After two months of living the ashram life in Southern India, immersed in study and practice, unpacking trauma from my past, and finding the space and inner strength to continue to heal, I knew I couldn’t go back to my 9-5 gig…. I was in deep. Right then I decided to return to the states and begin teaching full-time. This was it. And I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. However, as I reflected on my life, it became clear to me that I had started this journey in my teens. Something in me knew all along that this was my path, and I trusted that this inner knowing would hold me during the challenging times.
By the time I had reached the ripe “old” age of 18, I had already struggled for years with my relationship with food, with anxiety, chronic pain and tension headaches, among many other challenges. I knew I needed to learn how to nourish myself, so I decided to go to school for Holistic Nutrition. I graduated in 2001, and a couple years afterwards, I found yoga. This was the missing piece in my healing journey. The headaches and back pain dissolved within the first couple of months of practice. Then the practice on my mat began spreading into my time off of my mat, and that’s when I started seeing and feeling the real power of yoga, and the transformations it was bringing into my life. I began to experience deeper intimacy in my relationships, my nervous system grew to be more resilient and adaptable, and I felt connected to life in a way I hadn’t previously.
It was a few years after I took my first Teacher Training, that I made my way to India, where I began formally learning Yoga Therapy under the guidance of Swami Tureyananda. In 2015 I graduated from a 2-year Yoga Therapy program with Sarahjoy Marsh, and earned my ERYT-500 hr. certification through Yoga Alliance, as well as my C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. My one-on-one work with clients is the most rewarding work I’ve ever experienced.
I feel my main job as a Yoga Therapist and Holistic Nutritionist is to help people connect with their intuition, their own inner guide, and to their innate capacity for growth and healing. And, while we have this inner resource available to us, I believe that some of the most potent healing comes from being in community. Building intimacy, holding space, and offering support to those I work with and to those in my communities, is the foundation of my offerings. I’ll walk with you, on your path.