I started yoga in my early forties as a last resort to save my health. Despite being active my whole life - running, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, and softball - I had developed osteoarthritis in both of my knees. My doctor informed me that although I needed knee replacements, I was too young. Average knee replacements lasted only 20-25 years.
My knees were very unstable and it got to the point that it hurt just to walk. Due to lack of exercise I started putting on weight, making the problem worse.
At about the same time that I was struggling with my knees, the gym I belonged to offered a yoga class for the first time. I was amazed by how much I liked yoga. I soon discovered that yoga incorporates muscle strengthening, stretching, breathing exercises, and connecting mind with body. It was so soothing and relaxing… and I could do it even with my knees!
I started taking yoga classes at local studios and soon discovered, my knees were not as bad as before—walking and even hiking were possible and became enjoyable again.
When I moved to Sacramento in 2014 - I knew no one. I tried several yoga studios and started developing a circle of friends.
Fusion Yoga Studio offered a Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2015, and I decided to register for the program. Although I wasn’t sure I wanted to teach yoga but when I finished the training course I started teaching almost immediately.
I love teaching and sharing yoga with other people!
My background is in science - I received my PhD in human physiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. I have always been fascinated by how the body works.
After completing my doctoral project in the area of hormonal influence on neuronal development in the brain, I moved to a completely different area (both geographically and scientifically).
I served as an officer in the US Army stationed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. My task was vaccine development. After 4 years, I hung up my lab coat to stay home with my kids.
The years flew by before I could even think about returning to work. My children are all grown now and my husband Bill and I are mostly empty nesters.
My knowledge of physiology is subtly incorporated into my yoga teaching. For example, when moving in and out of a standing posture like Warrior I, alternating bending the front knee and straightening the leg, I know that the pose gently pulls on the tendons that attach muscle to bone, bringing blood circulation and healing where necessary.
I believe that the mind helps heal the body so I emphasize Mindfulness or coming into the “present moment” in my teaching. I help students focus on their body as fully as possible, bringing mind, body and spirit into the moment.
Mindfulness is healing in many ways. Practicing yoga mindfully often brings peace and mindfulness into our lives off the mat.
Through the practice of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation I help individuals improve outlook, mental clarity and bring a sense of well-being.