Teacher & Co-Owner
One summer day in Vancouver, a friend coerced me into attending a Hatha yoga class. And that was it. I was bitten. At first, the physical challenge of the practice intrigued me the most – yoga was waking up muscles I didn’t even know I had! I also noticed how well yoga complemented some of my favorite activities, like cycling and hiking. After a few months of regular practice, my tight spots were moving more freely, and my capacity to maintain focus and equanimity was improving.
Since that simple launch, I have been fortunate to work with many gifted and inspirational teachers. The most influential are rooted in traditions such as Ashtanga and Iyengar, and include Diane Bruni, Jeff Mah, Kevin Elander and Hart Lazer. The passion of my teachers encouraged me to look more deeply into yoga and its place in my life and work. As I complete my PhD on the effects of human disturbances on wildlife, I’m often amazed at the parallels between what I discover on the mat and what I’ve seen first-hand in the forest. Everything really is fundamentally interconnected – every action (or disruption) has a rippling cascade of effects, whether the system in question is the mind/body, a patch of forest or an entire ecosystem. Yoga has helped broaden my perspective so that I can tread more lightly and live more consciously. One of my childhood heroes, Jane Goodall, has said that the greatest danger to our future is apathy. Who better to create change than those cultivating awareness through mindfulness? In the words of Toronto yogi Michael Stone, we need to drop in, not drop out. One of the reasons I love yoga is that it can help turn intention into reality… but the journey starts as simply as breathing consciously through a few poses.