Pursuing a lifelong interest in fitness, I found my way to yoga in the early 1990’s at Yoga Works in Santa Monica. I enrolled in a Fundamentals of Yoga weekend Course, and I was hooked! What followed was years of practicing yoga with the most respected teachers at the finest studios in town. My practice took another huge step forward when I found the Rising Lotus Yoga studio, and met my future mentors Claire Hartley and Daniel Stewart, who ignited within me a light of desire to become a teacher.
After practicing with Claire and Daniel for a three years, I poured myself into their 200 hour yoga teacher training at Rising Lotus in 2013. Later, I was introduced to Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Up, and was intrigued to learn how the YTU poses were physically preparing the body for the yoga asana, I knew this was something I wanted to integrate into my practice and teaching program, and enrolled in YogaTune Up teacher training in 2014 to study with YTU creator Jill Miller.
Yoga Tune Up® is a fitness therapy format built around the three P's – Pain, Posture and Performance. It helps eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance through a unique blend of Corrective Exercise, Self Massage and Yoga.
The integration of YTU with my regular yoga asana practice has forged a potent source of wellness for me, and I’m very excited to be able to share this combined practice with my Rising Lotus students.
My intention as a teacher is to be a resource of wellness for my students, sharing a hybrid of what I have studied and personally practice: Pantanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Iyenger, and Yoga Tune Up.
For me yoga extends far beyond the mat, it is a lifestyle that promotes physical and spiritual harmony, and a practical path toward self realization. Yoga has taught me to surrender to what is and to live in the immediacy of the moment. When you live in the present moment you are in a conscious state, and when you are in a conscious state you are acutely aware and awake. Yoga doesn’t just help you improve the path of your life, it helps you draw your own map by providing useful tools for achieving your personal health and wellness goals. What more could you ask for!