I was born in Long Island, NY. At 4 years of age we moved. I grew my roots in Hendersonville, NC in the mountains.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?
I was introduced to yoga by a girlfriend in 2004. It was myself, her, a Baron Baptiste video and a cramped condo living room/kitchen space. To this day I still remember us both dying and moaning about holding Crescent Lunge for a mere 30 seconds. I had never experienced my muscles igniting with such instant and unexpected heat, breaking out into immediate sweat, or being so darn challenged by such a deceptively easy looking balance posture. My curiosity was as ignited as my musculature and within the week I had trooped off to Yoga for Life and found my first teachers, Debbie George and Mary Lou Buck. Beware, yoga will not leave you the same as it found you.
HOW HAS IT HELPED YOU OFF THE MAT?
Ultimately it has erased the separation between “on” and “off” the mat. I believe “off” the mat is where the Real Yoga begins. Yoga “on” the mat is a mere warm up, a luxury laboratory. All of the tools: experimenting, patience, non judgement, endurance, joy, frustration, exploration, introspection, and pure presence, that we are encouraged to tap into in our physical practice mean little unless we bring dimensionality to them by taking them out into the world and practicing. It is my belief that all of these virtues are meant to be continuously cultivated for the love, support and evolutionary advancement of our fellow man, creatures and the earth.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH AND WHERE/WITH WHOM DID YOU DO YOUR TEACHER TRAINING?
I took my 200 RYT Teacher Training locally in October 2008-March 2009 with Sarah Faircloth, Kelley Gardener and Stacey Milner Collins in the Anusara style. I took the teacher training with the initial impulse of just deepening my own personal practice and understanding of the system of Yoga. But as life often has it, a secondary impulse which I could not ignore (no matter how hard I tried) was to teach and be of service to others somehow.
WHAT STYLES AND WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE TEACHERS?
I have been influenced by Anusara style, and Vinyasa style in the beginning years; currently my practiced is influenced by Qi Gong and Tai Chi principles and movement. My eternal and favorite teacher is Nature. Locally I also love Shari Deitchman, Dr. Kim, Debbie George and Dia Stieger. Distantly I have enjoyed Dr. Nan Lu. My toughest and most rewarding teachers though are my husband, my Dad, and a 3 year old I am currently babysitting.
I Ching, The Tao of Pooh, Tao Te Ching, The Web That Has No Weaver, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, The Play of Conciousness
WHAT DO I DO OFF THE MAT?
I am also a landscape/garden designer so I live happily outdoors. I enjoy growing all plants: herbs, vegetables, and flowers. I get a real deep pleasure from preserving the harvest: canning, dehydrating, natural drying and freezing. I am learning to dry and blend herbal teas. In the winter I love knitting fireside. I treasure practicing Tai Chi with my girlfriend once a week. When the opportunity presents itself, there is nothing finer than a front porch date with my husband, rocking in rocking chairs and listening to the birds and watching Nature. I have recently begun studying Biodynamic Farming and Quantum Agriculture to gain a greater perspective of this amazing world. Its great to study something that makes your brain hurt in a whole new way.