“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” –Mahatma Ghandhi.
As a yoga teacher, empowering people to regain their health and wellbeing is my greatest joy. Students integrate three simple elements into the asana practice -linking the mind to the breath, the breath to the body. I have personally discovered that having a breath centered practice is central to dealing with challenges both on and off the mat. Through simple movements and proper breathing, we can cultivate a clear and calm mind. I encourage students to develop a silence practice (meditation)-ultimately that is the purpose of yoga. These simple approaches inspire my teaching style.
Yoga was the catalyst for change in my life. For me, it has been the simplest and most powerful form of self healing. I learned that one does not have to accept infirmity as we age. It is possible to heal oneself. Today, I am mentally stronger, physically more active, and have greater vitality than ever before.
I trained in 2006 at the Sivananda Yoga Center in India. The same year I changed careers and moved from California to Shady Cove, Oregon where I decided to teach yoga. It became apparent there was a great need to adapt the yoga practice to make it more accessible for all.
I was fortunate to study with Max Strom who introduced me to the power of the breath. His alignment principals and adaptations for both the beginner and seasoned practitioners have influenced my teaching.
Committed to integrating a therapeutic approach to yoga, I completed a Yoga Therapy certification August 2010 through Loyola Marymount University. It has been personally rewarding help clients deeply affected by chronic pain and illness reclaim their lives.
The most illuminating and transformative in my studies came as a result of studying under my teacher Acharya ( Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois) whose authentic yoga lifestyle has influenced me deeply. Having gone to India on several retreats and supported by the Jivana yoga community (through Kristin Laak) has enabled me to have a true understanding of what it means to be a committed yoga practitioner.
These days, teaching yoga supports my heart, my faith and my spiritual journey home. I am grateful to the students who grace my life with their presence, their stories, their courage and determination in the midst of obstacles to live life to the fullest. I am grateful to God who has led me to this beautiful community and enables me to do His work.