About me? I’m mellow. Happy. A faithful student of an authentic tradition of Yoga. A diligent student. An enthusiastic Yoga teacher with over 20 years experience. A Yoga Therapist certified with the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists. A graduate of a rigorous 4-year, 1500-hour certification in the foundations of Viniyoga and Yoga Therapy through the American Viniyoga Institute and several 200-hour teacher trainings. An Ayurvedic Health Counselor. An expert massage therapist. A woman. A person. A friend.
In addition to working daily with individuals seeking relief from chronic pain, overwhelming stress, pulmonary and cardiac disease, injury and depression, I also lead the National Personal Training Institute’s first 500-hour teacher training in San Diego. My greatest joy is sharing the authentic and intelligent teachings of Yoga with individuals ready and willing to realize the gift of their multidimensional selves.
During my studies with Pattabhi Jois in India, I started my journey into Ayurveda and energy work to complement and enhance the healing potential of Yoga. I have since completed over 1000 hours of massage training, become certified as a Reiki Master and Ayurvedic Wellness Educator and continue to study body mechanics, physiology and the best practice in bodywork.
Having worked for over a decade as a social justice lawyer with HIV-positive and disabled folks, I’m at my best working alongside those ready to help themselves. This is your life to learn. Your life to explore. If you’re seeking a guide, I’m happy to help you navigate your path to health and wellbeing.
At my first Yoga class in high school, my teacher warned the class that Yoga would set us free… eventually, and only if we liked it. Twenty years later, with a lot of teaching and practice experience behind me, I can confirm that Yoga works best when it’s treated like a friend– called upon often, comfortable in silence, and nurtured when the going gets a little rough.
My Yoga guidance offers something for everyone looking for that friendship, whether they want to change patterns, improve strength, find flexibility, or escape the frenzy of an over-planned life. If students are interested, we can chant and explore the chakras but primarily everyone will be asked to listen carefully to their intuition and bodies. Modifications will always be offered and encouraged because Yoga must conform to the practitioner, not the other way around.
Whether we linger in basic poses or flow through challenging transitions, I guide students toward a deeper connection to breath, spinal structure and the stability and space that comes when these two work in tandem. My greatest hope is that my students will discover daily one thing– big or small– that will allow their Yoga practice to endure for as long as they’d like. Students might even learn an anatomical term or two.
Maybe we’ve met. Or maybe we haven’t. The challenging bit about promoting myself online is our inability to see into each others’ eyes, to sense each other, to share a little breath and a laugh. So, here. This is me. And my promise to you.
I do this work for love. My life has been full and gratifying but my Yoga practice has gifted me with the insight to admit my love for life. This is what I want to share with others. When we embrace love—of self, nature, friends, family, strangers—we sense its power to diminish the effects of negative thinking. We learn to come to love when negative thoughts arise. We learn to shift our perspective.
Whether you’re hoping to find greater strength and flexibility, a more functional movement pattern, better postural awareness or just a calm moment with your body and breath, I’d be honored to help you on your path.