by Jude Jacob Kayton July 01, 2020
About me: I was born in Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada and I currently live between the Canadian Rockies in Canmore, Squamish BC and Okanagan. I’m a yoga teacher and a mother of two.
Becoming a yoga teacher
I started practicing yoga when I was 19. I played a lot of sports, but I came to yoga as a way to heal my body and its imbalances.I realized that I was doing yoga for its meditative aspects. I had never experienced relaxation before in my life. I had a lot of anxiety as a kid and became hooked on this relaxed version of myself. For the last 20 years, yoga has been part of my daily routine. Often, my yoga is focused on breathing practice or meditation.
Trauma informed yoga
Trauma informed yoga is the path I’m on right now. I tried lots of different styles. I took about 24 hours of training courses through the Trauma Center in Boston on trauma sensitive yoga.
The premise is to develop agency and the ability for someone to have a choice. This form of yoga has also influenced the way I teach Vinyasa yoga and, on a personal level, it has been healing for me. The first time a teacher gave me options, it was empowering, fun and playful.
Before I had kids, I thought a meditation had to last half an hour to count. When I had kids, this discipline seemed grueling and I didn’t have time. Now, I work for Yoga Anytime and use their 5-10 minute led meditations. These are so accessible for me, a busy mom and entrepreneur. With just 10 minutes every day, I noticed a real shift in my sense of grounding. Consistency is very important, so 7 days of 10 minute sessions is better than half an hour twice a week. There are tons of amazing sessions on yogaanytime.com. My yoga sessions on the site are for different bodies. There is gentle, slow work, there’s a series of yoga for athletes, and there are challenging practices. Basically, there’s something for everyone. I also do a monthly online session via Zoom on my IG @practicewithlydia.
My husband is a professional climber sponsored by Patagonia. We have worked with them for years. He also guides. When our kids were younger we dreamt of taking a rock climbing trip together, so we took a year to travel, climb and boulder together. We spent time in Yosemite; my husband focused on wall objectives and I hung out with friends in the park. It was a dream though it had its challenges. It was hard for me to fit in my alone time. The kids had an amazing experience—they still talk about it all the time!! And my husband, Sonnie Trotter, established a new climb on Yosemite.
Right now, I donate a portion of the profits from every course that I teach to anti-racist causes. The cause I’ve been spreading awareness about in Canada is the fight against the gas pipeline inWet'suwet'en territory and a reserve near Canmore.
I’m not fully certified in this style yet, but this is the direction I want to go in. I’m always trying to educate myself further. I just applied for a 5-day Free Racialized Trauma Home Study Course created by Resmaa Menakem, the author of My Grandmother’s Hands.
In order to dismantle the ingrained traumas in our bodies, we must talk about how trauma resides within them. Right now, I’m taking it one step at a time. Most of all, I want to be integrated into different communities and not just be part of the affluent white community which makes up most of the yoga community. I realize that even if I teach people in marginalized communities it means I’m still at the center of the group as the teacher. So, I’m trying to understand how to decenter myself.
My skin is my favorite part of my physical appearance, because it hasn’t given me much trouble. But I do have combination skin, so I have an oily T-zone, blemishes around my nose and upper lip and my skin is dry in other places. I exfoliate and oil my skin every day.
I use DETOX ME on my face; I also use it as a daily cleanser! I love it even more than PURIFY ME. I love the size of the grains. I love I AM LOVE and GLOW ME. I don’t usually use foundation, but I film yoga sessions almost every day and this product really helps with the shine, so I use it daily.
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