It's not linear . . .
Kolam chalk drawing, Chennai, India
When the structure of discipline works, it begins to dissolve.
~ Erich Schiffmann
When I took Erich Schiffmann's Freedom Yoga teacher training with him in Venice, California in 2014 I was strongly attached to a rigid ashtanga style in my practice and teaching. Erich's approach shifted me very quickly and profoundly. I discovered I could venture outside of strict linear, hierarchical structures if they didn't feel right for me. I paid closer attention to my body's relationship with the poses, sequences, and intensity of practice.
I began to slow down and linger in the pauses, where I found curiosity, playfulness, and freedom.
I have since studied TKV Desikachar-based yoga therapy in Canada and India, as well as certified in healing forms of yoga, including adaptive/accessible, restorative, pain care, and trauma-sensitive, and have taught using these modalities for several years.
I also enjoy free-form dance and practice a somatic form of meditation. All of these have led me to follow my instincts to explore widely, listen deeply to felt sense, and develop and deepen inner trust as a student, teacher, and therapist.
I bow in reverence to my many esteemed teachers and their sources and I do not strictly adhere to a specific lineage or follow a guru.
Om, freshly painted
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in depth psychology and creative writing from Antioch University Seattle with extensive coursework in world religions and mythologies, epistemology, and creativity. During this time I explored the creative process through art, writing, and transpersonal studies and was fortunate to attend events with my classes featuring such great human beings as Stephen Hawking, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
My practicum involved a year volunteering as a crisis hotline counsellor, with a focus on suicide. Post-grad training and experience includes expressive play therapy, hypnotherapy, and wholistic counselling. I have six full-time years of clinical experience as a counsellor and expressive play therapist in multi-disciplinary health and wellness settings, with a focus on anxiety, depression, grief, and addictions.
Life has shown me many times over that it is not straightforward or linear in nature, but infinitely dimensional and rich.
For the last 30 years or so I have worked primarily as an editor, writer / journalist, and, following a diploma program and printing apprenticeship in Los Angeles, a graphic designer.
And then there were those "side-trips" along the way ...
You can see more, including work and volunteer experience, on my LinkedIn profile.
I was primary editor on Marion (Mugs) McConnell's highly acclaimed book, Letters From The Yoga Masters, published by North Atlantic Books in 2016. Click on the image of the book cover to learn more about this unique contribution to the written history and present-day understanding and practice of yoga's eight limbs.
Training & teachers
Jools demonstrating pranayama with Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani in 2018, Sorrento, BC
18 + years of dedicated yoga practice
9 + years teaching / training
Langara College 250-hour yoga teacher training program, Vancouver, BC, 2010-'11
Ashtanga Primary Series Yoga Teacher Training, David Swenson, Victoria, BC, 2012
200-hour yoga teacher training, SOYA*, and 300-hour SOYA upgrade to RYT 500, Mugs McConnell, Penticton and Vancouver, BC 2013-'14
Freedom Yoga Teacher Training with Erich Schiffmann, Venice, CA, 2014
Back Mitra spinal release foundation training, Vancouver, BC, 2014
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Vancouver, BC, 2015
Freedom Yoga with Erich Schiffman, SOYA annual retreat, Sorrento, BC, 2015
Jools and Mugs McConnell , 2013, Water Valley, Alberta
Jools, Erich Schiffmann, & Mugs McConnell, 2014, Venice, California
Anatomy Trains for Movement Therapists, Sherry Leigh Iwaschuk, KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Integration), Vancouver, BC, 2016
Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga, Neil Pearson, Qualicum Beach, BC, 2016
Trauma-sensitive Yoga teacher training, Yoga Outreach, Vancouver, BC, 2016
Essential Yoga Therapy Low Back Care Program, Robin Rothenberg, Fall City, WA, 2016
Experiential Anatomy, Judith Lasater, Vancouver, BC, 2016
Yoga, Fascia, & the New Anatomy, Robin Rothenberg & Tom Myers, YogaU (online study, live webinars), 2016; repeated 2019
Yoga Therapeutics, Doug Keller, SOYA annual retreat, Sorrento, BC, 2017
The Chakras, Vayus, Nada Yoga, Yoga Therapy with Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, SOYA annual retreat, Sorrento, BC, 2018
Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training, Mary-Jo Fetterly, Vancouver, BC, 2019
Life as a Yogi in the 21st Century, with Brenda Feuerstein, SOYA annual retreat, Sorrento, BC, 2019
Yoga Therapy Diploma (2-year program in Vancouver, BC and Chennai, India), Yoga Therapy International; September 2019.
I have also learned a great deal in multiple workshops with Gioia Irwin, Sylvain Brochu, and Deb Swan.
*SOYA = South Okanagan Yoga Academy
Yoga therapy training
Chennai, India with some of the wonderful women from around the world (Jools, front left) in Yoga Therapy International's 2017-'19 cohort for Certified Yoga Therapist 1000-hour program.
Jools studied mantra and pranayama at Yoga Raksanam in Chennai, India in 2018 with beautiful Radha Sridhar. Her joy is seriously contagious.
- Certified Yoga Therapist (1000-hours)
- Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, YACEP (continuing education provider - click to see YA listing)
- Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
Red Cross certified (current)
Emergency First Aid / CPR / AED
- Professional liability coverage
Volunteer teaching - trauma-sensitive yoga classes in social service settings (Yoga Outreach)
Women's Place, Surrey, BC - 2016
First United, DTES, Vancouver, BC - 2017
Crabtree Corner, DTES, Vancouver, BC - 2018 - '19
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