News from the Centre: July 2016

Greetings Friends.

The Solstice has come and gone. Summer is fully upon us with its outward spiral of heat, light and life force. July may be whirling away, but we remain firmly tethered by our sadhana, as we circle around the Centre.

floral harvest

Our land provides us with so many delicious things!

We welcomed our Yoga Service and Study Immersion (YSSI) participants into the community in June. We hosted five different programs and many private retreat guests, which offered myriad opportunities for the YSSI and KYs (residential karma yogis) to grow together in community through hard work. Sofi, our new kitchen lead, has joined us for the summer as well and we are still looking to fill the Programs Assistant position for the busy months ahead.

Harley in a cherry tree

Harley in a cherry tree.

We have begun holding Wednesday morning work parties to ensure that we are coming together to work on bigger to do list items. We are hoping to fix the fence line, as the deer are munching our kale and strawberries, and earlier in the month we cleared brush and prepped the firewood to dry for winter. We are working honestly, but we also play! The volleyball net continues to be well used, with usual games held at 5 p.m. daily when the weather cooperates.

The weather has been co-operating! Milo continues to steward the land with reverence. He shares with us these words from the Farm:

The gardens burst into abundance after a most welcome June-uary brings savory squalls to our parched soils. Water, what big life you have.

Now it’s July and honey bees have arrived! Snugged into our Carpenter Chris built top-bar hive. Seeds of support including buckwheat and clover have been sown in their wake. A sanctuary we will make.

Our legumes, also a theme this year, are blooming and booming. We’re up to our ears in peas! Dan’s bush beans follow their lead as stretching for the summer sun and repair damage done.

Lots of harvesting on the horizon and fun to be had. Come play.

Our board member and KY Julie Higginson blessed us with some of her bees!

Our board member and KY Julie Higginson blessed us with some of her bees!

 

Carpenter Chris built the bees a top-bar hive.

Carpenter Chris built the bees a top-bar hive.

Looking forward, July is full speed ahead with our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training beginning July 3rd. As the first half of the training wraps up mid-month, we will pause to celebrate Guru Purnima on July 19th, beginning at 8.30am in the Pond Dome. For those unfamiliar with this ancient Vedic ceremony (yajna), it is an opportunity to honour Babaji and all spiritual teachers, rededicating ourselves to all that the teachings inspire within us, to attain real peace.

Guru is your own Self which is projected onto a person who is more knowledgeable and capable of teaching. In the beginning an aspirant seeks support from outside, which is given by the teacher. But when the aspirant begins meditating honestly, his or her own Self is revealed as the Guru. Then the aspirant starts turning inward and finds the path, which is shown by the voice of the heart.

If you are interested in offering at the Yajna, or would like more information, please contact Rajani at 250 537 9537 or rajanirock@me.com.

July will turn to August as we gather together for our Annual Community Yoga Retreat. Registration is now open and there are opportunities to volunteer as well as participate to varying degrees. We like to think of this retreat as summer camp for yogis, friends and families.

This Month’s Newsletter Offerings

“The very first question that I was ever brave enough to ask Babaji was, “Babaji, if you had only two words to say to the people of the world, what would they be?” And without hesitation, he wrote “Attain Peace.” “

The above quote is from Pratibha Queen’s piece The Practice of Peace. Reflecting on her own experiences as a long time devotee of Babaji, she explores the attainment of peace with great clarity and generosity of spirit.

Those who attended ACYR last year, especially with children, no doubt remember Catherine and her husband Ishi, providing the kid’s meals every evening. This month gifted teacher, and lifelong learner, Catherine Dinim, shares her story in Our Centre Community.

Long time Karma Yogi (and Satsang kid) Arpita offers us kapotasana (pigeon pose) through a Yin lens in Asana of the Month. She includes a thoughtful exploration of Yin Yoga which is a style of yoga that is especially well worth practising at this time of year as it can help balance the Yang energy of the summer season.

If you are in peace, then others around you will feel peace.
So your best effort should be to work on yourself.

Wishing you peace, peace, peace.

Warmest regards,
Kenzie

The Practice of Peace

Practice-of-PeaceThe very first question that I was ever brave enough to ask Babaji was, “Babaji, if you had only two words to say to the people of the world, what would they be?” And without hesitation, he wrote “Attain Peace.”

Sitting on the dock at the Oyama retreat, overlooking beautiful Lake Osoyoos, Babaji was being interviewed by a group of staffers from “New Directions” magazine in Vancouver. Being a staffer of an alternative newspaper in Bellingham, as well as simply curious, I had crept over to listen. When the group was finished, and beginning to pack up their microphones, tape recorders and cameras, feeling dreadfully out of place and more than a little nervous, I asked my question! And heard the three syllables that penetrated so deeply that they’ve become a guiding light for me throughout the forty years since then. “Attain Peace.”

After the glow of his response, many questions came to mind: “What is peace?” “How does one attain it?” “Does it just come or do you have to work at it?” “If you have to work at it, how?” And through the years the answers have gradually come – through Babaji’s chalkboard, through life experience, and as a result of (guess what?) regular sadhana!

What is peace?

Over the years, Babaji gave us quite a few hints about the state of peace. Here are a few:

“Peace is a state of mind free from all desires. It’s also called supremely contented.
Still these are words. Reality is your own experience.”

“There is no peace in the world. If there is any peace, it is only in meditation.”

A realized being is one whose presence creates a feeling of peace.

So peace is a mind free from desires, which can be experienced in meditation, and felt in the presence of a realized being. He also tells us that:

“We are born from peace, and we go back to peace. But the thoughts
that are generated by our desire, attachment and ego
disturb that peace and trap us in the cycle of birth and death.
Regular sadhana (spiritual practice) or surrender to God
are the main paths by which we return to peace.”

The Practice of Peace

Which suggests that not only is peace a state of being, something that just arises by itself, but that it’s also possible to create peace through our daily thoughts and actions. Regular sadhana and surrender to God are two paths to peace as we move through our journey of life. Our thoughts and actions actually do make a difference as to whether or not we feel peaceful.

So how do we go about this in a practical sense? We make a habit of regular sadhana; we allow life to flow through us, surrendering to “what is” while at the same time making efforts at our self-development. Again we go to Babaji’s writings for more hints:

The aim of life is to attain peace. No one can give us peace. We can’t buy or borrow it.
We have to cultivate it by practicing yama and niyama.

A person can attain peace by simply developing good qualities.

The highest activity is to bring divine presence in your life. It produces eternal peace.

So here he offers us methods: developing good qualities, bringing divine presence, by practicing yama and niyama (the restraints and observances of Ashtanga Yoga).

In my own life, developing good (positive) qualities has been a cornerstone of my practice of attaining peace. Early on I noticed that when I performed a “bad” or negative action (whether stealing a package of gum or expressing anger toward another person), I was left with not only sorrow at wounding another, but also feelings of guilt and shame that had a negative impact on my own psyche. And thus I began to see how the mind is constantly assailed with both negative and positive thoughts. I got what I wanted (the gum or the release of anger), but was left with the residue of sorrow, guilt and shame.

The Bhagavad Gita depicts this battle; the “war” which is usually seen as the opposite of peace. This battlefield of war is a mirror image (a reflection) of the battle that is waged in each individual mind, the inner war between our positive and our negative mental tendencies, our samskaras, which manifest in our mind as thoughts. Positive samskaras include an attitude of service, practice of meditation, the ability to smile when things are tough, making an effort to help a stranger, and moment-to-moment awareness. Negative samskaras include an urge toward revenge, a feeling of jealousy, the desire to take more than we need, and the flash of irritation that foreshadows anger.

Babaji was asked, “You have said that our highest duty is to get peace. Yet Sri Krishna was advising Arjuna to fight and kill his relatives. That doesn’t sound like a way to gain peace.” His reply: 1) Arjuna was a prince. 2) Symbolically, the jiva. As a prince, it was his duty to remove bad elements who were disturbing peace in the kingdom. So Krishna was right to tell him to fight. As a jiva, we have to fight with our negative thoughts in order to attain peace.

“Fight with our negative thoughts:” So that’s where the battle lies! The Gita describes the inner struggle to develop a positive, pure mind that is free from anger, fear, jealousy, revenge, and filled with thoughts of compassion, love, joy, gratitude, and patience.

Building a peaceful heart encourages us to take our sadhana – our spiritual practice – off the cushion, off the mat, and bring it into each and every precious moment of our lives.
The battle involves regular sadhana (spiritual practice each day), watching how the mind is drawn to the negative and creating the intention to practice peace.

As Babaji says in his translation of Yoga Sutra II:33: “The mind becomes serene by the cultivation of feelings of love for the happy, compassion for the suffering, delight for the virtuous and indifference for the non-virtuous.” When we see how quickly we react to uncertain conditions, to a spark of violence in another, or to the pull toward gambling, or lustful desires, or unhealthy appetites, we are able to pull the mind back and remind ourselves of the positive path to peace which we wish to walk.

We have to cultivate positive qualities in our day-to-day life.
Life is not coming but going. Every single second is flying away from our lives.
If we are not trying to attain peace, then we have lost, are losing and will lose
the precious seconds, minutes, hours, days and years of our lives.

And when we realize or attain peace, those around us will feel that peace.

If you are in peace, then others around you will feel peace.
So your best effort should be to work on yourself.

Wishing you peace in your journey through life.

-Pratibha


Pratibha Queen

Pratibha Queen

Pratibha Queen is an Ashtanga Yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner who lives in Santa Cruz. She is a member of DSS who attends Salt Spring Centre of Yoga retreats on a regular basis. All quotes above are from the writings of Baba Hari Dass.

Our Centre Community: Catherine Dinim

I look back on my childhood with fondness; it was so full of love. I grew up in downtown Toronto to American parents who had left the States because of the war in Vietnam. They were educated, intellectual people who thrived in the urban environment and the excitement of Toronto in that time. My mom had been connected to the Quakers a bit through her college years, and when I was a toddler, they decided to look for a faith community that felt like a good fit for our family. I grew up as part of a strong Anglican church community, with both my parents serving on committees, taking on roles and responsibilities, and volunteering on a broader scale with settling refugees through the diocese.

Cooking with my mother, 1976

Cooking with my mother, 1976

We spent many weeks of every summer road tripping across the States and Canada, visiting friends and family and delving into the offerings and experiences along the way. Those weeks in our camper van had a profound impact on me. I saw places that were so vastly different than my urban, privileged, educated community at home. I remember counting lawn ornaments with my dad in West Virginia, visiting the corn fields in Nebraska farmed by my mom’s family since the 1860s, playing in the mountains of Wyoming at my uncle’s cabin, fishing with my grandpa in clear Colorado streams. On a trip to Northern California at about age 12, I made a family announcement that THIS would be the kind of place I would live as an adult. I had dreams of a cliff side house with many children, goats, and a loom. Romantic stuff for an eastern city kid.

Family 1985

Family 1985

My high school years were spent connecting with friends, spending time as a camp counsellor, reading voraciously, and dreaming. I moved to the east coast for university, living in a tiny town with one traffic light, where all students lived within walking distance of campus. It was a time of huge growth for me. I made friends who stretched me: poets, artists, and people who wanted to connect on a deeper level. We were all creating ourselves, trying things out, experimenting with who we wanted to be. A good friend often took a bunch of us to his childhood home in rural Cape Breton on long weekends and reading breaks. His parents were back-to-the-landers, the flip side of the urban draft dodgers I’d known growing up. His mom Judy welcomed us with open arms into her simple gardening, weaving, community lifestyle in the woods. It spoke to me.

After university, my boyfriend and I moved to Nelson, BC. It was a fluke really. We’d been living briefly in Banff, a gateway for many young adults moving out west, and knew it wasn’t the place we wanted to be. We drove around the interior looking for a place to move, and hit Nelson on a bluebird sky July day, cash in hand for our first month’s rent. We got a place that afternoon. No jobs, no friends, but openness and trust, and of course, it all worked out.

After a couple of years, I learned that UBC offered a teaching degree program in Castlegar, and I jumped at the chance to go back to school for a year and come away with a degree that would allow me to become a teacher. I hadn’t particularly dreamed of being a teacher growing up, but I loved children and had had exceptional learning experiences as a kid. My parents had taken a chance on a experiential, child-centred independent school that was just opening in Toronto in the early 80s. The teachers were creating a new kind of school, where kids learned in community, in mixed-age classes, with educators who were guides and facilitators rather than top-down authority figures. I only went there for a couple of years, but it shaped me as a learner, and it was the kind of learning experience I wanted to bring to new students. I enrolled in the program and found that year one of the most challenging of my life. The kind of school experience we were learning about in class seemed so outdated – the things I’d experienced 20 years earlier weren’t even on the radar of many of the profs teaching me. Luckily I was placed with an exceptional teacher for my practicum, who offered me the space to try out my ideas in her classroom.

After leaving with my degree I got a job teaching high school English, Drama and Home Economics in Crawford Bay, a rural community outside of Nelson, on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. I split up with my boyfriend, and dug deep into myself in those years. I look back fondly at the growing, spiritual awakening, connection to my soul and self that was forged in that time. It was hard work, full of challenges, but there were exceptionally joyful times too. I’d gone to yoga classes as a kid at the local community centre with my mom, and followed along with books through my high school and university years, but this period was the first time I went regularly to classes. I also danced, both at parties and raves, and with weekly 5 Rhythms classes at the beautiful Gray Creek Hall. I felt like I was coming into myself, connecting with nature in new ways and spending more time alone than I ever had before. I met my husband Ishi at a party in Gray Creek and felt a super strong spark right away. We spent time together that fall. I had already decided that I was ready to leave that community, having given up my job, and planned to move to California. My parents had left Toronto during my Nelson years and were living in San Mateo, in the Bay Area. I put my stuff in storage and drove down, thinking of starting fresh, but my heart was already connected to Ishi’s and I came back to BC just a few weeks later.

Ishi and Catherine

Ishi and Catherine

During this time, one of my good friends from the Kootenays had been spending time at Mount Madonna. First as a YSC karma yogi and then staying on for about a year. I visited her there and it was my first experience seeing an intentional community centred around a spiritual path. Not too long after that, I discovered that my new love Ishi had a connection to the Salt Spring Centre through his ex-girlfriend Maya, and that Mt. Madonna and Saltspring were linked. We came to the summer community retreat a few years in a row, but let our connection to the centre community lapse when work and then marriage and small children took our energy.

The first time I met Babaji, I was struck by his calmness and peace. He exuded an energy unlike any I’d ever experienced. I felt his power as a teacher, and as a guide. The sparkle in his eye and obviously love of both jokes and children drew me to him. I was skeptical of the idea of a guru, but Babaji didn’t have any of that vibe. He seemed to be holding space for people to learn and grow in their own time, without expectations that their path would look a certain way. It resonated with me and spoke to me of the kind of teacher I wanted to become, but hadn’t felt allowed to in my few years as a public school teacher. I saw Babaji as a guide and model, and the community full of life-long learners growing and stretching, whatever their age.

Stella and Babaji, Spring 2009

Stella and Babaji, Spring 2009

By then I had connected to an organization called SelfDesign, and worked to support families in natural learning, their children unfolding and learning in ways that worked for them in their homes. Through the power of the internet, I could email and talk on the phone with these families across the province and provide support, resources and ideas, as well as acting as a sounding board, counsellor, consultant and trusted friend. This was a new way to put my talents as an educator, and thoughts about learning, to good use.

Ishi and I got married in 2007, and had Stella in 2008 and then Zoë in 2011. I had started teaching at an alternative independent school in Vancouver, Pacific Spirit School, in 2007, and my kids and family became part of that community. The combination of teaching there, being supported to expand my natural, authentic style as an educator, and my deepening as a new mother offered huge growth for me spiritually. Motherhood has changed me profoundly and brought all my hang-ups, tight spots, and secret feelings to the surface.  It’s both the hardest and the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Ishi and I made conscious choices to parent in certain ways, spending a lot of time together as a family, and putting our values and intentions for our children to the forefront. I feel overwhelmed by the state of the world often these days, and keep coming back to the biggest work I can do, which is supporting my children and those I work with to hold on to their innate compassion and trust, to help guide them with open communication and unconditional love, and to model authenticity.

Catherine-Dinim-3

The last few years, Ishi and I have been coming back to the Salt Spring Centre and bringing our children to experience the magic of the summer retreat. To see them running with a pack, playing on the field while the first stars come out, singing kirtan in the pond dome, laughing at the Ramayana, growing in their trust of a community of adults who care about them, and forging connections with elders, is so special for us.

Stella and Takaya watching the Ramayana, 2014

Stella and Takaya watching the Ramayana, 2014

Zoë, Stella, Usha and their dolls

Zoë, Stella, Usha and their dolls

As I move into a new stage of my own life, as a mother of children who are no longer babies, and into my forties, I feel growing in me a new light. I’m being drawn again to learning more about myself, to feeding my soul and spirit in deeper ways, and I see the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga community as a foundation to do that.

Asana of the Month: The Inner Workings of Sleeping Pigeon (Kapotasana) in a Yin Practice

I remember the first time a teacher brought me into Pigeon pose when I was sixteen years old. The pose, and what the teacher said about it, spoke to me deeply. Looking back, I think it was the first time I really met an asana. I am delighted to share a few pointers on this pose in hopes of passing on the Pigeon Love to others.

Tanya Gita Roberts wrote a beautiful piece about Pigeon in the Asana of the Month section of October 2014. I highly recommend giving her article a read as well. In this month’s piece I will explore “Sleeping Pigeon” as it is practiced in Yin Yoga, as well as how emotions are stored in the body and how to release them in a Yin practice. This is a particular variation on what Gita explained in beautiful detail a few years ago.

Step One: Enter the Pose

The first step is to situate your hips, before easing down.

The first step is to situate your hips, before easing down.

Starting in tabletop position, slide your right knee forward towards your right wrist. Slide your left leg straight out behind you. Let the outside of your right shin, as well as your left leg, rest on the floor. Take a few breaths here, feeling into your legs. Then slowly begin to lower your torso down. Pay attention to how much sensation you are feeling in your legs, as well as how relaxed your body and breath are, as you lower down. You want to find what in Yin is called your “edge,” the place where you are challenged by sensation, but not challenged to the point where you begin to tense up or breathe shallowly. Your edge might be relaxing on your arms, your forearms, your stacked fists, a bolster or pillow, or relaxing all the way onto the floor. Wherever your edge is, stay there once you’ve found it. Let your back relax and your head hang heavy. Make sure that you don’t round to the point that your diaphragm is constricted, though, because you want to be able to have a natural deep breath.

Put a bolster under your hip if there is too much sensation without support.

Put a bolster under your hip if there is too much sensation without support.

If it is uncomfortable to relax into gravity, put a pillow or bolster underneath your right hip. For a Yin practice, you want to be able to relax any muscle that you aren’t using to keep yourself in the posture. Use as much support under your hip as you need in order to really relax.

Bringing the front foot forward deepens the stretch.

Bringing the front foot forward deepens the stretch.

If you want to deepen the stretch in your right hip, you can move your right foot up, creating a wider angle in your right knee. You don’t need to move the foot if you are already challenged by sensation with your foot closer to your body, or if moving the foot causes any discomfort in your knee. You don’t want any discomfort in your joints.

Propping your forearms on a bolster can help you ease slowly into the pose, or stay at your edge if that is where your edge is.

Propping your forearms on a bolster can help you ease slowly into the pose, or stay at your edge if that is where your edge is.

Step Two: Be in the Pose

Once you’ve found a version of the pose that works for your body, come into stillness. In a Yin practice, you hold a pose for 3-5 minutes – or longer, if you are accustomed to the pose. During this time it is good to avoid fidgeting or moving around because when you’re still you can bring your attention further inward. In Yin your job isn’t to get your body to go deeper into the pose; gravity and time are in charge of that. Your job is simply to meet your body where it is, as it is, and watch as it softens and heals in its own time. The Yin practice is largely internal, so here are a few more pointers on what to focus on while you’re in the pose:

  1. At the beginning of your pose, focus on relaxing. Relax your shoulders, the muscles along your spine, your belly, your left leg, and your right leg. Ask yourself if you’re holding anywhere else that you hadn’t already noticed, and invite those places to relax in their own time.
  2. Rather than forcing a deep breath, allow your breath to be as naturally deep as it wants to be. Focus on relaxing your breath.
  3. When your body and breath are soft, bring your attention to the sensations in your body. Start at the periphery, noticing the sensations in your head and face, neck and shoulders, arms, back and front body, and left leg. When you get to the right leg, where the most intense sensation probably is, start to give more attention to each sensation. Take your time, really pressing your awareness and breath against what you find there.
  4. Over the course of 3-5 minutes, watch how the sensations gradually change as your body releases deeper into the pose. Give loving attention to your body, the little piece of life that you inhabit, as it softens.

How Yin Yoga helps release stored emotion in the body

The day I first met Pigeon Pose was when I was attending asana classes at a studio called Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas. On this particular day, the teacher brought us into Sleeping Pigeon at the end of a Hatha class and let us stay in it for about five minutes on each side. She told us, “Our bodies tend to store a lot of emotions in our hips. During a deep hip opener, some of those emotions can sometimes come to the surface. If that happens, don’t turn away. Allow yourself to feel those emotions and release them. Don’t try to figure out where the emotions came from. Don’t think about them – feel them. Breathe into them and let them release.” My conscious mind didn’t understand how emotions could be stored in my legs, but I found that her words resonated with me deeply. I focused on what I felt in my hips and found that there was an emotional quality to the sensations. It felt so good to sink into them and let myself feel them.

Now I have more of a conscious understanding of how emotions are “stored” in our muscles. When a person experiences or witnesses an event that elicits an emotional response, several things go on in the body-mind complex. The body mobilizes a stress response, with one result being that a lot of energy gets poured into the muscles responsible for fighting or running away. The body also activates the tension patterns and physiological responses associated with whichever emotions have been deemed appropriate. Ideally, all the energy fueling the stress response gets released at the time of its creation, through self-defence or effective communication that is healthy and un-harmful for everyone involved.

If the energy doesn’t get released, then it stays in the system in some form. Even though the event has passed, the nervous system is still signaling the alarm, saying that the event is still happening. When the nervous system is out of sync with present moment surroundings, this causes all sorts of suffering. Our muscles become chronically tense, because they are receiving signals to fight, flight, or freeze in response to an event that has already passed. Seeing a reminder of the event can also trigger more vivid memories of the event, amping up the nervous system charge far beyond what is appropriate for a small situation. This can be very confusing and painful.

Thankfully, it is possible to release this stored energy from our nervous systems, even long after the event has passed. There are many different methods, from different religions, spiritual systems, and psychotherapeutic models. Yin Yoga is one method, and it works well alongside other methods such as psychotherapy, Hatha Yoga, massage, meditation, and others.

In Yin Yoga, we find a safe environment to practice, where our bodies feel safe to fully relax. We move slowly, encouraging a relaxed nervous system. We soften into the poses and allow the breath to be deep and relaxed, again encouraging the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and digest” function. From this place of relaxation, being with sensation can be therapeutic. We stay at our edge, regulating how much sensation we come into contact with- not too much, and not too little – staying with just the right amount that keeps the experience vivid but not overwhelming. Like my teacher said when I was sixteen, we focus on the sensations rather than the thoughts, allowing the sensations to unfold and change as they do when given a spotlight of loving attention.

Step Three: Exit the Pose

To come out of the pose, carefully bring your hands underneath your shoulders to press your torso into an upright position. Stay in touch with the sensations in your legs, moving slowly and carefully. Then gently slide your left leg forward and your right leg back, coming back into tabletop position. From there, rest back into Child’s Pose for a few breaths.

Step Four: Repeat on the Other Side

When you feel ready to move out of Child’s Pose, come back into tabletop. Then come into Sleeping Pigeon on the other side, bringing your left leg towards your left wrist and sliding your right leg back out behind you. Take your time when settling into the pose on this side, as you’ll need to go through the whole process all over again, relaxing from the periphery and in towards the belly of the muscle that has the most sensation. Notice and respect any differences between the two sides. You may need to use more support on this side, or less support. Take your time in settling in again, and be sure to stay in the pose for the same amount of time as you did on the other side. This allows your body to release in a balanced way.

I hope this description of the inner workings of Pigeon Pose in a Yin practice can be helpful in informing all Yin postures, the process of healing, and coming back into union with the Self.

Om

Asana photos by Gawain Jones


ArpitaArpita (Jessy), daughter of Padma (Diana) and Purna (Doug), is a grown-up Centre child, having been born into the Salt Spring Satsang. She took YTT at the Centre in 2009, the youngest so far, being 17 years old at the time. She has spent several summers serving at the Centre in Housekeeping, Maintenance, Yoga teaching, scanning old Babaji Q&A’s, and doing social media. Having recently graduated from Quest University Canada with a focus on embodiment psychotherapy and spirituality, she intends to continue her studies in Yoga Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Thai Yoga Massage.