Hi, I’m Dirk

I’m a yoga teacher, an advocate of meditation and mindfulness, and an academic researcher interested in sustainability in design based in Toronto.


After a long career in the world of reality television as a line producer and owner of a fashion and lifestyle production company, I realised that these fast-paced, highly stressful industries had taken a enormous toll on my emotional and physical well-being. In 2017, I discovered yoga and meditation during an extended period of contemplation in Bali. This time away inspired me to pursue a Masters degree in sustainable fashion design praxis (or businesses). Yoga and secular meditation allowed me to begin to cultivate a deeper level of calm and clarity; developing a more nurturing and wholesome relationship with my physical body and mind.
My dedication to trying to understand what makes us unhappy and what makes us suffer unnecessarily, both deeply inspire me to teach others how to cultivate a happier mind, body and life. I am grateful and immensely privileged to be able to empower students to achieve the same within their lives. I strive to teach from a place of kindness, compassion and equanimity; guided by our shared human experience and the pursuit of happiness and freedom from suffering.
What I teach is primarily concerned with holding a thoughtful space for my students to slow down, to practice deliberate stillness and deep relaxation. I teach the simple art of getting out of your own way, practising how to pause, relax and restore, allowing for the mind to better adjust to dealing with stress in a less reactive way.
Besides practicing yoga, I am fascinated by the intersection of yoga and meditation, the nervous system and neuroplasticity and spend most of my time studying these subjects. I love spending time in nature and being with our two dogs and two cats. Pets have so many life lessons to teach us – such as unconditional love, ease of living and joyfulness.
I look forward to practicing with you.
Until then, may you be well.
Namaste
Dirk

TRAINING & ACCREDITATION

200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training – Living Yoga
100 Hour Stråla Yoga Leadership Training – Tara Stiles & Michael Taylor
50 Hour Traditional Tantric Hatha Yoga – The Practice
50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Bernie Clark & Diana Batts
40 Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – Andrea Peloso
Savasana Intensive – Judith Hanson Lasater
Relax More Intensive – Jillian Pransky
Restorative 101 – Jillian Pransky
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – Shasta Jordan
Restorative Yoga for Relaxation and Rejuvenation – Satya Greenstone
Restorative Yoga: Breathing Practices – Satya Greenstone
Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Shasta Jordan
Yin Yoga 101 – Josh Summers
Professional Positive Neuroplasticity Teacher Training – Rick Hanson
Nonviolent Communication Training – Marshall Rosenberg
Reiki I, II & Masters – Lisa Powers
Insight Dialogue – Bhikku Sukhacitto

testimonials

Dirk is an incredible and intuitive teacher who guides his students into a deeper connection with themselves and their body’s well being…

Gisela, 38Owner Alchemy Movement

Dirk holds the space during his classes with gentleness and awareness - taking care of everyone present with a good understanding of their needs.

Chantel, 47PhD student

Restorative Yoga with Dirk has become such a blessing in my life, to be able to start the weekend with a deep sense of stillness.

Ash, 29Chartered Accountant

In this time of isolation within a global state of “chaos”, the opportunity arises for newness, growth, self-discovery, and reflection.

During lockdown, I will be offering live classes via the Zoom platform.

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