My grandmother first taught me about yoga practice from her own dedication to it during her long and healthy life. From sixteen years old, I set the foundations in my own way, from Integral yoga to Shiva Rea, moving from teachers to books with joyful ease. My practice injected a new force into my classroom teaching and consciously I began to pursue yoga in 1997, a year after my son was born. I found a teacher training at It’s Yoga Cincinnati which practiced a form of Ashtanga that sang to my bones. Lucky to have Indu Bala Bhardwaj and Amber Gean as my main teachers, I also had the honor to work with Larry Schultz, the founder of the Rocket series.
I moved to Vancouver to open It’s Yoga on Commercial Ave. in 2001. In those early years, teacher trainings with Tim Miller, Danny Paradise, Nancy Gilgoff , Dave Swenson and K.Pattabhi Jois enhanced my abilities as a teacher and student. I continue to renew and learn new forms and concepts to add to my accrued wisdom. Larry’s legacy to his students was a belief in the truth of one’s practice, to keep up the work, and experience the magic of the carpet as it takes you from where you think you are to where you dream of being/becoming.
Throughout these years, I have developed my own practice, on and off the mat. I have single handedly raised two amazing children, worked within schools and community services as an art therapist, and trained as an Adlerian therapist. I own and operate a small textile studio, The Black Cat, which contains my love of weaving, sewing, spinning and dyeing. I live a blessed life on the North Shore, and in gratitude I give myself to the good work of bringing yoga, the union of mind, body and spirit, to all who seek it.