I want to be more than just a movement educator. My hope is to inspire a way of living, moving and being that allows the pursuit of what is truly valuable in life. In making choices about our health, I believe in moving from a place of meaning and grasping our unique physical dignity.
About me (or at least a little bit about me as it relates to my career)…
My interest in movement along with my desire to help people thrive holistically drew me to study and obtain certifications in Massage Therapy, Yoga, Pilates (mat and equipment) and corrective exercise. I started a career as a massage therapist in 2000 and have been teaching yoga and Pilates since 2006.
My fondness of movement started when I was introduced to yoga in college in 1998 by my Kinesiology teacher who taught the study of movement through yoga poses (asana). I started learning more and practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation. The introduction of yoga through Kinesiology (the study of movement) also started my interest in the anatomy of yoga asana and movement. Equally, I was deeply curious about how the whole person interconnected — body, mind, relationships, soul, spirit, life story, etc.
After a couple years immersed yoga, I also started enjoying another mindful movement practice, Pilates. I found it to be a nice compliment and support to my yoga asana practice.
Because of my own personal experiences, I have been interested in the health enhancing benefits of mindful movement, yoga and Pilates from the very beginning of my career. This has led me to much study and continuing education obtaining specialty training and certifications in yoga. Two specific areas of interest are chronic pain and eating disorders.
I received valuable training and certification through physiotherapist and yoga therapist, Neil Pearson’s, Pain Care Yoga courses.
In 2014 a career aspiration came to fruition and I began providing yoga, movement and contemplative practice groups within a Partial Hospitalization Program for eating disorder recovery. I received a certification to provide Mindfulness-based Yoga for Eating Disorders from the Inner Door Center’s excellent, in-depth training program.
Expanding my work in the recovery community, I began leading yoga, mindful movement and contemplative practice groups within substance abuse recovery programming in January 2018.
I work within several levels of treatment for eating disorders and substance abuse as well as one on one sessions. It is truly rewarding work and I consider myself very fortunate to work in these areas that I am so passionate about.
For more about my work with chronic pain and eating disorders, click here.
In 2015, I was invited to join the coaching staff providing mindfulness-based yoga for the Phoenix College football team. I’ve enjoyed crafting a unique yoga practice that applies to the specific needs of the athletes.
In 2017 I started a 3 year training program in Contemplative Psychology to gain more knowledge and insight of integrating mindfulness and contemplative practice into my work with clients. Contemplative practice has always been weaved into my work having been a practitioner of mindfulness practice since 1998 so it is a natural to continue with more advanced training.
I am passionate about my work with a wide variety of people — office workers, athletes, parents, retirees — anyone seeking movement for wellness.
I have a ceaseless interest in the sciences and art of movement as it relates to yoga and Pilates and also draw from other movement methods and studies. I leave room personally and professionally to keep learning and evolving. I design my classes and sessions with clients to honor the natural design of the human body in front of me and to explore movement in a way that is enjoyable, supportive and meaningful. I also very much value what yoga and mindful movement allow us to discover about ourselves — body, mind, heart, soul, the world around us, and how it all connects.
I live in Phoenix with my husband and four rescue dogs, Kona, Nala, Priya and Jaiya. I am a lover of animals and advocate for their well-being. Occasionally I offer yoga donation classes to raise money for animal rescue groups. Like my Facebook page for any schedule updates.
Certifications and Advanced Training:
- Certified Yoga Instructor
- Pilates Mat Certification – Physical Mind Institute
- Pilates Apparatus Certification – Balanced Body University
- Certified Postural Alignment Specialist – Egoscue Method
- Certified Massage Therapist – Phoenix College
- Certified in Mindfulness-Based Yoga for Eating Disorders-Inner Door Center
- Certified in Pain Care Yoga – Neil Pearson, Life is Now
- Course – Neuroscience of Self-Compassion by Kelly McGonigal
- Workshop – Somatics in Yoga with Dr. Staffan Elgelid
- Currently training in Karuna Training, a three year course in Contemplative Psychology
- Yoga Service Council – yogaservicecouncil.org
Live ~ Move ~ Be, llc