I started practicing yoga about ten years ago when I needed to switch away from running. I hadn't ran for a couple of years due to back problems. I was fearful of reinjury if I continued. Although I remained active physically in that two years, it was never at a level that was satisfying. I came to yoga by accident.
I tried some classes. I liked those classes. I went more regularly. Then I didn't go regularly. I found it deceptively difficult. To me there were aspects of yoga that related to running though... an ineffable physical and mental experience. From those on-again/off-again beginnings, I slowly became more consistent in practice.
I am grateful for the diverse set of instructors and teachers I have had at Yoga Village and elsewhere. As I practice, I grow.
I hope to share the experience of yoga with others; the physical and mental benefits, the positive focus, and the general well being that yoga brings to me.
I began yoga 15 years ago, watching Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden videos. I used to think yoga was too “easy,” but quickly realized I was wrong. I came to my mat every time I was upset and needed to calm down. As time went on, I became more proficient, and then an interest in the philosophy and ancient teachings emerged. I moved from the east coast to California in 2011, and began an earnest practice with Holly Sigman and Yoga Village. The wonderful teachers at the studio continued to inspire me, and I made the decision to become a 200 hour certified instructor in 2014. Continuing this journey of knowledge, I recently graduated from the Yoga Village advanced teacher training program to become a 500 hour RYT.
I am a licensed speech language pathologist, working with the geriatric population in Arroyo Grande. As a yoga instructor, I am able to meld the 2 professions together, creating a balanced therapy program for my patients. I use yoga teachings, modified asanas, and meditation with my stroke patients, and can see what a difference it makes in their lives. Just as yoga has made a difference in my own life, it is a constant source of gratification to witness someone in distress from illness relax, breathe, and find a new way of looking at the world.
I teach yoga classes at work, privately, and at Yoga Village. Connecting mind and body with the breath has changed my life, and opened up a world of new perceptions and joys. I strive to share that with every student that crosses my path.