I found yoga when I needed it most. I was an obese child and by the time I entered high school I was anorexic and bulimic, addicted to exercise and would get up at 5am to watch and complete various exercise programs, including yoga, though at the time I gave it no extra thought. It was only after being admitted to the EDP ward at a local hospital that a light turned on. Breaking free from this karma was very liberating and since then I have been dedicated to educating people that self-hatred, self-mutilation and self-starvation are not the ways to happiness or health. Yoga has also helped me with osteoarthritis pain management and control chronic bronchitis / asthma.
I have completed both Marsha Wenig’s YogaKids ™ 4 day training, and Shakta Kaur Khalsa’s Radiant Child Yoga Certifications ™Level I & II , Manju Jois’s Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training, Prenatal Yoga Training with Rhonda Kantor of Global Yoga twice, a year long Hatha Yoga Teacher training through The Temple of Kriya Yoga. I am also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. I have completed ALACE Doula Training and toLabor training and love working with women during this time of their lives as a professional trained doula and lactation educator through CAPPA. I am an E-RYT 200 registered with the Yoga Alliance and also am designated with the following specialties: RPYT,RCYT (registered prenatal and childrens’ yoga teacher).
I have training from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy levels I, II, & III. I am a Registered Thai Therapist with the Thai Healing Alliance Int’l. For several years I took FatChance Bellydance classes, Turkish and Egyptian Bellydance Classes and Tribal Style. I am a certified Dancing for Birth Instructor and licensed PIA Member teaching Piloxing Classes, Hoopnotica HoopFit & Minis. I’m a ZIN member offering Zumba Fitness classes including, Zumba Basic I & II, ZumbAtomic (kids) Zumba Gold (baby boomers) Zumba Toning (sculpting) Zumba Gold Toning , Zumba in the Circuit (30 minute circuit class), Zumab Sentao (Zumba utilizing a chair) and Aqua Zumba (water based). I am committed to growth as a practitioner and instructor and regularly complete additional workshops and trainings.
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I have lived, worked and owned businesses in Naperville, IL since 1993 with my family. Prior to my life in the Midwest I grew up on the East Coast, born in Connecticut and living most of my childhood in New Jersey among other places. I now live with my family in Portland, OR and could not be happier, we are so blessed to call the Pacific Northwest our home.
I met my soul mate years ago in a grocery checkout line, and our paths have always been running parallel. They finally crossed when we were married November 15, 2002. I have two amazing sons, and a wonderful daughter.
My teaching style, way of living and dealing with others is comprised of many pieces, a large portion of which is my exposure to different regions, diverse populations and distinct life experiences. My classes may not be for everyone, but I invite you to try and feel for yourself.