In retrospect, I’ve always been fascinated by my physicality. However, my life (and body) didn’t always look as it does now. Far from it, in fact…. For nearly a decade I worked deep in the world of trades. I specialized in HVAC and studied under some of the best tradesmen in my home city of Vancouver, BC. Yes, this work was physical in nature. Yet there was no conscious application or investigation of this physicality, or the impacts of our efforts on the longevity of our bodies.
Inherently utilitarian, this lifestyle was incomplete at best, and destructive at worst.
At 22, I found out about something called Vipassana - a 10-day silent meditation course. As these things go, the timing was right, I was open to the opportunity, and took on what was to be one of the most simultaneously challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. In this silence, I contemplated a new path.
Despite the distance between where I came from, where I was, & where I was headed, it was in that period that my purpose revealed itself. The path wasn’t clear or easy, but it was now clearly there, and I ready to begin upon it. I couldn’t even imagine touching my toes, yet I was setting off on the journey to where I am now today - devoted solely the investigation of movement in all of its modalities. Little did I know this journey would take me everywhere from China to train martial arts with monks, to Montreal to study circus acrobatics with experts, to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Thailand to train my own students today.
All of my training has given me just as much, if not more, emotional and spiritual insight as it has physical development. It takes effort to truly explore, acknowledge, and accept the many facets of oneself. One of my most insightful discoveries through this work has been that I personally work best when I am applying myself to a passion.
When I am passionate, I am productive. I tap into the wellspring of energy that feeds itself. This gives me the motivation to devote myself to the disciplines I explore with a blend of consistency and curiosity. I am willing, and excited, to be a beginner again often - this keeps me humble and with a sense of perspective along the path. From my last two years of Capoeira to my most recent explorations of Ballet, I am always attempting to throw myself into the pot of new lessons, patterns, and challenges. I believe this will translate into a longevity in my own practice as well as the information I am able to distill & deliver to my students.
I like to think that if it is an impossible task, it is a good path to pursue - because if it never ends we will keep learning, growing, and sharing.
I welcome you to walk with me on this path and explore the true potential that I know you have inside of you.