YOGA TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

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BIOGRAPHY

I have been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 25 years.  In 2011 I thought about developing Mind Health Yoga when I was thinking about integrating my academic and professional  background in mental health with my studies of yoga and meditation. I had worked as a mental health advocate for almost two decades, legally represented psychiatric patients in hospitals, and experienced a lot of stress as a result. I wanted to teach mental health professionals and others in challenging professions to better deal with their stressful working conditions, improve their capabilities to do a better job, and have the skills to be more relaxed and mindful  in their work environments.


I now have over 700 hours of teacher training certificates. Recently I  have been training to become a Yoga Wellness Educator, where I have studied Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga for Posture Improvement, Yoga for Osteoporosis, and Yoga for Sleep. I am also currently doing training to be able to teach Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra. I specialize  in teaching beginners, older adults, people with injuries and chronic pain, and people with mental health disorders. 


As a Yoga Wellness Educator one of my missions is to improve the serious problems of Forward Head Posture, also know in the medical community as Hyperkyphosis. This is a serious medical condition that is currently going untreated for the most part and is detrimental to overall health especially in the aging population.  Current research shows that Hyperkyphosis shortens one's life span, increases risk of injury and speeds up the aging process. 


I teach to bring healing, strength, peace and joy to those who struggle in both small and big ways. I am passionate about my work and how I am able to bring health, happiness, and a tranquil environment to my students. I am grateful to all of my teachers who have shown me this path and I hope to be a personal inspiration to others. Namaste.  

 

Namaste is an ancient yogic saying which means:


"MY SOUL HONORS YOUR SOUL. I HONOR THE PLACE IN YOU WHERE THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE RESIDES. I HONOR THE LIGHT, LOVE, TRUTH, BEAUTY AND PEACE WITHIN YOU, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALSO WITHIN ME. WE ARE UNITED, WE ARE ONE AND THE SAME. WE ARE ONE. "

YOGA TEACHING EXPERIENCE

MIND HEALTH YOGA in Chapel Hill, NC 2013 - present


MY Yoga Studio, Durham, NC 2020-present


Cross Disability Services,  Pittsboro, NC 2019 - present


UNC Family Medical Clinic, Chapel Hill, NC 2016 -2019  

 

Triangle Springs Hospital, Raleigh, NC 2018 

 

Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC 2017-2019 


Orange County Middle Schools, NC 2013 - 2016  

 

The Village Integrated Service Agency, Long Beach, CA 2012  


WE Love Yoga Studio, Long Beach, CA 2011 - 2012

 


YOGA AND MEDITATION EDUCATION

Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra, 2019-present

Yoga International, Online

Yoga Wellness Educator Certificate, 2018-present

Yoga University, Online

Hatha Yoga Teaching Certificate, 2016-2018
Loving Kindness Yoga School, Carborro, NC

Warriors At Ease Teaching Certificate, 2018

Yoga International, Online

Restorative Yoga Teaching Certificate, 2017

Yoga International, Online
Connected Warriors Trauma Conscious Yoga Training Certificate, 2016 

Yoga Connection, Goldsboro, NC
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Certificate of Completion, 2015 

Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC
Teaching Yoga to Youth Certificate, 2013
Duke University Dance Studio, Durham, NC

Applying Mind/Body Interventions to People with Anxiety and Depression, 2012 

Ram Dass Center for Humanology, New Mexico
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teaching Certificate, 2012
Golden Bridge Yoga Studio, Hollywood, CA



GRADUATE EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Educational Studies, 2003

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA