Yew Tree Yoga - Sam Goski

by GEM Magazine / Jun 13, 2015 / Comments

I had been a physiotherapist for over 25 years, working on the mainland and while I enjoyed helping others, I wasn't happy in my career. I felt like it was time for a change.

I was spending more and more time on administrative work and talking to insurers than working with clients. It was taking up valuable treatment time and draining my energy. Alongside this, I had some issues in my personal life and realized I had to make a drastic change.

I had been thinking for a while about how to incorporate my physiotherapy skills into a different career. Pivotal events in my life seemed to lead me deeper into the practice of yoga. As a swimmer and triathlete for most of my life, I had added yoga to my training program to gain flexibility and strength. In 2012 I had the privilege of mentoring a young cyclist and accompanying her for 100km in the 2nd annual Tour de Victoria. She and I were the first women to finish. I felt I could accomplish anything… so I enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training.

A few months later, I walked away from a serious car crash with minimal trauma. Friends and colleagues remarked "it's because you do yoga". I decided to further explore the benefits of this amazing practice so I continued my training with an intensive course in advanced yoga therapeutics.

After much deliberation, I made the fairly risky decision to follow my dreams and put my own happiness first. Shortly after I finished my yoga training, I found the perfect venue within the walls of a now-vacant but much loved bookstore in Cadboro Bay Village. I quit my job and moved to Vancouver Island to start afresh.

I decided I would start my own clinic but I didn't want it to be a typical "clinic". Yew Tree Yoga is a studio which also offers regular yoga as well as Therapeutic Yoga - a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines both evidence-based Physiotherapy and Yoga resulting in a more holistic approach to the clients treatment experience. The combination has unbelievable results on recovery.

As well as the studio, I also have a surf shop at the front of the store. Financially, setting up a venture with two businesses was difficult in the beginning. I had to buckle down and figure out how to become a business person. Working with numbers, business plans and bank meetings, it was all new to me. I also needed to renovate the space from floor to ceiling, which took 4 months.

My passion is movement and it is my mission to educate, empower and give the tools needed to take an active approach towards rehabilitation.

As long as you can lie down on a bed, you can do yoga. Which is why I utilize elevated therapeutic beds for those who aren't able to lie on a mat. This makes yoga accessible to everyone.

I see yoga as a tool that can help us combat the stress in our lives more naturally. Also, if my clients have Physiotherapy coverage in their extended medical plan, then clinical yoga fees may be reimbursed.

In the future I'd love to be part of a research team that examines the benefits of yoga in the treatment and rehabilitation of various illnesses.

Looking back, I have no regrets. I have forged a new path for myself.

I believe we should all do what we love as long as it does some good in the world.

Interviewed by Ashleigh James

Owner of YTY and practicing physiotherapist, Sam has combined her extensive health care experience and yoga teacher training to provide a place for people living with injury or illness to try yoga therapy and yoga practice under the care of a trained health professional as part of their rehabilitation.

Sam is available for one-on-one physiotherapy appointments, which focus on manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and clinical yoga. YTY offers group therapeutic yoga sessions as well as a range of regular hatha classes for beginner to advanced practitioners.

Visit -
3840 Cadboro Bay Road
Cadboro Bay Village
Victoria, BC V8N 4G2

Phone: 778-433-9202
Twitter: yewtreeyoga
Instagram: yewtreeyoga

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