Welcome to my yoga page, dedicated to guiding you on a transformative journey through yoga, somatic awareness, and healing. My approach, rooted in compassionate engagement with the body’s lived experience, supports you in discovering new healing paths. Alongside yoga, my extensive background in massage therapy, bodywork, somatic psychotherapy, intuitive healing, and dance provides a wealth of diverse insights, culminating in a unique and specialized yoga experience. Discover more about my yoga approach and background below. I invite you to explore the site for a comprehensive understanding of our body-mind-centered offerings.
Yoga is a powerful tool that deepens somatic understanding and develops mindful awareness. Think of a large tree as a metaphor for your practice and how it evolves. The tree’s proverbial branches are constantly growing, changing, and expanding. When we create space for the tree to reach towards the light, and dedicate time to nourish its soil, we support the cultivation of strength, beauty, and vibrant health.
My Yoga Philosophy
For the past 25 years, the practice and study of yoga have offered me deeply transformative and healing experiences, and the insights I have developed along the path have been fundamental in my work with others, facilitating growth of the body, mind, and spirit. In my practice and instruction, I integrate my knowledge of psychology, anatomy, and bodywork modalities to foster somatic awareness and technique, simultaneously nourishing the deepest layers of personal growth.
Just as no two people are the same, I’m passionate about offering my own unique approach that symbolizes the ever-shifting and expanding nature of the human experience. I cater my instruction to the needs of each student, supporting the emotional, physical, and spiritual processes that can arise during our practice.
We flow more freely through life when we create space in the body and offer it loving presence. With that purpose, I combine mindful sequences and compassionate healing energy, empowering my students to uncover their own innate body wisdom. My teaching style is eclectic and has been influenced by my passion for movement arts of all kinds, including gymnastics and a variety of dance forms: Jazz, Modern, West African, Afro-Brazilian, Fire-dancing, and Aerial Silks.
Private & Group Classes
I love sharing the insight I’ve gained over my years of experience and in-depth study, and enjoy injecting humor into rigid thought processes. I have found that this light-hearted and technical approach has been extremely helpful in supporting students to develop their personal understanding of anatomy and yoga philosophy, as it pertains to fitness, healing, injury-prevention, and rehabilitation.
Within both my private sessions and group classes, I lay the foundation for strength, awareness, and flexibility. These sessions are a fusion of diverse yoga styles, movement techniques, and strength training methodologies. My focal points include pranayama (breath exercises), precise postural alignment, strength cultivation, and mindfulness. The intensity of our practice remains adaptable to individual experience levels and mobility, creating a secure, enjoyable, and comprehensive journey suitable for all body types.
I currently teach a group yoga class at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club (SWELL) on Wednesdays at 9am. If you are not a member yet and are interested in checking the club out, feel free to reach out and I can connect you with their orientation team.
I am filled with immense gratitude for the connections I’ve made with students over the years, witnessing their incredible journeys of learning, growth, and healing through yoga. Their personal transformations and insights inspire me every time I get on the mat. Here are their words, shared in the hope that they might offer a glimpse into what our practice together has meant to them.
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