I practice yoga because it makes my body feel good. I teach yoga because I love sharing it with other people. My journey in yoga began 15 years ago when I was starting college. My mother gave me a VHS tape, Yoga Mind & Body, with Ali MacGraw (“Love means never having to say you’re sorry!”) and Erich Schiffman. I practiced for years with videos and only occasional live classes, until I moved to Arlington, Virginia after graduating from law school in 2008.
I completed my Yoga Alliance RYT-200 training at Yoga District in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and started out teaching flow-style classes. Two years later, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and it changed my life–a chronic, degenerative disease really puts all your life choices into harsh relief! My approach to my yoga practice and my teaching changed. I understand now that as helpful as yoga can be for healthy, young, fit people, it can be truly life-changing for everyone else. As we age, the practice of yoga can help our bones stay strong, improve our balance, and keep our joints mobile. Yoga can lower blood pressure and harmful inflammatory responses to stress. It can even help us sleep better and suffer less fatigue. The yoga I teach now is less flashy than it used to be, but I like it more.
I began teaching at PIES Yoga near my home in Alexandria, Virginia, and the studio owner, Marsha Banks-Harold, encouraged me to develop Mellow Yoga, which incorporated everything I was learning about how valuable yoga can be for those of us who have health issues or just aren’t as young as we used to be.
I completed my certification in Curvy Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley in the fall of 2013, and I am delighted to be a part of the body-positive yoga community.
In 2014, I completed a 50-hour training at Yoga District with Bernie Wandel in Restorative Yoga. It’s the yoga of relaxation and I love it. When we cultivate relaxation, our blood pressure and stress hormone levels drop, our bodies go into heal and digest mode, and all kinds of other wonderful things happen.
After years of dreaming and planning, my husband and I moved to Albuquerque in 2014, so that we both can have the flexibility to pursue our dreams, and I am beyond thrilled to be teaching yoga here!