I took my first yoga class from Alvina Haverkamp in 1998. I studied closely with her for many years and went on to pursue a teaching certification in 2004. I am a graduate of the Temple of Kriya Yoga Home Study program, the Swan River Yoga Advanced Teacher Training program, the Ananda Seva Mission Yoga Therapy program, and Judith Lasater's Experiential Anatomy Program and Back Care Course. I am an ERYT-500, or, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level. I have over 800 hours of yoga training and have taught over 2500 classes. Yet, I consider myself a student first and foremost.
I strive to craft classes that are challenging, yet accessible, designed to unite body, breath, mind, and intention, and leave you feeling calm, yet energized. Inspiration that comes to me from ancient texts or modern yogis is often woven into the framework of a class to illustrate how relevant our practice is to life off the mat.
Lately I have been drawn to focus on stress relief and the kind of deep nervous system reset that is required when living in such a chaotic world.
In addition to being a yoga educator, leading weekly ongoing classes, annual workshops and trainings, I am a mother to 3 daughters, ages 18, 14 and 14. I know what it means to be a caretaker and the importance of filling the well with self care practices. My personal yoga practice, which includes stretching, breathing practices, Yoga Nidra, and living the daily habits of yogis, is a priority for me. Without it, I find myself more easily depleted and frustrated. With it, I find myself more patient, loving, and energetic.