I remember finding Yoga as a teen, growing up in Canada. I was intrigued, and most importantly, I felt good. Without understanding the depth of Yoga as a science, I just knew it felt right. I was on a search to learn more and understand how it allowed my body and mind to find balance, and connect to a deep soul knowing to emerge from the heart.
I understood and felt the experience of wholeness that is healing through the practice of connection and awareness that is Yoga. Firmly rooted in my own Yoga and Meditation practice, and having the felt experience of personal healing physically, mentally, emotionally and spritually through Yoga, my passion now is to teach and share this. In 2016, I completed an 18 month Yoga Teacher Diploma through IYTA (www.yoga-aotearoa.co.nz)
In 1991, I went on to study Physiotherapy in England, driven by a quest to further understand the body and how to restore health and recovery after illness or injury. After moving to New Zealand in 1995, I pursued further post graduate studies in Manipulative Therapy, Acupuncture, and Women's Health. All the while, for me, practicing Yoga was the bridge that combined Western science with Eastern energy medicine and spirituality.
In 2016, I completed Meditation Teacher Training through Ananda NZ. This is in the lineage of Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananada. In 2016 I took Kriya Yoga initiation.
To give back to my training through IYTA (Yoga Aotearoa), I serve as the Nelson/Tasman Branch Rep for the organisation.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. I bow to and am grateful to all my teachers, showing me the light that resides within us, between us and all around us.
On May 10th 2016, I began teaching from home and created Kokoro Studio. Exactly 10 years before to the day, my Dad gave me the Japanese symbol Kokoro, before he passed.
In Japanese culture, Kokoro unites the notions of heart, mind, and spirit. Kokoro sees these three elements as being indivisible from one other.
In Te Reo Maori, the word Wairua encapsulates a similar meaning.
Wairua spirit, soul - spirit of a person which exists beyond death. It is the non-physical spirit. To some, the wairua resides in the heart or mind of someone while others believe it is part of the whole person and is not located at any particular part of the body.
I am a householder Yogini, mother, wife and organic farmer. My husband and I own and operate Ferretti Growers, a Certified Organic Market Garden. We grow seasonal veg from our farm in Brightwater, selling to the Wed Nelson Farmers market, Sat Nelson Market, Fresh2U veg box delivery www.fresh2u.co.nz. Veg box orders can be texted in advance to be picked up at Yoga classes.
The connection to the food we eat, and the ecology of this planet is vital to our health and well -being. We farm with the intention of ‘Soil to Soul’.
I look forward to welcoming you to Kokoro Studio and sharing my love of yoga & meditation with you.
Lokah Samastha Sukino Bhavantu. May all Beings Find Peace Happiness and Freedom.
Om Shanti. Peace.