Iyengar yoga is a systematic approach to learning the classical 8-limbed practice of yoga as developed by B.K.S. Iyengar and his family in India. Iyengar yoga focuses on uniting the body, breath, and mind through attention to alignment both inner and outer and the therapeutic application of yoga asanas (postures) to help the student deal with limitation, disease, injury and pain. Each class we learn about the body and its movements as a way of entering into deep inquiry of our inner experience. It is a safe practice that is appropriate for any body, regardless of age or condition.
I am a devoted student and teacher of Iyengar Yoga, and am eager to share this knowledge with you. I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior II level, and the Director at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont. I study regularly with Patricia Walden, Janice Vien, Joan White, and Kevin Gardner, and have done many trainings with other wonderful teachers including Genny Kapuler, Manouso Manos, and several years of training with Eileen Muir of Karuna Yoga in Northampton MA. I also have traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family.
I have been teaching in Vermont for many years and have a passion for all 8 limbs of the Yoga system which I try to share with my students. I have a particular interest in therapeutic and medical applications of yogasana (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) and have worked successfully with individuals on many issues including fatigue, depression, chronic illness, chronic pain, lower back pain and sciatica, recovery from injury, anxiety, blood pressure and immune system disorders.
I discovered Iyengar yoga in 1984 as a way to recover from physical injuries and to develop greater calm and balance in my life. I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory II level. I practiced with Theresa Rowland, director of Studio Yoga in Madison, NJ, completing her teacher training in 2012. During my three year intensive training with her I assisted in specialized classes for students with back and neck problems and taught beginner level classes. I am grateful to have studied with many other senior teachers such as Kofi Busia, Lois Steinberg, Gabriella Giubilaro, Sri Arun, and Mira Metha. I am currently studying with Rebecca Weisman and Janice Vien.
My meditation teachers Drs. Jim and Diane Handlin have laid a foundation for my continued study and practice of mindfulness meditation. After a 17-year career in art education I bring my passion for students, teaching, and learning to the life-long study of yoga as a holistic system of knowledge. I embrace the rigor and rich tradition of Iyengar yoga and am passionate about the possibilities of personal transformation and empowerment that the regular practice and study of yoga can offer.
Yoga has been a daily practice of mine since I was 13, when I was introduced to it by my mother, who insisted I would love Iyengar yoga because it focused so intently on alignment and bringing awareness to every little part of the body. Through my teenage years I attended classes weekly with Bobbie Fultz. As a young adult I have studied mainly with Jennifer Karius, Dean and Rebecca Lerner, and with many other Iyengar teachers around the globe. I am certified at the Introductory II level and have been teaching yoga for over 6 years. I earned my doctorate degree from New York Chiropractic College specializing in Applied Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Vermont, and certificate in Asian Healing Arts and Whole Foods Nutrition and training in Shiatsu and Swedish Massage from Heartwood Institute. As a practicing chiropractor I bring my in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the inner workings of the nervous system to my teaching. I feel that life experience and integrating my beliefs into my own lifestyle are by far my best teachers. Practicing what I preach allows me to offer care from my personal experience and my goal is to create a sense of excitement and motivation when it comes to caring for yourself!