Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500)
2015 trauma-sensitive yoga teacher training with Zabie Yamasaki, founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga
2007-2008 200-hour and 500-hour teacher trainings through Cloud Nine Yoga
Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation: Clinical Applications for Mind-Brain Change in Anxiety & Depression (C. Alexander Simpkins, Ph.D., and Annellen M. Simpkins, Ph.D.)
Mantra Playshop (Larisa Stow)
Ecstatic Yoga & The Chakras (Julian Walker)
The Healing Power of Forgiveness (Max Strom)
Heart Fire Workshop (Shiva Rea)
My teaching style tends to be grounding, inviting, and empowering with a focus on safety and healing (mind, body, and spirit). I strive to create a nonjudgmental, noncompetitive, supportive sacred space for every student to turn their awareness inward and travel their journey at their own pace.
What Brought Me to Yoga
I discovered the power of yoga on a weekend away in New York’s Catskill Mountains for my 40th birthday. At that point in my life, I was 25 pounds overweight and recovering from a herniated disk in my lower back. I stuck with it because it was the first thing that I loved more than work! It brought a sense of peace that I longed for in my body, mind, and soul. With a regular, steady practice, I was able to heal my back (and prevent any further injuries or the need for surgery) and inner emotional soul wounds.
I find inspiration by consciously living in harmony with the cycles or rhythms of nature. When we learn to work with Mother Nature, instead of resisting her support, our efforts feel effortless. I keep my feet planted in the earth while turning my eyes to the lights (planets) in the sky for guidance, specifically the phases of the moon and both lunar and solar eclipses. As a yoga teacher and teacher trainer, I am inspired by the dedication of my students to their practice, witnessing the opening of their hearts to realign with and reaffirm the desires of their souls and reconnect with their authentic selves. As a therapist, I am inspired every day by the resiliency of the human spirit reflected in my clients’ courage to face their fears in the name of change or “growth” toward self-acceptance and unconditional love. In addition to my yoga and meditation practices, other “self-care” passions include spending time with my husband watching football on Sundays (my East Coast “roots” have me “rooting” for the Philadelphia Eagles), walking my dogs, spending time with friends and family, and reading books written by the great healers of our time.