Spiritual Healing Artist - Monica Muller
Spiritual Warrior Trainer: Yoga, Meditation, Healing
Welcome as I share a little about myself, background, work and how Yoga, Meditation and a Spiritual practice changed my life.
I was born in Ottawa, ON to parents who immigrated to Canada in 1953 from Vienna, Austria.
I started working with Department of National Defence (DND) in 1977 and in 1983 entered the Special Development Program (Officers) Training and qualified as a Management Analyst in May 1984. I attended CF Management School in St. Jean, PQ and Staff School in Toronto, ON and steadily rose within DND and finished my carrier with the CanadianDefence Academy in Kingston ON in 2013, with 36 years of service. During my time at DND, I was greatly influenced by Canadian Forces members who had served in combat operations and their resulting Occupational Stress Injuries (OSI) and trauma they received while on tour.
In 2009, four years before retiring from DND, and after years of participating in yoga classes, I decided to take my first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). I began to teach Yoga as a volunteer at HMCS Cataraqui, Kingston, ON.
In no time at all I began to realize the impact Yoga had on serving members and their spouses taking the classes, especially those who had OSI. They felt more relaxed and often fell asleep at the end of the classes in resting pose. Later they admitted that they were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and insomnia. I wanted to help out more, and started volunteering with OSI Social Support at their Peer Support Group meetings.
In 2012, I started Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Meditation training with Warriors at Ease, took an intensive training with Dr. Dan Libby founder of Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) (Mindful Yoga Therapy), at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana and began my YTT Hatha 200 hr Janati’s with Mona Warner
VYP Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher Training with Dr. Dan Libby at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana, USA.
By 2013, with my 200hr YTT completed, I returned to Feathered Pipe for my 2nd phase training in VYP Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery. It was during this training under Dr. Dan Libby leadership that I had my own release, as I shared my story of being the daughter of a WWII veteran. I too had suffered vicarious trauma. My understanding of PTS grew exponentially. I had already changed my yoga practice and teaching methods, but now I fully understood how someone could be suffering even without their knowing and how PTS could affect the whole family. I was invited to stay and teach with Dr. Dan Libby to a group of US Veterans who were attending a VYP Retreat. Dan and I also made plan to co-teaching Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery in Kingston, ON Canada and run a Canadian VYP Retreat.
In 2009, I opened Op Yoga and in 2014-15, participated in a Yoga research study with the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University with the with CIMVHR for people exposed to trauma due to operational exposure.
In 2015, I was appointed VYP Director of Canadian Operations and Dr. Dan Libby and I co-taught at Canada's first VYP Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher Training, in Kingston ON. That same year I organized and we co-taught at Canada's first VYP Retreat for Veterans, serving members, First Responders and their spouses.
VYP Healing Retreat 2015 with Dr. Dan Libby, Larry Aitkens (BGen Ret'd) and Monica Muller
June 2015, VYP Healing Retreat at Camp IAWAH, Wolf Lake ON for Canadian Veterans and First Responders and their spouses who attend Peer Support group meeting with the Occupational Stress Injury Support Services at CFB Kingston.
In 2016, I organized Canada’s 2nd VYP Canadian Retreat at The Opinicon, Chaffey’s Locks ON. I lead the classes in Mindful Yoga and Spiritual Healing energy while Mark Ross of Peterborough ON, lead meditation classes.
VYP Healing Retreat 2016 with Mark Ross (back row 3rd from right) and Monica Muller
See an on-line article written about my work in Peace Quest titled, A Personal Story of Peace – Monica Muller for further information on my work with those affected with PTS. http://peacequest.ca/personal-stories-of-peace-monica-muller/
My Yoga training continued with Therapeutic Yoga and Therapeutic Intensive Training with Susie Hatley in 2015. In 2018, I completed by 300h Hatha YTT .
During this time I continued to teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga at various other locations, including Regional Correction Staff College, CSC . In 2014, also began volunteering with Freeing the Human Spirit (FTHS) teaching yoga to Federal Offenders. I taught Inmates at Bath Institution and Collins Bay Institution (CBI). It was while teaching Offenders at CBI that I began to develop and teach, Spiritual Warrior Training (more on this later).
My meditation training began in 2011, when I found that I needed something more than my Yoga asana practice. I took intensive meditation training with the First Sphere,Bright Path and during my 200hr YTT and at all my Trauma Sensitive YTT courses. I enjoyed Pema Chodrin's course, Making Friends with Yourself and visited Gampo Abbey, a Western Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition in Nova Scotia where she teaches. My meditation practice brought depth to my life and has helped my Spiritual practice grow.
My Spiritual Healing practice began in 2010 under the tutelage of Reiki Master Susan Jikeli and I began my Reiki Training. By 2012 after my hours of training and Reiki healings, I too became a Reiki Master and taught Reiki. In 2013, there was a dramatic change in my Healing practice when I attended Dr. Eric Pearl’s Reconnective Healing and The Reconnection seminars in Toronto. Although I still did Reiki training for a few more years, in fact my business grew, I noticed a shift. Now Reiki Masters were coming to me for healings. My Yoga classes had changed too, as my vibrations increased and people were feeling the energy that I was emitting. One day, as I was photocopying more manuals for another Reiki training session, my photocopier stopped working and so did my energy to do anymore Reiki. Reconnective Healing had grown and I was now receiving information that Reiki healing was no longer my path.
In Oct 2016, I closed Op Yoga and changed by business name to Spiritual Healing Artist, also a registered business with Canadian Yoga Alliance (CYA) and started moving in this direction.
I used all my experience and knowledge to develop and eight-week training program: Spiritual Warrior Training: Yoga, Meditation, and Spiritual Awareness. I had always taught Yoga and Meditation together but now I added another element, Spiritual Awareness. I taught this program at my own studio and also to the Offenders at the CBI (minimum).
By adding Spiritual Healing, the participants were taught how to tap into this Healing energy and given exercises to increase their connection to the Source. The result: they became Spiritual Healing artists and were practicing Spiritual Healings on each other.
I developed my own innate ability to share this Spiritual Healing energy, light and information with others. This Spiritual Healing energy is much easier and less complicated than Reiki and doesn’t need any rituals or symbols. There simply has to be a willingness to learn and it comes.
In 2018, I ran a two-day Spiritual Warrior Intensive Training session. To my delight, each participant’s Spiritual Healing energy was just as strong as my own, and I was blown away by their abilities and can only say that it was magical experience for them and myself.
Participants in a Spiritual Warrior Intensive Training Session receiving and observing a Spiritual Healing.
I have become an embodied Healing Facilitator. With my training, spiritual practice, and my connection to the source, I have developed the ability to entrain others to this higher more evolved frequency to become Spiritual Healers, as myself. As Spiritual Healers, we connect with our hearts to a higher power where there is an increased knowingness and move away from fear to love, from darkness into the light, where darkness no longer exists.
In conclusion, I like to live passionately, love to spend time with my wonderful aboriginal partner/soul-mate/husband Randy Cousineau, creating delicious home cooked meals for us, be in nature where we go hiking and enjoy swimming. I love to paint and play the violin, which is new passion for me.
Randy Cousineau is retired military member, a gifted healer, avid golfer, cross-country skier, musician and outdoorsman, who provides me with many of source photos for my paintings.
One final note: this web-site will be changing and growing as life does and I want to continually post more information and helpful tools that will help you to tap into endless possibilities. So please visit me again.
Thank you for your support.
With love and light, Namaste,
I’ve recently taken up playing the violin and it provides me with many hours of enjoyment.