I completed the intensive residential Yoga and Teacher Training program at the world-renowned White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California in 2002. I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (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 certified as a Contemplative Practice Yoga® teacher and certified yoga therapist. Additionally, I am a credentialed health provider for the Sutter Center for Integrative Holistic Health.
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. Additionally, I am certified as a fitness instructor, and have been in the dance and fitness industry for over 30 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 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, softening, and creating space. The practices improve strength, balance, alignment, and flexibility, while supporting inward reflection and thoughtfulness. 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.