I found yoga in 2010, when the Breathe Together Yoga (BTY) Studio (formerly Breathe Los Gatos) first opened.  Initially, I thought was that yoga would provide a “good stretch” to compliment my marathon training.  I was running upwards of 50 miles per week with weekend log runs up to 22 miles.  My body was tight and chronically sore.  Very quickly, I discovered that yoga offered me so much more than just a stretch.  Yoga armed me with the tools to navigate the stress of life in Silicon Valley as a single mom and widow.  It also served as a path to deeper healing from the loss of several loved ones including my husband and step-father.

In 2012, I started my journey towards becoming a yoga teacher with a trip to India for a 100 hour collaborative training between BTY’s JOY of Yoga teacher training program and Yogalife‑International’s program.  In the following year, I completed an additional 200 hours of training (Dynamic and Therapeutics) with BTY’s JOY of Yoga Program and immediately enrolled in the 500 hour TT program.

Around the same timeframe, I was confronted with unresolved issues surrounding a diagnosis of chronic back pain.  I opted to continued study, logging 500+ hours towards my certification, and used my practice to navigate self healing.  The Ashtanga Yoga Method, with the Tristana (breath, posture and gaze), gave me the ability to find some separation from the discomfort, was a medium towards transformation and further healing.  Through a mysore-style practice I was able to meet the discomfort each day on the mat and saw that, like the shapes made in doing the asanas, the discomfort showed up differently each day as well.

With my yoga teacher training certification, I am excited to able to share my passion for yoga with others.  As a student first, my six-day-a-week practice informs and inspires my teaching.  I am so grateful for the practice, the healing it has brought me (physically and emotionally), and for the many teachers who have showed me the way.

In addition to yoga, my other play includes spending time with my sons, obstacle course racing (OCR), hiking/backpacking, running, and all things outdoors.

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