I originally experienced yoga in 1995 as a young and busy professional, having no interest in its traditions or techniques. I simply liked feeling relaxed! Over time, however, yoga has become different things for me, seemingly able to morph into whatever I need whenever I need it. Today, I still like feeling relaxed—but I also eagerly explore the vast system of traditions and techniques that I once overlooked!
My asana classes emphasize healthy, individualized physical alignment and breath awareness, as well as finding balance between effort and ease. Throughout our practice, personal inquiry and internal listening remain key. In this way, yoga asana becomes an ongoing cultivation of “skill in action” as it helps unify the body, mind and heart.
Classes that include families, kids or teens similarly explore classic asana and yoga wisdom, but we add age-appropriate games, teamwork exercises, and relaxation to the experience.
In addition to having taught middle and high school English, group yoga in a school setting, and mindfulness workshops for kids ages 5-8, I am trained in Love Your Brain Yoga, Move with Me Yoga Adventures, and most recently as Family Peer Recovery Specialist through the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. I am also certified with the Veterans’ Yoga Project.
Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s The Power of Awareness informs my teaching of meditation, as does my 2022 course certification through Gary Kraftsow's Meditation Unlocked. That said, my personal practice of meditation is ongoing.
Decades ago, I earned an M.A. in American Literature and, more recently, an M.A. in Religious Studies. In 2018, I began In-Depth yoga studies at Sun and Moon in Arlington, VA, and finished to become a RYT200.