"As a child and teenager I suffered greatly with anxiety to the point of being physically ill just anticipating social events. I became interested in yoga initially as a fitness activity. Over time I discovered that the practices of yoga were actually providing me with the tools I needed for managing anxiety. I have been fortunate to study with teachers that encouraged me to explore yoga in a safe and supportive environment that fostered self-study and awareness. Later as I discovered Qigong I found that it intertwined with my yoga practice to provide further opportunity for enhancing my life and living not free of anxiety, but with an awareness that it does not define me or control my choices.
Through my teaching I hope to share these powerful tools in a way that is meaningful to each individual. I aspire to create a safe and accessible learning environment so that you have the support you need to discover your unique path to joyful living."
Linda is recognized as a Certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Through her Yoga Teacher Training and experience she is recognized as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 with the Yoga Alliance, and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider®).
Under the guidance of Sifu Wing Cheung of the Tai Chi Qigong and Feng Shui Institute she has trained as a Level 2 Tai Chi Qigong Instructor.
A lifelong student Linda continues her studies and is currently training as a Level 3 Instructor. As an Accessible Yoga Ambassador Linda aspires to create learning opportunities that are fully inclusive if you have questions in regards to accessibility please contact Linda.
Thank you for the hard work and dedication of the board, staff and volunteers who since 1989 have been establishing yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. I appreciate that there is a defined scope of practice and code of ethics that I am required to follow as a C-IAYT. The credentialing standards are rigorous and I was required to continue my studies in Yoga Therapy with the Mount Royal University Yoga Therapy Extension Certificate before my recognition as a C-IAYT. I have a firm commitment to teach with integrity and professionalism and feel proud to be a member of this organization. Attending the annual conference SYTAR, and reading the publications keeps me informed on current research and groundbreaking work that is occurring in the field of Yoga Therapy.
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Thank you to my teachers Monica Voss and Tama Soble who continue to develop the inspirational work of Vanda Scaravelli and Esther Myers. I was so inspired by the high standards of the 2-year, 750 hour teacher training, and the confidence it gave me to teach to all students that I continued my studies with the 250 hour Graduate Teacher Training. The foundation of these teachings is in the application of the basic framework of grounding, breathing and releasing the spine. There is a simplicity to this work that creates an inclusive environment for all students to explore yoga intentionally and purposefully on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. My teaching continues to be influenced by these incredible teachers and grounded in this philosophy.
Master Cheung has shared his knowledge of Qigong effectively so that it is easy to learn and can be applied very practically as a daily practice for enhancing health and wellness. I am thankful for his clarity in teaching the ancient wisdom of qigong in a manner that makes it available to anyone that wishes to learn. His service to others has inspired me to share Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi as an accessible practice as often, and as far reaching as possible. You can learn these simple and profound practices through our Introductory workshops in both Level 1 and 2, and the comprehensive course for instructors. Master Cheung will be taking a sabbatical and I am deeply thankful for having had the opportunity to learn under his guidance.
Many thanks to my former colleagues of 10 years who generously shared their expertise and knowledge in the area of comprehensive and holistic mental health services. I am full of gratitude for the support and encouragement I received from the clinical team in implementing the Mindful Movement, Breathing, and Qigong programs as modalities within the residential program for the preventative and restorative care of clergy and vowed religious. It was an incredibly gratifying experience to serve church ministers from around the globe as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
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