Saskia Tait (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) is Co-Founder and Program Director at Bowen Island Yoga, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Contemplative Education. She is currently completing her MA in Counselling Psychology (a second MA degree), which includes the completion of a clinical practicum at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island. She runs a private practice focused on mindfulness based psychotherapy, details for which can be found at www.saskiatait.com.
Saskia leads the development of community events and educational workshops and retreats, led by leading teachers in yoga philosophy, psychology and the postural practice it has become identified with in the West. Her hope is to develop and host programming that explores the questions that ignited these traditions in the first place—questions about the nature of the mind, the culturally conditioned self, human development, and the deeper dimensions of the self that lie beyond the mind and personality.
Saskia's interest in the yoga traditions of India started during a family trip to the Himalayan states of northern India when she was 14-years old. Following an undeniable intuition that she had much to learn from India, she journeyed there many times to live, travel, study and volunteer. An always-deepening love and appreciation of India propelled her to focus her undergraduate and graduate studies on the region—its religious and cultural forms and history, its social and ecological development challenges, and especially its ancient wisdom traditions. Following an intensive period of study with a siddha from the Nath lineage, Saskia started a daily personal practice of yoga and has cherished her transformative relationship with the path ever since.
One of the most important gifts Saskia has benefited from in her relationship with India is a deep fascination with integrated approaches to living and change. Inspired by the holistic view embedded in all traditions of yoga, Saskia has sought ways to bridge the gap between the felt need for healthy and sustainable transformation in larger social structures with pathways of deep personal integration. How can "coming home to yourself" shift the way that you choose to act, live, work and play in the world? Her Ph.D. and MA in Counselling Psychology, both underway, beg these questions in relation to the fields of self-psychology and transformative education.
Saskia lives on Bowen Island with her husband, Shahar Rabi and daughter, Annika. She has a Master’s degree in International Development and a B.A. (Honours) in International Development and South Asian Religion. She is a published author, applying integral models to a variety of topics including sustainable development, community development, consciousness studies and global issues. She is also a yoga philosophy teacher for World Conscious Yoga Family, which offers 200-hr and 500-hr certification programs in India, Canada, and Australia.