Co-Creator with Horses
Through her programs and services, Fotini shares:
*20 years of multi-style Yoga practice
* Approximately 1500 hours of accredited Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist training, taught by a diverse faculty, plus countless hours of self-guided related study
* 300 hours of certified teacher training exclusively in the practice of Meditation with Dr. Stephen Rinaldi
*Experiential learning with the Centre for Contemplative Studies, University of Toronto
* 200 hours of certified study in Expressive Arts Therapy Foundations and Facilitation of the Creative Process with Create Institute in Toronto
* 600 hours of accredited training in Ayurveda and Vedic Counselling with Dr. David Frawley
* 600 hours+ of combined certified trainings in Herbalism (Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine - 375 hours) and Aromatherapy (for humans & equines 300+ hours) with Joyessence Aromatherapy and 1:1 training with Catherine Bird, Author of "Horse Scents" & "A Healthy Horse, The Natural Way"
* Extensive training, study and practice of Energy Medicine including Reiki (Usui Reiki Advanced Teacher) and Heart Math ("Add Heart Facilitator" with the HeartMath Institute)
*Approximately 1000 hours of combined training and study in the fields of Equine Guided Wellness and Facilitated Learning
* 10 years of working with Horses as Partners and Teachers, serving hundreds of clients together on their wellness path
* 10 years of ongoing study creating a balanced, holistic style of horse partnership, considering the philosophies of dozens of renowned horse men and women
*Two decades of exploration and self-guided study in the Horse-Human relationship and Horses in art and spirituality as well as heart expanding animal communication
*20 years of creative visionary experience and corporate entrepreneurship
*Countless hours doing "nothing" with Horses. Simply being with Horses in their way of connection and presence
* A lifetime of fascination and spiritual connection with Nature and the Animal Kingdom
Fotini is a regular contributor to various equine/wellness magazine publications (including Equine Wellness magazine, Ayurveda Mantra, Arts Talk & Equine Leadership), podcasts (including Art of Healing, Light on Living, The Connected Yoga Teacher & Heart Soul Wisdom)and special events, including being a presenter at the 2021 Healing with Horse Symposium.
Fotini processes, integrates and shares her personal healing journey with Horses through creative outlets such as writing poetry, children's books, photography and painting on canvas.
Fotini's devotion to her unique Gifts has benefited hundreds of beings on their holistic wellness path, both two and four legged.
Following Bliss, Together with Horses
Welcome to Horse Wisdom Yoga®! The Horses and I are so delighted that you are here!
As a child, I had an undeniable connection to animals. I was gifted with the ability to "hear them speak". I was also born an empath, connecting deeply with the energy of others, humans and animals. So much so that it almost felt like I could "feel their truth" in my own body. While this has now become a great gift in my life, it was quite confusing as a young child. My journey with horses began as a highly sensitive, young city girl visiting the farm. The very first time I looked into their large, soft eyes; they told me a story. A story of wisdom, a story of hope. They reflected back to me my own highly sensitive, empathic nature. A nature that did not always "fit" into the systems of mainstream Western society. Many years later, after a personal tragedy, I began a journey to my authentic self, diving deep into contemplative practice (yoga, meditation, art, poetry...) and the way of the Horse. Through this creative journey, I found my life purpose (Dharma), which I am here to share with you. Over a decade later, held by the love and support of family and spiritual community (Sangha), I am privileged to share yoga guided by the power of the ancient practice, partnered with the ancestral wisdom of The Sacred Horse. Through their highly sensitive, non predatory nature and their ability to honestly reflect human energy, imbalance and emotion, the wisdom of the Herd has taken contemplative practice to its highest level of self-realization. Yoga is so much more than physical postures and poses. Yoga is how we speak, how we eat, how we treat others and how we show up in the world. Yoga is a creative way of Life. The Horses guide us through their purity and connection to "walk the talk" of Yoga. Horse Wisdom Yoga®, as developed and practiced on our farm, is not yoga on horseback and no riding takes place. The Herd is honored exclusively as teachers where they are able to share their wisdom, hold space for the creative self-expression of humans and join us as we move through the transformation from "doing yoga" to "being yoga" in all aspects of our lives, on and off the mat.
The sister science of Yoga is Ayurveda, with a literal meaning of "knowledge of life". Ayurveda nurtures this deeper connection to Self (Purusha) experienced with the Horse as Teacher undoubtedly finds its way into day to day life off of the farm, enriching relationship to Self and others while encouraging regular spiritual practice(Sadhana). Ayurveda emphasizes the use of aromas, herbs, food and rituals for self care and a devotion to self knowledge, achieved through self-study (svadhyaya). To know and care for yourself in reverence to All That Is (God, Source, Creator), will guide you to self love, inner peace and, ultimately spiritual freedom. The Horses are able to facilitate and demonstrate, through observation and experiential learning, the many aspects of this "knowledge of life".
My personal transformation, guided by The Sacred Horse has led to my partnering with the magnificent Herd in developing these one of a kind offerings which build the bridge from head to heart while deepening contemplative practice, breaking through failing systems, revealing limiting thought patterns, banishing counterintuitive belief systems..and leading us to this very moment.
The Sanskrit (language of yoga) word for Horse is "Ashva". The literal meaning of this word is "not tomorrow". This is so true to the wisdom of Horses as they so gracefully bring us right to the present moment where time stands still in their presence. Ultimately, we realize, that there is a timelessness when we allow ourselves to be present and we are relieved of the stories of the past or worries about the future. We come to realize the thoughts or patterns that hold us back from living our very best life. In this partnership with Horses, we realize our duty to listen compassionately to our Horse Teachers and care for them in a way that promotes their holistic wellness and empowerment! In service to The Sacred Horse, we serve our Highest self. We serve the Divine within and unite, in harmony, with all of Nature.
Whether you are an individual seeking personal wellness transformation and self-expression, seeking to expand your equine guided professional practice, or simply looking for a new way of being with Horses, we invite you to join us as we weave ancient practice with ancestral wisdom of both human and horse and the sacred union between us.
Together, the Horses and I are on the mission to help sensitive, empathic individuals find their voice, live their life's purpose and reclaim their true belonging within the natural world, while making it a better place for humans, horses, and all living beings!
~together with Horse Teachers:
Spirit, Malachi, Penny & Isa
"There are no words to describe the horse heart connection teachings that Fotini and the Horse Teachers have helped guide me and my herd on this beautiful journey. Fotini is absolutely beautiful on the inside and out. She is so knowledgeable, and supportive. I highly recommend this experience of learning Horse Wisdom Yoga® with her and her beautiful Horse Teachers. It has been transformational for my horses lives and mine. It has awakened my insights into connecting with my horses on such a deep level. So blessed and grateful" ~Tammy DeGraw, Horse To Heart Wellness