About Victoria

 
 
At home in Tofino (Canada), August 2017

At home in Tofino (Canada), August 2017

I’m here to offer experience-led professional travel guidance, as well as teachings in yoga, meditation and art. Half British, half Canadian and with a third home in India, there’s nothing I love more than exploring the globe and getting to know the people that make this world so special. Sharing experiences, insights and travel contacts was something that happened very organically for me; I find it hard to keep quiet when I stumble upon something/someone inspiring! Over the years this ad-hock service has developed into a professional role, supported by my experience working in the flight industry, adventure tourism, internationl education programs, Indian yoga schools, global mapping organisations and more.

I now assist a range of clients with various travel inquiries and requests. From designing and hosting advertised structured tours, to creating bespoke itineraries, connecting people with expert local guides or just offering tips about specific areas; it really is my pleasure to be able to help others in any way that I can.

I specifically can help with questions regarding: designing an itinerary, solo travel/solo female travel, India for beginners, India on a budget, luxury tours, yoga retreats/yoga in India, yoga teacher training programs, creative travel, business travel, art and cultural tours, west-coast Canada, Canadian wilderness, British heritage, British countryside and coastal trips, plus more.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Royal Albert Hall, Jaipur

Royal Albert Hall, Jaipur

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Teachings of Yoga

As a 1000+ hour qualified yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT), my exploration in the practice of yoga is relentless and I am always discovering new teachers, teachings, philosophies and insights. Over the years I have taught in four continents, delivered innumerous classes, workshops and training programs in public, corporate and individual settings. I’ve had the fortune of working one-to-one with talented young athletes, serious students of traditional yoga lineages and students coming from a more academic approach to the practice. I am forever available to share insights, texts, connect practitioners with teachers, debate nuances of philosophy or answer questions about the practice of yoga.

Yoga asana (breath led movement, postures, kriyas and mudras) focuses the mind into the experience of the body, reducing the noise of the mind and bringing us to a point of experiential concentration. This focus creates awareness of our individual nature; how the body moves, the natural rhythm of the breath. The focus becomes more subtle as we start to see the nature of the self underneath the surface of the postures. Commitment to the practice will strengthen familiarity with the self, while the postures and kriyas work to balance out and strengthen aspects of our character such as willpower, determination, humility and devotion. Ultimately enabling us to become the best version of ourselves.

Yoga is not about becoming great at gymnastics; it's about becoming YOU.

In a similar way, an art practice can rewire the mind to see beyond the limitations of our usual routines and ways of thinking. All humans are born creative, it is the very means by which we are brought into the world. Connecting back to creativity allows us to let go of stagnant thoughts, identities and belief systems, and get back to our source. Anyone can be an artist.

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Burrard Bridge, Vancouver

Burrard Bridge, Vancouver

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Visual Artist

During my visits to India I became enchanted by the people, characters and stories that I encountered. As a practicing artist, I began to focus my work upon portrait art and sketches and paintings of the people that I met on these journeys. In early 2017 a chance encounter led to one-on-one art tuition with Sri Ramu Ramdev, a master Indian miniature painting artist at Jaipur City Palace. This experience was extremely influential in my own art practice as I was able to shift the way that I was experiencing art, and open up to a meditative approach to creative pursuit -something that I had been trying to find for some years. I continue to study with Ramuji and am in Jaipur at least once a year, working daily with the royal artists in the City Palace studio of the Pink City of Rajasthan.

I now teach Indian Miniature Painting not because I think everyone should become great classical artists, but because if used as an active meditation, I’ve found that this technique is extremely effective at highlighting any disconnect between the body and mind. Indian miniature painting is so delicate that to achieve the fine line-work of the style, the body needs to first be very still and then each stroke is executed with precision and control. If the mind is not concentrated, if many thoughts are coming up, then the brush strokes will become jerky and will cause a mark in the paint that reveals the break in concentration. The effort required to paint finely so as to produce the image therefore trains the artist to calm the mind and control the body; the effort in this technique creates enough stillness that the mind becomes able to perceive each thought clearly. Over time this results in an awakened state of self awareness; the ability to direct thoughts and energy more finely, bringing control into the system and into the mind. It is an exercise that is soothing for the nervous system while managing and expanding energy in the body; energy that can then be used in whichever way best supports your lifestyle.

 
 
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