"Never shush your inner voice, it's who you really are."
At one point during my undergraduate studies, I was involved in an unhealthy relationship, my self-esteem was at its lowest, stress levels at their highest, and indecisiveness was a daily struggle. I struggled with uncertainty around what I would do with my life and the person I wanted to become, a battle I'd imagine most college students wrestle with at one point or another along the way. Yet the turning point for me was the time my mother gifted me a yoga video to practice in my spare time. Needless to say, I practiced it and even went on to take an elective centered around the topic of Yoga. What I learned on, and off, the mat that year from Yoga enabled me to finally start to feel grounded, it brought me closer to myself, helped me identify who I really was and what I really wanted out of life, and all of that, I truly believe, made me strong enough to finally say goodbye to a very suppressing relationship.
While life for me since that first yoga video has changed significantly, I still rely heavily on my practice for peace, clarity, sanity, and to keep myself grounded (that, along with a glass of wine every now and again, of course!). As a matter of fact, after only a few years following my undergraduate degree, I felt compelled to obtain my yoga certification so that I may be able to share it's powerful benefits with anyone/everyone open and willing to give it a try. In 2007, I received my RYT200 training from The American Yoga Academy and have been teaching ever since. Prior to the birth of my two children, I taught mainly private one-on-one instruction as well as corporate wellness programs. However, following the birth of my second child and early 'retirement' from my career as an information systems auditor (to become a full time mom), I have finally been able to spend more time doing and teaching what I love. I currently teach public classes at both move. (Blairstown, NJ) and MultiSport Fitness (Mt. Bethel, PA). I also offer private/small group lessons, hold regular workshops for various age groups, lead Storytime & Yoga classes at local libraries and also enjoy teaching at events and parties (kids parties and adult parties/events!
I teach a variety of yoga classes, as I believe the body needs and craves different speeds of yoga at different times. My teachings range from a challenging vinyasa flow class to really get the blood flowing, to a more restorative class aimed at releasing, relaxing and bringing a deeper level of peace to the body. My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe, comfortable, and fun space where my students can step away from their lives, and treat themselves to a moment in time where they can tune out the noise of their busy day and just focus on their body, mind and breath. My mission is to help others feel better in their body, both physically AND mentally. I offer to you and your family what works for me in hopes of empowering others to realize their happiest and healthiest life!
Education, Trainings, and Certifications
The College of New Jersey (2002) - BS Accounting (included coursework in Yoga)
Fairleigh Dickinson University (2005) - MBA Finance
American Yoga Academy (2007) - 200 hour yoga teacher training
Professional Certifications - Yoga Alliance RYT200, CPR, CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
Fun Facts About Me
My family is my world and I love them fiercely.
I love pretty pictures, flowers, sunny days, the great outdoors, animals, empowering and inspiring quotes, an occasional glass of wine and a well cooked meal (I am a foodie, and exercising self control is a daily goal).
My favorite yoga poses are downward dog pose and triangle pose. Though I do also enjoy testing my personal limits with more challenging poses from time to time.
My favorite season is, hands down, Summer.
My favorite place to visit is the beach, any beach really!
Some of my least favorite things are spiders, being cold, a sink full of dishes, stress (who doesn't, right?), and whenever my toenails are unpainted.
Most meaningful quote to me: "Happiness is an inside job."
If I could give you one piece of advice what would it be? Count your blessings each and every day, for we all have so much to be thankful for if we only take the time to notice.