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I am a certified yoga and public school teacher, and have been facilitating yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes for adults and children in my local community for over 18 years.
Initially, as many do, I came to yoga for a physical practice that could increase my strength and flexibility, which was important to me as a former gymnast and dancer. At that time, I was going through much stress in my personal life navigating unhealthy relationships, substance abuse, and the general feeling of being out of control.
Little did I know that my newfound practice of yoga was going to allow me to rise above these feelings - and would reveal a new path for the rest of my life.
Many of us suffer from anxiety disorder, panic attacks and certainly depression. Entering into the practice of yoga during my early twenties revealed to me that I was struggling with all three.
Although I had been experiencing the symptoms that typically go with anxiety for most of my life, I had never labeled the feelings as “anxiety.” In fact, I grew up in a home in which difficult emotions were neither discussed nor validated. I was taught that a deity was in control of my experience, not me. These beliefs created an environment in which I felt completely out of control.
It wasn't until I began to experience debilitating, daily panic attacks that I knew I had hit a rock bottom of sorts. I felt like the symptoms of anxiety were bigger than me.
Learning the physical practice of yoga taught me that I could be in control of my body. This led to the exploration of transcendental meditation and the concept of body/mind communication. I learned to find stillness and breath. I learned that I could not control my experience, but I absolutely could control my reaction to the experience. I learned to apply the technique of controlling my reaction to events, and to navigate my thoughts and emotions objectively.
I draw from the traditions of Kundalini, Iyengar and Ashtanga yogas, and emphasize the importance of a regular practice that integrates yoga, meditation and mindfulness exercise.
Recently, in my professional life, I have been creating and teaching mindfulness programs in the Addison County public school system at all grade levels.
I am also currently a low residency graduate student at Goddard College in Vermont and am working toward a Masters in Education with an emphasis on School Counseling. It is my vision to one day integrate a holistic, mindfulness curriculum into the standard school counseling practice.
In addition to private and group instruction, I also facilitate a non-profit yoga studio located in Vergennes, Vermont called Vergennes Movement, and teach group yoga classes for a large local corporation.
We are all experiencing heightened stress right now, making a regular practice more important now than ever before. During these difficult times, if you or some you know is in need of special or free pricing, please contact me.
Over time, I began to understand that the practice of yoga cultivates quite possibly the most powerful skill we can possess as humans living in our high stress, desensitized culture.
So often anxiety prevents us from reaching our full potential. In order to align with our highest calling, we must be in a state of mental, emotional, and physical calm and clarity. I discovered that meditation and yoga could bring me into this peaceful state, and more importantly, that I had the capacity to cultivate this state no matter what was going on around me. This is self-actualization.
I believe that the key to peace is learning to find and maintain calm in the face of chaos. And, I believe that I am here to share these skills with others, and to hold space for individuals during this exploration of self.
I offer a range of services for all ages - youth to mature - from private and small group instruction to prenatal and postnatal, even corporate workshops (online and virtual).