I have been teaching yoga since 1999, and my first yoga teacher certification was completed with master teachers Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the world-renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. I am a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), and am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the Yoga Alliance, the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States, with more than 4000 hours of teaching experience. I am also certified as a Contemplative Practice Yoga® teacher and Contemplative Practice Yoga® Therapist. (*This advanced training and certification as a Contemplative Practice Yoga® Therapist and C-IAYT is specific to Yoga Therapy, and is derived from my advanced studies in Yoga Therapy and my education and experience in health care settings as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator. It is not derived from my status as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.) Additionally, I am a health care provider for the Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing.
I began my professional career as a Registered Nurse and later completed a Masters Degree in Public Health. I worked as a pediatric intensive care nurse, then branched out to work in the community and home health, in positions ranging from direct service to consultation and health education, both here and overseas. I have been in the dance and fitness industry for over 40 years. The unique blend of my nursing experience and my yoga studies and practice has led me to the fields of Yoga Therapy and restorative yoga.
My personal teaching style blends the benefits of different yoga traditions, emphasizing mindfulness in form and alignment, intelligently holding and releasing into poses, and weaving breath within movement and stillness. These traditions inform my teaching, allowing me to create a thoughtful sequence of organic and intuitive postures for each individual lesson and class, with an ongoing focus on gratitude, mindfulness, softening, and creating space. The practices improve strength, balance, alignment, and flexibility, while supporting inward reflection and thoughtfulness. A deep release and unwinding of long-held tensions is an intended benefit of ongoing practice. My students find new ways of moving, improved posture, enhanced breathing, and a new self awareness.
I am blessed to be the mother of 3 beautiful children who are my daily inspiration. My greatest teachers are my students, and I am honored to have the opportunity to support the growth of all who participate in their journey of self-healing, reflection and self-transformation through the practice and application of yoga, both on and off the mat.