In addition to being one of the favorites on DoYogaWithMe, Fiji has been teaching classes, workshops and retreats for more than 14 years. Her practice and teaching is a dynamic mix of power, precision, intention, inquiry and joy.
"I teach a vinyasa flow that is very eclectic, as far as traditional style is concerned, which is very much a testament to my own curiosity as a student of yoga over the years. My teaching has been inspired and informed by diving into different streams of yoga, most intensely with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Anusara, which converge well into the flow that I now practice."
I came to yoga to try and find relief for a sore back after injuring my back at work when I was 21-years-old. I felt immediate relief after my first class, and before I knew it I was going three times a week just to experience relief from the pain. After a month my back had recovered significantly and I had fallen in love with the practice almost by accident.
I started my training in Central and Southern California and then went on to study in Costa Rica and here in British Columbia. The training never stops for me so I am always looking to experience more and love getting inspiration from workshops when my favorite teachers come to town.
Power, precision, intention, inquiry, endurance and joy would all be words that could frame what I try to practice and teach. I teach a vinyasaflow that is very eclectic, as far as traditional style is concerned, which is very much a testament to my own curiosity as a student in yoga. I spent years diving into different streams of yoga, most intensely with Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Anusara, which converge well into the flow that I now practice.
Who I am today has really been shaped by the practice that I found and fell in love with years ago. The first and most significant impact was in saving my life by learning to honor and love my physical form. I speak openly now about the internal battle that almost cost me my life when I was 20 years old and battling anorexia. I had learned to overcome and ignore physical sensation in a battle between my mind and body that left me a meagre 90lbs. When I started yoga I thought I was doing something for my back but I had unknowingly stumbled upon something for my heart that would over time help me mend and once again unite all the aspects of myself that had become severed.
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Jessica Ross November 24, 2017
The recharge retreat that Fiji hosted last Feb in Chacala, Mexico was my first time experiencing a yoga retreat and I could not have asked for more! I had (and still do) the pleasure of practicing on a regular basis with Fiji in her home town so I had a slight idea of what I was in for....twice daily vinyasa flows (she definitely delivers the heat) in a dreamy, quiet, beautiful resort on the ocean. This was all true and then some. What I didn’t expect was the incredible experience that took place on my mat. Fiji provided the group with the tools necessary to take our practice to a whole new level. It was like I was seeing her in a new light that shined so vibrant and bright that she illuminated the entire room. Her ability to teach yoga from a place of love is very evident as she strives to provide the essentials and foundations in flow to then build upon and enhance each person’s practice, all while meeting them where they are at. I often think of my week away in paradise when I need a mental boost. I highly recommend spending time on and off the mat with Fiji, you won’t be disappointed. Namaste 🙏