I began my yoga practice in 2003 when I was looking for a way to maintain my strength and flexibility without having to travel to a health club all the time. After reading about the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and working with some video tapes at home I found myself in a workshop with Kathleen Kelly Hoffman. It didn’t take long for me to realize that yoga is so much more than strength and flexibility. I started attending classes regularly at Bay Area Yoga Center. I attended workshops as a way to deepen my personal practice; learning under Kathleen, Michael Stone from Toronto, and Dr. Mari Elaine Cobo (Ranjani) from California. I began my yoga teacher training with Kathleen in 2009 completing my training at the 200 hour RYT. I began teaching at BAYC in 2010 but what I enjoy about yoga is the fact that we all are teachers or students to one another. I know that there will always be more to learn every time I unroll my mat.
Besides practicing yoga, I have been a Registered Nurse for 31 years and that is my ‘day job’. I have benefited physically, emotionally, and spiritually from a regular yoga practice. The internal practice of yoga with breath and stillness allowed me to be free of problems with GERD (reflux disease). I was able to go off medication for this in 2005 and I haven’t had symptoms since then. Being able to share this knowledge with some of our patients has been a true benefit for those looking to find ways to stay healthy. Yoga is a lifelong practice. Helping others to start where they are at and learn to listen to their bodies fits right in with my philosophy as a nurse. I look forward to continuing my daily journey as a teacher and student of yoga.