How It All Started
My motivation for attended my first yoga class over a decade age was simply to stretch because I could barely touch my toes. I had no idea yoga would be such a healing and transformative practice for me. What I remember most about my first yoga class was Svasana, the final pose when you lie down and let it all go. For ten glorious minutes, my stress dissolved and a weight lifted off my shoulders. This sense of peace kept me returning to my mat. Yoga became a deeply healing practice that helped me to see my unconscious patterns of thoughts and behaviors that often limited me, to release long held traumas in my body and mind, and to be more emotionally balanced. I grew so much from my practice that I wanted to share this experience with others by teaching yoga.
I am certified in the following styles of yoga:
My Teaching Style
They say that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Teaching yoga has deepened my understanding of yoga, people and the connection between the mind and body. Because my teaching is informed by a wide variety of traditions, I bring a wealth of knowledge about how to use yoga to reduce stress, increase strength and flexibility, foster more emotional balance, develop self-awareness, and increase vitality.
A creative, versatile teacher, I am skilled at adapting yoga practices for high performance athletes to those with physical challenges. I partner with people on how to use yoga practices and philosophy to heal physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances to enhance their overall well-being and health. Whether a person can barely touch their toes or easily move into a split, my intention is to guide people to delve deeper into them selves and show them how to use yoga to create greater harmony in their body and mind.
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What is Qigong?
My interest in meditation and yoga led me to study Qigong, a Taoist-based mind-body practice. Qigong is an ancient art and science for cultivating internal energy (qi), subtle life force energy that is the essence of life. The concept of qi (pronounced chee) is found in various traditions– prana (Yogic), ashe (African) and breath of life (Christian). Qigong, considered the mother of Tai chi, is a mind-body practice consisting of vast array of meditations, breathing techniques, and movements ranging from slow and graceful to more vigorous that are designed to cultivate flow of harmonious and balanced energy (qi) throughout the body. When qi flows freely through the body, there is health.
Benefits of Qigong
- Reduces stress
- Increases energy levels
- Clears low-based emotional energy
- Enhances immune system
- Improves blood flow
- Improved cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive function
- Lower blood pressure
- Use of intention to direct energy makes the mind more clear, focused and balanced
- Revitalizes internal organs
From 2010 to 2012, I studied internal energy cultivation practices that incorporated Qigong (yang) and Nei gung (yin) principles with Wayne B Chandler. In 2012, I studied the feminine-based internal energy practices that focus specifically on women's bodily and sexual health with Ms. Minke De Vos and was certified as an Instructor of Universal Healing Tao.
My Teaching Style
When I teach Qigong, my goal is to teach more than the mechanics of the practices. I want to give people tools that empower them to continually improve their health, clear negative emotional energies, increase their energy levels, cultivate inner awareness, and grow spiritually.
I believe our inner world creates our external world. Change the world by changing what you reflect to the world. I teach people how to cultivate inner power and awareness in order to transform their lives.
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