When I took my first yoga class fourteen years ago I knew nothing about the practice (how could Downward Dog actually be considered a resting pose?), but the connection was immediate and profound, and I have been practicing ever since. Yoga has changed my life in ways I never thought possible – physically, mentally, and emotionally – and soon I wanted to share this healing practice with others.
In 2009, I completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center. At the same time, I discovered the quiet and profound practice of Yin Yoga through Paul Grilley’s DVD and workshops, and I was hooked from the beginning. The physical and energetic qualities of Yin resonate strongly with me as both a student and a teacher, and it is truly a practice that speaks for itself. Yin provides the space for us to experience all kinds of “interesting” sensations in our body, as we welcome in whatever is present, pleasant and unpleasant. I am currently completing my 500-hour Yin Yoga teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grilley, as Yin has become a significant focus of my teaching.
I am also certified to teach therapeutic yoga to children and teens with conditions including anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, attention and focus issues, and sensory integration to develop self-regulation techniques to manage stress and emotions, reduce anxiety, increase concentration, focus, and creativity, create a positive sense of self, and overall mental, emotional, and physical balance.
In all my teaching, I work with students to feel grounded, empowered, and confident at any level of ability, and to help them see that they themselves can be their best teacher.