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. 

about me

I have taught at-risk youth in elementary, secondary and, alternative schools since 2005. There's nothing I love more than connecting with students, finding creative ways to engage them in learning activities and discussions.  This work is both challenging and rewarding, and inspired me to take 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.

classroom teacher

yoga on doctor's orders

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. She made several recommendations, including starting a daily yoga practice. 

becoming a yoga teacher

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 super boring to super 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. 

YOGA TRAININGS: 

Anuttara Ashram of the Shivoham lineage: 
Yoga and Meditation Training 200 HR + Tantric Meditation 25 HR

Phoenix Community Yoga:
Trauma-Informed Yoga Training 25 HR

Yoga Outreach:
Trauma-Informed Service Yoga Core Training 25 HR (in progress)

OTHER TRAUMA-INFORMED TRAININGS: 

Community Resilience Initiative
Trauma-Informed Training

Dr. Gordon Neufeld
Level 1 and Level 2 Intensives

Natalie Rousseau
Nervous System Regulation + Inner Resilience Training

Always learning and growing. 


 

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