Practice & Teaching
I first began practicing yoga in 1999 and it quickly became a means of dedicated self care from my emotionally charged work as a clinical social worker dealing predominately with issues of grief and loss. For me, the practice of yoga has been a consistent way to realign the mind-body connection so often fractured in our busy daily lives finding a place of peace and balance within.
I became a certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance in 2008 as a way to ethically offer the practice to therapy clients and start a yoga bereavement program, Connecting Through Yoga, which I began in 2010. I was hesitant for some time to become a teacher as I was fearful of giving away my primary means self care . What I found instead was that teaching this ancient and healing practice, not only deepened my own practice but enriched the lives of those with whom I was able to share.
As a teacher, I seek to offer a practice that truly integrates all that yoga has to offer, beyond asana, to create that sense of calm I I have found that keeps me connected to my mat and my practice. I teach primarily vinyasa style yoga teacher and have done extensive additional training in meditation, yoga therapy, restorative, as well, as the practice of Yoga Nidra.
I am committed to providing a safe practice both physically and emotionally for all of my students leaving them feeling refreshed, revitalized, and more connected— not only to themselves, but to those with whom they interact with throughout their busy days.
Behind the Ink
In my work as s a licensed clinical social worker and yoga teacher, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of individuals whether in groups or private practice, moving through the complicated journey of grief and loss. It has always been my mission to create new ways for people to create cohesive narratives about their experiences. I found that tattoos, much like Victorian Mourning jewelry, created a safe spaces to share personal stories of love, loss and resilience often emerging as a result of the death of a loved one.
The art of tattoo in storytelling surrounds us daily. The behind-the-ink project provided a place to share these stories, to create a new and modern language with which to share our experience with death and loss and create a place for those in our lives that have left a mark we will never forget. These pieces of art so boldly and permanently displayed on the bodies’ of these brave souls are asking to be heard. The images collected while this project was underway are the beautiful stories of our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our friends, our teachers and our life’s inspirations.
The behind-the-ink project is in the ether right now -- it's roots are resting just below the surface waiting for the moment to break through in some new form.
Connecting Through Yoga
Grief can have a profound effect on the body, mind and
spirit causing us to feel fragmented and isolated. Using
gentle asana (physical poses), pranyama (breath) and
meditation, we can begin to mend the mind-body
connection shattered through the experience of loss.
While grief follows a different path for everyone, you are
Special group and private arrangements can be made for specific group needs and demographics.
There are currently no public programs being offered.
For information about scheduling a special group or event,
please contact me directly.