I went to my first yoga class in the ’90s. I was a teenager and tagged along with my mom, who began practicing and cherishing yoga in her early fifties. With yoga, I heard, I would develop long, lean muscles and flexibility. As an athlete, that sounded pretty brilliant. For many years, I practiced yoga just for the outward physical benefits. Around the time I graduated from college, I began to notice a perceptible shift. When I stepped onto my yoga mat, it was no longer for a workout, but for a retreat. That weekly class was an opportunity for me to unwind tension in my body, quiet my overthinking mind, and release my grip on the ups and downs of life.
In my twenties, I worked as a science writer and editor, lived in the city, and was active outdoors…and I absolutely craved moments, no matter how small, when I could slip into the present and let go. I began to experiment with yoga tools outside the studio, mostly to ease the inevitable stress that built up in everyday life. To learn more and deepen my practice, I enrolled in a yoga teacher-training program. On my path to becoming a teacher, I fell in love. Yoga became a golden thread woven through my life. I knew I would always be a student of yoga, and began to realize a purpose: to support healing in others.
In the past 15 years, I’ve had over 1000 hours of training with expert yoga educators. I’ve also become versed in complementary approaches, including a master’s degree in holistic health and healing and certifications in somatic-based coaching and energetic healing. Plunging deeply into the study and practice of these modalities not only provides a strong foundation to support clients, but also has been profoundly healing for me, which continues to be an immense benefit of this work. From facing health challenges and big moves, to embracing motherhood and aging gracefully, my background and education have been indispensable resources in my personal life.
Through decades of practice and teaching, I’ve recognized stress as a common and significant culprit in diminished wellbeing. Muscle tension, persistent pain, anxiety, insomnia, and a host of other unwelcome symptoms are all signs of chronic stress. When we practice techniques to reduce stress and engage our innate relaxation response, we experience symptom relief and better health.
As a mom and a human, I’m no stranger to stress. And so, I practice what I teach. With practice…my body feels good and moves well, I experience thoughts and emotions with greater ease, I perceive more beauty through my senses. Quite simply, life is sweeter.
As a yoga therapist with a focus on stress relief and resilience, I help my clients move, feel, and live better. I share approaches that unwind tension, awaken ease, and restore empowerment. My intention is to guide individuals toward optimal wellbeing. To provide valuable, simple, and sustainable practices that improve this human experience.