Yosemite Naional Park, California, February 2014
I have been studying dance, movement and choreography since I was a child. Although I attended some yoga classes in those early days, it wasn’t until I turned twenty-one that I rediscovered yoga as a source of inspiration. That was a formative time in my life, when I was looking for spiritual discipline, and an exercise regimen. I found an older book in my mothers’ library from the 1960’s on yoga. It stated that if I practiced yoga, my body would find its correct weight, and become properly proportioned. I would be more alert, more alive. For someone who wanted to feel at peace in her own skin, I thought “This just might be the right answer”.
My personal practice began in 1995. Since then, yoga has become a life enhancing experience for me. Through the discipline of hatha yoga, I have developed increased endurance, energy and greater sense of well-being. As I perform the asanas (postures) with corresponding breathing techniques (pranayama), I can feel my whole body and mind “wake up”. The result is an overall sense of being balanced and complete.
Teaching yoga quickly became a natural segue from my primary role as a student. With a background in the movement arts, I found myself developing my own lesson plans to teach family and friends. I have always had a strong desire to help people achieve their highest good and well-being. Teaching yoga and meditation allows me to do this an empowering way, that serves the community and nourishes my soul. My style is a combination of Iyengar and vinyasa traditions.
In 1998, I completed my first teaching certification with Erich Shiffmann. Then in 2003, I was certified through Yoga Educational Seminars with Joyce Anue, which is recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Throughout the years, I have continued to attend classes and workshops to satisfy my own practice and refine my teaching skills. Some of the teachers I have studied with include Julianne Rice, Kali Ray, Lisa Walford and Tias Little.
In addition to yoga, I am also interested in spiritual counseling and healing. In 2000, I earned a Certificate of Ordination through the Universal Church of the Master, an interfaith church. After that, I have gone on to teach classes in meditation, and provide life path coaching through tarot readings, and general counsel. I continue to take public speaking classes, and maintain my own meditation practice to help myself and others.
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