Yoga came into my life when my father and sister took me to their Ashtanga yoga teacher, Anthony "Prem" Carlisi, in 1998. I did Primary series, all of Primary series in my first class. I couldn’t move after class or the week after. I was humbled. I knew that I would practice yoga for the rest of my life. I didn’t know that I would teach, but Prem passed the torch to me when he moved away. After 15 years on the mat, I am still a lifelong student, still humbled and still in-love with the Practice.
After pursuing gymnastics in my youth I became immersed in dance. I spent many years on and off the stage performing ballet, modern and jazz, and musical theatre. I found my way off the stage and onto the mat after my first child. My yoga classes and teaching style are an ecclectic blend of many yoga traditions and cultures from living all over the world. I have been blessed to have studied with many yoga masters. Sri K. Phattbi Jois the father of Astanga yoga, John Friend the father of Anusara Yoga (Level1,2,3), Kundalini with Master Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and so many incredible teachers who helped me create and define my own flowing style. Sharron Gannon and David Life of Jivamukhti Yoga opened my eyes and my practice to incorporate the element of dance and flow in a unique and unorthodox Astanga mix style. I have been inspired by Shiva Rae, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern, Bhavani Maki, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sierra Sherman, Noah Maze, Jeff Martens, Ian Lopatin, David Romanelli and Dave and Cheryl Oliver, and my most profound teachers, my family.
Yoga opened me up to many ways of seeing and learning, communicating and growing. Yoga is opening, loving and evolving. Yoga is an ego corrective experience. Finding yoga has helped me practice gratitude everyday in every way.
My class is appropriate for all students willing to try something new and step out of what they might think is possible, ordinary or routine. With guidance and love I try to challenge each student while nourishing the body with breath and awareness and clarity of alignment.
I continue to practice and discover and teach Hatha, Astanga and Vinyasa flow classes daily in Phoenix , Arizona and workshops all over the globe. I have been involved with many 200 & 500 Teacher Training programs including At One Yoga, LifePower Yoga, Southwest Institue of Healing Arts, and Inner Vision Yoga.
Years Teaching Yoga:
Ashtanga Yoga (1&2 series)
Teacher Trainer 500 hour
Anusara Level 1&2
Kundalini Master Class/Yoga Nidra
Sumit Hot YOga sequence
Village Hot Yoga Program Development (VHY Sequence)
Get to know me:
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
I'm funny (just ask me), it seems my light hearted approach to a lifelong intense Practice has brought with it many stories and many experiences that I share in class. I bring my unique movement (professional dance & gymnastics) backround to find new ways of understanding our bodies, our breath and our minds.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
I want to be a part of the greater WHOLE, I want to contribute all I can and to continue working in the community and the world spreading the light of YOGA.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
Ashtanga yoga. At it has kept me on the mat ever since. I have explored many styles of yoga over my 30 years on the mat and I have now integrated my Ashtanga mix practice to include Kundalini, Iyengar, Jivamukhti and Bikram elements into a cohesive and dynamic, interesting and exciting practice each time we come to the mat.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
I am so grateful and blessed to have had Master Gurus (SRKP Jois, Tim Miller, Prem Carlisi, David Swenson, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, David Life, Sharon Gannon, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sean Corn) all along my yogic journey. I try to honor the tradition and the integrity and humility of the yoga Practice daily.
Being a teacher and being a student remain humbling and inspiring and elevating qualities. With over 30 years on the mat, I continue with new eyes and and open heart to embrace this journey inward and an awakening and understanding of the mind, body and spirit connection. I remain committed to my yoga Practice and to the lessons I learn on the mat and carry into my life.