Join me on your yoga journey
Learn to calm your mind, feel less stressed and more focused on your goals. Gain confidence, strength, flexibility, and an overall awareness of the mind, body, spirit connection. Learn to be curious and compassionate, and to be gentle with yourself. Have some fun and maybe even do a handstand or two!
The practice of yoga leads us to be more positive, compassionate human beings. We learn to be centered and calm even when faced with challenges and distraction. I have been deeply enriched with my discovery of yoga, and love to share my enthusiasm through teaching and learning.
Please always remember your presence is important to each and every one of us, so keep showing up and always be present.
Helping others feel good in their lives is where I have the most fun and feel the highest satisfaction.
When I was a small child, our television only offered five local channels. (Yes! this is true, cable TV was not yet around. I feel so old!) When my favorite programs were over I would begin switching channels searching for another show to watch. I'd often run across Channel 8 where there was a woman doing yoga. I remember she moved gracefully, and spoke very slowly, and peacefully. I felt interested, but not enough to try it, just enough to watch her move from pose to pose effortlessly. Fast forward to my adult life when I hit the gym for step aerobic dance classes and weight lifting, yoga became a distant memory of something I occasionally watched on TV. When a friend suggested we try a yoga class being offered in a small downtown retail store, where they moved all the furniture to make space for yoga on Saturday mornings; I thought of that TV show. That first class was awkward and somewhat challenging, but not aerobic. My thought was, "this is nice but I really only have time to push my body hard so I can be in good physical condition. I don't have time for all this stretching and balancing." Of course, I wanted to look good in a bathing suit too, and I thought the gym work was the only way to achieve this goal. Time I devoted to myself was in short supply as a single mom, and I needed to be efficient. That's what I was thinking. That is, until a day later when I woke up in the morning and realized my whole body hurt. Practicing yoga had worked my muscles in new ways, and they were letting me know. That was the moment I decided there was something different about yoga, and I needed to know more. And, the more I came to know, the more I learned yoga is not all about stretching and balancing. It is a complete system of physical postures and breath awareness which helps us focus, calm our minds, and live in a more present, healthful way. Who knew all these years later, I would be doing yoga and speaking in that same very slow, peaceful manner as that woman did on TV all those years ago?
After a couple months in that class where it all began, I ventured into a real studio where I became completely hooked. I've taught yoga in high schools, community education programs, and currently at Mesa Community College, Dignity Health Hospitals, and Val Vista Village resort. I am fascinated with the practice and study of yoga and I continue to develop both as I attend workshops to further my knowledge. It is amazing to watch students learn to calm their minds, and increase strength and flexibility in their bodies. Helping others feel good in their lives is where I have the most fun and feel the highest satisfaction.
Immersed in yoga since 2001, my focus is on the physical alignment of postures, careful sequencing of poses, and breath awareness in both my own practice and as an instructor. My classes include a flow of postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and visualization. I offer weekly classes, private sessions, and occasional workshops. I look forward to seeing you in class either on the mat next to me or in front of me. Either way, it will be my pleasure! Visit my schedule page for more information.
My certification with Yoga Alliance is Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher 500 (E-RYT500), which I received while studying under senior ParaYoga® teacher, Mary Bruce. I teach and guide students through their practice at Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Val Vista Village Resort Community in Arizona. Find more information on my Schedule page.
I can't wait to work with you!
Living my Yoga as I Travel
It is a wonderful feeling for me to stretch and move, and breathe deeply. That feeling becomes deeper and more exhilarating when I practice outside and while traveling. Mastering a headstand in the center of a valley floor at the foot of a majestic mountain turns everything upside down changing my perspective, making my heart beat faster and my breath slow down. Catching my breath as I stop in wonder at the immense beauty that surrounds me is my yoga. Here are some of my favorite images on the road. Where have you traveled? How do you feel when you practice your yoga everywhere?