When a book falls on your head in a bookstore, you pay attention. The book was, “Yoga & Common Sense,” written by Ina Marx. I was 17-years old. So began my yoga journey. Ina Marx's story of rehabilitation using yoga methods after surviving a fire and jumping out of a 3rd story window to save her life was so compelling, Her story convinced me yoga helps us heal and I set out on a path of discovery. Ina sustained a fractured spine, broken pelvis, internal injuries and miscarriage. Post-traumatic stress, a term not yet officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association at the time of her injuries, was surely another condition affecting Ina’s health. She writes, “as my body changed, my mental outlook and attitude did also… It was nothing drastic or sudden, but a slow manifestation of character change… I was healthier and more energetic. For the first time in years, I fell asleep easily.”
I read Ina’s book cover to cover many times, practiced the poses again and again, and pondered her philosophies. It was a few years before I found a yoga studio where I could practice regularly. Chicago Yoga Institute at Fullerton and Clark in Chicago, long gone but not forgotten, was where I refined and honed the foundation of yoga which has become my lifelong practice. As I look back, I was called to yoga therapy. Yoga has helped me recover from injuries and stay centered during various life changes. I’ve trusted the process, and it works.
Now an IAYT certified yoga therapist (certified by The International Association of Yoga Therapists), an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher( Yoga Alliance), certified meditation teacher, relaxation guide and laughter yoga leader with more than twelve hundred hours of training including training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), yoga for cancer, pain management, and trauma through the Veterans Yoga Project and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, I bring my passion for the practice of yoga and meditation as self-care to hospitals, wellness centers, studios, corporate and private settings and community centers in the region.
My teaching is happy, educational, nurturing and lighthearted. My goal is to provide a safe, peaceful, inclusive environment.