I have been a certified yoga instructor (Kripalu) since 1993. I lived at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass., working and studying yoga from 1991 until 1994. At Kripalu, I led question and answer sessions and meditation sessions for guests as well as assisted in a number of programs. I have also visited India twice, meeting Mother Teresa in Calcutta while I was traveling after graduating from McGill University and again, in 1994 when I stayed for 3 months in Kayavarohan studying yoga, a special site for the Kripalu yoga lineage.
After leaving Kripalu, I went down the road to Omega, in Rhinebeck, New York, where I worked as the Marketing Manager. Part of my duties at Omega also included leading weekly yoga classes during the summer season and offering a variety of workshops to the staff. I left Omega in 1998, the year my daughter was born. After spending some time in South Africa, I arrived in Ottawa, Canada, in 1999 and have been there ever since raising my daughter and teaching yoga.
I have studied with such well-known teachers as Bikram Choudury, Beryl Bender-Birch and Thom Birch, Rajarshi Muni, Sam Dworkis, and many of the faculty while on the staff of Kripalu and Omega for over 7 years.
I am a recognized professional level teacher (500 level) and have been teaching yoga teacher training programs in Ottawa, most recently at Makata Living Yoga, which I co-lead with Kathryn (Kamalika) Mills, of the Yogi Vishvaketu lineage. I enjoy developing my own workshops on topics such as yoga, stress reduction, and goal setting, which I lead regularly at the Canadian Police College, as well as other locations in Ottawa.
What type of class I lead is determined by who’s in the class and what the intention is of the class, which varies by venue. In addition, I lead Partner Yoga classes, often with my sister, Karina, or my daughter, Remmy, for fun at Rama Lotus in Ottawa.
I’ve also spoken to the India-Canada Friendship circle about Yoga Philosophy and presented by request of that community at the Asian Heritage Month in the National Archives of Canada along with Kat Mills.
I return to Omega annually to participate in Family Week in August as the in-house yoga teacher while my daughter has her amazing camp experience. More recently, I’ve been leading Mother-Daughter Yoga with my daughter and am pleased to be a part of Omega’s faculty.