“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
As 2017 wraps up , I feel so grateful to all the people I’ve got to meet , collaborate with and learn from . I’m so grateful to the HD communities for giving me opportunities to travel , teach and connect with people affected by Huntington’s Disease.
Thanks to the studios , students , studio owners for allowing me to teach Functional Yoga & Mobility method and supporting the Movement for Mental Health Workshops!
Thanks to all the businesses that continue to incorporate our Corporate Wellness Programs into their model of employee Healthcare.
And to all of the seniors homes and hospitals that have been foundational in me developing Chair Yoga programs across the city and inspiring me to create my first Chair Yoga teacher training - coming in spring of 2018 ❤️
This year has been great and I couldn’t have done it without my team -
Rea in Focus
We’ve got lots in store for 2018 !
Thank you for believing in the mission to reduce suffering wherever possible : )
Huntington Society of Canada Toronto Chapter
Young People Affected by Huntington's Disease HDYO (Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation) EarthFresh CORE Strength & Conditioning Studios Yoga Light Studio
Yoga Loft Integrative Health Institute Runnymede Healthcare Centre
Applied Yoga Integration
#yogatherapy #happynewyear #gratefulheart #yogatherapist
"Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed."
I have my focus on expanding and growing Sacred Mountain Yoga to reach more people around the globe while building a sustainable future for myself.
Everyday I wake up grateful to be able to help people feel better in their bodies and improve their lives . It's taken a long time to get here , and the work is not nearly done , but I'm excited to keep moving forward...one day at a time ❤️
thank you to all of my students , studio owners colleagues, and followers for your help & support in the process! 🙏🏼
Be your own hero 👊🏼
There comes a point in time where we have to decide - either to be victims of our circumstances and life experiences or to become the hero of our story .
Yoga therapy is about empowering the individual . Building strength , mobility and self awareness in order to meet the growing challenges of life .
Decide, one way or another , who you want to be in this world and know that there are many people who can help you find your way.
Breath is our life force. If we can learn how to control and regulate our breath, we can gain mastery over our minds and physiology.
master your breath = master your mind
Feeling grateful to all of the people that came out yesterday for my first Movement for Mental Health workshop at the @yogalightstudio !
Teaching people simple and practical ways of applying yoga is my passion , especially for mental health issues . All the techniques we explored have been personally tried and tested on myself and my clients over the past several years. This will be the first of many workshops to come ! Building resilience, inner strength and self awareness is essential for living well ❤️
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Contact me to book a workshop for your community : )
#yogatherapy #yogatherapist #yogaforhealth
Here is a link to the video podcast I did with Kelsey from the She Will Rise podcast this summer!
This is one of the most raw and revealing interviews I've done to date about my personal journey with mental health , chronic pain and HD. Hopefully it will inspire people who are suffering to begin their own healing journey.
Hope this helps : ) #mentalhealthsupport
"If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality."
It's been a dream come true to become the newest Clubbell Yoga teacher in Toronto 👊🏼
After years of trying to heal chronic pain, I've finally healed and rebuilt my body to become stronger, agile and more resilient to be able to practice with clubbels!
Thank you Summer Huntington for your teachings , support and encouragement ❤️ thanks to Scott Sonnon for the incredible body of work you've created . I'm looking forward to continuing my studies of intuflow, flowfit and using heavy clubs.
Thanks to Horizons For Youth for having me teach and I hope we get funding to run this on a weekly basis !
Special thanks to my support system , videographer and photographer Rea in Focus for always having my back🙏🏼.
Classes and workshops coming soon to a studio near you! Stay tuned !
Meditation with chanting can help trigger our rest & digest function of our nervous system faster than simple meditation alone .
Why ? Because chanting better stimulates the vagus nerve (your literal mind-body connecter) that stretches from deep within the brain stem and innervates all your internal organs . When we chant it creates a vibration that stimulates the vagus nerve and helps switch from the 'fight , flight & freeze' (SNS) to our 'rest & digest' (PNS) allowing our bodies and mind to function on optimal levels .
Try it for yourselves the next time you are sitting in meditation. Inhale - long & smooth
Exhale- 'Om' or 'Ma' sound 🔊
Be well : )
Thanks to Vincenzo Scaturchio for finding this pic from the @lolewomen White Tour ❤️🙏🏼
I'm now Certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists ❤️
It's taken me many years of training (1000+hours) , and with over 150 hours of client contact hours , plus the accumulation of 7 years of experience teaching yoga to get here.
It's been a long journey, yet I feel like it's only just begun. Thank you to all of my students , studios , teachers , friends and supporters for being a part of my life. I hope that I continue to serve you well!
Thank you ❤️
Empathy and compassion for people's suffering is key to helping them survive and heal.
I'm particularly committed to easing the suffering of people with chronic pain , mental health issues and Huntington Disease. These are things I know well . There is no amount of study that can help someone truly understand the pain people go through. True empathy and understanding comes only from lived experience.
I'm not apart of the "positive thinking " and "everything happens for a reason" divine intervention camp of people , especially in my industry who use fluffy quotes to mask human suffering .
Furthermore I think that it is irresponsible to preach such things to people who have had severe traumas , chronic illnesses, physical , sexual and emotional abuses, have watched family members die horribly of a brain disorder and live in fear for themselves.
Instead , offer them tools and practical approaches to living better. Give them resources to help them regulate their nervous systems , focus their minds , regulate emotions and build stronger and healthier bodies to carry them through whatever comers there way in life. That's powerful. I have committed myself to the community to do just that...
My approach to life , this is the hand you were dealt for better or worse. You can choose to be a victim of circumstances or choose to live the best you can despite it.
Stay strong ❤️