Though raised Episcopalian in middle America (Joplin, Missouri) I was captivated by Eastern philosophy. Daily meditation has always been the heart of my practice for nearly 40 years.
After ten years in corporate training and advertising at Hallmark Cards, I re-focused my interest in yoga. In 1991, there was just a handful of yoga teachers in Kansas City, and we all knew each other. In 1993 I became a co-director at one of Kansas City’s first yoga studios, The Yoga Center. Six years later I co-founded the Yoga Gallery. It was under my ownership and direction in two locations for nine years, before Patti Fuhrman and Mike Vessels took it over in 2008. It continues to grow and features many gifted teachers, and I am very pleased to continue teaching at the Yoga Gallery.
I was fortunate to spend six weeks in India with Rotary International sampling yoga in its country of origin. While I am certified to teach Bikram Yoga, I am an non-traditional Bikram teacher. Bikram yoga has been a catalyst of physical healing for me, and I have also seen its profound impact on thousands of students’ lives. Many have discovered the healing properties of yoga as a result of this accessible style.
In the mid 90′s I expanded my study and practice with Ashtanga, and delved deeply into this style with some of the masters of the tradition. I have since morphed my yoga asana practice and teaching into a personal style that aligns with flowing, vinyasa classes. Max Strom is a significant teacher for me.
My classes emphasize patient breathing. This allows for an accessible, meditative practice designed to heal. Working for a chiropractor for six years afforded me skills to assist with specific physical ailments and injuries. My passion for yoga, breathing, and meditation stems from experiencing and witnessing what practicing can create–full spectrum health benefits, inside out. Schedule.