As a child I was a devoted swimmer, skier and dancer. I loved to move but after my first daughter was born by C-section, I felt a disconnection from my body. I began a strength training and aerobics regimen, but after a couple years I realized that I craved something less repetitive and more spiritual and holistic. I felt there had to be a practice that was more soulful, life enhancing, intellectually stimulating, morally nurturing and spiritually fulfilling. It was Yoga that helped me understand what I needed, and as the Buddhist proverb says, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
My first experience was Iyengar Yoga in 1994 and my teacher, Christine Stein, taught me to appreciate the foundation and the extent of the art and science of the teachings of BKS Iyengar. She encouraged me to study with many experienced teachers, to consider teaching as a calling and to go to India to study. Living in Los Angeles I was able to study with some of the most respected Certified Iyengar teachers in the country, including Manouso Manos,
Karin O'Bannon, Lisa Walford, Marla Apt, Chris Stein and Paul Cabanis.
I prepared for years to go to India to study with BKS Iyengar, his daughter Geeta and son Prashant at their Institute in Pune in January 2002. India opened my eyes to the depth of the origin of the practice and being with the Iyengars gave meaning to their method and I saw and experienced its benefits first hand. I returned to India to study in Pune in 2015. I continued my education with intensive retreats with Patricia Walden and with John Schumacher in Miami, Santa Fe, Louisiana and Italy.
I became a certified Iyenger teacher in 2003 after passing rigorous assessments and completing the three-year Teacher Training Program at the Iyenger Institute of Los Angeles. I served as Vice President of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California. And I have attended all Iyengar Yoga National Conventions since I began teaching in 2000.
Since then I have passed more certification assessments and became a Junior Intermediate 2 Instructor.
I also completed a three-year Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics intensive training Program with Stephanie Quirk and am enrolled in another IYT program with Manouso Manos.
I LOVE teaching Yoga and am blessed to have found Iyengar Yoga when I did, and each day I get to share what I love with my students! I know that sense of peace, joy and delight from sharing the knowledge. Through teaching I motivate students to develop their inner strength and to continually renew their dedication to their practice.