My passion lies with helping others reach their fitness goals through gradual lifestyle changes. My attributes of persistence and patience are what I believe help me motivate others to be successful. I have a BA in Sociology from Cal State LA. I hold Personal Training certificates through NCCPT and ACE. I have spent three years as a Medical Assistant and one year as a Physical Therapy Aid and hold certifications for both positions as well as a Functional Aging Specialist certification through FAI. When I’m not training at the studio I love cycling up the coast, running on Fiscalini Ranch, backpacking, tending my garden or spending time with my grandkids.
Make physical fitness a lifestyle
Like many teachers, I started yoga for the fitness benefits. That was more than 25 years ago. My backround is in the practices of Iyengar, Kundalini, Raja and Ashtanga. My training was completed at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara and includes the study of Chinese Internal Exercises of Taoism as well as a degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin. I have been teaching yoga in Cambria since 2008. Big Sur had been a favorite camping spot so when my husband and I thought about making the move it was an easy decision. I love nature — the Monterey pines and the oaks, the birds, the ocean — and love to be outside on a trail just about every day!
Mindful movement conscious breathing
My objective is to help integrate the movements in class into your daily life through gentle movements and breathing. I am a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method and hold a MFA in dance from New York University. I taught dance for 15 years at Cal State Fresno before becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner. I'm foremost a teacher and enjoy working with diverse groups including the elderly, infants, those who have learning disabilities or who've had brain trauma injuries.
Healthy in Mind and Body
I come to Cambria with an East Coast history, including running a yoga studio for 16 years and teaching yoga for 30 years! My first yoga training is also from the East, at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA. I also trained with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley in Yin Yoga. My passion is teaching flows, gentle, hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga. I like to empower the yoga practitioner, honoring the body, mind and breath. I invite you to discover or continue the practice of yoga. In my free time I like to hang out with my daughter Jen and my cat Zoey. I love to walk in the woods and on the beach, and ride my bike.
Honor the mind, body and breath
I am a Certified personal trainer and a Beachbodylive certified Piyo instructor. I teach group fitness classes that provide a whole-body workout. With foundations in Strength Training, Pilates and engaging in light cardio, I enjoy contributing to the client's improvement of balance, strength, posture, health and attitude. This has been a rewarding field to participate in, as I watch clients grow stronger, gain confidence and engage in healthier lifestyles.
A colleague and fellow fitness lover paid for my initial certification so I could cover for her while she was recovering for surgery. Once I worked with her clients, I was hooked! I am grateful for two excellent mentors who encourage and continue to educate me every step of the way.
I come to the table with a passion and enthusiasm for fitness, and I love to apply my areas of knowledge toward the specific needs of each client. I am forever rewarded by everyone's progress and wholeheartedly believe that we are all in this together. Through consistency and motivation we can all see positive physical and emotional results. So happy to be a part of this process!