I left my corporate job more than two decades ago to break the cycle of chasing after achievements that kept me depleted, and to start living a life I would not regret. During that juncture, I immersed myself in the practices of yoga and other self-cultivating arts. These practices have sparked an ever-deepening understanding that beacons me inward on my journey of acknowledging, befriending, working through, and integrating the various layers of my unique makeup. And yet, as I walk the privacy of my personal inward journey, I have been supported by guides who point the way and other's reflection back to me, reminding me of our interconnectedness and interdependence. I am grateful to all my teachers for imparting their wisdom, to my students who continue to energize me, and to all who teach me in life.
Yoga: After a decade of exploring various styles of yoga and earning several teaching certifications, I found in Shadow Yoga a practice that has since kept me deeply engaged. I have been studying Shadow Yoga, Nrtta Sadhana and Shadanga Yoga with founders Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves, and senior teacher Mark Horner, for the past 15 years.
There are no formal teacher trainings in Shadow Yoga. Credential for teaching Shadow Yoga is through direct permission by the founders. I consider this to be my most important credential, but listed below are my past yoga and other certifications.
Yoga: Advance Studies in Yoga Anatomy and Breath with Leslie Kaminoff; Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea; Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers; Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky; Yoga4Cancer with Tari Prinster; and Anusara Yoga with Amy Ippoliti and Lois Nesbitt.
Yoga Tune Up®: a fitness therapy format incorporating a unique blend of corrective exercises, self massage, and yoga postures to alleviate pain, improve posture, and enhance performance.
Roll Model Method®: a self-care tool utilizing various sized therapy balls to provides soft-tissue conditioning with self-massage.
KiCheon: I have studied under grand master Sa Gyu Park, a lineage holder of KiCheon, a unique system of internal martial art form from Korea.
Food and Healing: I am a graduate of the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute as well as Jeffrey Yuen's Chinese Dietary Therapy Program.
Plant Medicine: I am a graduate of Jeffrey Yuen’s Chinese Herbal Medicine Program.
After a decade of teaching drop-in classes, my teaching focus has shifted to a series-based format. This offers students a systematic and progressive understanding on which to cultivate a personal practice, which is essential to maturing one's skills as a yoga practitioner. While drop-in classes help to maintain a healthy body, reduce stress levels, and feel good generally, they don't necessarily give the tools and a theoretical understanding necessary for becoming a skillful self-directed practitioner. It takes a dedicated progressive stages of practice to begin to safely tap into the subtler aspects of yoga that are lesser known, yet still very relevant to today's practitioner.
My series-based courses are taught in a progressive learning format in successive stages in the Shadow Yoga methodology. I also offer specialty workshops and destination retreats.