I began to practice yoga in 2004 to ease pain and stiffness I was experiencing post-surgery from scoliosis. My first Savasana came as a surprise, showing me the possibility to transform pain and physical limitations into something else. For the first time in years, I felt some relief, accompanied with an ease within the body. Yoga helped me work through the difficulties and pain which accompany scoliosis (still a work in progress), and I was very inspired to share the healing benefits of yoga with other people through teaching.
I like yoga because it's immediate: the connection to my students is immediate, and the experience of yoga is immediate. What is revealed to me time and time again is that as much as the sensations in the body after practicing are physical, healing is very much a mental process.
I teach from a compassionate place of acknowledging the fundamentals in yoga (breathing and cultivating healthy spinal movement), and the challenges that sometimes arise in both. As long as we can accept and love where we are, whether on or off the mat, we are doing yoga.
My training to date includes:
*250-hours (YA/E-RYT) Teacher Training: The Yoga Sanctuary (2005-06)
*Pre and Post-natal Training: Esther Myers Yoga (2010); The Yoga Sanctuary (2006),
*Kids Yoga Training: The Yoga Sanctuary (2008)
*Restorative Teacher Training with:
*Yoga for Scoliosis teacher training with: Elise Browning Miller (2009); Yoga Space.
*Advanced Yoga Philosophy with Hali Schwartz (2008-2011)
*Yoga Therapy with Karusia Wroblewski (2006, 2009)
*Many anatomy-focused study sessions with Cat Kajary, Karusia Wroblewski and Christine Cinq-Mars: Yoga Plus.
Other personal interests include Sanskrit, chanting and yoga philosophy. I continue to study advanced yoga philosophy with Hali Schwartz, and have finished a Yoga Psychology course with Scott Petrie.