Namaste M.F.

**Announcement: To all the sweet and beautiful students of yoga whom I’ve encountered along this path thusfar… For the moment, I will be limiting my schedule of regular classes in order to plant my soul firmly back in the earth growing and sharing delicious organic veggies. I may also lead occasional workshops, advanced practices, or retreats as they arise, so link up with me via social media to stay in touch. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your energy, your breath, your movement, and your intention on your mat time and time again. May your practice keep you, as always, happy, healthy, and free. All the best. Namaste. A.

In my own life, the practice of yoga and the lifestyle choices that come along with it eliminated chronic pain I had been experiencing for years and calmed the anxiety that a busy academic and professional career provoked. Early in 2012, I completed my RYT-200 certification under the tutelage of Elissa Gumushel, Dan Clement, and Joy Morrell at Shanti Yoga in Nelson, British Columbia.

Inspired by a mix of traditional and modern approaches to body movement, my aim is always to ensure a safe, purposeful, and challenging practice with a focus on asana integrity and alignment. I teach in both heated and non-heated spaces, and you’ll find me leading classes of all different paces to yogis of all levels.

“You are an intuitive, understanding instructor, and you may not know this, but you inspire confidence and focus in my practice. Not to mention, you don’t have bad taste in music!” ~ Sierra

Over the last few years, I’ve been drawn repeatedly to experiencing and teaching yin yoga — a grounded, humbling approach to finding openness and ease in the connective tissues of the body. Though still new to many students, the practice of yin is different from (but complimentary to) a more yang, active practice. In April 2013, I was lucky enough to be a part of Cathy Keenan‘s 40-hour Yin AYTT at The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto. You can read more about this approach and its techniques by seeking out folks such as Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark, and Sarah Powers.