Over the past decade I have focused intensively on a variety of studies with diverse and masterful teachers in Canada, the US, and India. I study and practice both the new and the ancient, and increasingly trust that my explorations lead me to clearer, more compassionate, and loving truths.
Important note: I bow in reverence to many esteemed teachers and their sources, and I do not adhere to a specific lineage or follow a guru. Ask me about it if you want to know why.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in depth psychology and creative writing from Antioch University Seattle, with extensive coursework in world religions and mythologies, epistemology, and creativity. During my degree program I explored the creative process through art, writing, and wisdom tradition studies and was fortunate to attend events with my classes featuring such great human beings as Stephen Hawking, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
My practicum involved a year volunteering for the Seattle Crisis Clinic; most interactions were pertaining to basic needs, domestic violence, and suicide, the latter exploding because of Kurt Cobain's self-inflicted death in Seattle during that time. Post-grad training and experience includes advanced expressive play therapy, hypnotherapy, and wholistic counselling. I have ten full-time years of clinical experience as a counsellor and therapist in multi-disciplinary health and wellness clinics.
Yoga has allowed me to marry depth psychology with embodied awareness, an aspect of wellness that is sorely missing in psychotherapy. Along with physical movement and sequences, I teach somatic meditation, breath regulation, chanting, and relaxation practices. I draw on widely known Indian yoga sources as well as Buddhism, martial arts, and other Eastern philosophies and techniques, interwoven with dance, play, poetry, and modern science.
I have studied with or taken in-person teacher trainings from Erich Schiffmann, Robin Rothenberg, Judith Lasater, Neil Pearson, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Doug Keller, Gioia Irwin, and Tom Meyers / KMI, among others, including Ashtanga Primary Series teacher training certification with David Swenson following seven years of Ashtanga yoga practice. Radha Sridhar of Chennai, India has guided me in advanced studies of pranayama and Vedic mantra. Additional certifications include low back care, restorative, trauma-informed yoga, adaptive yoga, and gentle yoga for pain care. See more of my anatomy studies here.
Life has shown me many times over that it is not straightforward or linear in nature, but infinitely dimensional, multi-faceted, and rich.
For the last 30 years or so I have worked primarily in the creative side of media and publishing as a writer, editor, photographer, and, following a diploma program and printing apprenticeship in Los Angeles, a graphic designer.
I have worked as primary editor on dozens of published books including several yoga titles, and have had three of my own books published. I have also worked in journalism as a reporter and weekly newspaper editor.
I continue to accept occasional work as a writer / editor / designer / producer of new book projects. Email me for more information if you have a book underway.
Let me know if you have any questions about my specific training, experience, or offerings, or if you want more information about anything that you haven't found here.
BA depth psychology
IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist (1000-hr 2-year diploma)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, YACEP
Approved Behaviour Interventionist, Autism Funding Program, BC MoCFD
10 years clinical therapist experience
10 years yoga teaching experience
6 years lead trainer experience (200-hour RYS)
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
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