I graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with a degree in Social Work. Several years later I wanted to work in a physical capacity with older adults, but at that time, gerontology had not been brought into the universities. Attending York University for a year, I took classes through the phys ed department that I thought would help me meet my goals. I then worked at parks and recreation in their seniors drop in programs and on to long term care and retirement facilities. Working with the more frail elderly allowed me to work closely with the physiotherapists (now called Restorative Care).
12 years ago I trained to be a personal trainer. For the next 10 years I worked primarily in gyms, personal training and teaching some classes. I integrated pilates into many training programs leading to my becoming certified with Stott Pilates. From there the transition to yoga seemed natural.
Hatha Yoga teacher training was the beginning. From there I became a certified Yin Yoga teacher (a 100 hour course). Duke University offered a certification in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, in which we intensely studied such conditions as Hyper-tension, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, COPD, etc. That course led me to want to become a Yoga Therapist. That training took most of a year, during which time I also complete my Raja Yoga Immersion and Yoga for Arthritis certificates.
Teaching therapeutic yoga is my passion. I love helping people feel better. The participants in the classes become like a family with people caring about each other. It is a safe place to come and be quiet or come early or stay late and engage in conversation with others.
I pride myself in teaching classes that are different from many yoga studios or parks and recreation programs. These classes are personalized to your needs and abilities. I know everyone’s name and try to learn as much about you as I can to help you get the most out of each class. While practicing, I teach you why we do what we do. This knowledge will inspire you to work hard within your limits. I encourage you to practice what you learn in class at home.