Regina Pfeifer, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Wellness Councillor, MA, DPSM
"After several years going back and forth between Yellowknife (NWT) and Victoria (BC) I have now fully arrived in the south of Vancouver Island. My long-term passion for the deeper meaning and inclusiveness of Yoga has motivated me to study and explore several lineages as well as the increasing evidence-based scientific knowledge base of Yoga as a holistic healing modality. I am grateful for this career change working now as certified and registered Yoga Therapist with over 1000 hours of training (C-IAYT). I also hold certification as a Yoga Teacher (CYA-500) and as a Ayurvedic Wellness Councillor. I have taken special training in Yoga Therapy for Pelvic Health and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC - as taught by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff) in the past year.
I believe that Yoga Therapy integrates and compliments other healing modalities and treatments of disease or injury. My own experience with chronic disease has allowed me to experience the gentle power of yoga, mindfulness, deep relaxation and meditation as a way to support treatment, recovery, rehabilitation and ultimately healing. Finding a new balance after traumatic life experiences including disease, its treatments and side effects can be a daring. With appropriate support allowing a mind-body connection to flourish such experiences can become nourishing, empowering and transformative.
I am known for my gentle, genuine and deeply caring support for people who live with or after cancer, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, muscle dystrophy, Fibromyalgia and other conditions involving persistent pain. I also helped persons preparing for and recovering from hip and knee surgery. I am specializing in conditions related to the pelvic region such as pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic and lower back pain, organ prolapse, incontinence, prostatitis and more.
You can find me teaching regularly at various locations in Victoria (see Offerings). I also offer private Yoga Therapy sessions and I love to plan and create workshops for specific goals, needs and populations. Coming from a professional career in Policy Analysis/Research and Public Administration I continue to offer consulting services for not-for-profit organizations and in the field of local government. My formal education includes an MA in Political Science and a Diploma in Public Sector Management. I feel that my overall life and professional experience including its challenges and rewards enriches my teaching approach and ability to connect with my clients.
When I am not working you can find me biking, travelling the region in my camper van, enjoying ocean kayaking, or creating an edible small city landscape in my tiny backyard. I also love cooking for friends and love my new dog Lola who was adopted as a rescue through the Puerto Vallarta SPCA."