YOGA INSTRUCTOR - E-RYT 500, C-IAYT 800 & NAMA Ayurvedic Wellness Counsellor
Hi! I'm Vincent, a Canadian native and yoga teacher living in the Amazon jungle of Peru. I grew up in Montreal and began practicing sports at the age of 5. After discovering martial arts and pranayama at 15, I phased out my practices of ice hockey and soccer to focus exclusively on Kung-Fu. I was fascinated with how my teacher moved, especially the animal movements he started showing me once I began assisting him teaching children's classes. During my undergrad university days I practiced Tai Chi, Qigong, and Iaido.
At 24 I took off for Tokyo, Japan, where I initially taught languages, then studied business, then politics, and worked in consulting and international trade for a total of 6 years on the island nation. I then quit my desk job and took the plunge to return to breath and movement as a surface supplied air diver, then diver medic, deep sea saturation diver, and inspection diver. After 7+ years of globe trotting and island hopping with my backpack, I came to the Amazon jungle in 2014 and discovered a different type of nature, filled with mist and the most exotic fruits and fauna I've seen to date.
I was first introduced to yoga in 1998 in an elective relaxation technique class in high school, but it was after landing in Japan in 2004 that, contrary to my initial plan of taking up karate, I was initiated to morning kriyas, mantras, and meditation and began deepening my asana practice. In 2012 I started teaching yoga classes casually in Thailand and on diving jobs, but it was after moving to the Amazon jungle and making meditation and asana practice a part of my daily life (on most days at least) that I discovered other facets of what yoga means to me, especially beyond the mat in my interactions with others. That's when I decided to devote my life to breathing, studying, and teaching yoga. I started Moksha Yoga Amazónica to help free myself and others from ignorance and embrace self-realization, self-knowledge, and self-actualization. My asana classes incorporate a balance of vigorous flows with gentle sequencing aimed at connecting body and mind with breath. During teacher training I focus on proper body alignment and weight distribution for injury prevention during asana classes and clinics, and on striving to embody Jnana, Bhakti, and Karma Yoga beyond the mat into our daily lives. I can speak with you in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.