When Sheila was in her early 30's, she finally learned to slow down (a bit!) through meditation and yoga. In 1996, she found her spiritual home in Shambhala Buddhism and a year later discovered in yoga a physical practice that beautifully complemented her meditation practice and Buddhist world-view.
After losing her job during the high-tech meltdown, and with it the Nortel gym, Sheila made a commitment to make yoga her main physical practice. She was amazed to discover after 6 months that she had more energy, was stronger, healthier, happier, and even a few pounds lighter, than she ever had been before. In 2004 she took her practice further through classical yoga teacher training with Yogi Vishvketu. She has since studied Prana Flow® yoga with Shiva Rea and Maria Garre, and Yin yoga with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
After teaching yoga part-time for 3 years, in 2007 she made a further leap, opening Windhorse Yoga studio in Wellington Village, Ottawa, which she directed for 4 years. Sheila closed Windhorse Yoga in 2011 to allow more time for family and personal development.
Sheila currently practices and teaches flow, yin, and classical hatha yoga. She also delights in teaching yoga to children and families and offers meditation workshops. Sheila strives to help her students make friends with their body and mind and to experience bhava or "feeling mind", beyond concepts and judgement.
Sheila is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), is certified in YogaEd® (teaching yoga to children), and is a certified meditation guide in the Shambhala tradition.