Monica’s yoga practice has progressed over the last fifteen years from primarily fitness to a more holistic lifestyle in general. She was first introduced to yoga via a home practice using videos by Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden. After moving to Chilliwack, Monica evenly split her practice with Leslie and James Ferrier (Bikram Yoga) and Christie Lucia Weightman (Off The Mat), all of who contributed to a strong physical practice with a focus on concentration and alignment. She then began to explore more yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation to deal with changes in my life.
In 2013, Monica was involved in a significant motor vehicle accident, being rear ended by another vehicle at a high rate of speed on highway one, returning from a weekend camping trip. Life, physical activity and her practice changed at that moment. Monica struggled to heal her body, first putting it in the hands of a medical team, then after being diagnosed with Chronic Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, she decided to empower herself towards healing. The year following her car accident, she enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Maui Yoga Shala in Paia, Maui where she spent five weeks in intensive training with Karin Kuhn and Nadia Toraman. Monica returned to BC with more information, skills to promote her own healing as well as a desire to assist others who are injured or who are dealing with life changes which affect their mental health. She began teaching and studying the teachings of BKS Iyengar and Thich Nhat Hahn.
Monica has always loved to be outdoors, hiking in the mountains, swimming at the lake, and taking her practice outside. In 2014, she discovered standup Paddleboarding (sup) and the following year took her SUP Yoga teacher training with Kristy Wright Schell (Liquid Yoga) and began teaching sup yoga classes at Cultus Lake. In 2018, she took her 50 hour Meditation Teacher Training with Wendy Weyman.
By the grace of God, Monica’s practice has strengthened her body, mind and soul and she truly believes that she has been divinely placed in a position to help others to empower themselves into a holistic healing practice as well. Monica loves to teach Hatha yoga, Restorative and Yin yoga and sup yoga classes. Her intention for classes are based on a foundation of alignment, effective breathing and philosophy, in order to help students find a balance in their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.