My desire is for you to experience and embody the effervescent joy that lives in your bones. My hope, is that you feel the beauty and richness present in all the moments of your life. I believe that the simple moments, can also be the most exhilarating. My invitation, is for you to see everything that happens in life as perfectly calibrated for you to shine more brightly.
I am a mama & wife, yogini & nutritionista, entrepreneur, writer, cancer thriver and lover of life. I'm wild at heart and think of myself as a practical mystic. I love good food, dark chocolate and Prosseco. Paris is my favourite city; I'm crazy about the moon and passionate about embracing the Divine Femme.
I started practicing yoga at 18, after being by my grandmother's side as she passed of cancer. My thirst for truth and wellness led me on quest to learn yoga and natural nutrition, and have since studied with some of the world's most renowned and luminary teachers. I feel blessed beyond words to have met everyone on my path.
In December 2011 I gave birth to my son at home and discovered a lump on my neck that same night. A week later, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I was a twenty eight year old vegetarian yogi, and now a new mama, completely blind sided by life. Lost and confused, disheartened and depressed, I questioned everything I had ever believed. Although somewhat terrified that I might not live to see my thirtieth birthday, deep down, I trusted that for some wild reason I could not yet understand, this crazy crisis was happening for me.
With a desire to find meaning in the mess and clarity in the chaos, I was inspired to create this site. This collage of thoughts, inspirations and musings is my way of sharing my own healing journey in hopes that you too, through all the choices you make in your everyday life, will awaken the power of your presence and feel the joy that lives in every moment.
Today, over five years after finding the lump on my neck, I am cancer free. I dream of living in Paris and becoming fluent in Spanish. Life is such a sacred gift to be embraced. Through writing, teaching yoga, and sharing my own story of brith/death/rebirth, I hope to remind you of the healing soul power that lies within your wildly resilient heart.
Chantal has been practicing yoga for over a decade and has been teaching since 2005. In 2007, she graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto. Since then, she has facilitated nutrition workshops, cleanses, one-on-one consultations, and has taught in top yoga studio's throughout Toronto and Vancouver.
Her first teacher training in 2005 was in the Ashtanga tradition with David Swenson. Years later while in Costa Rica, she discovered Anusara Yoga, and went on to study the elegant Universal Principles of Alignment with the school's most senior teachers, including Darren Rhodes, John Friend and internationally celebrated yoga innovator Sianna Sherman, whom later became her mentor and dear friend. From 2010-12, Chantal professionally managed and apprenticed Sianna, during which time she assisted numerous workshops and teacher training programs in San Francisco, New York and Paris. During her apprenticeship, she also completed in depth studies in pre-natal yoga and yoga therapeutics, and studied with top yoga and meditation scholars including Sally Kempton, Paul Muller-Ortega, Christopher Wallis and Douglas Brooks.
In 2013 Chantal co-founded Bowen Island Yoga, a boutique studio on Bowen Island, off the west coast of British Columbia where she resides. Along with being the studio's director, she is also a faculty member at The Vancouver School of Yoga, manages the yoga & nutrition program at The Orchard addiction recovery centre, offers monthly classes at Werklab, and is a regular contributor to The Urban Howl. Chantal enjoys teaching abroad and has loved being a presenter at the European Yogi Nomads and the Copenhagen Yoga Festival
When not teaching or writing, she can be found gardening with her husband and son, reading by the fire, or traveling the world in search of good waves, healing foods and nourishing conversation.