When I was 18 after graduating from high school, I was not sure what field I wanted to enter. However, I knew I was looking for something deeper and more meaningful. That summer I had a job offer in Laguna Beach to work in journalismfor a local paper - The Indian Head. That was during the height of the progressive movement in the United States. Moving to Laguna Beach opened many pathways for me. The city was alive with art and music and the people were very open to new ideals and new ways of thinking.What really caught my interest was a meditation group that met weekly. Meditation was a new concept for me. However, I knew about Self Realization, the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and the Self Realization Fellowship.I had read a book on meditation called “ The Secret of the Golden Flower.” I also became familiar with spiritual movements like TM and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Buddhism, and Zen meditation. At age 18 I joined a spiritual meditation group closely related to Indian Hindu tradition. Although mediation was difficult at first, the peace and contentment I gained was immeasurable! Soon someone in our group had gone to India to study yoga. He show us some yoga postures which he held for 3 to 4 minutes as he practiced a breathing technique. When I was firstintroduce to yoga all our poses were held for longer periods of time like Yin Yoga.We practice yoga with the goal of spirituality. We began with meditation, keeping that in mind, as we went through our practice using our inner self and breath to guide us. That was over 30 years ago! I have always kept yoga and meditation close to my heart and part of my life. Even though my life took the path of a mother of 4 children and a dental professional. The time I had taken to read the Vedas and Upanishads in those early days help to guide me through my life. Those teachings have stayed with me through the years.Today I embrace all my teachers and experiences life have given me. I have studied many styles of yoga and received my RYT 200 hours in Hatha. I started practicing a style of yoga called Yin Yoga about four years ago. Although new to some circles, Yin yoga is quite old. It is part of the original Hatha yoga tradition which combines Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practice. I was reading and studying all the information that was out there. I came across a website of world educator and author Bernie Clark. After learning so much from his website and his books I decided that I needed to take his certification program. The experience was life changing which brought me to a new level as a Yin yoga teacher. I am so grateful that the universe provided me with this opportunity!!
I am especially thankful for the teaching’s Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoying each moment and bringing your meditation to whatever you are doing. I want to share with my students the profound experience of body, mind and spirit that yoga has given me. I teach my classes to fit what the student needs, focusing on the alignment, breath and posture. I feel it is important to offer modifications and props for students who need it. I also like to offer some challenging poses for those who want to improve and deepen their practice. Yoga can provide insight to all of us no matter where you are in your practice. My favorite cue to my students is cultivate Sukam (happiness comfortable) Sthira(calm, steady) in your postures. Listening to your body will ensure a safe and beneficial practice.Teaching yoga is my ultimate love and passion and to share it with others brings me great joy! I am so honor to be part of Mt Yoga.