I began yoga in 2015 at the age of 74 when routine tasks became difficult and just trying to survive was the daily goal. A Groupon offer for one month of unlimited yoga at Perennial Yoga was my introduction to a new life. My physical condition improved immensely; and my new "purpose in life" became the desire to share my experience with others.
I graduated from Perennial’s Wisdom Teacher Training in 2016 and completed Duke Integrative Medicine Yoga for Seniors Master Class, an evidence-based program that included training from medical professionals and leading yoga teachers in 2017. I later also obtained certification to teach Chair and Restorative Yoga.
I have taught at senior apartment complexes in the Madison area, for Goodman Community Center, NewBridge, Fitchburg Senior Center, Perennial Yoga, and MSCR. I also have been a presenter on the aging process and the benefits of yoga for the Mastery of Aging program throughout the area. Educating the community, elderly, and their family members about the aging process and the substantial benefits of yoga is an important message I am emphatic about sharing.
My commitment to ongoing education motivated me to enroll for somatic yoga training in 2021. This was a result of personally experiencing somatics, used to reduce hip pain, eliminating the need for a hip replacement..
I continue to study and learn more to help myself and others navigate our journey in our later years. I love seeing the results yoga offers! Join my class and begin the journey to a revitalized life.
I welcome everyone, especially their limitations!
Everything is connected! This is my belief.
It was early in my career as a counselor that I was introduced to the budding research of using yoga as a potential treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This was the "hook" for me and my first connection to yoga. It fueled my curiosity, and I sought ways to learn and incorporate the concept of the mind - body connection in my own life and in my work with others. Yoga continued to appear in my life through the years.
After retiring from a full time counseling position in 2016, it did not take long for me to begin attending yoga classes regularly. I met Ellen and was introduced to "Easy Yoga Plus" and was inspired to expand my knowledge and practice. In February, 2017, I began yoga teacher training at Perennial Yoga, graduating in May. Since that time, I have been involved in assisting and teaching "Easy Yoga Plus!" classes in various locations in the Madison area. In 2018, I completed the Duke Integrative Medicine Yoga for Seniors Master Class.
I have often worked with older adults and those with limitations. I enjoy teaching class and working with groups, and also find it rewarding to work with students who benefit from private sessions. I find it a privilege to offer support to others as they seek to live their best life. Recently, I have begun offering private sessions.
I have maintained my professional license as a counselor and continue to seek and learn. I am continually interested in the science of the mind-body-spirit connection and in studies supporting yoga for healthy aging, stress management, grief and healing from trauma. It is my purpose to integrate my experience and skills in a way that encourages healing and growth. I find joy in working with others as we learn, grow and explore together!