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. I was going through puberty, while she was entering menopause. In short, we were both navigating big life transitions, and yoga offered some much-needed support.
As a young athlete, I was primarily drawn to yoga for the physical benefits. Around the time I graduated from college, however, I noticed 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, was active outdoors…and I continued practicing yoga. I began to experiment with yoga tools “off the mat,” mostly to ease the inevitable stress and muscle tension 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 has not only provided a strong foundation to support others, it’s also 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.
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, I help others move, feel, and live well through teaching, writing, and mentoring. I support people in navigating change, elevating joy, and creating more ease in everyday life. My intention is to provide valuable, simple, and sustainable practices that improve our human experience.
(Note: My C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist designation is with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and based on 800 hours of training beyond [and separate from] my RYT500 and E-RYT200 with Yoga Alliance. None of the information on this website is medical advice.)