Meet Monica, yoga teacher at Studio B since June 2015.  You can find Yoga at the Studio several times a week!

What inspires you?

About yoga – Students’ curiosity, questions and feedback

About life in general – That every day is a new day and another opportunity

About my path – God, my husband, my kids

Why  do you love yoga, pilates and barre?

This practice has shown me so much about my body, it’s abilities rather than it’s limitations

and being able to empower myself in my own self-care. I love yoga because it reminds me to

be humble and grateful. Every time I come to my mat I’m so grateful for the practice, how it

strengthens my body and mental health, and reminds me to slow down and breathe one breath at a time.

I love barre and Pilates because they keep me strong, long and lean. I have Jolene to thank this year for keeping my core (and back) strong to the point that I could even shovel my entire driveway

without being in significant pain the next day.

What is alive for you right now?

Watching my kids enter their late teens/early twenties, being there as a support to them and

reminding them to take it one day at a time and to pace themselves. I am so grateful to have them

in my life and am so proud of both of them and their achievements. It’s an honour to see them grow

into adults, even if it is tough not to have them by my side any longer.

Also, being a newlywed!

What are you listening to right now, music or podcasts?

Spotify on my iPad and the spa and chill stations of Sirius radio on the road.

Where’s your favourite place in the world to be?

Maui. I’m a BC girl born and raised and I couldn’t imagine being away from the mountains but

a part of my heart remains is in Maui. I vacationed there twice prior to living there for five weeks

when I took my teacher training in 2014 and have continued to return every year or two. My body

feels best in the warm climate and the cool winds and island vibes are incomparable to anything

else I’ve experienced in my life. It feels like my second home.

What are your top hobbies?

Yoga (of course), bellydancing, traveling and reading.

If you could pass along a little wisdom what would it be?

I was told once as a teacher (and fully agree) that the best motto to have as a teacher is

“Nothing to prove, everything to share”.  (Lauren Roegele)

What’s your favourite meal?

It’s a toss up between sushi, pizza or kitchari from The Green Moustache.

What’s your favorite book, essential oil, quote or all of the above and why?

My favorite book is the Bible – it is a timeless book of stories of regular people in sticky situations, realizing they cannot do it all the self and surrendering to Gods will (often after they’ve screwed

up trying to do it all themselves!) It reinforces the importance of spirituality in our lives and

reminds me that I am a child of God and that my Spiritual father has my back all the time. It also

has the best wisdom one could ask for for a good healthy balanced life.  I turn to it when I have a

dilemma I can’t work through myself and it facilitates my relationship with God. I could (and do)

read it over and over and over again.  It never fails to provide me with guidance, strength and

peace. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

When you’re not working/teaching in the studio, where can you be found?

At my other job in community corrections or at home or the theatre watching a movie

or Netflix with my husband.

How did you find yoga, pilates or barre?

Through a lot of trials and tribulation. There is no lotus without a little mud.

What is your favourite thing about being a part of the Studio B Team?

I love working in an environment with so many amazing people. I love the support we teachers

offer each other. I love being managed in a way that values and trusts my instincts and way

I lead my classes. I love that our yoga community cares for each other and the community

we live in.  I love our students and their desire to live a healthy, empowered life.


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