Three decades ago I discovered Yoga, which has been an intricate part of my life ever since. Initially I practiced meditation with a bit of asana to cope with cancer diagnosis at the age of twenty. I began without the label of Yoga as I read books about a variety of mind-centering practices and the teachings of ancient masters. After a fifteen-year period of personal immersion, I attained a certification in Yoga while traveling in southern India.
A thirst to live life to the fullest is fed by Yogic engagement every day. Early life experiences also enticed me to obtain a master’s degree in Integrative Health Education, from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I hold a certification as a Co-Active Life Coach from the Co-Active Institute, and continue extensive study in nutrition and fitness.
Along my teaching path I have worked with cancer patients in active treatment, at-risk youth, military members, and individuals recovering from a wide range of injuries, among other special populations.
Since the traditional roots of Yoga intrigue me, I obtained another teaching 200-hour certification in nāda Yoga (mantra, Sanskrit, and sound practices related to Yoga), in 2018. Then in 2019 I added an additional 300-hour teacher training to my experience and resume. My commitment to the awareness of Yoga traditions and deep urge to support individuals in the modern Yoga science is being fulfilled through a Yoga non-profit I founded in 2014, TheYoke. Its mission is to provide offerings to invoke a sense of unity and sustainability through a Yogic self-leadership lens.
My other passion during the past decade has included working with teenage girls in foster care, HerShe. A highly interactive four-year program that I created with other leadership coaches promotes self-empowerment and personal life leadership through somatic activities and Co-Active coaching-based experiences. The program spans the gamut of somatic, mental and emotional engagement. Each session is lead by Co-Active coaches.
Whether sharing āsana, nāda, or other Yoga components from a mat, silk hammock (in the air), in or on top of the water (on a standup paddleboard), or doing self-empowerment work with youth there is an opportunity for me to weave ancient Yogic teachings with modern practices in all realms.
- Integrative Health Coach and Consultant
- Published author
- Recipient, Inspiring Athlete, Athleta (Gap, Inc.)
- Recipient, LiveStrong challenge award, Lance Armstrong Foundation
- Honorable Mention, Art of Living Foundation – Human Values Award
- Co-founder and leader of Be A Catalyst, a youth leadership program
- Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies at San Francisco State University
- Master’s in Integrative Education at the California Institute of Integrative Studies
- Article published in Survivor’s Journal (online)
Speaking & Facilitation
–HerShe – July 2007 – present
Foster Girls Transformational Self Leadership Series, Program Manager & Lead Trainer
– Developing Executive Presence: Somatic Coaching – September 2006
National Internet radio show
– Mary Elisabeth Inn – 2005-2008 – San Francisco, CA
Designing Your Life series: healthy living series for residents –
– What is Yoga? – August 2007 – Del Rio, TX
KTJK, radio show
Yoga & Speaking
– Yoga Month Ambassador – 2012 National
– Gluten Intolerance Group – June 2012 – Seattle, WA
– Resolve to Evolve – January 2012 – Panama City, FL
Live TV morning broadcast on WJHG, highlighting Integrative Health Coach approach (especially yoga & coaching) & sharing memoir, Inspired to Live
– Creating a Sustainable Self – December 2012 – Falls Church, VA
Interactive presentation for George Mason High School AP psychology students. –
– Charlotte Wood Middle School – May 2005 – Danville, CA
Trainer/ Facilitator – Healthy Living and Stress Management for Youth
– Outer Strength, Inner Peace- February, 2003 – Philadelphia, PA
CD recording of yoga session at Living Beyond Breast Cancer conference –
– Livestrong Summit National Steering Committee – 2008
– Val Verde-Kinney County Cancer Task Force – chair 2007-2008
– Women’s National Health Projects Coalition – chair 2001-2003
– American Cancer Society
– Y-ME National Beast Cancer Organization
– National Foundation of Alternative Medicine
– Wisdom Television
Publications & Recordings
– Learning to Love the Watery World – Women’s Adventure Mag. – May 2012
– Survivor to Thriver – July 2007
– Healthy choices key to a happy tour – Border Eagle – November, 2006
– Sexual Assault: Everybody plays vital role – Border Eagle – April, 2006
Her Master’s Degree is Integrative Health Education. Her line of study addressed the issues of public health through the lens of Eastern and Western health practices. She has studied health practices in China, India, Nepal and a small village in mainland Mexico.
Her history of certifications in individual and group fitness, nutrition and Co-Active life coaching provide her with a unique range of perceptions and knowledge. She also holds two 200-hour certifications in varying aspects of Yoga from Yogāsana and Sanskrit and nādā (the Yoga of sound and vibration).
Additionally, she has participated in numerous professional development programs such as The Co-Active Institute’s core and supplemental leadership programs.
Currently, she is working toward a PhD at Antioch University in their Leadership and Change graduate program.
– Inspiring Athlete – Athleta (Gap, Inc.) – September 2011
– Human Values Award (honorable mention) Art of Living Foundation – June 2011
– Inspiring Woman (nominee) Athleta & Las Olas Surf, Inc. – July 2010
– LIVESTRONG Challenge Award (for promotion of cancer survivorship), Lance Armstrong Foundation – October 2006