I have been practicing yoga since 1999. While I was working in very high stress IT jobs I found yoga as a way of managing stress – the balance, strength, endurance and smaller dress size was icing on the cake!
In 2007, my husband and I decided to leave the big city so we packed up our dogs and cats and moved to the rolling hills of Oro-Medonte – near where I grew up. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by family, new friends, and the most beautiful scenery! The clean drinking water, awesome hiking, abundance of locally produced food, and artistic talent really appealed to my search for a healthier, more content life.
Unfortunately, in 2012 I suffered a head and neck injury. I am very grateful that I can walk, talk, breathe and eat on my own. After the accident I found it difficult to complete even the easy daily tasks. In addition to support from my Naturopath and Osteopath, I decided to use yoga to help improve concentration, manage headaches, vertigo, nausea and ear pain so I completed 8 months of yoga teacher training. Although it definitely helped, there seemed to be something missing. In the process of completing over 100 hours of additional teacher training to find the missing piece, I met Susi Hately, a Yoga Therapist and Kinesiologist at the Toronto Yoga Conference. I had discovered the missing piece.
Using yoga (breath, movement and stillness) plus principles of kinesiology and biomechanics I was able to take control of my own care. I learned to notice unhelpful movement and tension holding patterns and learn new skills to minimize and in some cases eliminate symptoms. Now I help others to recover, heal and prevent further or greater injury so they can feel more balanced, flexible, and free.
Helping people move and feel better is my calling. I love the Yoga Therapy program I am in. It’s a lot of hard work – 900 hours of study over 2 years, 300+ hours of hands on, plus assignments while teaching and running a business – but I am learning so much about how the body works and its ability to heal. I feel I can really make a difference in the lives of my clients.
View my profile on the International Association of Yoga Therapists website: http://www.iayt.org/members/?id=36369453
“Civi has shown me that movement does not have to be aggressive…the relief of tension in my body…helps bring down the pain that is a constant in my life. That helps to re-energize me. Since I don’t have the pain I move more. This has given me my life back…” Doug.
350 RYT, 2015
Yoga Therapy (current study: 2015 – 2018)