My Training

YOGA TRAINING

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Since 1998 I have been practicing and studying yoga and meditation. My diverse training in yoga, Buddhist meditation, and the healing arts has been with master teachers all over the world. 

My over 1000 hours of Yoga Alliance certified teacher's training coursework is in Ashtanga Vinyasa (It's Yoga), Chakra Yoga (Pyramid Yoga), Healer's Yoga (Pyramid Yoga), and the Wisdom Method (Wisdom Method School of Yoga). These trainings included in depth studies of hatha, pranayama, gnana, raja, yantra, mantra, karma, chiqitsa, and bhakti yoga styles.

My yogic healing studies included hatha yoga for health rejuvenation, pranayama for mind and body connection, laya yoga energy techniques for healing, quantum sound therapy, and studies in the psychology and physiology of disease.

My yoga therapy studies included holistic nutrition, Ayuvedic cooking, Ayurvedic yoga, pranayama, condition-specific yoga therapy, structural therapy & kinesthetic intelligence, postural & movement evaluation, fascial retraining, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra.

I also have in-depth training in yoga therapeutics, Anusara, and vinyasa yoga with Elizabeth LintonEmma Warmington, and Ashton Szabo. I was initiated into Kriya Yoga at the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India and also studied yogic sun-gazing and Ayurvedic healing while in India. 

I recently completed and am submitting my thesis for the 700-hr Yoga Therapist Certification Program with the Wisdom Method School of Yoga.

MEDITATION TRAINING

My main meditation practice over the last 16 years has been Buddhist insight meditation, or Vipassana meditation. I have attended dozens of silent meditation and all-day yoga and meditation retreats, including a number of Buddhist silent retreats in Thailand.  Over the years I have assisted the facilitation of multiple silent retreats with Long Beach Meditation and continue to incorporate meditation in my yoga classes and with private students. 

My meditation experience has been invaluable in making me the yoga teacher I am today, aiding deeply in my cultivation of wisdom, love, and presence.

HEALING ARTS TRAINING

waterfall_1.jpgMy healing arts expertise includes Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing Master and Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, studying under Judith Ahnika Paul. I am certified in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage and Movement Dysfunction. These healing modalities are non-invasive and intuitively offered to clients when using the BioMat or during private sessions.

HEALTH COACH TRAINING

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

You can read more about me in this recent press release where I'm honored for health and fitness by Who's Who Worldwide Branding.