The Yoga Journey
My yoga journey began in 2001 when I walked into my first yoga class in a New York City studio. What started as a way to cope with the stresses of the events of 9/11 has led me on a 16 year journey of self discovery, acceptance and both internal and external balance. After spending a decade coping with a stressful and unfulfilling career in the Fashion and Retail industry combined with a broken off engagement, I began to ask myself, "Is this it?" The answer came through a thunderous internal loudspeaker belting out a resounding NO!! The decision to set out in pursuit of my true passions and delving deep into the realm of self acceptance, respect and love was an easy one. In 2012 I left America after 31 years and have been traveling to far far away and exciting places, meeting amazing people and making life long friendships, enjoying fantastic foods and sharing my experiences. All the while hopefully inspiring along the way those who are asking themselves the very question I did, "Is this it?"
Having practiced varying styles over the years, I found my love for traditional Hatha Yoga, in particular the Sivananda Lineage. Through my practice and amazing teachers, I realized the importance and impact of a consistent yoga practice. In experiencing an intense desire to share the benefits with others I undertook in 2013 my Yoga Teacher Training in the north of India under the guidance of Yogi Ram at the Arhanta Yoga Ashram in the Sivananda style. I also teach Restorative, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama and guided Meditation. I am an E-200Hr registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance US and am an Associate Level 2 registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.
The Thai Massage Connection
The first time I had heard of Thai Massage, it was described as "passive yoga" by a fellow yogi. My curiosity led me to take an introductory Table Thai Massage course at Lotus Palm in Montreal, Canada. I had found my passion and knew I would have to continue my studies. That was in 2011, after 5 years of practicing, I decided it was time to further challenge and grown this practice I've come to love and cherish. It was time to share and teach. After living in Chiang Mai ,the Thai Massage mecca of Thailand, for 3 months and completing an intensive Thai government certified Teacher Training Course at TMC Massage School I received my teaching diploma and the blessings of my teachers to spread the teaching of what is officially called Nuad Boran or Ancient Massage.
As an affiliate teacher to TMC Chiang Mai and a registered member of Thai Healing Alliance International THAI. I am deeply committed to sharing and teaching this ancient art of healing bodywork as it is practiced in Thailand.
I commit to annual pilgrimages to Thailand, immersing myself and continuing my studies with my teachers, learning new techniques to incorporate into my bodywork treatments and deepening my understandings of mind, body and spirit.
I hold a deep interest in Myofascial work and release as well as Osteothai, bodywork combining Osteopathic principles with those of Thai Massage, as well as Dynamic Thai Massage, the creation of consistent rhythmic motion throughout a treatment resulting in deep states of relaxation and release. I humbly express a deep thanks to my teacher David Lutt of Lulyani Thai Massage and Osteothai for his gift of teaching.
who dares to teach must never cease to learn
The learning never ends
In addition to my love and respect for the practice of Yoga and Thai Massage, I also hold a deep interest in the effects that stress, diet and nutrition have on the mind and body. I hold the following certifications as a:
Level 5 Detox Specialist
Raw Food Advisor
Diet and Nutrition Advisor
Mind Body Fitness Coach
NESTA Personal Fitness Chef