About the Practitioner
As a sociologist and educator I have observed and explored the connections between society, one's unique experiences, and their impact on individual thought patterns, behaviors, and health for over 20 years. I have witnessed an alarming increase in anxiety, insomnia, depression, and other related states that can manifest as disease, chronic pain, and the inability to feel safe and relaxed in one's own mind and body. As someone who has experienced anxiety and chronic pain for many years I sought out yoga and meditation as a means to feel better. What I discovered was that we all have incredible self-healing mechanisms at our fingertips: our body and our awareness. The change in my quality of life was so profound that I felt called to share these transformative practices with others.
The exploration of my own physical, mental, and emotional states was very revealing, not always pleasant, but definitely worthwhile. I needed a lot of support along the way in order to refine my practices. Having teachers who knew how to support me as I released stuck energies from the body and let go of thought patterns that weren't serving me was crucial. What I learned through feeling, not thinking, was that when I allowed my attention to be present with my body, those self-healing mechanisms did the rest of the work. When we consciously choose how we respond to our inner and outer worlds we create a healthier body, decrease the stress response, increase relaxation, and connect more with others.
It was amazing to see how my symptoms decreased and what spaciousness was created for ease and joy to be more present in my day-to-day experience. My sleep improved and I was able to let go of thoughts that would once take over my mind. Essentially, life just felt easier. I was less judgmental of myself and others. In addition, my chronic pain was more manageable. I kept enrolling in trainings to help me develop my proficiency in using and sharing these profound mind-body modalities for wellness. Because many states of disharmony in the mind and body stem from trauma, much of my focus has been trauma centered in order to safely and proficiently support people as they navigate their own inner worlds.
Gratitude is abundant each time that I see a client cultivate the skill of awareness and be able to apply the most effective mind-body tool for their own unique experience. As they become conscious of arising physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions and are present with them, I have the privilege of witnessing them as they become empowered partners in their own health and well-being.
M.Ed. Integrated Studies
Certified Yoga teacher (200-Hour Sadhana Yoga School)
Certified iRest® Teacher
Certified Warriors At Ease Teacher
Certified Reiki Master
Trained Qi Gong Teacher
Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga (300-hour) with Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy
NHPA 2017 Trauma Symposium
The Body Keeps the Score: New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment - Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Trauma and Internal Family Systems Therapy: Working With Couples and with the Parts of The Trauma Therapist - Dr. Richard Schwartz
The Biology and Psychology of Trauma and Recovery: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Embodied Awareness - Dr. Jim Hopper