There was never a time when I wasn’t inquisitive about nature and the workings of life. As a young teen, I remember escaping into the woods to read books on philosophy, searching for the words that would explain some of the profound experiences I had as a young child. While working my way through undergraduate school to become an educator, I studied how various herbs, foods and practices could affect the mind and the body. I remember influencing my college roommate on the benefits of eating unprocessed foods and helping my boyfriend’s dad overcome a debilitating condition through a radical diet shift. During college, I would take advantage of side courses (now called workshops) on things like alternative forms of energy. I also loved studying anthropology and psychology. During the first two years of college, I even had a huge garden where I would plant, grow, and harvest vegetables. Another practice I was interested in pursuing was yoga. But there was no support where I was living in the Pennsylvania hills back in those days. In search of this yoga, I moved to Boulder, Colorado and took advantage of other modalities while living in the foothills of the Rockies: macrobiotics, Eurythmy (therapeutic dance) and healing through sound and meditation–all the while teaching school to support myself. I later moved back to Pennsylvania, studied more about herbs and, interestingly enough, completed a master’s degree in Literature simply because I loved to read and to study. In the late 1980’s, I ended up moving to Florida after a friend in Boulder introduced me to her teacher or guru there. I moved to an ashram, had a child and taught in a private school. Feeling unfulfilled after 12 years of ashram living, I left, taking a break from all that ‘spiritual stuff.’ That lasted almost two years. Then something happened: I took a class at a local gym where the teacher was showing us how to breathe along with the movements in a style of yoga that I hadn’t practiced before. Though I had done some form of yoga for decades prior, I was hooked on how conscious breathing practices positively affected my health and my mind. And my search, much of it external, had now become decidedly internal. From that point on or almost 17 years ago, the ancient sciences of India came to me in beautiful waves and through incredible teachers and healers. These sacred sciences inform my life and also help me to help others during our profound journey here on this planet.
United States education: Pennsylvania State University; California University of Pennsylvania; California College of Ayurveda; The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
My main practices are in Florida and Oregon where I see clients, conduct workshops, and teach yoga and yogic principles.
*Licensed Massage Therapist Florida # MA93518; Oregon #25634
*Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Yoga Alliance
*Certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Ayurvedic Heath Counselor recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association
*B.S. Degree Education
*M.A. Degree Literature