to you and what makes you happy, and I realize how little we do this as a culture. Here are my answers:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A full time yoga teacher and world explorer.
Describe your perfect day:
Wake up, put on a robe, have a fresh fruit smoothie/tea on a patio overlooking a beautiful view of the ocean or mountains. I’d then practice yoga and meditate on everything I am grateful for, followed by cuddles with the love of my life. Next, we would go on an adventure hiking in the mountains or kayaking along the beach to have a picnic at a place of peace, solitude, and natural, untouched beauty. After our adventure we’d come home to make dinner and create; maybe paint, make bracelets, write stories. I would end the day with more cuddling while gazing under the stars. A perfect day.
What motivates you to get up in the morning?
Knowing that each day is full of new adventures to experience, new places to explore, new friends to meet and new knowledge to learn.
Why do you do what you do?
I love to be surrounded by people that enjoy being active, caring for their health and see the joy in life. I love to teach and inspire others to look after their bodies and their minds and to be there to support and uplift. I love sharing what I love and what I love is the positivity yoga supplies to my life.
Advice for beginners?
We all started as a beginner at one point, so never feel like you are out of place. The most important part of your practice is that it is your practice; the teacher is your guide and there to supply you with helpful suggestions, but listen to your body and only take it to where you feel comfortable. Yoga is a healing practice, you shouldn’t take your body to a point of injury in this practice. Ask a lot of questions, try new things, but mostly listen listen listen to your body and be content with where it is today.
What does teaching mean to you?
It means knowing that I am making a positive impact in someone’s day and hoping it will have a snowball effect to affect positive change in the world.
3 words you live by:
Be kind, travel, laugh.
One thing you want to accomplish before you die:
Visit every Continent.
How do you want people to remember you?
As a giving, loving, and happy person who added positivity and compassion to this world.