Sandy graduated from Occupational Therapy in 2000 from the University of Alberta - which began her dedication to using activity therapeutically to support change in people's lives. She is also a Certified Yoga Instruction through the Yoga Association of Alberta, and in January 2022 obtained her 750 hour intermediate, advanced teaching status. Combining her roles as an Occupational Therapist and a Yoga Instructor she naturally uses therapeutic approaches and adapted activity in her classes and with her students. She creates classes that are accessible to everyone.
Sandy's philosophy is one of empowerment, encouraging her students to practice and cultivate yoga both on and off the mat. Her passion is applying the teachings of yoga to life.
In 2006 she suffered the death of her partner, spurring her along the path of using yoga as a healing modality for grief. Following the "Companioning Model" of grief support Sandy believes that grief is a natural and organic part of life and love, and as such healing grief requires compassionate and heart centered attention. She uses yoga therapeutically to find the wisdom, guidance and healing in the midst of the pain of loss.
Sandy is certified in Death and Grief Studies through The Center For Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. She works as an Occupational Therapist on the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit in Edmonton Alberta.
Health Promotion and Professional Background
Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy - University of Alberta, 2000
Registered Occupational Therapist, Tertiary Palliative Care Unit, Grey Nuns Hospital, Edmonton
2018 Clinical Educator of the Year, Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Death and Grief Studies Certificate - Center for Loss and Life Transition
Yoga Association of Alberta Certified Instructor
Bereavement Support Certificate - Edmonton Bereavement Center
Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor- Seattle Holistic Center
CPR trained (annual recertification)
Reiki Certification – Level 1 and 2
National Mountain Bike Racing – Training and Competition