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I began my yoga journey in 1996, seeking relief from shoulder and neck pain and  also hoping to learn more about spirituality. It was not an instant love affair. In fact, I resisted as much as I could, having grown accustomed to unhealthy behaviors up until then. But something kept me coming back. Yoga helped me discover my energy body and it was in this energetic space that I felt most at home and most at peace. Over the years, working with my energy body informed me of my disconnection with my physical body which was a result of early trauma as well as two car accidents in my late teens.

It was a shoulder injury, however, that redirected my journey and put me on a path of exploring yoga for deeper personal healing. I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Jennifer Bonadio in Maui, HI, whose 25 years of experience in Viniyoga, Hatha, and bodywork taught me to gently care for my body while I practice. It was the first time in my life that I did not experience chronic pain before and after practice, and this freedom allowed me to explore emotional pains that needed attention. I learned about yoga’s ability to inform as well as heal, and I have since experienced a sweet, gradual release of trauma as well as emotional and physical obstacles.  Most recently (June 2015), I completed a 300 hour Therapeutic Yoga certificate program with Cathy Mann in Millis, MA. Cathy has been teaching yoga for 28 years and is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor.

It is precisely these obstacles that inspire me to teach. My work as an art teacher to middle school students makes me a natural at helping people to overcome their obstacles and to reach their true potential. Freedom and creativity does not flow when we are stuck. My teaching style is gentle and encouraging and I hope that my students will learn patience and acceptance within themselves.

Yoga is a powerful practice that surprises me consistently with it’s ability to transform and liberate. This is a lifelong journey, but as long as I keep getting on my mat, I will always feel at home.