Movement and yoga have saved my structural life. By “structural life” I mean my ability to inhabit my body in a pain-free way, to move through space with suppleness and flexibility and to find joy in movement—both simple and complex. I have been dancing and moving since I was born, but it was not until I seriously committed to the practice of yoga that I was truly able to arrest the progression of my scoliosis.
Yoga is the perfect synergy of opposites. This magnificent discipline encourages the body to boost the level of flexibility, to increase length, while at the same time challenging the body to become stronger and more grounded.
I am a trained modern dancer and Certified Personal Trainer, and have been teaching and coaching 1992. In 1999 I became the Program Director of the fitness department in a large municipal community center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Since 2007 I have been a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Though I am a student of Iyengar Yoga, I chose to certify at Kripalu because I wanted to become a teacher who combined respect for precision and alignment, with movement, music and whimsy. Kripalu is the yoga of self-discovery, and for those of us with scoliosis, every day is a different journey.
In 2008 I became a Yoga For Scoliosis Trainer. I spent a blissful week in Mexico with Elise Miller focusing specifically on learning how to teach yoga to those with scoliosis. It was a rigorous, provocative and healing experience. I left with a profound admiration for the body’s ability and desire to realign itself and find its own pathway for easing chronic pain.
I am also a Cancer Exercise Specialist and work with cancer survivors, teaching them a combination of yoga, dance, fitness, breath-work and meditation, inspiring their bodies and hearts to heal and move toward wellness.
I recently launched my DVD, The Next Step, Vol.1: Restorative Exercise After Breast Cancer. It is a one-on-one exercise program designed to help breast cancer survivors restore their stamina, strength, range of motion and self-confidence. The Next Step consists of four separate classes, including a guided relaxation segment. The classes on this DVD are a natural mix of fitness, yoga and dance. They are designed to guide individuals to progress at their own pace while in the privacy of their home. For information about The Next Step, Vol.1: Restorative Exercise After Breast Cancer please go to www.exerciseafterbreastcancer.com.