The practice of yoga has been a transformative force in my life physically, mentally and emotionally. I now experience life with greater ease and equanimity in most situations. How I feel in my body has been so dramatically improved that I cannot imagine going through life without the practice of yoga.
My journey began with power yoga and vinyasa flow yoga in 2004. I noticed immediately that I was releasing a lot of stored emotions and I felt “openings” happening that were very mysterious to me. I was hooked and several years later, in 2010, I took my 200-hour Teacher Training and began teaching vinyasa flow.
Around that time, I took an interest in the practice of Ashtanga yoga. I dabbled at first until I realized that this is a discipline and results are realized through daily practice. I took an interest to learn and understand as much as I could about Ashtanga Yoga and it has been part of my regular practice since that time. A few years later, I began to teach that method as well.
I’ve traveled far and wide to study yoga in different parts of the world: Bali, Europe, Mexico, Central America, India and various parts of the USA. Teachers significant to my development include Sharath Jois at KPJAI, Mysore, India (the birth place of asthanga yoga), David Swenson and Shelley Washington in Austin, Texas (primary series teacher training), Tim Miller in Tulum, Mexico and Encinitas, CA (primary series TT and second series TT), Diana Christinson in Italy and Dana Point, CA and Matthew Sweeney in Bali and Costa Rica. There have been countless other workshops and teachers with whom I also credit for my development.
Since I study with Diana and Matthew on an on-going basis, they are critical to my development as a yoga practitioner and teacher. In 2016, I had the honor to work directly under the guidance of Diana through an apprenticeship at Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Dana Point, California. Over the last four years I have been making trips specifically to study ashtanga and vinyasa krama with Matthew recently completing his Level II teacher training (recognized by Yoga Alliance, UK as 500-hour training) which authorizes me to teach some of the methods of vinyasa karma, pranayama and meditation as he’s developed over the last three decades and also ashtanga yoga making it accessible for anyone. (www.yogatemple.com).
I hope to have the opportunity to share yoga with you.