The best thing about Yoga is… its universal healing power across age, gender, ethnicity, religion, body type, lifestyle, health status, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics that might separate people. It brings our beings together with all the other beings of the Universe!
Without yoga … I get scattered really easily. Yoga brings my focus back here and now. All together again.
I am not defined by … by praise or criticism. I am, that’s it.
Love is… the highest power of all!
The best hugs are … those that bring you close, heart to heart, and make you feel completely safe and free to be anyway that you are.
The best time of day… every time of day and night – it’s all part of the experience.
I heart Cleveland because… my people are here! And after living in several different places, and visiting numerous cities, Cleveland is the only place where you can find a yoga studio and vegan-friendly restaurant on almost every corner, be exposed to every form of creative arts, have a great view of the sunset over our beautiful Lake Erie, and meet the friendliest and most open-hearted people anywhere!
Locally you might find me … at Nature’s Bin buying vegan croissants.
If I could live anywhere I would live… on a very large plot of land, in a big ole house, by the ocean, with all the beings I love.
To keep things interesting … I have spontaneous dance parties in my room and/or rock concerts in my car.
Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
My first yoga class was through the Lakewood Board of Education in 1990 – my sister, myfriend, and I took it in the evenings during our sophomore year in high school. I remembered learning sun salutations, savasana, relaxation, and lots of adults in the class falling asleep and snoring. However, 11 years ago, things were pretty rough in my life – simultaneously having gone through a relationship break up, living in a different state away from my support network, and working on a doctoral degree. Things were falling a part, until I found yoga again. Yoga helped me to feel more, accept myself fully, and love unconditionally.
Inner Bliss Yoga studio was one of the first studios I attended when I returned to yoga. I remember that my first class was with Tammy Lyons. On a summer afternoon, the room was warm in temperature, and particularly warm in heart. It was the first time that I felt that thing that happens after you get beyond the workout and physicality of yoga – the heart light. I remember feeling home when I was in that class – like actually home in myself. It changed the course of my life, and has influenced my work as a mental health counselor and yoga teacher.
In May 2012, I became a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Marni Task Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training, in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, I was registered in February 2013 with the national organization of yoga teachers, Yoga Alliance, as a Registered Yoga Teacher. In my kids yoga classes, I aim to provide children an opportunity to get in-tune with themselves and the beings of this world. My goal is to foster open-mindedness, open-heartedness, loving kindness, and intentional action. With the use of music, games, creative play, and experiential activities, kids learn poses that energize, motivate, calm, focus and unite them. I believe in the inner wisdom of each child, and so I integrate students’ knowledge about themselves with a structure that will allow them to have fun and learn ways to calm, cope, and lovingly care for themselves and other beings in their lives.