I came to yoga about 10 years ago after ending up in the emergency room with terrible back pain and spasms. After doing research and talking to doctors, all paths seemed to lead to yoga, so I jumped in. Once I was no longer falling over in each pose, I truly started to feel the benefits of the physical practice and then decided to dig a bit deeper moving into meditation and ultimately to a full immersion and teacher training. I completed my teacher training in 2012 at Yogalove in Yardley, PA.
I started my career as a CPA and auditor, working over 25 years in the corporate world, ending as CFO of a large public company. In August, 2017 I decided to step out of the rat race and focus on my personal well being.
For most of my adult life I fought hard to find a balance between a 24/7 job and family. Yoga helped me create some balance and the physical benefits were amazing. Since that last trip to the emergency room 10 years ago, my back has never been better.
My teacher training was in Vinyasa, and I have complemented that with training/certification in Broga® . I make efforts to attend as many classes at as many studios as possible to gain insights and ideas for my own practice and teaching.
I also enjoy cycling, racquetball, tennis, golf and reading. Learning is a key piece of my life and I embrace new opportunities with an open mind and heart.
I can still remember that first yoga class...walking into a small, hot (!!!!), cramped studio where it feels like a bar scene in a movie when the jukebox suddenly screeches to a stop, followed by the entire room turning slowly to look and see who the imposter is. I'll be honest, during that first hour and fifteen-minute class, the struggle was all too real. But you know what? That was the best part. Yoga for me has never been easy or something I can "master." Sounds strange right that that's what I love about it? For me, a naturally VERY competitive person, there's freedom in knowing that the end goal isn't perfect, an amazing picture for social media or to "win." I've always wanted to share that part of the practice with others, which is exactly what led me to walk through the doors of Dhyana Yoga in Haddonfield, NJ in 2015 in pursuit of my 200-hour yoga teacher certification - four years after that fatefully awkward first class. My training was titled "Fearless Practice," a style I've tried to bring to all of my students. Can we be fearless? I don't necessarily mean you have to handstand, arm balance and backbend like the Instagram yogis, but are you willing to drop the fear of "defeat" by honoring the true meaning of "practice" when you're on your mat? To hell with the pursuit of perfection, in my classes we rock it out the best we can, laugh a lot, challenge ourselves and find some balance in a creative, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink vinyasa style.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 16 years, after spending my college years on the field hockey field I needed a change.
I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa in North Carolina in 2001. I did level one training in Arizona shortly after having my daughter. Between Florida, Asheville and Bali I have trained with some of the most fun of teachers.
I believe that Yoga is forever changing and I am a potluck of all kinds of yoga.
I want my students to Experience all the styles in a creative sequenced class!
Welcome hOMe yogis!!
Yoga, Music, Art and Essential Oils are my all time loves. Two years ago I decided to intertwine the four by becoming a yoga teacher. In my classes, you will experience a combination of Yin/Yang flows & Aromatherapy. All of which complimented to custom playlists aimed to enhance the body, mind and spirit connection. My practice on and off the mat is passion and the arts. Check me out for creative workshops incorporating crafts and painting into your practice!
I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. I began practicing as a way to better cope with stress. I fell in love with my practice and have been incorporating mindful breathing, yoga, and meditation into my life ever since! I became a yoga teacher in the summer of 2016 in order to deepen my knowledge of the practice and to share what has changed my life with the community. When I am not teaching yoga, I am practicing yoga, spending time with my two children, traveling, hiking, reading, and being a school librarian. Life is good.
My first yoga class was in a friend's living room, to a scratchy vhs of Baptiste's journey into power. I was instantly hooked. That was 2002. Since then my practice has been a journey through a myriad of styles, studios, and philosophies. Through it all, I have held a steady home and personal practice. The thing that has kept me dedicated to this practice has been the consistent profound sense of peace and inner strength that comes from every class. More so then any other type of exercise, in a yoga asana, the outside world and stresses of life melt away.
In 2015 I finally decided to get certified in Baptiste, to share this healing practice with others. From there I have gone on to expand my teaching skills from intermediate power yoga, to deep meditative yin, pranayama, and meditation. The practice has never been about handstands, arm balances, or flashy stuff for me, and you will not often find those in my classes. It is however, all about finding your personal edge. Lean into the corners of the body to expand where you naturally can go next. I teach hands on, and address the bodies in the room. Occasionally we will pop into workshop mode, and I love peak pose requests from my students. My perfect class, is when everyone is in their own variation of the pose, pushing themselves into greatness.
A student once asked me, "What was the goal for yoga? like why did they develop it in the first place?,". We find this answer in the sutras, the yogi must be of open muscle, and flexible joints, so that the body may be able to sit. To sit in contemplative meditation, is how we liberate ourselves from the trappings of life. My ultimate goal for all of my students is a sense of personal empowerment and to live their best life ever.
See you on your mat. Om Shanti.
I focus on all things kids at The Om Room. Being an elementary school teacher for over 10 years makes me a perfect fit for all things kids! I have been practicing yoga since my college years at Stockton College. I am a Certified Kids Yoga Instructor through Kidding Around Yoga. In my classes, kids will dance, sing and laugh all while practicing the art of yoga.