After an injury prevented Natalie from continuing a lifelong love for dance, she discovered yoga as a way to maintain her strength and flexibility. She didn’t realize at the time that yoga was a practice of self awareness, and that regular practice would actually improve her general outlook on life, make her a calmer, more grateful, and more grounded person. While she continued to practice yoga in her spare time, Natalie completed a business degree. Ultimately, however, the corporate world left her unfulfilled and she gravitated towards teacher training in yoga. After completing her first Iyengar Style training in 2005, she continued to expand her study, completing many hours in other workshops and trainings, deep in-depth study abroad, as well as deeper study into anatomy and functional movement. Natalie’s certifications include:
- Iyengar Style Teacher Training – Yoga Studio College of Canada (now Alberta Yoga College)
- Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy – Gert Van Leeuwen
- Fusion Fitness Training – Blended Yoga and Pilates, Pilates Infused Core – Heavens Fitness
- Pre and Post Natal Teacher Training – Sara Villamil – Yoga Mandala
- Certified through International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
With over 20 years of yoga practice, 13 years of teaching, old dance injuries, a reoccurring car accident whiplash, a torn AC joint in her shoulder, SI joint problems from pregnancy and beyond, and birthing a beautiful daughter, Natalie’s practice and teaching philosophy have dramatically changed over the years. She realized that for true physical stability, one must have strong deep postural muscles, particularly transverse abdominals, deep obliques, pelvic floor, and glutes. It is important to maintain an element of flexibility, but stretching from a stable place, and not over stretching.
Natalie’s experience and training have given her tools to treat chronic injuries and pain, and to develop personalized programs for clients. She encourages students to be present, to pay close attention to their bodies, to align the body with precision in every asana. When one is focused on precise alignment and movement patterns, the mind cannot wander. To Natalie, this is the essence of yoga.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what cannot be endured, and endure what cannot be cured”. B.K.S. Iyengar