Mindfulness
by Joyce Benning on May 15, 2020

My personal journey towards self discovery really started when I moved out to Vancouver, Canada to pursue Acting within the TV/Film/Theatre industry at Vancouver Film School. 

Being in the performing arts environment, I learnt the importance of connection with others and how much this mere presence is necessary for the human well-being, along with the critical balance of fulfilling the souls purpose. 

When my father got sick in 2009 I moved back to Calgary, Canada to be closer to family. Due to nearly losing a loved one, I began to question the bigger topics of life, and began to pick up books in philosophy and psychology to self educate. 

Continuing in following my intuition, I began to strip myself of what I thought ‘self’ was (just as the famous philosopher René Descartes had done), and traveled to a land of great spiritual healing; India, in order to truly immerse myself in that practice. 

With no distractions, only the pure awareness which enveloped my perception, I experienced a flame that got stronger deep within my soul. 

Having no intention to teach when originally traveling overseas, l naturally landed a position in facilitating group classes and opened my own small business to teach one-on-one yoga practices, after the certification. 

Then magically, a decade passed… during that time, I kept on top of yearly trainings, always reinvesting back into myself in order to gain more knowledge in order to share it with clients. 

I maintain what I’ve learnt in India, implementing breathing techniques to unite body & mind, as well as meditation, mantra work and trigger point exercises to bring about a well-rounded and authentic psyche. 

I strive to support others in expressing their core self by holding a safe space, with no judgements and unconditional love. 

I strive to aid individuals towards correct physical and mental alignment in order for one to continue to expand and evolve along their independent path. I strive to take ancient eastern practices and merge them into a modern western world, in order for the teachings to touch more people. 

The world needs more positive regard, more wisdom, peace and love. 

So I’m doing my best to keep up to my own standards and changing self. 

I’m now striving to advance my knowledge and understanding in focusing on a doctorate in Psychology. 

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Meet The Author

Joyce Benning

Hello to all! I am a born, bred & raised country girl! Passion is caring for animals with a natural approach along with inspiring women to live a Robust Lifestyle! Dogs & horses have always been a huge part of my life. They have taught me so much about living a full life! My red heeler dog Groucho, whom is my Best Buddy has taught me to never give up and live with Faith not Fear! Their love for you is by the kindness and love you have in your heart. Enjoy inspiring women to love themselves for who they are as each one is created unique. Motivate women to realize their true given talents and not compare themselves to others. Empower women to share their talents to make the world a better place for all!