Jewel in the Lotus: Thoughts of a Yogini


I am an avid fan, student and teacher of Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, poetry, Indian philosophy, Buddhism and meditation, based in Toronto. I am a registered yoga teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance, having studied Vinyasa flow with Seane Corn and restorative yoga with Marla Joy Meenakshi as well as other amazing teachers. But yin is really my thing. I began my yin training here in Toronto with a 50 plus hours course with Tracey Soghrati and then did an advanced yin training with Soghrati and TCM practitioner Tony Tavares. I have been doing additional yin training with California-based teacher Sarah Powers and have so far done three six-day silent retreats with her and her husband Ty, a meditation teacher, as well as an 80+ hours Yin/ Yang/Meditation Teacher Training with them in Greece. I am officially enrolled in the 500 hour teacher training program they offer through their Insight Yoga Institute. And in that training I have continued to learn and open my heart and body to the practice of yin and meditation —  taking a Level 2 training with Sarah, another 50 plus hours yin training with Canada’s own Bernie Clark; studying Buddhist psychology with John and Jennifer Welwood; unraveling some of the architecture of yoga with Ashtanga and Iyengar teacher Maty Ezraty; a yin and anatomy training with Paul and Suzee Grilley and a 10-day Vipassana retreat. And more training is on the horizon. To stop learning is to stagnate. On tap: Level 3 training with the Insight Yoga Institute. I am passionate about all things yogic and poetic and am interested in justice and politics. I hope to spread my love of yin and meditation to my students. And to paraphrase Star Wars in a time long, long ago and far, far, away, I was a reporter for the Toronto Star.

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Photos by my friend and incredible photographer Richard Lautens. Jewel in the Lotus photograph by me.