My practice, My teaching

 

My dada (grandfather) introduced me to the simple concepts of Yoga and Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga.  He imparted to me the wisdom of eating according to my body and mind, and the practice of observing.  As a child my left shoulder often dislocated.   Over the span of few years my grandfather, along with his teacher, healed me.  They compounded pungent oils to apply to my shoulder, manipulated my joints with firm pressure and massage, guiding me back to health.  

What I remember the most about this practice—and that which has stayed with me—is the firmness and diligence required to bring us back to balance and of course, the essential nature of the bond of trust between teacher and student.  I believe in the simplicity and the discipline of this great practice of Yoga.  In the tradition of Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar, I draw on different styles of Yoga while incorporating other techniques that promote healing and balance.  From Sivananda to Classical Hatha, Vinyasa to Yin and Restorative, I incorporate Yoga’s knowledge of itself into my own practice and offer it to others through my teaching.

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As a Certified Yoga Therapist I work diligently to bring the unadulterated teachings of Yoga to the people around me.  I have been teaching Yoga and offering Yoga Therapy in Toronto for almost 10 years.  I have taught public, corporate and private Yoga classes, workshops, and outreach programs.  As a faculty member of the Classical Yoga Teacher Certificate program at George Brown College and as an instructor for Yoga Sanctuary’s teacher training programs, I share my knowledge of Yoga Philosophy and Yoga Therapies.            

I have come to believe that Yoga is truly a life long journey—full of healing and love. To the best of my abilities I teach according Ayurvedic Principles, paying due respect to the environment around us—the seasons, weather and time of day—and, of course, to the people in front of me.             

Yoga is a part of me along with my two boys and husband. When not teaching or practicing Yoga, I enjoy running a few miles a week, sleeping, watching Ted talks and crime shows, and cooking my versions of east Indian food while enjoying “face-time” with friends and family.  You may also spot me on Toronto’s downtown streets cycling around and enjoying our city’s colours, cuisine and culture.