I discovered yoga during a trip to Sedona in 1996. I remember walking out of the class with a sense of calm I had never experienced before. I incorporated yoga into my workout routine but never realized the power of yoga - until I was hit with a debilitating illness in 2006.
A stressful work environment started to take its toll on my health. My life became a marathon of doctors’ appointments, test and procedures. As my health declined, my yoga practice became my saving grace. I booked my first trip to Kripalu. A week of yoga and meditation. It was life changing. As I continued exploring all aspects of yoga, not just the physical, my health started to improve. I returned to Kripalu three months later to take workshops in cooking, advanced postures and meditation. Bringing my yoga practice into all aspects of my life, I knew I needed to make some changes. I resigned from my job and took two months off before starting a less stressful one. During this time, I studied Bikram yoga and Hot Vinyasa with Jimmy Barkan and realized a profound change in my body, mind, energy and life. I also realized this was not a style of yoga that everyone could practice. My desire to share the gifts of yoga with others led me to teacher training. I am a 500 hour graduate of Kripalu School of Yoga and currently enrolled in the 1000 hour program. My advanced studies include Yoga for special Populations (Sudha Carolyn Lundeen), Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda (Larisa Hall Carlson, John Douillard, Joseph LePage, Ballarama Chandra Das) Kripalu Vinyasa (Coby Kozlowski), Pranayama and advanced Asana (Yoganand Michael Caroll, Janna Delgado) and Teaching Transformational Workshops. I had the honor of hosting Yogi Prakash from Nepal in my home in 2014. For two months we trained together on a daily basis in classical Tantra yoga.
I am blessed to be co-presenting a Dynamic Gentle Yoga program with Rudy Peirce at Kripalu this August - watching as my journey comes full circle.
I teach chair yoga, vigorous vinyasa and everything in between. Specializing in beginner students and people with mobility issues, I am passionate about helping people connect and come home to their bodies.