About Founder

Lidija Martinović Rekert

Photo by Denis Gobeil

I immigrated to Canada in a midst of a civil war (ex Yugoslavia)  with a three year old daughter in 1995, after graduating in Special Education from the University of Belgrade, and receiving extensive training in Counselling  Psychology and  Gestalt Therapy.

Initially, I worked as a Refugee Officer (YVR) and Settlement Counsellor (ISS), and in 2001 became a full-time Yoga & Meditation teacher and Councellor in private practice.

My counselling approach  is  influenced  by  Yogic and Buddhist Philosophy.

Since 2002, I have been studying and practicing Buddhist Teachings within the school of Theravadan, as well as Nyingma and Kagyu Tibetan schools.

As a part of my private practice, and work ethics of non-exclusion, I am willing and capable of meeting one in any states of consciousness, including  those after their intake of psychedelic, entheogen or other psychoactive substances, with an intention of reducing harm and creating conditions for psychosomatic and spiritual integration and embodiment.

Besides Yoga, Bodywork and Counselling, I hold ceremonial space for: legal Wedding ceremonies, Rights of Passage (crossing into age, name and gender), and ceremonies related to Death and Dying processes. The last includes deaths in a family, death of animal friends, or preparation for our own departing, often crowned by the long lost Wake ceremony.

As a Yoga teacher trainer, I offer on-going somatic education and training for individuals and professionals who seek to integrate body and mind as a whole. My next training is coming up in  March  2020.

Im a member of the Vancouver Mindfulness Network, a network of professionals dedicated to practicing and applying mindfulness in all sectors of society.

 

Acknowledgment:

With  gratitude to all  my  teachers and  lineages:

 

Buddhist Philosophy and Practice: Tibetan  (Nyigma, Rime) , Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Theravada Tradition ( School of Elders) in the lineage of Saydaw Upsndita,

Yoga: Gioia Irwin and Orit Sen Gupta,  Yogi Bhajan and Kundalini Research Institute ( Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma),

Embodied Anatomy and Developmental Patterns: Bonny Bainbridge Cohen.

Polyvegal theory and application: Stephen Porges , Stanley Rosenberg

Integral Anatomy: Gil Headley

Anatomy Trains andTensegrity: Thomas W. Myers

Ethics and Politics of Experience: Andrew Feldmár

 

 

 

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 Contact me  if you have questions or inquiries.

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