I am a Yogi and a Master Teacher with over 30 years teaching experience. I specialize in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Therapeutic applications of Yoga, and Strength/Cross Training.*
I am a Birth Coach. As a former Birth Doula, I share my professional experience in the birth world so that I can help parents navigating the maze of options in labor and postpartum care.
I am a published writer with credits in music, film, yoga and lifestyle magazines.
I am a mom, environmentalist, animal and ocean lover. I dance, swim, hike and love the outdoors. I am so grateful to be alive.
*Master Teacher is a big word and I embrace it fully. I've been teaching for over 30 years, since I was 15 years old. I've taught: classical piano, tutoring ESL & English at UCLA, taught English at a private international summer language camp in the U.K., and was the lead teacher in a 2nd grade Spanish language immersion program in Culver City . Ten years into teaching, I discovered yoga. I immersed myself in a daily yoga practice that has continued to sustain and enliven me for the last 20 years.
I've taught over 15,000 hours of yoga to yogis of all ages and abilities. I've formally studied in over 1200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training programs. In addition to formal studies, I've dedicated over 15 years of classroom study learning from the best teachers in the world: Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Annie Carpenter, Maty Ezraty, Noah Maze, Alexandria Crow, Paul Cabanis, Max Strom, Anthony Benenati, Chad Hamrin, and more...
begins on my fourteenth birthday. I was walking home from school through a crosswalk when I was hit by a Suburban, speeding over 50mph. By all accounts, including the policeman who arrived at the scene and who later visited me in the hospital, I should be dead. I lost my kidney and spleen and almost died of internal bleeding. On a skeletal level, I fractured my femur, knee, pelvis, ribs and skull. By my doctor's own proclamation, I would never walk normally again. And yet, I do.
Nearly one year after my accident, I took my first steps on crutches. I had lived in a hospital bed, in traction for a month; followed by three months in a wheelchair and six months flat on my back, in a whole body cast. Slowly, I begin my physical rehab through weights and resistance machines at the gym. I found a trainer at the gym who began to coach me and encouraged me to compete in the Southern AZ High School Bodybuilding Championships. Nine months later, I competed and placed 2nd in my category. I placed second again, the following year. My journey to recovery had begun. My body would require two more surgeries to correct my femur, but by the time I began college in 1991, I was active. After graduating college, I discovered the healing power of yoga.
My car accident shifted my life forever, and in doing so, empowered me with an intuitive understanding of how to Seek Joy despite our external circumstances. Call it a spiritual awakening. Call it luck. Call it whatever you wish. Whatever term you may use, know that this gift is what I strive to give my clients and students in all that I do.
In 2011, my life story made the cover of LA Yoga magazine. I wrote about my reunion with Dr. Richard Carmona, the Surgeon who saved my life. Twenty years after saving my life, Dr. Richard Carmona completed his four-year term as the Surgeon General of the United States. He now presides as the Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch Institute.
Credentials & Training Hours
YOGA: Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher. Continuing Education Provider for Yoga Alliance. Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
- 500hr TT - Ana Forrest
- 120hr TT - Shiva Rea
- 100hr TT - Maty Ezraty
- 300hr TT - Noah Maze
- Certified Birth Doula with Doula Organization of North America.
- Rebozo Trained with Naoli Vinaver Lopez.
- Dr. Michel Odent - Childbirth: Babies Need Love, Microbes and Stress.
- BINI Birth trained - Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas.
- BINI Trained Birth Doula.
- LOOM Trained Holistic Abortion and Pregnancy Loss Doula.
I love inversions. They turn our world, and our fears, upside down. I've been offering my Turn Your Fear Upside Down workshop since 2010 at Yogis Anonymous, Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, and YogaRaj, West L.A.
My Birth Prep workshop offers meditation, hands-on support techniques and an overview of childbirth education, including the various emotional and physical states during the three stages of labor. You'll leave empowered with simple tools and exercises you and your partner can practice to prepare yourself for labor and birth.