For over fifteen years, yoga has been a tool to bring agency, resilience, capability, stillness, clarity and wisdom to small moments in my life so that I can truly begin to experience joy in the whole of life.
Suffering began that process, though. I could have run to many methods of self-harm to deaden the pain at times, but instead of becoming more numb to the difficulties in life, I surrendered to the slow process of breathing through each moment. I’m thankful I was offered this opportunity to practice yoga and so practice these small moments of awareness because I could definitely be in some bad places if I hadn’t. The breath and movement in the practice of yoga has helped me to see the life that’s already there and how to experience the joyful depth of it.
As a mother of six sons, my greatest joy in life is my family. Tragically, however, in 2002, we lost our fourth son Benjamin in an unexpected accident. From then on began a long, painful struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and deep grief which took a vast toll on me. I was introduced to yoga as a way to help me to be able to rest and maybe to sleep and so began my daily personal practice. As a trained dancer, I was drawn to movement and soon yoga became an instrument bringing not only mobility and strength back to my body but eventually awareness and quiet to my mind.
From 2005 to 2008, we lived in Mumbai, India, where I was able to practice yoga periodically and become familiar with its cultural birthplace, but I mainly continued to process the debilitating grief and trauma of losing a child. Shortly after returning from India, I completed my initial 200 hr teacher training in Arizona.
In 2010, I began teaching in Northern Virginia and was able to establish a reputation for well-informed, athletically strong and inspiring classes. Now as an experienced yoga teacher, I've had the joy of teaching numerous studio, private and corporate yoga sessions and events in the DMV area, as well many well-attended yoga workshops for various local and national studios and organizations. In my capacity as a Lululemon Ambassador, I am pursuing my passion of helping others use movement to heal. I currently teach at Spark Yoga, Equinox, Kazaxe, and 24 Hour Fitness in Falls Church, as well as many individual and small group private classes.
In my growth as a student and a teacher, I am continuing to explore the relationship between physical movement and mental health. Currently, I'm delving into in-depth study of the physical mechanics of the poses and how to adapt the practice to the unique individual with well-respected teacher's teacher, Alexandria Crow. Thanks to teachers like Kathryn Budig, Dice Iida Klein, and Rocket Yoga Teacher Training with David C. Kyle, I've spent several years unraveling the biomechanics of a rigorous practice, building resilience and perseverance in the process. Through my own personal study of biomechanics and psychotherapy, I endeavor to integrate my love of empowering and functional movement in yoga with a sound approach to mindfulness techniques, exploring with students the union of the body and the mind.
To me, yoga has been a gradual deepening of awareness of the subtleties of thought, movement and emotion and how these interact together to reveal to me the true depths of life. I hope to use my practice of moving through loss to inspire others to move through the beauty of life's daily challenges so they may also be able to find joy and wholeness in these small moments.