Three decades ago Yoga entered my life, and it has been an intricate part ever since. Initially my practice included meditation with a bit of asana to cope with a 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 an initial certification in Yoga while traveling in southern India.
A thirst to live life to the fullest is fed by Yogic engagement pretty much every day, still. Early life experiences enticed me to also obtain a master’s degree in Integrative Health Education, from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I also hold a certification as a Co-Active Life Coach, and have done extensive study in nutrition and fitness.
Along my teaching path I have worked with cancer patients in active treatment to at-risk youth, and military members to individuals recovering from a wide range of injuries from a variety of populations.
The traditional roots of Yoga intrigue me, so I am currently doing an additional 200-hour study of Sanskrit and nada Yoga (mantra and other Yoga practices of sound). I am excited it will bring me back to India, this time to the north. My commitment to the awareness of Yoga traditions and a 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 offer a hub for yogis to unite, serve each other (and be supported with resources), and create sustainability on their yogic path.
My other passion over the past decade has included working with teenage girls in foster care. A highly interactive four-year program (co-created by myself and a fellow group of leadership coaches) promotes self-empowerment and personal life leadership through somatic activities and Co-Active coaching-based experiences. See more
Whether sharing asana, nada, 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 any realm.
- 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
– Catalyst Youth Leadership Project – July 2007 – present
National Youth Leadership & Empowerment Leadership Series, Executive Director and Lead Trainer/Leader www.BeACatalyst.org
– 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 – http://www.meinn.org/
– What is Yoga? – August 2007 – Del Rio, TX
KTJK, radio show
Yoga & Speaking
– Yoga Month Ambassador – 2012
National – http://yogahealthfoundation.org/
– 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. – http://www.fccps.org/sendstudio/display.php?M=54620&C=58ffe819dbc3bc3fdcfb2b35c9350290&S=406&L=49&N=326
– 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 – www.lbbc.org
– 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 – personal story for Women’s Adventure Mag. – May 2012
– Survivor to Thriver [www.survivorsreview.org/features.php?vol=4&art=56] – 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 Coaches Training Institute’s core and supplemental leadership programs.
– Inspiring Athlete – Athleta (Gap, Inc.) – September 2011 (click here for story) (see picture below)
– 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 (see picture below)