"Cour" comes from the latin root that means "heart". Therefore, it has always been my belief that courage comes from the heart.
This is the story of how I found courage in my heart space by overcoming pain through my yoga and meditation practice. It takes courage to know your heart, trust it and most importantly - follow it.
I incorporated the practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness into my life at the early age 12 years old. Since then, my life has been a whirlwind of mystery, experience, growth, teachings and service. I grew up in Canada with a mom who was dedicated to the practice of yoga in all of it’s forms. She inspired me to embark on my own personal journey which led me to become a 200hr RYT by the time I was 15 years old. I trained in Bali, Indonesia with Yandara Yoga and graduated as the youngest yoga teacher to attend their school.
After my return from Bali, I started volunteering at my high school by teaching yoga and meditation in my Phys Ed classes. It was slightly discouraging at first as many of my peers would snicker and make fun of “yoga”.. but after class, one or two of my peers would approach me and ask me where they can practice more yoga. From that moment on, I had an inner knowing that my life purpose is to serve as many people as possible by sharing these healing practices.
When I turned 16 years old, I started teaching a few classes a week at local yoga studio. I was incredibly excited and honored to be teaching in studio setting, however life became incredibly intense when my mom got diagnosed with Aggressive Lymph Node Cancer (Lymphoma). While being in high school full time, teaching yoga and dedicating myself to be my mom’s primary caregiver, I threw myself more and more into my mindfulness and meditation practices to cope with the tornado of life around me. My world seemed as if it was falling apart. Friends started disappearing as my mom became more and more ill, family stopped coming to visit at the hospital, my mom's condition seemed to be getting worse every day.
Throughout it all, I kept courage in my heart, knowing that with grace, faith and courage - anything was possible. By the time I turned 17, my mom stopped treatment and moved from the hospital back to home. I graduated high school with honors and spent the summer training at Kripalu School of Yoga & Ayurveda to obtain my 500hr RYT. When autumn rolled around, I took off traveling to explore the world and share my passions with the people in it. I started off by driving and camping across Canada for 5 weeks and then took off to Granada, Nicaragua where I lived and taught yoga for 4 months. After that, I moved to Montanita, Ecuador for 3 months and taught yoga on the beach while volunteering and cleaning up the beach every Sunday from tourist trash.
Now, at 18 years old, I run Women's Empowerment seminars, workshops and events and run international Yoga/Wellness Retreats with my Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda background. During all of this, I have also been in school part-time at Kripalu in the Integrative Yoga Therapy program to become certified as a CYT-1000 and Professional Yoga Therapist. My goal is compassionate service with a courageous heart. I am passionate about serving as many people as I can using a unique, holistic and mindful approach. I aspire to continue helping beautiful people all over the world overcome their traumas and anxiety through bravery and self-commitment.
Shine on, be courageous and follow your heart.
I am Iysha, a Brave Babe
I love and accept myself