A dynamic leader and teacher, highly regarded in the health, yoga and fitness and business community for continuous contribution to the well being of individuals, corporations and communities. Barbara has been teaching a wide variety of mind, body classes and facilitating one on one training for over 30 years. She teaches hatha, restorative and yoga flow during the winter in Puerto Vallarta Mexico and in Vancouver Canada in spring, summer and fall.
Yoga and Fitness Overview:
Hatha Yoga Training – Prana Yoga College training 200 hours course in Thailand January 2003
Kripalu, Kundalini workshop 2004
Teacher training KYTA conference 2004
Yoga and Buddism conference 2005
Rest and Renew seminars 2002 – 2010
Ashram Yoga and meditation study in India 2004, 2008, 2018
Sri Aurobindo, Sai Ba Ba, Ramana, Osho, Dalhai Lama
Yoga/Meditation workshops – Cindi Lee, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Stephen Cope, Jill Satterfield, Megha Nancy Butterhem, Rebekkah Kronlage, Ken Nelson, Aruni Nan Futuronsky,Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, Wah.
IDEA…12 conferences 1991 to 2006 …presenter and participant
Thousands of Group classes and one on one clients
Taught over 3,000 yoga classes – Hatha,Power flow, restorative, Yin, Yoga Dance, Yogalotis, Pilates fusion
Taught over 9,000 movement classes – Cardio, Strength/Muscle, Stretch, Pre Natal, older adult,circuit, big ball, small ball,
Created, initiated and taught Fitness Theory, Group fitness, Weight training and Personal Training.Trainer of Fitness Leaders (highest level) with BCRPA (the governing body of fitness in BC) CPR.
Facilitated and hosted 10 yoga retreats in Mexico and 2 in Italy.
Online yoga teacher/meditator and influencer. 2020 to present.
Snapshot of life activities:
Founder, President and CEO of The Graham Group of Progressive Companies: The Fitness Group (founded in 1979), The PT Group (founded in 1994), Active Rehabilitation Works (founded in 1995), The Corporate Group (founded in 1997) & The Educators Group (founded in 1997).
Mother of 5, spouse and cheerleader of many
Employer of 100’s of fitness and yoga professional 1979 -2020
Chair of Board of Governors at The University of British Columbia, Second largest employer in BC, 1993-1996
Chair of Vancouver Economic Development Commission for the city of vancouver 1997-1999
Founding Director and Chair of Greater Regional Vancouver Economic Partnership 1999, 2,000
Vice Chair of Canada Place Corporation 1998-1999,
Vice Chair Vancouver Board of 1998-1999,
Director of British Columbia Auto Association 1998 – 2001
Co-Chair Fund Raising 5 Million Dollar Sports Millennium Facility 2001/02
National Canadian Judge and Spokesperson for the Canadian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, 1994 -1996
Co-Chair Fund Raising 5 Million Dollar Sports Millennium Facility 2001/
Creator of Fitness leadership theory and practical education courses internationally.
Director of IDEA, founding board (The Association of Fitness/Health Professionals, a 100,000 member world wide organization) 1991-1996
Original committee member for initiation of province wide registration standards and testing for Fitness Leaders in BC
Advisory Council and contributing story production for ALIVE! CBC TV The Picture of Health – 1994-1998
Advisor to the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to develop universal guidelines for practical fitness examinations, 1990 -1996
Recipient of Commemorative medal of service excellence for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 1992
Recipient of UBC Alumni Award for exceptional contribution to the British Columbia community 1990
Recipient of the BCRPA Award in Outstanding Exercise Facility Within British COlumbia 1994
Recipient of the BCRPA Award in 1984 For Outstanding contribution by an individual in the development of health and fitness industry standards within Canada.
Recipient of Maxwell A. Cameron Medal for the top academic performance in the Faculty of Education: University of British Columbia 1972
Author and International Presenter on Business, lifestyle, Exercise and Community Development. Featured on TV, Radio, Newspapers, and magazines.