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 teaching yoga and movement 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.
For more about my work with chronic pain and eating disorders, click here.
In high school, I helped out with the school’s football team. Working with athletes again had always stayed in the back of my mind. In 2015, I finally got the opportunity. I was invited to join the coaching staff providing yoga for the Phoenix College football team. I enjoy crafting a unique yoga practice that applies to the specific needs of the athletes.
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 wonderful husband and three rescue dogs, Kona, Nala and Priya and a kitty, Chase. I am a lover of animals and advocate for their well-being. I offer yoga donation classes to raise money for animal rescue groups. Click here for more info. 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
- Yoga Service Council – yogaservicecouncil.org
Live ~ Move ~ Be, llc