About This Center
Set in rural BC this householder yogi offers virtual live classes as well small group classes. Yoga and meditation retreats and holistic mentoring focusing on the following methods of transformation.
The body’s physiology is affected by trauma. Memories are often stored somatically. Therefore trauma treatment must incorporate the body. My approach to teaching body movement and yoga is through the exploration of sensations and curiosity towards our anatomy. With kindness and calm control. With the effective use of yoga, rhythm, and breath we can develop the self regulation and befriending essential to recovery.
Maitri is a sanskrit word.The definition in translation is loving kindness, friendliness, also shared authentic experience. It is essential that we meet ourselves from a place of kindness. Even if that aspect feels unavailable at any particular moment we can cultivate that intention. This is where I meet with you. We start where we are in the moment with kindness towards our present conditions.
The mindfulness meditation practices cultivates methods and thus experience to enables us to stay present in our own bodies with calm control. Why control? “The guiding principle of recovery is restoring a sense of power and control to the survivor” Judith Herman. Mindfulness practices are used in MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Yoga involves mindfulness in movement. That mindfulness depends on a holistic interaction with the body. This sense of mindfulness also depends on an approach of Maitri (meaning Loving Kindness). To experiencing mindful awareness and kindness towards one’s self in any given moment as being full of limitless possibilities.
In relation to trauma, Rhodes describes a similar phenomena, “yoga assists survivors in using the body and breath to become aware of felt experiences and take care of oneself in the present-moment, whatever arises.” (Rhodes, 2015). These words resemble Maitri in their shared aspect of living kindness towards ones self .
I combine Trauma-Sensitive methods (Bessel A. van der Kolk) and mindfulness practices into my teachings for a non-hierarchical approach towards the mind, heart, body, and spirit. These are my guiding principles, and my approach to Yoga and Insight Meditation