About Ernie

About Ernie

I spent much of my life living in big cities, rushing around amongst constant noises, crowds and pollution. Living with stress was the norm. Slowing down the body was tough and stilling the mind was a seemingly impossible task. I was introduced to yoga and meditation when I was traveling through Asia in 2002. It wasn't until seven years later, that I began practicing yoga on a regular basis as a form of therapy for a back injury. I wanted to feel better physically. What I didn't realize was that yoga not only healed my back but through breathing, mindful movement and meditation, I was learning to slow down. Since then I have been studying yoga and in 2011, became a yoga teacher. I want to share this beautiful practice with others, especially those who may not have access to yoga. Yoga is for everyone.

I have worked in the environmental field for many years, specializing in community engagement, event coordination and outreach. I provided education on sustainable living, providing the public with compelling facts and to-do lists on how to care of our planet. I believe deeply in the impact of each individual but often we value convenience or economics first, leaving our planet in neglect.

In 2015, I "retired" from my job as an Environmental Planner to live more simply. I got rid of most of my belongings, downsized my spendings so that I can have more time. I am now spending more time doing what I love like sharing yoga, traveling, cooking and creating.

Around this time, I came across Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing and learned that there is a different approach to conservation and environmentalism. I realized that my love for the trees, birds, flowers and all beings has been the driving force behind my work for the environment. From the first time I set foot in a forest, I felt an ineffable joy that led me to spend much of my free time in parks, forests, mountains and beaches. Instead of having sustainable actions stem solely from intellectual and scientific reasons, what if people are simply compelled to be kind to our planet and all its beings because we love them? With all the hurrying and constantly being "connected" via our cellphones and computers, we are quickly losing our innate connection to the "more than human" world. It's about time that we reconnect with our bodies, minds and nature.

I have been living in Colombia since 2019 and am currently in a little of paradise called Minca with my two pups. I am about to embark on a new adventure and am in the process of starting a new experience-based retreat project here. I hope to see you in 2022 and share with you not only the practice of yoga but some of what drew me here to this gorgeous country. Hasta pronto!

My training

Registered with Canadian Yoga Alliance CYA E-500 Yoga Teacher offering yoga classes in Toronto

Bachelor of Environmental Science & Zoology, University of Toronto, Canada

Registered Yoga Teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance at E-RYT 500 level
- 200 hr teacher training at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nashik, India
- 300 hr training at Yoga Darshanam, Mysore, India
- Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 Certification, St. Catharines, Canada

Pre-Natal Yoga Specialist training, East to West Yoga, Toronto, Canada

Yoga Tune Up® Shoulder Immersion, Toronto, Canada

What's the Fuzz? Live Course with Gil Hedley, Toronto, Canada

LifeForce Yoga for Mood Management with Amy Weintraub

Thai Massage Levels I&II, International Training Massage, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thai Massage Levels 1, 2, 4a & 6b, Thai Massage Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Ayurveda Beauty, Greens Ayurveda, Kerala, India

Certified Forest Therapy Guide, The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, Toronto, Canada

Standard First Aid and CPR C, Canadian Red Cross

Wilderness & Remote First Aid, Canadian Red Cross

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