Practicum Mentors

Randi Bradshaw BSc (Biology), CYT 1000, E-RYT – Nidra, SE & Restorative Practices

Randi BradshawRandi is a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT-1000) through Yoga Therapy International (YTI); is registered as an Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT); and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University.

After years of working as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, she grew tired of the reactionary approach of the allopathic health field. It was then that she decided to switch her focus to health promotion and disease prevention to help people live a healthy and active life, free from a dependency on medication whenever possible. This holistic way of living is intended to empower people with the knowledge of how whole foods and mindful movement can sustain a healthy and whole body.

As an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), she believes that Therapeutic/Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra is not only for those with physical or emotional symptoms, but also for anyone wanting more personalized attention to help them begin a new practice or deepen an existing one, helping them along their journey towards finding their true selves. She mindfully guides her students through their practice, encouraging joy and love, and helps them create a calm and open environment in which to renew. She strives to help her students bring a conscious awareness to the mat and beyond and, ultimately, the greatest gift  self acceptance. Overall, her goal is to help people learn how to relax and live a healthier, happier life, at peace with themselves and their surroundings.

Randi continues her studies with Maggie Reagh, Founding Director of YTI, and with master teachers, including Richard Miller.

Contact Randi at http://samanawellness.ca/contact/

Camela Cowan BA, CYT 1000, RYT 500 - Chronic Pain & Case Studies

Yoga Therapy International - Camela CowanCamela Cowan works as a Yoga Therapist specializing in chronic pain and addictions at a multidisciplinary medical clinic in Nelson, BC. She offers both private and small group sessions for clients dealing with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Osteoarthritis, back pain, whiplash, and a host of other symptoms, injuries and conditions. By guiding clients to delve deeper into themselves, finding stillness and a mind-body connection, they essentially rewire the nervous system with new positive associations to movement and the body, thereby allowing pain symptoms to subside and transformation to take place.

Camela is certified as a Yoga Therapist with Yoga Therapy International and holds a RYT-500 in Therapeutic Yoga with Yoga Alliance. She has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 1997, teaching since 2006. Her initial 200-hour yoga teacher training was with Kavita Maharaj of Red Door Yoga in 2004 when she left behind a career in sustainable community development and forest certification.

Following two car accidents which left her with debilitating soft tissue injuries and chronic pain for 3.5 years, Camela met her yoga therapist and teacher, Maggie Reagh, who completely cured her pain after only two group sessions. This solidified her interest in yoga therapy and led her to deepen her own practice. Shortly thereafter, she began formal studies of Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedaan intensive 3-year program based in the Krishnamacharya lineage following the teachings of both Desikachar and Iyengarwhich led her to Chennai, India, to study with master teachers D.V. & Radha Sridhar, Viji Vasu and Dr.Ganesh, as well as Vancouver-based Ayurvedic Practitioner, Jaisri Lambert, and Iyengar teacher, Lindsay Whalen. This classical form of yoga adapts to the individual rather than the other way around.

Over the last 5 years, she has specialized in working with people recovering from stroke and various movement disorders, seniors, and now people living with chronic pain. She finds joy working with people who can truly notice a marked difference in their lives through the practice of yoga.

Camela is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and holds a Bachelor's degree with honours in Environmental Studies from UBC and a Certificate in Community Economic Development from SFU. She can be reached at camela@firstmedical.ca or 250-505-3875.