It's been a long time.
I began studying yoga seriously in a Bikram studio in Philadelphia--an outlet for the stress of graduate school--and moved into Astanga practice a few years later, in 2002. The benefits and tradition of Astanga continue to inform all aspects of my relationship with yoga, but I now practice and teach a hatha style deeply influenced by Bhakti traditions of devotion and surrender, and by Yin Yoga restorative practices.
All roads lead...
In 2009, as I transitioned out of academia, I began working at a charity in London serving women and children living with HIV. It was immediately apparent to me what yoga offered, in terms of a therapeutic and spiritual practice, and this was the first time I began to consider yoga as therapy, as something other than an athletic endeavor. Many of our service members were trauma survivors. This--coupled with my own experiences with fertility and motherhood, my friends' and family members' experiences with pelvic dysfunction, pain and disease--began to direct me toward the pelvis.
World-class mentors and guides
I have benefited from nearly 20 years of yoga study with gifted, knowledgeable, and loving teachers. Some of these wonderful people include Eric Powell, Gingi Lee, Ingrid Lewis, Maritza, and Paul and Suzee Grilley. In 2013, I completed a Yin Yoga immersion with Christy Brown and in 2014, my RYT200 hr teacher training with my beloved guru Nubia Teixeira. Even at this stage, I took an emphasis on yoga to support pelvic floor health.
I completed Leslie Howard's Pelvic Floor Teacher Training (2014), as well as further advanced pelvic floor training with her in 2016, and hold additional YA-certifications in yoga for cancer survivors, and yoga for hypermobility/deceptive flexibility.
In accordance with the recent Yoga Alliance regulations on yoga therapy, I completed my RYT500 hr YA certification, and a separate Level 1 IAYT Yoga Therapy certification in 2016 under the expert guidance of Robin Gueth and her faculty at The Stress Management Center of Marin (Kaya Mindlin-Svaroopa yoga; Lynn Weinberger-Viniyoga; Simone de Winter-Ayurveda). In 2017, I was honoured to study pre- and post-natal yoga formally with Jane Austin (Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga certification (Level 1)), and to assist her prenatal partners workshop. I am currently studying with Marti Yura, a Prajna Yoga Teacher, at Vista Yoga in Decatur, GA.
I am a working mom with two girls, a loving partner, and some furry animals, too. Life is full. We've moved around a bit, and we're enjoying our current, relatively new spot in Atlanta, Georgia. The grace that has attended our most recent move continues to astound me, and I am grateful for the warmth and kindness we encounter each day.