In 1981 I began taking Hatha Yoga classes at the Yoga Institute of Houston with Lex Gillian. In 1987, after relocating to Chicago I began studying with Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center.
I completed my teacher training in with Suddha in 1995 and have been teaching ever since. Over the years I’ve studied many styles of yoga with many teachers. These include; Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Richard Freeman, Ayurveda and Yoga with Scott Blossom, Anusara Yoga with John Friend, Yin Yoga and anatomy with Paul Grilley, Yin and Vinyasa Yoga with Sarah Powers, Yin & Yang Yoga with Paulie Zink, yoga and anatomy with Tias Little and Visesha Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami.
I’ve also been influenced by the writings of Erich Schiffmann and T.K.V. Desikachar as well as the Buddhist teachings of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nat Han. I’m also always learning new things from my students as well. Everyone approaches yoga with a unique set of physical and emotional needs. With that in mind, I guide my students as they work to strengthen and open themselves within their own capacity. Over time they create their own practice, exploring and focusing on the asanas (yoga poses) and the processes that work best for them.
My classes combine soft Yin Yoga, which targets the connective tissues as well as more active poses that stretch and strengthen the muscles. I also emphasize the breath and encourage opening the heart and quieting the mind while practicing.