Tatjana Smrekar

CYW – Child and Youth Worker – Humber College
YTT – Yoga Teacher Training – Akhanda Yoga (World Conscious Family Yoga)
TYM – Thai Yoga Massage Certified – Still Light Centre

NHPC – Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
YA – Yoga Alliance

Other Pertinent training outside of your credential:
Basic Yoga Therapy for Children with Special Needs – YFSC (Yoga for the Special Child)
Yoga for Children – SFY (Samadhi Family Yoga)
Therapeutic Yoga Intensive – FS (Functional Synergy)
Rhythmic Movement Training – RMTi (Rhythmic Movement Training International)

Career Highlights:
Becoming an entrepreneur in 2012 to merge my skills and knowledge in supporting persons on the ASD spectrum and the therapeutic application of yoga and Thai yoga massage, with the overall goal of cultivating a sense of calm and wellbeing, in the physical, emotional and mental body, where each persons’ greatest potential can be achieved.

Years of Experience (in general)
20 Years in Developmental Services – varied positions and roles
9 Years as a Yoga Teacher and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner

Length of Time with ISAND: 5 Years

Position at ISAND: Yoga Teacher

Any areas of Specialization:
I integrate a variety of yoga techniques (movement, breath, mantra, meditation, relaxation) including rhythmic movement training (imitating developmental movements to help with reflex integration) during yoga sessions

Professional Accomplishments ( at least one):
Starting my own venture (whYoga – Wholistic Hatha Yoga) and becoming an entrepreneur

What brought you to ISAND:
I learned about ISAND from a board member and was impressed by the varied services and model of service

What do you really like about ISAND:
I like being part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are passionate and dedicated to supporting persons to reach their highest potential, as much as I am.

A little bit about who you are outside of ISAND – hobbies and interests
For the past 29 years I have been singing with a Slovenian Women’s Choral Group – Plamen. We have performed both locally and internationally (Slovenia, Austria, USA, Australia) and have been featured on Slovenian local television (RTV). I also cantor solo for funeral and wedding ceremonies.

I like to explore different wellness activities and how they support physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. I have participating in somatic movement, interpretive dance, drumming circles, contemplative and mindfulness exercises, meditation groups, kirtan and sound baths.

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