My life has been a journey of success…strong upbringing, good education, good job, successful career, lots of family and friends that care about me. I was, and am, a Type A personality all the way. I attributed my success to that personality trait. People would describe me as driven, hard working and ambitious. Once they got to know me, they would also say that I was passionate, caring, supportive and very down to earth. With all of that I always felt empty, a bit lost and as if I was ‘missing’ something, in life and in myself. But I assumed that if I kept my head down and worked hard my efforts would bring me the contentment I was craving.
I had always been curious about yoga but thought it was too ‘hippie dippie’ and was afraid of what others would think about me if I ‘did yoga’. It took a significant life event to get me into a yoga class. My marriage came to a difficult end. I was feeling isolated, empty and hopeless. All of my hard work had definitely not paid off in this endeavor. That is when yoga came to me, literally….one day there was a flyer on my car windshield for a free yoga class. What did I have to lose? I could not see how I was going to move forward, so I went….and have not stopped practicing ever since.
The physical practice of yoga has helped me to feel good about my body and calmed my busy mind. The study of yoga principles has shown me the path to self acceptance thru awareness and acceptance. I have learned to accept my ego for the gifts it has brought, but also recognize when it is driving me down a path that is not right for me or ‘just because.’ I am more conscious of my thoughts and beliefs and how they influence the choices that I make. I am living a more conscious life.
It is these gifts of yoga that I would like to bring to others: contentment, happiness and ease. My approach is gentle and individualized. I will meet you where you are, adapting yoga poses and concepts to address your unique needs. I will use ‘normal’ words, not a bunch of airy fairy Sanskrit to help you understand the pose or concept. I will explain the biological and physiological benefits of the poses and breathing techniques. You will understand exactly why we are doing what we are doing and how it will help you.
If you are looking for greater ease, contentment and happiness in your life, yoga can help. If you want a teacher that can bring yoga to you, on your agenda, at your pace contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training and Certifications:
Teaching Certifications and Registrations:
•Yoga Therapy, 500 hour, YogaLife Institute, Devon, PA June 2012
•Yoga Therapy, 500 hour, Loyola Marymount University, August 2011
•200 hour teacher certification, Westlake Yoga, Westlake Village CA, July 2008
•Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
•Registered Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists
•Semi Private Yoga Therapy Instructor, Eviama Spa, Philadelphia PA, March – Oct 2012
•Yoga Instructor, Eviama Spa, Philadelphia, PA, 2010 – 2012
•Level 2 Vinyasa, True Yoga, Westlake Village, CA, Sept – Dec 2008
•Level 1 Assistant, YogaWorks, Westlake Village, CA, July – Dec 2008
Yoga Training and Workshops:
•Yoga Therapy, Level 1, YogaLife Institute, Devon, PA, June 2012
•Yoga Therapy, Level 1, Loyola Marymount University, August 2011
•Support Instructor, Living Beyond Breast Cancer fund raiser, Yoga on the Steps, May 2010
•Three Day Intensive – Desiree Rumbaugh & Sienna Miller, December 2008
•Ojai Yoga Crib, 3 days/12 hours of instruction each year, October 2007
•Ojai Yoga Crib, 3 days/12 hours of instruction each year, October 2006
•One day workshop – Desiree Rumbaugh, January 2006
•Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference, 2 days, January 2006
•Ojai Yoga Crib, 3 days/12 hours of instruction each year, October 2005
•One day workshop – Desiree Rumbaugh, September 2004
•Regular Hatha practice since 2000