I have always felt most at home when I am moving my body. I grew up in the woods of Pennsylvania, I spent my early adulthood skiing and hiking the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, camping in Kentucky, and whitewater rafting in the Moab and on several rivers across the southeastern United States. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Education at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 1998. My first yoga class was in 2000, and I was not hooked. I was not ready, but at the same time knew it was somehow important. I guess I was preparing for when yoga would be my saving grace. When I moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 2001, I practiced with some inspiring yoga teachers that introduced me to Anusara yoga. I was hooked. I began practicing as much as I could. In 2006 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. All of my relationships changed, including the one with yoga (more about my journey through cancer on this issue of Ebella magazine; read here). I had a moment of clarity when I understood that my yoga practice was fertile ground to rebuild and strengthen all aspects of myself, and that was up to me. 13 years later, I can clearly say that it is a lifelong practice. My casual yoga practice evolved into my life line as I continue my journey towards wholeness. After going through cancer treatment, I was filled with fear and anxiety and needed to feel in control. Which led to marathon running and to the security of a brokerage corporation where I earned my Series-7 brokerage license. After finding my footing, I ended my career in the brokerage industry and backed off my running mileage to study, practice, and teach yoga full time. Since then, I have dedicated my life to yoga and helping others navigate life through the lens of yoga. Every single one of us goes through traumatic times, we have that in common and practicing yoga helps me to find more steadiness and ease in challenging situations. I received my National Yoga Alliance yoga teacher certification at the the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina and Advanced Teacher Training with Power Yoga. I draw upon several years of Anusara and alignment based practice and study in workshops all over the country. I also learned the system of Budokon Yoga, which empowers my personal practice. I also had the privilege to train with senior Ashtaunga teachers. In 2017, I earned my certification with Yoga for Cancer (Y4C), a methodology designed to work directly with the physical and emotional needs of cancer survivors.
I currently teach full-time in Naples, Florida, between group classes, yoga for cancer, private lessons and leading a personalized 200-Hour Teacher Training program. I am also the founder and Executive Director of Survive & Thrive (SurviveThriveYoga.org) a nonprofit foundation helping cancer survivors and their families healing through yoga mindfulness practices. In December 2018, I released 52 Weeks of Yoga with Wendy Campbell, a comprehensive yoga program available on Blu-ray and on-demand streaming.
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