I'm originally form the UK, and had my first relaxation meditation experience back in the late 80's for post childhood trauma and abuse. At the time I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do, but I know I felt very relaxed when I left the sessions! From there I dabbled in the Chakra's a while, and explored some of the breathing techniques I had been shown in the meditation classes. Fast forward to 1998 and I had been living in the US for 7-8 years when my Mum died very suddenly from breast cancer back in the UK. Upon returning to the US I started attending a relaxation group that was held by Group Health at the time in Seattle WA. I recalled my experience from when I had first experienced this back in the UK, and how much it had helped with anxiety and depression. While I was attending the group I also started doing yoga because of a repetitive stress injury that I acquired while I was a graphic artist. At the time I had no idea how these practices I had just started would affect and alter the course of my life. After about 2 months of practicing yoga I noticed my range of motion in my right shoulder had greatly improved, and I have continued my practice ever since 1999. I have used both my practices to deal with many different things that life has thrown at me, from physical and emotional, to the daily stresses that each of us face every day.
My education and teaching Yoga has spanned nearly a decade. From the time I taught children’s yoga to my preschoolers in 2010, and teaching children and adults in studio’s, to running my own yoga business, and developing a early childhood educational yoga program called Literacy in Yoga™. I embarked upon my educational journey in October 2012 while living in GA for a short period of time. Since then my teaching and educational journey has progressed through the following qualifications -
RYT 200 - Atlanta Yoga Fellowship, Graham Fowler, GA 10/2012-02/2013
Level 1, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, GA, 2013
Level 1, Grounded Children's Teacher, GA, 2013
RCYT - Radiant Child Yoga, Shakta Khalsa, 07/2013-04/2015
Essential Lower Back Program, Yoga for Neck and Shoulders, Robin Rothenberg, WA 2013 & 2014
Street Yoga, WA 2013
Level 1, NGY Children's Yoga Teacher, WA 2014
iRest® Yoga Nidra - Integative Restoration Institute, training's as follows -
Level 1 Teacher in Training, WA 10/2015
Level 2 Teacher in Training, CA 02/2017
iRest® Certified Yoga Nidra Teacher 12/2019
Anatomy Awareness in Asana Workshop, Julie Gudmestad PT, Portland OR 08/2018
RYT 300 Alignment based Hatha Yoga, Rachel Lundberg, Portland OR 04/2019-03/2020
Yoga for Osteoporosis, Dr. Loren Fishman, Portland Or 01/2020
Yoga for Arthritis, Dr. Loren Fishman, Online Training 06/2020
Accessible Yoga, Jivana Heyman, Online Training 06/2020
Yoga For Healthy Aging, Baxter Bell MD and Melina Meza, Online Training 08/2020
I have been truly honored to meet and train with some of the most amazing teachers over the years, and I thank them for the gift of knowledge that they so honorably bestowed upon me, heart felt thanks to – Graham Folwer, Doug Keller, Shakta Khalsa, Jennifer Cabanero, Ann Douglas, Robin Rothenberg, Richard Miller PhD, Kirsten Guest, Noel Gullini, Rachel Lundberg, Julie Gudmestad PT, Julie Mathias, and Dr. Loren Fishman, Jivana Heyman, Baxter Bell MD, and Melina Meza
I would also like to send out a big heart felt thank you and hug to my mentor Christy Fisher, from Phinny Ridge Yoga, WA., thank you for your continuous wisdom and encouragement.
I believe that continuing education is crucial to maintaining a knowledgeable teaching philosophy, and passing this knowledge onto my students.
RYT Registered Yoga Teacher, and RCYT Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (95 hour specialty designation) both are awarded by Yoga Alliance. For More information about Yoga Alliance please visit their website www.yogaalliance.org