I grew up involved in dance and sports and always loved being active, until life (and a long commute) got in the way during my post-college years. I fell into a sedentary lifestyle, complete with all the repercussions: headaches, fatigue, stiffness and back pain. I stumbled upon my first yoga class in my San Francisco neighborhood in 1997. I was sore for weeks – but I was hooked – and have been practicing ever since.
I have spent the last twenty years working in various areas of the medical field. I studied for my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and was involved in acupuncture and complementary health research. I currently work in oncology clinical research and have a particular interest in yoga during and after cancer treatment.
I love yoga because it provides a full-body workout and promotes a state of mindfulness. Anyone can do yoga; you don’t need to be super flexible or able to stand on your head. It’s an excellent complement to any fitness routine and can help you stay injury and pain-free.
My yoga instruction is informed by a deep knowledge of functional anatomy, having studied acupuncture and worked with patients at a sports medicine practice. My classes vary from a restorative flow for those who want to relax and unwind to a vigorous Vinyasa practice for those who need to exhaust the body before they can even think about slowing down the mind.
I have a genuine desire to help people reduce their stress and feel empowered and strong. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do this though yoga. I hope you will join me on the mat!