A dancer at an early age (ballet, modern, improvisational), I came to hatha yoga, specifically Iyengar, much later in life in my efforts to heal physical injuries. By accident some years later, I watched a friend’s kundalini yoga workout on VHS (yes, it was that long ago), and I had an instant and profound emotional experience that kept me practicing every day for over 5 years. After a very big life changing event, namely moving to Europe, I once again turned to yoga to assist with the identity-stripping, culture shock, anxiety and grief I was unexpectedly facing. I needed a new direction and so taking my teacher training seemed like the answer. I’d be helping myself and would be able to share what I was learning with others. I learned an entirely new way to work with my body…one that was slower, gentler, and more deeply connected to the body’s innate intelligence rather than my mind’s idea of a pose. I began to befriend my body, working with instead of against it, and doing so started to unravel years of mistreatment, even violence against it, as I had so often forced it to obey my commands.
Though it’s been a long and changing journey, I now believe that yoga should be practiced with a sense of lightness, curiosity and patience. It isn’t about pushing, pulling and shaping the body to conform. Rather, it is an ever-unfolding, ongoing practice of relating to and with oursevles that supports us and carries us into natural flow, bringing enjoyment and liberation to the body and mind. For me, that’s what yoga is all about. It’s my privilege to help others to become fascinated with mindful movement and the unique, amazing bodies we each inhabit and to discover all that yoga has to offer…not just asana.
I’ve been blessed to have many excellent teachers to learn from throughout my life, but it would be hard to beat the mastery of my cat, Tigerlily. She teaches me everyday to seek more efficient, integrated movements that honor and respect the body and that help cultivate body/mind resilience.
I offer group and private instruction and various workshops (in English) and on-call services to gites and retreat sites in the Southern Charentes, Northern Dordogne, Southwest Maritime, & Upper West Gironde. I also teache worldwide via Zoom.
- BS Ed from University of New Mexico
- MA from University of New Mexico
I am a Soverign Certified Yoga Teacher and as of October 2020, my teacher training includes: 200 Hour YTT; over 155 Additional Training Hours including but not limited to Meditation (see below), Chair Yoga (Cassandra Reinhardt & Others), Restorative Yoga (Satya Greenstone & Others), Energy Work (see below), Enviro-Somatics (Marc J. Aquaviva), Yoga Nidra (Nada Yoga School), Kriya Yoga (see below) & Pranayama (Michael Bijker & Others); 500+ Private and Studio Teaching Hours.
- Tibetan Bon Buddhism Ngondro Transmission from Lama Khyimsar Rinpoche
- Lessons in Meditation, Art & Science of Raja Yoga, Discipleship, and Kriya Preparation courses with Ananda
- Kriya Yoga received from Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath
- Mirror Meditation
Shamanism & Sacred Sound
- Initiations into Peruvian, Toltec and Bon Shamanism
- 12 Years of Toltec Studies including 2.5 Years Dreaming
- Tribute to My Lineages
Developed Toning for Peace and Vocal Toning Meditation and Transformational Voicework, writing two books on the topic, The Unknown Mother: A magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound and Your True Voice: Tools to Embrace A Fully Expressed Life.
Energy Work Activations
- Aka Dua Levels 1 & 2
- Reiki Levels 1 & 2
- Open Heart Levels 1 & 2
- Reiki Tummo Levels 1, 2, 2a
- featured improvisational vocalist on the TLC series with Visionary Music
- featured vocalist Bliss of Being with Richard Shulman and the Pure Heart Ensemble