What's Your Story? Yoga in everyday life
What's Your Story? features the different characters that roam the streets of Toronto. Every Monday and Thursday, a new person shares their story, likes and dislikes about the city, a little secret and more.
What neighbourhood are you from? East York
What do you 'do'? Founder/Director of two yoga schools. I also teach yoga and train others to become yoga instructors.
How long have you been in Toronto? 11 years
What's your story?
I first learned yoga when I was working as a tree planter at 19. I learned to maintain strength and flexibility to help me plant trees. I took my teacher training in Los Angeles, came back to Toronto and nine years ago, my sister and I started the Yoga Sanctuary on College Street. Then, we opened a second location five years ago on the Danforth.
You start to live yoga in everyday life and begin making different decisions. Yoga is about relationships - first to ourselves and then, to everything around us.
Favorite thing(s) about Toronto:
The seasons, the multicultural diversity, the proximity to Lake Ontario and the myriad of events and venues we can take in.
Least favorite thing(s) about Toronto:
This doesn't pertain to this summer but the extreme humidity in late July. And heavy snowfall.
You have 24 hours to spend with someone who's never been to Toronto before - what do you do?
The day starts with a small yoga practice and meditation, followed by a walk through Taylor Creek Park. We would then go to the top of the CN Tower and I would point out all the landmarks of Toronto. We'd follow this by afternoon tea at the ROM and a walk up the stairs to Casa Loma.
One thing that your friends/family don't know about you:
How much I value my alone time.