Tiffany was born into cult life, she grew up in extreme neglect, abuse and powerlessness. She lived in several cult communes travelling across the United States, Mexico and Haiti as an extremist street corner preaching missionary. After surviving a teenage marriage to a much older abusive man, the birth of her only child was the impetus for her to leave the cult life and propelled her to her eventual identity as an atheist. Tiffany raised her young daughter as a single mother while working in social services with high risk families through both Family and Children Services and as an advocate and support for young at risk mothers in Kitchener, Ontario.
Tiffany married again and moved to Alberta, this time to an abusive addict. After a suicide attempt, divorce and a PTSD diagnosis she dedicated her passion to learning all she could about the brain, nervous system and ways to manage the symptoms of extreme mental health conditions.
Tiffany Rose is one of the only empirically trained PTSD Yoga educators and facilitators in Alberta, she owns LacOMbe Yoga and is on faculty with several teacher training academies, she also teaches workshops for people who work with people who may be living with the effects of trauma.
Prior to her career as a yoga teacher, Tiffany Rose worked in the Nonprofit sector for over 10 years as a marketing and public relations professional. She loves to create art, connection, community and collaboration. She lives in Central Alberta with her daughter, her cats and her cute puppy Hufflepuff.
Pam is a Registered Psychologist through the College of Alberta Psychologists. She graduated with a 4.0 average in a Counselling Psychology Master’s degree from Yorkville University and has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. At Augustana she was the student association president and received multiple scholarships for both academic performance and student leadership.
For 20 years she has volunteered and worked in human services in a variety of capacities. Some of her key roles included work as a recreational therapist with elderly populations, as a program director for both family violence and adult literacy programs. She has worked as a support worker in a local women’s shelter and ran group therapy programs for women who have experienced domestic abuse. In the last five years she has worked as a therapist in a public mental health clinic with diverse populations of all ages including indigenous, addicted and LGBTQ persons. She has experience with all forms of mental illness and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, family and relational concerns, and trauma. Currently she has built a thriving private practice in Camrose, AB with a continued diversity of clients. Pam also teaches as a sessional professor at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in the psychology and sociology departments.
In January of 2018 she is teaching a senior level course at the university on the cognitive mechanisms of mindfulness that she has developed. In addition to these academic and professional pursuits Pam has taught yoga in central Alberta for 15 years. She has a consistent following to her weekly classes in Camrose and teaches workshops and retreats in Edmonton and central Alberta on emotionally intelligent yoga and yoga for PTSD. Her approach to yoga focuses on slow, mindful movement that is geared toward releasing stress, building psychological capacity and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
I have been practicing meditation and yoga since 1996, sitting and moving with teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist, Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Iyengar streams. Along the way I’ve trained as a yoga therapist and an Ayurvedic consultant, and have maintained a private practice in Toronto since 2008. From 2008 through 2012 I co-directed Yoga Festival Toronto and Yoga Community Toronto, non-profit activist organizations dedicated to promoting open dialogue and accessibility. During that same period I studied jyotiśhāstra in a small oral-culture setting at the Vidya Institute in Toronto. I currently facilitate programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, and the social psychology of practice. In all subject areas, I encourage students to explore how yoga practice can resist the psychic and material dominance of neoliberalism, and the quickening pace of environmental destruction.
I’m the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Of Threads of Yoga: a remix of Patanjali’s Sutras with commentary and reverie, scholar Mark Singleton writes: “I don’t know of any reading of the yoga sutras as wildly creative, as impassioned and as earnest as this. it engages Patanjali and the reader in an urgent, electrified conversation that weaves philosophy, symbolist poetry, psychoanalysis and cultural history. There’s a kind of delight and freshness in this book that is very rare in writing on yoga, and especially rare in writing on the yoga sutras. This is a Patanjali for postmoderns, less a translation than a startlingly relevant report on our current condition, through the prism of this ancient text.”
As a Ayurvedic consultant, I try to hold space for people as they integrate the shadows of flesh and heart. In the background of any meeting, I stay aware of whatever experience I’ve gained through ayurveda, yoga therapy, and yoga philosophy. Often, these disciplines provide useful lines of inquiry and protocols. But I try to be careful to not let what I think I know encroach upon the person, their unique growth, or mine. I try to hold my tools lightly, because they change.
I live in Toronto with my partner Alix Bemrose and our two sons.