Gizem took her 200 hr YTT with Michael Olivotto in 2015, where she met Tina. As an advocate of social justice and environmental issues, she was drawn to study another 200 hr training with her beloved teacher Tina. Learning the lineage of Sri K. Patthabi Jois and applying the traditional teachings to our modern day lives in a practical way while honoring the teachings of our First Nation’s elders sums up why she loves and studies with her teacher. After spending a week with Manju Jois, she is even more convinced to not to take it too seriously and have fun with it all. Gizem has also taken different 50 hr trainings; like Lead with Love with Shannon Cluff and Ecstatic Yoga with Emerson Lim.
She started her practice in 2009 to help deal with the difficulties and anxieties that came with moving to Vancouver from Istanbul, Turkey. She firmly believes yoga is one of the most radical things that one can do to find freedom, happiness and authenticity.
After working for environmental organizations like Greenpeace, the Wilderness Committee and the Force of Nature Alliance in Vancouver, she made the move to Whistler in 2016. Currently, she works as the Food Bank Coordinator at Whistler Community Services Society focusing on poverty reduction, and food security issues. Gizem is opposed to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, open net fish farming and clear-cutting of ancient trees. She has a personal dedication to indigenous solidarity and protecting the Coast Salish territories. When she is not working, or protesting, you can find her mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding or frolicking at festivals.