I aim to compassionately assist my students in their journey from physical or mental discomfort to inner peace and transformation.
In 2005 I started practicing yoga as a way to manage intense chronic pain (fibromyalgia). After a consistent practice I experienced yoga’s profound ability to heal on more than just a physical level. From this experience came the desire to become a teacher and help others find freedom from pain as I did.
My alignment-based and tantric-influenced teaching style is a result of studying with a myriad of master teachers. I hold an Advanced 500-hr teaching certification through Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago and I am a certified Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher. I continue my studies in Tantric Hatha Yoga with Rod Stryker and Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga with Gabriel Halpern. I am grateful for the immense knowledge of all of the master and local teachers with whom I study.
Each class I teach is a unique blend of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), visualizations, and meditation. I challenge students to focus on alignment while relaxing the mind, to strengthen their bodies while flowing with the breath, and to let go while remaining grounded. I am extremely mindful of the delicate balance between effort and ease required for self exploration, healing and inner transformation to occur. Expect to leave my class feeling relaxed and refreshed.
In addition to teaching yoga classes, I lead yoga business workshops throughout the year to help teachers succeed as entrepreneurs and I am also the Founder of Relaxapalooza, the first yoga festival dedicated to relaxation. When I'm not teaching, you will find me spending time with my husband Chris, daughter Sienna, my dog Butters and my two cats.
What is tantric yoga?
The word Tantra can be translated as “to weave.” Similar to “Mindful” classes, Tantric yoga is an eclectic style that weaves together asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation and visualization. However, the Tantric style tends to place more of an emphasis on the energetic effects of the practice through the control of prana (life force energy). Physically, Tantric yoga classes integrate dynamic asana, static classical postures, and flowing vinyasa sequences together. Energetically, classes will explore bandhas, mudras, kriyas and extended breathwork for a truly integrative experience that will leave you feeling vibrant from the inside out.