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my yoga story
SHOGA is my own creation based on years of teaching and feedback from fellow yoginis. It’s a hybrid form of flow/Ashtanga yoga and sport, designed to build strength, stamina, flexibility and balance in body & mind. Each practice is a thorough workout, targeting core & upper-body strength in particular, as many people already give their bottom half a good workout via biking, hiking, running and so on. Shoga is all-body: inspired by ballet, Pilates, aerobics and sport, with breathing exercises to ground and keep you centered. Shoga brings out the warrior in you!
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my yoga story
Doing yoga is a very personal thing. For me, it’s about the seamless balance of strength, power, flexibility and equanimity.
Humble Yogini beginnings. I like to think I started yoga when I was six. That’s when I began ballet. It was love at first sight: the grace, strength & discipline resonated deep. But I felt oaf’ish next to the waifs in my class. Not only was I the biggest and tallest, my hair was too thin and short for a proper ballet bun. After three years, my ego bruised, I left ballet for a new love, gymnastics. I poured my soul into it and spent entire afternoons in a handstand, yearning to be the next Nadia Comaneci! Until a coach told me I was “just too big” for the sport. Sigh.
I always loved athletics, outdoors and feeling limitless. Who doesn’t? So I began to work my body to the edge. A few not so minor injuries later (fractured vertebrae at age 18; then multi-fractured foot, age 21), and after a decent but short freestyle ski career, I discovered yoga. Ommm… the opportunities for expansion seemed endless. But it wasn’t until I moved to LA in 2000 that I truly dug into it. Lucky me: a few blocks from my doorstep were the coolest yoga dojos ever (Sacred Movement, Yoga Works) and hottest yoga teachers (Shiva Rea, Seane Corn) in the biz.
Then in 2006, after a family-move to Vancouver, I became a certified yoga instructor and began teaching immediately in my new home Village of Lions Bay, just minutes from Vancouver with a view to the sea. Bliss. Now, as a forever-student of the yoga discipline, and a teacher always in-training, I am ever so willing to share.