Wanting to broaden my sensitivity as a teacher, I finished Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Level 3 certification in 1996. I then pursued studies in anatomy and physiology at Old Dominion University and received certification as a health/fitness instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine in 1998. I'm a graduate of University of Richmond (BA, Liberal Arts). To my seemingly endless list of certifications, I am also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), licensed by the State of Virginia.
In 2001, I met Swami Shantimurti Saraswati of Ashram Yoga and I received training in Satyananda Yoga Nidra. This practice offers deeply healing relaxation and is now an integral part of my own practice and my teaching. To help my students in their home practice, I produced an instructional cd which is available through my website. I have been registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERT-500 level.
I worked at Williamsville Wellness, a residential addictions rehab facility in Hanover County, VA, from 2008 - 2013. I held weekly yoga classes and also offered individual yoga education, personal fitness training, and peer support. Yoga Nidra and meditation are helpful for people recovering from addiction and trauma. I was also responsible for client education and outpatient support. Currently, I am a counselor at an outpatient clinic in Richmond. In addition to facilitating IOP (Intensive Outpatient) groups, I manage a caseload of around 40 patients in our methadone treatment program.
Since moving to Richmond in 2006, I’ve led numerous workshops and have had the privilege of teaching at the James Center YMCA, Yoga Source, 4025 Yoga, Ellwood Thompson's, and the University of Richmond. I was honored to have led the first yoga class ever held at the Governor’s Mansion!n
I'm currently an ambassador for Project Yoga Richmond, lead corporate classes and offer private instruction locally.
Enjoy your practice!