As a child, I started in dance. I was studying at the National Ballet School of Canada when a reaction to a failed vaccination left me fighting for my life. I would be in and out of hospitals throughout my teenage years, changing my path forever.
So, I went to school to study Kinesiology, not knowing at the time it would be just the beginning of a deep dive into 20 years of studying and teaching movement. The heart of my own journey has been an exploration in how to cultivate a practice for strength and vitality while working with changes in my body, injuries or pain.
When I opened my first studio, I was teaching mostly mainstream fitness and Pilates but my own personal health experiences had pushed me deeper into exploring somatics, meditation, and other bodywork. I started getting referrals for clients with injuries, auto-immune issues, anxiety, chronic and unknown pain. What I discovered was this VERY large gap between healing and training modalities. Healing work seemed to slow people down, notice subtleties, and work in a more nuanced way. Training at the time was automatic, repetitive and copying the teacher—mostly just putting the body through its paces.
What I have learned is that most people want to feel fit, capable and settled in their bodies. What I also know is that we are human beings, and living a life affects our bodies. Our struggles live in and get metabolized by our bodies, so in varying degrees we are always HEALING and hopefully we also are moving in a way that practices us into the people we hope to become.
Here's the thing—I can't fix your body, only you can make that commitment and truly do the work, but I am here to help and share what I have learned. I am a person who is healing myself while at the same time committed to and inspired by cultivating a big and bright future. I don't see these things at odds, I think we must reconcile them moving forward together.
BEING IN BODY is about the acknowledgement that we are human BEINGS and live IN a BODY. How these things intersect is the heart of my work, my biggest questions and my most meaningful experiences in movement.
Our new membership is coming soon. Doors will open January 24th – February 6th, 2022 and will not open again until May 2022.