My mother is my original yoga influence, and my first introduction to yoga as a child. While she practiced in the matt, I was drawn to the contemplative practices and began meditation practice at a ripe 13 years old (more about my meditation background in the next section). Though I continued different meditation practices, my path was that of a dancer, until my body crashed in my late 20s, and I found myself in Iyengar yoga classes at the behest of my mom. The matt practice dovetailed nicely with my movement meditation practice, and I was enthusiastically was off and running. My first training was in ’97 through the Nosara Institute, and my first years of teaching mentorship were through the Harvard Square Yoga Center in Cambridge, Ma. I eventually landed at the Kripalu Center to deepen my studies and practice, living there for a year, primarily working with Michael Carrol and Stephen Cope, among others. At Kripalu, I met Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffman And Rod Stryker, (and many many others) all of whom I eventually studied and trained with extensively over the next 10+ years. During this time, I earned a masters degree in somatics and consciousness studies from Lesley University. I also moved to Key West, Fl., where I taught for most of my 30s, eventually co-leading a basic yoga teacher training with Green Tara Yoga. By the end of this period of my life, I began to delve deeper into my meditation practice, eventually teaching within the Buddhist tradition. Currently, after 30 plus years of study and teaching, I offer classes and private session drawing from all the above influences (and many more not mentioned), encouraging a light-hearted approach to the deeper practices.
Offerings: How much freedom can you handle? There is value in simply chilling out and feeling good. There is also more … why stop at good feels when you can have freedom? When is it best to expand into freedom, and when is it better to just CTFO?