The Path to Wellness
Yoga, the ancient science of body mind union.
At Seven Hills Yoga we aim to bring our minds, bodies and lives together through yoga asana and meditation.
I live on Bowen Island, the sweet spot of the universe and own and operate Seven Hills Yoga Studio. I have been teaching yoga since 2009 and yoga has become the centre point of my daily life and I discovered that sharing yoga is my dharma (life’s purpose).
I started a formal practice of yoga while at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I had been suffering from chronic pain for almost two decades and was almost crippled with it. I went to the Mayo Clinic as a last resort. While attending their three week pain rehabilitation program they taught me how to breathe, meditate and do yoga. It was the essence of my recovery. At the end of my time there I was almost pain free and had a lightness in my being that I had not had in my adult life.
I have continued to practice and study since leaving the clinic.
Meditation and yoga are part of my daily life now and the staff at the Mayo clinic and my yoga teachers have all encouraged me to teach which seems to be my natural calling. The teachers path was a wonderful experience for me.
I am certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher and a graduate of the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) 500 hours teacher training program. Over the years my teaching and practice has organically flowed towards the path of Yin Yoga. Also I continue to follow my own paths of study in the areas of mind body fitness and development.
I have been fortunate to study with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Claire E. Diab, Davidji, Chris Clancy, Dorothy Fizzell, Bernie Clark and many others on this path.
Yoga has benefitted my life in ways I would have never expected and I hope I can share these benefits with you.
What is the difference between Restorative Yoga &Yin Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a powerful, simple healing practice that regulates the nervous system by slowing down, naturally releasing the layers of tension in which we hold— physically, emotionally & mentally. Its very nature is non intrusive, simply inviting us to surrender to the intelligence of the body—returning to our innate state of being.
Yin is a very deep practice targeting the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Poses are often held from 3 to 5 minutes or more.
A Taoist approach to yoga Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the Yang (dynamic and muscular styles of) yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
For more information on Yin Yoga visit www.yinyoga.com