I'M COLYNN, YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND YOGA BUSINESS COACH
My teachings are a fusion of my education and experiences in life, the medical field, conscious community and personal development work.
I create and hold space that I have dubbed queer friendly, age friendly, body friendly and completely inclusive.
My approach as a Yoga Instructor is deeply based on the concept that I am not a healer, rather a space holder and that through doing my own work and healing my own soul, I am able to provide a space for you to do your work and heal yourself.
My yoga journey began when I was 20. I had just become a mom and started working in the healthcare field as an uncertified “homemaker”, supporting seniors and people with extra needs by cleaning their homes, providing respite care and taking them shopping when needed. I had some guilt for returning to work so soon after having my first daughter and was told to try yoga.
At the time I lived in a rural town in Northern Canada and the only thing I could find was a VHS (video tape) by Rodney Yee, and I loved it. In fact, I mail-ordered a whole gaiam video set and practiced in my home for years. I also started to advance my career by becoming a Care Aide, and then a Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse and eventually received a speciality in Emergency Nursing. The majority of my nursing career was in the Emergency Room (ER) and I decided I loved the ER so much that my family and I moved to the city so that I could get more experience with trauma nursing. Within this time many things happened, another baby girl, a divorce, a new partner and a lot of self discovery.
Being in the city provided the experience I was looking for in my career, and also meant yoga in a studio and eventually the offering of a 200 hour yoga teacher training (YTT). I signed up immediately hoping to find some zen in life as I felt I was getting burnt out in the career side of things. I was really starting to dislike parts of my work and thought my only option was to advance my career even further, so I applied, and was accepted, to Medical School to become a doctor. I was shortlisted to an immediate start date that coincided with the start date of my YTT and when I approached the studio about a refund, they said I couldn’t get it. So I embarked on the journey of both – YTT & Med School. That first weekend of training, I knew in my heart that furthering my career in the healthcare field was not the answer I was seeking. Yet, my whole family was supporting me with the Med School decision and I had taken out a huge loan for my education. It also felt like everyone was excited to have a doctor in the family, therefore quitting didn’t feel like an option. In fact, I didn’t join YTT with the idea of ever becoming a yoga instructor, my goal was to get better at the poses and find out more about some of the things my yoga teachers had spoken about in class.
Halfway through YTT my teacher said, you know you have to do this, right? And I felt that knowing deep inside, yes this is my calling. So for the next two years I went to Med School and continued to nurse (moved out of the ER after 15 years) and started to build my yoga business. I started running yoga retreats in Costa Rica and built a home studio, while working for several different yoga studios. Need in the community led me down a path of Kid’s Yoga and Meditation. After two years of juggling school, family, career and building the yoga business, I had the opportunity to speak to a Spiritual Business Coach and I immediately signed up to work with her. Within 3 months I made the decision to quit school, quit nursing and focus solely on yoga. Just a few months after that I was bringing in the income I would have as a doctor by focusing only on yoga.
The journey of finding my place in yoga continued to evolve and has taken me down many incredible paths. I found passion in coaching as a tool, and immersed myself in the yoga world. In this time the kids grew up and moved out and I found myself in this place of attaining many dreams, yet still lacking joy in my life. With the kids gone, I found myself questioning even more, Who am I? And I decided that my partner and I had completed our journey in this life together. I found myself exploring my sexuality and wondering what was really tethering me to where I was. With that inquiry came the decision to sell everything I owned and leave North America. My first stop was a 2 week ayahuasca retreat in Peru followed by few plans and the world as my oyster. My walkabout took me away from, and then brought me back to, the path of yoga and the country of Costa Rica.
Throughout my entire life I have recognized two consistent strands – Teaching & Yoga. I am a teacher of Yoga. I am not of Southeast Asian descent and I have only spent a little bit of time in India, therefore my teachings are a fusion of the education and experiences in life, the medical field and my experience of the conscious community and personal development work. I believe in cultural appreciation and participate in furthering my awareness around the traditional teachings and I also find it important to support myself in modern day needs, including growth and business.
As a Yoga Instructor I create and hold space that I have dubbed queer friendly, age friendly, body friendly and completely inclusive. My approach is deeply based on the concept that I am not a healer, rather a space holder and that through doing my own work and healing my own soul, I provide a space for you to do your work and heal yourself. Please check out what I have to offer.
MY YOGA CERTIFICATIONS
- 500 E-RYT
- 2x 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings
- 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
- Yoga Alliance Certification – 200 RYS & 300 RYS & YACEP
- Medication Teacher Training
- Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training
- Tantra Level 1
- Reiki Master
- Business Mastery with Tony Robbins x2
- Spiritual Business Coachins with Jesse Johnson x3