I started yoga many years ago in 1987. Yoga and meditation have always been there for me through different stages of life in a diversity of places from Suriname, Scotland, the Southwest US to my current home, Toronto. Along side yoga I have had a long and rewarding career working with natural landscapes. I am enjoying this new opportunity to integrate my fascination with nature into guided restorative offerings.
I was introduced to sound therapy by Megan Marie Gates in 2016. Since then I have been exploring Sound Yoga and these amazing instruments because of their potency in inducing a calm relaxed state. My primary tools are Himalayan multi-metal bowls as these are particularly effective at connecting to our deeper brain waves where creativity and healing happen.
I have an awe and respect for the instruments I use similar to the sense of wonder I have for nature. These instruments continually surprise me. Check out the last video to your right for a video of what is happening to water (at about the same ratio as our bodies, 70%) within this Himalayan bowl. Visualize what is happening on a cellular level when we allow the vibrations of these instruments to do their magic.
Training and Certifications
IAM Yoga 250 hour Certification - February 2020
IAM Yoga program curriculum includes Pranayama, Yin, Restorative as well as Hatha, Classic and Vinyasa flow styles with a focus on creative sequencing.
The Art of Rest - Spring and Summer 2020
During the COVID State of Emergency - Scott Davis Holistic and Awakened Spirit Yoga offered an excellent two part experiential training in many techniques for resetting the nervous system, breath, meditation, acupressure, Qi Gong and restorative or yin postures.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training - Octopus Garden 2018
Octopus Garden Restorative curriculum includes basic holding positions for cranial sacral massage, introduction to Ayurvedic and Chakra work as well as detailed information and practice for sequencing and supporting restorative shapes.
Additional Workshops and Retreats
Sound/Work with Megan Marie Gates at Wild Heart Healing Arts
Ayurvedic scalp, hand and foot massage with Andrea Olivera at Ayurveda Rituals
Crystal Healing with Liz Diaz
Chakras at Octopus Garden with Pat Harada Linfoot & Lisa Messina
Yoga for Kids - Yoga Sanctuary
Stress Less Workshop with Lisa McMurtrie
Reiki Level 1 and 2 completed - Paramaribo
La Selva Restorative Retreat in Tulum Mexico to celebrate the elements (with Megan Marie Gates).
Growth and expansion is a continuous journey. Thank you so much to all who have helped me along this path.
The body generally knows how to calm and heal. Sometimes we just need to give a little extra time and support for this to happen. I think if you are interested in Sound Yoga this is something we can try together and see if this might be what you are looking for.
If you are primarily interested in rest and recharge a sound event with others in the room can work very well. Review the events tab or connect with me and I can let you know the dates for up-coming events that might not yet be up.
For more specific or tailored sound work a private session is recommended. In this environment there is also more opportunity to cater to whatever enhancements may best support you. We can discuss these options in more detail when you connect. A short list of options to consider may be working specifically with one instrument group, laying crystals on the body, diffusing essential oils, applying therapeutic touch, guiding more advanced breath work, or engaging in energy work.
Sound work in combination with breath work and movement is an area where the client is totally the leader, I listen very intently to you as only you know best what feels right.