I’ve always been an outdoor and fitness enthusiast. I spent my early adulthood skiing and hiking the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and whitewater rafting in the Moab and in several rivers across the southeastern United States. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Education at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. My yoga journey began in 2001 to restore my body from the physical stress of my outdoor adventures. When I moved to Asheville, North Carolina and discovered Anusara yoga. I was hooked. I worked and practiced yoga as frequently as possible. In 2006, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and everything changed including my relationship to yoga (read my story here). I had a very clear moment when I understood that yoga is something I would do to some capacity for the rest of my life. My casual yoga practice evolved into mental/emotional life line. After finding my footing, I ended my career in the brokerage industry to study, practice, and teach yoga full time. I am inspired to help others that have been effected by cancer and other challenges that one will survive in a lifetime. By sharing the knowledge that I have learned and wisdom I have gained through practice and way of life, I believe there is always an option to step into greater alignment and thrive.
My Yoga Training
I received my training at the the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina and Advanced Teacher Training with Bryan Kest in Altomonte, Florida. I draw upon several years of Anusara practice and study in Asheville, North Carolina and San Francisco, California. Also studied with Cameron Shayne in Miami, Florida and learned the system of Budokon Yoga, which empowered my personal practice. I also had the privilege to train with Tim Miller, the first American certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. I am also Y4C certified, a methodology designed by Tari Prinster that works directly with the physical and emotional needs of cancer survivors.
As a yoga instructor, I am believer in understanding what is relevant for each student in each practice in order to guide them into finding their center and encouraging their practice to evolve and grow. I strive to translate the teachings that yoga reveals and infuse it into my classes. I am humble practitioner of all styles of Hatha yoga and love to explore their differences and philosophies. I believe yoga is about connection. My classes are a mix of relatable yoga philosophy, theme based combinations of movement, hands on guidance, alignment instruction, breath work, and guided mediation. I enjoy breaking down more challenging poses in creative ways to help students find their footing. I strive to facilitate an experience where students are empowered and invested in their unique anatomy and mentality. I believe in using yoga as a tool to access the deeper layers of the mind and body. I’m passionate about making yoga approachable, accessible, and sustainable for everyone. In every class students move with awareness and connect to their breathing. All are encouraged to look inwardly and outwardly with a clear and present mind and to take their practice thoughtfully into their lives. I believe that the yoga happens when we shed the preconceived ideas of what it is and step into each moment with openness.
I have a rich and diverse teaching career in Naples, Florida. I teach Group and Private Lessons. I am also the founder of Center Point Yoga School, leading the 200-Hour Teacher Training program and Survive & Thrive , a nonprofit foundation helping cancer survivors experience healing through mindfulness practices.
We practice yoga, we practice life.