You know how some women give so much of themselves as moms and caregivers they are left depleted, in pain, anxious and disconnected from their bodies?
I’ve been there – an exhausted mom of three holding my breath in pain and anxiety just trying to get through the day. I pushed my own needs aside for so many years and it left me in physical and emotional pain, fighting off panic attacks. I was scared to ask for help when I so desperately needed it and always felt that I didn’t have time to take care of myself anyway.
Well, I’ve been reading and working with bodies for over 13 years. I teach women how to trust their bodies to keep them safe and live with less pain. I help my clients develop practical and accessible tools to calm anxiety and move with ease. As a result of this work, women connect with their truest self and gain clarity in how to best take care of their loved ones and themselves.
My own yoga journey began in 1999 at my local YMCA. I fell in love with the practice and connected my mind, body and spirit in new and different ways. I found ways to work with my body without punishing it. I discovered ways to move that brought me more freedom, mobility and kept me present in the moment. In the beginning, yoga was all about the Asana, or poses. Yoga has evolved for me over the years, just as I have evolved through pregnancy, aging and living life.
In 2005, I completed my yoga teacher training with the Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX. I began teaching regularly in 2007. I’ve taught yoga to people ages 2-95, always striving to find what works with and for every body. With each of my students, I strive to find the balance of challenge and ease. In yoga, it is often referred to as “finding your edge.” I often think of coming to the edge of a beautiful vista — where you may feel that bit of discomfort being so close to the cliff edge, and remain close enough to take in the beauty.
I have over 2000 teaching hours.
I received my BS in Psychology and MA in Spirituality from Santa Clara University. Before focusing my work on teaching yoga, I worked as a High School Youth Minister and a High School Religious Studies Teacher. I have extensive experience producing retreats and workshops and facilitating small and large groups. Additionally, I am a certified Group Exercise Instructor with AFAA and have taught Kickboxing and Sculpt Resistance Classes.
Most recently, I became a Reembody Method Certified Apprentice. Reembody is a movement modality based in science, anthropology and physics. It identified tendencies in the body which can lead to pain and discomfort and then subverts those tendencies to bring the body into greater ease and efficiency.
I look forward to working with you.