Andrea Murphy (CYA-RYT 200 Member)
- Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
- Website: N/A
- E-mail: Private
- Service Offered: Hatha
- Certified: 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Bihar Yoga Bharati
- Years of Practice: 20
- Teaching Experience: 15
- Professor, Guru or Teachers: Seven Centers Yoga Arts, Sedona, AZ. 200 hour teacher training (US Yoga Alliance certified) Bihar School of Yoga, 4-month Advanced Yogic Studies residential program Heart of Yoga teacher training (US Yoga Alliance certified) Sacred Window School of Maternal Health, Postpartum Ayurvedic Doula
- Date Joined: October 13, 2018
- CYA Insurance: No
I began my yogic path 20 years ago. Initially, I learned from friends and books, and most importantly, from my practice. It was years before I ever attended a class in a yoga studio; eventually I began formal studies with a yoga center in my community (Seven Centers in Sedona, AZ, 200 hour teacher training). I was introduced to the Bihar style and very much drawn to it; I subsequently attended the 4-month residential program at Bihar Yoga Bharati in Munger, India. I was also introduced to Ayurveda and followed a program of study on postpartum Ayurveda. I participated in Heart of Yoga teacher trainings with Mark Whitwell, and worked with him to develop his online teacher training, curriculum, video, and editing.
Though I have certificates from several programs, I have learned as much or more from self-study and private mentorship relationships. Thus far in my career, I have not prioritized acquiring professional credentials. I am quite self-motivated to delve deeply into that which draws my interest. I have practiced as a yoga teacher and birth doula for well over a decade in my communities, primarily word of mouth (postpartum Ayurveda is a particular niche) without ever seeking acknowledgement from a professional organization.
I have currently moved back to my hometown of Toronto, and would like to begin to practice yoga teaching and doula care publicly here. I feel a fish out of water - though I was born here, I have operated on very local, community levels until now. At this point in my career, I recognize that alliance with professional organizations can be to my advantage. In addition to providing insurance, I hope that my participation in CYA will help me network and potentially collaborate with other teachers in my city and provide me with a connection to the industry as a whole.
Concurrently while developing a yoga teaching practice in Toronto, I am enrolled in a Funeral Director Licensing program of education at Humber College in Toronto. Just as my interest in studying birth was sparked by learning Ayurveda; my interest in death is also a direct consequence of studying yoga. I aspire to integrate my practice of yoga in the field of end-of-life planning and care.
About My Service
Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda for Childbearing