Accredited Yoga Therapist - IAYT
Endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher & Mentor - Sarah Powers
Senior Prajna Teacher - Tias Little
E-RYT500 - Yoga Alliance
RYS 200 & 300 - Yoga Alliance
In teaching yoga, my deepest intentions are to expand minds, open hearts, and be a catalyst for discovering the wisdom and wonder of an embodied life. My classes and workshops draw from a wide and eclectic range of approaches to practice, including soft somatic work, intentional sequencing, long, sustained holds in poses, rigorous vinyasa, therapeutics, yin yoga, breath-work, individualized alignment, anatomy study, wisdom teachings, meditation, chanting, and open exploration of physical and mental awareness. I have taught over 30,000 hours of group classes, workshops, and teacher trainings, surpassing Yoga Alliance's standards for it's highest accreditation as an E-RYT-500, and lead 200 and 300 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher trainings. I am a Yoga Therapist accredited through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and have spent thousands of hours working therapeutically with private clients.
I began practicing yoga in 1989, and have been teaching since 1998. My early years of practice and teaching were devoted to vigorous vinyasa and hot yoga practice. During this time, I studied with Rolf Gates and assisted him at his vinyasa workshops. In 2001, I began studying with Tias Little. I am a senior teacher with Tias Little's Prajna Yoga, and was the first student to receive 500 hour certification from him. I have assisted Tias at his workshops and teacher trainings since 2005. In 2002, I became director of One Tree Yoga in Omaha, where I led annual yoga teacher training programs beginning in 2004. I completed the Insight Yoga Institute's 500 hour training with Sarah Powers in 2013, and have mentored students in her Insight Yoga Institute teacher trainings. Since relocating to New England in 2011, I have trained with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. In addition, I have attended thousands of hours of training with numerous internationally renowned teachers, including Eric Schiffman, Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Aadil Palkhivala, Richard Freeman, David Life, Anna Forrest, Sharon Gannon, Leslie Kaminoff, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Dharma Mittra, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. I am currently studying with Amy Matthews, co-author of Yoga Anatomy, through the School of Body-Mind Centering's® Somatic Movement Educator program.
In both my teaching and practice of yoga, I believe in doing what works for you while recognizing that all approaches which cultivate self inquiry and wisdom are worthy of respect. No one method is the only way for everyone: the narrow vision of fundamentalism only serves to strengthen the illusion of separation. In all aspects of my life, I make a sincere effort to practice what I preach, to learn from my mistakes, and to recognize that the study of yoga is the work of an entire lifetime.