About

ChetanaI am a bilingual writer, mother and yoga teacher living in Ottawa, Canada.

Me – the Writer
My writing often touches on making meaning across cultures, and the energy and experiences that unite us, as I have lived a quarter of my life abroad in France, the United Kingdom, South Korea and India. My writing is also inspired by nature, awe and the sense of beingness.

Holding the Invisible String is a line from my first published poem. In the shamanic sense, this evokes the interdependence of all things, and the spontaneous recognition of one’s place within that whole, or the impetus to reach out and feel or tap into the energy of the storm.

At the moment I’m am working on poetry, first-person pieces, as well as a novel based on my experience as an English teacher in southern South Korea in the mid 1990s. I am also an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Me – the Yoga Philosophy Teacher/Blogger

I co-founded a holistic Yoga Teacher Training school, World Conscious Yoga Family Inc., and the Akhanda Yoga approach in 2003. I worked almost exclusively in Yoga Teacher Training for over twelve years, and have taught about a thousand emerging teachers in the areas of yoga philosophy, methodology, prenatal yoga, and in facilitating transformational experiences and rituals. I have a lot of thoughts on this massive tradition, from history and philosophy, to how to lead transformational experiences; from marketing to yoga teaching pedagogy, and have taught at conferences, such as Yoga in Toronto: the Conference and Show. I also co-founded Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India, in 2006, and have lived, taught and learned from others in this residential yoga community.

I am also concerned about how we live as yoga practitioners in the world, and how ancient philosophies can inform modern living. In fact, I am writing a series of blog posts and articles on yoga as the ‘razor’s edge’, and the skill required to ensure we are applying yoga in a way that brings further clarity and full-living, and not in a way that further obscures our blind spots. 

I have been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for 25 years and have studied with senior teachers and monastics in Canada and India. I received YTT 200 certification originally at the Sivananda Vedanta Centre in Canada, and Transformational Teaching and advanced modules in holistic yoga at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. Over the years, I have attended many conferences and lectures with notable teachers including Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Robert Svobodha, Gurmukh and others.

I currently teach holistic yoga classes to small groups in my home and offer satsang, “yoga without postures” twice a month on Wednesday evenings. The contemplative practice of yoga as well as the diverse array of techniques to help bring us to centred awareness are a boon to us with the increasingly fast pace and fragmentation of modern life. My classes are attended by people of all ages to learn strategies to combat stress and insomnia, as well as to increase the sense of presence and savour or drop into the moment-to-moment experience of life.

Me – The Mother

As a hands-on mother of two young children, I am interested in mindful parenting, and how we can be fully present with our children as well as being thriving, creative adults engaged in our communities and our passions. I write about attachment parenting, raising bi-cultural children, vegetarian families, travelling with children, and various topics related to holistic parenting and mindful living.

Degrees:

MA (TESOL), Institute of Education, University of London

I have a particular interest in effective teaching in adult educational contexts, dialogue education, syllabus design, materials development (handouts and manuals) and cultivating a safe, community atmosphere in all of my classes. I have an MA in language education and twenty years of experience as an educator combined. I feel that my background in adult education has truly enhanced my work as a yoga and mindfulness educator, not least of all in my design and facilitation of the YTT 200 and YTT 300 syllabuses for the Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training programs. I am currently using these expertise to design and facilitate holistic yoga courses and workshops both in person and for virtual audiences.

BA (Honours) in English and French Literature, Queen’s University

My love of reading and writing brought me almost inevitably to undertake a literature degree at Queen’s University. The love of words, poetry, research and communication are certainly part of what has inspired me to blog and write articles about yoga and holistic living. You may find my yoga writing quite lyrical. In fact, I often quote poets like Kabir and Tagore.

For inspirational memes, updates on my courses and just to connect, you can join me on social media at the links on the Home page. I look forward to the possibility of sharing space with you!

Chétana Jessica Torrens
jessica@HoldingTheInvisibleString.com
www.HoldingTheInvisibleString.com

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. christine
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 06:10:02

    Hi Chetana
    Nice to read your thoughts.. Good to connect… Christine and Ananda

    Reply

  2. Lillian D'souza
    Nov 15, 2014 @ 14:17:46

    Love your blog and your writing style.

    Hari Om,

    Lillian

    Xxx

    Reply

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