I began practicing yoga in 1999 after I got a promotion at work and felt my stress level increase drastically. I knew I needed to find a way to effectively deal with my stress so it would not eventually impact my health. I immediately fell in love with yoga and wanted to learn more. After four years of practice I took my first teacher training to become a certified instructor. I have known for years that yoga is my therapy on many levels. I truly believe that yoga is therapeutic for the mind, body and spirit. After doing some research about what I could do as a yoga teacher to share this practice with more people, I discovered Integrative Yoga Therapy and went on to get certified as a Professional Yoga Therapist. Integrative Yoga Therapy promotes health and healing at a physical, emotional and spiritual level. It provides an experiential approach utilizing all the tools of yoga: asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, yoga nidra and meditation. This is what I love about Integrative Yoga Therapy. It allows students of all levels the opportunity for personal growth through their journey to well-being. My love for learning and yoga continued through other studies. I have over 200 hours of study in Anusara yoga, an alignment based practice
, which I believe is the safest for the body, therefore potentially healing. I have used yoga to help heal my own body, most recently to rehabilitate after knee surgery.