I credit my yoga practice with so much that is good in my life!
- healthy body image
- strength, balance, coordination
- greater ability to manage stress
- breath and movement (so useful to be able to practice when giving birth)
- renewed faith
- opportunity to worship in mind, body, spirit
I have been a yoga practitioner since 1995. It has seen me through many changes-including a renewed faith in my late twenties that began on my mat. Soon after (around 2000) I considered becoming an instructor but it was not yet the time for me.
While pregnant with my daughter (2008) I practiced prenatal yoga and became interested again in instructing. I became certified in 2010 by Anna Winkler of Shakti Yoga (Maplewood, NJ) and Deb Kurrilla of Body of Light Yoga, whose backgrounds were Iyengar and Anusara Yoga. This was followed by a Prenatal, Postnatal, and Mommy & Me certification (all with Kelli DeFlora, of Montclair B.A.B.Y.).
During my initial 200 hour training, I learned about Holy Yoga. I was thrilled to discover that not only is my experience on the mat shared by others, there is an entire community from one side of the country to the other of like minded instructors supporting one another, praying for one another, and guiding one another through a very unique ministry. In Fall of 2011, I completed my Holy Yoga Certification process and immediately followed that with the Holy Yoga Master (500 hours) training. Last Spring I added Holy Yoga Touch (a therapeutic massage technique to be shared during practice) and most recently, completed Holy Yoga Leadership training.
I love showing fellow practitioners how to bring life and vitality into their bodies and spirits through the full worship experience of Holy Yoga.
My prenatal students are guided into healthier more mobile pregnancies. We also prepare for the birth itself with comfort measures, positions, and breathwork for labor being incorporated into class.