Yvonne Jaques, named Padma by her Teacher Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, is passionate about passing on to others the yogic science lineage she has received from her precious teachers. She completed a silent, isolated yoga and meditation retreat for just under three years in November, 2013. Her classes, courses, workshops and retreats are ardent testimonies to the benefits of yogic practices—yama, niyama, shatkarma, asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and meditation techniques—refined in a retreat setting as taught in the yogic texts. Padma was a corrective exercise therapist for twenty-five years and brings a depth of experiential knowledge in alignment and biomechanics to all her classes. Participants in her classes and courses are most often heard to say that Padma’s passion is infectious, and that she has a particular gift for enabling them to experience something they’ve never felt or done before.
Padma is a yoga teacher trainer with more than 2500 hours of yogic study including yoga teacher trainings and studies in yogic philosophy from Baba Hari Dass’ Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, the Yoga Studies Institute, the Asian Classics Institute’s 54 courses in foundational and advanced Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, advanced meditation practice and yogic science. Padma has served on the faculties of the Yoga Teacher Training programs at Langara College and the Yoga Studies Institute and is the author of two books – A Mindful Kitchen – Cooking with the Six Perfections and Anatomy for Yoga Instructors.
Padma teaches at least one hand or arm balance, one or two inversions and deeper variations of all twists, folds and backbends In all her classes. You can expect to safely and progressively push your perceived boundaries, find your edge, lose your preconceived notions about what you can and cannot do, and learn how yoga really works.