M.Ed., E-RYT500, RPYT, YACEP
Phew! That’s a lot of letters. 🙂 I have a lot of education and a lot of work experience, all of which add to my style as a yoga teacher.
After completing a B.A. in English and Film Studies at Boston College, I worked with homeless adults in Minnesota before moving further westward and earning my M.Ed. at the University of Washington. I taught in a classroom for a number of years before pursuing a writing career (first in a corporate environment — very out-of-character for this free spirit! — then as a freelancer). My husband and I traveled around the world for 15 months in 2003-4; during this time, I wrote travel articles and took about 30,000 photos. (You think I’m kidding; don’t ask for a slideshow!) During this time, we also read voraciously, contemplated the meaning of life — or at least our lives — and moved our bodies much more than the typical modern American. Life was good. When we returned to the U.S., I continued freelance writing and delved into the joys of motherhood. Ultimately, my journey led me to teaching yoga, which I believe is my dharma. (More about that below!)
I am still a teacher, still a writer, always a student and forever an adventurer.
My Yoga Beginnings
I like to joke that my yoga path began with me in a teaching role. My first real introduction to the discipline involved a friend asking me to guide him through a yoga practice following direction from a book. I’m not sure how well I did as his yoga teacher, but I was intrigued enough to borrow the book and begin my own practice. I had struggled with a rowing injury, and friends told me they’d heard yoga was good for spinal health. I found that was true — even a short, 20-minute practice made a difference in how I felt each day. A couple years later I took my first “real” Iyengar-influenced yoga class. Yoga became a nice complement to my regimen of running, cycling and swimming. After several months of practice, I was introduced to a vinyasa class and fell in love with the dance-like, meditative movements connecting body and breath. This, to me, was grace embodied. My practice was transformed. I began to understand that yoga was not just about the body. It made me feel better in other aspects of my life, helping me through bouts of minor depression and anxiety.
Inspiration to Teach
When I became pregnant with my first child in 2005, I started taking prenatal yoga classes and practiced nearly every day. Yoga played a huge role in two very enjoyable pregnancies and births; this experience led me to eventually become a yoga teacher.
I completed a 200-hour training in 2009 and quickly realized that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Since then, I’ve taken hundreds more hours of training to deepen my knowledge and skills, and there is always more to learn. I’ve integrated my learning into teaching thousands of hours of classes, workshops and trainings.
My own teaching style can best be described as a breath-centric flow with an attention to alignment and some longer-held postures to build strength, stability and stillness of mind. I also like to incorporate yoga philosophy, mantra and/or mudras into each class that I teach. Most often, I teach all-levels classes — i.e., teachers, beginners and just about every level in between. I love the challenge and the diversity of these classes. My number one goal is that every student—regardless of age, fitness level or experience—finds something in the practice that speaks to their soul.
Select Yoga Trainings & Certifications
200-hour certification, Avalon Yoga, 2009
300-hour certification, YogaSource Los Gatos, 2018
Prenatal/Postnatal Level I/II with Jane Austin, 2010/2012
Teacher Training Intensive I/II with Max Strom, 2012/2013
Therapeutic Yoga Training with Cheri Clampett & Arturo Peal, 2014
Preventing Injuries with Roger Cole, 2015
Yin Yoga Intensive with Cindy Walker, 2015
100-hour Anatomy Intensive with Linda McGrath, 2016
Introduction to Thai Yoga Therapy with Matece Skow, 2016
Science of Flexibility & Yoga Neuromechanics with Robyn Capobianco, 2017
Meditation and Hands-On Healing with Cindy Walker, 2018