Bringing health and wellness into your life

Helping people bridge the gap between where they are today and what’s possible in creating long-term health and wellbeing. 

  • How can yoga – a practice utilizing movement, breath, and relaxation, provide results you’re not getting elsewhere?
  • What does current science and research say about pain, stretching, the immune system, the nervous system, neuroplasticity, and ageing?
  • Is moving well, and/or getting out of pain complicated?
  • Can anyone learn to do this? Learn to help themselves?

These are some of the questions we explore while learning simple tools to better manage your health and subsequently, your life.

Current research shows the two areas most effective in helping people who experience persistent pain are:

1) pain education, which has changed over the past 10 years or so, and 

2) movement and/or ‘exercise therapy’. 

Read These 5 Posts Firstwhat I’m most curious about, what you may not know or have heard of (yet) and how it might help you.

Whereas medical professionals are experts on bodies, you are the expert of your own body.  At least, you can learn to be. Are you interested in bridging the gap or finding the missing piece between the two?

I help:

  • Provide simple tools that anyone, at any age, can use to create health and well-being.
  • People who have chronic or persistent pain, learn to move again in a safe, gentle environment
  • Progress those who feel stuck with whatever they’re trying to ‘do’ in their life.
  • You learn to better observe your own movement and/or that of your students.
  • Progress your (yoga) practice if you feel stuck.

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Why yoga?

Yoga is about awareness. It asks us to pay attention to what’s going on within us. It leads us to ask what’s going on around us. And most important, how we relate to both.

If there is something for you that is not being resolved, be it pain, emotional distress, poor functioning of some kind, it may be the underlying problem is just under your current level of awareness. Once the awareness or connection is made, yoga also provides tools (such as movement, breath work, meditation/stillness/rest) that can help.

Who am I?

My journey into health and well-being began about 12 years ago when I was asked to create a wellness program for a US oil and gas company I worked for in Doha, Qatar. In 2010 my interests led to my exit from the corporate world and over the next 10 months I trained as a yoga teacher. Currently, I study therapeutic yoga, teach group classes, offer workshops and primarily work privately with individuals.

Why me?

Often, the question people ask themselves when experiencing pain or ill health.

I began experiencing pain in my yoga practice and subsequently in my daily life. Since then I’ve been following a trail of information, doctors, various therapies, scientific research and my teacher Susi Hately*, to solve the problem. I’ve learned there is generally not one problem and often as Susi would say “the problem is not where the pain is.”  Looking back, I will say the pain initially presented itself in my yoga practice but the practice itself was not the reason for the pain. Again as I’ve come to realize there’s often not just one, simple, reason. Pain is complex.

I have an insatiable thirst for learning how our health and wellbeing can fall into un-ease, dis-ease or pain and how we might climb out of it. I don’t claim to have all the answers. And yet, I have discovered evidence-based research, resources and tools along the way that has helped me and others, and want to share them with you.

I definitely value all our trained professionals. Through researching, I’ve learned there is generally a lack of (current) understanding in education, models of care, standards and research both by the general public and (to my surprise) our medical professionals, about pain

I also believe that in order to create wellbeing, in order to heal, in order to overcome pain and disease, it is what you do for yourself that will often provide more good over the long term. Here, an orthopaedic surgeon from the Neurospine Institute says much the same.  Research is showing that behavior modification and self-care are important pieces of a complex puzzle in overcoming or better managing pain and dysfunction.

What you do in your day-to-day life may have far greater impact than what you do for the 5, 10 or 30 minutes in a doctor or practitioner’s office, in the gym or on a yoga mat.

Previous work and training

I am a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance since 2010 and continue to learn and explore; training in anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics and yoga therapy. I completed a yoga therapy intensive program (2015), a certification prep program (2016-17) and will begin a 2-year yoga therapy certification program in the fall of 2018 (at one of the International Association of Yoga Therapy certified member schools in Canada).

My main focus is in helping people living with chronic or persistent pain, so I’ve been researching this for the past four years. In April 2018, I will also attend Neil Pearson’s pain science and yoga therapy workshop.

* Susi Hately – B.Sc Kinesiology, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist. Founder of Functional Synergy and Yoga Therapy Training (registered IAYT school). 

This work, website and blog is only my personal research and opinion and is not intended, or should be taken, as medical advice.