Kathy Parsons, Your Movement & Meditation Guide
Kathy is a certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) and lifelong student who teaches yoga and guides meditation in Toronto.
Kathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and fundraising where her focus was on supporting health and educational institutions and initiatives. A Type-A in Recovery, Kathy left the corporate world in 2014 to pursue her passion for wellness. When she is not leading yoga classes and hosting Movement & Meditation Workshops across the city she hosts retreats around the world through her company, The Santosha Life.
Kathy has hosted workshops at studio's, corporations, private homes and schools. The message and benefits of mindfulness resonant across different ages and backgrounds, but each program is tailored for the audience.
Formal studies include a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Queen's University and a Post Graduate Journalism Degree from Humber College. She is a graduate of the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program from the Palouse Institute and completed the University of Toronto's Applied Mindfulness Certificate in 2019.
In her words:
As a self-professed ‘retreat addict’, I've been travelling around the world to many health retreats for over a decade. Craving the energy and balance gained from the retreat experience on a more continuous basis, I left my fundraising and marketing job to become a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2014. Now I've dedicated my time to helping people of all ages feel good and connect through teaching yoga and meditation and leading retreats.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a perfectionist and have held very high standards for myself. I'm not unique - this is a common story and I'm sure if you're reading this, you've felt that self-imposed pressure yourself. This was a recipe for stress, and fed into the work hard, play hard philosophy. It worked for many years, until it just didn't feel right anymore. Movement and mindfulness meditation has been a big part of my transition. I first started dabbling in mindfulness over fifteen years ago, and finally after many trail and error experiences, I landed on a consistent practice.
I've spent years exploring various mindfulness and meditation practices - some formally through classes and courses, others with the guidance of yoga and meditation teachers, others through books, podcasts and conversations. I completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program offered through Palouse University and I am currently working towards The Certificate of Applied Mindfulness at the University of Toronto. If I stopped exploring after my first official Mindfulness experience (it was a class in mindful eating where we 'sensed' an almond for an hour...I was hungry, stressed, distracted...and generally pissed off the entire time!), I would still hate the practice to this day!
I tried again. And again. I can say with certainty that it has helped me with depression, managing stress, and perhaps more importantly, developing a sense of contentment and peace with who I am. I hope that you have experienced that before, or that you will experience that in the near future.
Teachers can appear in many different places and at different times throughout your life. For me, a teacher is anyone who helps to guide me towards better self-awareness and learning. So, my philosophy as a mediation guide is to provide guidance to people so that they can follow their own unique paths. If I am able to assist them with that journey, then I am grateful.
I encourage you to find a practice that inspires you and dig into it. Don't give up until you find the right fit! There are no 'right or wrong' ways, only the desire and commitment to the practice.
Sending you mindful vibes,
PS: Interested in combining your movement and meditation with travel? Visit www.retreatinsider.net!
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