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With ambitions to help repair the world, I spent many years working as an attorney, teacher and community activist before I became a yoga instructor. Sharing the teachings and practices of yoga is the best way that I can do my work in the world. Yoga fosters growth, understanding, compassion and conscious living.
I found my way into yoga when my children were young, and I was seeking a deeper connection to myself and a supportive, nurturing community. I immediately loved how I felt during yoga: elevated, buoyant and clear, the resonance of which remained long after the class ended. I enjoyed the interesting and conscious conversations that were that were happening at the studios. When my youngest of three entered kindergarten, I enrolled in my first of many life-changing yoga trainings.
I have had the privilege to teach yoga to students of all ages, backgrounds, physical abilities and belief systems for 15 years. The students that I have met along the way have taught me more than I could ever teach them. I am blessed and grateful.
Read this recent article in Real Simple on my mid-life career shift to share my passion for yoga.
My mission is to create a welcoming, brave, inspiring and judgement free-space where individuals can come together, explore, learn and experience the transformative practice of yoga. That space may be in yoga studios, wellness destinations, community programs, places of worship, teacher trainings in virtual circles. That space is always open to everyone.
Approach, Style and Lineage
While each yoga class I offer is unique (depending on the season or time of day, the physical space and our collective intention), you can always expect clear instruction on alignment and breath, safe, progressive sequencing with options for adapting or varying postures, and a supportive community. I teach in a style that honors the roots of classical yoga developed and codified in India and is informed by decades of personal practice and training in the Hatha, Ashtanga, vinyasa flow and Yin styles.
You may hear me say in class: "Stand in a way that embodies how you want to be and feel today. . ." Through an embodied practice, I believe how you show up on your yoga mat can set the template for how you want to show up in the world.
Through a steady-paced, soulful vinyasa flow style practice with quiet moments for self-inquiry and contemplation, it is my hope to guide students inward to experience peace.
Whether on Zoom through a curated playlist, or in studio with a soundtrack of uplifting songs and intentional silence, you can always look forward to music that will add to your experience.
Trainings, Certifications & Study
I am a dedicated student and practitioner of vinyasa flow-style yoga, yin yoga and different styles of meditation. A workshop-enthusiast and life-long student, I have completed the following trainings. I am grateful for the spiritual seekers and teachers from India who developed and codified these practices and my own teachers who have skillfully shared them with me.
Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr) at Moksha Yoga Center with Daren Friesen, 2008
Yoga for Depression and Anxiety Training (35 hr) with Amy Weintraub, 2009
Apprenticeship in yoga therapy with Gabriel Halpern, 2009
Yin Yoga and Anatomy Training (35 hr) with Paul Grilley, 2011
Smart Flow Teacher Training (35 hr) with Annie Carpenter, 2012
Yoga for Cancer Survivors Training (100 hr) with Laura Kupperman, 2012
Advanced Teacher Training (500 hr) at Yogaview with Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearney, Claire Mark, Geri Bleier, Sara Strother, Megan Dunne, 2014
Apprenticeship in Classical Hatha Yoga with Paul Weitz, 2015-6
Mindfulness Meditation Immersion and Teacher Training at Chill Chicago, Fall 2018
Kenissa Cross Training for Jewish Spiritual Leaders and Educators, 3-day Immersion, December 2019
Yin Yoga Training (35 hr) with Chuck Frenkel, February 2020
Advanced Teacher Training (500 hr) with Sharyn Galindo at North Shore Yoga, 2020
Reiki Cerification with Veronique Frede, 2021
Sacred Text Study and Meditation with Ramaa Krishnan at Full Bloomed Lotus, 2012-present
Torah Study and Jewish Mindfulness with Orot - Center for New Jewish Learning, 2016-present
Additionally, I have led multiple yoga teacher trainings (Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hour) including:
Reach Yoga in Glencoe, Illinois: Fall 2015-6, and Winter 2017
Yogaview in Chicago, IL in Summer 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023
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