After high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I chose a career centred on the qualities of life that were most important to me at the time, stability and security. All things considered, engineering was a good choice and I followed this path for almost ten years. Through the achievement of my aim for a steady, predictable life, I realized that it was not enough. I had tension headaches most days and I felt like I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t.
Then my daughter was born, and the structured world I had built fell apart. Suddenly my responsibility extended beyond me. My heart was outside of my ribs and her cries in the middle of the night did not follow any plan. The rug was pulled out from under my feet and instead of safety I had sleepless nights. I had to learn a new way of being.
While working as an engineer, I found relief from my tension headaches by regularly attending yoga classes. Yoga was a refuge then, and as I learned to be a mom I focused on it, to help me again. I moved my body and I breathed. I immersed myself in a Yoga Teacher Training Program. Slowly my anxiety softened and I learned to live and love in a less predictable world.
As I moved away from my engineering background, I again came to the question of what to pursue as a career. Since the body fascinates me and the mind is essential, I considered physical therapy and psychology. But I didn’t feel right to choose a single path when I had found such value and relief from uniting my body and mind in my personal yoga practice. Eventually I discovered Yoga Therapy and was excited to choose a profession that brings these two aspects together in a way that is meaningful to me.
A Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy session is what I love about my own yoga practice and more. It’s time to slow down, self-reflect, rejuvenate, and practice how I want to interact with life. I have found that when I receive a session, the practitioner’s presence enhances my focus, my feeling of safety, and I am more aware of my habits. For instance, during one session I spoke up when usually I would be quiet, I felt empowered and was amazed to notice the tension in my neck immediately dissipate. I experienced the huge benefit of voicing what is true for me. The tangible experience of discovering this wisdom has helped me speak up in my day to day life. Through being in the moment, in my body and in collaboration with the practitioner, I have experienced deeper understanding, change, and healing than I would have alone.
After experiencing both giving and receiving a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions, I knew this work was for me in the same way I have always known I was meant to be a mom. A deep knowing beyond words.
Each of us has the innate capacity to find our own answers, and I am so excited to be supporting others to live from their own inner compass.
I am a mother, and I was always meant to be a mother.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy feels like the essence of mothering to me.
By that I mean, a mother wishes that her child grows to become an authentic, empowered, whole person, and that is what this work supports the client to uncover from within themselves.
600 hour Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
To learn more about Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, go to PRYT.com
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and 1 year apprenticeship with Jan Henrikson
Yoga Teacher since 2012 - have taught privately, and at a community association
Volunteer weekly at Royal University Hospital, In-Patient Mental Health since Spring 2018
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with Distinction, University of Saskatchewan
Standard 1st Aid, CPR and AED, with Red Cross, September 2017