Dimitra Eisterer Petimeza
Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Drawing on my twenty-five years of coaching and facilitation experience, I offer dynamic and engaging learner-driven training. I have worked with thousands of professionals and students helping them to identify and leverage their strengths to achieve their personal and professional goals. The success of my training programs is grounded in post-workshop coaching, supporting participants to identify and overcome obstacles, and to effectively implement new skills and habits. I have worked with clients in a variety of industries including banking, finance, automotive, marketing, mining, oil, government and non-profit organizations. Most recently, I worked for the University of Waterloo’s co-op education department.
I studied Japanese and Chinese history in university, sparking a life-long interest in far-eastern mysticism, including non-duality as exposited by Zen, and Advaita-Vedanta as well as Raja Yoga. While training to be a professional coach in the late 1990’s, I began practicing a mindfulness meditation modality offered by Jon Kabit-Zin. Subsequently, I discovered a modified form of Raja Yoga meditation known as Heartfulness and have been following this practice over two decades. I have spent time at the Heartfulness ashram in India and studied Adviata-Vedanta with Stephen Wolinsky, a direct disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj—one of the most powerful and influential non-dual teachers of the twentieth century.
In my quest for self-understanding, I completed a year-long leadership program through the Co-Active Training Institute. This training, along with coaching and daily practice of meditation enabled me to access insight and facilitate clients grasping deeper understandings of themselves and making powerful changes to achieve their career and personal goals. While my coaching service expanded, I still sensed that something was missing. There were patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving both in myself and loved ones that remained a troublesome mystery which led me to study the enneagram.
In the process of studying eastern non-dual philosophy, I enrolled in a one-week retreat requiring participants to read a book on the enneagram; a system for understanding the world as well as a means to understand one’s character and core motivators. The study of the enneagram (which remains ongoing) led to a profound understanding of the nature of ego and how to self-observe and make more conscious choices. This catapulted my coaching and training work with clients to delve more deeply into contemplation and self-observation as a means to make positive, lasting change that aligns with career and life goals.
With my training, experiences and knowledge, I enjoy and excel at working with groups and individuals to tap into their strengths, define their vision and step into action to achieve their goals.
- Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (Co-Active Training Institute)
- Leadership Program Graduate (Co-Active Training Institute)
- Certified Myer-Briggs Type Indicator Assessor (Psychometrics, Canada)
- Bachelor of Arts (University of Western Ontario)