Hi, I'm Kendra!
I am a sādhaka (one who is on the path of self-actualization), meditation and yoga coach, and multi-disciplinary artist. I live and work on unceded Coast Salish territory, most often the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaɬ, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Stó:lō people.
After studying and practicing yoga for 7 years, in 2017 I was initiated into the yogic tradition by Swami Vidyanand while studying Transformational Yoga in South India.
I am certified and registered with Yoga Alliance International & Yoga Alliance of India as a T.I.M.E. Meditation Teacher and Yoga Grandmaster (in layman's terms I am a yoga teacher's teacher) and I am certified to train yoga teachers up to the 500hour level. In 2019 I completed the Yoga Outreach Core Training for Trauma Informed Yoga. My work frequently centers the healing of marginalized communities such as those suffering from racism, sexism, poverty, and other forms of violence.
As a queer Black yoga teacher and survivor of childhood sexual violence I bring a compassionate trauma-informed and intersectional framework to my practice. I am always striving to create safer spaces for folks who experience marginalization and systemic violence to practice self-liberation within the yogic community.
I strive to combat white supremacy, and the gentrification and misappropriation of yoga by keeping it accessible to all, and honoring the practices as taught to me by those who have come before.
Here's what people are saying
Working with Kendra has undeniably changed so many aspects of my yoga practice and my life. She once told me that she finds that students discover her when they need her the most, and while I did not know it at the time, that was absolutely true for me. I thought what I was looking for was a way of doing yoga without the hierarchies of the Iyengar practice and a style of yoga that made space for my spirituality and my traumatized body. What I actually found was therapy for my soul.
On a spiritual level, working with Kendra has truly been therapy for my soul. She offers a level of support for recovering from spiritual abuse and toxicity that I never knew how much I needed until I broke down crying in class at the beauty of it. To be invited to see divinity everywhere, from the rocks to the animals and plants, to even myself - has changed how I view myself, how I show up for those around me - human and otherwise.
This is not to say that working with her is easy - she holds me accountable to my practice - challenging me to show up even when not in class. I can’t bypass the work, I actually have to show up for myself, and that has been therapy too.
I cannot overstate how much working with Kendra has, and continues to, mean to me. If you feel even the slightest echo within yourself while reading or hearing about her work - take the chance to work with her if you can - it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. All of this to say, thank you Kendra. Working with you has been and continues to be a privilege.