I began my yoga practice 20 years ago after a back injury. A few years later, I started teaching one snowy Saturday morning when our teacher was late. She asked me to continue after she arrived and then I began to assist her classes. Most of the classes were for beginners and I wanted to be challenged more so we agreed that I would teach an intermediate course which I designed. My instructor and owner of Fit To Be Tied yoga studio reviewed, attended, and evaluated my course. At about the same time I received teacher training for yoga for pregnancy and then started a class at Fit To Be Tied.
Not long after that I was approached by a horse farm to teach their riding students "Yoga for Equestrians" in preparation for a clinic they were holding with the creator of the method, Linda Benedik. I attended the clinic and worked with Linda. She gave me her approval to continue teaching her method.
In 2003, I moved from Cobleskill, New York to Morrisville, New York to teach environmental sciences full time. It was at that time that I stopped teaching yoga for a period of time. I was taking classes a Caz Fitness in Cazenovia, New York. My instructor was giving up his Saturday morning class and recommended me. I continued with that class until my work load at the state university caused me to give it up in 2008. I substituted on occasion from there on out.
I continue my practice because it allows not only freedom of physical movement, but it gives me peace of mind which I carry through to every aspect of my life. I like teaching yoga because it offers equal opportunity of movement to all who want to give it a try. I enjoy showing people through example and modifications that regardless of ability that they too can do yoga. We do not have to look like magazine covers. As instructor, I get to share my passion for yoga, help people find their way to the positive benefits that yoga offers, and watch them develop their own practice to fit their life. My recent move to Fairbanks has allowed me to make some great positives life changes including renew my teaching practice."