I've been practicing since 1998 and teaching since 2009. I'm in my mid 40s and very much female in my approach to all limbs of yoga: I understand tapas and live it, yet we must be flexible around cycles and tune into nature regarding age, biological makeup and life changes. I'm an expat and I hold a full-time job as a science writer. I've also traveled the world. So I'm very detailed and practical with students until we break through to know each other more deeply. You will find me at one a guide and someone who yearns for your success in finding yourself and loving yourself as you are. I also share power. I'm not interested in lording over students. I'm interested in making them strong and independent in their approach and thinking. In the end, I'm out there teaching because it's a good way to contribute to our collective evolution. These practices pack a lot of potential if approached carefully and sincerely. How we weave them into our western lifestyles is variegated. It's an invigorating challenge to help people do this authentically, one soul at a time. Let's keep things fresh and alive and to share insights. See what I offer through my blog below, and in the meantime, feel free to take a peek at my continuing education timeline--which is not comprehensive but details some of my most formative training experience with some respectable teachers.
My Personal Philosophy
Yoga is not the fix-all for life. Even if you master advanced postures and go through many meditation experiences, you still need to work on relating to yourself and, in turn, how you relate with others. What differentiates yoga practices from exercise is the potential they offer to develop a highly-sophisticated two-way communication channel between mind and body. As this advances, the communication becomes more subtle until the true self is realized. These techniques were developed thousands of years ago by people who were not so distracted from their own lives by survival needs and developed the capacity to proactively develop their human experiences.
A pitfall of modern yoga schools is the emphasis on asana. Stiffness in the body is a very real, physical condition. Yet it is intimately related to rigidity in mental constructs as well. The opposite is true, too! Too much flexibility in the body is intimately related to a loss of one's own boundaries and sense of identity as it functionally relates to others in society, across a variety of different roles and interrelationships. Both ends of the spectrum deserve due attention. Practices on all levels, affecting more than the physical but also the mental, emotional and subtle-energy bodies, start to provide a framework and increasing sense of empowerment to the individual who approaches them with an open, sincere and discriminating heart and mind. Once empowered, the next phase emerges ...
One-on-one live or Skype sessions: For an hour and a half, I'm all yours. Let's set up a time and get together. We can chant, set up for a silent sit, work through some asana. You name it. Before our first session, I will send a form for you to fill out so that I know how to best serve you. If you want an exercise class, I am able to provide this, but be warned: You may get way more than you bargained for, in a good way!
Retreats: Beyond a standard yoga retreat, clients are now looking for something more. As a professional writer for more than a decade, I lead writing workshops designed to deepen students' practice and enhance their sense of self-reflection and confidence in the realm of literal expression. I also have a background in interpretive dance and am putting together workshops for those who would like to leap off the mat and onto the floor. These workshops involve public performance and have the potential to radically break down self critical ideas and bring students to a new awareness about their bodies and the ways they can express themselves authentically and courageously with them. Finally, a blend of these--writing, dancing and general creativity (as I paint as well)--is on offer. Over the years I have attended creativity workshops and writing workshop and have a lot of exercises, prompts and material to draw from. Most of all, I realize the power of these activities and am so honored and excited to empower others in this way!
Holistic perspective: As a certified health coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition, class of 2016), I will naturally infuse my lessons with presence and guidance along these lines. I have a compassionate ear and offer presence and space around any range of life challenges.
Add-on health coaching. As a certified coach, I offer six-month plans that easily integrate a customized yoga practice.