Meet Veronica rawnsley
I fell in love with Acro in India, shortly after completing my first yoga teacher training at the Himalaya Yoga Valley. It was the same story many of us have- love at first flight.
My passion for the practice was stoked by the level of connection it begets with others. This practice served as my solace as I traveled and was a way for me to play while I worked through the Yoga Therapy program at Mount Royal University. Throughout this time, I taught Ashtanga, Hatha, Meditation, Pranayama, and Partner Yoga at festivals, studios, private residences, high schools, and corporate events. My focus as a teacher was to facilitate the
union of an individual’s body, mind, and breath, as well as strengthen the bond between loved ones through the facilitation of partner yoga.
My career as a Yoga therapist has been focused on facilitating people to become comfortable in their bodies through the treatment of their chronic conditions and injuries. After doing this for several years, my heart shifted, and I recognized it was time to rise and make my contributions to humanity’s great achievements- art and science. I began working as a professional movement artist for several companies in Calgary, performing flow arts, acro, dance, acro-stilt, and stilt dance. I returned to the University of Calgary where I simultaneously engaged with the faculties of fine arts, computer science, and education.
Currently, I work at the University of Calgary as part of a research team on a neuro-study on the cognitive effects of the creative process, and I am funded by Alberta Innovates to investigate the optimization of human engagement in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) to increase mental health capacity. I also co-founded the Centre for Artistic development, which is a post-secondary institution and performance space that is set to open a second campus later this year.
On my off time in Calgary, you might see me bombing the river path on my longboard or jamming with the acro folks at Riley park.