‘May we live like the lotus, at ease in muddy water’
~ Zen Proverb
I am a licensed Massage Therapist and E-RYT 200, RYT 500 yoga teacher who specializes in trauma informed and restorative applications of yoga. When I teach a vinyasa class my focus is to balance and weave mindful, meditative movement and breath work with static postures. Intuitively dialing up or down the intensity of a vinyasa class based on what is needed in the moment is what I strive for, and I always invite students to listen to the wisdom of their bodies. In my gentle and restorative style classes, I hold space for students to slow down and relax to revitalize the body, mind & spirit on deep levels. In all of the classes I teach, regardless of style, you can expect to work deeply with gratitude and intention, to explore meditation and visualization practices, and to cultivate a sense of wholeness, peace and connection.
I took my first yoga class in 1999, and later on deepened my studies practicing a classical style of yoga from the Krishnamacharya lineage. While in Allahabad, India with The Himalayan Institute in 2013, I was initiated into the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition. I continue to draw inspiration from Tantra’s approach to yoga and life. Currently, my teaching style and personal practice are motivated by the trauma sensitive teachings of Catherine Ashton, and the teachings of Erin Cowan. Some of my other influences include Judith Hanson Lasater and the writings of David Emerson.
I did my initial massage training at The Soma Institute in Chicago and studied the art of Thai massage at The Sunshine School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Other modalities and techniques I have studied include: Clinical Massage, Swedish & Deep Tissue, Myofascial techniques, Lymphatic Drainage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Sports Massage, Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage, Ashiatsu and prenatal massage. I have also studied body-based approaches to supporting folks with trauma and PTSD. From all of these techniques, styles and modalities, I create personalized and unique sessions, that are both powerful and effective.
I hope to work with you soon!