Below is a 3 part video series, where pro athlete holistic nutritionist & strength coach Sylvie Tetrault interviews me on some of the most common topics that clients and followers ask me about. This blog offers some practical tips on making positive lifestyle changes through meditation and mindfulness.

Video #1 is an introduction to how we can find our own individual meaning of spirituality.

 

Video #2 answers some of the most commonly asked questions about meditation.

 

Video #3 includes some quick and simple instructions on a breathing exercise that can help reduce anxiety and manage stress.

 

Meditation Background

As many of you already know from My Story or my Skills pages, I haven’t just been performing for the last 20 years.
Since in 2007, I’ve lead hundreds of individuals and groups in fitness, yoga and meditation, from pro athletes in the NHL to corporate companies like CBRE.

I started practising meditation at age 13 to better cope with the stage fright I struggled with as a teenager and young adult.

Since then, I’ve studied breath and sound therapy in the 200h Naam Yoga Therapies program, which has given me a deeper understanding of how we can bring balance to the nervous system through breathing meditations and how sound vibrations effect our brainwaves and mood.

I’ve also studied over 60 hours with Orlando psychotherapist Aaron Moore (who specializes in addiction, anxiety and depression) before co-leading “HEAL” trainings with him across North America via the Blu Matter Project.
Blu Matter is a non-for-profit which provides yoga for mental health.
Our HEAL trainings educate people
on deeper emotional awareness through mindfulness exercises, as well as how to break the stigma & build communities conducive to healing to support those dealing mental illness.

I became trauma informed after participating in two of trauma worker & Yoga Therapist David Emerson’s trauma sensitive trainings via TCTSY (Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga).
The movement needed for highly traumatized individuals to heal (specifically those suffering from complex trauma), is also mindfulness based, which deepened my understanding of how to incorporate interoception into my coaching more profoundly.
Above all my education, what’s been most powerful for me has been cultivating spirituality, self awareness, mental health and positive neural pathways through my personal meditation practise and psychotherapy treatments.
The spiritual connection, liberation and balance that meditation and breath work have added to my life have been so healing that it feels I’m not fulfilling my duty to hold back this knowledge.

Regardless of my years of practise and certifications, I will always consider myself a student of these topics and am humbled and honoured when people want to learn from me.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you.