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Marie Simpson

I thought my first yoga class in 2000 was boring. Fortunately my body felt good enough afterwards to keep me coming back. The first lesson my practice taught me: don’t believe everything you think.

After a decade of (mostly) consistent practice in a variety of styles, I began teaching in 2010. My original 200 hour certificate is hatha-based; I have since completed additional 200 hour trainings in kundalini yoga and 500 hours in vinyasa yoga. I love exploring the psycho emotional experience of being on the mat, and am fascinated with the ways that settling our nervous systems can transform all facets of life.
I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with an emphasis on transpersonal psychology and somatic psychotherapy, a kundalini yoga teacher, a breathwork facilitator, and an eternal wanderer. I recognize that the tools available for a life well-lived are endless; the ones that most rock my world are kundalini yoga, the wisdom that dwells in my (your!) highly intelligent body, breathwork, and the continuous unraveling that comes through transformational travel. My life is dedicated to the practice of joy as a process of coming into one-ness with everything.
Sometimes kundalini yoga asks you to work, and at other times you’ll be lulled into your own bliss – often with the assistance of my big, beautiful gong – and I am most interested in your efforts to be present in all of it. I’m inspired by students who are willing to soften their views of their body, who will commit to diligently being with their breath, and who can courageously bear witness to matters of the heart.
With reverence to this practice and the teachers who have helped me feel at home in the place behind my breastbone, I am grateful for the never-ending opportunity to remember what is real and what is true. It has been anything but boring.