I am forever grateful for the teachings of Orit Sen Gupta, founder of Vijñana yoga, who compiled the “Vijñana practice manual” and whose inspiration to feel beyond and to practice from within, has fueled my own teachings with a new depth.
Gioia Irwin's boundless creativity and detailed knowledge of the body has sparked my own curiosity to explore the layers of our being with more sensitivity and compassion. Her embodiment of grace and lightness elevates yoga to an art form.
To Cathy Valentine, fellow teacher and friend, for the joy of practicing side by side.
Born in Algeria, I lived in Norway, Belgium, England, Australia, South Africa, and France. Growing up the only constant I knew was change.
I learned to watch, observe, with eyes from within, different cultures, languages, religions. I felt drawn to the richness of the landscapes the world had to offer, yet intrigued by the complexity of human behaviour. At times I felt I belonged no where, at times I felt I belonged everywhere.
I now live on Gabriola Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I am blessed with raising my joyful twins, Alex & Lea, and I have taken my worldly travels to a journey to the center of the heart.
I took my first steps in the Vijñana tradition in 1999 and I haven't looked back. My practice is the place where nothing is missing.
I have moments of brilliance, moments of doubts, but no matter what comes up the potential for transformation, integration and growth is phenomenal. No matter where I go or how far I travel I am always home, the ground beneath me is the sky I practice on and this certainty is enough to last me a lifetime.
May my heart be wide open, may my eyes reflect truth, may my presence be held in my breath, may my words convey elegance and purpose in every moment, in every action, in every silence.
What Students Have To Say
Flo's destiny as a yogi shines through and all around her. I have been amazed to witness her lightning growth and gathering stillness as a Vijnana Teacher. She has an unusual gift - its immediacy and authenticity benefit any one who steps close and opens to her teaching. Her path of liberation and light is direct as an arrow and natural as love.
—Kay Louise Vincent, Gabriola, BC, Canada
I have had the enormous pleasure of working with Flo Dedame on my Vijnana yoga practice on and off since 2007. Flo is a wonderful, caring teacher and practitioner. She and her little following on Gabriola have welcomed my partner and I with such graciousness; the group with which Flo practices now includes several friends of ours' - it feels like an extended family that now includes us. We make it a point to try to attend Flo's workshops whenever we are able to: it is always well worth the expense of a float-plane and ferry ride from Vancouver!
—Kendal Bushe, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Flo's Vijnana yoga has become a discipline of love for me over the past 2+ years. It's what I do for myself and at nearly 50 years old the fringe benefits are fabulous – weight loss, sculpted muscles, no more arthritis, healthy & happier feet and hands, an opportunity to S L O W down and an appreciation for time with myself.
—Kathryn Molloy, Gabriola, BC, Canada
As a long time student of Flo and as one having witnessed and believed in her transformation from student to teacher, I can only say that my respect for her dedication to her own practice and her uncanny ability to communicate and help others with their practice has steadily grown. Flo walks her talk and embodies the principles of Vijnana Yoga. If love is offering full attention and aware presence and I think it is, then my journey with the guidance of Flo has been a loving experience that continues to inspire me. Despite being a baby boomer, age has not been a barrier to continued progress in mind and body. I am grateful that Flo as my teacher and the Yijnana practice in general, addresses the ageless, timeless energy body within.—Anne Marie Manke, Gabriola, BC, Canada
Flo is a truly exceptional person and yoga teacher. Her teachings come right from her heart when she shares her deep knowledge and experience of all aspects of a full yoga practice with her students. I am very grateful to Flo for her supportive, caring guidance along the path of Vijnana Yoga.
—Andrea Frisque, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Flo has introduced me to a deeper sense of self through her skillful teachings of pranayama, asanas and thoughtful dialogue on the essence of Vijnana yoga. I am grateful for her progressive approach to teaching and for inspiring me to grow and develop my practice outside the comforts of the cozy yurt.
—Sonja Zupanec, Gabriola, BC, Canada
As a teacher, Flo's patience, intuition and exploration of the practice makes for an informative, unique and challenging experience both in class and during one on one sessions.
—Richard Towers, Gabriola, BC, Canada