After many years working in the Oil and Gas industries around the world, (initially as a professional diver in the North Sea and latterly in Risk Management), I decided to take my personal yoga practice to another level by undertaking the September, 2012 250hr teacher training course at Yoga Passage in Calgary, under the leadership of Tracy Mann.
During the course it became clear that the knowledge and experience I was gaining significantly deepened my practice and seemed to offer me a door into a more rewarding vocation than that offered in the corporate world, so in March 2013 I said goodbye to Oil and Gas after 31 years and decided to pursue yoga teaching full time.
I first started practicing yoga in 2000 to complement a life long passion for distance running, mainly as a restorative practice and in an effort to regain some of the flexibility and core strength that many athletes lose by not following a holistic and balanced training regime. That this worked physically for me is unquestioned – my running is as enjoyable as ever and I am much ‘fitter’ all round thanks to the full incorporation of yoga.
However on coming to Calgary and becoming exposed to the greater depths that yoga had to offer; physically, mentally, spiritually and philosophically, it eventually became quite easy for me to make yoga a major part of my life, as opposed to something done as a sideline to help other pursuits. My main interests in yoga as a practice are many – I definitely want to ‘spread the word’ to athletes as to the many benefits that yoga can bring; but I also love taking the time to teach people with little or no experience so that they can enjoy learning in a safe and supportive environment and quickly develop their own practice. I relish, where appropriate, building in more challenging elements to a practice – for example balances, inversions and core work, but I also love slowing things right down, to take time to explore the asanas fully, in hatha, yin and restorative sequences; and finally by taking things much deeper in the practice of nidra and meditation. In the interim I have also taken Spin / Cycle and Mat Pilates certifications, but yoga is definitely my passion.
As of September 2014 I commenced studying for my Diploma in Yoga Therapy at Mount Royal University, and hopefully I will be able to incorporate this practice fully following graduation in 2017.
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