I had never been fond of yoga. I thought it was ridiculous. How could it be beneficial to lay perfectly still and just focus on your breath? But, in 2008, after experiencing unexpected improvements in my health when I simply changed the way I was breathing, my curiosity about “how yoga works” led me to enroll in a year long, 200-hour teacher training program.
Because I am an empiricist at heart (holding a degree in psychobiology and K-adult science teaching credential), I was fascinated by how such simple yoga movements and subtle "breath work" could heal the body as well as improve my emotional health. After my 200-hr training, I went on to become a 500-hr registered yoga teacher, and then followed with three and a half years of study in Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx Program. I then completed my yoga therapy practicum under Dr. Amy Wheeler, recent president of the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT). After logging hundreds of hours with individual clients, I became a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT).
I established Pause for a Pose Yoga in 2009, so named because I strongly believe that simply pausing to notice how you are doing, can help bring immense positive changes to your health and wellbeing. Pausing allows you to become aware of your breathing patterns, as well as your movement and thinking patterns, and to learn how to change what is necessary.
The science behind yoga is absolutely fascinating. Focusing on your thoughts, or using a yogic breathing technique, or placing your body in a certain yoga posture, all effect the nervous system in specific ways. I love explaining the science behind yoga to my clients and students. Explore some of the offerings on the workshop page if you are also curious how yoga works.
My degrees in psychobiology, science education, and special education allow me to work with clients ranging from an 80-year-old student with a hip replacement to a 16-year-old with ADD. When I am not teaching yoga, you can find me in the garden, going for a walk, spending time with my adult daughters, or teaching my dog some new "yoga tricks."