Who Am I?
Geri Laurence brings over 27 years of experience working with addictions and disabilities. Currently she is one of the professional team members at Cedars Drug and Alcohol treatment center located outside of Victoria, BC, and works with internationally known counselors and psychiatrists. She is also presently engaged in working with the Jade Society in assisting marginalized individuals living with chronic pain. She is a senior yoga instructor with 20+ years of experience and has studied with international teachers, as well as is recognized by the Yoga Association of British Columbia and the Yoga Alliance. Additionally, she was presented with an honorary certification from the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Families for her outstanding contributions to health and welfare.
Some of Geri’s experiences include: founding of an organization called Vancouver Friends for Life; bringing Child Yoga Program to the community helping children with ADD/ADHD; working with Burnaby Youth Correctional Centre; organizing 12 step and mindfulness programs; teaching in treatment centers in Vancouver and Women’s Recovery centers; yoga classes at the John Howard Society for youth at high risk in Campbell River; volunteer work at the Elizabeth Fry Society – a non-profit organization that provides support services to some of society’s most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the justice system.
Geri’s passion is to help individuals let go of who they think they are supposed to be and embrace who they are in the moment, here and now. Her focus is to encourage people to share from their whole heart, with courage and compassion, their story which connects them with a sense of belonging and worthiness
Geri’s training includes:
- Workshops with Father Joe from India and Dr. Ray Long (Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga).
- Training with Sue Ducros, B.S.C, M.B.A., from Ottawa. Sue is the facilitator of the radiant Child Yoga Program.
- Training with the world renowned yoga therapist Suzi Hately Aldous. The studies included the kinesiology of yoga and Yoga intensive. Susie’s cancer program (Yoga Thrive) is recognized by the University of Calgary.
- Latest training: with Kevin Griffin who authored the books “One Breath at a Time” and “a Burning Desire.
- Currently Geri is completing her degree as a Trauma Therapist at UBC University.
Geri’s approach is gentle and uplifting. First of all she looks for what is already working in the body function and the life of her client. Coming from there she aims to build up the individual and create his/her personal program. The combination of extensive knowledge of the body anatomy and physiology, deep empathy with each person she works with, and a thorough understanding of body-emotion connection makes Geri’s work so precious.