Training the physical body:
Experiencing the evolution of the fitness industry for more than 30 years as a fitness professional, from “aerobic dancing” a la Jane Fonda and leg warmers, in the early 80’s, to present day “high-intensity interval training”, has been an amazing journey. Most of my formal training and certifications as a Personal Training Specialist and a Nutrition and Wellness Expert have been through CanFitPro and the GoodLife Fitness organization.
Settling the mind, awakening the spirit:
A consistent yoga and meditation practice is the perfect compliment to a physical fitness regimen. Most of my inspiration for these practices came from the seminars and books of Dr. Deepak Chopra. In 2010 I began studying under his guidance at The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. As a Chopra Certified Vedic Educator, I am qualified to teach the Chopra programs of yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic health care.
Taking Mindfulness into the Woods:
When I started guiding nature-based mindfulness experiences it was obvious that the health benefits of exploring our bond with the “more than human world” were vast. When we release stress through mindful practices in a natural setting, we are able to access our “child’s mind” of curiosity and playfulness – the portal to the present moment.
As well as developing and guiding nature immersion programs in partnership with local farms, I am currently completing guide certification with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, learning the latest techniques to deepen this practice.