I tried yoga over ten years ago while I was working at a desk job full-time. I did not initially connect with the practice. I remember thinking, “Well, it is nice to stretch,” but I didn’t have a real commitment and only went to classes on occasion.
Then, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I desperately needed to feel better in my rapidly changing body. I decided to try yoga again…and I was hooked! Not only did yoga help soothe my tired body and anxious mind, but I also met a wonderful community of other new mamas. My weekly yoga classes helped me connect with my body, my breath, and my growing baby in a meaningful way. When my labor started, I used yoga poses, breath work, and visualizations during my three-day labor experience. (Yes, you read that correctly – three days!)
After my daughter was born, I returned to my yoga practice with dedication. I found that a combination of asana, pranayama, and meditation helped me manage my postpartum depression and the challenges of being a new mama. (Well, those three things + a supportive husband + a great community of fellow mamas + chocolate.) I discovered that something about this practice – the harmony of breath and movement, the focus of turning inward – spoke to me on a deep level. I decided to make the transition from being a student to becoming a teacher.
I finished my 200-hour training at Dragonfly Yoga in Livermore, CA with Suzanna Spring and Laurie Gallagher. I also knew that I wanted to teach expectant and new mamas, so I completed my prenatal and postnatal yoga training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco, CA with Jane Austin.
I teach what I practice: vinyasa flow classes, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, and family yoga. In some private sessions and group classes, I also teach students how to use soft yoga therapy massage balls. Additionally, I am an infant massage educator, which means I have the honor of teaching massage techniques to help parents connect with and soothe their babies.
Off the mat, I hold a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from UC Berkeley and a teaching certificate from UC Santa Barbara. I have taught ESL and writing, been a freelance editor, and managed a conflict resolution office. I now reside in Livermore with the best husband in the world, a hilarious 5 year-old, and more yoga mats than one person can possibly need.