My parents taught me from a young age to move. Running, jumping, squatting, pushing, pulling, throwing, catching. I met my first yoga teacher almost 40 years ago in a cafe at a health food store. He was working in the kitchen making amazing food. I later found out he was a yoga teacher; his name was Doug Swenson. I studied informally with Doug for many years, and then received my 500 hour teacher training certification from him.
Since then, I have been able to study with many amazing teachers. All of them have made a lasting impression on the way I teach and live my life today. My main teachers besides Doug are Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, Lama Sumati Marut, David Fishman, Brandy Davis, and Mira Shani, to name a few.
It was through these teachers that I finally found what I was looking for in my yoga practice. I had reached a tipping point in my practice that opened my heart and mind to dedicate all I could to study with these teachers. I had finally found home!
For the next 10 years I dedicated all my studies to what these teachers had to offer. As a result, my teaching and practice combine elements of Tibetan Heart Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, Ashtavakra Gita, Upanishads.
I currently teach at Tahoe Yoga Shala (formerly Mountain Yoga) in South Lake Tahoe, California, and I blend a unique style of Tibetan Heart Yoga, Hatha, Anusara and Ashtanga into my teachings. Weaving in philosophy throughout a fun and energetic class, I aim to help students connect the philosophic wisdom with their asana practice. Bringing wisdom and movement together, to show how they are beautifully connected–not separate components.
My background includes a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes, acupuncture, herbology, nutrition, exercise therapy (Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong), and remedial therapy (massage, Tui Na). I have additionally completed Tibetan Buddhism courses and am continuing advanced courses at Diamond Mountain University.
I have worked to cultivate the unique ability to bring ancient teachings into a modern setting, to touch the human heart. I work to inspire students to practice with awareness and intention on the mat, and to use the teachings off the mat in everyday life situations. My goal when teaching is to converge compassion and wisdom, art and yoga.