About Krishna ॐ
I am an international yoga teacher based out of Vancouver, Canada. I found yoga as an extremely stressed out college student. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and at the time it felt catastrophic, because I felt like I was only one who was lost, and everyone else had it figured out. I felt the stress of competition which led to anxiety and I started experiencing panic attacks. They would come on suddenly out of no where, and I would experience an increased heart rate, cold sweats, it felt like I couldn’t breathe and the world was closing in on me. Because I was trying to maintain some kind of control in my life, the anxiety attacks were scary as hell because I could not control them.
Yoga was a powerful discovery for me, because I was able to find a sense of peace in savasana. Sometimes those feelings of anxiousness would creep up when I was in class, but because I was in a safe space, I felt those feelings of anxiety the tightness in my chest come on and then release. It was this that kept me coming back to yoga again and again. In times of stress, I always knew I could find these moments of freedom experienced in yoga.
I graduated in advanced business studies and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at BCIT. Eventually, I landed what I considered to be my dream job, as an account executive for one of the largest fashion agencies in Western Canada. After working 60+ hrs/week for a few years, I realized I wanted to do something different with my life because I felt like I had lost my sense of purpose. I had this thought that kept repeating in my head: “I’m young, I should be enjoying my life. I don’t have any hobbies, or any free time. Why am I so miserable?” And so, I decided to make a change. I quit my job and I went to Burning Man. I began a one year long soul-searching journey to South East Asia. On this trip, I decided to do all the things I didn’t had time to do because I was busy working. I dedicated time to yoga, blogging (to check out my old school blog from 2009 – click here), photography, spirituality and meeting cool people. In this time, I completed my 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training, volunteered at an orphanage in Cambodia, and went on a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat in a Thai monastery.
My humble dream to become a yoga teacher was awakened and my insatiable thirst for knowledge has led me to study with many amazing teachers + train in different yoga modalities. I am a proud initiate of living yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra. My main teachers include Tiaga Prem Singh and Shannon Cluff. I am certified to teach Dharma Yoga, Hatha, Hot, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin. In addition, I have dedicated two years to studying human anatomy and exercise physiology. Volunteering is an important aspect of my work. I have taught yoga to students recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, breathing and exercise techniques to students born with Cerebral Palsy, and built homes in the slums of Mexico.
- Living my passions of music, teaching, traveling + practicing yoga
- Nurturing the authentic introverted me (which can sometimes be nerdy, awkward + weird)
- Offering service through volunteering and helping those in need.
My mission is to help people authentically connect with their dreams and their passions. If there is something you don’t like in your life, you have the power to change it. After all, if I can do it then anyone can.
I am interested in exploring the place where science & spirituality meet. I am fascinated by the science of the human body and dedicated to intelligent sequencing. I like to teach the practical side of spirituality so students can learn useful techniques + teachings that can bring more peace into their lives.
I am inspired by nature, raw authenticity, radical kindness, and music. Recently I changed my name to Krishna ॐ, and if you are interested, you can read more about it here:
I believe yoga can be for anyone and one of my gifts is my innate ability to connect with people, making most feel comfortable and at ease. When you attend my class, you can expect to feel safe and supported, a deep sense of self-acceptance and freedom from stress and anxiety . I like to explore functional movement and experience deep breathing techniques. You can expect to simply enjoy the peace of mind that yoga brings.
In 2018, I was introduced to Pilates as a method to rehabilitate from injuries I incurred from long distance running and yoga. I became trained in the Stott Pilates method which is a contemporary approach based on modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation. This is a practice that is excellent for building longer, leaner muscles and correct posture. Pilates can teach healthy movement patterns in the mind and body which is helpful for injury rehabilitation and enhanced exercise performance. I am extremely passionate about sharing the Pilates practice as a way to promote functional movement.
Click here to listen to a podcast interview My Seven Chakras did with Krishna ॐ (Phyllis).