I am passionate about Yoga because I have seen for myself the benefits of a regular practice, and I have seen my students and clients benefit as well. Current medical research is providing evidence that this thousands of years old practice can make lasting changes to the way our bodies respond to stress. My motivation is to help as many people as possible learn how to implement a regular yoga practice in their lives, based on their current reality. Come as you are. I look forward to seeing you.
I first began practicing yoga regularly in 2004, though I was familiar with the practice and had read Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi years before. My developing yoga practice helped me through a difficult transition, and when the time came for a career change, yoga again helped anchor me. I became a Massage Therapist in 2008, and while I was still in school learned of the emerging field of Yoga Therapy. I started my 300-hr Yoga Therapy training before I ever took a Yoga Teacher Training! I finally began teaching Therapeutic Yoga in 2016, offering mainly Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
I have been teaching group classes since February 2016, but have been practicing Yoga Therapy for much longer. During that time, I have been fortunate to teach yoga to many wonderful people, in many amazing settings. I have taught yoga at my local Farmer’s Market many times. I created a neighborhood Yoga Studio on a shoestring and brought yoga into my community on numerous occasions. I once created a pop-up street studio during a neighborhood street faire. I brought yoga into neighborhood schools. I once taught Yoga for Anger Management to 22 neighborhood youths during a summer program set up to teach them life skills. There have been other happy moments, too. Hearing stories from students about how their breathing practice got them through a dentist appointment, which they had been really worried about. Hearing about how greater self-awareness has allowed movement in some stuck areas in another student’s life. Hearing the woman who reached under her chair tell that story, triumphantly, was so satisfying! I have also been blessed to study with some wonderful teachers. I have spent time learning from Nischala Joy Devi (author of The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Path of Yoga, and the yoga coordinator for the Dean Ornish heart studies), Maria Mendola, Amy Weintraub (author of Yoga for Depression) , Antonio Sausys (creator of Yoga for Grief Relief), among many others.
Yoga is rooted in Indian philosophy and has been a part of traditional Indian spiritual practice for millennia. In recent times, the role of yoga has broadened. Yoga has now also become a popular route to physical and mental well-being and has been adapted for use in complementary and integrative medicine internationally. In the latter setting, yoga most often includes physical postures, breath control, deep relaxation, and meditation/mindfulness techniques. Yoga is gaining increased popularity as a preventive and therapeutic healthcare practice.
Therapeutic Yoga is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from, or living with, injury or illness. Therapeutic Yoga combines restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, and guided meditation techniques in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress. Therapeutic Yoga is a deeply meditative experience – it provides the opportunity to step away from the busy-ness of the outside world and access the deeper wisdom that resides within us.