Yvonne. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for me. Not only have you given me some skills to live life with no pain, but you have given me a whole new way of living my life in peace and happiness. I have some insight now that I couldn’t find on my own and it has helped me in more ways than you can imagine.
I can't believe how much it has helped me grow in so many different ways in my life and again I thank you!!
You make a difference in my life by exuding confidence in your own ability to make a difference in my wellbeing, not only my physical well-being but my mental wellbeing as well. I believe that only by having the confidence to know that you can make a difference in a person’s life, can you actually accomplish that. And you actually SHOW that you WANT to make a difference.
Over my life I have had a lot of instruction from a lot of people and a person naturally takes from the instruction what one can use. I can think of no instructor/mentor/teacher where I can honestly say that I can apply virtually everything that I take away from a class before. Now, that’s a difference.
I was fortunate to be part of an intro to therapeutic yoga put on by Jamie. I have a rare disorder and am always looking for a good way to stretch and to do yoga, so I thought this class would be perfect. Less then half way through the class my back started to spasm and I couldn't go on. Jamie was very comforting and helpful, reassuring me that all was ok. After that class, I started seeing Jamie in a regular basis. Jamie very quickly identified the areas of my body that were not functioning properly. Most notable was that my shoulders were frozen and that I was using my back to compensate for everything. Jamie created a very manageable program emphasizing very small movements to correct areas of concern. Three months later, the results have been significant. So much so that I can now attribute numbness in my hands to issues with my shoulders. I would and have highly recommended Jamie and her program to anyone with chronic pain. Jamie is patient and really listens, something that is often lacking in other practitioners.
It's rare to meet someone as passionate about their work as Jamie is. When you're lucky enough to come across someone like her, you learn all you can. The way Jamie lights up when she describes the beauty in the movement of the body is contagious --- you can't help but get excited about it too. She is a true master of her craft.
Jamie never told me what to see or how to feel in teacher training but helped me to find the answers for myself. She pushed me to become the person I was capable of being, showed me the unique qualities that I can bring to teaching, and showed up for me when I couldn't show up for myself. Jamie demonstrated integrity, presence, and a wisdom far beyond her years. I am so fortunate to have trained under Jamie and am honoured to know her.
Jamie's approach to teaching is refreshing. She doesn't tell you how to feel or what to think - she guides you to simply recognize what you feel or think and to be curious about it. I found her style to be a great fit for me and she helped me to 'be real' with myself. She creates a safe environment and makes her students feel comfortable right from day 1. My time spent with her during the 200 Hour Teacher Training Program has lit a new spark within me and I could not be more grateful.
Truly there is no question that Yvonne was not only taught by the most incredible mantra lineage, she also has an inherent knowing in how to welcome, create and hold a space for some very big healing work through Mantra. Yvonne took us to places with her Mantra teachings that I had not yet been to by way of Mantra. It was so profound to be chanting for the children of the world at one point, and get that further and further distilled down to the inner wounded child that I am learning to love and nourish to well-being again—because I am realizing that she is whole to begin with and truly enshrouded in Divine Love. With each successive mantra, more answers, more healing and more love for myself kept coming. Thank you Yvonne for this tremendous gift and greater understanding I experienced under your guidance.
- Jade Powers
I often describe Jamie's classes to people as pure magic - sounds a little crazy but that is exactly what it is! She teaches in such a gentle way to keep her students moving with complete intention with pure, organic movement - helping to heal the body and move out of pain. If you are looking to transform and grow your current practice, whatever level you are at, I highly recommend attending a class of Jamie's - you will leave with a feeling of complete gratefulness. Calgary is lucky to have such a talent!
- Krystal Scott
The moment I first met Yvonne I knew there was something special about her - a lightness and a groundedness that harnesses her faith in limitless possibility of the human spirit. I love that her practice and teaching of mantra isn't rooted in some sort of magical belief, but in her experiences of working with mantra. She doesn't ask participants to suspend their own belief systems, but to add another layer to them. As a member of a Christian faith community, I appreciated that my beliefs were not threatened by Yvonne's teaching, but enhanced by it.
It is apparent in Yvonne's workshops that she has a great knowledge and love of mantra. Her enthusiasm animates her subject matter, so that her teaching becomes less about instruction and more about sharing what she loves. She offers support and guidance, without detracting from the unique experience of each individual. Yvonne welcomes questions, and has the skills and knowledge to customize her workshops to meet the needs and the interests of the group.
The experience of chanting in a group is powerful, and it was fascinating to experience the different energies that emerged with different mantras, and to feel the effects of the group energy into the following days. I continue to integrate what I have learned from Yvonne in my daily meditation practice, and feel my practice is supported and enhanced by this learning.