Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?
After attending the VYC three times both as a volunteer with Ajna Yoga and a paying participant, I feel very honored to now join the conference and offer a Yoga Therapy for Pelvic Health session. I love the event embraces diversity and is committed to community building. As a yoga therapist I bring a contribution to diversity and as a relative newcomer to Victoria I still look to build community. The understanding of pelvic health has changed so much and I am very excited to provide a glimpse of how Yoga Therapy can contribute to optimal function of the muscles, ligaments, fascia and organs of the pelvic area. Therapeutic Yoga can also help with preventing and healing many conditions related to the pelvic area in both women and men.
The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘love is medicine‘. What does this mean to you?
Love is essential to well-being. Without love dis-ease comes that may lead to physical and mental illness as well as addictions. We become addicted to behaviour and substances in an attempt to fill a void of love lacking in our lives. Yoga has many tools to offer that help us discover the dimensions of love at each level of the koshas. I am looking forward to experience what “love is medicine” means to all those who will join the 2020 conference.
How do you manage stress or overwhelm?
Embracing the west coast as my new home, I love to go camping with my dog in my old campervan and sit by the fire at night and contemplate life. In town, walking (with my dog) and taking a beautiful bath after a self-massage with warm aromatic oils (abhyanga) gives me relief from feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Quiet time and solitude is an antidote to overwhelm and stress for me.
Tell us about the book you would recommend over and over again?
“Yoga and Ayurveda” from David Frawley is one of those classics for me. Frawley creates an accessible yet deep connection between these two sister disciplines and how we can use them for optimal health, vitality and bringing more consciousness into our life.
What are you listening to right now?
Actually, I am listening to a heavy tropical rain shower drumming the wooden roofs of the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. Kids jumping and screaming under the overflowing gutters taking a rain shower and enjoying the freedom of running wild on the grounds during this holiday week that invites them in with their parents. Another wonderful and healing sound experience was offered by Snatam Kaur offering concerts with her musician team during the last two nights of evening Satsang.
How do you nourish yourself?
Chanting and listening to mantras and other music that is calming and soft. I enjoy cooking and eating and when I feel down or sick, I make myself a tasty kitcheree – the healing food of Ayurveda. I love being in nature and gardening – smelling the earth after rain, flowers, herbs or listening to the sound of birds.
What do you do to nurture your creative spirit?
Immersing myself in Ashram life is very nurturing and sparking creative spirits. Finding time to read, write and creating a journal using mixed media and getting messy is another wonderful go-to of mine. I still dream of taking a course in that field to add creativity and dimension.
Do you have a favourite quote you’d like to share?
“These pains you feel are messengers, listen to them. “ (Rumi)
Regina is offering Yoga Therapy group classes and workshops in the Greater Victoria area and offers private yoga therapy sessions as Centre Balance. She supports people living with neurological and neuromuscular conditions (MS, PD, ALS, PLS) and persistent pain. Her gentle, genuine and deeply caring approach supports people’s self-awareness and self-care. She believes in empowering participants through gentle strength combined with nourishment that allow for transformation of mind and body.
Regina has taken specialty training in Yoga Therapy for Pelvic Health which can help with conditions of the pelvic region like pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic and lower back pain, organ prolapse, incontinence, constipation, prostatitis and more. She collaborates with Pelvic Health Physiotherapists and has now joint the Ajna faculty in teaching the pelvic floor portion of the Back-Care training module.
Regina is teaching group classes in the greater Victoria Area at Ajna Yoga in Oak Bay, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Vic West Community Centre and Esquimalt Rec Centre. She is a graduate of the Ajna Yoga Therapy Diploma program and has also studied with teachers from the Sivananda tradition, the Bihar School of Yoga, and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Previously, she was teaching Ayurveda in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Program in the NWT.
C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist), CYA-RYT GOLD, Ayurvedic Wellness Councillor, MA
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