About me

– We’re all just walking each other home – Ram Dass

It took me some time to figure out what I wanted my purpose in life to be. I have somehow always ended up taking the longest and most complicated paths in order to get to where I needed to get. Finishing high school all career test results showed that I should be a psychologist or somehow work with people.

As that seemed to easy and predictable and therefore boring, I decided to move to Paris and study economics. By pure stubbornness I pulled it all the way to a bachelor’s degree in marketing and worked in PR and real-estate for a couple of years.

One day I woke up and realised that the best job I have had so far was waitressing and bartending at this amazing place in Toronto and in that moment I knew some changes had to be made. I had at the same time discovered yoga and I was already playing with the thought of becoming a yoga teacher as the idea of working with people, contributing to their wellbeing, felt right but “only” being a yoga teacher did not seem quite enough at the time. And so one night I had the epiphany of studying psychology. It was the most obvious thing and the moment I had that realisation it was as if a heavy weight had lifted of my shoulders. Not until much later did I recall the results from the career tests post high school. Everything in its right time I guess.

So it was never a straight way forward for me, and it actually did not straighten out after that epiphany moment either. Ironically for an extremely solution and goal oriented person I have shaped my life to be all about the process. Very slow and long process. A process that has taken me around the globe, literally.

I have been learning to just enjoy the ride and really be ok with the uncertainty and surprises of life. And I am so grateful for that. It has brought me lessons, experiences, insights and knowledge that make me the person I am today. And so, many countries, homes, years, jobs, lessons, aha-moments, tears and laughs, ups and downs later, here I am- a yoga teacher with an MSc in health psychology and clinical psychology licence in the making.

I have been lucky enough to have everything in life going for me to able to take risks, rethink life and start fresh when things did not feel 100% right. I know this is not a privilege all of us have, for many different reasons. In an ideal world we all would and could take the time to figure out the thing or things that light our inner fire and then go all in to make that happen.

While some elements in finding our way in life are harder to control, other, highly important to the process, such as emotional awareness and deep connection to our consciousness are components that we can all continuously work on. This is where I hope to contribute. My dream is to be a part of people’s deepening of emotional awareness and awakening to all the beauty that life has to offer. I want the practice and maintenance of emotional awareness, self-care, mental and physical well-being be a natural part of our everyday lives, no matter our educational level, social status, social class or background story.

Viyan

Fun facts

  • love Last week tonight with Jon Oliver
  • hated my first yoga class experience
  • speak 6 languages but I’m terrible at accents
  • planned on playing for the men’s Brazilian national football team until the age of 14 (no I am not Brazilian and yes I thought I would be the first women to be included in a men’s team)
  • serious issues with optimism bias

Qualifications

  • Msc Health Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • Yoga Anatomy Medicine yoga course with Tiffany Cruikshank
  • Certified yoga teacher
  • Certification in Social and emotional learning-therapy
  • Foundation in Somatic stress release with Scott Lyons
  • BSc Marketing

Yoga with Me

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1 on 1

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Yoga at Work

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Movement Therapy

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