Jamie de Koning

Red Deer, AB
Canada

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My yoga journey began in 2003. I was a college student looking for a form of exercise. I initially went to my first yoga class to gain physical benefits but what I didn’t know was that yoga would touch me on a ‘whole’ new level. I was hooked! After benefiting in so many ways from yoga, not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually, it became my dream to share this wonderful practice with others.
That dream came true in December of 2009 when I completed my 200 hour traditional Hatha yoga teacher training at From Within Wellness Centre, Edmonton, AB with Priya Dasyam. I knew starting up my training that I wanted to teach children. My practicum even included teaching my adult classmates to find their inner child. We barked in our down dogs, meowed in our cats and walked around like monkeys. Like adults, kids also have busy lifestyles. There is little time to "just be". I wanted to provide tools to kids so that they can find ways to stay calm, stay healthy, love and respect their bodies, find peace within themselves and of course have lots of fun doing it. In September 2010 I completed my kids yoga teacher training with The Yoga Tree, Vancouver.
Also true to my heart is yin yoga. At the time of my 200 hour training one of my classmates introduced me to yin yoga. I was working a full time job in the corporate world and needed some yin energy. In August 2011 I completed my 50 hour yin yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark at the Semperviva Yoga, Vancouver. This training touched me deeply. I wanted to reach out to all yangsters and welcome them over to the yin side as Bernie would say. In today's lifestyles we are non-stop go go go. Yin yoga helps you truly be in the present moment and enjoy the stillness of the body, mind and breath. Step out of a yang world and come to the yin side!
I welcome all students and hope to enlighten each one of you!

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