You know how some Moms are absolute rockstars at caring for their families, but often leave themselves off the list? Many of these women are left pushing their own pain and anxiety aside just to get through the day. It’s so hard to care for others when you’re in pain and the gremlins are screaming in your head.
I help women dial down the pain, overwhelming stress and anxiety so they can take care of their families AND themselves. I teach women how to make peace with anxiety and live with more ease. If you’d like to schedule a time to see if I can meet your needs, please do.
I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years, with over 3000 teaching hours, and it never ceases to amaze me the results of this work. Did you know that 1 in 3 women have anxiety and 60% of those women have chronic pain? That’s a lot of women suffering while trying to care for others.
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.
It’s why I got in to this work — so I can help women like you feel at home in their bodies without pain as well as feel a sense of zen and calm as they take care of the people they love the most.
I help my clients develop practical and accessible tools to calm anxiety and move with ease. As a result of this work, women can listen to what their body is telling them, when it’s time to take a breath, a break or push forward if necessary. When a woman understands what her body is saying, she can address her own needs in real time rather than letting the anxiety and pain take its toll on your physical and emotional health.
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.
I began teaching yoga and breath to my youth ministry students on retreats. Then, as a high school teacher. My students loved it and would regularly ask for me to lead them in a calming breathing exercise before tests. They always performed better when in a calmer state of mind.
In 2005, I completed my yoga teacher training with the Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX. I began teaching yoga that same year, only to get pregnant about 5 minutes later and was too sick to teach. I picked it up again in 2007, when my son was just 6 months old. 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 3000 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.
I am also 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 am also a certified life coach, integrating the use of movement help you best discern where your next right step is.
I look forward to working with you.
I am committed to diversity, radical inclusion, equity and anti-racism. I seek to build diverse & inclusive communities of womxn including race, national origin, sexual orientation and body types. I acknowledge the impact of racism on both our personal and professional lives and am actively working to educate myself and gain better training on how to be a more inclusive and anti-racist leader. Black lives matter. I acknowledge that Black Moms face trauma, stress, anxiety and fear at a significantly higher degree than their white counterparts. This trauma is generational and deep. I don’t have all the answers, and I am committed to learning and continually doing better by taking the following steps:
- Signed the Anti-Racist Small Buisness Pledge
- Engaged in anti-racism education.
- Committed to open dialogue, open conflict and allowing for discomfort in these conversations.
- Invest a portion of my monthly profit to National Bail Out to keep moms with their families.
- Continue to engage in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) training and education quarterly.
- Offering scholarships to moms experiencing a financial hardship.
- Committed to promoting Radical Self Love and celebrating all body types and abilities.