I came upon my first Kripalu yoga class while I was living in Barcelona. I was hyper-competitive and chronically overwhelmed by fast-paced city life. Attending that class gave me the opportunity to disconnect and decompress, settle into being me without an expectation. As Kripalu means “compassion” in Sanskrit, the classes encouraged me to be kinder to my body and listen to it, which resulted in an overall increase in self-awareness and well-being. I sought out Kripalu for my teacher training because it’s a modality that is student-centered. It can be amped up or brought down, depending on where you are at that moment. Yoga has been my reset button for more than a decade. My classes offer a gratifying union of lively exercise and relaxing meditation. They promote curiosity, while focusing on helping students learn awareness around asana structure, alignment and multi-dimensional benefits. I enjoy motivating my students to play with the edges of their perceived limits.
After years providing manual therapy to hospice patients – my body started to wear out. I took some time off to study Yin Yoga, which helped soothe all the tendinitis and repetitive stress I accumulated in my body after years of hospice work. I’ve completed certification programs in Structural Yoga Therapy, Teacher Training through Core Pore Yoga and I also graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy with 1000+ hours of education in medical massage therapy and sports massage. I do what I do to remind people that they are important. I am grateful to be able to watch class after class of students explore their bodies, explore their breath, relax and become more mindful and strong. I'm always looking for the yoga in things. I believe that yoga really begins once a student has let go of expectations, traditions, habits and distractions and let themselves to be wholly present in their bodies, free to create their own yoga based on doing what feels good.