What was your life before teaching yoga? How did you come to Santosha?
I was introduced to the practice in 1996, I went to a Buddhist high school in Halifax and Hinduism was one of our studied expressions of faith in our religious studies course. We would practice sun salutations to begin our day. As most things do, the practice moved away from me or I from it as my travels took me to Vancouver for a few years before returning to Halifax to begin my undergraduate degree in engineering, I went on to finish with Dalhousie and engineering in 2007, completing my degree in mining engineering and meeting my unbelievable husband Jeff (it was our 10 year anniversary March 26th!). We moved to Calgary in 2008, just down the street and I have been practicing at Yoga Santosha ever since!
Why did you start practicing yoga?
They say you never practice yoga in this life unless you’ve practiced it in previous lives and I truly believe in the cumulative affect of this practice – life in and life out.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, never feel guilty about divining pleasure from anything!
What does a typical day look like in your life?
I wake up stupid early, my husband works oil & gas so this has been our schedule for years, have a cup of tea and make Jeff’s lunch. A juice before morning practice, I highly recommend Samson juicers, changed my life. Breakfast after practice and then a lot of reading usually takes place on the days I don’t have to teach. I make everything we eat from scratch so that consumes a large portion of the day, I love to catch a nap with my kitties if the day permits, we have three – Oskar, Wince and Bruno.
Anything else fun and random you’d want to include?
I spent so much of my life anticipating the future and living in the past that I make a conscious effort to avoid planning too far ahead. Que sera, sera.
When I was on my engineering work term I received the pleasure of working a mile under the earths surface. My lung capacity is 30% larger than the average womans.
I am an avid collector of small spoons, not provincial spoons.
If you would have asked me when I was 10 what my ideal job would be, besides veterinarian, I would have said any job where I can be shoeless and wear spandex every day, well lookie here 🙂
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