I came to yoga in 1998, and I credit it with changing my life. At the time I began my practice, I was seeking drug free relief from chronic back pain. The physical practice I began gave me actual relief from pain I had been living with for years, but more than that, yoga became a preparation for some of the most difficult times in my life. Uprooted and left homeless by natural disaster, I found peace and stability in my practice. As I completed my first novel, yoga guided me through the fear of laying my creative self out for all to see. Yoga has taught me many lessons, all of undeniable importance, but the one that resonates most deeply with me is that “acceptance is the magic that makes change possible”. Yoga has given me the strength and courage to embrace change as our most natural state of being. Seeking to practice wherever I may find myself, I have studied with teachers in the Cayman Islands, Canada, and in several places around the United States. A teacher at heart, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta, Canada. I also hold a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification from the Aura Wellness Center in Rhode Island. I completed a second deeper training with Deva Parnell of the Discovery Yoga Center in St. Augustine in 2010 receiving my certification as a Kripalu Yoga instructor. I bring dedication, compassion and a sense of lightheartedness to all my classes, but what drives and inspires me is a profound belief in the transformative power of the practice both on and off the mat.
I believe that our bodies are amazing and complicated machines. We do great benefit not only to ourselves but to our community as a whole when we care for them with respect and awareness. Yoga speaks to this on every level which is why I have chosen to devote so much of my time and energy to a journey of learning and sharing as much as I can about this ancient art and profound science of being alive and well in the world.
I am staggered time and again by the fruits of this practice. I have the great privilege of teaching several styles of yoga and day after day, I am witness to the awe-inspiring effect of asana and pranayama. To see the subtle change in a student’s countenance; to see the softening of tension filled shoulders; to see the wave of peace ripple through the physical beings in front of me; these are gifts I could not have imagined receiving when I began to walk the path of the teacher.