I am an RYT-500 Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor living in Swampscott, Mass. I teach traditional yoga, chair yoga, and therapeutic yoga for the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, and addictive behaviors.
I discovered yoga after falling into an unhealthy lifestyle consisting of disordered eating, inactivity, depression, and a complete disconnect from my body. Yoga helped me to strengthen my body, soothe my soul, and ignite my spirit. It was the beginning of my journey.
At this time, I was a teacher of ESL (English as a Second Language), and after practicing yoga for a few years, I thought I would combine my love of teaching with my passion for yoga. In the summer of 2007, I enrolled in a residential yoga teacher training at Frog Lotus Yoga in beautiful North Adams, Mass. I shared a house with 25 other teachers-in-training; studying, practicing, and immersing myself in the teachings of yoga. After completion, I received my RYT-200 Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification. It was a life-changing experience for me and prepared me for my new role as a yoga instructor.
I taught classes in and around the North Shore (Boston) for the next few years, until my husband's company asked that we relocate to the west coast In 2010. The temperate climate and beautiful backdrop of the Northern California foothills provided the perfect setting for me to deepen my yoga practice, make new friends, and hone my yoga teaching skills, I also made the commitment to continue with my yoga education, and in 2011 I completed Module One of a two-part Advanced RYT-500 Yoga Teacher Certification with Frog Lotus Yoga International in beautiful Suyalita Mexico. A year later, I completed Module Two in Kerala India. To study yoga in India is a yoga teacher's dream and I am beyond grateful for that experience.
It was while I was living and teaching in California that I found my true voice as a yoga teacher. I had attended a chair yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley, CA and soon teaching yoga classes at a wonderful senior living retirement community in my community. People well into their 70's and 80's, many with physical limitations, some who never thought they could do yoga, were not only trying my yoga classes....they were embracing it!! The classes became so popular that we had to move from a small room to an auditorium!!! From that point on, I let go of many of the traditional teachings I had learned about what yoga poses should "look like". (Or what a yogi should look like). And I learned to teach with a deeper sense of inquiry, compassion, acceptance and inclusion. Eventually I returned to my home on the east coast. But with a new vision. To create a safe and welcoming space for anyone who was interested in moving and feeling their body, without judgment.
My teaching style, at this point, is simply a wonderful blend of beautiful techniques and viewpoints from many different schools of thought, trainings and mentorships. I have studied with some amazing people who are masters in their fields, and who are doing incredible work in the yoga community. This includes: Matthew Sanford, for his groundbreaking work with adaptive yoga, Chelsea Roff, a leader in the field of yoga for disordered eating, Nikki Myers, for her powerful work integrating yoga for addiction and recovery, Dr. Melody Moore, founder of Embody Love Movement, a program that empowers girls and women of all ages to celebrate their inner beauty. And most recently, Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, whose body-inclusive method of yoga is shifting the way people of all sizes teach and practice yoga. I am honored to be sharing the knowledge of these visionaries who are paving the way for yoga teachers who want to make a difference. (You can follow the links below to read more about these amazing schools and organizations.)
My Certifications and Specialized Training
RYT-200 Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification, Frog Lotus Yoga, 2007
RYT-300 Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification, Frog Lotus Yoga International, 2011
Chair Yoga Teacher Certification, Sunlight Chair Yoga, 2013
Opening Yoga/Adapting Yoga for Disability Teacher Training Level 1 & 2, Mind Body Solutions, 2014
Eat, Breathe, Thrive- Yoga, Food and Body Image Intensive, Facilitator Training, 2014
Yoga for Emotional Health 100 Hour Teacher Training, Soulful Yoga Therapy, 2015
Y12SR- Yoga of 12 Step Recovery Leadership Training, 2016
Embody Love Movement, Facilitator Training, 2016
Curvy Yoga Teacher Training, 2017
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