Bios

Thomas Silvani
Qigong and Sitting Meditation Practice
The Way of the Heart
Qigong on the Go

Thomas has trained extensively in sitting meditation and qigong in dedicated communities for over 15 years, and was granted blessing to teach from his qigong teacher David Mott (whose teacher was Ken Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong). He draws from Zen Buddhism, Taoism, the bhakti and devotional traditions, and Chögyam Trungpa’s Shambhala work, and presents Qigong on the Go, a concept his teacher worked with where the qigong practitioner infuses his daily life with brief moments of practice. Thomas holds an MA in Music Composition where his emphasis was on achieving a state of playful flow in practicing and performing. He studied and practiced spiritual disciplines alongside musicians and stone masons, and he played and worked with them. Thomas believes energy work is intimately tied to the work we do in the world and the fashion in which we do it.

He can be reached at tsilvani@gmail.com or qigongonthego.com. His music teaching website is silvanimusic.ca.


Mila Vera
Hatha Vinyasa, Yin and Stand Up Paddle Yoga

Born in 1985 in London, Ontario Canada, Mila began to study martial arts at the age of three with her father – who is the founder of World Seikido (Aikido and Tae Kwon Do). After a trip to Rishikesh, India in 2010, Mila began to study Yoga and meditation in earnest – sitting Vipassana and earning her Yoga Teacher Training certificate in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in 2016 at the Yoga School Institute.

Mila likes to open practice with a brief body scan meditation to develop the skill of body awareness – what is going on where and how am I feeling today? The body holds many clues to our healing: Physical stiffness and emotional turbulence (thought storms) can be acknowledged and made lighter through regular yoga and meditation practice. The mind gets quieter and quieter as the focus moves inwards.

Some of Mila’s favourite tools are Intention setting, daily Gratitude practice, Pranayama or breathing exercises (think Wim Hof), chanting mantras or group singing in Temazcal ceremonies (Mayan sweat lodge).

Mila lives part time in Tulum Mexico where she teaches yoga classes for adults and children, practices capoeira and sings/composes music in the group Boom Orquesta.