Tammy Robertson-Davis (CYA-E-RYT GOLD Member)
- Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
- Website: http://
- E-mail: Private
- Service Offered: Iyengar
- Certified: Edmonton Yoga Studio, Prana Yoga Studio, Akhanda Yoga
- Years of Practice: 16
- Teaching Experience: 3 years
- Professor, Guru or Teachers: Ken Strachan- Primary but others cont. ed. Yogi Vishvaketu Tal Ben Shahar
- Date Joined: January 02, 2014
- CYA Insurance: No
I started doing yoga in 2000 because A problem with my weight was developing. I began going once a week to classes at the Kinsmen with Jutta Dewitt but I lost weight and felt stronger and calmer so I started going to more and more classes through the city clubs.
By 2001, I continued classes with Jutta, Melanie, Betty Fairhurst, Nita Jalkenen, and Ken Strachan. I'd go as much as I could usually 4 or more times per week, getting stronger and healthier all the while. It was during this time that some of the teachers would bring copies of the Yoga Bridge and offer workshops. I'd drink in anything I could about Hatha
Yoga and attend as many classes and workshops as I could and loving it more and more. I also started researching as much as I could, buying books and starting to develop a healthy yoga library.
In 2004, I added a regular practice at Edmonton Yoga Studio to my practice and eventually began teacher training through the studio and the YAA concurrently. I continued my practice with the city clubs and added in his studio classes and workshops going as many days of the week I could- between 5 and 7 usually. I attended a retreat he taught at Goldeye in Nordegg and was introduced to Friedel Khattab and took many yoga workshops with her as well. I also put in a good number of karma hours volunteering at the YAA store on Saturday afternoons.
In 2005, I took a 40 hour certified ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson in Vancouver and sometime around there, David Williams gave a workshop at Edmonton Yoga Studio as well. My thirst and interest continued and to fulfill the requirements of my yoga teacher training through YAA, I took a good number of classes with Beth McCann on Restorative Yoga. By 2007, I had earned certificates from the Yoga Association of Alberta, Edmonton Yoga Studio and the 40 hour teacher training certificate from David Swenson. I taught for a year or so, then moved to Ontario.
I continued to practice yoga in Ontario continuing the Iyengar style at Sunseed Yoga in Oakville and the Yoga Centre of Burlington. It was in Burlington where I delighted in a yoga workshop with Father Joe Pereira. I also began regularly practicing Kundalini Yoga and chanting with Hari Nam Singh Khalsa at the Healing Arts Centre. I adored this practice as I left physically worked and mentally cleansed through the chanting and breath work.
In July 2008, I returned to Edmonton and continued my practice attending Edmonton Yoga Studio, the city clubs, as well as other studios throughout the city including Prana, Lion's Breath, Shanti, and took a number of workshops including Yoga for Breast Cancer, and internal Iyengar teachers such as Chris Saudek and Mayher Raz, and at least one other whom I can't recall. This has continued until now.
As you can see, I have been a consistent and committed yoga student over the last 14 years. The teachers who I have studied under have instilled in me that yoga is a lifelong practice which evolves as we grow. Although I have done some teacher of asana practice, I have, more importantly in my opinion, shared my yoga experience in a much less formal way by integrating the practice of yoga concepts such as ahimsa, into my daily life and interactions with others.
Yoga has seen me through and helped me cope and learn from a variety of challenges. While on the yoga journey outlined above, I completed a Bachelor Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, other certificates in Spanish (in progress) and Certificate of Addiction Studies and leadership development course through the Niagara Institute, I have held positions of progressive responsibility in a large corporation and ushered my mom through a six year battle with cancer and ultimately her last last breath. The gift of yoga was something very special that helped my mom cope during her illness and bonded us together deeply. Indeed a most treasured memory for me is reading to her from Iyengar's Light on Life during her final days.
A year has passed since then and though I have maintained my practice I am in a position to evolve and grow my practice of yoga again. I have committed to teaching one class per week (as I continue to work full time) and having taken classes at Prana for awhile now, I have developed an understanding and appreciation for the many yoga gifts offered. My impression is the teachers at Prana are well studied and the studio has a warm energy that resonates with me. My goal in taking the teacher training is to both deepen my own practice and enhance my teaching toolkit and ultimately to extend the many gifts yoga has to offer both in my interactions as well as my classes.
Update: Jan 2017 -please see continuing education for further studies.
About My Service
Akhanda, alignment based (iyengar), therapeutic, restorative and yin
- Certificate in Executive Coaching (January 02, 2017@2:06:PM)
- Certificate in Positive Psychology through Kripalu (January 02, 2017@2:05:PM)
- Akhanda 300 hour TTP (total 500 hours) (January 02, 2017@2:04:PM)
- Akhanda 200 hour TTP (January 02, 2017@2:01:PM)