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Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

In 1995 I stepped into my first yoga class offered by the university I was attending. The teacher, a beautiful and inspiring woman, led us through a meditative practice inspired by her work in Kundalini yoga. Week after week I looked forward to her class with anticipation.

I continued to practice different styles of hatha yoga, from Iyengar to Jivamukti, and was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in 1999. The dynamic Ashtanga Vinyasa practice altered my relationship to yoga, to myself and ultimately to everything around me. The physical challenge of this yoga style is just the shell surrounding the real core of the teaching, which is, in the end, a divine union of body, mind and Spirit.

In January and February of 2005 I trained with Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, South India. To practice Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga direct from the masters of the lineage was a transformational experience, enriching both my personal practice and my teaching. In 2003 I completed an intensive teacher training course with Paul Dallaghan of Centered Yoga in Thailand, and was certified as a yoga instructor. I have been blessed to study with internationally renowned yoga teachers, including Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Paul Dallaghan, Doug Keller, Bruno Dietziker, Michael Gannon, Louisa Sear, Aadil Palkhivala, Nancy Gilgoff, and Gabriella Pascoli.

Since 2007 my yoga journey has revolved around raising and caring for my two lovely small children. As a new mother I am living yoga in a very different way than I did before. I have learned to appreciate the wisdom of yoga's philosophical teachings by applying them in dealing with the joys and challenges of parenting. Every day my children remind me that life is in the here and now. Their curiosity, innocence and boundless love have brought me back to the origins where life pulsates, and have taught me appreciation and acceptance of what is. 

In 2009 I was awarded the Birthlight Perinatal Yoga Diploma from the Birthlight Trust in the UK and am a qualified teacher of Prenatal and Postnatal yoga.

Yoga is a life long journey for me. I embrace every opportunity to learn and further my practice, and this includes sharing what I know with others. Through my teaching, I encourage students to shift their attention inside themselves, to cultivate acceptance and to recognize that at the core of their being they can find peace, joy and harmony. By becoming aware of the changes that happen from moment to moment in the practice, I encourage students to live more fully in the present, and to accept that change is the nature of our existence, that nothing stays the same from one moment to the next. I hope this awareness will open the minds and hearts of my students and lead them to greater understanding and compassion towards themselves and all beings – both on and off the mat.

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