I have been a student of Yoga since 1999. At first I was drawn to Yoga because I thought the movement was beautiful to watch. When I began, I was VERY frustrated by how inflexible and weak I felt – it was so humbling. Soon I started to feel stronger, healthier and more peaceful. My life began to change in wonderful and unexpected ways. I learned to love and honor my body. I finally saw the beauty in patience, discipline and being still inside. Somewhere along the way I found my voice and began to use it. I started focusing on being more conscious. I look back now and realize I was waking up. I began to listen to my intuition and later trust it. I got stronger – mind, body and spirit. Even now, every day brings a new lesson.
I was asked to teach in 2000. I absolutely love it. I LOVE having anything to do with people getting into Yoga and having their lives changed as a result.
I have completed many workshops and teacher trainings in conjunction with YogaWorks, Integrative Healing Strategies, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and the Institute for Advancement of Human Behavior. My training reaches Vinyasa, Sivananda, Vini, Bikram, Ashtanga and Pre-natal Yoga and various types of meditation and energy work. I am greatly influenced by Edwin Bergman, Tias Little, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rae, Bryan and Johnny Kest and SO many other wonderful teachers. I am certified with the prestigious and international YogaWorks. I am a YogaWorks Teacher Training Ambassador. I am also certified for Advanced Reiki.
Although I have trained in many other styles, I consider Vinyasa my home. This “flow style” of yoga resonates with me on many levels. More than anything, I believe in listening to your body VERY closely. It can be an incredible map! You’ll often hear me say in class “If you are able to hear the whispers, you will never hear a shout.” I like to blend styles to customize and change it up.
On the personal side, I grew up in Kansas and have two amazing children. I think a little sense of humor can go a long way. I consider myself to be more spiritual than religious. I think Yoga helps us stay connected with our most positive and divine Self. I trust that the Universe guides us when we pay attention and stay present. Conscious living is not for sissies! I believe energy medicine is VERY powerful stuff. And I think people should use Yoga in their lives however it suits them.