Testimonials

What Others Say

Colleen is an inspiring health professional and is a true leader in her field.

 

Eva USA:
We did it. 30 day intensive trauma-sensitive yoga teacher training. This was one of the most profound experiences I have ever been through. Phenomenal amount of changes, huge
challenges, and huge growth. I’ve discovered a depth of self I didn’t know I had access to. So proud of
myself and our class for being brave enough to do the work. Looking forward to bringing this practice
home and sharing it

 

Johnny Nasello USA:
There is an important and tremendous need for trauma informed yoga
instruction. Colleen serves this role through her extensive experience in this field, and through the level
of integrity and professionalism that she brings to everything she does. For anyone looking for a trauma
sensitive yoga teacher training, retreat, or personalized counselling, I would recommend you to Saliya
Life Institute Yoga School.

 

Lea Tracey Australia:
I met Colleen while in Thailand and received a lot of benefit from her
massage magic whilst I was there. I had a very sore frozen which immediately began to soften and
regain movement. I then came home to Australia and I engaged her services with a package of
rehabilitation. We met on Skype once a week for four weeks moving through the most gentle
movements and conversations. I was moving through some big changes and Colleen was a very valuable
steady anchor for me in this time. Colleen herself is a package of gifts, she’s magic with her hands, is
knowledgeable with yoga pilates and bodies and most importantly she’s all heart.

 

Felicity Jonck MA Occupational Therapist South Africa:
My son is a special needs child, who suffers from uncontrollable epilepsy, is severally physically and
mentally disabled, is dependent on a wheelchair and has generalized weakness. He is unable to
participate independently in normal developmental activities. Colleen has followed a programme of
therapy based and developmental play activities with my son in a main stream school environment, as
well as at home. She has worked closely with his therapists, including his Speech Therapist and
Occupational Therapist. She has learned alternative methods of communication and specialized devices.
I have seen a noticeable improvement in his general strength, function and emotional well-being. I
attribute this primarily to Colleen’s hard work, determination and dedication. She has showed
compassion and empathy whilst still being able to challenge him to improve. I know he will miss her. I
have no hesitation in recommending Colleen and wish her luck in her career.

 
Australia
I went to Colleen on a private retreat for 7 days, and my goodness it helped me tremendously!
I was suffering with post traumatic stress, an eating disorder and you could say a little bit of anxiety. In
these seven days Colleen taught me the tools to deal with what has happened in my life by accepting it
and seeing life for what it is. Every morning I couldn’t wait to get up and walk over to the retreat and
start our session. We went through so many activities from yoga practice to help with mindfulness
which I use now everyday to help me live my life to the fullest! The things we did and went through I
now carry with me daily and use for everything to really live my life peacefully and happily. I have
become a calm and happy person who knows how to control anger, sadness, and all the emotions we
come across in life and really not let anything stop me from being who I am as a person and I have to
thank Colleen for helping me get to this place in my life! It is something you would never forget or
regret! Thanks again Colleen you will definitely see me again!

 

 

E.R Brunei: I have attended Colleen’s yoga class several times now and every time it has given me exactly what I
needed. I particularly like her practical and physical approach combined with practices to go inwards
and experience glimpses of your true being. The restorative yoga poses she often teaches leaves me
with a strengthened body and mind. Looking forward to her class every week.

 

Tanja Mrkalj Brujic Hamilton Ontario Canada:
Colleen is Ah-Mazing! I was in so much pain yesterday and today is a much better
day thanks to Colleen’s magic hands and technique. I plan to add a review to her website. I took a leap
of faith when I booked the massage because I have so much pain sometimes a massage is too much for
me. Colleen is extremely knowledgeable, kind, gifted and talented! I am so grateful to have met her! I’m
going back next weekend again! If you are hesitating at all, make the connection and go! You won’t be
disappointed! I can’t wait to go back!

 

Margie Friess France:
Colleen is a cheerful, passionate and inspiring woman. I loved her yoga courses,
she really takes care of her students and loves to share her 20 years of healthcare knowledge. Best yoga
class ever with my friend Jojo. We will definitely come back to see Colleen and learn more about yoga.
Namaste.

 

Lydia Hitchcock UK:
What Saliya Life offers is truly amazing- I had a life changing month there
whilst taking part in my Trauma Sensitive yoga teacher training. Colleen has a phenomenal amount of
knowledge and expertise which she shared along the way. She imparts invaluable tools which helped,
and continue to help, me navigate through stresses and strains of everyday life.

 

Fantastic experience! We are so happy to have found Saliya Life Wellness! I was looking for
a yoga trainer who could professionally guide me through my practice while being pregnant. I had the
chance of a 1:1 training with Colleen and was fantastic. Gentle, but efficient and with a lot of breathing
tricks which I use now as well.

 

Tiffany Larson Utah USA MSc Social Work:
Saliya Life Wellness turned out to be one of the best educational choices I have
made. The program was thorough, comprehensive and I grew more than I imagined possible in such a
condensed amount of time. I would recommend this training and school to anyone and everyone,
especially if you are interested in trauma sensitive approaches.

 
UK
She communicates well at all levels from patients to consultant physicians. She is forthright, cheerful,
and works well under pressure. I recommend her as a conscientious, hardworking individual.

 
C.D Canada
Wow such an amazing experience.
 

Claudia Darrigrand Chile:
This is my second time at Saliya Life. I did want to come again because
I knew that I would like to spend my summer vacations working on myself, on knowing me better, and
growth in order to have a better life. This retreat is the best program I have ever been to achieve those
goals. I was here on 2017in a seven day retreat, and I went back home with shiny eyes and a smile on
my face. For 2018 I decided to take more days to go further with my process of self growth. This time
was a totally new experience as I could work deeper on myself. It was an extremely rewarding
experience. I did have time for relaxing and recover of a year of hard work, but most important is how

much I learned myself and my emotions. During these 10 days there was a lot of progress on that. While
the work with Colleen was getting deeper and deeper, there were days that I could simply not believe
how wonderful and amazing it is to know yourself more and be connected with your soul, your emotions
and your body. I only saw and felt beauty, all around myself. I also learned how to take care of myself
and got so many tips on self care from Colleen that I can easily add to my daily routine. I learned skills to
stop, to get off the rollercoaster and just be. I experienced to be and to love yourself. There are no
accurate words to describe that feeling. I am so thankful that I met Colleen in 2017 and that I could keep
working with her this year. Colleen has tremendous experience and knowledge that she generously
shares with you. She knows about Ayurveda, yoga, Pilates, Buddhism, martial arts, and much more. She
is so creative, she is talented, and guides you in such a beautiful way it is hard to explain how amazing it
is to be led by her. I am lucky that I met her. Thanks so much Colleen.

 

Petra Essenfelder Germany:
Colleen, and the sessions with her, has helped me a lot during some not-so-
easy times. First of all, and to me most important, is her authenticity as a person and as a very
experienced and knowledgeable teacher! I felt totally ‘safe’ and accepted. On an emotional level, this
was a very healing experience. From the physical side , it was just what my body needed at the time-
without me being aware of it before. I can definitely recommend Saliya Life to anyone who is looking for
much more than ‘just a yoga’ session.

 

22 nd of August: Ta chi yoga experience. I went to see Colleen during my travels in Ko Phangan. I told her I
was interested in tai chi She told me she does yoga with tai chi influence. So I decided see her on July
31 st , 2017 and bring my friend that has never done yoga or tai chi before. It was amazing she taught us
how to relax helped us find our relaxing stance and told us to do what feels comfortable for our bodies,
since regular yoga is about pushing your bodies to the limit for exercise in the states. It was very
relaxing, since we were taught about the two different breathes that you should be using in exercise and
everyday life. We were also taught that some people deal with stress in different ways than others and
just realizing what is stressing you out or what is going on in that moment just makes you relax even
more. She also brought to my attention that my ankles were swollen that I’ve never even noticed
before. It was an amazing class and reasonable price for an hour. She also responded back to Facebook
messages really quickly.

 

Allison Mendes Brunei:
I first met Colleen in Brunei, when she was teaching the yoga class for the
expat community at the Panaga Health Club. I found her to be an intuitive and highly knowledgeable
teacher and I personally enjoyed her classes each week. I asked her to teach yogalates in our corporate
wealth and well-being program where she had an amazing response. She tailored the classes to the
abilities (and cultures) of the students and created a warm, comfortable learning environment. Her
classes always take you further than expected- in a good way!

Colleen is an inspiring health professional and is a true leader in her field.

 

Helen Lightstone LLM Ontario Canada:
“I had the pleasure of having Colleen in my Alternative Dispute Resolution class in June 2019.

Her wealth of knowledge and welcoming personality contributed greatly to the overall success of the class.

While it was my intent to teach students, Colleen taught both the students and me and in doing so, impacted the overall content delivered.

It would be a great pleasure to include Colleen and Saliya Life Wellness in future courses as the content is very relevant.

Saliya Life Wellness and Colleen are a gem to the health and wellness community!”