My heart-felt intention is to develop my clients’ potential and help them to experience greater confidence and contentment. I am always looking for ways to facilitate learning whether it means stimulating new ways of thinking or simply creating the container for my clients to find their own best practices.
I've been through a number of injuries in my life and successfully used yoga asana, meditation, pranayama and yogic philosophy to heal my body and ease my suffering.
My broken ankle was the most impactful of my life. I had two surgeries, received 6 screws and a plate and couldn't walk for over 4 months.
On a personal level, it was humbling to be unable to do basic tasks and movements that I had been able to do all my life. Ultimately, as I regained capability, I gained greater confidence in my ability to persevere. I feel a sense of empowerment knowing that I can heal through my own actions informed by ancient wisdom and the research of modern-day specialists.
On a professional level, these challenging injuries have been extremely informative to my work. New ways to do the poses, new ideas about what yoga really is all about and greater empathy and compassion for myself and my students all emerged. My goal is to guide and assist my clients in their own empowerment and their capability to heal themselves.
I spent most of my life being overweight and through my journey of self-understanding and self-care I am now experiencing living in at my ideal weight. I am inspired to share my process with those looking for support and community.
Since I was a child, I had been overweight and struggled with my self-esteem. I used food and occasionally drugs to cope with the stress of life. In my early twenties, I remember going to my doctor and being told that I was technically obese. I was shocked and scared. After that, I started to become aware of the true potential of my yoga practice to elevate my physical and mental health.
As my spiritual practice grew my self-care practices also flourished. As I got more committed to my yoga and meditation practices, I was gaining greater awareness of my body and mind. I started to develop a healthier relationship with myself, greater awareness and better decision making around my eating habits and movement practices. My body began to grow fitter.
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and instructing for over a decade. I have over 2000 hours of training. The following is a summary resume:
- Student of Iyengar Yoga with an emphasis on Restoratives and Inversions (1997-2001)
- Anusara/Hatha teacher training with former senior Anusara teacher, Katchie Ananda (2013-2014)
- 800 hour Yoga Therapy teacher training through the Niroga Institute (2015-2016)
- Vippasana meditation retreats (2015-2016)
- Buddhist and Hindu philosophy and Insight meditation with Sean Feit Oaks (2015-2017)
- Partner yoga and Thai massage workshops and retreats with Alok Rocheleau and Anjeli Mahendra (2017-2018)
- Student of Morehouse, an intentional community focused on pleasurable group living through self-awareness (on-going)
The yoga therapy components of my yoga and meditation instruction are based on the IAYT, not derived from my status as an RYT® with Yoga Alliance Registry.