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what is yoga therapy?

We know that yoga is therapeutic by nature and that yoga encompasses mind, body and spirit.  When we practice yoga, over time, we become more flexible, our circulation and breathing improve, and our bodies become stronger and more resilient to sickness.  Our minds become more focused and our mood is elevated. 

Yoga Therapists are trained to assist individuals with particular issues, in finding the yoga postures &/or breathing techniques that will best suit their individual needs and provide them the greatest benefit.  This can often involve using active postures &/or restorative/deep relaxation/meditation and breathing techniques, or a combination of any of these.

Yoga Therapy is a holistic practice, making it the perfect adjunct therapy to include on your path to healing and wellness.

My Part

Currently, I am the Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority where I develop and deliver a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patients with complex concurrent mental health disorders and substance addiction at The Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions.  Previously, for Coast Mental Health, I offered continued support with an advanced yoga therapy program to in-patients as they transition back to their home communities at the Rehabilitation & Recovery Program facility, located at Riverview.

I provide therapeutic Chair Yoga classes to residents with various degrees of mental and physical challenges at Holyrood Manor by Revera, a Long-term Care facility in Maple Ridge.  I prepare, coordinate and teach Chair, and Gentle Hatha classes at the Pitt Meadows Seniors Society, as well as Chair Yoga and Meditation classes at Sunwood Senior Living Community by Revera

I offer regular classes and workshops in my Maple Ridge studio and provide private one-on-one sessions for those requiring assistance and support with physical, mental &/or emotional health issues; chronic pain or grief.   I am also available to teach small, private groups.