Yes, Kama is my birth name, and not a hippie yoga name I've taken on. I'm not sure if my parents realized that Kama translates as cosmic desire or creative impulse in Sanskrit, but I'll take it. I’m a single parent, classroom teacher and yoga teacher with a passion for community building and traveling. You can catch us eating at local restaurants, learning about history at museums, or browsing fresh produce and handmade goods at farmer’s markets. Want to know more? Read on.
I have taught in BC elementary, secondary and, alternative schools in Victoria, Port Alberni and Surrey. There's nothing I love more than connecting with students and finding creative ways to engage them in learning activities and discussions. This work is both challenging and rewarding, and inspired my MA in Community Development + Adult Education.
Travels to Kenya and to Rwanda allowed me to see what community development looks like on an international level. We discussed corporate social responsibility, water security + women’s agricultural cooperatives. These trips also served as media boot camp, with interviews in CBC Radio, CTV, and Elle Canada.
During the pandemic, I experienced overwhelming pressure from working on the frontlines, family stress and isolation. I was trying my best to hold things together with positive attitude, nutrition and sleep, but it just wasn't enough. The turning point happened when I woke up with my heart pounding in my chest and a completely numb right arm. I was scared.
My doctor rushed a series of tests to rule out serious physical illnesses. I was diagnosed with extreme stress and generalized anxiety. She made several recommendations, including starting a daily yoga practice.
Yoga has been part of my life off and on for years. Although I always enjoyed my time on the mat, I only practiced once a week ... or every few months. Doing yoga every evening after my son goes to bed is a game-changer for me. My time on the mat ranges from routine to emotional, but it helps me work through the tough stuff and embark on a healing journey. I now feel more energetic, less stressed and so much healthier. It's not a stretch to say that doing yoga changed my life.
This practice was so powerful for me that I decided to become a yoga teacher myself. My Yoga practice and Teacher Training have helped me better understand the wisdom and tools of ancient yogic science, which I now look forward to sharing with you.
Anuttara Ashram - Shivoham lineage:
Yoga and Meditation Training 200 HR
Tantric Path of Awakening: Power, Consciousness, Embodiment 30 HR
Shielding, Fortifying and Sharing Energy
If you feel called to learn with Anuttara Ashram, you can save 25% using code KAMA
Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga
Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Yoga Training 40 HR (In progress)
Phoenix Community Yoga:
Trauma-Informed Yoga Training 25 HR
Trauma-Informed Service Yoga Core Training 25 HR
Canmore Counselling: Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School
Being Trauma-Informed On & Off The Mat 20 HR
Well At Work K-12 Leadership Course
British Columbia Teachers' Federation & HumanWorks
The Well Teacher Program
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certificate
Community Resilience Initiative
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA)
Safe Harbour: Respect For All Certificate
Dr. Gordon Neufeld
Level 1 and Level 2 Intensives
Catherine Roscoe Barr
The Life Delicious Wellness Retreat
Nervous System Regulation + Inner Resilience & Nourishing Resilience: Mindfulness for Real Life
Always learning and growing.