My biggest passion is teaching and inspiring others within the practice of yoga. Over the past seventeen years I have been fortunate to gain an intimate knowledge of yoga as a path to personal healing and transformation, and it is my goal to continue sharing these gifts with others through teaching, coaching, and mentorship.
In 1998 I could barely walk. I had been suffering from a 12 year long back injury which had caused lingering and nearly debilitating injuries. My right foot drug behind me as I walked. Conventional medicine offered me no real solutions, and I struggled with pain and loss of motor control until I discovered the practice of yoga. Massage and Yoga became not only a medical solution but a way of life for me.
I have been teaching Hatha Yoga since 2003, and have branched out to many other styles. I have taught well over 1500 classes, ranging in size from a single private session to a class size of 75 students. I was fortunate enough to travel to India and practice as well as teach yoga in Mumbai, explored Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World. I also, had the privilege to teach in New Zealand for three months. As a director of a successful Yoga studio I continued learning and growing within my practice. I had the opportunity to help others grow and progress, and it has become a core passion for me. I have inspired many of my students to go to embrace the teaching of yoga- and to take the leap into Teacher Training.
Right now, I am diving deep into the Ancient knowledge, Science and Wisdom of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Encompassing not just the physical aspect, but the spiritual, and mental. It is truly an amazing technology. The Power of Kundalini Yoga lies in the actual experience! It goes right to your heart and extends your consciousness so you may have a wider horizon of grace and of knowing the Truth. It has deepened my practice on a much deeper level, and has strengthened my connection to myself and the Universe, that we are all One. I cannot wait to pass this on to everyone in my community. Currently, I am in a Teacher Training program now to be certified in Level 1 (220-hr) in Columbus, Ohio lead by Shakta Kaur from Chicago, Il.
What Does Yoga Mean to me?
Yoga is not a religion, a cult or a belief system. At the root of yoga is self-inquiry. Everything we do, whether it’s a yoga pose, a meditation, a mantra or a breathing technique (pranayama), has the purpose of encouraging us to connect to our bodies and our life experience in a more meaningful way.
What is the significance of Eight Limbs?
These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.